The University of Pittsburgh Titusville honored this year’s class of graduating nurses during the eighth annual pinning ceremony in the J. Curtis McKinney II Student Union on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Louise Schwabenbauer, director and assistant professor of nursing, welcomed the graduates along with family members, to the ceremony.

Schwabenbauer began the ceremony by displaying the nursing pins and explaining their significance. According to Schwabenbauer, the pinning ceremony is an important part of the nursing program. The pinning ceremony is traditionally a symbolic awards ceremony where nursing graduates are presented with pins designating their schools.

The Pitt-Titusville pins are highlighted with the university name, a lamp to represent Florence Nightingale, and laurel branches which symbolizes honor and distinction.

During the ceremony, Tim Nelson of Meadville was presented with the Professionalism Award. This award is given to a student who has shown exceptional performance in demonstrating professional behaviors, honoring confidentiality, exulting sensitivity to other’s needs, maintaining focus on healthcare needs, and strictly adhering to policy on procedures and protocol.

The Nursing Process award was presented to Jill O’Connor of Tidioute for demonstrating caring and compassion, while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

Beth Rougeux of Pittsfield was presented with the Communications award. This is given to a student who demonstrates exceptional performance in communicating clearly, accurately, and consistently with clients, families, and co-workers.

The Organization and Collaboration Award was presented to Taylor Pyle of Harrisville for demonstrating exceptional performance in collaborating with classmates, faculty, and all members of the health care team.
The Growth in Learning Award was presented to Susan Scott of Meadville for demonstrating considerable growth in personal learning behaviors.

In addition to the pins, two students were selected to receive an academic achievement award.  Jill O’Connor from Tidioute and Krista Ocilka from Pittsburgh were recognized for their outstanding academic success.

For more information on Pitt-Titusville’s nursing program, please contact the university at (814) 827-4400.