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Manchester Community College Holds 27th Nurse Pinning

Alannah Doremus, 5, pins her mom, Victoria, during the Nurse Pinning Ceremony Alannah Doremus, 5, pins her mom, Victoria, during the Nurse Pinning Ceremony
Photo by Piper Jo Nevins

Posted: May 23, 2012

Manchester Community College held its 27th Nurse Pinning celebration May 21 at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, and honored several students with special awards.

"The tradition of nursing pins began in 1855, when Queen Victoria presented a pin to Florence Nightingale in appreciation for her work with the British soldiers during the Crimean War," says Charlene Wolfe-Stepro, chair of MCC's nursing program. In the 19th century, many hospitals in the U.S. adopted Nightingale's principles and founded special schools for nursing. Gradually many of the schools were moved to colleges and universities, which then began giving Nursing Pins to their graduates. "The nursing pin of each school of nursing is unique," says Wolfe-Stepro, "and only graduates of that school may wear the pin as a statement that they have successfully completed the program."

Several students received awards:

The Nursing Spirit Award recognizes a graduating senior who displays a love of the college, the nursing program and the profession, and who, by infectious enthusiasm, motivates and inspires others around her. Recipient: Lauren Gurskis (Goffstown)

The Nursing Excellence Award is presented to a graduating senior with a high academic standing, ability to apply theory to practice, and dedication to the art of caring. Recipient: Iryna King (Hooksett)

The Ed and Eleanor Kelley Memorial Scholarship Award is given to the student who most demonstrates professional promise in the areas of therapeutic communication, critical thinking and compassion to patients and their families. Recipient: Amy Martel

2012 Pinning Recipients:

Bow
Katryn Goldthwaite

Brentwood
Julie Hale

Brookline
Jennifer Vertullo

Candia
Kristen Gould

Concord
Edward Roy

Deerfield
Pamela Nation

Derry
Kristine Cherbonneau; Samantha Crehan; Rebecca Fournier; Amy Hollingworth; Roxanne Moerloos; JodiSalerno and Alysia Smith

East Hampstead
Marla Berg and Karen Carpenter

Goffstown
Lauren Gurskis and Keira Martin

Hooksett
Jennifer Forest and Iryna King

Hudson
Danielle Coffill; Joanna Dillon and David Hamilton

Lee
Sarah Davison

Litchfield
Jennifer Thebodeau

Londonderry
Michael Gillespie; Rachel Hollingsworth and Tina McGuirk

Manchester
Jessica Austin; Stacey Boisvert; Nathaniel Box; Randi Carter; Aaron Coltin: Johanna Corriveau; Theresa Defosses; Lisa Gomulka; Erin Hebert; Odette Lekien; Wanda Lopez; Kerin Malley; Consolata Omingo; Katie Testagrossa; Betty Jo Villeneuve and Sherry Warner

Nashua
Kimberly Christensen; Jennifer Mills and Amy Morissette

New Boston
Marissa Charest and Kimberly Perkins

Peterborough
Kelsey Stewart

Raymond
Christine Brothwell; Victoria Doremus and Alicia Soucy

Somersworth
Felicia Orchard

Wilton
Autumn Vergo