PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Over 20 Owens Community College students were recently bestowed honorary pins by the Nursing Department for their academic achievements specific to practical nursing during a recent ceremony. The pinning ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice, which honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.
The nurse pinning ceremony originated in the 1860s at St. Thomas Hospital’s Nightingale School of Nursing in London, England. Having been recently awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale chose to extend the honor she received to her most outstanding graduate nurses by awarding each of them a medal of excellence. The practice of awarding nurses a badge was adopted soon after, and the first pin was awarded to the Class of 1880 at the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City.
Nursing students receiving their honorary pins include Angela Adams of Toledo, Diona Brown of Toledo, Michael Carr of Swanton, Tiffany Carter of Toledo, Melissa Clinard of Rossford, Erica Davenport of Walbridge, Jana Detrick of Toledo, Amber Dunbar of Toledo, Jennifer Guzman of Findlay, Jennifer Isbell of Oregon, Candace Jewell of Toledo, Brittany Joly of Toledo, Brittany Lasher of Curtice, Christopher Lender of Millbury, Lei Liu of Perrysburg, Melissa McGee of Toledo, Kelly McGinnis of Genoa, Siddhi Patel of Pikeville, Ky., Keon Ruplinger of Delta, Amy Snider of Findlay, Michael Thieman of Toledo, Charles Thuita of Sylvania and Suzanne Weyer of Findlay.
Owens’ practical nursing certificate is offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses and requires 43 credit hours of coursework, which includes courses in basic nutrition, nursing trends, pharmacology, general psychology, nursing care of adults, and human anatomy and physiology, as well as other course requirements. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination to become a licensed practical nurse.
The practical nursing certificate is designed to prepare graduates for nursing positions in a variety of health care settings. Among the various locations are acute care agencies, physician offices, long-term care agencies, behavioral health facilities, hospice and rehabilitation centers. The program combines studies at Owens with planned and guided clinical experience in client care for health care facilities and community agencies.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.