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Campus celebrates new nursing students during ceremony

August 21, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Nearly 50 future nurses take the next steps towards their career goal, gaining admission and induction into the Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing.

Faculty honored their achievement at the fall induction ceremony, marking acceptance into the rigorous program.

“These students have been accepted into a competitive program, and are well on their way to graduating and becoming registered nurses in 2018,”said Dean Linda Wallace. “Their futures are bright, and the possibilities as a nurse are limitless. We are excited to welcome them.”

Each of the 48 students 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.

“There used to be a tradition to cap nurses at the start of their first clinical experiences,” said Wallace, noting that today, the uniform of scrubs replaces the traditional white cap. “Our induction ceremony is reminiscent of that tradition.”

Students inducted included Sidney Reed, Andrews; Jacquelyn Davis, Carmel; Chelsey Clausen, Chalmers; Rachel Bowlin and Whitley Lehr, Delphi; Alexa Middlesworth, Michaela Murphy, and Justinn Ziegler, Elwood; Bailey Maxwell, Flora; Tabitha Hall, Forest; Maricruz Garcia, Frankfort; Abigail Pinkston, Kaysey Reed, and Kassi Zeck, Galveston; Dylan Bryant, Gas City; Rachel Echelbarger, Meredith Hensler, and Hannah Robbins, Greentown; Stephani Griebenow, Amanda Hudson, and Erin Wetzold; Indianapolis; Shelby Delp, Shelby Farmer, Jessica Green, Caitlyn Perkins, and Michaela Walters, Kokomo; Jennifer Adams, LaFontaine; Morgan Kline, Logansport; Alyssa Emry, Noah Murphy, Ashleigh Smith, and Stephanie Thompson, Marion; Nancy Dawson, Miami; Clarissa Wessel, Michigantown; Tomi Simms
and Brynn Tyner, Monticello; Alexis Berghoff, Muncie; Angela Henz, Noblesville; Lindi Thomas, Parker City; Brandi Lowe and Kayla Meeks, Peru; Debora Zehner, Poneto; Rachel Coombs and Stephanie Williamson, Russiaville; Colin Davenport and Sierra Smith, Westfield; and Katherine Johnson, Zionsville.

The School of Nursing is the second largest among IU campuses, and graduated 177 nurses in May 2015. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, an R.N. to B.S.N. program, and a Master of Science in Nursing.

For more information go to iuk.edu/nursing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/21/2015