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Motlow's Pinning Ceremony for Nurses May 6 at Copperweld Arena

May 2, 2011

2011 Nursing Pinning CeremonyBefore donning their cap and gown and marching to "Pomp and Circumstance" on Saturday, sixty-two students who have met requirements to enter the nursing profession will participate in a pinning ceremony Friday evening. The event will take place 6 p.m., Friday, May 6, at Nisbett Center, Copperweld Arena at Motlow's Moore County campus.

The ritual of a pinning ceremony is a long standing tradition held at the conclusion of one's education and the pin itself is designed to signify the school the nurse attended. During the pinning, each nursing student will come forward with a person they have chosen to be their pinner to receive a Motlow nursing pin. Students honor a friend, relative or mentor who was of assistance to them during nursing school to be their pinner.

The 2011 graduates have chosen Teresa S. Boyer, associate professor of nursing at Motlow, to be the speaker for the event. She is a 1983 graduate of Motlow's nursing program and in 1992 she received a Master of Science degree and neonatal nurse practitioner designation from Vanderbilt University. Boyer returned to teach at Motlow in 2001 and for ten years her rapport with the students is evident as she assists first year students and is an instructor for second-year students.

During the ceremony the students, dressed in traditional white nursing uniforms, will recite the "Florence Nightingale Pledge" in honor of the woman revered as the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale saved thousands of lives as she walked the halls of the battlefield hospital and became known as the "lady with the lamp." As a tribute to her dedication, the lamp icon became symbolic of nursing and the lighting of each student's lamp is also a part of the pinning ceremony.

Four individual awards to be presented during the ceremony include: Outstanding Academic Award, Outstanding Contribution to the Class, Outstanding Clinical Award LPN and Outstanding Clinical Award Generic. On Saturday, students who have met all requirements will graduate with an associate of applied science degree in nursing and will be eligible to sit for their N-CLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse. Motlow students who are candidates for graduation include: Amina Dauda-Maclin, Cynthia Woodard and Sylvia Zielinska of Antioch; Jennifer Barnes of Christiana; Shauna Moore of Cookeville; Nicole Aanstad and Sara Osborne of Cowan; Lauren Ogle of Elora; Charis Brown, Colleen May and Lynn  Nieman of Estill Springs; Jenny Sullivan of Fayetteville; Amanda Walker of Huntland; Michael Turner of LaVergne; Cara Sidwell of Livingston; Natalie Hollis, Edward Lovely, Tayna Parton, Clint Selvage and Monica Sissom of Manchester; Erica  Jones, Candace Moore and Amanda Simmons of McMinnville; Ashley Hobbs of Morrison; Sara Bryant, Shayla Cleaves, Sharon Cumberland, Deborah Dotson, Melanie Dunn, Teresa Greer, Shannon Harmon, Amanda Henderson, Natallia Hogshead, Adrienne King, Nathan Luttrell, Kayla Ousley, Julie Salmon, Daniele Williams and Brittney Willis of Murfreesboro; Leah Nobles, Rachel  Pearson and Matthew Wilder of Nashville; Angela Boyce, Renee Lamb and Camie Perkins of Rockvale; Crystal Payne of Sherwood; Loti Panter of Smithville; Michelle DiPillo, Alicia Fleming, Crystal Fults, Ashley Gregory, Melissa Ingram, Jessica Purnell, Melissa Taylor and Matthew West of Smyrna; Veronica Omitowoju and Rebecca Swiger of Tullahoma; Nathan Donaldson of Unionville; Dakka Partin and Leigh Ann Perry of Winchester and Jennifer Smith of Woodbury.