M State - Wadena nursing students pinned during ceremony
Thirty-six associate degree nursing students at M State - Wadena participated on May 8 in the traditional pinning ceremony that marked the completion of their nursing program.
"The pin is placed on the student's white uniform by a faculty member and signifies moving from student to peer," said Pat Ahlschlager, an instructor in the Wadena nursing program. "It's a beautiful ceremony, and we recite the nurses' pledge after all are pinned."
Following validation from the dean for completion of their programs, students now are eligible to take their board of nursing exam.
Ahlschlager and Karoline Bagent were faculty speakers at the ceremony, and Lynn Carlier and Jody Wurst were student speakers. The ceremony was dedicated to Ahlschlager's mother, Jean Hafner, a nurse who passed away this year.
"Since the rigor of the nursing program is so high, this is a great time of celebration for these students and, of course, for us as instructors," Ahlschlager said.
Nursing pins are unique to each nursing school, and the Wadena pins are modeled after one designed by nursing students on the M State - Fergus Falls campus.
The nursing program at M State - Wadena offers four diploma and degree options and will enroll an estimated 80 nursing students in fall 2010.