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Practical nursing students pinned at RCC ceremony

On July 28, 17 students pledged to devote their lives to “service and the high ideals of the nursing profession” after their successful completion of Rappahannock Community College’s practical nursing curriculum. The ceremony was kindly hosted by Lebanon Worship Center in Saluda (Middlesex County).

RCC Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony

RCC Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Attendees were welcomed to the ceremony by Robert Griffin, RCC’s acting vice president for academic and student affairs. Several class members rose to share their reflections about the experience they gained and the personal relationships they built as a result of the program; the gathering was then treated to vocal and violin performances by the multi-talented graduates. The keynote speaker was Karen Taliaferro, who directs RCC’s nurse aide program as well as teaching in the practical nursing and associate-degree nursing programs. Other members of the practical nursing faculty are program director Jan Stephens, Gaylen Davis, and Natalie Johnson.

A section of the printed program was reserved for notes from each student expressing thanks to family, friends, and other well-wishers for their support and encouragement. Common to almost all the messages was the declaration, “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Receiving pins at the event were Ashley Burton and Yolonda Sayles, both of Essex County; Jessica Everett, Savannah Forrest, and Joy Gutekunst, all of Gloucester County; April Akers, King and Queen County; Eva Hancock, Angela Miller, and Marisha Rodgers, all of King William County; Laura Jessie, Raven King, Elizabeth Marshall, and April Paulos, all of Middlesex County; Deborah Cox, Amy Dawson, and Heather Powers, all of Northumberland County; and Jessica McCloskey, Richmond County.

Photo: Seventeen students of RCC’s practical nursing program received their pins at a ceremony on July 28. Left to right, front row: nursing instructor Karen Taliaferro; students Savannah Forrest, Eva Hancock, Raven King, Joy Gutekunst, Angela Miller, Amy Dawson, Heather Powers, and April Paulos; practical nursing program director Jan Stephens; and nursing instructor Gaylen Davis. Back row, left to right: Deborah Cox, Elizabeth Marshall, April Akers, Marisha Rodgers, Yolonda Sayles, Jessica McCloskey, Laura Jessie, Jessica Everett, and Ashley Burton.

2 Responses to “Practical nursing students pinned at RCC ceremony”

  1. Deborah Cox says:

    What a great bunch of nurses! Thanks for all your help this past year. I will never forget you!

  2. Nancy says:

    Congrats, everyone!

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