KOKOMO, Ind. —Nearly 50 future nurses celebrated acceptance into the prestigious Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing, at its annual induction ceremony.
The January 3 ceremony, in Havens Auditorium, symbolized the faculty and staff’s welcome and offer of support as the students begin the rigorous program.
“This ceremony is our way of celebrating these special students with their family and friends, as they begin their journey from novice student to nurse,” said Mary Bourke, interim dean of the School of Nursing. “These students have studied until the wee hours of the night, sacrificed their social lives, and often sacrificed having a life to compete with hundreds of students for admission to the school of nursing. Our faculty is here to help them be successful.”
Each of the 48 students received a certificate, a commemorative pin, and a stethoscope, due to a grant awarded by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The class also recited the Nightingale Pledge, a statement of the ethics and principles of the nursing profession, named for Florence Nightingale.
“The specially designed pin serves as a visual reminder of the students’ oath and commitment to provide compassionate and high-quality care,” Bourke said.
Students inducted are listed by hometown.
Anderson: Emily Young
Arcadia: Evan Dotson
Delphi: Stephanie Carr, Leidy Diaz
Forest: Danielle Myers
Frankfort: Rosaana Alanis, Beatriz Balderas, Jenny Lopez
Greentown: Amy Rust
Indianapolis: Adesuyi Adefegha, Lina Ahmed, Victor Essien, Cecilia Fakuade
Kokomo: Jayci Cloutier, Donna Durham, Amber Fain, Ashley Guynn, Brenton Long, Kristina Moreland, Kinsey Neher, Ally Phan, Hayden Renshaw, Lillie Roberts, Elizabeth Wallace, Sharrie Wright
LaFontaine: Jaycie Wright
Lafayette: Kelly Whitmore
Lebanon: Hayley Linton
Logansport: Andrea Godoy
Macy: Megan Mongosa
Marion: Briana Bartrum, Samantha Knepley, Bailie Sevier
Mexico: Gabby Wilkinson
Noblesville: Bryana Bell, Samantha Kain
Peru: Megan Mann, Carley Sisson, Sheila Wade
Rochester: Brittany Walker
Russiaville: Jessica Daugherty, Chelsea Howard
Sharpsville: Chelsie Gentry
Upland: Hayley Hutson
West Lafayette: Kyle Baldwin, Natalie Miller
Westfield: Alison Hittle
Winamac: Tiffani ShorterIndiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.