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SCC nursing grads receive pins

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Students from the Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing program at Stanly Community College had their pinning ceremony at the Providence Church of God in Locust on May 7.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Deann Welke, RN, MSN, CCRN, an ICU nurse at Atrium-Northeast in Concord.

Welke has worked part-time with the nursing program as a clinical instructor for the last eight years.

Nursing instructors Jan Almond, Angela Hamby and Kayla Huneycutt presented the students with awards.

Family and friends watched as 35 graduates received their nurse’s pin from instructors Dr. Blair Whitley and Chassity Washburn, MSN, RN, CNE, as the director of nursing at SCC.

The pinning ceremony symbolizes completion of the nursing program at SCC. The graduates will become licensed nurses after passing the National Council Licensure Examination in the summer.

Instructor Wanda Huneycutt, MSN, RN, CNE read the Nightingale pledge as the class lit candles and recited the pledge in memory of Florence Nightingale.

This pledge is a statement of principles indicating the nurses’ commitment to professionalism and patient care.

The nursing program is named in honor of Kelley, the first chairwoman of the college Board of Trustees and the first woman to chair a community college board in North Carolina. Kelley served for 28 years as a college trustee.

— Stanly Community College