Nursing students inducted in first White Coat Ceremony

Seton Hall University will hold its first ever White Coat Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10 in the Main Lounge of the Bishop Dougherty University Center. This ceremony marks the official entrance of first year students into the College of Nursing.

At the White Coat Ceremony, students take an oath to accept the responsibilities of becoming a nursing student and are then ceremoniously cloaked in a white coat. Participants in the ceremony include first year nursing students in the Generic B.S.N. and Second Degree B.S.N programs, as well as the Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse Leader program. Between 50 and 75 students are expected to partake in the event, where family and friends are invited to come witness their oath. The event was made possible by the $3,000 grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APFG).

The organization’s website stated that “Though White Coat Ceremonies have been an important rite of passage at medical schools for more than 20 years, this new collaboration between Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing.”

The Foundation Supporting White Coat Ceremonies for nursing schools around the country.

“This event underscores the importance of nurses in health care” said Kristyn Kent-Wuillermin, director of strategic alliances, marketing and enrollment at the College of Nursing, in an email.

“It allows students, who may be focusing just on coursework, to reflect on their chosen profession and the importance of humanism in providing care to patients. It should also bond students and faculty, as they realize their shared goals in health care.”

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