Kaskaskia College Holds Nursing Honor Society Induction

The Kaskaskia College Nursing Program recently held it second induction of new members into Alpha Delta NU, the National Honor Society for Associate Degree Nursing. To be included in the membership, students must be in their fourth semester of Associate Degree Nursing at KC, must have maintained at least a grade of “B” in all of their nursing classes, and must have completed a capstone project.


Dean of Nursing Janet Garretson gave an overview of Alpha Delta Nu, which has the following objectives: 

  1. To promote and recognize academic excellence of students in the study of Associate Degree Nursing
  2. To Encourage the pursuit of advanced degrees in the nursing profession as well as lifelong professional responsibilities
  3. To encourage the recruiting of qualified people into the nursing profession


Cris Meyers of the KC Nursing faculty read a passage from Florence Nightingale’s “Notes on Nursing” that spelled out the dedication required to be a nurse, emphasizing that nursing is a calling, not simply a job.


Inductee Jennifer Haukap of Aviston spoke of the capstone project completed by the inductees, which involved speaking to students at area schools about the nursing field, emphasizing that if a student decides to enter nursing as simply a path to a good paying job, they will not succeed.  Nursing requires not only intelligence, but commitment and dedication beyond the call of most other professions.  “After all, knowing the material could be a matter of life and death, not simply a grade in class,” she said.


“We cannot emphasize enough how proud we are of you,” said Garretson.  “You have all demonstrated conduct that reflects integrity and professionalism.”


This year’s inductees include:  Becca Barth of Keysport; Tara Bousman of Dix; Joanna Brewer of Mulberry Grove; Jennifer Haukap of Aviston; Rachael Hawthorne of Vandalia; Stefanie Holsapple of Salem; Rebeccah Niemann of Breese; December Reed of Centralia; and Rachel Litteken of Albers.


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