On Saturday, May 2, at Bainbridge State College 24 students earned their Associate in Nursing Degree (ADN) during the Nursing Pinning Ceremony held at the Student Wellness Center (SWC).

Angela Rozar, BSC Chair of Practical Nursing and Allied Health, told the graduates about her nurse pinning ceremony experience. She knew they had many questions as they waited to receive their nursing pins, such as “Am I ready?”

“Most of you are probably asking yourselves if you are ready. I am here to tell you that you are ready,” said Rozar. “Each of you has gained a strong educational foundation here at Bainbridge State College and you are ready to transition from student to professional nurse. Soon you will be wearing a name tag with RN behind your last name—and I tell you to go and wear it proudly.”

Throughout the past two years, the nursing students have overcome many obstacles to reach the milestone. Rozar added that the terrain of nursing school was often rocky and many times students may have thought they could not reach the end—but they did—and their instructors praised them for their accomplishments.

“During your career as a nurse, you will experience many of the same obstacles. There will be days that you cry and want to quit. Just remember that you have perseverance and you can do this. Perseverance will take you far in this life, just like it did to get you here today,” said Rozar.

Instructor Jennifer Harrison presented the special awards.

Toni Layton of Donalsonville was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for the highest GPA maintained throughout the nursing program curriculum.

Charity Lewis of Donalsonville and Whitnie Hall of Thomasville were both awarded the Clinical Excellence Award, which is given to the student(s) demonstrating clinical growth, competence, and confidence while providing the utmost patient care.

Pam Zackery of Edison was awarded the Nightingale Award, which is given to the student who demonstrates a strong knowledge base in the classroom and clinical setting. This award also represents the student’s determination, motivation and perseverance.

And lastly, Renee Humphries, Nurse Manager of CPU at Archbold Memorial Hospital, presented Joni Hosmer of Thomasville the John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Award for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement. The recipient of this award demonstrates great skills with peers. Hosmer has also accepted a position with Archbold Memorial Hospital.

Each graduate was given a Nurses Graduation Lamp of Knowledge, a Bible which includes nursing pledges as a gift from the Gideons—and of course, their nursing pins.

Albany: Eboni Daniels

Bainbridge: Lauren Bowles, Jo-Hannah Brock,Crosby Steen, Maleigh Williams

Blakely: Chastinee Means; Summer Reese;

Brinson: Donna Rhodes,

Calvary: Rachel Oliver

Climax: Tonya Whiddon

Colquitt: Samantha Farrell, Kayln Phillips

Coolidge: Leila Gordon

Donalsonville: Toni Layton, Charity Lewis, Courtney Parker

Edison: Pamela Zackery

Fort Gaines: Ceri Killingsworth

Havana (Fla.): Samantha Beard

Pelham: Shalon Hynote


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