• New nurses pinned, provided ingredients for becoming great
By Linda Green

The nursing instructors of the Thomson Campus of Augusta Technical College pose with eight practical nurses who were pinned in a Dec. 11 ceremony. Shown are (front from left) Destiny Willingham, Katherine Fortner, Deborah Chastain, Savannah Haywood, (back) Mary Walker, nursing department chairman, Margaret Pella, nursing instructor, Rebecca Meister, Holly Barker, Lindsey Keller, Catherine Elaine Sims, Denise Fowler, nursing instructor, and Rick Boland, the keynote speaker for the pinning ceremony and chaplain at Infinity Hospice in Aiken, S.C. Photo by Linda Green.

“Hey Nurse,” is the new name for each of the eight graduates of the practical nursing class at the Thomson campus of Augusta Technical College.
During a Dec. 11 pinning ceremony, the women were told that in whatever medical facility they go to work, their individual names would change and they will heretofore be known as “Hey Nurse.”
The Rev. Rick Boland, chaplain at Infinity Hospice in Aiken, S.C., jokingly made that statement in his keynote address telling the graduates what it takes to be “a great nurse.”
“Caring hearts are essential to what it takes to be a good nurse,” he said.
A pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., Dec. 16, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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