Future Nurses Recognized at Central Arizona College’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony

By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing

Central Arizona College celebrated the 50th Nursing Division Graduating Class during the Spring 2015 Nursing Pinning Ceremony held at the Signal Peak Campus on May 7.

Twenty-seven students were recognized for completing the college’s nursing program, one of the most challenging curricula offered in higher education.

The pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition of nursing schools across the country, signifies a student’s completion of the program.

Director of Nursing Tina Berry began the ceremony by stating a few nursing statistics, “The current nursing workforce is 5.5 million strong. During a single shift, a nurse will on average walk over 4 miles, safely lift over 1.8 tons and care for nearly 7 patients.” She added, “Despite all that the profession asks of them, nurses continue to make a difference every single day. And that is, perhaps their noblest quality of all.”

The graduates were then addressed by Amy O’Neil-Calloway, Professor of Nursing. She emphasized the important traits of being a successful nurse and provided advice to help graduates make a difference in the workplace.

Once the graduates received their pins, class speaker Abraham Graves addressed his fellow graduates. “Life is short, life is precious. But now, more than ever, as nurses we have the chance to make someone’s life brighter.” he said.

Additionally, awards were given to a select few graduates. Lorra Gilbert was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award, Luis Munoz earned the program’s Leadership Award and Steven Crow was presented with the Outstanding Clinician Award.

Each year the Central Arizona Student Nurses’ Association (CASNA) awards a scholarship to students from each block in honor of Professor Lynn S. Long who passed away in 2012. Recipients included; Nicholas Greathouse (Block I), Bibyanna Espinoza (Block II), Blair Sepulveda (Block III) and Lolita Perez (Block IV).

The evening concluded with a candle lighting ceremony and the graduates taking the Florence Nightingale Pledge. The pledge, an adaption of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath, was written in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit.

The following students received their pins during the ceremony and will receive an associate of applied science degree:

Shaun Alston

Jenna Blaylock

Stephanie Brusuelas 

Elizabeth Clemons    

Steven Crow

Amanda Estravit

Adrian Mikelle Evans

Lorra Gilbert

Abraham Graves

Monica Hernandez

Daniel High

Ariane Kramer

Heather Logan

Jennifer Mata

Casie McDowell

Kristy Millikan

Luis Munoz

Hedwick Musinzi

Kimberly E. Nowak

Maurice Owiti

Lolita Perez

Cody Piwniczka

Pablo Rivera

Heather Spanganberg

Brittnye Vincent

Jacqueline Waasdorp

Nicole Williams

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