The 7th Nightingale Pledge Ceremony

College of Nursing and Midwifery of Life University
Date: 23-June-2014

Address of candle light ceremony of Life University, college of Nursing.

Mr. Kim Sitha, Sihanouk provincial Health Department, representative of Mrs.. Mr. Ho Sothy, Deputy- Director of Sihanouk provincial hospital.

Government officers, Distinguished guests from overseas, professors, teachers, students, ladies and gentlemen,

I want to express my hearty welcome to all of you who are today here to cerebrate of 7th candle light ceremony of college of Nursing and midwifery, Life University.

I am honored and humbled to stand here as a president of Life University.

It is, indeed, a great honor for me to be able to share this very special moment with all of you.
I wish to express my thanks and appreciation from the bottom of my heart to your government officers and distinguished guests from health department and hospitals for your high presence in this ceremony.
Our Life University has been benefited greatly from the overseas supporters and volunteers.

I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to all the supporters who have given of their time sacrificially and lovingly to help out Life University in one way or another.

I would like to express my deep gratitude for your helping and supporting to Life University.

It has been 8 year since I was to set up the Life University.
Word could not describe my joy, pride and excitement as I looked forward to serving Life University as the president.
These past 8 years would not have been possible if not for the grace of our Almighty God.
It is all the grace of God. I want to express my hearty thanks to the Lord for His grace.

Now around 500 students are enrolled and studying in our Life University with higher quality education.
Education is the foremost important of the country.
Our Life University’s vision is ultimately to provide higher quality education to students to partake in improving Cambodian society, economics, industry and culture.
Our Life University will continue to strive, not only to provide high quality education, but also to impart good Christian values. The tradition of the nursing candle lighting ceremony, We know today, actually originated in the 1860's at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London.
Today, year 2 nursing students, by successfully completing the basic nursing program, they will do practice of their first clinical experience with clients.

Another goal of the ceremony is to begin to socialize the year 2 students to the role of the Nurse in the health care system to enable them to identify with the professional and ethical responsibilities of Nurses.
The Nurses are the three symbolizes which are white uniform, cap and lamp.
The Nurse uniform- which symbolizes role identity, function, authority, and their professional image of commitment and accountability;
The cap- signifies trust, purity and honor.
The lamp is a symbol of the care and devotion the nurse administers to the sick and injured in the practice of nursing.
Today's candle lighting means a lot to all of you.

Will you say that
"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this
assembly:
To pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully;
I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and
will not take
or knowingly administer any harmful drug;
I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of
my profession
and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my
keeping and all
family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my
calling;
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work and
devote myself
to the welfare of those committed to my care."
Especially, what you will pledge yourself before God and in the presence of this assembly”
You remember our Lord Jesus tells us that
Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world.”
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Please do faithfully as like in front of God and do sincerely as like your family. I hope that through this ceremony, you remember of true meaning of candle light and to do your practice in the hospital faithfully and get more good knowledge whatever needs to know as nurses.
Today, you've started on the journey, not just to a job, but to a solid, stable, and very rewarding career.
That's why today is so important to all of you, because it means a lot!
This candle lighting ceremony is a small symbol of a very big step in your life.
You remember that this meaning of candle light "nursing's caring and healing light in the world". Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Congratulations everyone. Be proud of yourselves. You've studying very hard to get to this point today.
I would like to deliver my sincere congratulations to 2nd year Nursing students who are today here to participate of this special ceremony.

Lastly, I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to all the distinguish guests from hospitals and Cambodian government for their continuing support to the Life University.

My God bless you and Life University.