BSN Class of 2020 Pinning Ceremony
This past week, the School of Nursing celebrated important milestones for our undergraduate students. On Sunday, the graduating class of 2020 finally got to walk across the stage and receive their Nursing Pin and be recognized as the newest nurses in health care.
Student speakers, Alexa Henderson and Makayla Koeningsfeld, shared words of encouragement and thanks to faculty and fellow classmates.
“Nursing school couldn’t prepare me to call my patient’s family and tell them that their mother just passed away. Nursing school couldn’t prepare me for how hard it is to talk to a grieving mom about her son’s drug addiction. Although nursing school couldn’t teach me everything; the people in this room taught me more than just nursing knowledge. I think I can speak for all of us that the teachers and the classmates in this room taught us to love each other and stand by each other in the worst moments and that is what makes a good nurse,” Koeningsfeld said.
Henderson went on to add, “the nursing class of 2020 has made it through more things than any of us could imagine were possible. We truly did lose time together, memories, and two months of normal learning in the classroom and clinical. Instead, we entered the health care world, as nurses, in one of the most needed times -which brings me to the year 2020. The year of 2020 has been full of the unpredictable, but one thing for sure is it being the year of the nurse.”
The World Health Assembly declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
“We have stepped into our nursing careers in a year where no nurse, not even the most experienced nurse, could prepare for. This nursing class of 2020 took the step with no hesitation, knowing it could be scary but rewarded by making a difference,” Henderson said.
The ceremony was a great time of reflection, gratitude, and celebration. Congrats again to the BSN class of 2020!
Bridge to Clinical
The celebrations continued today as the Junior BSN class had their Bridge to Clinical event. This event recognizes the students’ commitment to the nursing profession as they begin to care for patients in a clinical setting. The School of Nursing is proud of the hard work these students have put into learning nursing skills and is proud to celebrate them as they progress through the program.