First-year nursing students and guests filled the Audion in the Tower at STAR on April 18 for the UD School of Nursing’s first undergraduate pinning ceremony.

Created to welcome students to the nursing profession, the event featured the distribution of pins with the saying “Keeping Healthcare Human.” The pin design inspires and reminds the next generation of registered nurses to provide compassionate care to their patients.

Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long echoed that sentiment in her keynote address. 

“Nursing is a noble profession,” she said. “It’s a caring, kind profession. It’s so much more than being attached to a machine, running down a hallway taking orders. You are that whole person. You practice in so many different settings. And you’re going to apply research, which is why you’re here at one of the best institutions in this country.

“You are the force of the future. Our best kept secret in the American health system are our young, energized, new nurses. And I know each and every one of you loves caring for others.”

The Arnold Gold Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, provided a grant for the event. UD is one of 50 schools to receive the grant this year and one of 310 nursing schools in 49 states to hold such a ceremony.


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