Seventy Washburn University nursing students took part in Washburn University’s first White Coat Ceremony for Nursing.
White Coat Ceremonies are a relatively new phenomenon in nursing and are designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among future health professionals. Washburn is one of 100 schools of nursing in 2015 selected to receive funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to support the establishment of the ceremonies.
“Medical schools have used white coat ceremonies for more than twenty years but this year marks the first time the Washburn nursing program worked in a coordinated effort to adopt the concept,” according to Dr. Monica Scheibmeir, dean of the Washburn School of Nursing. “We’re particularly proud that Washburn University is the only school of nursing in Kansas to receive funding from the Gold Foundation this year.”
During the ceremony, student nurses are welcomed to the profession, recite the health professions covenant and receive a commemorative pin, Scheibmeir said. The specially designed pin serves as a visual reminder of the students’ oath and commitment to provide compassionate and high quality care.
“This ceremony marks a moment in time when we recognize the calling of health professionals to become compassionate caregivers,” said Dr. Cynthia Hornberger, special assistant to the president, former dean of the school of nursing and keynote speaker for the event.
“We provide patient-centered care in a complex and rapidly changing healthcare system,” Hornberger said. “We are part of a team of professionals who must assess, plan, act and continuously reevaluate to maximize the health and wellness of each individual.”
She noted that nurses today must be alternately good leaders and good followers, learning from each other, listening for good ideas while constantly adapting their practice to meet the needs of each individual under their care.
All of the students are working toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a degree which will qualify them to become registered nurses.
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