SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony

LPN students

St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize nursing students completing the LPN Bridge to ASN program. The pinning ceremony symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession. The pin is a reminder to the 10 graduates of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed.

Students were pinned by family members. The pinning ceremony serves as the symbol of the care and devotion nurses provide. The ceremony is also a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses.

During the ceremony, The Florence Nightingale Award was presented to Casey Braden, of Flagler County, for “demonstrating outstanding scholarship, compassion toward others, leadership in class and devotion to clients and their families.” Afsana Catron, of St. Johns County, received the Academic Excellence Award for “strength and dedication in achieving and maintaining academic excellence.”

Students from Clay County: Anna Gibas and Mechel Heffernan

Students from St. Johns County: Lisa Boyd, Catron and Courtney Warner

Students from Flagler County: Jeanne Berg and Braden

Students from other counties: Annabelle Elrod (Duval County), Tambara Pollard (Putnam County) and Roseanna Singletary (Baker County)

The LPN Bridge program is designed to assist Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who want to take their education and skills to the next level. The program gives students a jumpstart on earning their Associate in Science degree in Nursing by awarding 10 college credit hours toward the degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

In addition to the LPN Bridge to ASN program, SJR State also offers nursing, practical nursing, nursing assistant, as well as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

SJR State’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Classes are offered in Palatka and Orange Park.

The College offers additional health programs such as respiratory care, health information management and radiologic technology. For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, call (386) 312-4176.

nursing students

L R - Anna Gibbs, Roseanna Singletary
2nd Row - Tambara Pollard, Casey Braden, Mechel Heffernan,
3rd Row- Courtney Warner, Jeanne Berg, Lisa Boyd

Nursing instructors Shasta Ware and Michelle Pate present Casey Braden with the Florence Nightingale Award.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020