On December 19, the Practical Nursing program honored 18 graduates during its 161st Pinning Ceremony held at the NC Biotechnology Center. After Dr. Ingram welcomed attendees, LaShanda Brown, MSN, PhD(c), a sister of one of the graduates, addressed the graduates. Several students presented farewell addresses, followed by Magdiel Rodriguez-Lopez’s entertaining reflections, using a Nursing Care Plan style, on the struggles and hardships students faced during the program. According to Rodriquez-Lopez, students experienced “alteration in sleep patterns, as evidenced by sleep deprivation, long hours studying, bloodshot eyes, early waking hours, and overindulgence in coffee!” After the ceremony, graduates and their guests enjoyed a reception of food, cake, and beverages catered through the Biotechnology Center.
An extra special thank you to the Practical Nursing Executive Committee, PN faculty, and Student Senate for their support.