Friday, October 26, 2012

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Holds Dedication to the Profession Ceremony

Students Pledge Themselves to Health Care

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing held its Dedication to the Profession ceremony and reception on Saturday, Oct. 20. The annual event, which replaces the former capping ceremony, provided an opportunity for junior class nursing students, accelerated program nursing students and dietetic interns to reflect and pledge themselves to their chosen studies and the health-care profession. The faculty presided over the ceremony and blessed the hands of students and health-care professionals within the audience.

“It was a beautiful day at Madonna della Strada as the nursing and dietetic students participated in a 'Blessing of the Hands' tradition where they were reminded of the important work in which those hands will be involved as they enter the health-care profession,” Dean Vicki Keough said.
Following the ceremony at Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, the school hosted a reception at the Donovan Reading Room to celebrate the occasion with students, families, guests, alumni, faculty and staff.

Kara Podjasek, junior class president; Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, dean and professor, MNSON; Richard L. Gamelli, MD, senior vice president, professor and provost of Health Sciences Division; and Ann Solari-Twadell, PhD, RN, MPA, FAAN, associate professor, MNSON, provided the welcome remarks for the ceremony.

Renee Thomas, a recent graduate of the school and former recipient of the Dean's Gold Key Award, gave the keynote address. Student representatives from the traditional and accelerated nursing programs and dietetic interns spoke about symbolic aspects of the ceremony and the health-care profession. They also provided reflections about their student experiences and their decision to join the school and health-care communities.

“Seeing everyone come together and unite over our passion for nursing was very touching,” Podjasek said. “I will never forget how privileged I am to be part of such an amazing nursing program.”



About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.