Posted: May 22, 2013
Manchester Community College held its 28th Nurse Pinning celebration May 21 at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy and honored two 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: Michelle Miller
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: Amy Martel
Pinning Recipients are:
Tiffany Alberts; Stephanie Dambach and Hannah Mercer
Kimberley Hodnett; Debra Jesionowski; Cristina Mooshian and Darlene Morin
Melanie Ohlin and Jayne Thompson
Heather Day; Ariana Lodise and Amanda Manzella
Julie Casey; Sandra Cole and Lori Coleman
Susan Chalogias; Kelly Emery; Lucila Fields; Jennifer Gourde; Melissa Lopez; Shelly Morrissey; Edda Sicoli; Mirnesa Taletovic and John Gourde
Jaclyn Gagne; Amy Lodge and Valerie Olson
Katie Brassard and Kyra Lewis
Casey DeYoung; Kathleen Hansen and Beth Harmon