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Education Center hosts pinning ceremony for new nurses

☷Education Center hosts pinning ceremony for new nurses

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   Kelly Scarbrough receives her nursing pin from Lincoln University School of Nursing Program Coordinator Megan Titus during a pinning ceremony for 21 new nurses May 3 at Lincoln Hall Auditorium . The ceremony – which is a separate event from the official university graduation commencement – is unique to the nursing field , and harkens back to the pioneering , mid - 19th Century medical modernization work of Florence Nightingale . Each school of nursing has a unique pin they present to their graduates . The pin of the Lincoln University School of Nursing contain......s a profile of Abraham Lincoln – the university’s namesake – along with a lamp superimposed upon an opened book . The opened book represents nursing’s continuing quest for knowledge; the lamp symbolizes Florence Nightingale , the founder of professional nursing . FORT LEONARD WOOD , Mo . — The Truman Education Center hosted a pinning ceremony for 21 new nurses May 3 at Lincoln Hall Auditorium . The graduates , from Lincoln University — one of seven universities and colleges with a physical presence on Fort Leonard Wood — completed all course and lab work necessary to earn their undergraduate Associate of Applied Science degree . The group included Toryana Biggers , Andrea Birdsong , Hannah Booker , Sabrina Childress , Joyce Deku , Amanda Everhart , Ashlea Ford , Alida Fondjie , Javonda Kossuth , Morgan Lyons , Cassy Martin , Courtney Miessen , Jessica Millius , Amanda Parker , Ariane Radji , Ashlyn Saladino , Kelly Scarbrough , Jena Stevenson , Amanda Taylor , Kimberly Wild and Dalila Yeates . The pinning ceremony — which is a separate event from the official university graduation commencement — is unique to the nursing field , and harkens back to the pioneering , mid - 19th Century medical modernization work of Florence Nightingale , said Megan Titus , Lincoln University School of Nursing program coordinator . “The nursing pin is a symbol of service and involves many professional rights and responsibilities , ” she said . “It also represents honor and courage . Nurses honor the circle of life . We honor the miracle of birth and the process of death . ” Each school of nursing has a unique pin they present to their graduates , Titus added . “The pin of the Lincoln University School of Nursing was originally designed for the departments’ first graduates in 1971 , ” she said . “The pin is composed of two concentric circles . The center of the inner circle contains a profile of Abraham Lincoln encircled by the words , ‘School of Nursing . ’ The lower quarter of the inner circle contains a lamp which is superimposed upon an opened book . The opened book represents nursing’s continuing quest for knowledge; the lamp symbolizes Florence Nightingale , the founder of professional nursing . ” This is Scarbrough’s third undergraduate degree , and she said becoming a nurse takes a lot of dedication , but it’s also very rewarding . “There’s a lot of studying that goes into nursing school , ” she said . “There’s a lot of medical terminology that goes into it — it’s not stuff we use every day . There’s the time away from your family and friends , when you have to just focus . The first semester , it’s , like , 12 - hour days , and then the second , third and fourth semesters , it’s , like , eight - to 10 - hour days . You’re learning the ins and outs of the hospital; you’re learning how to have therapeutic communication — how to talk to clients , how to assess your clients , how to do proper nursing care — I thoroughly enjoyed it . It was really hard , but it’s a very rewarding field to go into . ” Nursing has been referred to as a “calling , ” and Scarbrough said she’s always loved helping people . “It’s embedded in my nature to be there for people , because they’re going through something that they maybe never thought would happen to them , and they just need somebody who is compassionate and loving , and wants to do everything to advocate for them , ” she said . Scarbrough said she and her fellow classmates are now considered “graduate nurses . ” To become a registered nurse — and be officially licensed by the state to provide and coordinate patient care — the graduates must next pass a standardized exam called the NCLEX , which stands for National Council Licensure Examination . Many hospitals hire graduate nurses and give them a timeframe to become an RN . Originally from Memphis , Tennessee , Scarbrough said she and her family have been living in the area for about 13 years — her husband is in the Marine Corps Reserve and works on Fort Leonard Wood . Her goal is to continue her nursing education and eventually become a psychiatric nurse practitioner . “I really think our mental health — it needs a lot of help in the society we live in today , ” she said . Stevenson was a combat medic in the Army for eight years — her husband is still serving as a combat medic — and they’re soon due to move to Joint Base Lewis - McChord , Washington . Nursing is a lot different than her previous health care experience , she said . “Combat medic is 100 percent just stop the bleeding , make sure they’re still breathing , and get them to the next level of care , ” she said . “In nursing , you have to worry about things , like , whether or not they’re on blood pressure medications . There’s just so many more in - depth things you have to think about . ” Like Scarbrough , Stevenson said she also has multiple degrees already , but this program “was like nothing I’ve done before . ” “The way you have to think; the way you have to study is intense , ” she said . The education center is open to assist customers from 7:30 a . m . to 4:30 p . m . Monday through Friday . Call 573 . 596 . 0172 , or visit Bldg . 499 , for more information on education opportunities available here .


05 May 2022 ( May 05 2022 )



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