The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is proud to announce the nurse pinning ceremony for the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) program. The graduates will be pinned on Tuesday, December 13 with the ceremony starting at 6 PM at Hempstead Hall on the Hope campus in Hope, Arkansas.
ARNEC is a group of rural area communities and technical colleges in Arkansas. ARNEC was created so that LPNs/LVNs could have the opportunity to go to the next level and advance their careers in nursing by earning an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. This step has prepared the nursing students to take the NCLEX-RN exam and then apply for a Registered Nursing (RN) license.
Where did the Pinning Ceremony begin? It dates as far back to the Crusades in the 12th century. But the biggest influence of the modern-day nursing school pinning ceremony comes from the most famous nurse of all, Florence Nightingale. According to Walden University's website;
Hospitals recognized Nightingale’s impact on the field of healthcare—particularly nursing—and began creating pinning programs beginning in the mid-1880s. Initially, only those nurses with exceptional marks and practice received pins, but that later expanded to a larger audience—including all nurses devoted to the welfare and well-being of society.
If you would like more information about the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium program or the ARNEC, you can go online to www.arnec.org.
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