Northwestern to pin nursing graduates

Nineteen Northwestern College nursing seniors will participate in a pinning ceremony Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the England Theatre of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center. The students will receive their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree diplomas May 14.

Community members are invited to the pinning ceremony, where the seniors will receive a BSN pin denoting the completion of the program. “The pinning ceremony is one of the first ways the nursing students are welcomed into the professional world of nursing,” says Dr. Julie Dragstra, assistant professor of nursing and department chairperson at Northwestern.

During the ceremony, students will also reaffirm their intent to practice Christian nursing as defined by the Code of Christian Nursing Ethics, authored by Dr. Ruth Daumer, founder of Northwestern’s nursing program. The code is based on the nursing program’s philosophy of nursing as a healing ministry. Northwestern’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. The department also offers an RN to BSN online program for working nurses.