Q: How do we take what we have learned from the last 50 years of educating nurses at ECU and carry it forward to the next 50?
A: I am amazed at the foresight of the first class of nursing students that began in 1960. A time honored tradition that still exists in nursing is receiving a nursing pin at completion of the program. Most nurses still wear their pin on their uniform (or scrubs) in their daily work as a nurse.
The ECU College of Nursing pin was designed by our first students. They wrote a description of the pin, which characterizes the values that still persist in our school today. The pin is designed in the shape of a shield, which they referred to as a modified shield of trust taken from the university seal. The three points of the shield stand for love, mercy, and understanding—all critical characteristics of nurses.
Symbols on the pin include a globe as a never ending circle representing the world; a book, quill, and inkpot symbolizing knowledge, and scholarship. A nursing caduceus represents the profession of nursing and a lamp which symbolizes service and light. The flame in the lamp represents a vibrant life.
Across the pin is the University motto "Sevire", to serve. These symbols of nursing will be carried forward from the past 50 years to our future nursing students. These characteristics characterize a true "Pirate Nurse."