Nursing program celebrates first year of military to RN grads
uring the Nursing pinning ceremony last
week, the program pinned eight members of the new military to RN program. There
were over 160 graduates, with just over 100 attending the pinning ceremony.
The pinning ceremony celebrates a
student’s accomplishment of meeting the necessary requirements for completion
of the nursing program. It is a long-time tradition going back further than the
Florence Nightingale era. Although much has changed on the type of pin, what it
symbolizes stays the same – a job well done.
The military to RN program is part of
the College Credit for Heroes Initiative. Alamo Colleges has focused on the
initiative since July 2011. The program enhances opportunities for military
service members and veterans to earn college credit for allied health education
and training received while serving in the U.S. military. Credits earned
accelerate the opportunities for service members and veterans to earn associate
degrees in health information technology and nursing.
Governor Rick Perry signed the
initiative in 2011, with Alamo Colleges, being one of seven colleges, or
districts, to pilot the program. Since then, seven more colleges, or college
districts, have partnered with the program.
Award was also presented during the ceremony. Heather Filit, the most recent
Vice President of the Texas Student Nursing Association, also served as the
organization’s information officer before becoming the vice president.
The ceremony also
featured two other firsts. San Antonio College’s ROTC presented colors at the
event and an underclassman, who is part of a brass quintet, played the march as
nursing students filed in before and after the ceremony.
family members, relatives and friends attended the event.