College of Nursing welcomes newest students at white coat ceremony
The Lourdes University College of Nursing gave 34 new nursing students their white coats and lapel pins during a Virtual White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Program Director of Undergraduate Nursing Studies Emily Rozek, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN-K, provided the welcome. Guest speaker for the event was Lourdes graduate Morgan Cravens, BSN, RN, a Registered Nurse at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
Intended for first year students in medical, nursing, and physician assistant programs, the White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that often takes place during the initial days of orientation. It serves to welcome students to healthcare practice and elevate the value of humanism as the core of healthcare. It provides a powerful emphasis on compassion in combination with scientific excellence.
The most important element of the ceremony is the oath that students take in front of family members, school leadership, and their peers to acknowledge their central obligation of caring for the patient.
The White Coat Ceremony was initiated in 1993 at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Arnold P. Gold, MD, a Columbia professor, believed that the oath to compassionate patient care taken by new physicians at the end of medical school came too late. Today, nearly every medical school in the United States, hundreds of nursing schools, and many other health profession schools participate in this tradition of humanistic care.
The Lourdes University College of Nursing 2021 Spring Semester White Coat Ceremony can be viewed here.
Congratulations to the 2021 spring semester nursing students.