Nursing Students Honored at Ceremony of Blessing and Transition
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 [8:21 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The third class of Lindsey
Wilson College students were officially accepted into the college's
baccalaureate nursing program Saturday afternoon.
A total of 27 LWC students were presented their laboratory coats
at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition at V.P. Henry
Auditorium. The white, iconic coats -- which were furnished by Dr.
Phil Aaron of Columbia -- symbolize the students' acceptance into
LWC's baccalaureate nursing program. After this school year, the
students will have two more academic years until they receive a
bachelor of science degree in nursing.
The 27 students honored Saturday are part of one of LWC's
fastest-growing majors. A total of 70 students are classified as
nursing majors, and the first nursing cohort is on track to
graduate next spring; an additional 104 students are declared
pre-nursing majors, according to LWC Nursing Division Chair Marian Smith.
Today's nursing students are entering the profession during an
exciting time, according to Westlake Hospital Chief Executive
Officer David Rasmussen.
"There are so many opportunities, and you can go multiple
directions as a nurse," Rasmussen told the students during the
ceremony. "Your role as a nurse will continue to change as time
goes on. … You have the opportunity now to dream big. Always
remember that there will always be room for a nurse at the bedside
of a patient."
In addition to being presented white lab coats, the LWC nursing
students also received a washing and blessing of their hands from
LWC Assistant Chaplain Rev. Carol Weddle. The ritual served to
remind them of the college's connection with The United Methodist
Church, which founded the college in 1903, Smith said.
Aaron -- who also bought new white lab coats for the LWC nursing
faculty -- said the coats serve two purposes: to protect nurse's
clothes and serve as a symbol of authority
"Wearing a white coat in a health-care facility gives you a
position of authority," Aaron said.
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