On Saturday, Dec. 16, 63 graduates of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) were honored during a commencement and pinning ceremony at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown El Paso. Thirty-six of the students completed the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) track, alongside 27 registered nurses (R.N.s) who completed the R.N. to B.S.N. track.
The two GGHSON programs are unique because they offer a hybrid educational model — some courses are online and others are conducted in-person. Students in the GGHSON also benefit from interprofessional collaboration.
“The tracks offer students unparalleled access to resources worthy of an academic health sciences center, such as interprofessional educational activities, a robust digital clinical library, and opportunities for nursing students to engage with other health profession students in medicine and the biomedical sciences,” said William Michael Scott, D.N.P., R.N., associate dean of academic programs in the GGHSON.
During the ceremony, the graduates were 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 year’s graduating class represents a spectrum of age groups, with graduates ranging from 21 to 43 years old. Twenty-one percent of the class is male and 79 percent is female, and three graduates are veterans.
This is the seventh pinning ceremony for the GGHSON since Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) became a stand-alone university in 2013.
About the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:
The GGHSON’s Accelerated B.S.N. track consists of 16 consecutive months that combine the independence of online learning with educational and clinical experiences in state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinics.
The R.N. to B.S.N. track is designed for the professional nurse who is employed full time in practice, but desires the marketability and broader education of a baccalaureate degree. The R.N. to B.S.N. track is 100 percent online, with clinical experiences arranged where the student lives. The program can be completed in as few as 12 months for full-time students.
For a complete photo gallery of the event, visit TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook page. Photos by Tommie Morelos.