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Mars Hill University's First Three Nursing Graduates Receive Pins

Mhu Nursing Pinning Ceremony
(l-r) Jessica Dennison, Amanda Lambert, and Stephanie Shelton recite the Nightingale/Nursing Pledge during their pinning ceremony

Friday evening, December 16, 2016, three Mars Hill University students will become the institution's first nursing graduates. But on Thursday evening, the university marked their accomplishment with an event unique to the nursing program: the pinning ceremony.

Jessica Dennison of Asheville, N.C.; Amanda Lambert of Brevard, N.C.; and Stephanie Shelton of Mars Hill, N.C., are the first students to complete the requirements to receive a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree through Mars Hill's Judge-McRae School of Nursing. These three nurses already were registered nurses (R.N.) and earned their B.S.N.'s through the university's registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) program, which began in the summer of 2015 Mars Hill also offers a four-year, pre-licensure B.S.N.; the first cohort in that program began classes this fall.

Graduating nurses receive a pin which signifies their transition from the student role to the medical practice role. The tradition is said to have originated in the 1860s with Florence Nightingale, who presented medals of excellence to the graduating nurses of the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London, England. As part of Thursday evening's ceremony, Dennison, Lambert, and Shelton recited the Nightingale/Nursing Pledge, which is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians.

Mhu Nursing Pin Design

The design of the Mars Hill University Judge-McRae School of Nursing pin, given to graduates receiving their bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The pin depicts the cupola of the university and the lamp of the nursing school. The year of establishment of the nursing school, 2015, is on the front, as well as the B.S.N. initials. On the back are the year of graduation and the initials of the graduate.