JCJC holds practical nursing pinning ceremony and graduation

Written By: Kelly Atwood
Email Address: kelly.atwood@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-08-04 20:55:39

Thirty-one practical nursing students participated in a graduation and pinning ceremony for their program August 2 at Jones County Junior College. The graduates of the one-year program can now take the national licensure exam, which once passed, makes them LPNs, or licensed practical nurses.

     “This is an exceptional group of practical nursing students,” said Teresa McDonald, practical nursing program director. “They have worked really hard these past 12 months to successfully complete such a fast and rigorous program. We are very proud of the growth and tenacity shown throughout the year from the students.”

     This year’s practical nursing students are Lacherme Charnae Arrington of Laurel, Penny Cash Aultman of Ellisville, Germecca  Bolton of Laurel, Jodi Danielle Meeks Bradford of Purvis, Christa Ciara Brown of Hattiesburg, Alexandria Paige Bunch of Waynesboro, Stacy Carter of Petal, Deanna Durr of Hattiesburg, Raven  Grace Graham of Ellisville, Alisha Joanne Hensarling of Petal, Talisha Hollingsworth of Hattiesburg, Jasmine Rosetta Jackson of Hattiesburg, Crystal Marie Jones of Vaughan, Ashton Jade Loper of Raleigh, Madison Matthews of Bay Springs, Perineisha McDougle of Waynesboro, Kathleen Schinell Murphy of Ellisville, Janekia Peters of Petal, Brhea Pitre of Richton, Leah Prentiss of Petal, Sarah Jessica Pruitt of Ellisville, Sarah Jessica Rushing of Laurel, Emily Tebo Scott of Raleigh, Sarah Mackenzie Shows of Ellisville, Mitchell Tadlock of Raleigh, Abby Lynn Thornton of Ellisville, Samantha Varner of Hattiesburg, Savanna Whatley of Pachuta, Jennifer Lynn Wildman of Laurel, Sarah Wilkinson of Hattiesburg, and Carlee Savannah Windham of Taylorsville.

     “This pinning ceremony is all about honoring and celebrating the nursing students and their journey of becoming a nurse,” said McDonald. “However, the ceremony isn't just for the students and their loved ones. We instructors also celebrate in their accomplishments. It is one of the proudest moments to see a student achieve their goal and succeed.”

     The nursing graduates ended the ceremony with the lighting of lamps. The tradition began in honor of Florence Nightingale, who took 38 young women to Turkey to care for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale made her rounds by lamplight at night, which connected the sight of lamplight to care and comfort. Student Alisha Hensarling used her grandmother’s lamp, which her grandmother held during her own pinning ceremony 31 years ago.

      “My grandmother lives in Nebraska, and I went to visit her recently,” said Hensarling. “She gave it to me then, and we both broke down crying. I felt really honored that she wanted me to carry it in my graduation. It was really sentimental to me.”

     This was the first time the practical nursing program's pinning ceremony combined with its graduation ceremony, and students expressed positive comments regarding the change.

     “I felt like it’s easier to have the diplomas at the pinning ceremony, rather than coming back another day to walk,” said Hensarling. “It’s an honor to do it in front of everyone who came for our pinning ceremony, and it’s kind of special this way.”


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