On December 7, HNU graduated its first licensed vocational nurses to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LVN to BSN) students. The four graduates, Joceyln Canas, Suzanna Dean, Jung ‘Liz’ Park, and Eddreika Williams, were celebrated in HNU’s first nursing pinning ceremony. The tradition of the nursing school pin began in 1855 when Queen Victoria presented Florence Nightingale with a special brooch in recognition of Nightingale’s honorable profession. Pinning ceremonies now represent the culmination of the long hours of study and challenging clinical experiences required to become a nurse.
In addition to this honor, Williams received the HNU Nursing Award for Advocacy; Park was the recipient of the HNU Nursing Award for Perseverance; the HNU Nursing Nightingale Award for Excellence went to Dean; and Canas received the HNU Nursing Award for Caring.
The historic evening ended with a rose and candle lighting ceremony, during which the graduates recited the nurse’s pledge:
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.