On Monday December 21, 2015, family and friends of the most recent group of graduates from Dorsey Schools gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of their loved ones. Dorsey Schools held a Pinning Ceremony for their most recent group of graduates from the Practical Nurse Training Program. The Pinning Ceremony began with the Processional (led by Ms. Jan Kelley, instructor of the Practical Nurse program), welcoming words and introductions (from Mr. Vince DeRita, Managing Director at the Madison Heights, MI campus), as well as a Prayer, Words of Encouragement, and a Poem, all offered up by Nursing students. Attendees were also presented with a rose as they participated in the pinning ceremony. Students also took part in the path of light and recited the Nurse Pledge (also known as the Florence Nightingale Pledge).
Students Graduate from Dorsey Schools Practical Nurse Training Program
We wish to congratulate each of our graduates here at Dorsey Schools and commend them for all of their hard work. We know that this is not the end of their journey, it is merely the beginning, and we wish them continued success as they pursue their new chosen career in the nursing field.
The Origins of the Pinning Ceremony
The tradition of the pinning ceremony (as it is known today) originated in the 1860s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Florence Nightingale had been awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service and care to the injured and dying during the Crimean War and she chose to extend this honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them with a medal for excellence. The tradition was then initiated as the Wolverton Hospital in England presented each of its graduates with a badge. The Graduating class of 1880 from Bellevue Hospital in New York City was among the first to be presented with a pin. It’s reported that by 1916, the practice of pinning new nurse graduates was a common practice in schools throughout the US and UK.
The Practical Nurse Program at Dorsey Schools provides comprehensive classroom education and practical hands-on training designed to help our students prepare for rewarding careers in the medical field. Course topics include: Computer Applications, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Practical Nursing Fundamentals, Applied Math for Nursing/Dosages and Calculations, Pharmacology and Medication Delivery, Mental Health, Medical and Surgical Nursing, Maternal and Newborn Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, and more. Upon graduation and successful completion of the program’s requirements, students may go on to challenge the NCLEX-PN® examination and pursue licensure in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The Practical Nurse program is offered at the Dorsey Schools Madison Heights, MI campus.
Practical Nurse Program – Gainful Employment Disclosures
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