Edison Community College’s nursing program wrapped up the spring 2012 semester with accolades for a past graduate and a pinning ceremony honoring its most recent graduating class.
Edison nursing graduate Jennifer Kiser was recently named the Upper Valley Medical Center’s Cameos of Caring Award recipient and received a nursing excellence award at the spring nursing forum.
The award, started by Ellen Rudy while a dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 1998, seeks to recognize the contributions of outstanding bedside registered nurses. Patricia Martin, dean of the Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health brought the program to the region in 2000.
An event will be held in October to honor this year’s recipients.
The college also honored 28 graduates from its nursing program May 9, at the Piqua Campus with a pinning ceremony that marks the initial journey into nursing.
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing and the graduate is usually pinned by the faculty members who have worked with the students throughout their course of study. Each school has a unique pin, which serves as a symbol of the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum, which prepares its graduates to administer to the sick and injured and promote health through the practice of nursing.
More than 200 attendees were on hand for the ceremony. Each graduate had the opportunity to submit a word of thanks to those who have made the end of this portion of their education possible, which was read as they received their pin from an Edison nursing faculty member.
Edison faculty members Julia Galbreath, Carla Strater and Jill Bobb performed the pinning following opening remarks from Edison president Dr. Cris Valdez and Dean Gwen Stevenson.