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Graduates of JCC Weekend Scholars Nursing Program Pinned

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held a Pinning Ceremony for its first graduates of the College’s Weekend Scholars Nursing Program on December 17, 2011 in the College’s Sturtz Theater.  Ten candidates for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in nursing were eligible to take part in this special program. JCC’s “Weekend Scholars” are students who, beginning in January of 2010, attended classes at JCC every other weekend, on Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekend, part-time format was developed in response to need in the community for more registered nurses and a more convenient way for more working adults to enter the healthcare field.

The “Pinning Ceremony” is a time-honored tradition at all institutions of higher education that offer degrees in nursing. The ceremony is symbolic of the transition from a student to entry into nursing as a profession. The pin is designed to be unique to each school of nursing. After being “pinned”, each student recites Florence Nightingale’s pledge.

During the Pinning Ceremony, JCC nursing students were honored for their outstanding achievements with the presentation of various awards.

Claire Evelyn Burnett, Watertown, was the recipient of the Madalyne and Donald Hess Excellence in Nursing Award. This award is bestowed upon a graduating senior of the Weekend Scholar Nursing Program who demonstrated excellence in both the classroom and clinical area and will continue to hold the standards of the profession in high regard and be committed to providing excellent patient care. Burnett was also recognized for being inducted into JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the official international honor society for community colleges, during the ceremony held in March 2011.

The New York State Nurses Association District No. 6 Award, bestowed upon an individual who demonstrates commitment to the nursing profession and leadership in a professional organization, was awarded to Leah Marie Pusateri, of Copenhagen.

Lawrence Gregory Dorr, Carthage, was the recipient of the Samaritan Medical Center HEART Award which recognizes a student who consistently incorporates compassion and comfort measures during his/her care for patients.

First row (l-r): Yvonne Lorelle Marshall, Depauville; Laurie Lynne McGrath, Adams; Leah Marie Pusateri, Copenhagen; and Claire Evelyn Burnett, Watertown. 
Back row (l-r): Rebecca Doherty Hutt, Adams; Kerry Lynn Hutmacher, Watertown; Lawrence Gregory Dorr, Carthage; Tracie Elizabeth Widrick, Beaver Falls; Kari Elizabeth Smith, Watertown; and Trinity Renae Marrapodi, Carthage.