The College of Nursing of the Visayas State University recognized its second-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students, by bestowing caps to the 60 females and badges to the 11 males of the “Jadeite 2022” batch.

The donning of the emblems was held during the 9th Capping, Badge Investiture and Candle Lighting Ceremonies on October 19, 2019, at the VSU RDE Hall.

A time-honored nursing school tradition, the ceremony signifies the formal ushering of nursing students into their profession.

“The cap represents responsibility, and the lamp means light to guide the path for nursing practice,” says Dr. Joel Rey Acob, CON’s Academic Coordinator.

The lamp is a popular symbol of the nursing profession, tracing its roots from Florence Nightingale, who tended to soldiers in the Crimean War in the 1800s. She was known as “The Lady with the Lamp” and is considered the founder of modern nursing.

“As you wear the symbol of a Viscan nurse, you must be prepared to leverage and maximize the advantages of whatever forms and diversity you find in your professional environment. Apart from caring, obtain advocacy as a component of your newly acquired mission as it takes this rite of passage,” he added.

Dr. Othello B. Capuno, VSU Vice President for Research and Extension, gave an inspirational message, outlined as an acrostic of his name:

  • Obedience to parents/guardians, and to the VSU Clinical Instructors;
  • Truth, as one of VSU’s core values;
  • Hard work;
  • Excellence, another core value of VSU;
  • Leadership;
  • Love; and
  • Optimism.

Dr. Acob presented the candidates to the College of Nursing Dean Jesusa M. Magno, who then conferred and distributed the caps and pins to the students. Clinical instructors France Allan M. Cavite and Phoebe Lynn B. Calungsod distributed the lamps.

Ms. Vita G. Labastida, Assistant Chief Nurse of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), led the lighting ceremony and the traditional Nurse’s Prayer. Ms. Ruth F. Decena, Nurse Supervisor of EVRMC, administered the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

At the end of the ceremony, Jadeite 2022 sang their batch song entitled “Fly Together and Reach”, an original composition of Van Jason Arradaza—an honoree—and Micah Andrea Abarquez. 

Also present during the occasion were Councilor Pipita Vega of Barangay Marcos, Baybay City and some senior nurses of EVRMC’s Reproductive Health and Neonatal Care Unit.