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

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Central Arizona College celebrated the 52nd Nursing Division Graduating Class during the Spring 2016 Nursing Pinning Ceremony held at the Signal Peak Campus on May 11.

Twenty-five 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 and Acting President Dr. James Moore, welcomed guests and congratulated students on their accomplishments.

The graduates were then addressed by Sarah Deshler, Professor of Nursing. She discussed the advancements in nursing practices and stressed to the students that as a nurse you are “with people in the best times and worst times of their lives.” Following a brief video showcasing the human connection to patient care from the Cleveland Clinic, Professor Deshler advised students, “Caring for your patients needs to be your priority.”

Once the graduates received their pins, class speaker Nancy Jo Zinda-Faulkner addressed her fellow graduates. “It is an honor to care for those in pain and a gift not to be taken for granted.”

Racquel Galvan was recognized with the Outstanding Clinical Student Award and Samantha Dolen was presented with the Certificate of Achievement Award.

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:

Samantha Dolen

Tamara Ericson

Bibyanna Espinoza

Racquel Galvan

Jesus Guanajuato

Kelley Hanson

Brandon Hardin

Nicole Kranendonk

Jenna Minjarez

Samantha Orozco

Marissa Patchett

Liberti Ramirez

Jeffery Reel

Nicole Schall

Jessica Schooley

Michelle Shearer

Amy Spaulding

Nysa Taylor

Justina Valenzuela

Yuri Vavages

Hailey Watson

April Wolanin

Courtney Worthington

Paulina Zapata

Nancy Jo Zinda-Faulkner

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