Alcorn School of Nursing pins graduates

After all of the studying and hard work, Alcorn State University’s future nurses were rewarded for a job well done.

The Alcorn School of Nursing held its Pinning and Hooding Ceremony Thursday, May 7 in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. Over 70 future nurses received their nursing pins and hoods for completing their medical studies. Dr. Sandra Millon Underwood was the keynote speaker.

Dr. Underwood is an active member of the American Academy of Nursing, the National Black Nurses Association, the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the National Black Leadership Initiative of Cancer. She has engaged in a number of funded research projects focused on cancer education, cancer prevention, early detection and cancer risk management. She has directed courses that focus on nursing research, foundations of health, cancer prevention and control, cultural diversity in health care, and perspectives of health care systems.

After Dr. Underwood shared some of her nursing experiences and accomplishments over her 40-year career, she encouraged the graduates to not only match her success, but also surpass her.

“One of the key messages that I want you to understand is that my goal for you is to achieve everything I have achieved and more,” said Dr. Underwood. “I want you to understand the value to being committed to the nursing profession, community, and yourself.”

Dr. Underwood said that the graduates would be entering a field that is highly regarded by society.

“You are joining a very noble profession, so don’t take it lightly. Recognize what you have learned here at Alcorn and take that knowledge to your job. Remember the work that you have studied. Remember the population you will serve.”

Dr. Underwood mentioned how quality service to patients and the community is important in the nursing profession.

“When you think of your role as a nurse and the work you do, it’s not just about the work you do while on the clock, but it’s the work you’ll do every day because you will see a need to serve those who are in need.”

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