Opening the ceremony, Dr Esubalew Tesfahun, Director, Institute of Medicine and Health, welcome the participants and said that this ceremony would pave way to students to practical work.
Ato Niguse Tadesse, Dean, College of Health Science, on his part said that nursing is one of the noble professions which aimed in saving, caring and healing patients. The ceremony is named by Florence Nightingale. She was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. Part of a wealthy family, Nightingale defied the expectations of the time and pursued what she saw as her God-given calling of nursing. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, greatly reducing the death count. More soldiers were dying from infectious diseases like typhoid and cholera than from injuries incurred in battle.
Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure in nursing who greatly affected 19th- and 20th-century policies around proper care. She was known for her night rounds to aid the wounded, establishing her image as the 'Lady with the Lamp.'
Finally, students undertook promises after they completed capping and bagging. Orientations on practical issues were given by S/r Tigist Demsew.