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ABSN Virtual Pinning Ceremony: December 14, 2020

Welcome to the Virtual Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the Second Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Congratulations to the 19 students who are receiving their nursing pins in this virtual ceremony. They have completed an accelerated 17-month nursing program for a second bachelor’s degree after earning a bachelor’s degree in another field.

These students have worked as a CNA, chiropractor, EMT, grant writer, junior interior designer, and social worker in their previous careers. They earned bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry, communication studies, molecular biology, psychology, sociology, and social work and a doctor of chiropractic medicine before enrolling in this full-time program.

Online classes were complemented by face-to-face lab and clinical experiences that were held at Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island, Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth, MA, and St Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. Upon completing their board exams, these nursing students will become registered nurses.

Today, we celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of each of our ABSN graduates. You will hear from College of Nursing & Health Sciences Dean Kimberly Christopher and Clinical Assistant Professor Kiley Medeiros.  Guest speaker Natasha Nurse-Clarke, PhD, assistant professor of nursing at Lehman College in New York and founder of The Online Educator, a virtual community for online instructors, will speak about self-care for nurses. You'll also hear from two members of the ABSN Class of 2020, Ashley Lynn Diaz Carter and Ben McGuire. The ceremony concludes with the recitation of the Nightingale Pledge led by Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Karen Barnett, DNP, RN.

The Pinning Ceremony is an historic tradition

An historic tradition with roots that date back to the Crusades, the Pinning Ceremony officially marks a student’s transition from nursing student to professional nurse. The first pinning ceremony was held at the College of Nursing & Health Sciences in 1974, and the tradition continues nearly 50 years later with students honored at this event.

As explained in the video by Dean Christopher, the nursing pin also symbolizes service with its rights and responsibilities, students’ academic accomplishments, and a bond among UMass Dartmouth nursing classmates.

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