Students Inducted into East Liverpool ADN Program

East Liverpool ADN Students Take Nursing Pledge

Reciting the Florence Nightingale PledgeThe Kent State East Liverpool Campus said hello to its newest class of future nurses, welcoming the students to the beginning of a journey that will change lives – especially their own.

Mohamed AbouAmra signs his certificate and nursing pledge.

During an induction ceremony, students entering the associate degree in nursing program met members of the faculty who offered encouragement and advice to start them on their way toward careers as registered nurses.

Dr. David Dees, interim dean, greeted the students and shared how his mother began a nursing career as a non-traditional student, starting with a two-year program similar to the Kent State East Liverpool program and advancing to a graduate degree in nursing.

 Dr. Cristina Riter (left), program director, presents Alyssa Harris with a “key to success” key ring.“My dad and I learned to cook dinner and wash dishes while my mother went back to school,” he related. “But I also learned that, by watching her, I could do anything. She is the reason I went to college and the reason I keep learning. You can do this! Welcome to your nursing future.”

Each student received a key ring, certificate and signed the Florence Nightingale Pledge. Once all the certificates were distributed, the class stood and recited the pledge in unison.


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Photo A- Headliner: The newest members of the ADN program at Kent State East Liverpool

Photo B: Reciting the Florence Nightingale Pledge

Photo C: Mohamed AbouAmra signs his certificate and nursing pledge.

Photo D: Dr. Cristina Riter (left), program director, presents Alyssa Harris with a “key to success” key ring.

POSTED: Sunday, August 28, 2016 09:37 AM
UPDATED: Thursday, December 08, 2022 07:10 PM

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