Nurse Pinning Ceremony Held


Ashton Carnahan of Waverly receives her nurse pin from faculty member Tammy Carter during the May 9th event.


Bethel’s Department of Nursing held its ceremonial nurse pinning for its spring 2014 graduates on Friday, May 9. The evening began with dinner with graduates and their families along with nursing faculty and staff.

     The speaker for the evening was Angel Parker, BSN, RN, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, who gave an inspiring speech on the role compassion plays in the life of a nurse.

     Next, awards were presented with a milestone occurring with one award.

     “This is the first time we have not been able to determine just one student who stood out because this is such a strong class of students,” said Mary Bess Griffith, Bethel Director of Nursing. “Therefore, the award for Excellence in Clinical Performance goes to our entire class of 2014.”

     Recipients of the remaining awards included: Shaniece Bond of Jackson, who received an award in Recognition of Growth & Achievement; Jennifer Roberts of Bartlett, who received an award in Recognition of Growth & Achievement; Ashton Carnahan of Waverly, who received the Excellence in Nursing Professionalism Award; Andrew McNeese of Greeneville, who received Recognition for Caring and Compassion; and Dawn Walker of McKenzie, who received the Florence Nightingale Award in Nursing.

     After awards, the pinning ceremony began. The nurse pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcome into the nursing profession. This year’s pinning included a new component where graduates chose someone of significance in their lives who could come forward and take part in the pinning with them.

     Following pinning, Florence Nightingale lamps were lit to honor the founder of modern nursing, and graduates vowed to carry Nightingale’s ideals as they recited the International Council of Nurses Pledge.

     Spring 2014 graduates included: Sara Anese Baker of Lawrenceburg; Shaniece Noryelle Bond of Jackson; Ashton B. Carnahan (Magna Cum Laude) of Waverly; Wendy Rebecca Cude (Magna Cum Laude) of McKenzie; Britany Leigh Dyer of Medina; Jason M. Hypes of Greenfield; Melesa Gayle Lassiter of Dresden; Linzee Devan McCollum (Cum Laude) of Lexington; Kimberly Dawn McCormick of Parsons; Elizabeth Ann McCrory of Paris; Andrew Jones McNeese of Greeneville; Melissa Ann Morales of Antioch; Scott Sampson Norris Sr. of Parsons; Ashley Lauren Peterson of Huntingdon; Jennifer Lynn Roberts of Bartlett; Steven Charles Sweatt of Paris; Dawn M. Walker of McKenzie; Deseray Shaniel Washington of Jackson; Kayla Miles Watson of Cottage Grove; and Joseph Dalton Wilder of Dyersburg.