More than 50 nursing students begin journey at Indiana University Kokomo

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