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Nursing students pledge themselves to the health care profession at the annual Dedication to the Profession ceremony

Nursing students pledge themselves to the health care profession at the annual Dedication to the Profession ceremony

Students gather in front of the Madonna della Strada chapel at the annual Dedication to the Profession ceremony and reception on October 22

The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing held its annual Dedication to the Profession ceremony and reception on October 22 at Madonna della Strada chapel. The annual event, which replaces the former “capping” ceremony, provided an opportunity for junior class nursing students to reflect and pledge themselves to their chosen studies and the health care profession, as well as to have their hands blessed by faculty.

Christine Wimberly, Junior Class President, was joined by the Junior Class Council, who spoke about symbolic aspects of the ceremony and the health care profession. In addition, the Class Council gave symbolic momentos to their classmates: a candle signifying the light as a symbol of hope and blessed water from Lourdes, the Catholic pilgrimage site visited each year by Niehoff students.

Dr. Kim Oosterhouse was the ceremony keynote speaker followed by Brendan Filip, the Junior Class student speaker. Their speeches highlighted the important role of nurses. They spoke of Loyola values, of caring for the whole person, and the Magis philosophy that is the guiding light as they dedicate themselves to the nursing profession.

Niehoff's Dedication to the Profession. Blessing of the Hands 10.22.2016

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