News Release


Mount Marty College Inaugural Master of Science in Nursing Pinning Held

Published Date12\17\2013
The Mount Marty College's Master of Science in Nursing Program held their very first Pinning Ceremony for December graduating nursing students on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the college's Marian Auditorium.

The Pinning Ceremony was first established in 1986 for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program graduates to acknowledge the achievement of the graduating seniors and their transition from student role to their professional role as a registered nurse.  In keeping with this tradition the Master of Science in Nursing program will be celebrating the transition of professional registered nurse to the role of Nurse Practitioner.

The nurse's pin represents the philosophy of the school and of the nursing program, and its presentation signifies a sending forth or commissioning of the students to begin their nursing careers as graduates of MMC.  Tradition defines that the nursing pin is unique to the nursing program from which the student graduates. In the past, a nurse's cap and pin represented the school from which he or she attended. Today, Mount Marty's pin remains as the lone symbol of their education.

We are thrilled to see our first nurse practitioners graduate and become active primary care providers. These students are specialized as pediatric nurse practitioners, adult-geriatric nurse practitioners and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.  They will meet the rising health care needs as we move toward health care for all.  We have so many people to thank for their support to this MMC program," commented Dr. Jacqueline A. Kelley, Director of the MMC Graduate Nursing Program.

Each element of the MMC nursing pin represents an aspect of the nurse's dedication. Mount Marty's MSN pin is a black shield on gold with a white cross embedded on the shield. The modified Benedictine cross represents a crossroads of ideas and also depicts the ultimate aim of the college: to form persons in the Spirit of Christ with apostolic zeal for the world-wide work of restoring all things for Christ.

Mount Marty College Nursing Program is proud to acknowledge this year's December MSN nursing graduates: Angel N. Canady, Yankton, SD; Jennifer L. Coffey, Bloomfield, NE; Barbara A. DeWitt, Yankton, SD; Kelly M. Freng, Littleton, CO; Mary Ann Gengler, Sioux Falls, SD; Jacqueline R. Kelley, Sioux Falls, SD; Amelia J. Klimisch, Yankton, SD; Kelsey Kuylen, Dickinson, ND; Beth E. Mulder, Grand Rapids, MI; Lucinda M. Nelson, Sioux Falls, SD; Mindy M. Ostrowski, Brainerd, MN; Michele R. Rohde, Yankton, SD; Barbara J. Schechter, Sioux Falls, SD; Laura J. Schultes; Spearfish, SD; Carol L. Stewart, Avon, SD; Susan K. Taylor, Highmore, SD; Kristin S. Vanbuskirk, Hitchcock, SD; Jena M. Wenande, Sioux Falls, SD; Don Wipf, Missoula, MT.

For more information on the Mount Marty College nursing program please visit www.mtmc.edu/nursing.