Dec 172012

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Cindy Winstead, a clinical nursing instructor, places a pin on the graduation gown of her daughter, Iva, an ECU College of Nursing graduate, following Fall Commencement exercises at Minges Coliseum on Friday.

By Ginger Livingston

Saturday, December 15, 2012

An East Carolina University instructor is welcoming her daughter to the nursing profession today.

Cindy Winstead, a clinical nursing instructor, will present her nursing pin to her daughter, Iva, during the College of Nursing’s pinning ceremony being held at noon. Iva was one of nearly 2,200 students who graduated on Friday.

“It really is hard to put into words all the emotions I have, but I feel it’s a symbolic passing of the torch to a new generation,” said Cindy, who earned her nursing pin 24 years ago. “I’m toward the end of my career, but we are at the beginning of hers.”

The pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcome to the nursing profession. It began when nursing programs were operated by hospitals and not universities, Cindy said. The pin, which identifies which school a nurse attended, was the equivalent of a diploma.

“It’s a significant milestone, that she is ready to go out and begin her career,” Cindy said.

“In my age group, we don’t wear our pins as much but I’m going to wear mine,” Iva said. “I am very, very excited. It really means a lot to me. I also have my mom’s class ring. I didn’t get one of my own because I wear hers.”

Iva said she has always wanted a career in the medical field.

“I always loved hearing mom’s stories,” she said. While in high school, Iva took an allied health sciences class that required the students to observe the work of various departments.

“When I had my rotation on the floor with one of the nurses, I thoroughly enjoyed it and that’s when I finalized my decision that this is what I wanted to do,” Iva said.

When Iva told her mother, they talked a long time about the pros and cons.

“I told her how difficult it would be and it would be a big commitment on her part,” Cindy said. “I have always encouraged her to be all she can be, and I always told her that she could accomplish whatever she wanted if she put her mind to it. I am proud of all of her accomplishments.”

Iva said she knew she was meant to be a nurse this summer while interning with Vidant Health Center’s medical intermediate unit. Iva said the internship gave her a chance to work in other areas and she found herself drawn to the postpartum ward, where she will be caring for new mothers who are keeping their babies in their rooms.

Cindy also is an obstetrical nurse.

“When she came home and told me the things that she enjoyed about it, the feeling that she got when she helped a patient. That is something that never goes away when you are in nursing,” Cindy said.

Contact Ginger Livingston at or 252-329-9570.

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