2017-01-13 / Schools

Mount Wachusett graduates join the nursing profession

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The 47 members of the Mount Wachusett Community College Licensed Practical Nursing Program Class of 2016 pose following their pinning ceremony at the Fine Arts Theatre at MWCC. 
Courtesy photo The 47 members of the Mount Wachusett Community College Licensed Practical Nursing Program Class of 2016 pose following their pinning ceremony at the Fine Arts Theatre at MWCC. Courtesy photo GARDNER — Family, friends and faculty gathered together recently to celebrate the achievements of Mount Wachusett Community College’s licensed practical nurse class during a traditional pinning ceremony.

The graduation ceremony capped off a 41-week certificate program for the 47 students who may go on to work as nurses in health care facilities including doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and clinics.

Guest speaker and Registered Nurse Precious Hill, who received her practical nursing and Associate Degree of Nursing from MWCC, told her story of moving to the United States as a refugee from Liberia and told the graduating LPNs that MWCC will continue to be a resource.

“Each of you have a story and have overcome obstacles to be here today. That is what will make you a great nurse,” Hill said. “Keep pressing forward and know that you always have a place to come when you have questions or want to know what the next step should be.”

Dressed in traditional nurse uniforms, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member. The pin marks where the nurses completed their studies and distinguishes them from other health care professionals. The eight-star MWCC pin is imprinted with the words “Service to Humanity and the World.”

As part of the ceremony, the students also took a nursing pledge that dates back to Florence Nightingale, who distinguished herself during the Crimean War by coming to the aid of sick and wounded soldiers.

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