Iowa Central nurse pinning ceremony undergoes changes

Iowa Central Community College’s annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be a little different this year.

“We’re doing a change,” Trina Staton, Iowa Central health sciences department dean, said. “We’ll have a nursing graduate recognition reception. And that’s going to be held for just students, faculty and staff.”

In previous years, the ceremony, for students graduating from the college’s nursing program, recognized graduates from all three Iowa Central sites (Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, Webster City) in a single event. Also, the graduates’ parents were invited to attend.

“We had a huge ceremony in this big auditorium, and we had family and everyone that came. It was more of a formalized ceremony,” Staton said. “We provided it for students. If they wanted to come, they had to purchase a pin and wear a uniform.”

Because of dwindling involvement and increasing costs, each site will now have its own ceremony and reception on June 23.

“Participation numbers have declined,” Staton said. “Last year we went ahead and offered it so students didn’t have to purchase a uniform or pin, and we still only had 50 percent.”

The event has not been canceled, Staton said.

“We’re trying to do this now so there’s no cost to the students and all the students can participate, but the families aren’t involved,” she said. “We’re just holding it for our graduates, the faculty and the staff.”

The ceremony itself will be unchanged.

“Students will be recognized by their GPA,” Staton said. “Each student will be able to come up and receive a pin from the nursing program that will be provided to each graduating nursing student. Then there’s going to be a small reception for the students and the faculty. It will be like a regular reception, with small sandwiches and cake.”

These changes were made by the nursing school faculty, Staton said.

“I’ve had a lot of students who have graduated or will graduate that are upset that it’s not going to be for the families,” she said. “It’s the decision of the nursing faculty, and we look at the costs against the number participating.”

According to Staton, the changes should improve the ceremony.

“The medical assistant and medical lab (classes) have a similar type of set up,” she said. “This is the first time we’re trying it.”