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Release No.06.06.14-NursePinning
June 6, 2014

Invitation to Cover Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony on June 10

Subject: College of the Canyons registered nursing program graduation and pinning ceremony.

Time: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Place: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons

Contact: Diane Morey, (661) 362-3214; Bruce Battle (661) 362-5604

Event: Fifty-eight students from the College of the Canyons nursing program will take part in a traditional pinning ceremony marking the completion of each nurse’s education. 

Celebrating the accomplishments of newly graduated registered nurses, the pinning ceremony serves as a symbolic welcoming for all those entering the nursing profession.

At the event COC nursing department faculty members will present each graduate with a nursing pin before the group collectively recites the Nightingale Pledge traditionally taken by new nurses.

“This event represents the culmination of a nursing student’s hard work and dedication, as well as the beginning of a new career in this caring profession,” said Diane Morey, director of the COC nursing program. “We are proud to have the opportunity to honor our graduating RNs in the presence of their family, friends and peers.”

Additionally, 41 of this year’s graduates have been inducted into the newly formed Gamma Eta chapter of the National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (NOADN) Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society, which recognizes the academic excellence of nursing students. 

The college will also host a brief induction ceremony for the chapter’s inaugural class, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 9, in Aliso Hall, Room 108, located on the college’s Valencia campus. At the event, each student will receive a special pin and honors cord to wear during Tuesday morning’s nurse pinning ceremony.

Earlier this semester, COC hosted a visiting team from the California Board of Registered Nursing for an in-depth on-site evaluation of the college’s registered nurse program, in order to assess its compliance with all associated state laws and regulations.   

That visit resulted in the COC RN program receiving continuing approval, with no areas of noncompliance, for the next five years.

Since 2000 the college’s nursing program has worked diligently to address the statewide nursing shortage — and has seen significant growth as a result. Each year a minimum of 100 new students are admitted to the program. Currently there are 244 nursing students enrolled at College of the Canyons, with an additional 60 students expected to enter the program in fall 2014. 

Of the 60 nursing students scheduled to begin in the fall semester, 16 are being supported with funding from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Enrollment Growth Grant.

In addition, 20 currently enrolled COC nursing students are being funded by the Song-Brown program, which was established in 1973 to increase the number of family practice physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses being trained in the state to provide needed medical services to Californians

In recent years, COC nursing program graduates have gone on to start careers in a variety of different healthcare settings, working for organizations and agencies including: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital, Providence Tarzana Hospital, and UCLA/Olive View Medical Center.

Note to Editors: Photo opportunities will be available. However, tripods are NOT allowed inside the theater. Photographers shooting from a tripod will be confined to the PAC sound booth.

Entrance to this event is by ticket only. Media members interested in attending should contact the College of the Canyons Public Information Office at (661) 362-5604 or​.