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2016 Nurse Pinning Ceremony


On May 4, 2016, nearly 200 family members were on hand as the Health Sciences Division of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College held their annual Pinning Ceremony for their students marking the successful conclusion of their undergraduate studies.  Students in the Practical Nursing program lit candles and pledged to serve their patients and their profession in this prestigious ceremony.


The nursing graduates and their families were inspired by the keynote speaker, Dr. Debra Lett, Alabama Board of Nursing’s Director of Nursing Education Programs.  Dr. Lett’s career in nursing spans nearly 40 years. Dr. Lett spoke eloquently about her experiences with patients and students and of the many nurses who had an impact on her life. “Protect your patients, protect your license and protect yourself” was the resounding point she made to the students.  


Prior to the actual pinning and candle-lighting ceremony, Dr. Deborah Milling, Nursing Instructor at Drake State, explained history of the professional pin as a symbol that dates back to Florence Nightingale. “The pin represents service and individual achievement,” Milling said. “Wear your pins with pride.”

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