On Saturday, May 18, Concordia University Ann Arbor School of Nursing celebrated the Pinning Ceremony for the Beta Class, the second co-hort 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 her life’s vocation. The recipient of this award exemplifies that same character and calling.
Service Award: Tim Felska (’19)
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.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms. I Peter 4:10
The very nature and art of the nursing profession implies caring for and meeting the needs of others. As we have told these students many times, nurses meet people in the midst of some of the toughest challenges of their lives. An average nurse will provide care for the patient based solely on the provider orders given. A service-oriented nurse will seek ways to serve the patient and individualize care based on knowing the patient’s story; taking into account the challenges and desires of that patient. Concordia nurses are service-oriented nurses.
Because service is so important to us at Concordia, we have a program designed to reward students for their service both on campus and outside of campus. The program is called the Nurse Excellence Program. Each semester students are rewarded for their hours of service. We have three levels of awards. Students who earn at least 10 hours of service time per semester receive the a silver level award, students who earn 15 hours of service receive the gold level award and students who earn 20 or more hours of service time earn platinum level awards. I am always amazed at the generosity of our students who are going to nursing school and many who are already busy with have jobs and families, yet still find time to serve others. The student we are recognizing today has achieved the platinum level NEP award all 6 semesters of the Concordia Nursing School program. He has volunteered a total of 368 hours doing medical mission work for the homeless population in Detroit. I am proud to recognize a gentleman who has a heart for service to others, Tim Felska, for the Service Award today.
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