Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing Pre-Licensure Class Welcomes 33 into Program

Published on
September 22, 2017

Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing Pre-Licensure Class Welcomes 33 into ProgramDr. Marisa Greer, Dean of the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing, welcomed the students into Union’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with the ceremony. Students have completed the core portion of their undergraduate curriculum and will now focus on upper level courses, which for the nursing students includes clinical experience at Union’s partner facilities. During the ceremony, Dr. Greer and fellow instructors presented each student with a white nursing coat recognizing the student’s introduction to the traditions and practice of nursing. The theme of hard work and support echoed throughout the evening in remarks from Greer.

“It shows the hard work you’ve put in for years and will for years to come. Nursing is tough. It is going to be a tough program, but we are all here to get you through it together” said Greer.

On this evening, students, their families and friends filled the Conway Boatman Chapel to join in celebrating the hard work, past, present and future of the newest inductees.

“I wish I could tell you that it will get easier but it won’t. It’s going to get harder, but you do have a support network of family, as well as the Union College faculty and staff who are dedicated to you. It’s ultimately up to you, you have to do your best work. Nursing isn’t easy but caring for others is the greatest work you can do,” expressed Union College President, Dr. Marcia Hawkins.

Dr. David Johns, Union’s Vice-President for Academic Affairs, provided the nursing students with a keynote address during a ceremony, highlighting the journey the 33 students now find themselves on. Dr. Johns said the path they are traveling is well defined, but the students will soon discover another part of the journey will bring new challenges along with it.

“You have been led by GPS so far in your life. This predictable and safe part will end soon; you’ll enter another dimension of the journey you’re on. You are going to face life’s biggest events; birth, death and you will be sharing those with others. Fear will be there when you face these life events, but as a nurse you must be fearless. You will be changed by these events, but if you learn to open yourself up you can use fear to change yourself and to further care about others, and beyond yourself,” Dr. David Johns said in closing.

The Dean and faculty of the Nursing Program conducted the final stage of the induction ceremony – a candle lighting service. After each student crossed the stage and received a white nurses coat, they stood before their peers and families holding a single candle; a reflection to Florence Nightingale and the nurses’ commitment to always look over their patients. Each candle was then ceremoniously lit, sending the new nursing students forward on their clinical journeys and further along the path to becoming nurses.  

Union College established the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing in 2010. At that time, registered nurses could enter the program to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2012, Union launched the pre-licensure phase of the program allowing students to earn a traditional four-year degree in nursing.

In 2016, the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing was expanded to include a fully online RN-BSN program to accommodate working nurses throughout the region. Union’s programs are accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools, Commission on Colleges; the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

To learn more about Union College’s Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing, please visit www.unionky.edu/nursing.