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PVCC 2019 Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony

PVCC 2019 Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony


(upbeat music) – Good afternoon. I’m Dr. Terri Clinger, I’m
the Associate Dean for Nursing at Piedmont Virginia
Community College. And I wanna welcome all of you to the 2019 Nursing Pinning
and Awards Ceremony. So, students, today is
a momentous day for you. You came here for the dream and now it’s become a reality. Today you have met
the challenge, still
full of excitement as when you first
began, but now confident in your new abilities
to heal the sick and be the light
for those in need. Becoming a nurse is not
just a job but a calling. John F. Kennedy said,
we choose to do this not because it is easy but
because it is hard. Caring for patients can
be the most difficult and rewarding of experiences. We are there as a new life
is welcomed into the world, when life ends in
a peaceful death, and for everything in between. One of my favorite nursing
theorist, Virginia Henderson, once said, the nurse is
temporarily the conscious of the unconscious, the love
of life for the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the
eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion
for the infant, the knowledge and confidence
of a young mother, and a voice for those
too weak to speak. So now as you are a nurse,
become the lifeline for those who have lost their way,
restore health to those who are facing illness, and
provide support to the family as they hope for a good outcome. There will be days when you say, I am so glad I became a nurse and there will be days
when you struggle. In those times reach out
to a colleague for support because as caregivers,
we must remember to care for ourselves. Nursing is not glamorous
but it is essential to life. Nurses perform tasks
others would not dream of but we do these tasks knowing that this is what
our patients need. Nurses, in a moment’s
notice, will become teachers, case managers, social
workers, and even housekeepers and the confidante as patients
will tell nurses things they have not told anyone else. In those moments be open
to hear and slow to judge because our patients
need for us to see them not the illness. Florence Nightingale says in
her book, Notes on Nursing, if a nurse declines to
do these kind things because it is not
their business, then nursing is
not their calling. I would also like to acknowledge
the family and friends that are here today,
thank you for your support of our students as they
achieved their dream of becoming a nurse. (audience applauding
and cheering) So now, I would like to
introduce our esteemed guests. We have Dr. Frank Friedman, who is the President of Piedmont
Virginia Community College, (audience applauding) Dr. John Donnelly,
who is Vice President for Instruction and
Student Services, (audience applauding) Dr. Jean Chappell,
who is the Dean of Health and Life Sciences, (audience applauding) Dr. Amanda Coyle,
our guest speaker, (audience applauding) Silvia Dowell, our Scholarship and Alumni Association
Coordinator, (audience applauding) Elise Walsh, our Clinical
Compliance Coordinator and who we could not
do our jobs without, (audience applauding
and cheering) and of course, our wonderful
faculty that helped you get to where you are today: Professor Irene Aghahowa, (audience applauding
and cheering) Professor Karen Bloomfield, (audience applauding
and cheering) Professor Charemon Brooks, (audience applauding
and cheering) Professor Lorraine Collins, (audience applauding
and cheering) Professor Wendy Diment, (audience applauding
and cheering) Professor Kelly Farnsworth, (audience applauding
and cheering) Professor Marlene Mayberry, (audience applauding
and cheering) Professor Sarah Read, (audience applauding
and cheering) and Professor Jane Anderson. (audience applauding
and cheering) And then we have our
wonderful adjunct faculty that are here with us. Kristie Sordell, or
Shortall, (laughs) (audience applauding
and cheering) Buki Akinola, (audience applauding
and cheering) and Pam Salisbury-Smith. (audience applauding
and cheering) And now I’d like to
welcome to the podium, Dr. Frank Friedman. (audience applauding) – Thank you, Terri. How come I didn’t get
all those woo-hoo’s? (audience cheering) What is this? (laughing) I know the answer. (laughs) Good afternoon, everybody. On behalf of the College Board
and the faculty and staff of Piedmont Virginia
Community College, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to today’s pinning ceremony
for the class of 2019. A quick quiz, you thought
you were done with quizzes, you’re not done. What was last Sunday? – [Audience] Mother’s Day! – I knew you’d say Mother’s Day but that’s only
part of the answer. It was Florence
Nightingale’s 199th birthday. In fact, May 6th to 12, each
year, is National Nurses Week, ending on the birthdate of
the founder of modern nursing. It is a week
designated to salute the four million
registered nurses in the United States. What an appropriate time
for these 72 students to graduate from
PVCC and soon join the, over 18 hundred,
PVCC nursing graduates who are working in hospitals
and doctors offices throughout our nation but
mostly here in Central Virginia. In recognition of Nurses
Week, I also want to salute the outstanding nurses
comprising the PVCC
nursing faculty. Please join me and another
big woo-hoo for all of them who are preparing the
next generation of nurses. (audience applauding
and cheering) I want to congratulate
each and every graduate and of course, you,
their family members. We’re so glad that you are here. Each of the graduates has
their own personal story about overcoming barriers,
academic barriers, personal barriers, financial
barriers to achieve this goal and claim their piece
of the American dream. I must say my favorite
part of pinning each year is the reading of the
graduates dedications. We will hear stories
of long hours of study, time spent away from families, and stories of love,
encouragement, and support. Without which these graduates
might not be here today. Graduates you inspire me. Your success is this
College’s success. We succeed only
when you succeed. Graduates, I wanna leave
you with one thought, you’ve come through an
extremely rigorous program. I know that you have
acquired the knowledge and the skills to do
your job effectively but your job takes more
than knowledge and skill. Never forget that you will
be dealing with people. People who might be sick,
people who might be scared. No matter how many
patients you see in a day, no matter how many days
in a row you’ve worked, no matter how many years
you’ve been a nurse, each patient needs
your full attention, your caring, your compassion. Each needs to feel that they are your
most important patient. As Maya Angelou put it,
they may forget your name but they will never forget
how you made them feel. So graduates, on behalf
of the College Board and the faculty
and staff of PVCC, I welcome you to the
nursing profession. Congratulations and good luck. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Thank you, Dr. Friedman. Now I would like to
welcome to the podium, Dr. Jean Chappell, the Dean
of Health and Life Science. (audience applauding) – On behalf of the faculty
and staff of the division of health and life sciences, I
too would like to welcome you to the 2019 Associate degree
Nursing Pinning Ceremony. This is truly a day of
celebration for all of you. Pinning now and in
a few short hours the commencement ceremony
honoring your graduation and the end of your journey. This is a magical time of year and there are many similar
celebrations across the country. Following these celebrations,
millions of graduates will enter the
workplace in thousands of communities across
the United States. In fact, according to
the Department of Labor, there are approximately 16
million health care jobs in the United States, of these, there are approximately
86 thousand RNs, LPNs in Virginia alone. You are each one
of a mighty force and you should be proud. You likely have
heard many times, that nursing is one of the
most trusted professions. Perhaps you’ve wondered
if this is really true. Well, it is true. Since 1976, Gallup has polled
Americans on the honesty and ethics of
various professions. Nursing was added in 1999 and since then has
topped the list. This year, nurses ranked
82% but to just to, kind of, put that in perspective,
military personnel were the second highest at
71%, grade school teachers were 66%, and doctors,
we love our doctors, they were only 65%. You are proudly
now one of the 82, the millions of nurses that
came before you paid it forward and earned for you this belief through their ethical behavior. They paid it forward. And you are the beneficiary
of their kindness, trust and worthiness. As you leave here
today and go to work, remember that next year’s
Gallup Poll will include you, and next year’s graduate
nurses will be judged by how your compassion is
shown, how you show compassion to your patients. The kindness that you
show, the vulnerable, and the strength of
your ethical behavior in the face of
challenging situations. I wonder what that
score will be? Well, I’ve come to know many
of you over these last years and from what I have
seen, it’s gonna be 100%. I have no doubt. In closing, I add a word
from Booker T. Washington. “Few things help
an individual more, “than to place
responsibility upon him “and to let him know
that you trust him.” As graduates of Piedmont,
we place our trust in you and so does the community
because you’ve earned it. You’re responsible behavior,
competence, and kindness earned you the trust of your
community, your friends, your colleagues,
and your family. Congratulations on
this very special day and I want to thank
each of you sincerely for choosing PVCC to be part
of your educational journey. (audience applauding) – Thank you, Dr. Chappell. And before I introduces
the student speakers, I wanna also wanna acknowledge, we have one of our other
Vice President’s here, Harry Stillman, he
is our Vice President for Institutional Advancement
and he is here supporting us and we thank him for being here. (audience applauding) So now, I’d like to introduce
our student speakers. We have a student speaker
from our day track and we also have
a student speaker from our evening weekend track. And we’re gonna start with
our student from the day class and that is Miss.
Kelly Rousseau. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Good afternoon to all
of you, my amazing peers, my professors, and
our loved ones. Two years ago, at this time, we had all just gotten
our acceptance letters. We were excited, proud, hopeful because, you know,
ignorance is bliss. (laughing) Fast forward a few months and we found ourselves being
handed a paper nurse’s cap by Heather and having
are mugshots taken. By this point we
were still excited but getting a little nervous. Heather held our hand,
though, and guided us through that semester and
we naively walked into second semester
tentatively confident but then, well,
pharmacology happened, (laughing) and 18 page care plans happened, and all or nothing select all
that apply questions happened. There was no sleep, a
lot of caffeine, tears, frankly we were really
questioning our life choices at this point. And if you ask us how
we did it, we’d say, absolutely no idea, or we may
point to the love and support of our friends,
family, and professors. And this is a good
point to stop and say, a big thank you to
all of our professors who took us on this journey. (audience applauding) Thank you for your
knowledge, your support, and we say both a
sorry and thank you for being our common enemy when that’s what
we needed as well. (laughing) And then finally we made
it to fourth semester, once we figured out how to
pass the dimensions quiz, things were pretty
smooth sailin’. Our paperwork was
down to two pages and we got to snuggle babies, and witness the Miracle of Life, we got jobs, and
most importantly, sleep became a thing
that we did again and it was glorious. And now, here we stand,
ready to graduate. But that’s not the whole story because while we struggled
through learning side effects of 18 thousand drugs and
sleuthing out the mystery of the endocrine system,
our lives didn’t stop. All of those tests and care
plans overlaid two years of our personal
journeys as well. We’ve had babies and we’ve lost
babies, we’ve gotten married and we’ve lost husbands,
we’ve gotten divorced or struggled with relationships, we’ve celebrated the
purchase of a home, and we’ve also had
financial hardships. We’ve experience all of
life’s joys and stresses, big and small, on top of
shedding tears over failed tests and overwhelming assignments and we did all of this with
the support of each other. Every loss, every
amazing life high, it was these women and
men sitting with me that supported each other and mourned and
celebrated together. There were professors
who took the time to see our lives beyond what
was happening in the classroom. And it was all of these
people and who we hugged and cried with at 6:30 in the
morning and who helped us find the strength to carry
on and get the job done. So, it is not the failed
third test in Peds that I’m going to remember. (laughing) I mean, maybe I
haven’t completely
forgotten that one yet but what I choose to take
away from nursing school is way more than test
scores and care plans, which I’m hoping will
fade into the background like the pains of childbirth. I will take away the people because nursing is people. Relationships, compassion,
love and trust. In the coming months
we will all trade in our paper hat from Heather and put on the official
proverbial nursing hat and we will be the best
nurses that we can be because of each other. Thank you. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Thank you and now I’d like
to welcome our student speaker from the evening class,
Miss. Robin Chandler. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Hello. (laughing) I am Robin and I am proud to
be an evening weekend student. (audience applauding
and cheering) Oh my lovely evening
weekend friends, we really are as scrappy
group, aren’t we? We started with 30 and
dwindled down to 20 but not only are we
scrappy, we’re gritty, ’cause we had so much going
on when we were in school and we had so many things
that we had to conquer in order to be here today. Audience, allow me to
demonstrate for a moment, if you’re an evening
weekend student and you worked a job during
nursing school, stand up. Yep, that’s everybody, okay. And if you are an
evening weekend student and you were a parent, stand up. (audience applauding
and cheering) Let’s see, stand up if
you saw your family, you saw your nursing
school friends more than you saw your family. Again, that’s going to
be everybody. (chuckles) Now, just for fun,
raise your hands if you ever felt
personally victimized by a nursing school test. (laughing) Was it Kelly’s? Yeah, thought so. And raise your hand if you
stayed up past midnight to complete care plans on
more than one occasion. Again, I say everyone. So, see, we had to have
each other’s backs. I even know of one student
who would work a night shift, collect her patient
information in the afternoon, work on care plans until 4 a.m., sleep somewhere in the hospital, and then go to clinical all day. Now, that’s scrappy and gritty. I once had a friend ask me
why is nursing school so hard? And I started going through
all of the care plans and the clinical hours but
what it really boils down to is the speed of which we
had to do all of this. I’m telling you, we
went from learning how to wash your hands
and make a bed, and then in the blink of an eye, we were starting IV’s
and packing wounds. We went from feeding
patients in nursing homes to caring for patients
on mechanical ventilation in three weeks,
there was no resting, there was only sprinting
for two years. (exhales) Not only did we have to en
mass an incredible amount of information and knowledge, we also had to conquer
fears and fast. For instance, we have
a fellow student, shall go unnamed, who was
terrified of fecal matter. (laughing) When this student started,
she would rather put her foot in a George Foreman grill, than ever deal with
that bodily function. Why she thought she
could become a nurse is honestly beyond me.
(laughing) Just kidding, because
she’s brilliant. Anyway, so, sitting
here in front of you now this student hardly even dry
heaves when she has to deal with a soiled brief
and that is progress. (laughing) Another evening weekend
student has conquered her fears of giving injections. When this dear friend, (laughs) when this dear friend
gave her first injection she made the most unforgettable,
unintelligible sound out of sheer fear. She didn’t even know it was
coming out of her mouth. (groans)
(laughing) I’m telling you, her second
injection was no better! She went to give this injection
and just started saying, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, which is not what you want
to hear from your nurse! (laughing) But again, this student
has overcome her fears, mastered that skill
and many others, and will be representing PVCC
in the ICU setting at UVA. Ow! (audience applauding
and cheering) Something’s will
always stick with me, like those stories
but some other things, I wish I could forget
about nursing school. Shall we delve? Diagnosing every single
one of my classmates and my family members with
personality disorders, while in Psych. Thank you Karen and Wendy.
(laughing) I would love to forget
about care plans. We would go to the hospitals
on Friday afternoons, gather all of our
patient information, then speed home to finish
our care plans by 2 a.m. when our brains would
invariably turn to mush. My sweet husband would make
dinner and set it outside of the door because
he knew if he came in, he would not recognize
that crazed lunatic sitting at the desk feverishly
trying to make connections between lab values
and nursing diagnosis. The poor man had married
a care plan gremlin. The last thing I want to
forget about nursing school is that feeling of
wanting to quit. I very distinctly remember
saying I can do this but I don’t want to anymore
and I know I was not alone. Now, for some of the things
that I will never forget about nursing school. I also never forget that
parenteral feeding has nothing to do with parents.
(laughing) I’ll also never be
able to say that word. I don’t think any of us
will forget how much we had to rely on each other. I’m talking 3 a.m. texts about
care plans, study guides, and general help out of
spirals and breakdowns. I don’t think that
some of us will forget that ambulating has nothing
to do with an ambulance. Personally, I never want
to forget how excited I was about my first
patient’s diagnosis, idiopathic
thrombocytopenia purpura. I practiced it all the way
to clinical, over and over, idiopathic
thrombocytopenia purpura. I was so excited to present
my patient in pre-conference. So silly. Some of us will never
forget that chux pads are not actually named
after someone named Chuck. So, don’t ask who he is. And lastly, I never want to
forget some of the things that our professors taught us. Like Karen, who taught
us to treat every patient like they were
our family member. And Sarah, who taught
us to never call a cervix incompetent
(laughing) and to stop naming female
body processes after men. (audience cheering)
Just stop it. Thank you, thank you. (laughs) And then there was Buki, who
taught us, well, everything but mostly to be brave and
to never go in the weeds ’cause she’s gonna chase you. (laughing) And let’s see, what about Tracy? She taught us to
look at our patients and always ask what
can’t I afford to miss? And while he’s not
one of our teachers, I think we have a lot to
learn from Dwight Schrute when he said, whenever
I’m about to do something, I think would an idiot do that? And then I do not do that thing. (laughing) Right there. 35 years ago my grandmother, Rita Barnett– oh, I am
not gonna get through this. Gave a commencement speech
at UVA’s nursing school where she was an instructor. She sent me her speech as she
was not able to come today. You see, I have no
wisdom to give you. I know you’re shocked. So, I will let my
grandmother give you some. You see, at 92, she was the
original gritty and scrappy. Before she was an
instructor, she was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nursing
Court in World War II, and I am wearing her
pin today. (sniffles) Sorry.
(audience applauding) So, I will give you her
list of factors for success in nursing and in life. One, succeed by helping
others to succeed. Two, inspect don’t expect. Three, bloom where
you’re planted. And four, believe in a
power greater than yourself. The last thing
I’ll leave you with is what the amazing
human we know, as Tracy Sansossio, taught us. She said, it is a
privilege to be a nurse and that we don’t have
to become hardened by this profession and
in fact if we let it, nursing can make
us better people. Let’s make that our goal. Congrats to us all. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Thank you, Robin. And now I would like to
introduce our keynote speaker. Dr. Amanda Coyle
is a Nurse Educator and a Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctorate
in Health Practice Research from the University of
Rochester School of Nursing. Her research focused on those
without health insurance and how that affected
their social, economic and health decisions. She’s been a nationally
certified Family
Nurse Practitioner for over a decade. Clinically, she has worked
in a variety of settings, including acute
and primary care, in both rural and
urban locations. She has also worked as a Nurse in humanitarian disasters
abroad in Haiti and West Africa. She continues to actively
practice while teaching in an Urban Safety Net
Clinic for medically and socially complex patients. Dr. Coyle is currently
an Assistant Professor at the John Hopkins’s
School of Nursing. She teaches Nurse
Practitioner students in the advanced
practice, DNP Program. I’d like to welcome to the
podium, Dr. Amanda Coyle. (audience applauding
and cheering) – It is truly a privilege to be on this stage
speaking with you today. This is one of the times
in the academic year that I am most excited. It is a time when we all get
to pause and take a moment to reflect on what we have
gone through to get to this day and look forward with
excitement to what is possible. I’m going to confess
right from the beginning so that you know my biases. I love to call myself a Nurse. It is one of the primary ways
in which I define myself. Next to raising my family,
I think it is the thing that I am most proud of. From the moment I
entered nursing school, through my career, and
standing here today it never changes. I am a nurse, I say it
often, I say it with pride, I still say it with awe. Grateful that I have had
the life opportunities that brought me to this
amazing profession. But I also know I did
not get here myself. I also want to start out by
acknowledging all of the people it took to support getting
you all here to this day, whether it is your
family of origin or your family of choice, I want to take a moment to
honor all the family members and the support people
who supported your journey to get to this day. Please give them all
a round of applause. (audience applauding
and cheering) I also want to take a
moment to acknowledge all of the nurses
in the audience. So if you are in the
audience, if you are a nurse, working or retired, please
stand so that we can thank you for being a member of this
truly great profession. (audience applauding
and cheering) Could be my favorite part. (laughing) And this is also a moment when I want to
acknowledge my own family. I am the incredibly proud mother of one of the nursing graduates who I will not look
at because I will cry. She now makes the
third generation of
nurses in our family. We also have in our
family, two other nurses. One that I taught with and one
who I had a hand in teaching and we have one more about
to start nursing this fall. Not only does nursing
define me but it is also a major definition
of our family. I also want to take one
last moment to acknowledge the first generation
nurse in our family. She was the matriarch. She died at 95 and being a
nurse to find her as well, her first nursing
job was to care for injured soldiers
returning from World War II. She worked at the bedside
until her mid-70’s and then retired, only to
then volunteer into her 80’s as a hospice nurse. She had a long and varied
and satisfying career and inspired many. But long ago she sat
exactly where you all sat, excited but unsure of
where life as a nurse was going to take her. I too sat where all
of you are sitting almost two decades ago. I am sure you are filled
with a mix of emotions. Joy that you are at the
end of this journey, excitement at the start
of your nursing career but also a bit of
anxiety and fear too. Fear of passing your NCLEX, anxiety about finding
the right fit of a job, a bit of uncertainty that
you can even do this. But I am here to reassure you, I had those exact same
concerns, same exact fears, same exact anxieties. I say with the
absolute assuredness that it will all work out. And that even though
the path from here may yet be unchartered
or a little unclear, know that you have
chosen a profession and with that choice a
purposeful philosophy of being that will hold you
in good standing for the journey of life
that is yet to come. I have had the good fortune
to have had a varied career, all nurses can say the same. It is one of the benefits
of this profession. I have been a Patient
Care Technician, a bedside Registered Nurse,
a Nurse Practitioner, and a Nurse Educator. I have worked in a busy
Urban Emergency Department and in a rural
farming community. I have cared for
people here and abroad. I have cared for those
whose lives were destroyed in the January 2010
Haitian earthquake and I’ve been at the
bedside in West Africa in the middle of the worst
Ebola epidemic of our time. As a Nurse Educator, I feel
it is my responsibility to share what I
learned from my work as a nurse with my students as I fully expect my students
to continue to teach me and help me grow
by sharing with me what they experience too. So, I will share some of what
I have learned with you now. These are things for
which I am very grateful, I have experienced, as they
continue to mold and shape, how I practice and how
I move about my world. In late 2014, early 2015,
I traveled to Sierra Leone, a small country in West Africa, which was devastated by Ebola. I worked in an Ebola treatment
unit, an ETU for short. I felt compelled to go,
having watched in disbelief, that we as an
International Community were against stigmatizing
those who suffered from an infectious disease,
similar to what occurred with the onset of HIV and AIDS. Not only were victims
of Ebola stigmatized but healthcare workers
responding to caring for Ebola victims
were stigmatized here
and abroad as well. As I watched all this play
out, I felt that as nurses, we are trained as
scientists, leaders, researchers and humanitarians. We are knowledgeable
in public health and we are compassionate
caregivers. I am a nurse. With those simple words comes
a powerful responsibility to act, so I made the
decision to go to West Africa. Ebola is even more horrific
than you can imagine. It tore families apart,
mothers lost their children, children lost their
parents and became orphans. Often, all but one or two
members of families, died. These scenes played
out, day after day. Though we had some medical
supplies our resources and personnel were so
limited that we were unable to provide care to
those critically ill in the tradition in which
we have become accustomed to in the United States. I relied on the
fundamentals of Nursing. I reached way back in my
education and my training. One morning, I was in the
ETU, a man, an Ebola survivor, who was caring for his
son inside of the ETU came to the fence barrier
between the red zone, where he was, and
the green zone, where I was to talk to me. He came to the fence to
tell me his 14 month old had just died in his arms. His wife had died previously
of Ebola in that same ETU. This man was the only
survivor of his family, he was devastated, broken. “I have lost everything”, he
said, “I have nothing left.” And I felt powerless to help him as we shared little
common language and there was a three foot
protective barrier between us. The silence was deafening
as he stood there with tears streaming
down his face, unable to fully express
his grief to me. We are taught as
nurses to do something. We are taught to assess,
make a plan, act on that plan and most times we are encouraged to act with speed
and confidence. We as nurses are
empowered to believe, we can make a difference. At that moment, I wanted
to make a difference. At that moment, I was
desperate to fix something, though I knew I could not. And then from the far
recesses of my mind, there came the
face and the voice of one of my nursing professors. Like you, I have nursing
professors whose influence and whose behaviors
and whose encouragement I carry with me,
even to this day. And in that desperate
moment, I could see her face in my mind, hear her voice
and feel her calming presence, and I knew if she were
standing right beside me she would counsel
me that sometimes
presence was all we had. Sometimes presence was all
we could do for our patients and it was an
important thing to do. And though it would fix nothing, presence would have to
be enough in that moment. My nursing professors
presence, deep in my mind, and in my heart, and in my past,
at that moment, settled me. Her presence to me, in the
past, allowed me to be present to that beautiful man. He and I stood in the hot
sun and just cried together, barrier between us and all, I
did not leave him as he cried. I fixed nothing but
I did not leave him. I was present and in that
moment it had to be enough. One of the things I
struggled the most with was the answer to the
question, did I do enough? Did I make any difference
at all in the fight to eradicate Ebola? Early upon my return
back to the classroom, teaching our
Critical Care course, one of my students began
to answer that for me. Tucked quietly in the end of
her clinical journal entry, she wrote about being in
awe of all the machines, medications, and sophisticated
intervention she observed in her first day of
Critical Care Clinical. Things I so wished we had
access to in West Africa. But it was this that she
said, that really spoke to me. She said, “sitting there
holding the patient’s hand “was by far the best
part of the day. “Too often it seems like
individuals can get caught up “and forget how much it
can mean to the patient “to just have that human touch.” I had overlooked the value of
both presence and human touch in preference of longing for
critical care intervention and being enraged
by it’s absence. But my student had not,
my student reminded me of a valuable lesson. Perhaps so ever, I am
most challenged right now, working in the United
States of America in the middle of the beautiful
and very complex city that I now call home,
Baltimore, Maryland. I work in a Safety Net
Clinic to provide care for medically and
socially complex patients being discharged
from the hospital or the Emergency Department. We exist to provide the
best health and social care to those in our society
who we marginalize, we overlook, or I daresay,
we even throw away. Good health is nothing
but a lovely thought for many of the
patients that I see. Some of the same
health indicators in
the city of Baltimore, such as life expectancy,
maternal mortality, infant mortality, rivaled that
the abysmal health indicators of what I saw both in
Haiti and in West Africa. I witnessed daily, that
right here in the U.S., the social determinants of
health drive individual, community and population health, gun violence, and
opioid addiction; I can assure you, are thriving, not only on the front
pages of the news. Systemic poverty,
poor quality housing, and unhealthy environment,
subpar education, nonexistent living
wage job opportunities, being uninsured and
therefore lacking access to high-quality
healthcare are but a few of the social
determinants of health that drive the outcomes of
the patients that I see. I can practice all the best
evidence based practice in the world but without a
system’s ability to manage or patient’s ability to afford
a prescribed medication, keep it from getting stolen
in a homeless shelter or without the health
literacy to follow through in complex treatment regimens,
the positive outcomes are elusive, hard-earned,
and ethereal. I say this, not at all
as a political statement, I say this as a
living, breathing truth that one can not achieve good
health by simply seeking care in one of the finest
institutions in the country. The solutions are so complex. But being a part
of the solutions is what nurses are finest at. Again, you are scientists,
researchers, leaders, humanitarians, strong
patient advocates on an individual, systems
and a policy level. We, you, are well-suited
to embrace these issues without fear and with
an assessment, a plan, a movement and yes
sometimes only presence. It is challenging to be sure. It challenges my mind, my
heart, the very core of my being everyday I am humbled,
frustrated, exhilarated, hopeful, crushed, exacerbate–
exacer– that word. (laughing) I run out of the
words to describe my
experiences sometimes. Sometimes there are small
short-lived victories and some days I can only cry
in sadness and frustration but I am present. Some days, it is
all that I have. I am engaged in
purposeful living and purposeful and
meaningful living is something nurses
can excel at. So, where am I going
with all of this? There are several things
I want to leave you with. You will not remember my story, you will not remember my words but I will hope you
remember my messages. You have made,
what I will argue, is one of the best
decisions of your life. You have chosen Nursing
as your profession. You are well prepared
to go out in the world and embrace all that this
profession has to offer. And you will be challenged
and you will learn and you will grow from it. Being a nurse will
be at the very core of who you are as a person but despite how you were
prepared for this journey, there will be times more
often than you know, when there will be limitations to what you can
assess, plan and do. But you are never
limited in your presence. Sometimes that will
be all you have and when you find yourself
asking if that’s enough, you answer yourself,
that it has to be. Sometimes, many aren’t
capable of even being present but you are not. You are a nurse. You are called to
this profession. And I want each
of you to remember that with that very title, comes this amazing
responsibility to
uphold the values of our profession, to care
deeply for your patients and your communities,
and to be present in the business of living. Thank you, so much, for
giving me the opportunity to share these
thoughts with you. It has been a privilege and everyone’s been
warm and welcoming. I wish all of you the very best. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Thank you, Dr. Coyle. And now I would like to
welcome to the podium, Sarah Read, who will talk about
the significance of the pin. (audience applauding
and cheering) – So, the completion
of a college degree is something to celebrate,
any college degree. And some of you will,
later on tonight, maybe at the big graduation,
in whatever way you choose but this ceremony called Pinning represents something
unique to Nursing. I wouldn’t blame many
friends and family members in this room if you
thought pinning? What’s pinning? It’s something near and dear to our hearts as
Nurse Educators. So, why a pin? In 1855, Queen Victoria
presented Florence Nightingale with a pin for her
service in the Crimea. It contained the symbol
of the Maltese Cross and the words, blessed
are the merciful. In 1880, the first
nursing pins awarded in the United States
were earned by graduates of the Bellevue Hospital
School of Nursing in New York. Other schools of
nursing followed, each designing their
own unique pin. Many of us are wearing
our pins today. Before it was
socially acceptable for women to go to college, before nursing
established itself as an independent
academic discipline, the pin represented the
knowledge, skill, and dedication of the new nurse
entering the profession. In 1974 the first graduating
class of Nurses at PVCC, chose the emblem of the college
as the design for our pin. This year, for the first time, our pin represents
the PVCC colors. No one knows what it’s like
to get through nursing school except those who have done it. It’s more than just
letters after your name. The pin means you have
endured and prevailed through many challenges. The pin means you are
ready and able to enter a profession with a rich
history and an exciting future. Your pin says, I am a PVCC
nurse, so wear it with pride. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Thank you. All right, graduates,
it is that time. So, I would like to welcome to
our table, Karen Bloomfield, Lorraine Collins, Jane
Anderson and Silvia Dowell, who will do the
presentation of the pins and Miss. Kelly Farnsworth
will begin our dedications. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Okay, let’s have that
first row stand, shall we? (audience applauding
and cheering) You can all stand. (laughs) We’re gonna come
around this way, just in case you’re confused. (laughing) Okay. Brynn Acker. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I want to thank my
family and friends “for always supporting,
encouraging and believing in me, “even when I did not
believe in myself. “This dream would
not be possible “without your constant
love and support.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Rebekah Anderson. “To my daughter, Lanaya,
for always forgiving me “when I had to study and
still hugging me tight “each night before bed. “To Gavin for
always rooting me on “even when I thought I
couldn’t study a day more “or when I was a
complete grouch. “Without the endless
love of these two. “I wouldn’t have
accomplished this much.” Christie Apple. “I want to thank my love,
Jeremy, who not only picked up “my slack, keeping our
home and family functioning “as I attended school
and worked full-time “but decided he wanted to
marry me in the midst of it. “And to the ones who
had sacrificed the most, “Kaden, Carley and
Riley, understand,
you three are my world “and this was for you. “To my entire family, I
love you and thank you “for your continued support.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Linus Geon Apusen.
(audience applauding) “Behold, you have
instructed many “and you have strengthened
the weak hands. “Your words have
upheld the stumbling “and you have made
firm the feeble knees. “You clothed me with skin and
flesh and knit me together “with bones and sinews. “You have granted me
life and steadfast love “and your care has
preserved my spirit. “The Book of Job, thank you
for igniting the flame within. “The flame that illuminates,
the flame that inspires, “the flame that warms.” (audience applauding) Brenda Leigh Backe. (chuckles) (audience applauding
and cheering) “I dedicate my success to
the unconditional love, “strength and support
of my husband. “You kept me strong and
constantly reminded me, “if nursing was easy,
everyone would do it. “My mother for drying a lot
of tears over the telephone “and reminding me to put
my big girl panties on “and do it.
(laughing) “My son Barry, your
crazy sense of humor “and laughter always
make me laugh. “Together, you are the
wind beneath my wings.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Aleyda Baldelomar. (audience applauding
and cheering) “First of all, I want to
thank God for giving me “the opportunity
to be here today. “I also want to thank my
parents, my husband and children “for all the support I received “to achieve my American dream. “I also want to thank
all the people who work “on the Financial Aid
and Financial Resources “of the students and the
Scholarship Department “for all the
support they gave me “when I was
struggling to survive. “Thank you very much
for those people “who helped me reach my goal. “They know who they are.” (foreign language) (audience applauding
and cheering) Olivia Barden. “I want to thank my
family and friends “for their unconditional
love and support “during the last two
years of nursing school. “I look forward to being a
great nurse and helping others “in this next
chapter of my life.” (audience applauding) Brigith Nicole Bautista-Cortez. (audience applauding
and cheering) ” I would like to dedicate
this accomplishment “to all the people
who have supported me “throughout this journey. “I am absolutely grateful for
my grandmother, Carmen Farfan, “and for making sure I
stayed well-nourished, “my family for understanding
I could not always be there “on important days, my
supervisors for doing miracles “with my schedule, for
my nursing instructors “for sharing their
expertise with us, “my patients for
believing in me, “and everybody else
who made this possible. “Thank you” (audience applauding) Karly Bilotta. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to Mom,
Dad, and Shelly “for your unwavering support “and to my nursing
school friends, “without you all I
would have not been able “to accomplish this goal. “Thank you, Zach, for
keeping me grounded “through the chaos, always
listening to my fears, “and giving me motivation
when I needed it the most. “I am so grateful for you all.” (audience applauding) Kelly Brown. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I dedicate this
pin to you, Nubi, “and promise that I made
to you 22 years ago. “A huge thank you to
my husband, Chris, “and our three boys Sean,
Alexander, and Grant. “I couldn’t have done it without
you and your understanding, “help, support and love,
and for believing in me “even when I didn’t. “We did it! “Thank you Mom,
Dad, David, Abby, “and all of my
family and friends. “I love you all,
always and forever.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Dino Bukic. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To my dad, my mom who
is with us in spirit, “my partner Camille and
my friends and family. “Thank you for believing in
me and constantly pushing me “to do great things. “Some might think
of it as nagging “but I’m truly grateful. “Without you, I would
not be here today.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Erica Cacciapaglia. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I am thankful for
the support my friends “and family gave me,
especially when it was needed “but I’m especially
thankful for my father “for all he has done. “I physically wouldn’t be
here walking across this stage “if it wasn’t for him. “Love you, guys.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Kalene Caliendo. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to Jay for
the continuous support “to follow my dream. “Also, thank you to
my daughters Addison, “who has gone through nursing
school with me in the womb, “and Paisleigh, who handled
mommy studying like a champ. “You three are my greatest
joys and inspiration.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Robin Chandler. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Here are my 80 words of thanks. “To Mom, thank you. “To all my family, your
support means the world to me. “To my dad, Mosey,
Megan and Cheyenne, “thank you for cheering me on. “To Arlo, this is for you buddy. “To my fellow
students, we did it. “And last but not least,
to Jeff, you’re amazing. “Thanks for being strong
enough to appreciate “and cultivate the
strength in me, “Arlo and I are so
lucky to have you.” (audience applauding) Tenzin Chime. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would like to thank my mom “who has been the greatest
support during hard hours “of nursing school. “I am grateful for
every delicious meal “and coffee she has made for me. “I am proud to graduate
with an awesome group “of future nurses. “Love you, Kunga and Mom.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Cheyenne Coffey. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would like to say a huge
thank you to my family, friends, “and boyfriend for helping
me and supporting me “through this
chapter of my life. “I love y’all.” (chuckles) (audience applauding
and cheering) Emily Coyle. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thanks to my mom and dad
for loving and supporting me “throughout nursing
school and for being there “for me every step of the way. “Thanks to my grandmother for
being my first inspiration “for becoming a nurse
and to my brothers, “my friends and everyone else
who has ever supported me. “I never would have been able
to do this without you all.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Rachel Leigh Crigler. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my family,
friends, and Michael “for supporting me endlessly
throughout this process “and for believing me. “Thank you to my grammy,
for you are my inspiration “to be a hard-working,
compassionate nurse. “To my nursing school
friends, thank you “for always making me
laugh and helping me study. “I could not have done this
without all the support “I had from each of you. “Started from the
bottom, now we’re here.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Tara Durant. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Because of them, I
can now live the dream. “I am the seed of the
free and I know it. “I intend to bear fruit;
Mother Sojourner Truth. “So you may shoot
me with your words, “you may cut me with your eyes, “you may kill me
with your hatefulness “but still, like air, I Rise. “Mother Dr. Maya Angelou. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Well, Mom, though it hasn’t
always been a crystal stare, “we defied the odds
by Allah’s Grace.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Jayde Eckerle. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my
friends and family “for their love and support
throughout this crazy adventure. “I couldn’t have done
it without you guys. “I would also like to
thank all the children “I have nannied, for giving
me the inspiration and drive “to become a nurse. “And finally, I’d
like to thank my cat “for always being there
and giving me a laugh “and a break when
I truly needed it.” (audience applauding) Yolanda Espinoza. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I’d first like to thank
God because without him “I wouldn’t be here today. “I thank my siblings but
especially Veronica and Jasmine “for being my therapists
through it all. “Aleyda, thank you
for always pushing me “to continue forward. “Judy, thank you for
opening up your home “and allowing me to
study and eat your food.” (foreign language) (audience applauding
and cheering) Obah? Obah Farrah Walker.
I didn’t think so. (audience applauding
and cheering) I’m gonna read hers anyway. “To my loving family, thank
you for being supportive “and so patient
through this journey.” Where is she? Do I have it? You’re just in the wrong
pile, I’m gonna put it there and we’ll read it later.
(laughing) Fair enough? Obviously alphabetizing
is not my thing. How about, Alisa Figgins. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to all my
family and friends “for believing in me. “I couldn’t have done
this without all of you.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Second. Samantha Franke. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Difficult roads often lead
to beautiful destinations. “I would like to thank
my husband, Scott, “for his endless love,
faith and support “throughout this entire journey. “Both of our families
for their understanding “and encouragement. “Lauren and Kaylene for
beginning and finishing “this adventure by my side
with friendship, motivation, “and support each and every day. “And my unborn son, Oliver,
who has given me a new sense “of purpose and determination
in this next chapter of life.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Would row two rise and join? Row two go ahead and rise. I’m leaving this here, I
don’t know how I could. – Linda Frempong. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would like to
thank the almighty God “for giving me the
grace and strength “to go through this program. “I would also like
to thank my family “for their unwavering support. “Without you it would
have been a struggle. “My final gratitude
goes to all my friends “for their prayers
and encouragement, “as well as, the
instructors that I had “throughout this program. “What a journey it’s been,
who said you can’t do it? “I say trust God and
all is possible.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Bruce Frey II. (audience applauding
and cheering) “The road that I traveled
to get here has been long “with turns and steep hills. “I would not have been able
to do this without the love “and support of my family,
my wife Scottie Anne, “children Megan and Bruce
Edward, my mother-in-law, “my parents and my grandson Jax. “You gave me time
and space to study, “much encouragement, a
safe place to regroup, “or downtime with Jax
to read a story book. “Thank you all so very much.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Abigail Grapperhaus. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to all my
family and friends “for supporting me through
these past two years “and shout out to my
siblings for always managing “to make me laugh. “Thank you to the wonderful
nursing instructors “who have encouraged and
challenged me to the best “that I can be and
to my fellow students “for their help and comradery. “Most of all, thank
you to my loving and supportive boyfriend, Isaac, “for always being my rock.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Rebecca Gray. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would like to dedicate
my pin to my husband “and my parents. “Thank you for your
encouragement, love, “and support over the past year. “I would also like to thank
the rest of my family. “This journey has
certainly taken a village “and I would not have
been able to do it “without each of you. “Lastly, I would
like to thank God. “Becoming a registered nurse “has been an answer
to my prayer.” (audience applauding) Megan Hataway. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my family
for your constant support “and pep talks over
the last two years. “Thank you to my husband,
John, for your patience “and understanding as I
had to say, I am sorry, “I have to study,
way too many times. “Thank you for your motivation
and continued encouragement “throughout this journey and
I couldn’t have never done “this without you. “I love you all.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Dori Henley. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you God,
family and friends “for the continued
love and support. “I wouldn’t have made it
here today without you.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Katlyn Higgins. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I finally did it! “I was knocked down many times
but I kept getting back up “and pushing forward. “I would never happen able
to get here without my family “and their love and support. “They kept me focused and
stable through this crazy thing “of nursing school
to keep going. “They will never know
what they mean to me. “I love you guys.” (audience applauding) Sonja Hoge. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Woo, this day has finally come. “Huge thanks to my
father, my boyfriend, for the mood swings, “my daughter for all those
nights I couldn’t play “and special thanks to my mother “for constant support
and encouragement. “We made it. (audience applauding
and cheering) Ally Hogg. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my amazing
family, dad, mom, “and brother, Andrew, “for your unconditional
love and support. “I am so blessed by
you all, everyday. “Thank you to all the
wonderful friends, classmates, “and teachers for all the help
and knowledge you’ve given me “these past two years.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Charlie Jackson.
(audience applauding) “Woo-hoo! “Big thanks to my
sugar mama, Grace. “Thank you for finding my scrubs “the night before clinical,
stealing parking passes for me “and pushing me along
when I had sonorities “the whole last semester. “Thanks to my nursing
friends who were great “at therapeutic venting sessions “and to my family who
have always supported
me in my goals.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Ashley Johnson. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To my family, especially
to my husband and lover, “this is been a long
challenging journey. “I just want you to know that
I appreciate all of your love “and support through
this program. “I would not be
standing here today “if it was not for that support. “Thank you and I love you.” (audience applauding
and cheering) William Kern. (audience applauding
and cheering) “A big thank you to Mom,
Dad, Sarah, Adriani, “family and friends
for your patience “and incredible support
throughout this journey. “Love you all.” (audience applauding) Kari Keyser. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thanks to my parents
for their support “and encouraging me to take
the academic seriously, “my boyfriend for encouraging
me not to take myself “too seriously, older brother
for college counseling, “sister-in-law for listening
to clinical stories, “younger brother for
keeping me laughing, “little sister for believing
I was a nurse since day one, “Keyser and Ericson Grandfathers
for financial support, “Ally and Jayde for
keeping me sane, “and my crew church,
Charlotesville and
Blacksburg families “for keeping me
grounded in my faith. “Soli Deo Gloria.”
(audience applauding) Larry King. “First, a huge thank
you to all my family “and friends for your support. “To my wonderful parents,
thank you for the love “and support over the years “and pushing me to
follow my dream. “To my amazing husband, thank
you for always being my rock, “especially during
the last two years. “I appreciate
everything you do for me “and our little family. “Lastly, I want to
thank my heavenly Father “for putting me on the
path to becoming a nurse.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Jennifer Letteri. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to all my
family and friends “who encouraged me
to pursue my dream “and supporting
me along the way. “You all mean the world to me. “A big thank you to my mom for
being my biggest cheerleader, “to Scott for being my rock
and my 5 a.m. alarm clock, “and Lele, Kara, and Zaus
for sharing all the kitty “and puppy snuggles, I
love you all so much.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Tiahna Mack. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To my family, I appreciate
each and everyone of you “and the sacrifices you’ve
made that allowed me “to be here today. “To my Mom, thank you for
being my biggest supporter, “you were my shoulder to cry
on when things got stressful “and you were ready
to celebrate with me “when things were going great. “I could not have made it
through the past two years “without your constant love, “words of encouragement,
and motivation. “I love you all.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Kaitlin Meehan. “I want to thank my
friends and family “that have been there for
me throughout this journey. “I want to thank my co-workers “that helped me work
around clinical schedules. “Most of all I want to
thank my mom and dad, “I couldn’t have done
this without them. “They have been my
biggest supporters “and my shoulders to cry on. “Thank you for
everything, Mom and Dad. (audience applauding
and cheering) Anna Mikolay. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To my family, this has been
a long and challenging journey “for us all, thank
you for your love “and patience along the way. “A special thanks to my husband
for being my support system “and always encouraging
me to keep going “when I was ready to give up. “Lastly, to my fellow
nursing classmates, “I would not have gotten
this far without you guys. “I have made some amazing
friends along the way “and I appreciate all of you.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Ariel Miller. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would first like to thank
my mother, Lisa Miller, “I don’t think I could
have made it through “this program without her. “I want to thank
my daughter Raylee “for sticking by
me even when I had “to study instead of play. “I would like thank
my sister Tiffany, “Fred and my younger sister
Shannon for all their help. “Thank you to my
grandmother, June Mikolay. “I’m glad you were
here to see this day.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Erin Mishler. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thanks to my roommates for
letting me live rent-free “and my boyfriend and
friends for understanding “I would be MIA for two years.” (laughing) (audience applauding
and cheering) Anna Moore. “Thank you to everyone
who has supported me “and my decision to
go back to school. “I give special
thanks to my mother “for giving me a place to stay “and helping me
take care of my cat. “Thank you to Robert’s parents “for their generosity
and hospitality. “Most of all, thank you,
Robert, for being patient “with me and standing by
my side the entire time. “I love you all and I couldn’t
have done it without you. (audience applauding) Louise Mikhaela Morales. (audience applauding
and cheering) “For the roller coasters
and sleepless nights, “thank you family and friends, “especially Mom and Dad
for the endless support “and for always
being there for me. “I would also like to thank
God for giving me strength “and guidance throughout
every decision made “that led up to this
wonderful milestone. “Good luck to everyone
from here on out.” Typhanie Puts. (audience applauding
and cheering) Putze. (laughs) I stand corrected. “Thank you Patty for
always getting me take out “the night before clinicals,
supporting me when I wanted “to give up and making it
possible for me to achieve this. “Thank you to my fellow
blueberries and instructors “who I’ve grown so close
with over these two years. “Thank you Charlie for
motivating me to put on pants “and come to class. “And thank you to
my Grandma and Mom “because I literally wouldn’t
be here without them.” (audience applauding
and cheering) – Pause for effect, okay. Sarah Radcliff. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would like to thank
the amazing instructors “who inspired me
and gave me purpose “after a leap of
faith career change. “I’m grateful to have
you as role models “and appreciate your enthusiasm
for nursing and our success. “Most importantly, I would
like to thank my husband, Seth, “for always having my back, my
friends for keeping me sane, “and both amazing families for
your constant encouragement. “I could not have done this
without your love and support.” (audience applauding
and cheering) (laughing) Lauren Roberge.
(audience cheering) “Thank you to my amazing
sister, my patient boyfriend, “my family, and my friends,
especially my Burton’s girls “for all their love, support
and encouragement throughout “this journey called
nursing school. “Thank you to all the
strong women in my life “who inspired me
to go into nursing, “who motivate me to
be the best I can be, “and inspire me daily. “Take pride in how far you
have come and have faith “in how far you will go.” Jessica Robic. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I want to thank all of
my amazing classmates “for their support
and comradery. “You guys are the best and
I learned so much from you. “The clinical instructors
for their patience during “our nursing student
growing pains. “I’m looking at you, Buki.
(laughing) “Now we all know which
lung has three lobes. “My partner Jared, for being
my rock while I stress monster “and my family and
Jen for convincing me “this was the right
way into nursing. “Thank you.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Tamika Robinson. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To God be the Glory for
the things he has done. “Jeremiah Chapter 29, Verse 11. “For I know the plans I have
for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, “plans to give you
hope and a future. “Special thanks to
my mother, sister, “and my daughter for
being there for me “when I felt like giving up. “Thanks to my family,
friends, and the professors “for all of their support. “Don’t expect anyone to
understand your journey, “especially if they’ve
never walked in your path.” Alasia Rose. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would like to give special
thanks to my mother, Gaynell, “and my boyfriend Jay’onte. “Without you two
this would have been “nearly impossible
to get through. “You pushed me each day
and always made sure “I continued to be positive. “You two never doubted
me and always had faith. “To my daughter
London, thank you. “You are my motivation
for never giving up “when things became tough. “I cannot wait to
give you the world. “I love you all.” (audience applauding) Kelly Rousseau. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I walk for my amazing
daughter, Lorelei, “who will always be my why. “Thank you to all of
my friends and family “for your support,
especially my Mom and Dad “who dropped everything to
be here when I needed them. “And finally, for
my husband Jay, “he started this
journey by my side “and ended it in my
heart but I will smile “and find joy in life today
and everyday for him.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Amanda Sager. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I would like to dedicate
my Nursing degree “to my wonderfully
supportive parents, “my Charlottesville Mom
Anne, and my loving fiance. “You guys made this
journey all possible. “I love you all.” (audience applauding) Anne Schmidt. (audience applauding
and cheering) “It’s not what happens to you “but how you react that matters. “Thank you to my parents for
showing me constant strength “and love for all those
Lovenox shots at 7 a.m. “and cups of hot coffee
ready for me before class. “Thank you to my friends and
family for the infinite support “and breakfast dates. “And thank you to UVA
Pediatric Hematology nurses “and doctors who truly
inspired this path I’m on.” (audience applauding) Shelby Sparks. (audience applauding
and cheering) “First my mom for being
my ultimate best friend “and to listening to
my many breakdowns “including quote,
I’m dropping out. “To my dad for always
encouraging me to
be one step better “and giving me the entire world. “To my brother for
serving this country “with bravery,
strength, and courage. “Finally to Alex, my sidekick, “I could not have
done it without you. “Nursing school gave
me the best gift, “our endless friendship. “Thanks and see you at home.” (audience applauding) Katrina Staggs (audience applauding
and cheering) “Tom Hanks had a great
line in the movie, “A League of Their Own. “It’s supposed to be
hard, if it wasn’t hard, “everybody would do it. “It’s the hard that
makes it great. “This was a hard journey
but my thanks goes out “to an amazing cohort,
caring faculty, “and an incredibly supportive
circle of co-workers, “friends and family. “To the world’s most
amazing husband and kids, “you’ve been my biggest fans “and I could not have
done it without you. “Thank you for all
of your support.” (audience applauding) Tanya Stanciu. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my husband
for many meals made “and many early morning rides. “Thank you to my parents for
always being there for me. “Thank you to my teachers
for guiding me on the way “and thank you to
my amazing boys, “I helped you come
into this world “but you have given me life.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Dagny Thorsen. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you, Derek,
for supporting me “and listening to me
complain about school “for the past two years. “And thank you to my
friends and family “for cheering me
on the entire way. “Congratulations and
best of luck to everyone “on the next steps in
your nursing careers. “We made it.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Krystle Todd. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my family
and friends for their love “and support while I
accomplished one of my dreams. “You were there when
I needed the push “to continue on and gave
me the strength and courage “I needed to succeed. “To you all, I love you “and I could not have
done this without you.” (audience applauding) Laura Vogt. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you, Jesus, for the
plans you have for my life. “Dave, thank you for
being an amazing husband, “always loving, listening,
and encouraging me. “Madison, Micah, and Piper, “you guys are the most
incredible kids on the planet “and I’m glad you’re mine. “Dad, Mom, Denise,
Greg, Nicole, Ryan, “thank you for praying
and cheering me on. “To my nursing school crew
and all of my other friends “who stuck by my side,
I’m so thankful for you.” (audience applauding) Obah Farrah Walker. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To my loving family, thank
you for being so supportive “and so patient
through this journey. “You are all a part of
this accomplishment. “I am so grateful for
your encouragement “and prayers, all I ever want
to do is make you all proud. “To my children Layla,
Aiden, and Sofia, “I thank you most of all
for giving me new dreams “and a drive stronger
than I’ve ever had. “I love you all.” (audience applauding) Natalie Whitaker. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you, Mead, for
supporting and encouraging me “and for doing all that laundry. “Thanks to my teeny, tiny
Bean, for babysitting Dad “when I had clinical and
for being such a big girl “when Mom said, we can’t
I have school work. “A big thank you Mom, Dad,
and nanny for their faith “in me and watching Ellie. “And thank you, Erin, for
inspiring me to become a nurse “and for all the advice
and knowledge you share.” (audience applauding) Christie Wilson. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To Luke and Grandma Saunders. “When despair for
the world grows in me “and I wake in the night in
fear of what my life may be, “I go lie down where
the wood drake rests “in his beauty on water
and the heron feeds. “I come into the peace of
wild things and still water, “I feel above me the day blind
stars, waiting with light. “For a time I rest in
the grace of the world “and I’m free.” (audience applauding) Chelsea Wood. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my Mom and Dad “who have been my rock
throughout the years “and been there
for me to cry on. “You have cheered me on
and been my biggest fans “and support system. “To my family and friends
who have prayed for me “and endured my
absence, moodiness, “and being supportive. “Thank you. “Importantly, I am
thankful for Jesus Christ, “being my lifeguard
and lighthouse. “I couldn’t be more
thankful for those “in my life throughout
this journey.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Ashley Woodson. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Chick-fil-A for keeping me fed, (laughing)
“the gym for keeping me sane, “and my study buddies
for pulling me through.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Chelsea Wright. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To my biggest supporters,
Jesse and Noah, “thank you for being a
constant source of love, “support and motivation. “Thank you for your
patience and forgiveness. “I couldn’t have done
this without you. “A special thank you to my
Nanny, Papa, Grandma, Granddad, “and friends for your
unconditional love and support. “And to all of my
family and friends “who encouraged me
never to give up. “Thank you from the bottom
of my heart, I love you all.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Francesca Yowell. (audience applauding
and cheering) “I dedicate this
pin to my husband “and my best friend Trevor,
I cannot adequately put “into words the
amount of gratitude “and respect that
I have for you. “Thank you for
supporting me always “and believing in
me wholeheartedly. “I would not have been able to
accomplish the things I have “without your unwavering
love and support. “We did it, sweet boy, we
survived nursing school.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Diana Yayura Zaney. (audience applauding
and cheering) “To God almighty, my
rock and the master “of the impossible, thank you. “My parents of blessed memory,
Christina and Michael Armani, “I know you’re looking
down with pride. “To my uncle who raised
me, Walter Armani, “also of blessed
memory, thank you. “My husband, Doja, I
couldn’t have done this without your support. “My children Michael,
whose birthday is today, (audience cheering) “and David, you’re my source
of inspiration and zeal. “Thank you to all my mates who
have touched me in many ways “through their
kindness especially, “Obah, Julie,
Jenny and Christie. “God bless to our wonderful
instructors, librarians, “advising team,
administrative personnel, “and my mentors. “Thank you all and
may God bless you.” (audience applauding
and cheering) Alex Zarzuela. (audience applauding
and cheering) “Thank you to my Mom,
my original inspiration, “for going into nursing, “to my dad for relentlessly
researching careers, “then showing me the endless
growth potential of nursing. “To Cory for the many
rides to clinical “and always supporting me. “To Getti Leanne for
sharing pictures of Wilson “while we were all
the way at school, “and Shelby, I
couldn’t have done this “without you by my side. “No more giggling about
being matching blueberries “at 5 a.m., we did it.” (audience applauding
and cheering) – And now I’d like to welcome to the podium, Marlene Mayberry who will give the
presentation of the awards. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Good afternoon. Each year PVCC’s
Nursing program presents an award to outstanding
students who have achieved above and beyond academically
and professionally over the past two years
as a nursing student. But before I present
these awards, I would like to first
have those students who are graduating today
with an overall GPA of 4.0 from Piedmont Virginia
Community College to stand and be recognized. (audience applauding
and cheering) It is now, with great
privilege and honor, that we present the first award, which is the award for best
overall academic performance in the Nursing program of
the 2019 graduating class. It was very close this
year, as you can see, and we had a number
of outstuding students within a fraction
of one and other. So, we actually had to do a
little dimensional analysis to figure it out. Only those who have
graduated Nursing school, and those who have
supported them, know the magnitude of
receiving this award. I am definitely aware
of this magnitude because nine years
ago I was graduating from PVCC’s Nursing
program and I also received the same award, so it
only seemed fitting today, that I could give this award for best overall academic
performance to Tanya Stanciu. (audience applauding
and cheering) The second award is an award that recognizes outstanding
clinical performance while in the clinical setting. This is a little more
difficult to give because we, as faculty,
have watched each of these students
grow professionally and we are very
proud of them all. However, only one could be
chosen by the clinical faculty, one from the day program and
one from the evening program to receive the award for best
overall clinical performance. These students
have consistently, over the past four semesters, have not only excelled
in meeting all of their clinical competencies
but did so with compassion and with a
collaborative mindset, looking past their
own needs at times, and helping others in
their clinical groups. The student receiving the award for best overall
clinical performance, in the day program,
is Brynn Acker. (audience applauding
and cheering) And from the evening program, the student receiving the award for best overall clinical
performance, is Robin Chandler. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Now you’re gonna make me cry. (laughing) (audience applauding
and cheering) – Thank you and now I
would like for everyone to turn their attention
to the screens as our wonderful students
have created a slideshow to document their journey
through our nursing program. (“Whenever You Remember”
by Carrie Underwood) ♪ Hmmm ♪ ♪ When you look back
on times we had ♪ ♪ I hope you smile ♪ ♪ And know that through the
good and through the bad ♪ ♪ I was on your side when
nobody could hold us down ♪ ♪ We claimed the
brightest star ♪ ♪ And we, we came so far ♪ ♪ And, no, they won’t forget ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember
times gone by ♪ ♪ Remember how we held
our heads so high ♪ ♪ When all this world
was there for us ♪ ♪ And we believed that
we could touch the sky ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember,
I’ll be there ♪ ♪ Remember how we reached
that dream together ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember ♪ ♪ When you think back
on all we’ve done ♪ ♪ I hope you’re proud ♪ (“I Hope You Dance”
by Lee Ann Womack) ♪ I hope you never lose
your sense of wonder ♪ ♪ You get your fill to eat
but always keep that hunger ♪ ♪ May you never take one
single breath for granted ♪ ♪ God forbid love ever
leave you empty handed ♪ ♪ I hope you still feel small ♪ ♪ When you stand
beside the ocean ♪ ♪ Whenever one door closes
I hope one more opens ♪ ♪ Promise me that you’ll give
faith a fighting chance ♪ ♪ And when you get the choice
to sit it out or dance ♪ ♪ I hope you dance ♪ ♪ I hope you dance ♪ ♪ I hope you never fear those
mountains in the distance ♪ ♪ Never settle for the
path of least resistance ♪ ♪ Livin’ might mean
takin’ chances, but
they’re worth takin’ ♪ ♪ Lovin’ might be a mistake,
but it’s worth makin’ ♪ ♪ Don’t let some hellbent
heart leave you bitter ♪ ♪ When you come close to
sellin’ out, reconsider ♪ ♪ Give the heavens above more
than just a passing glance ♪ ♪ And when you get the choice
to sit it out or dance ♪ ♪ I hope you dance ♪ ♪ Time is a wheel in
constant motion along ♪ (“Wonderwall” by Oasis) ♪ Today is gonna be the day ♪ ♪ That they’re gonna
throw it back to you ♪ ♪ By now you should’ve somehow ♪ ♪ Realized what you gotta do ♪ ♪ I don’t believe that anybody ♪ ♪ Feels the way I
do, about you now ♪ ♪ Backbeat, the word
was on the street ♪ ♪ That the fire in
your heart is out ♪ ♪ I’m sure you’ve
heard it all before ♪ ♪ But you never
really had a doubt ♪ ♪ I don’t believe that anybody ♪ ♪ Feels the way I
do about you now ♪ ♪ And all the roads we
have to walk are winding ♪ ♪ And all the lights that
lead us there are blinding ♪ ♪ There are many things that I ♪ ♪ Would like to say to
you but I don’t know how ♪ ♪ Because maybe ♪ (“Graduation (Friends
Forever)” by Vitamin C) ♪ As we go on ♪ ♪ We remember ♪ ♪ All the times we ♪ ♪ Had together ♪ ♪ And as our lives change ♪ ♪ Come whatever ♪ ♪ We will still be ♪ ♪ Friends forever ♪ ♪ So if we get the big jobs ♪ ♪ And we make the big money ♪ ♪ When we look back now ♪ ♪ Will our jokes
still be funny ♪ ♪ Will we still
remember everything
we learned in school ♪ ♪ Still be trying to
break every single rule ♪ ♪ Will little brainy Bobby
be the stockbroker man ♪ ♪ Can Heather find a job that
won’t interfere with her tan ♪ ♪ I keep, I keep thinking
that it’s not goodbye ♪ ♪ Keep on thinking
it’s a time to fly ♪ ♪ And this is how it feels ♪ ♪ As we go on ♪ ♪ We remember ♪ ♪ All the times we ♪ ♪ Had together ♪ ♪ And as our lives change ♪ ♪ Come whatever ♪ (audience applauding
and cheering) What a wonderful journey. And now for the presentation
of the Nursing Pledge, I’d like to welcome
Kelly Farnsworth. (audience applauding
and cheering) – Before we do this, I
want to make sure, first, all the nurses that stood
up earlier in the audience, we’d like you to
stand up, please. The pledge is on the
back of your bulletin, so please stand if you are
a Registered Nurse already in the audience
and on the front. And joining them, I
would like to welcome the newest Nurses, so
please stand class. On the back of your Nursing
Pledge, we’ll go ahead and read it together. In full knowledge of the
obligations I am undertaking, I promise to care for the
sick with all the skill and understanding I possess
without regard to race, creed, color, politics,
or social status, Sparing no effort
to conserve life, to alleviate suffering,
and to promoting health. I will respect, at all times, the dignity and
religious beliefs of the patients under my care,
holding and in confidence, all personal information
entrusted to me and refraining from any
action which might endanger the life or health. I will endeavor to keep
my professional knowledge and skill at the highest level and to give loyal
support and cooperation to all members of
the health team. I will do my upmost to
honor the international code of nursing ethics and
to uphold the integrity of the professional Nurse. – Thank you. You all may be seated. Okay, so, now as you
go forth into practice, I charge you with the following:
continue your education. Nursing is a lifelong journey and your nursing
education here at Piedmont is only your first step. We have provided a
strong foundation but now you must build upon it whether you choose
ICU, Critical Care, ER or the smallest in the
NICU, seek out opportunities to learn and grow
in your practice. When leadership opportunities
knock, answer the call and find a good mentor
who can show you the way. James Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of Leadership Challenge, identified five main practices
of exemplary leadership. They found that when individuals
are at their personal best they modeled the way,
inspire a shared vision, challenged the process,
enable others to act, and encourage the heart. By incorporating these
leadership strategies into your practice, you
become a Nursing leader. Model the way and set the
example for others to follow by working hard and becoming
a role model of excellence. When you are presented
with new students, become the teacher
and welcome them as you were welcomed
when you first began. Inspire a shared vision and believe you can
make a difference. Get nurses excited
about the possibilities of the future,
challenge the process and look for innovative
ways to improve care, and when faced with failure use it as a learning
opportunity. Become a scientist
because as Nurses, we know evidence based
practice is essential to the practice of Nursing. Always question, don’t accept, we’ve always done it this way. Enable others to act and
embrace collaboration, create an atmosphere that
makes each person feel their voices are heard
and their input matters. Finally, encourage the heart. Support your fellow Nurses and recognize
everyone’s contribution, whether it’s to the
unit or to a patient. And finally, I leave you
now with another quote from the Mother of Nursing,
Florence Nightingale, “for the sick it is
important to have the best.” Go forth and be the best,
continuing to blaze the trail for others to follow. Congratulations and thank
you for allowing Piedmont to be the first step in your
journey to becoming a Nurse. (audience applauding
and cheering)

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