Maranatha Baptist University hosted its tenth Nurse Pinning Ceremony in the gymnasium on Thursday morning, May 4.
Kelly Crum, 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.
Importance of Florence Nightingale Pledge
She then gave a brief explanation of the pinning ceremony, tracing parts of the nursing profession’s “very rich history,” such as the character of Florence Nightingale and the importance of the pledge written in her honor.
Even though many schools no longer recite the Nightingale Pledge, Crum stated that “our students will repeat it . . . because it echoes the standards that God gives us” and “reminds us that as Christian nurses, we must commit ourselves to the welfare of our patients even when it is uncomfortable, inconvenient, and sometimes even unrewarding.”
Before the pinning ceremony began, Mrs. Angela Morris, associate professor in the Department of Humanities, sang “Redeeming Grace” by Duane Nichols and James Koerts. Through the words of this song she encouraged graduates to “reflect the glorious light of [God’s] redeeming grace.”
A Special Charge from Dr. Loggans
Dr. Robert Loggans, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, WI, followed the special music with a charge to the graduates. He challenged the graduates from I Thessalonians 2:1-9, observing that even though this passage discusses qualities of pastors in the church, they “are many of the same qualities you as nurses will demonstrate.”
From this passage, he reminded the graduates that nursing is a courageous profession, an honest profession, a humbling profession, and a loving profession. He encouraged the graduates to demonstrate these qualities in their nursing and concluded with the blessing from Numbers 6:24-26.
Crum 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 “demonstrates consistent, outstanding bedside manner” and “has a high achievement” in classes.
Florence Nightingale Best Bedside Nurse Award
This year’s Florence Nightingale Best Bedside Nurse Award was presented to Susan Brown. Crum shared that early in Brown’s studies she “realized that hard work, good time management, and a proper view of herself and her God were things she wanted her college life to be marked by.” As a senior, Crum remarked, Brown’s “journal reflections, attitude, and behavior have reflected what she has learned and her growth in all these areas.”
Following this presentation, each of the eleven graduates received his or her lamp and nurse pin, which was pinned onto the graduate’s coat by at least one family member. When all graduates had received their pins, they recited together the Nightingale Pledge, 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, gave a prayer of dedication, and Crum closed the ceremony with a final congratulation to the Maranatha Baptist University’s Nursing Class of 2017.
See more pictures from the nurse pinning ceremony.