The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden celebrated sixty-three nursing students with a pinning ceremony on January 17. The ceremony marked a significant milestone, the successful completion of the students’ rigorous educational requirements that will enable them to sit for the state licensure examination and transition into professional nursing practice.
“The transition from nursing student to professional nurse is a pivotal moment full of pride shared by our entire Rutgers University community – their dean, instructors, alumni, fellow students and supporters,” said Donna Nickitas, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. “Graduates, stand and face your family and friends. Wave to them, applaud them, and say ‘thank you’! It is their ongoing support, care, and unwavering commitment that has made this evening possible.”
The ceremony debuted the School’s new pin design and launched a new tradition – each nursing graduate received their pin as a gift from generous donors. The ‘Pin It Forward’ campaign, introduced on Oct. 25, 2018, so far has raised $5,800 from proud alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends eager to support this future generation of nurses.
“Each school of nursing designs and awards a customized pin. What a beautiful pin we have! Your pin will remind you of where you were educated and prepared to serve society and advance the healthcare needs of our nation,” remarked Dean Nickitas.
Some graduates also received awards recognizing their clinical achievements: Alyssa Whalen and Amber Zoppo, RN, (Community Health); Sarah Kennedy and Adriana Lazo-Brito, RN, (Leadership); Nika Iliopoulos (Maternal Child); Jeremy Smith (Medical Surgical); Maureen Hepner (Mental Health); and Jennifer Morrell (Pediatrics).
View a gallery of photos from the event on Flickr »