Nursing Students Receive Pins

Twenty-nine Arkansas Tech nursing students received their pins Friday evening during a pinning ceremony at Westside Church of Christ in Russellville.

Linda Self, assistant professor of nursing, served as the keynote speaker during the ceremony.

Self spoke to the students about the history of nursing and changes in the nursing profession.  She added, “Nursing has changed over the years and the amount of professionalism and the skills required is the highest it has  ever been.  I encourage each of you to strive to make a difference each and every day in the lives of the patients you’ll come in contact with.”

Area nurse Beverly Burns was presented the Outstanding Community Nurse Award.  The award is selected by the graduating class and is presented to a nurse who exemplifies the nursing role model.

Following the keynote address and presentation of awards, each nursing student received their nursing pin from family or friends.

Pinning ceremonies date back to the Nightingale School of Nursing in London where Florence Nightingale awarded pins to outstanding nurses.

See photos from the ceremony.

Nursing students on the Ozark Campus also received pins on Friday evening.  Read more about that.