By Amanda Boundris
June 25, 2012
New nurses line up to receive their nursing pins during pinning ceremonies June 15 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
Following their convocation on June 15, graduates of the McMaster Mohawk Conestoga Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program participated in the pinning ceremony, a time-honoured nursing school tradition that marks a graduate's passage from student to practising nurse.
The pinning ceremony dates back before the turn of the twentieth century. These ceremonies are held all over the world and nurses wear their pin when they are in uniform caring for patients. McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga College each held their own pinning ceremony at the Hamilton Convention Centre after students graduated earlier in the day.
At McMaster’s pinning ceremony, Catherine Tompkins, associate dean of Health Sciences and director of the School of Nursing, told the new nurses: "Nursing is a profession that has the health and well-being of others at its core. You have an awesome responsibility."
Janet Landeen, assistant dean of Undergraduate Nursing Programs, said "This afternoon is really about becoming a nurse," and added that as nurses they have "something tangible to contribute to society and a meaningful role to play."
Lynda Bentley Poole, an assistant professor with the SON, told the group they should be proud to have successfully completed "truly one of the most rigorous and challenging professional degree programs in university."
She also spoke about the "spirit of nursing," which she described as "the drive in each and every one of you to make a difference in the lives of others."
Daniel Barnhoorn, the valedictorian for the McMaster ceremony, said as nurses, "You are masters of healing: body, mind and spirit."
At each pinning ceremony awards were also presented to graduated students who had excelled, and one practising nurse for each site was given a BScN Preceptor Award of Distinction for their contribution to the clinical education of a graduating student.
Winners of the BScN Preceptor Awards of Distinction
- Susana Capeloa (McMaster University) – Hamilton Family Health Team
- Janice Conde (Conestoga College) – St. Mary’s General Hospital
- Sarah Balazs (Mohawk College) – Brant Community Health Care System