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200 new nurses honored at School of Nursing commencement

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 26

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Beverly Inocencio (left), an August Doctorate in Nursing Practice graduate, came back to participate in the commencement ceremony Dec. 17. With her is graduate student marshal Gemma T. Kennedy, Ph.D., RN. Click on pictures to make them larger.
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Beverly Inocencio (left), an August Doctorate in Nursing Practice graduate, came back to participate in the commencement ceremony Dec. 17. With her is graduate student marshal Gemma T. Kennedy, Ph.D., RN. Click on pictures to make them larger. clear graphic

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By Rosanne Fohn

Approximately 200 new nurses from the December and August graduating classes of the School of Nursing were challenged to fulfill their potential every day and to embrace a philosophy of lifelong learning.

Shaping health care for the future
“Your commitment to making lives better requires openness to change and innovation. As we enter a new era of health care, all of you will be on the frontline of reform — caring for individuals in all settings, at the beginning of life and at the end of life. You have the opportunity and ability to shape health care systems in the future, and we anxiously await your next contributions,” said Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
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At commencement, held Dec. 17 in the St. Mary’s University Greehey Arena, nearly 120 students from the Class of December 2013 graduated with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, and one Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree was conferred.

The ceremony also acknowledged those who graduated from the School of Nursing in August, including two receiving Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, two MSN graduates and 76 new nurses who received BSN degrees. They all were all invited to walk the stage at the December commencement.

Undergraduate nursing students get into the spirit of the commencement festivities. Approximately 120 students from the December Class of 2013 received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.
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Undergraduate nursing students get into the spirit of the commencement festivities. Approximately 120 students from the December Class of 2013 received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. clear graphic

 

A career of many choices
President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, said, “Graduates, you are entering the nursing profession at an opportune time, as multiple career paths await your choice. What has changed so dramatically in recent years is the recognition that health care in the 21st century is delivered by a coordinated team of professionals, and nursing skills are integral to this delivery of care. You will have many opportunities to define your contribution to this delivery system, and you can be assured your input into the health care system is deemed crucial in all models of delivery. Congratulations to each of you for a job so well done, to your families for their steadfast support and to your friends for their encouragement.”

Tanya Micheletti, president of the graduating BSN class, reminded classmates to be thankful to loved ones, friends, classmates and professors who helped them achieve their educational goals.

She also noted that wise choices helped them earn their BSN. “The word ‘choice,’ when used as an adjective means ‘worthy of being preferred, select, precious and very valuable,’” she said. “You are ‘choice’ nurses who will make a difference in the lives of those you care for,” she said.

“I challenge you to stand strong in the lives of others, inside and out of your nursing practice," Micheletti added.
"Hold onto and remember what brought you to nursing. Advocate for your patients and let your passions guide you as you lead others into tomorrow.”

 
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