Santa Fe Community College hosts a Nurses Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Jemez Rooms on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition that dates back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her service during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she in turn presented the medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nursing graduates was standard throughout the U.S.
Of Note: These SFCC programs provide employment for students in local hospitals, long-term care facilities and out-patient centers, both in and out-of-state.
Between 2011 and 2018, SFCC’s Nursing program graduated more than 470 nurses, whose largest employer is Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. SFCC’s nursing program is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Director of the SFCC Medical Simulation Center, Ramar Jette, will address the class. Marlena Lewis and Heather Galeano are the student speakers.