Wichita State University nursing students on the WSU main campus and Kansas State University campus celebrated their Nightingale Nursing Commitment Ceremonies on March 3. Students recited and signed the modern Nightingale Pledge as a commitment to uphold the standards of the nursing profession. This milestone affirms the student's dedication to the study of the discipline of nursing. The two ceremonies took place simultaneously in Wichita and Manhattan and were live streamed to include both locations.
The event’s speakers included Dr. Voncella McCleary-Jones, associate dean of the College of Health Professions, and Dr. Debra Pile, chair and associate dean for nursing practice, who gave opening remarks. Kris Hammer, recent graduate of the Accelerated BSN program, followed as keynote speaker. Dr. Theresa Cooper acted as moderator and Dr. Maryon Habtemariam led the reading of the pledge. Members of the Nurses Honor Guard attended both ceremonies.
This was the first Nightingale Ceremony for WSU nursing students on the K-State campus, which included the inaugural BSN class. The WSU nursing program is part of the dual-degree Pathway to Nursing program with K-State. Learn more about the program at wichita.edu/PathwayToNursing.