Nursing Pinning May 2020

On Saturday, October 10, Concordia University Ann Arbor School of Nursing celebrated the Pinning Ceremony for the Omega Class, the fourth cohort to graduate from CUAA's school of nursing.

While the Omega class earned their nursing degrees upon completion of the spring 2020 semester, they were not pinned until today’s socially-distant outdoor ceremony.

Each semester, Concordia’s nursing faculty and staff nominate students from the graduating cohort who best represent the core values of the nursing program: service, excellence, compassion, and integrity. An additional award, the Nightingale Award, was created as a tribute to Florence Nightingale who embodied nursing as her life’s vocation. The recipient of this award exemplifies that same character and calling.

Nursing Pinning May 2020Compassion Award

Whitney Rivera

Presented by Kathleen Sheehan: “I had the privilege of coaching and guiding this student through skills 1 and 2.  During our staff discussion about who might be receiving this award this students name came up several times.  Although I never observed her in the clinical setting I had the distinct memory of how she showed compassion to her fellow students…” Read more…

Nursing Pinning May 2020Service Award

Kalli Hunley

Presented by Betsy Cambridge: “The award I am giving today is for a student who exemplifies service.

Service is one of our program’s cornerstone virtues.  It is defined simply as that act of doing something for someone else without the expectation of being rewarded…” Read more…


Nursing Pinning May 2020Integrity Award

Lillian Thompson

Presented by Anita Simmons: The award I am giving today is for a graduate who exemplifies integrity. Integrity is defined as soundness of moral character, and adherence to ethical principles.  In the Bible, the book of Proverbs mentions integrity: ‘Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.’ (Proverbs, 10:9, GNB)…” Read more…

Nursing Pinning May 2020Excellence Award

Tammy Delane

Presented by Renee Clemons: “Excellence is characterized by demonstrating actions or behavior which convey merit or greatness above an expected level. Synonyms for excellence include top-notch, distinction, exemplary, unparalleled. This award is presented to a nursing student who has demonstrated advanced critical thinking skills in dynamic situations and problem-solving skills in both nursing theory and clinical practicum courses…” Read more…

Nursing Pinning May 2020Nightingale Award

Lauren Baranski

Presented by Cindy Fenske:

For the sick it is important to have the best. —Florence Nightingale

“Florence Nightingale is an iconic figure who is responsible for the philosophy and underpinnings of modern day nursing. Prior to her, nursing was looked down upon as unimportant and was a low status job. Through her efforts, nursing was reborn into the trusted profession we know today.” Read more…

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