KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo's School of Nursing recently inducted 44 new students into the rigorous nursing program, which is the third largest nursing school in the state of Indiana.
In years past, nursing schools marked acceptance into their programs with capping ceremonies, demonstrating students' readiness for clinical training.
Nursing students may have replaced the traditional white caps with a uniform of scrubs, but the honor of acceptance to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is still a great one, and deserves to be commemorated, according to Linda Wallace, dean of the School of Nursing.
"Admission to the nursing program is more arduous than admission to the university," she said. "These students have worked hard to be selected, and we acknowledge this accomplishment with our induction ceremony."
Each student received a certificate, and the class recited the Nightingale Pledge, a statement of the ethics and principles of the nursing profession, named for Florence Nightingale.
"Years ago, there was a tradition to cap nurses at the start of their first clinical experience," Wallace said. "Our induction ceremony is reminiscent of that tradition."
Students inducted included Dustin Allen, Amber Christine Ancil, Krista Genevieve Armstrong, Taylor Ashley Backes, Danielle Renee Batchelder, Trisha Lynn Booth, Sherry Lea Brainard, PrinceKristian Dionisio Bravo, Jordan Briede, Bridget JoAnn College, Stevie Lorene Conley, Amanda Brianne Corder, Pat S. Creighton, Angela Noel Duggins, Matthew J. Etter, Coral Lee Everhart, Taylor Renee Flora, Amanda Joanne Geiger, Lyndsay Nicole Gipson, Jessica Dawn Graber, Kelsey Lynn Grimme, Sarah Lynne Jackman, Patricia Ann Johnson, Tami Dianne Karban, Patricia Rose Kilcrece, Kasey Jae Lewis, Erica S. Melcher, Adam Dalton Moore, Jose Jerardo Morales, Leigha Marie Murphy, Florence A. Olabowale, Sheryl Kristina Ottinger, Chelsea L. Peach, Cody Victor Phelps, Amanda Jean Pisano, Christa Marie Reynolds, Stacey L. Ropp, Summer Ann Ross, Jim Smith, Johnna Morgan Tucker, Cassandra Marie Wagner, Brook Nicole Widener, Kyle Austin Wyant, and Alexandria Dawn Wylie.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.