NEWBERRY — Opening with a description of a past experience with a brave and courageous nurse, the Rev. Ernie Worman, Newberry College’s campus minister, expressed his pride in the “almost graduates” of the Newberry College Department of Nursing.
Candidates for the bachelor of science degree in nursing were honored Friday for hard work during the past two years in the Newberry College nursing department. Thirteen students were honored, surrounded by their closest friends and family.
Kristen Buchwald, MSN, RN, and CCRN addressed the soon-to-be graduates on what their future would soon hold, including restless nights, worrying if they had made the right decisions at work or remembered to give a patient the correct dose of medication.
Buchwald assured the young nurses that although these new feelings of anxiety would soon fade, their spouses, families, and loved ones would also have to understand the toll this type of job could have on them, especially for the first months on the job.
Each student was presented with a unique nursing pin, modeled after the Newberry College seal. Dr. Betsy McDowell, chair of the department, described the pins as an external identifier of school affiliation.
Following the pin presentation, the nursing graduates recited the Nightingale Pledge in remembrance of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Chosen by her fellow classmates, student Abbigalle Anderson gave remarks from the 2013 class, full of fun memories and advice for the group.
After the ceremony, students and their families attended a reception in the Summerland Honors room.