After two years of study, 25 graduates of the Lillian Duer James School of Nursing at Richmond Community College celebrated completion of the Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) program at a pinning ceremony Thursday night at the Cole Auditorium.
Dr. Dale McInnis, president of RCC, welcomed everyone to the 37th pinning ceremony honoring the students who worked hard and persevered to complete the rigorous nursing program. He also recognized the nursing faculty for their hard work and support in making the nursing program a success.
“Welcome to all who have supported and nourished these students and who have been a part of this journey for them,” McInnis said. “Tonight’s ceremony is a very important and special one. It is a once-in-a-lifetime event for each of these students.”
Registered nurse Mary Shy, who is a graduate of RCC’s ADN program and is now an advanced practice nurse, was the guest speaker for the pinning ceremony. She also served as an instructor for the class.
“To the Class of 2014, congratulations on your achievement. You have chosen a wonderful and rewarding profession to go into,” Shy said. “As you take on this new challenge from the role of a student to a registered nurse, don’t forget the determination and dedication that got you to this point. As you grow in the nursing profession, I want you to remember to have compassion and never forget the simple gestures that make a difference for your patients and their families.”
Chaise Millen, ADN Class of 2014 president, also addressed his fellow classmates.
“From here on, we’re not mere citizens but a breed of superheroes called nurses,” Millen said. “People will seek our opinion and our advice. Look to us for knowledge and guidance, and most of all, trust our expertise with their lives. Wherever life takes us and wherever we work, we will be great nurses, and we will make a difference in each of our patient’s lives.”
Tina Driggers, ADN Class of 2014 vice president, led the class in reciting the nurse’s pledge.
The Lillian Duer James Family Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to Logan Shelley of Rockingham.
The Sandhills Regional Medical Center Golden Stethoscope Award was presented to Andy Graves of Laurinburg.
The Hamlet Hospital Alumni Award was presented to Chaise Millen of Rockingham.
The Lloyd and Mary Louise King Mental Health Nursing Award was presented to Kelli Easterling of Hamlet.
The Carolina Women’s Center Obstetric Award was presented to LaTosha Oxendine of Rowland.
The Lillian Duer James Family Pediatric Award was presented to Corrine Griffin of Rockingham.
The Scotland Memorial Hospital Nursing Service Award was presented to Logan Shelley of Rockingham.
The Scotland Memorial Hospital Administration Award was presented to Porsche David of Laurinburg.
The Phyllis Caviness Gerontology Award was presented to Angela Clark of Hamlet.
The FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital Professional Nursing Awards were presented to Tammy Bundy and Kelli Easterling, both of Hamlet.
The Laura Susan Sharpe Memorial Nursing Award was presented to Heather Haynes of Rockingham.
The Susan Sharpe Cancer Support Group Award was presented to Deanna Hodges of Hamlet.
The Joseph W. Grimsley Humanitarian Award was presented to Tina Driggers of Laurel Hill.