Nineteen Northeastern Technical College students made a pledge to the nursing profession on Dec. 12 during the practical nursing pinning ceremony held at the college’s main campus in Cheraw.
This was the 21st class to graduate the practical nursing program and one of the largest groups to complete the 12-month program since its inception in 1993.
The nursing students were recognized before family members, friends and college administrators for successfully completing the rigorous program that prepares them to take the National Council Licensure Examination in order to become licensed practical nurses.
Two students were recognized for their achievements in the nursing program. Kelsey Amerson of Patrick received the Practical Nursing Academic Excellence Award for having the highest grade point average and showing determination, dedication and perseverance. Natasha Cox of Florence received the Jean L. Harris Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance for exemplifying “the total nurse” and having superior clinical skills.
Class president Kelsey Amerson spoke to the audience about the journey her and classmates made towards earning their practical nursing certification. As tradition goes, the practical nursing students chose two speakers for their pinning ceremony, current instructor Holly Segars, R.N., B.S.N and former instructor Cheryl Douglass, R.N., B.S.N., both selected for making memorable contributions to their education.
During the pinning ceremony, each student wears the traditional white nursing uniform and is formally presented with a specially designed NETC nursing pin and a symbolic lamp.
Nursing student Justin Snead of McColl explained the meaning of each symbol, and told the story of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing, before he and his classmates recited the Nightingale Pledge and performed a ceremonial lighting of their lamps.
The dedication song “Joy to the World” was performed by nursing graduates Pearlestine Gibson, Angela Jordan and Sandra Locklear. The Rev. Darin Coleman of Charity Community Church in Cheraw gave the invocation.
NETC President Ron Bartley, provided the welcoming remarks and thanked friends and family members who provided encouragement and support for those going through the practical nursing program. Dr. Bartley also formally presented the practical nursing class of 2013 to the audience at the closing of the ceremony.
Practical nursing graduates included Kelsey Amerson of Patrick, Debra Brock of Chesterfield, Natasha Cox of Florence, Jill Donskey of Cheraw, Brandi Fulton of Florence, Pearlestine Gibson of Timmonsville, Carolyn Hatcher of Bennettsville, Kari Johnson of Jefferson, Angela Jordan of Pageland, Sandra Locklear of McColl, Kellie Mattos of Bennettsville, Latoya McGriff of Pageland, Kitty Mollohan of Wallace, Fallon Pammel of Bennettsville, Amanda Peele of Bennettsville, Ann Short of Chesterfield, Justin Keith Snead of McColl, Ashley Talbert of Hartsville, Nikita Zinnerman of Chesterfield.