Nursing Program holds 15th Cap, Badge Investiture, Candle Lighting Ceremony
The Nursing Program of Lourdes College held their 15th Cap, Badge Investiture and Candle Lighting Ceremony at the LC Chapel on August 4, 2016. The event’s theme was “Lourdesian Nurses: Called to care with courage and commitment”.
Twelve sophomores were capped and badged during the ceremony, namely: MarkNorielou C. Abogaa, Christian H. Adizon, Donna G. Diago, Kiezel Mae A. Flander, Rubylou Jane U. Gaid, Roxette M. Lagrosas, Rachelle C. Mandawe, Bea B. Nautan, Bob M. Paasa, Vannesa Yhui A. Rojas, Golda Blanca Shammah Sunga, and, Willhelmina Joan A. Tatoy.
Nursing as a Loving and Healing Profession
The ceremony began with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Gil Escalante, SSJV. In his homily, he emphasized that there is a dire need of nurses in our society today.
“As more and more people are getting sick, the need for loving nurses is ever more pressing”, said Fr. Escalante. He shared that nurses are healers; “It comes naturally in your profession”, he expressed.
Fr. Gil, then, challenged the nurses, that as they continue in their formation, they may be reminded that theirs is a ministry of love and healing.
Cap, Badge and Candle Symbols
The nursing students who are capped and badged have completed their academic requirements prior to the start of their hospital training.
The white nursing cap symbolizes the goal of nursing, that is, to provide “humble service to those in need”. It is also a sign of the nurses’ ageless values of care, dedication, honesty, and humble service.
The badge, on the other hand, is a symbol for men needed by society to perform essential care duties. It recognizes male nurses as a step above ordinary men, and gives them status as educated, trained, and experienced in the field of caring.
The ceremonial lighting of the lamp is a symbolic gesture of the student nurses’ dedication to their nursing profession. It further symbolizes their care and devotion in administering to the sick and injured in the practice of nursing.
Added feature to the Lourdes College’s Cap and Badge Investiture is the giving of the individual bibles. The giving of bible symbolizes the school’s potent role in molding Ignacian Marian Nurses.
Maria Anita Tomas, RVM capped and invested the badges among the sophomore nurses. The school president, S. Maria Rufina Guillano, RVM gave individually the bible and S. Maria Clara Platino, RVM handed each a candle lamp.
The newly badged and capped student nurses sang their class dedication song, “Time of my Life”, as a concluding part of the ceremony.
Indeed, this year’s ceremony captured the aspirations of these newly badged and capped nurses to undertake the noble ministry of caring for the sick through the Nursing Profession.