Thirty-one BSN candidates received their nurses' caps and pins at a special pinning ceremony on Saturday, May 13, in Norwich University's White Chapel. The ceremony came at the conclusion of National Nurses Week, celebrated May 6-12.

Prior to the actual pinning, several members of the Class of 2006 addressed their fellow nurses.

"You are entering a profession where you have the opportunity to make a difference every single day," said Dorothy Lowry, RN, a 2006 graduate of the RN to BSN program. "And the only limitation you have regarding how much you can accomplish, is how much you are willing to give."

Lowry acknowledged all of the nurses throughout history who had "paved the path" before them, including their mentors on the Norwich nursing faculty.

"We stand on their shoulders today," Lowry said.

After receiving their caps and pins, the nurses recited the Nightingale Pledge*, followed by the presentation of awards, as follows:

  • Academic Achievement Award: Kathryn Roosa, Dorothy Lowry
  • Vermont State Nurses' Association Award: Kathryn Burnell, Jennifer Kelley
  • Nightingale Award: Karen LaClair, Kathleen Davis
  • Frank McIntire Award: Meghan Sperry
  • Literary Award: Jennifer Wortman
  • Freeman Scholars: Catherine Fetten. Sandra Jones, Anna Mayotte, Corrina Rakowsky, Kathryn Roosa, Erica Rutledge
    Faculty Award: Anna Mayotte, Sandra Jones

In addition, each nurse was personally presented with a single rose and a stethoscope by Dr. Anthony Caprio '60. Each year since 1999, Dr. Caprio, who serves on the Math/Science advisory board, has awarded the stethoscopes in memory of his late wife, Rosemary Caprio, RN, who died of ovarian cancer. The roses are symbolic of his own special "Rose", a diploma nurse who went back to Vermont College to earn her nursing degree. Mrs. Caprio is buried in the Norwich Cemetery.

The program concluded with the presentation of the Class Gift, a granite plaque engraved with a quote from Florence Nightingale, that will hang in the nursing office in Webb Hall.

"Nursing is an art,
and if it is to be made an art,
it requires an
exclusive devotion and
as hard a preparation,
as any painter's or
sculptor's work "
--Florence Nightingale
Dedicated to Norwich Nursing
From the Class of 2006

Norwich University's Department of Nursing offers two degree programs: a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN); and an RN to BSN program designed for graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs.

*Florence Nightingale Pledge
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly: To pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping, and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my profession. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work and devote myself to the welfare to those committed to my care.