SRTC Nursing Graduates Honored in Pinning Ceremony

Published 11:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2024

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THOMASVILLE, GA (05/06/2024)– On Monday, May 6, 2024, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) held a pinning ceremony at SRTC-Moultrie during which 32 Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students from the SRTC-Thomasville and SRTC-Tifton cohorts received their nursing pins. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. This class of nursing students is eligible to participate in SRTC’s formal graduation ceremony on July 30 and will officially be Registered Nurses (RN) pending the passage of their board exams.

The ASN students receiving pins include Ta’Keria Smith of Bainbridge.

During the pinning ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, students received a pin and a small lamp. The pin reminds students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the nineteenth century, Nightingale was known as the “Lady with the Lamp,” tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way.

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At the ceremony, faculty members recognized several students for exceptional achievement during their time in the nursing program. Talisha Williams of Albany and Jessica Mullis of Sparks received the Clinical Excellence Award. This is a special award because their classmates vote on the recipient. This person has excellent bedside manner and great nursing skills. The student is a leader and is always willing to assist their classmates.

The Highest Exit Exam Award was given to Hallie Powell of Moultrie and Jessica Mullis of Sparks for scoring the highest on the exit exam on the first attempt.

SRTC’s ASN faculty recognized Shakerria Taylor of Thomasville and Jessica Mullis of Sparks with the Nightingale Awards. The ASN faculty established the Nightingale Award in recognition of an outstanding student who exemplifies the characteristics essential to the caring nature of nursing. The recipient is a person who always displays a positive attitude, is reflective of the college’s work ethic standards, epitomizes the carative nature of our profession, and consistently demonstrates gentleness, kindness, professionalism, and dedication.

Finally, Archbold Medical Center presented their Leadership Award to Alison Fletcher of Thomasville and Tyler Goodwin of Sylvester. Throughout the last year, these students have been positive in the classroom, led others by example, and demonstrated excellent clinical skills. These students have done an outstanding job with patient care, never complaining while always learning. They have spent many hours in the classroom, virtual hospital and the clinical setting to promote the success of fellow classmates.

“The ASN students being pinned and graduating this semester are the first cohort I taught here at Southern Regional Technical College,” said SRTC’s ASN Faculty Mariea Jackson, BSN, RN. “Throughout their time here, they have allowed me to celebrate their victories and, on occasion, wipe their tears. It’s a humbling experience to hear their names being called, knowing I was part of their journey. I want each student here to know that no matter where they go in life, my door will always be open.”

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for diverse clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The SRTC ASN program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

SRTC offers over 150 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get graduates quickly into a desired career, and 28 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in eleven counties across Southwest Georgia for the convenience of its students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to or call (888) 205 – 3449.

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