Illinois Wesleyan University Celebrates with History

The day before Med- Surg Nurses Week began, AMSN member Noël Kerr, PhD, RN, CMSRN (Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University), had her students explore nursing history and reflect on their own "call" to enter the nursing profession.

Class met on Halloween, so she encouraged them to come to class in costume.Illinois Wesleyan University Celebrates with History

Dr. Kerr dressed as the "Lady with the Lamp," wearing an authentic Victorian dress patterned after photos of Florence Nightingale. Students listened to a recording of Nightingale's voice and viewed historical objects linked to Nightingale.

Dr. Kerr taught the students about how Nightingale discerned her call to become a nurse.

The students then wrote the beginning of their own story and described how they each decided to enter the nursing profession.

Dr. Kerr plans to return the essays to each student in a sealed envelope upon their graduation with instructions to open the envelope on the anniversary of their first year working as an RN.

At the end of class, students received complimentary copies of MEDSURG Nursing and AMSN informational brochures.


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