The Bethel University Nursing Department held its annual pinning and awards ceremony on Friday, May 4 at the McKenzie Church of Christ.
The pinning ceremony is a traditional and symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses who graduated the following morning with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, were presented with pins specially designed to affiliate them with Bethel University. Each new nurse was presented with the pin from a loved one he or she individually chose.
Dr. Mary Bess Griffith, Director of the Bethel Nursing Program, reminded graduates about the significance of the ceremony and of the pin.
“After all these years, I still have my nurse pin from my university,” she said, “and it is very meaningful to me.”
Members of the Class of 2018 who took part in the pinning ceremony were: Jose Antonio Aguilera Loredo of Columbia, Amanda Beth Barber of Bradford, Madison Brooke Baucum of McKenzie, Tracey M. Bell of Humboldt, Stephanie Nicole Caldwell of Martin, Hannah Frances Clifton of Atoka, Zachary Ray Deason of Stewart, Andrea Marie Demoulin of Jackson, Katlyn Jeanae Drummond of Henry, Patience Joy Ellington of Gleason, Maria G. Escamilla of McKenzie, Mallory Renae Floyd of Hohenwald, Amy LeeAnn Fowler of Lexington, Jessica Lawley Hammett of Big Sandy, Joshua Keith Haywood of Huntingdon, Rebecca Elise Hodges of Gleason, Monica Nicole Hutchison of Bells, Morgan Haley Jarrett of McKenzie, Bridgette B. Jones of Cordova, Dasha Akila Mason of Grand Junction, Ashley Beth Mays of Parsons, Amanda Lynn McDaniel of McKenzie, Mindy Lynn McGuire of Waverly, Mariah Taylor McKenty of McKenzie, Megan Anne McLaughlin of Gibson, Peyton Elizabeth Moody of Huntingdon, Spencer Kane Morse of Gleason, Evan Glenn Owrey of Jackson, Austin Bo Simko of Huntingdon, Kayla Michelle Taylor of Paris, Rebecca Carol Troxel of Dyersburg, and Elizabeth Tommie Williams of Dresden.
Speaker for the evening was retired Bethel University Nursing Faculty Member Tammy Carter who had retired midway through this class’ coursework.
“I feel very privileged that I got to be here with you on your first day of your nursing degree journey and that I am getting to spend the last day of that journey with you as well,” said Carter.
Awards were also presented with Jessica Hammett of Big Sandy earning the Excellence in Clinical Performance Award and Bo Simko of Huntingdon and Kayla Taylor of Paris both receiving an Award of Recognition for Caring and Compassion. Katlyn Drummond of Henry was presented the Excellence in Nursing Professionalism Award; Morgan Jarrett of McKenzie earned the Sigma Theta Tau Academic Excellence Award, and Hannah Clifton of Atoka was named the Florence Nightingale Model Student Nurse.
The Class of 2018 also made a $1,200 check presentation during the evening to Roger and Cindy McPeake, representatives of the Dresden Women’s Shelter. The group had raised the money after volunteering at the shelter and seeing unmet needs.
Director Griffith was also recognized by her fellow faculty members with her own Bethel University Nursing Pin after it was announced that she would be leaving this summer to accept a new position as Dean at Cumberland University.
The traditional lighting of the Florence Nightingale lamp was one final symbol of commitment and dedication as the soon to be graduates recited the Nightingale Pledge. The Nightingale Pledge, an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians.
The Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares its graduates for entry level Registered Nurse positions in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings and for entry into graduate studies which lead to advanced degrees in nursing. It also offers an online RN-BSN program that accomplishes the same outcomes as the on-site BSN program.
Bethel University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX – the licensing examination that measures nurse readiness – the past four out of five years.
For more information about Bethel University’s Nursing program contact Ginger Evans at 731-352-6466.
Brooke Baucum (right) is presented her nursing pin by her mother.
2018 Nursing Grad Jessica Hammett (left) was presented the Excellence in Clinical Performance Award by Dr. Holly Kimbrel.
2018 Grad Bo SimKo earned Recognition for Caring and Compassion. He is presented the award by nursing faculty member Dayna Edwards.
Nursing Grad Kayla Taylor also received Recognition for Caring and Compassion from nursing faculty member Dayna Edwards.
Nursing Graduate Katie Drummond (right) was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Professionalism Award.
Graduate Morgan Jarrett (right) accepts the Sigma Theta Tau Academic Excellence Award from nursing faculty member Dr. Jenny Webb.
Nursing Grad Hannah Clifton (right) is presented the Florence Nightingale Model Student Nurse Award by Bethel Director of Nursing Dr. Mary Bess Griffith.
The Bethel University Class of 2018 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates take part in the Florence Nightingale Candlelighting Ceremony.
Class President Hannah Clifton presents a $1,200 check on behalf of her peers to Roger and Cindy McPeake. The money will be used for unmet needs at the Dresden Women's Shelter.