Nearly 80 Nursing Students Honored at Dedication Ceremony

Seventy-nine nursing students, who have successfully completed their first semester of nursing, were presented at the dedication ceremony held Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center. There were 44 associate degree students and 35 baccalaureate students. Ten of the associate degree students are from the Grace College campus. The ceremony marks the student’s completion of Nursing Fundamentals and advancement in the respective nursing program.

Paula Henry, RN, NP-C, mother of BSN nursing student Emily Henry, spoke of “Nursing: For the Sake of the Gospel.” She challenged the students to incorporate spirituality into the care of patients and use Jesus as their example. Changes and advances continue to occur in health care and require that nurses be continual learners. Henry assured the students that they will experience many rewards and opportunities during their careers.

Each student received a Florence Nightingale lamp, symbolizing the care and devotion the nurse administers to the sick and injured in the practice of nursing. Following the lighting of the lamp by Interim Dean Karon Schwartz, Ph.D., the Gideon Auxiliary presented each student with a New Testament. The benediction was read by Connie Bryan, RN, mother of BSN nursing student Lauren Bryan.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelors and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.