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Senior Nursing Majors Receive Nurse's Pin

April 29, 2015

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
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Saturday, April 25 was a memorable day for the 87 senior nursing majors who received their Saint Anselm College nurse's pin in the pinning ceremony at the Abbey Church.

"I had no idea how immensely this school, the people, the faculty, and the nursing profession would impact my life," said Elise Homan '15.

Dating back to 1860, the pinning ceremony is a proud moment for student nurses as they are welcomed into the nursing profession. It is a celebration of the student's completion, symbolizing their preparedness to serve as a compassionate caregiver.

"On this special day I want to congratulate you for your accomplishments, and for all the hard work that has gotten you to this point," said Dr. Maureen O'Reilly, interim executive director of nursing. "Remember that you should never let a day go by without reflection, and never consider your education complete, because it will never be finished."

Senior Elise Homan of Merrimac, Mass., was chosen to represent her class as the student speaker. "Pinning is such a significant and important event for our nursing school career, and I am honored and excited to address the Saint Anselm nursing class of 2015," says Homan.

Speaking about her four years of nursing school, Homan said she learned that a nurse does everything. In addition to being a researcher and a spiritual healer, she said a nurse advocates for his or her patients. "Most importantly, a nurse is a person who will speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself: in your greatest time of need.

"Nursing is holding a little boy's hand while he gets his vaccinations because he is scared, singing to the patient with Alzheimer's disease because she loves music and it makes her happy, rubbing the back of a patient who is crying because she has no family nearby to come visit, it is praying with the man going into the OR before his hip surgery, wiping the sweat off of a dying woman's brow, crying with a father whose wife is wheeled into the OR after labor and delivery complications, dancing for a toddler in order to make her laugh, mourning with a family after they lost their loved one. Nursing is all of these things, and so much more," she said.

Homan is finishing up her clinical rotation in the emergency department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

Blessing of the Pins
The nurses' pins were blessed by Father Benet Phillips, O.S.B., and presented to each graduating senior by Dr. O'Reilly and several nursing faculty: Professors Karen Grafton, Ann Fournier, and Margaret Walker.

The pin, proudly worn by all Saint Anselm nursing graduates, features elements of the college seal and the symbol of a lamp referring to Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp of my steps and a light for my path."

Photos by Gil Talbot

Presentation of Awards
Bobby Celona was recognized with the Dr. Joanne K. Farley Award and Aimee LaLancette and Rebecca Sirois were awarded the the Student Nurse Leader Award in memory of Dr. Joyce Clifford.

The Dr. Joanne K. Farley Award was created to honor Dr. Joanne K Farley, a 31 year member of the Saint Anselm College community. Dr. Farley represented the true nursing spirit of caring, leadership, and selfless service on the local, state, and national levels.

The Student Nurse Leader Award in Memory of Dr. Joyce Clifford was created to recognize a student who embodies the qualities of Dr. Joyce Clifford, who was a compassionate, dedicated, visionary leader in the nursing profession. Dr. Clifford was a trustee of the College and one of the first graduates of the nursing program. She was inducted into the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), the highest honor in nursing. She developed primary nursing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in the 1980s. She was a true nursing leader as well as a supporter of nursing at Saint Anselm College.

The student nurses then took the Nightingale Pledge, an oath to honor and respect their patients and profession.

Following the ceremony, Father Benedict Guevin, O.S.B., celebrated Mass and Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., gave the homily.

Full Remarks


Dr. Maureen O'Reilly, Interim Executive Director of Nursing
"On this special day I want to congratulate you for your accomplishments, and for all the hard work that has gotten you to this point..."

Elise Homan '15, student speaker
"I had no idea how immensely this school, the people, the faculty, and the nursing profession would impact my life."

Program: Student Remarks and Faculty Acknowledgments


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