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Annual LMU nurses pinning ceremony set for tonight

Staff report • May 2, 2007 at 11:21 AM

HARROGATE, Tenn. - Lincoln Memorial University will hold its annual nurses pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. tonight in Tex Turner Arena. More than 150 students will participate in this year's ceremony, marking program completion for one of the university's largest classes of allied health students.

This year's class includes students from the Harrogate campus, as well as from the university's four extended campuses in Corbin, Ky., and Knoxville, Blount County and Madisonville, Tenn.

Students will receive pins for the associate of science in nursing, associate of science in veterinary science, and in recognition of completing the bachelor of science in medical technology.

After the graduating nurses are pinned, each will take part in the traditional lighting ceremony. Their lamps will represent both the Lamp of Knowledge and the lantern carried by Florence Nightingale when she made nightly rounds to tend the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War. The lamps held by faculty members symbolize the accumulated body of knowledge and skills that are fundamental to the practice of nursing.

Faculty members pass the light to the new nurses. As each lamp is lit, the larger light is not diminished. Instead, the light is enlarged as each new nurse becomes a new circle of light. The graduating nurse will be charged with the responsibility of carrying the flame to keep it bright and with sharing the light with new nurses.

The nursing degree programs offered by LMU are approved by the Tennessee and Kentucky Boards of Nursing and are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Students finishing the ASN degree are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and upon successful completion may be licensed as a registered nurse.

In addition to the ASN program, LMU also offers an RN-BSN completion program that is designed for working associate degree and diploma nurses who want to complete the baccalaureate of science in nursing and the master of science in nursing degree program, which offers a concentration for nurse practitioners.

Dr. Sharon Patton will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Patton is a faculty member with the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.

Patton received her doctorate from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 869-6280 or e-mail admissions@lmunet.edu.

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