The Nursing Program was founded at Valdosta State College in 1968 and graduated its first class members in June of 1972.  A nursing student, Robert Brady designed the pin, in 1971.  In his design, Robert incorporated Dr. Holbert Dunn's idea of high level wellness.  

High-level wellness for the individual is defined as an integrated method of function, which is, oriented as maximizing the potential of which the individual is capable.  It requires that the individual maintain a continuum of balance and purposeful direction within the environment where he is functioning.  

The high-level wellness symbol inscribed on our pin consists of three interlocking orbits representing the human body as a manifestation of organized energy, and also symbolizes the body, mind, and spirit of man as an interrelated and interdependent whole.  

The dart symbolizes the life cycle of the individual as he strives to achieve his purpose in living and grows in wholeness toward the maturity of self-fulfillment.  The top point of the triangle represents the patient; the two base points represent the doctor and the nurse who work with the patient in achieving a high level of wellness.