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Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony held at Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg

Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony held at Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg
Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg held a pinning ceremony for the Practical Nursing (PN) Program Dec. 10. From left are Brooke Vaughn, Sarah Reid, Laci McQueen, Ali Drury, Glenda Carr, Bobbi Jo Montgomery, Jill Redmon and Amanda Ward. (Photo by Trena Spalding/Digital Touch Photography)

By Dan Yates, regional marketing coordinator, Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg

HARRODSBURG, Ky.— Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg celebrated another milestone Dec. 10 with the first in-person pinning ceremony for the Practical Nursing (PN) program in the Vivian Landrum Chapel at CU Harrodsburg.

Eight nursing students received their nursing pins and graduated from the Practical Nursing program. Each student completed a 12-month classroom experience with diverse clinical opportunities.

“We are so proud of these students. They are the epitome of our core values of caring, compassion and competency. This training has prepared them to be outstanding frontline healthcare providers,” stated Sharon Blair, practical nursing program coordinator.

Dr. Michele Dickens, dean of Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing, said, “I am so impressed by these students, not only because of their achievements, but how they lead and empower others through Christian servant leadership and promote health through innovative holistic care. The pinning ceremony gave us the opportunity to honor our students and welcome them into the profession of nursing.”

Dave Walters, associate vice president for regional administration, director, Conover Education Center, stated, “These students are now equipped and prepared to help fill an expanding void in the health care field.  Many lives will be changed because of their commitment to healing and caring for all people. Campbellsville University is very proud of what they have and will accomplish as they follow the Lord’s will in their lives.”

The names of the graduates honored are Brooke Vaughn of Harrodsburg, Ky.; Sarah Reid of Hustonville, Ky.; Laci McQueen of Crab Orchard Ky.; Ali Drury of Harrodsburg, Ky.; Glenda Carr of Salvisa, Ky.; Bobbi Jo Montgomery of Loretto, Ky.; Jill Redmon of Springfield, Ky.; and Amanda Ward of Lancaster, Ky.

Pinning ceremonies are historically reflective of Florence Nightingale, who would present medals of excellence to her brightest nursing students.

Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910), known as “The Lady with the Lamp,” was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing.  Her experiences during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation. She established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare significantly influenced the quality of care in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 12,000 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The website for complete information is