Lamplighting Ceremony Welcomes Sophomores
The VCU School of Nursing welcomed sophomore students at its annual Lamplighting Ceremony on Monday, Aug. 19 in Younger Auditorium. Sue Lindner, M.S.N., RNC, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, welcomed students on behalf of faculty and alumni. Dean Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, reviewed the significance of the lamp in nursing, tracing it to modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale, who treated British soldiers during the Crimean War and was dubbed “the lady with the lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night. Michelle Jump, senior class leader, shared information on opportunities for students to get involved in the school beyond the classroom. The event concluded in the school’s garden, where students lit candles and formed a line in front of the wall that holds the cornerstones from the nursing dorms of the MCV and St. Philip Schools of Nursing, which merged and then combined with the Richmond Professional Institute to become the VCU School of Nursing in 1968.