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Reinhardt Univerity welcomed 14 students into its nursing program.

Reinhardt University has inducted its seventh cohort of nursing students into the Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Fourteen nursing students were welcomed into the program earlier this week, twice the number of nursing graduates in December, according to the university. Last fall, 23 students were inducted.

“You’re going to have real people that you’re going to be taking care of. You’re going to have the responsibility to take care of them, and with that responsibility, we hope that you are learning how important that is – to be kind, to be thoughtful to every situation you encounter. You know that the pandemic has been difficult for all of us – living and learning in a way we’ve never had to before,” LeAnne Wilhite, dean of the Cauble School, said.

Reinhardt holds a white coat ceremony for students entering its nursing program, similar to medical schools’ ceremonies for future doctors. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this week’s ceremony was scaled down and live-streamed on the Reinhardt University Facebook page for family and friends to watch.

When Rola El-Tahrawi-Price received her white coat, she felt the ceremony signified the next level of her commitment and responsibility as a nursing student.

“It was an opportunity to reflect on all that had been accomplished up to that point, a moment to be grateful for the hands that have trained us, those who have supported and loved us, as well as being optimistic about the journey we are on to serve the community,” she said.

El-Tahrawi-Price said she looks forward to learning the values required of nurses.

“Nursing school is an opportunity to learn how to serve others with humility and grace,” she said. “A nurse needs to have patience, courage, be a critical thinker and problem solver, and above all have faith in doing no harm to others. Nursing school is the place where these skills are fine-tuned and nurtured.”

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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