In a ceremony that’s been done for centuries, more than a dozen nurses obtained pins marking their entrance to the registered nursing profession.

Robin Snider Flohr, dean of health for Eastern Gateway Community College, said the ceremony has taken place since Florence Nightingale founded nursing education by starting her schools.

Administrators said 14 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) earned their pins on May 14 by obtaining their degrees in registered nursing. To complete the RN program, they needed to earn 47 additional credits in nursing and science classes.

“Pinning is a symbolic welcome to the profession that started in the 12th century when knights were honored with the Maltese Cross for caring for injured soldiers and when Queen Victoria presented a pin to Florence Nightingale for her work in the Crimean War,” Flohr said of the ceremony’s history.

Flohr added that many recipients earned their RN degree while already working full-time jobs. She said the graduates successfully took the next step in their careers by earning their associate degree in registered nursing.

The ceremony was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, Ohio.

Pictured from left to right:

(Front row) – Alicia Hall, Denise Brown, Lisa Cribley, Lisa Manigault, Ashley Simon, Kaitlyn Sefcik, Amy Fryda, Jerome Gilligan 
(Back row) – Melaine Jarvis, Rosa Bowers, Michele Lumpp, Sara Meade, Bradley Moore, Jay Davis

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