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New students welcomed to IU Kokomo School of Nursing

KOKOMO, Ind. —Nearly 50 future nurses celebrated acceptance into the prestigious Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing, at its annual induction ceremony.

The January 3 ceremony, in Havens Auditorium, symbolized the faculty and staff’s welcome and offer of support as the students begin the rigorous program.

“This ceremony is our way of celebrating these special students with their family and friends, as they begin their journey from novice student to nurse,” said Mary Bourke, interim dean of the School of Nursing. “These students have studied until the wee hours of the night, sacrificed their social lives, and often sacrificed having a life to compete with hundreds of students for admission to the school of nursing. Our faculty is here to help them be successful.”

Each of the 48 students received a certificate, a commemorative pin, and a stethoscope, due to a grant awarded by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The class also recited the Nightingale Pledge, a statement of the ethics and principles of the nursing profession, named for Florence Nightingale.

“The specially designed pin serves as a visual reminder of the students’ oath and commitment to provide compassionate and high-quality care,” Bourke said.

Students inducted are listed by hometown.

Anderson: Emily Young

Arcadia: Evan Dotson

Delphi: Stephanie Carr, Leidy Diaz

Forest: Danielle Myers

Frankfort:  Rosaana Alanis, Beatriz Balderas, Jenny Lopez

Greentown: Amy Rust

Indianapolis: Adesuyi Adefegha, Lina Ahmed, Victor Essien, Cecilia Fakuade

Kokomo: Jayci Cloutier, Donna Durham, Amber Fain, Ashley Guynn, Brenton Long, Kristina Moreland, Kinsey Neher, Ally Phan, Hayden Renshaw, Lillie Roberts, Elizabeth Wallace, Sharrie Wright

LaFontaine: Jaycie Wright

Lafayette: Kelly Whitmore

Lebanon: Hayley Linton

Logansport: Andrea Godoy

Macy: Megan Mongosa

Marion: Briana Bartrum, Samantha Knepley, Bailie Sevier

Mexico: Gabby Wilkinson

Noblesville: Bryana Bell, Samantha Kain

Peru: Megan Mann, Carley Sisson, Sheila Wade

Rochester: Brittany Walker

Russiaville: Jessica Daugherty, Chelsea Howard

Sharpsville: Chelsie Gentry

Upland: Hayley Hutson

West Lafayette: Kyle Baldwin, Natalie Miller

Westfield: Alison Hittle

Winamac: Tiffani Shorter

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana University Kokomo