Hudson County Community College to Honor RN Nursing Program Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

The entire event is rich with symbolism and meaning. The pinning ceremony formalizes the transition from student to nurse. The candle-lighting ceremony commemorates Florence Nightingale as “lady with the lamp” and symbolizes nurses’ night rounds. With the pledge, graduates promise to provide compassionate care for the sick and injured, alleviate suffering and promote health, respect the diversity of people of all races, cultures, and faiths, strive for excellence, maintain confidentiality, and uphold the integrity of the nursing profession.

Students in the HCCC Associate in Science in Nursing Program benefit from outstanding faculty; the state-of-the-art nursing skills/practice laboratory; flexible day, evening, and weekend class and clinical scheduling; a long-established history of student success on the RN licensing exam; and strong articulation agreements. The HCCC program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the New Jersey Board of Nursing. It includes a theoretical base of general education and science courses together with a range of nursing theories and diverse practical coursework that prepares graduates for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The national shortage of healthcare professionals underscores the positive impact of new nursing program graduates. Each year through 2032, registered nurses will be needed to fill 193,100 projected nursing job openings, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. New Jersey, which currently has eight to nine RNs for every 1,000 people, offers incentives for students to pursue healthcare industry credentials in higher education.

Last year, New Jersey selected HCCC as the state’s first institution of higher education to participate in the healthcare segment of the Pay It Forward Program that provides zero-interest loans and non-repayable stipends. The HCCC A.S. in Nursing Program was selected for its proven, high-quality training, and track record of strong employment outcomes, employer relationships, and experience serving diverse learners. More than 80% of HCCC students receive financial assistance to complete their degree requirements. HCCC Nursing Program RN graduates have a 92.4% NCLEX pass rate and a 96.6% job placement rate. More information about the program can be accessed at https://www.hccc.edu/programs-courses/academic-pathways/nursing-health/nursing-as/index.html.

About Hudson County Community College

Hudson County Community College serves more than 20,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers more than 90 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management; Nursing and Health Professions; and Humanities and Social Sciences. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. The College’s School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers cutting-edge, industry-recognized, stackable credentials in alignment with high-priority workforce needs.

HCCC has partnerships with major four-year colleges and universities in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.

The College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has been recognized with the 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Region Equity Award; the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2021, 2022 and 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, this year honoring HCCC as one of six community colleges nationally to be named “Top Colleges for Diversity;” the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2022 and 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award, and 2024 Inspiring Programs in Business Award. The College received the 2023 Outstanding Member Institution Award from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). HCCC was a finalist in seven categories of this year’s American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) national “Awards of Excellence” and earned CEO of the Year, Faculty of the Year, and Student Success Awards.  

For the third consecutive year, HCCC was selected as one of 18 community colleges in the United States to be named among the “2024 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in collaboration with “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.” HCCC was one of 22 community colleges in the nation, and the only college in New Jersey, to be recognized by ModernThink LLC and the “Chronicle of Higher Education” as a 2022 and 2023 “Great College to Work For®.” HCCC is one of two colleges in the United States to be named a Top Ten Finalist in all three program categories for the nationally recognized 2023 Bellwether Awards, and received the 2023 Bellwether Award for the College’s cutting-edge “Hudson Scholars” program, which also won the 2024 Bellwether Legacy Award. 

The College’s exemplary work in advancing student success has been recognized with 2023 “Leader College of Distinction” designation by Achieving the Dream, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing community colleges as catalysts for equity and mobility in their communities. HCCC was also presented the Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention in 2023 and 2024 for demonstrating leadership in digital prevention programming focused on student safety, well-being, and inclusion.