The Judson College Nursing Program also held its final pinning ceremony April 13, 2021, during the College’s Honors Convocation. The last graduates of the College’s nursing program were Hilary Hallman of Brent, Ala., and Marie Washington of Northport, Ala. They received their nurses’ pins from their families and Judson’s Nursing Department faculty.
The College announced the discontinuation of the 10-year-old Associate Degree in Nursing program on February 2. Robin Parnell, Associate Professor of Nursing and Head of the Nursing Department, said, “While the nursing program is soon closing its doors, we’re incredibly proud of what the nursing program here at Judson has become.” Citing Judson nursing graduates’ 100% NCLEX-RN pass rate for the past two years, Parnell said, The nursing program has become a quality program in which we take an individual special interest in each student to provide the tools they need to graduate and become quality nurses.”
Parnell addressed graduating and first-year nursing students, saying that the program’s success was owing to the high quality of its students. “I know where you came from, and I have seen how hard you have worked to get where you are,” Parnell said. “We have laughed and cried together in my office–sometimes minutes apart! And that shows me that while you are intelligent and smart, you have a caring spirit, which is what is necessary to become a nurse.”
Parnell also recognized the “quality support” of the faculty and staff in the Nursing program: Dr. Linda Childers, Dr. Vera Davis, Mary Buntin, and Lisa Anderson.
Dr. Linda Childers gave the history of nurses’ pinning and lamp-lighting ceremonies, tracing their origins back to the 1860s, when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition of her service as a nurse in the Crimean War. She, in turn, presented medals of excellence to her brightest graduates. Lamp-lighting reminds graduates of the noble tradition of their profession, echoing the well-known image of Florence Nightingale carrying a lamp as she worked day and night to minister to sick and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.
Nursing students concluded the ceremony by reciting the Nightingale Pledge, a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath adopted by the Farrand Training School for Nurses, in Detroit, Michigan, in 1893. Childers commended graduates for “continuing this tradition of providing care to the ill and wounded.”
Thank you to our nursing students and faculty for your selfless service during and after Judson!