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Manchester Community College Holds 28th Nurse Pinning

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:

Auburn
Tiffany Alberts; Stephanie Dambach and Hannah Mercer

Bedford
Heather Worster

Concord
Lisa Langenberger

Danville
Laura Dolloff

Deerfield
Molly Androski

Deering
Ellen Parker

Derry
Kimberley Hodnett; Debra Jesionowski; Cristina Mooshian and Darlene Morin

Epping
Kelly Main

Exeter
Christine Kizik

Goffstown
Melanie Ohlin and Jayne Thompson

Hooksett
Heather Day; Ariana Lodise and Amanda Manzella

Londonderry
Julie Casey; Sandra Cole and Lori Coleman

Loudon
Michelle Rule

Manchester
Susan Chalogias; Kelly Emery; Lucila Fields; Jennifer Gourde; Melissa Lopez; Shelly Morrissey; Edda Sicoli; Mirnesa Taletovic and John Gourde

Merrimack
Jaclyn Gagne; Amy Lodge and Valerie Olson

Milford
Katie Brassard and Kyra Lewis

Nashua
Susan Frieda

New Boston
Michelle Miller

New Ipswich
Amy Martel

Penacook
Jennifer Bowker

Raymond
Casey DeYoung; Kathleen Hansen and Beth Harmon

Sandown
Leah Sancoff

Wilton
Roni Conlon