USCB to Conduct Baccalaureate Nursing Pinning Ceremony May 3 in Beaufort
April 23, 2018
BEAUFORT, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Beaufort will conduct a Baccalaureate Nursing Pinning Ceremony May 3 at 11 a.m. for 26 graduation candidates of the 2018 pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and two candidates of the RN to BSN program. The ceremony will take place at the USCB Center for the Arts on the Beaufort campus.
The nurse's lapel pin conferred upon each graduation candidate signifies the honor of the nursing profession and the school of graduation. The pin was designed by graduates of the university's first nursing class in 2011. This will be the eighth pinning ceremony since the inception of the BSN program.
Conferring the nursing pin is a long-standing tradition that dates back to the first formal nurse-training programs in the 1870s. The pin signifies the successful completion of a nursing program. The academic degree has since replaced formal acknowledgement of program completion.
The pre-licensure track in the Bachelor of Science program at USCB encompasses a four-year course of study. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. It serves as tangible evidence of the university's mission to "offer baccalaureate degrees that respond to regional needs, draw upon regional strengths, and prepare graduates to participate successfully in communities here and around the globe."
The May 3 nursing pinning ceremony will bring to 210 the number of BSN alumni who have completed the nursing program at USCB and gone on to careers in nursing since 2009.
"The need for well-trained, qualified nurses has never been greater here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and throughout the state and the nation," says Kimberly I. Dudas, Ph.D., R.N., ANP-BC, CNE.
Dr. Dudas is Associate Professor and Interim Dean of the School of the Professions and Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health Professions at USCB.
"As the American population continues to age, the demand for intelligent, compassionate nurses will only increase. At the same time, the number and scope of nursing jobs continues to expand virtually every day. At USCB, we recognize our responsibility to help ease the critical shortage by preparing the next generation of qualified nurses."
Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Bluffton campus offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.
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