DECEMBER 16, 2014 – Thirty-eight students who completed the Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program this December received their Georgetown nursing pins at a special ceremony on Saturday.
Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Edilma Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, interim chair of the Department of Nursing, welcomed the audience gathered in the ICC Auditorium.
Jean Nelson Farley (NHS’72), MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing, spoke about the history of Georgetown’s nursing pin and reminded the students of the responsibility that comes with wearing it.
“Your acceptance of the nursing pin today signifies your right and privilege to practice professional nursing, grounded in Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition of ‘men and women for others,’” she says.
She noted that the pin should also remind the students that they are highly educated critical thinkers, scientists, and strategists.
Zachary Walko (NHS’14) was selected by his classmates to deliver the student address.
“We are entering a profession with a long, storied history,” he said. “While nursing has seen drastic changes in the way we manage and care for patients – new technologies that prolong and better lives – critical elements remain and always will remain the same: our proximity to patients, the garnered public trust from years of skilled and compassionate care, our relentless advocacy for patients’ rights.”
Sarah B. Vittone, MSN, MA, RN, president of the Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing, inducted new members of the organization and distributed the chapter’s awards for scholarly project and clinical excellence.
The former went to Valerie Hill (NHS’14), Elizabeth Hitzel (NHS’14), and Jessica Weber (NHS’14) for their project, “The Nurses’ Role in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Series Completion: A Systematic Review.” And the latter went to Lindsay Howell (NHS’14) and Samantha Marr (NHS’14).
By Bill Cessato