Mount St. Joseph University’s nursing program was selected to receive funding to pilot a White Coat Ceremony which will be held Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Mater Dei Chapel on the Mount’s campus. Forty sophomore nursing students will receive the traditional white coat which signifies their commitment to providing compassionate care as a future health care professional.
The Mount was one of 100 nursing schools among 43 states selected for funding support by the American Association of Colleges and Nursing (AACN) and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF). Only Ohio State University and Wright State University were the other nursing schools selected for the grant in Ohio.
“This is an exciting initiative for nursing schools,” said Tasha Turner-Bicknell, BSN program director at the Mount. “The expansion of the traditional White Coat Ceremony to include the nursing profession symbolizes the important role of the nurse on the health care team. By taking an oath, our incoming nursing students are reminded that providing compassionate, high quality care to patients is the nurse’s primary responsibility.”
The new collaboration between APGF and AACN is the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer a White Coat Ceremony at schools of nursing. The White Coat Ceremony will consist of the recitation of an oath, cloaking of students in a white coat, an address by a professional role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students will also receive a specially designed pin that will serve as a reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care.
“By offering White Coat Ceremonies, our schools are sending a clear message to new nursing students that compassionate care must be a hallmark of their clinical practice,” said Dr. Eileen T. Breslin, AACN president. “Securing a commitment to providing patient-centered care at the beginning of a nurse’s professional formation will help to raise the quality of care available to all patients.”
Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.
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