Riley Jordan of Ada received the distinctive pin signifying completion of her Registered Nurses’ education at Northern Oklahoma College April 30. She was pinned by her parents Leslie and David Jordan and her fiancé Ben Ross.
Jordan was among the 28 class members of the Northern Oklahoma College Stillwater Nursing Class of 2011 receiving their nursing pins from family members or friends in a special ceremony at Countryside Baptist Church, Stillwater. After successful completion of final examinations, the students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination administered in June.
“I want to thank my parents: the Bank of Dad for paying rent and bills and Mom for being a great study-book finder,” she said. “A big thanks to Ben for still wanting to marry me, especially during test week. As frustrating as the countless hours of studying were, I wouldn’t have changed a minute of it.”
Becky Linton-Aldridge, Stillwater, received the Student Spirit of Nursing Award and Maya Gossman, Stillwater, received the Faculty Spirit of Nursing Award, presented by Dawn Kimmes, RN, BSN.
The Student Spirit of Nursing Award is given annually to the student who because of his or her knowledge, attitude and leadership embodies the best example of a nurse. Selection of the recipient was made by secret ballot of the class. The annual Faculty Spirit of Nursing Award determined by secret ballot of the faculty is presented to the student exhibiting outstanding qualities of leadership, attitude, caring, intelligence and knowledge.
As Mistress of Ceremonies, Kimmes welcomed guests to the Nursing Pinning Ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the student nurses and introduced the nursing faculty. Brian Baird, RN, MS, read the Nurses’ Prayer. The Honorable Lee Denney, Oklahoma House of Representatives, addressed the students and their guests.
Northern nursing faculty June Buller, RN, BSN, and Lisa Warrington, RN, BSN, conducted the pinning ceremony for the 28 class members. After receiving their pins, regarded as part of the professional uniform, the class recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge led by Carol Collins, RN, MSN.
Following the Candlelight Ceremony conducted by Kimmes, the students carried lamps symbolizing the nursing profession during the recessional. A reception followed the ceremony.
Nursing faculty and staff who assisted in the education of the 2011 NOC nursing classes included Mitsi Andrews, Mary Allan, Joyce Daniel, Jeanine Deterding, Ann Dilbeck, Kathy Disney, Dianna Ditmore, Tricia Durfey, Cammie Fast, Hester Ferguson, Christa Ritz, Peggy Johndrow, Charlie Johnson, Dawn Koehn, Sandy Nigh, Teresa Rhynard, Jean Wahlgren, Judith Whitmore, Baird, Buller, Collins, Kimmes, Warrington and Kim Webb, chair of the Division of Nursing.
The Northern Oklahoma College Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and has full approval from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.