Wichita State nursing students take oath in Nightingale ceremonies

Wichita State nursing students on the WSU and Kansas State University campuses 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. The 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 bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, followed as keynote speaker. Dr. Theresa Cooper, assistant teaching professor, acted as moderator and Dr. Maryon Habtemariam, associate teaching professor, 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 KSU campus, which included the inaugural BSN class. The WSU nursing program is part of the dual-degree Pathway to Nursing program with KSU.