Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College practical nursing students on the Valdosta campus received their nursing pins during a ceremony held in the prior to graduation on Thursday, Aug. 9. These 17 students have been in the WGTC practical nursing program 18 months. The nurse’s pin is part of the nurse’s uniform and is symbolic as a badge of office and achievement and a great honor to receive.
Janie Avery, RN, BSN, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. She encouraged everyone to make their own path, follow their dreams, and enjoy every second. Avery as well as Wiregrass President Dr. Perren advised the students to remember that their patients “don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” Avery graduated Cum Laude in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valdosta State University. She is the nurse educator for South Georgia Medical Center and Inpatient Rehab at Greenleaf Center.
Student Jerri Radabaugh gave the student address reflecting on the good times with classmates, the long days of studying, the trying times juggling classes and home life, and the goals they all set to achieve.
Students receiving their nurse’s pin included Daniel Baldwin, Jessica Bennett, Salena Booker, Courtney Canino, Faye Dasher, Dustin Kersey, Stacey Porter, Brittany Rhoads, Toni Richardson, Lauran Shill, Bethany Smith, and Hannah Smith of Lowndes County; Justin Blanton of Hamilton County, Floriday; Racheal Hutchinson of Berrien County, Kayla Myers of Cook County, Jessica Newsome of Lanier County, and Jerri Radabaugh of Brooks County.