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Thirty-two Earn Nursing Pins

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Thirty-two Arkansas Tech nursing students received their pins Friday evening during a pinning ceremony at The Journey in Russellville.

Additionally, three graduates from the master's program in nursing were presented their hoods during Friday's ceremony.

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."

During the ceremony, several awards were also presented.  Kayla Frederick earned the St. Mary's/Wilkins Academic Excellence Award, which is presented to the nursing student who earned and maintained academic excellence throughout the program.  Rebecca Harper received the Outstanding Student Nurse Award, which is presented to the student who personifies nursing professionalism.

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.

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