KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing welcomed 52 future nurses to the profession in its traditional induction ceremony Wednesday (January 2).
Dean Susan Hendricks said the ceremony is reminiscent of the “capping” ceremonies held in previous decades, and serves as a welcome to the school.
“In this ceremony, we both congratulate students on their accomplishments that led to their acceptance in nursing school, and we also introduce them to the professional values that we expect them to practice,” she said, such as patient advocacy, confidentiality, safety, and respect.
“It’s a ceremony at the very beginning of one’s professional journey,” she said. “It serves as a milestone in their beginning career in the nursing progression, and is an opportunity for family and friends to recognize their good work.
Wearing IU scrubs, each inductee crossed the Havens Auditorium stage to receive a certificate of achievement. The ceremony ended with the recitation of the nursing pledge, a statement of the ethics and principals of the profession
Students included are listed by hometown. They include:
Alexandria: Madison Moore
Anderson: Tameka Mendez
Arcadia: Brianne Brindley, Claire Schildmeier
Atlanta: Abigail Tanton
Bringhurst: Shaley Sines
Carmel: Jenna Irvine
Delphi: Katie Brown
Denver: Taylor Robins, Sharlie See
Flora: Madison Miller
Frankfort: Katelyn Ellis
Indianapolis: Jordyn Adomatis, Baily Snow
Kempton: Shelby Stakelbeck
Kokomo: Lauren Abney, Kelly Alford, Bree Amsbury, Kara Brown, Rheticia Cannon, Lexi Crow, Chelsie Frazier, Stephanie Haynes, Dori Rees, Vinh Lee, Rebecca Mills, Kellyn Rowe, Ayanna Smith, Maya Valadez, Katie White
Marion: Lacey Hale, Shianna Hobbs, Karly Riggs, Trevor Timmons
Middletown: Courtney Baty
Monticello: Anna Davis
Noblesville: Allisen Bishop, Olivia Schwab, Emily Sims
Pendleton: Rusti Russell
Peru: Kaylee Brooks, Zane Smith
Russiaville: Cheyenne Carter
Sharpsville: Maryn Pickens
Sheridan: Brooke Bishop, Kaylee Blackledge, Alisa Bowman
Tipton: Courtney Jones, Brooklin Shrock
Wabash: Taylor Kock
Walton: Shelby Fouch
Westfield: Bailey Burnworth
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana