(Left) - The last of 78 students signs the honor pledge at Friday's (August 26, 2011) Nightingale Honor Ceremony, held in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Signatures will be displayed on the honor pledges hanging in the halls of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing during the students' tenures in their respective programs. The honor ceremony is held annually to introduce newly admitted undergraduate students into the profession of nursing.
Miss Wyoming 2010 and Basic BSN 2010 graduate Alicia Grove shared with the audience riveting examples of the honor pledge in practice. Other speakers included Dr. Mary Burman, School of Nursing Dean; Dr. Joseph Steiner, Health Sciences Dean; Dr. Fay Whitney, Professor Emeritus; Dr. Susan Steiner, School of Nursing Associate Dean; and Lauren Armstrong, Student Nursing Association President.
Also at the affair, the school presented the first Community Partner of the Year awards to two clinical agencies: Ivinson Memorial Hospital, a long-time partner with the Basic BSN nursing program that has been one of the keys to our success as a school of nursing; and to Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander, an exceptional, unique center that has been an exciting clinical site for the BRAND program students.
Preceptor appreciation awards were given to Richard Boe, RN, BSN, a seasonal nurse working at Riverton Memorial Hospital at the time of his nomination by a Basic BSN student; and Christianna Goodoff, RN, BSN, from Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, nominated by a BRAND program student. Preceptors are nurses who are willing to help train our students on site in their clinical territories.