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LWC honors 27 new nursing majors in Ceremony of Blessing

Students hear Dr. Phil Aaron, who gave coats, and Mr. David Rasmussen, Westlake Regional Hospital CEO
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By Duane Bonifer
News from the Lindsey Wilson College of Nursing

COLUMBIA, KY - The third class of Lindsey Wilson College students were officially accepted into the college's baccalaureate nursing program Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2012.

A total of 27 LWC students were presented their laboratory coats at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition at V.P. Henry Auditorium. The white, iconic coats - which were furnished by Dr. Phil Aaron of Columbia - - symbolize the students' acceptance into LWC's baccalaureate nursing program. After this school year, the students will have two more academic years until they receive a bachelor of science degree in nursing.


The 27 students honored Saturday are part of one of LWC's fastest-growing majors. A total of 70 students are classified as nursing majors, and the first nursing cohort is on track to graduate next spring; an additional 104 students are declared pre-nursing majors, according to LWC Nursing Division Chair Marian Smith.

Today's nursing students are entering the profession during an exciting time, according to Westlake Hospital Chief Executive Officer David Rasmussen.

"There are so many opportunities, and you can go multiple directions as a nurse," Rasmussen told the students during the ceremony. "Your role as a nurse will continue to change as time goes on. ... You have the opportunity now to dream big. Always remember that there will always be room for a nurse at the bedside of a patient."

In addition to being presented white lab coats, the LWC nursing students also received a washing and blessing of their hands from LWC Assistant Chaplain Rev. Carol Weddle. The ritual served to remind them of the college's connection with The United Methodist Church, which founded the college in 1903, Smith said.

Aaron -- who also bought new white lab coats for the LWC nursing faculty -- said the coats serve two purposes: to protect nurse's clothes and serve as a symbol of authority - "Wearing a white coat in a health-care facility gives you a position of authority," Aaron said. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Students recognized were:

Alison McGaughey of Taylorsville, KY; Destiny Ryan of Manchester, KY; Shelly Meredith of Magnolia, KY; and Nicole Bernard of Russell Springs, KY; Alex Sneed of Columbia; Eunice Mukaz of Louisville, KY; Danielle Bradley of Greensburg, KY; and Kaylea Bunch of Russell Springs, KY

Jessica Hadley of Columbia; Brandy Woolridge of Owensboro, KY; Jessica Bardin of Columbia; and Ashley Emmitt of Glasgow; Chelsey Foley of Louisville, KY; Brenna Smith of London, KY; Cambry Underwood of Greensburg, KY; and Katie Spaulding of Springfield, KY

Morgan Lawson of London, KY; Ashley Harris of Columbia; Haylee King of Richmond, KY; and Whitney Redmon of Columbia. James Johnson of Russell Springs, KY; Josh Pence of Worthville, KY; Musa Mawanda of Kampala, Uganda; and Joshua Davis of Louisville, KY

Brooke Boles of Carrollton, KY, Ashley Hughes of Elizabethtown, KY, and Morgan Mesecher of Elizabethtown, KY - - Duane Bonifer


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LWC Nursing recognizes 27 new baccalaureate candidates



2012-10-07 - 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. The Lindsey Wilson College nursing students who were recognized at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition Saturday afternoon stand on the steps of the L.R. McDonald Administration Building after the ceremony in V.P. Henry Auditorium.
Front row, from left: Alison McGaughey of Taylorsville, KY; Destiny Ryan of Manchester, KY; Shelly Meredith of Magnolia, KY; and Nicole Bernard of Russell Springs, KY
Second row: Alex Sneed of Columbia; Eunice Mukaz of Louisville, KY; Danielle Bradley of Greensburg, KY; and Kaylea Bunch of Russell Springs, KY;
Third row: Jessica Hadley of Columbia; Brandy Woolridge of Owensboro, KY; Jessica Bardin of Columbia; and Ashley Emmitt of Glasgow.
Fourth row: Chelsey Foley of Louisville, KY; Brenna Smith of London, KY; Cambry Underwood of Greensburg, KY; and Katie Spaulding of Springfield, KY
Fifth row: Morgan Lawson of London, KY; Ashley Harris of Columbia; Haylee King of Richmond, KY; and Whitney Redmon of Columbia.
Back row: James Johnson of Russell Springs, KY; Josh Pence of Worthville, KY; Musa Mawanda of Kampala, Uganda; and Joshua Davis of Louisville, KY
Not present: Brooke Boles of Carrollton, KY, Ashley Hughes of Elizabethtown, KY, and Morgan Mesecher of Elizabethtown, KY - - Duane Bonifer

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Josh Pence, Worthville, KY, receives coat from Dr. Phil Aaron



2012-10-07 - 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College nursing student Josh Pence of Worthville, KY, receives his white coat from Dr. Phil Aaron of Columbia, KY Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2012, at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition in V.P. Henry Auditorium.
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Blessing to hands of Brenna Smith, London, KY



2012-10-07 - 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Chaplain Rev. Carol Weddle, left, gives a blessing to the hands of LWC nursing student Brenna Smith of London, KY, Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2012, at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition in V.P. Henry Auditorium. The ritual served to remind nursing students of LWC’s connection with The United Methodist Church. - Duane Bonifer

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Congratulations all around at LWC Ceremony of Blessing



2012-10-07 - 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
First-year Lindsey Wilson College nursing student Brandy Wooldridge
of Owensboro, KY, is congratulated by third-year LWC nursing student Dorothy Karcher of Worthville, KY, as fellow third-year student Shannon Mester of Greensburg, KY, looks on Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2012, at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition in V.P. Henry Auditorium. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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Westlake CEO David Rasmussen addresses LWC nurses



2012-10-07 - 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Westlake Regional Hospital CEO David Rasmussen
addresses the Lindsey Wilson College nursing students Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2012, at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition in V.P. Henry Auditorium. Looking on are Dr. Phil Aaron of Columbia and LWC Nursing Division Chair Marian Smith. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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LWC Nursing presents Dr. Phil gifts of appreciation



2012-10-07 - 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College Nursing Division Chair Marian Smith, left, and nursing student Jessica Hadley of Columbia, KY, present Dr. Phil Aaron of Columbia with a couple gifts of appreciation Saturday afternoon at the Ceremony of Blessing and Transition in V.P. Henry Auditorium. Aaron sponsored the white coats for the LWC nursing students and faculty. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College
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