Graduates of Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) at Keizer University at Fort Lauderdale who are preparing to enter the professional world during the challenging global COVID19 pandemic had the pleasure of taking a break from their board exam and certification studies to participate in a pinning ceremony on campus.
Led by program director Dr. Christine Mueller, family and friends cheered for the group as they enjoyed the important tradition that included inspirational messages from the faculty and a ceremony of light. While honoring Florence Nightingale and the lamp she carried, the ritual also demonstrated how healthcare professionals can serve as a beacon of light for those who suffer.
“These new nursing graduates are facing unprecedented challenges with the global pandemic. Not only will they be the first line of care, they will often be the only connection these patients have with their families. This has been a challenging year for the world, and it has taken a very special person to flourish during this time. Our Keizer University graduates have shown us how they meet these challenges and become the nursing warriors the world needs today, ”said Mueller.
Recognized as the 'mother of modern nursing', Nightingale was awarded the St. George's Red Cross in the 1860s for her tireless work during the Crimean War, and soon began the tradition by handing out medals to her most promising graduates.
The Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Keizer University prepares students for professional nursing practice. Professional nursing involves performing those acts that require substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and nursing skill based on applied principles of the biological, physical, psychological, and social sciences.