According to the Florida Center for Nursing, forecasts show that Florida will face a shortage of registered nurses by 2025 that is capable of crippling our healthcare system and reducing access to care for Floridians. With this shortage, Valencia College plays a critical role in meeting Central Florida’s healthcare needs by training future nurses.
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Valencia College celebrated 76 nursing students who completed the Nursing Associate in Science — 57 in the traditional track and 19 in the accelerated track — during a Pinning Ceremony at Olympia High School.
Historically, nurse pinning ceremonies are a symbolic way of recognizing new graduates and welcoming them into the nursing profession. Upon receipt of their pins, graduates recite the Nightingale Pledge, named in honor of Florence Nightingale, which is a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath.
Valencia College is proud of our graduates and the role they will play in addressing our community’s healthcare needs.