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Mars Hill University Recognizes Second Group of Nursing Graduates

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Mars Hill University's R.N. to B.S.N. graduates for spring 2017 (l-r) Annette Austin, Edward Burgin, Katrina Dodson, Brittney Hopson, Teisha Lewis, and Audrey Shomper.

Six registered nurses completing their bachelor of science in nursing degrees this spring or summer were recognized Friday evening, May 12, 2017, at a pinning ceremony at Mars Hill University. The six are the second group of students to complete the R.N. to B.S.N. (registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing) program through the university's Judge-McRae School of Nursing.

Annette Austin of Waynesville, North Carolina; Edward Burgin of Asheville, North Carolina; Katrina Dodson of Marshall, North Carolina; Brittney Hopson of Spruce Pine, North Carolina; and Audrey Shomper of Hendersonville, North Carolina; will receive their degrees during Mars Hill's spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13. Teisha Lewis of Arden, North Carolina, will complete her requirements over the summer.

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Judge-McRae School of Nursing faculty member Chuck Tucker (far right) leads R.N. to B.S.N. graduates in the Nightingale Pledge during the lamp lighting portion of the nursing pinning ceremony.

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 Friday evening's ceremony, the nurses lit lamps and recited the Nightingale/Nursing Pledge, which is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. Friday's ceremony came on the anniversary of Nightingale's birth on May 12, 1820.