Induction ceremony welcomes new class of nurses at IU Kokomo

Last Updated on August 23, 2016 by cassnetwork

KOKOMO, Ind. — More than 50 future nurses celebrated acceptance into the Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing, at its annual induction ceremony.

Dean Linda Wallace said the ceremony welcomes the students to the school, and serves as a reminder that nursing is the most trusted of professions, and that honor is earned or lost with every interaction they have with patients.

“The ceremony is an acknowledgement of their efforts to earn acceptance, and our believe they will successfully complete the program preparing them for licensure as a registered nurse,” she said. “It symbolizes our welcome and offer of support as they begin the rigorous program.”

Faculty honored the achievements of the 51 students with presentation of certificates, and the class recited the Nightingale Pledge, a statement of the ethics and principles of the nursing profession, named for Florence Nightingale.

Students inducted are listed by hometown.

Brownsburg: Leonah Walker

Bunker Hill: Karly Schwingle

Carmel: Jacob Surette

Denver: Kayla Ross

Elwood: Katie Sloan

Fairmount: Brittane Gunning

Flora: Amy Schnieb

Frankfort: Amber Robey

Greentown: Natalie Ellis

Indianapolis: Jennifer Dzimah

Kokomo: Lynnsie Arion, Victoria Berger, Angelica Carter, Abbi Cook, Allie Dicken, Kaytlynn Lawson, Colleen Lerche, Mallory Malott, Katelyn Robins, Katelyn Shanks, Alessandra Smith, Korena Smith, Karly Sprouse, Kristi Stevens, Ashleigh Till, Jill Wasmuth, Sara Weber, Kayla Yunk

Lafayette: Kristina Gregg, Cassie Shaw, Hope Slone

Lebanon: Meranda Ballard

Logansport: Cheyenne Ward

Marion: Melissa Bock, Judith Popp

Noblesville: Lindsey Benn, Rana Levine

Peru: Kylah Morgan

Russiaville: Cally Ayres, Stephanie Barnes, Carly Chenoweth, Megan Deck, Madelin Duke, Connor Hill

Swayzee: Miranda Guyre

Wabash: Kaetlyn Kirtlan, Marcus Wells

West Lafayette: Elizabeth D’Alfonso, Kenia Montero Ortiz, Alison Overman

Windfall: Morgan Kleinman

The School of Nursing is the second largest among IU campuses, and graduated 176 nurses in May 2016. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with pre-licensure and R.N. to B.S.N. tracks, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with concentrations in education and administration. In January, it will expand the M.S.N. program, adding a Family Nurse Practitioner track.

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SOURCE: News release from Indiana University Kokomo