On Saturday, May 18, Concordia University Ann Arbor School of Nursing celebrated the Pinning Ceremony for the Beta Class, the second cohort to graduate from CUAA's newest academic school.
Each semester, Concordia’s nursing faculty and staff nominate students from the graduating cohort who best represent the core values of the nursing program: service, excellence, compassion, and integrity. An additional award, the Nightingale Award, was created as a tribute to Florence Nightingale who embodied nursing as her life’s vocation. The recipient of this award exemplifies that same character and calling.
Presented by Kathie Pereira: “Compassion is defined as the feeling that arises when recognizing another’s suffering and feeling the need to relieve it. Compassion is at the core of this student’s reason to become a nurse. This journey wasn’t an easy one. Doubt and fear would often creep up, but she persevered because she was driven by a fire in her heart to help others.” Read more…
Presented by Betsy Cambridge: “Service is one of our program’s cornerstone virtues. It is defined simply as that act of doing something for someone else without the expectation of being rewarded.
Let us consider this Bible verse from 1 Peter as we think about what it means to serve others.” Read more…
Presented by Peggy McLaughlin: “The award I am giving today is for a student who exemplifies Integrity. Integrity is defined as soundness of moral character, and adherence to ethical principles. In the Bible, the Book of Proverbs mentions integrity: ‘Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.’ (Proverbs, 10:9, GNB) and, ‘If you are good, you are guided by honesty.’ (Proverbs, 11:3, GNB).” Read more…
Presented by Anita Simmons: “Excellence is one of our program’s cornerstone virtues. It is defined as the demonstration of actions and character that show merit or greatness and that are above the expected level. The excellence award is for a nursing student who demonstrated advanced problem solving skills in theory and clinical practicum courses, as well as a commitment to success in complex situations.” Read more…
Presented by Cindy Fenske:
For the sick it is important to have the best. —Florence Nightingale
“Florence Nightingale is an iconic figure who is responsible for the philosophy and underpinnings of modern day nursing. Prior to her, nursing was looked down upon as unimportant and was a low status job. Through her efforts, nursing was reborn into the trusted profession we know today.” Read more…
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