When social distancing guidelines prevented Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing faculty and staff from recognizing new graduates the traditional way, they got creative.
Instead of holding a pinning ceremony in an auditorium to welcome the new nurses to the profession, they brought the rite of passage outside for a drive-thru pinning parade. The pin symbolizes they have met the requirements associated with taking the licensure examination and identifies them as graduates of the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, which has the longest-standing nursing program in the state.
As these nurses prepare to enter the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was important for the nursing faculty to still honor them in some way. The pinning parade was May 8 on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.