Success has been achieved by 14 Student Vocational Nurses at the Cerro Coso Community College Eastern Sierra College Center in Bishop and Mammoth. A formal Capping and Nursing Pinning was held on Friday, May 3 immediately following the college commencement exercise in Bishop.
"The nursing ceremony is a well-known and honored event. Students start planning for this ceremony very early in their three-semester program," stated Cheryl Gates, Director of Vocational Nursing and Health Career Programs at Cerro Coso Community College.
For a nursing student, being pinned signifies completion. The tight bonds made with peers and faculty members – and the prospect of beginning a professional career in nursing – fuel the ceremony with emotion.
The highlight of the ceremony is always the candle-lighting and recitation of the Nursing Pledge. The nursing capping and the Nightingale Ceremony remain a treasured part of the total student nursing experience. Formal recognition was given to the graduates and to the families and friends, who supported them during their numerous hours of study, reading of their textbooks or working at clinical facilities.
The path to becoming a nurse is long, steep and sometimes rocky and the ceremony provides validation that the difficult and adventuresome college experiences have been achieved. The pinning and capping is a beautiful tradition that welcomes graduates into the world of professional nursing.
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