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Nurse Pinning Ceremony held at HCC


WELDON, N.C. – The 2009 Practical Nursing (PN) Pinning Ceremony was held in The Centre at Halifax Community College, July 27. College staff, family and guests gathered for the ceremony honoring the accomplishments of the class that included eight members.


HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. welcomed guests. “One of the things that I like about the nursing program is that not only do we have outcomes that are measured internally at our college, but we have outcomes that are measured by groups outside of the college. I want to report that of last year’s PN graduates, we had 14 out of 15 to pass the first time, so we had a 93 percent passing rate,” said Griffin about the class performance on licensure examinations. “I thought that was significant.” He also congratulated this year’s graduates saying, “I do believe that nursing is a calling.”


This was the seventh pinning ceremony for the PN program at HCC, a part of the Nash-Edgecombe-Wilson-Halifax (NEWH) Consortium. The keynote speaker for the event was Dean of Student Services Barbara Bradley-Hasty.


Bradley-Hasty talked about having dreams and how those dreams have stages. She explained the “I thought it” stage when students get the idea to become a nurse. “You kept hope on your dream and did not let it die,” she said. Then, students move to the “I caught it” stage, doing research and taking action to get enrolled and become part of the PN cohort. Next, students enter the “I bought it” stage and realize how much work is involved in achieving their goal. Students then find themselves in the “I sought it” stage. Here, the desire to achieve is deep in the students and they spend hours a day studying and participating in the patient care process. Then, students realize that they are in the “I got it stage” when their dreams become reality.


“You will make a huge difference in the lives of the patients in your area of work,” Bradley-Hasty said. “Life is defined by relationships. Give the people, the patients and the families you come into contact with your best character, your best actions and your best words.”


PN graduates included Monica H. Cousin, Sade M. Jefferson, Nolita Sherill Jones, Apryle Nicole Myers, Heather Semones Powell, Sandra Kaye Price, Towanda Latresse Price, and Jamie Shaunta Richardson.


The 2009 Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held in The Centre at Halifax Community College, July 27. Pictured is nursing instructor Kelly Harvey, left, pinning graduate Towanda Price while graduates Jamie Richardson, center, and Monica Cousin look on. There were eight PN graduates recognized.