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NOVA-Medical Education Campus honors Nursing grads at pinning ceremony

Dr. Fonya Atabong
Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Fonya Atabong.
MEC grad recites the Nightingale Pledge.
MEC grad recites the Nightingale Pledge.
Morgan Perez
NOVA nursing graduate Morgan Perez congratulates her former classmates.

A total of 161 spring graduates at the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College were honored for successfully completing the Nursing program at NOVA. The Nursing pinning ceremony was held in the Spratley Auditorium at Falls Church High School on May 13.

With great anticipation to begin a career in healthcare, each graduate received a pin that represented a commitment to practicing as a professional nurse. NOVA nursing graduate Morgan Perez congratulated her former classmates on their success and extended gratitude to the MEC faculty and staff that helped her transition to a promising career.

“Nursing is an art and a science,” Perez said. “A nurse has to know all things, while never losing sight of the most important thing, the knowledge that caring for patients is not just a job, it’s a privilege. What we say and do as nurses matter to real people. It reveals our character. We are the very fresh new faces of the profession of nursing. We will take the first step into a rich tradition of people who do more than what they’re called to do, who care more than they probably should and thereby effect change and bring healing to countless lives.”

The celebratory occasion concluded with recent graduates reciting the Nightingale Pledge, a nursing oath named in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, who assisted wounded patients at night by candlelight during the Crimean War. Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Fonya Atabong led the pledge and commended her former students for making personal sacrifices in an effort to earn their nursing degree.

“You have been endowed with the knowledge, skills and attributes from MEC faculty and loved ones to be humane against all odds,” Atabong said. “You’ve made so many sacrifices to become a nurse. You have missed out on family time to educate yourself, buried loved ones, missed picking up your children from school, or not being able to contribute to paying your rent or mortgage. You are at the finish line today because you have been empowered by faculty and mentors in your life. Now you process all you need to be a successful nurse in today’s world.”


Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu



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