Simpson University Pinning Ceremony Honors 28 Nursing Students

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2016 BSN ClassPhoto by Mark Buschgens / Simpson University School of Nursing's Class of 2016 comprises 28 students who earned their four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree. The graduates were honored in a special pinning ceremony on April 28.

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s School of Nursing honored its fourth cohort of 28 four-year nursing graduates during a special ceremony on April 28.

Graduates received their nursing pins from family or friends during the evening event in the Heritage Student Life Center on campus. The symbolic ceremony also included video messages from the graduates.

Keynote speaker Leslie Woodson, chief nursing officer at Shasta Regional Medical Center, talked about her own journey into nursing and how rewarding and impactful a healthcare career can be. "You did it -- we're so proud of you," she told the graduates. "Welcome to the healing profession."

Student speaker Faith Barrett shared humorous and difficult moments as a nursing student, emphasizing the bond that developed between classmates as they studied, did clinical rotations in healthcare facilities, and sought to balance the other demands of life. She encouraged classmates to stay strong in their faith and calling as healthcare professionals.

"We were born to be nurses," she said. "Let's get up and change the world."

Eleven members of the class of 2016 were inducted into the university’s Honor Society of Nursing earlier this spring, joining 27 other inductees since 2013.

During a morning rehearsal for the ceremony, nursing instructors also gave recognition to three students who especially exemplified Simpson University’s core values of service (Truly Vang), integrity (Casey Lane), and accountability (Mary Beasley).

Simpson University started a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program in 2011, four years after the launch of a 16-month RN-BSN Track program for registered nurses. The School of Nursing, under Dean Kristie Stephens, encompasses both programs.

This year’s graduation brings the total of four-year nursing graduates from Simpson University to 109.

Simpson University partners with 24 North State healthcare agencies, and students do clinical rotations at many of these locations, including Mercy and Shasta Regional medical centers, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Red Bluff, Restpadd, public and mental health facilities in Shasta and Tehama counties, and long-term care agencies.

North State hospitals also utilize the university’s Science and Nursing Center, which contains state-of-the-art simulation labs, for training for their nurses.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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