Nursing Students Blessed Before First Clinical
January 28, 2019
On Friday, January 25, the Saint Anselm College nursing class of 2021 gathered in the Abbey Church for a blessing before they begin their first clinical placements. Faculty, staff, members of the monastery, family members, and friends gathered at the Blessing of the Hands ceremony to demonstrate their encouragement and support as the students entered into a new chapter in their nursing education.
The first five rows of pews were filled with 98 eager students, dressed in crisp, navy blue scrubs, ready to venture into their rotations filled with faith and the support of the greater Anselmian community. During the mass, each student was called by name to the altar to have their hands blessed by nursing faculty. Additional healthcare workers at the ceremony were then invited to receive the blessing.
Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B., presided over the blessing, wishing the students well: “We pray that you bring the grace of service to those who suffer, and that you are vibrant witnesses to the power of healing love.”
This year, the students who received the blessing were:
The annual ceremony celebrating the sophomore nursing class is a tradition much anticipated by the students as well as the nursing faculty. Kylie MacDonald, a senior nursing student and president of the Student Nurses’ Association, addressed the student nurses.
“We don’t have to study and wake up early, we get to study hard and become successful nurses, and we get to go to clinical to prepare ourselves to become compassionate nurses,” said MacDonald. “By the end of our four years on the Hilltop, we get to be a Saint Anselm nurse, and that is a special thing for sure.”