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National's Newest Nurses



Dec 16, 2014

The Pikeville Campus held a Pinning Ceremony for the Fall 2014 Nursing Class, recognizing the 10 newest nurses to graduate from the program, unique to the east Kentucky campus nestled in the heart of coal country.

While friends and family gathered in the sanctuary of Cornerstone Christian Church, the nursing class joined campus director Tammy Riley, nurse administrator Shirley Goff, and other nursing faculty on the stage.  Graduate Melissa Bentley provided the invocation and benediction, while graduate Hannah Ratliff entertained the gathering with her lovely singing voice.  But arguably the highlight of the evening was the class remembrance speech given by Zeke Karczewski.

The only male graduate in the class, Zeke “bravely” spoke of his classmates, recalling humorous anecdotes and memorable qualities of each.  He also related the trials and tribulations of nursing students, all of whom complete one of the toughest curricula at American National University.  “At American National University, they’re not giving out degrees,” remarked Zeke.  “You have to earn it…and once we earn it, then we have the right to test and possibly be called ‘registered nurse.’”

After each graduate came forward to be “pinned” as nursing graduates by their chosen family and friends, Shirley led them through the lighting of the lamp of knowledge and the recitation of the Nightingale Pledge:

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

Congratulations to all of the nursing graduates and best of luck in your new careers.

A- Graduates in the 2014 Nursing Class at the Pikeville Campus participate in the Pinning Ceremony. Front row (left to right) - Melissa Bentley, Tiffany Burke, Marla Cantrell, Teela Clay, and Brittany Coleman. 

Back row- Zeke Karczewski, Shantayia Kiser, Jacqueline Mollett, Amber Slone, and Hannah Ratliff.

B- Graduate Zeke Karczewski gives the class remembrance speech at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony.

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