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New nursing students to take part in first-of-kind ceremony

April 17, 2010 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2010 at 11:17 p.m.


SUGAR LAND -The University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing will initiate a group of 45 students into the nursing profession in an inaugural ceremony Saturday morning.

Students in the Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which allows people with bachelor's degrees to become nurses in as little as a year, will take part in the first Hands of Caring Ceremony with their family, friends, and school faculty and staff at 9 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of Brazos Hall at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land, 14004 University Blvd.

"This is a way to welcome these new students into the noble profession of nursing," founding Dean Kathryn Tart said.

The ceremony serves as a milestone at the beginning of their nursing education, much like a pinning ceremony marks the completion of the program. During the pinning ceremony, a pin is placed on the lapel of the graduating nurses.

"Nurses' hands are symbols and instruments of caring to all the patients whose lives we touch," Tart said. During the Hands of Caring Ceremony, family and faculty will participate with students in using their hands as a rite of passage into the profession of nursing.

Linda Dune, assistant professor and coordinator of the Second Degree BSN program, will read a poem she wrote for the occasion.

Students and their guests also will hear from faculty and staff members about how the concept of caring is integrated into the innovative curriculum, cutting-edge instructional technology and research presently underway at the UHV School of Nursing.

The event will include tours of the new Methodist Sugar Land Nursing Simulation Center in Brazos Hall.

Parents of students will receive special T-shirts with the school's logo.

The University of Houston-Victoria provides nursing and many other degrees at UHS at Sugar Land and UHS at Cinco Ranch.

For more information, contact Tammy Neeley Whatley, senior recruitment coordinator at the UHV School of Nursing, at 361-570-4297.

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