Navy Rear Admiral To Deliver Keynote at Nursing Pinning Ceremony April 26

April 24, 2013 -- Rear Admiral Karen Flaherty, Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy and Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for the Navy, will serve as the keynote speaker at CNM's nursing pinning ceremony on April 26.
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The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

CNM produces the most nursing graduates in the state.

A total of 96 CNM students will be pinned, representing the culmination of four semesters of studying nursing at the community college. The graduates, who also were required to meet prerequisites for the nursing program, are receiving Associate Degrees in nursing. They will now have the opportunity to become registered nurses (RN) if they pass a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Faculty from CNM’s nursing program will do the pinning.

Flaherty assumed the duties as the deputy surgeon general of Navy Medicine at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery on Aug. 6, 2010. Prior to these duties, she served as the 22nd director of the Nurse Corps, as well as the deputy chief of the Wounded, Ill and Injured at the Bureau of Medicine.

Flaherty received her Masters of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has held senior executive leadership positions at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.; St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del.; and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, Penn.

“We are honored to have Rear Admiral Flaherty speak at our pinning ceremony,” said Carole Garofali, Level 4 coordinator in the CNM Nursing Program. “She will be a great inspiration to our graduating nurses.”