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Hartnell Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony on Thursday

June 1st, 2008

Hartnell College nursing students in the Class of 2008 will hold their pinning and candlelight service on Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Hall at 940 North Main Street in Salinas.  

Dr. Phoebe Helm will welcome guests to the ceremony, in which 36 students from the Registered Nursing program and 23 from the Licensed Vocational Nurse program will be welcomed into the profession of nursing. One thousand guests are expected to attend.

Irene Neumeister, R.N. will present the pinning address. Ms. Neumeister is the senior vice president for patient care and cardiovascular services at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

“We’re very excited to have Ms. Neumeister participate in this important ceremony,” said Dr. Catherine Ryan, Hartnell’s assistant dean and director of nursing and health sciences. “She is an alumna of Hartnell’s nursing program and truly an advocate of our program. She completely embodies the profession of nursing.”

Pinning is a very important milestone for a nurse. Originating from a tradition that dates back a thousand years and has carried on throughout history, the pinning ceremony is a rite of passage in which the nursing faculty at an institution embrace the new graduates into the profession. The lamplighting part of the service is symbolic of Florence Nightingale’s lamp.

“I can tell you everything about the pinning ceremony in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University 30 years ago,” says Ryan about her own pinning ceremony. “This will be a beautiful ceremony, organized by the students themselves.”

For more information, please contact the nursing program at 831-770-6146.