Nursing Honor Guard

BVRMC Foundation Nursing Guard

The Nursing Honor Guard recognizes those individuals
who have dedicated their lives to the profession of nursing.

Services Available

Members of the Honor Guard consider it a privilege to participate in the memorial services of their fellow nurses. Who better deserves a final farewell than nurses who have dedicated their lives to caring for others in times of need.

  • Services of the Honor Guard are available at the family’s request for any active or retired Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Services are available within a 30-mile radius of Storm Lake.
  • Members of the Honor Guard will attend services wearing the traditional white uniforms , nursing caps and blue capes.

Nursing is a profession immersed in tradition. We use these traditions as symbols, which reflect honor and respect for those who have given so much and who have served so well. Any of the following traditions may be requested for a funeral service or visitation.

The Nightingale Pledge

The Nightingale Pledge and a nursing sonnet may be read at any time during the service.

Final Call to Duty

The Final Call to Duty may be performed during the service. During the Final Call to Duty, the Nightingale Lamp is lit in the nurse’s honor, and the nurse’s name and license number are called out with a request to report to duty. With no response, the nurse’s name and license number are repeated twice more with the same request. After the third and final call, the nurse’s license number is announced as being retired, and the lamp’s flame is extinguished.

This is the final call for those who have served selflessly and given their lives for the good of their fellow man, their tasks are complete, their duties are done, they are going home.

To request the presence of the BVRMC Nursing Honor Guard, please call Katie Schwint at 712.213.8601 or email us at