Thirteen nursing students at the University of New Mexico-Gallup received their Nursing pins recently. Joined by families and friends, they recited the Florence Nightingale pledge and celebrated the completion of their course of study. Families were called on to present the pins to the students, and everyone enjoyed a post-ceremony celebration.

“We now have 13 more nurses available to our community,” said Nursing Program Director Kathy Head. The pinning ceremony is such a milestone in the students’ lives. All our graduates will sit for their nursing boards within the next week and almost all of them have guaranteed jobs waiting for them.” 

The UNM-Gallup nursing program is an Associate Degree program with full approval from the New Mexico Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national exam for Registered Nursing licensure.

UNM-Gallup graduates more Native American nurses than other higher education institution in the area.