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First Nursing Graduates from FHU/Dickson Pinned

Dickson, Tennessee - May 29, 2018

Pinning ceremonies for the first students from FHU/Dickson who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree were held May 10, 2018, at 6:00pm in the Performance Hall of FHU/Dickson Renaissance Center.

All Spring 2018 graduates of FHU/Dickson were honored with a reception in the rotunda prior to the pinning. Graduation exercises for all Freed-Hardeman University graduates will be conducted Saturday, May 12, at 10:00am in Loyd Auditorium in Henderson.

Those participating in the pinning ceremony at Dickson included the following: Nathan Boop from Cumberland Furnace, Riya Desai from Nashville, Wendy Ingram from Madison, Cindy Kilpatrick from McEwen, Mallory Lynch from Centerville, Leandra Parker from Burns, Brooklyn Polk from Dickson, Ruth Rasras from Nashville, Lindsay Smith from Murfreesboro and Amy Lynn Warden from White Bluff.

The pining ceremony is a time-honored tradition for the nursing profession. Its history dates to the Maltese Cross worn by Crusaders as a symbol of service to Christianity. As a result of Florence Nightingale’s influence, hospitals began developing programs to train nurses. The Nightingale School of Nursing in London awarded a badge with a Maltese Cross to nurses when they completed their training. In the United States, the first pins were presented in 1880. The pin symbolizes the completion of educational requirements so individuals may sit for state licensing exams and then practice their profession.

FHU began offering coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Fall 2016.

Students have studied pharmacology, women’s health, adult and advanced adult care, pediatrics, mental health, health assessment, fundamentals of nursing, leadership and several other subjects. They gained clinical experience at Horizon Medical Center and NHC in Dickson and Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia. Several facilities in the Dickson area provided outpatient clinical experience.

“The renovation of approximately 7,000 square feet at Freed-Hardeman University/Dickson created a state of the art environment to teach and learn the art and science of the nursing profession,” Dr. Bob Spencer, director of the FHU/Dickson nursing program, said.

The overriding goal of the FHU/Dickson nursing program is to produce qualified nurses who are able to function effectively and safely, and to do it all at a convenient location at the most cost effective rate possible. The FHU nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.