By Christina Kozakiewicz, Ingram School of Nursing

Over 700 people including nursing students, their family members and friends, faculty members and distinguished guests logged on to YouTube for the sixth annual and first-ever virtual edition of the Nursing Professionalism Ceremony on October 15, 2020.

This is an important event marking our students’ entry into the Ingram School of Nursing, and welcoming them into the nursing profession with pride. It is also an occasion for McGill Nursing faculty to show their support and recognition of each student’s commitment to the nursing profession, with the recitation of an oath and the symbolic pinning of their nametag–which must be worn during future clinical stages. Students submitted photos of themselves in uniform which were featured in a celebratory montage during the online ceremony.

This year, distinguished guests gave remarks, including Dr. David Eidelman (Vice-Principal (Health Affairs); Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mr. Richard Ingram; longstanding donor and supporter of the School, keynote speaker Ms. Lynne McVey; President and CEO of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre, as well as Dr. Anita J. Gagnon, Associate Dean and Director of the Ingram School of Nursing. Madeleine Buck, Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, acted as emcee of the event.

Glenda Sandy, Indigenous Health Consultant and Associate Member of the Ingram School of Nursing, opened the ceremony with a land acknowledgement. Mikaela Zobolas, President of the Nursing Undergraduate Society (NUS) and Valerie Duff-Murdoch, President of the Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA), led the recitation of the Oath to Nursing Professionalism in English and French, respectively.

You can watch the livestream video of the event on YouTube here.

October 22 2020