Maranatha Celebrates 12th Nurses’ Pinning
Maranatha Baptist University hosted its twelfth Nurse Pinning Ceremony in the gymnasium on Thursday morning, May 2.
2019 Graduates from the Maranatha Baptist University School of Nursing:
- Caleb Josiah Armstrong
- Dakota Darryl Dosson
- Kelly Layne Dyck
- Amanda Christine Frank
- Thomas Wesley Graham III
- Caleb Scott Hatchet
- Julia Janine Marks
- Elaina Ruth Mellen
- Julia Noel Ostrander
- Laura Anne Sheard
- Prairie Anne Veenstra
Opening of the Ceremony
Susan Rasmussen, Director of the School of Nursing, opened the ceremony by welcoming all family members, friends, faculty, and members of the community in attendance.
She congratulated the nursing graduates for their hard work—both in and outside the classroom—and introduced the members of the nursing faculty. Rasmussen reflected on the graduates’ years of preparation at Maranatha: “They [graduates] were challenged to filter everything through the lens of scripture rather than trusting emotions or feelings. Remaining grounded in the truth of God’s Word will help these graduates make difficult decisions in nursing as well as in life.”
Following Rasmussen’s opening remarks, Dr. David Brown, Professor in the Music Department, sang “May the Mind of Christ My Savior,” the lyrics of which admonished nursing graduates to let Christ’s peace rule in their hearts so they could “comfort sick and sorrowing.”
A Special Charge from Mark Herbster
Mr. Mark Herbster, Dean-College of Bible & Church Ministries and Maranatha Baptist Seminary, followed the special music with a charge to the graduates. Herbster challenged the nursing students from 2 Timothy 3:14: “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned.”
Herbster reminded the nursing graduates to be steadfast in their faith, to be willing to suffer persecution for their faith, and to be confident of what they had learned of their faith. In the midst of a world where serving Christ can be costly, Herbster encouraged the graduates to cling to God’s Word and never to quit.
Florence Nightingale Best Bedside Nurse Award
Rasmussen then presented the Florence Nightingale Best Bedside Nurse Award. Each year, this award is given by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sutherland to a graduate who intends to serve the Lord through nursing. The recipient is one who “demonstrates consistent, outstanding bedside manner, displays godly character, and has a high academic achievement” in classes.
This year’s Florence Nightingale Best Bedside Nurse Award was presented to graduating senior Kelly Dyck. Rasmussen noted Dyck’s example of compassion, academic excellence, and mature godly character in the nursing program, stating, “[Kelly Dyck] has demonstrated excellent patient care from a biblical perspective, meeting the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients.” Rasmussen further praised Dyck as a great communicator and team player.
Nurses’ Pinning and the Florence Nightingale Pledge
Following this presentation, each of the eleven graduates received a nurse pin that was pinned onto his or her coat by a family member. Each newly-pinned graduate then lit a candle and stood with the others as they recited the Nightingale Pledge together, promising to “do all in [their] power to maintain and elevate the standard of [their] profession” and to be “devoted toward the welfare of those committed to [their] care.”
Dr. William Licht, Vice President for Academic Affairs, then offered a prayer of dedication, asking God’s blessing on the graduates and for His help for them in the difficult and discouraging times that may lay ahead. Rasmussen closed the ceremony with a final congratulation to the Maranatha Baptist University’s Nursing Class of 2019.