Nursing Pinning Ceremony
DATE: Thursday, May 4, 2017
TIME: 10AM – 12PM
LOCATION: Vanguard University | Newport Mesa Church
Vanguard University’s RN to BSN Pin
The pin presented to the Vanguard University nursing graduates in the ceremony today contains two symbols, chosen by the inaugural group of students enrolled in the RN to BSN program.
The first symbol is a LAMP, referred to in the nursing community as the “Florence Nightingale Lamp.” Florence Nightingale, remembered as the founder of nursing as a profession, made history during the Crimean War (1854-1856) when she took 38 women to Turkey to care for sick and wounded British soldiers; something the British government had never before allowed women to do. She was the only woman allowed to be in the wards after eight at night, and as she made her rounds encouraging and caring for the wounded, the soldiers began to call her “The Lady with the Lamp.”
In 1860 she continued her dedication to nursing as a profession by founding the first professional nursing school: the Nightingale School for Nurses in London. The lamp stands as a symbol of the care and devotion demonstrated by Nightingale and continued by the nursing graduates of Vanguard University.
The second symbol is a CROSS, the traditional Christian symbol recognizing the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross. The sacrificial love demonstrated by Christ’s death on the cross serves as the foundation and motivation for the service and care demonstrated by the graduates of Vanguard University’s nursing program. The cross also stands as a symbol of the core Christian commitment of Vanguard University and its mission to deepen students’ faith and cultivate their character so they are equipped to serve the Lord in their vocational callings.
Florence Nightingale Pledge
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.
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