Students pledge themselves to the nursing profession
The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing celebrated its Class of 2017 at the Dedication to the Profession ceremony and reception last month in Madonna della Strada Chapel.
The ceremony allows junior class nursing students, who recently started their first clinical rotations, to pledge themselves to the nursing profession.
“It is a time for them to reflect on who they were when they came to Loyola, and who they are now,” said P. Ann Solari-Twadell, PhD, RN, MPA, FAAN, who served as mistress of ceremonies. She also acknowledged the spiritual significance of the ceremony.
“Our students are entering into a profession where they serve as instruments of God,” she said.
“Nursing is not just an intellectual pursuit. At Loyola, the students learn how to care for not just the body, but the whole person.”
Loyola faculty presided over the ceremony and blessed the hands of students and health-care professionals in the audience. Alumni and upperclassmen also led a procession and lighted candles to symbolize the passing of the school’s ideals onto the students to continue the work and beliefs of the University.
Loyola faculty member Mrs. Michelle Allen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, CHE, was chosen by the students to provide the keynote address. Allen celebrated the accomplishments of the junior class, and encouraged them to prioritize social justice in their callings as nurses.
“I challenge you to live with intent, live globally, working well with all people no matter what culture or socio-economic status,” Allen said.
Junior nursing student Carla Dannug also spoke. She reflected about her mother, who came from the Philippines to practice nursing in the US, as a role model in her embodiment of the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis. She urged her fellow students to remember these ideals during their careers.
“We must have a caring and gentle soul, but also a discerning one,” Dannug said. “At all times, we must have passion in all that we do.”
View photos from the event here.