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Seventy-six students who have completed the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing will be recognized during a commencement and pinning ceremony, alongside 32 registered nurses (R.N.s) who have completed the school’s R.N. to B.S.N. program.
During the ceremony, graduates will be presented with a nursing pin by a person of their choosing, usually a friend or family member. The time-honored tradition is a symbol of newly graduated nurses entering the nursing profession.
“This graduating class will always be linked to the tragic events of the August 3 mass shooting at the Cielo Vista-area Walmart,” said Stephanie Woods, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the Hunt School of Nursing. “On that day, members of this graduating class were at University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso and Del Sol Medical Center when those two emergency departments received victims of the shooting.”
Ten nursing students were at UMC and 15 students were at Del Sol Medical Center that day.
“In an instant, the students began to understand the importance of a well-prepared trauma team and the value of professional nursing. I have no doubt that many of this class will choose emergency and critical care nursing,” said Dr. Woods. “I believe that future leaders for trauma centers will be graduating on December 14. These students have been forever touched by the inhumanity of one man and the caring of hundreds more.”
Dr. Woods will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s commencement ceremony.
Students in the Accelerated B.S.N. program take up to 17 credit hours per semester for four successive semesters. The rigorous program allows students to graduate in 16 months after working through a curriculum designed for cross-disciplinary collaboration. This is the only accelerated nursing program in the region.
What: Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing commencement and pinning ceremony
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Where: The Plaza Theatre, 125 W. Mills Avenue