Charla Hollin, UA Rich Mountain’s Allied Health Division Chair, noted how sentimental the pinning ceremony is not only tradition and symbolic, it is also more intimate for the students and their friends/families, even beyond the graduation ceremonies.2021-12-15 00:00:00
[December 15, 2021 | MENA, Ark.] In a tradition that dates back to the mid-1880’s, UA Rich Mountain held its pinning ceremony for the college’s RN Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Thursday, December 2 in the Ouachita Center on campus. The time-honored pinning ceremony signifies membership in a proud and loyal society of nurses. Nurses are an important part of the global healthcare workforce.
The RN graduating class of 2020 are: Shannon Abbott, Jordan Bass, Faith Boyd, Chelsea Cabello, Staci Clark, Sherri Edmonds, Chelsie Fechuch, Allyson Hoyle, Anna Kilpatrick, Toni Lawrence, Elizabeth Lopez, Emily McMillan, Velina Miller, Alisha Parnell, Sydni Pena, Mackenzie Pepper, Adrienne Ralls, Olivia Self, Andrew Templeton, Hope Valdovinos, Rebekah Williams, Paige Zimmer. The class of 2021 RN graduates are: Chelsey Arender, Amanda Barrett, Enchantres Carroll, Samantha Cole, Annaliz Del Carmen, Sheryl Felix, Erika Fusher, Devin Gage, Samantha Gough, LaBrisha Green, Kristin Henderson, Alicia Jackson, Misty Scott, Andrea Smith, Chelsey Warren, Brittany Wilhite, Sadrinne Wilson, and Morgan Wittwer.
The UA Rich Mountain is a member of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC), which is comprised of eight community and technical colleges located in rural areas of Arkansas. ARNEC was created to provide LPN's/LVN's with the opportunity to take the next step towards advancing their careers in nursing by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, which prepares them to sit for the RN licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN.
Many LPN's/ LVN's have not taken this step because they were not able to stop working and travel to colleges that offered Registered Nurse (RN) completion programs. ARNEC was created to help rural nurses meet this need. ARNEC provides a way for Arkansas’ higher education institutions to serve LPN's/ LVN's who want to become RN's without leaving the communities in which they live and work.
Charla Hollin, UA Rich Mountain’s Allied Health Division Chair, noted how sentimental the pinning ceremony is not only tradition and symbolic, it is also more intimate for the students and their friends/families, even beyond the graduation ceremonies. Hollin noted during the ceremony the tremendous challenges faced by these students due to the ongoing pandemic and personnel changes but congratulated them for their perseverance.
Two were selected to receive the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award this year: Samantha Cole and Enchantres Carroll. (Pictured below)
As part of the ceremony, they have a lamp lighting, inspired by Florence Nightingale, who used a lamp to light her way as she made her rounds to the sick. To the injured, her visits brought feelings of comfort and friendliness. The bright flame has come to symbolize knowledge, enlightenment, experience, and hope.
This time-honored pinning ceremony signifies membership in a proud and loyal society of nurses, who are an important part of the global healthcare workforce. A video of the night’s ceremony can be found on the UA Rich Mountain channel on YouTube.com.
UA Rich Mountain’s mission is to provide transformative education to all learners.