Second Degree BSN Students Receive Nursing Pins

DECEMBER 18, 2013 – Fifty-three 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.

Jeanne Matthews, PhD, RN, chair of the Department of Nursing, welcomed the audience gathered in the ICC Auditorium.

“I wish to congratulate all of the graduates on this tremendous accomplishment,” she says.

Georgetown Pins

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.

Student Recognition

Eric Schena (NHS’13) was selected by his classmates to deliver the student address.

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.

In addition, Jane Fall-Dickson, PhD, RN, AOCN, assistant chair for research, distributed the chapter’s awards for scholarly project and clinical excellence.

The former went to Rachel Hampton (NHS’13) and Paul Doyle (NHS’13) for their project, “The Role of Decisional Capacity Assessment in Nursing Education and Practice.” And the latter went to Elizabeth Moulder (NHS’13) and Elizabeth Morrill (NHS’13).

Commitment to Values

Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, joined the faculty in congratulating the students.

“You are joining the thousands of Hoya nursing alumni who have come before you,” he says.  “A common thread that unifies our graduates – past, present, and future – is a commitment to the values of this university and to improving the health and well-being of all people.”

By Bill Cessato