Class of 2020: UNM Taos

Nursing program pins 12 students

– Submitted by University of New Mexico-Taos
Posted 6/3/20

The history of the nursing pinning ceremony harkens back to the 12th century when the Knights Hospitaliers, who cared for sick and injured crusaders, wore a large Maltese cross to identify them as care providers.

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Class of 2020: UNM Taos

Nursing program pins 12 students

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The history of the nursing pinning ceremony harkens back to the 12th century when the Knights Hospitaliers, who cared for sick and injured crusaders, wore a large Maltese cross to identify them as care providers.

In the 1860s, Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her work during the Crimean War. Wanting to acknowledge a job well done to her nurses, Nightingale instituted the tradition of granting pins to nurses who had completed their training.

This tradition continues to this day in every nursing program in the United States. Graduating nursing students also carry a lantern in honor of Nightingale, who was known in her time as the “Lady with the Lamp,” because she tirelessly walked among the beds of wounded soldiers during the night.

The history of the nurse’s cap originated with the deaconesses, an early religious order of women who provided care to the sick and wore white head coverings. The coverings came to signify the role of the nurse. As society and the nursing profession changed, modernized and diversified, the cap was worn less and less. It is still, however, a recognizable symbol of the nursing profession.

The following dozen UNM-Taos nursing graduates for 2020 will be given their pins, caps, and will carry lanterns as they embark on their health care careers: Isabel Alford, Fiona Breslin, Jeremy Burn, Melissa Clark, Stephanie Decker, Anthony Free, Amanda Hedgepeth, Johanna Lee, Liane Pellegrini, Kyline Rael, Tanya Trujillo and Sarah Turk.

– Submitted by University of New Mexico-Taos

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