Graduation Events and Pinning Events

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Nursing Events:

ATHENA Research Series

Pre-licensure Program Events
(CEIN & Undergraduate)

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UConn SON
Pinning Ceremony
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Student Union Auditorium, Storrs

In 1916, it became standard in the U.S. to award all nursing graduates with a pin during a special ceremony. The pin was provided by the hospital/ school of nursing to the students to identify them as nurses and show proof of their education. It is an emblem that signifies that their nursing dream has come true. *Professional Ceremony, Nurses & Invitation only.

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UConn SON
Undergraduate Commencement
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Jorgensen Auditorium
Ceremony Contact:
Lisa Soder
lisa.soder@uconn.edu
(860) 486-0516

Graduate Program Events
(MS, DNP/PhD)

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UConn SON Master’s
Reception & Awards Ceremony
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Gampel Pavilion
Ceremony Contact:
Lisa Soder
lisa.soder@uconn.edu
(860) 486-0516
UConn SON Doctoral
Reception & Awards Ceremony
Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jorgensen Auditorium
Ceremony Contact:
Lisa Soder
lisa.soder@uconn.edu
(860) 486-0516

10 Things A New Graduate Nurse Should Know!

Erica Simonich ’07 RN
New York, NY

1
You will cry after you take the NCLEX because you will be sure that you failed. (best advice- stay busy while you wait)
2
Pay attention during orientation to computer charting! Knowing your way around the system will help you spend less time in front of a computer and more time with your patients.
3
Take your breaks when at all possible. You need time to relax during a stressful 12-hour shift so you can go back on the floor and be “supernurse”.
4
During your interviews, pay attention to other nurses on the floor- you can get a good idea of the work environment and co-worker relationships.
5
Respect your nursing assistants.
6
You will not know everything…and you may sometimes feel like you know
nothing. You WILL learn. It takes time.
7
Most doctors aren’t that scary.
8
There are so many opportunities in the nursing field. If you don’t like your
first job- try another floor, another hospital or go back to school. You just
need to find a good fit for you, and that doesn’t always happen the first time
around.
9
Your first paycheck is a big deal! Get excited!
10
Take advantage of all the opportunities available: nursing conventions in
Hawaii, nursing jobs in every state, paid education!