Candle Lighting Ceremony at North Campus Hosted for 118 New Nurses
The flame of knowledge was passed on to another generation of nurses through a candlelight ceremony on August 9 inside the Omni Auditorium on North Campus. The candlelight ceremony is done in the spirit of Florence Nightingale, who would take her oil lamp late at night to care for the sick during the Crimean War. The “Lady with the Lamp” served as a beacon of hope and whose legacy lives on as an iconic figure within the field.
Students entered the venue decked in white scrubs with the women wearing trademark nursing caps and corsages. Dr. Deborah Papa, dean of nursing, welcomed attendees for this milestone celebration. Dr. Catherine Johnson, associate dean of nursing for Central Campus, read each of the names of the graduates receiving their Associate of Science degree. It was then they crossed the stage and collected their candles for the lighting.
“I think it’s incredible,” she said. “To know their passion and that they are going into the start of their career. Every nurse remembers this moment. To know that they are going into the profession of nursing, what a thrill.”
The longstanding tradition was followed by the 118 graduates from the Broward College Nursing Program taking the nurses pledge in unison.
A video produced showed the job of a nurse can go beyond the walls of a hospital or clinic, taking on leadership roles in every aspect of society. The proceedings also included remarks from guest speaker Sean DeLucca, a registered nurse who graduated from the College in 2013.
Knowing what they are going through, he gave those on stage some keys to success and ideas to consider before they begin their career. He admittedly said the learning curve was steep, but they were ready. DeLucca instilled the importance of asking questions and being there for patients, even in silence.
Nursing has ranked number one regularly in the Gallup poll as the most trusted profession in the United States. It’s also the largest health care profession with more than 3.1 million registered nurses practicing nationwide. Nursing programs throughout the country produce 150,000 graduates annually.
The Broward College nursing program is recognized nationally for its success. In 2015 alone the program boasted a 96.1 percent pass rate for the rigorous NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) exam. This is upwards of more than 25 percent higher than the national and state averages.