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White Coat Ceremony Marks Start of Clinical Practice for SNHP Students

March 8, 2019
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On Monday, February 25, nearly 150 School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions students participated in the second White Coat Ceremony of the 2018-19 academic year. SNHP’s inaugural White Coat event took place in October 2018.

 

The ceremony, which was first initiated in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is now held at hundreds of schools throughout the country to mark the start of clinical practice. In addition to reciting the Oath to Compassionate Patient Care, students are officially “cloaked” in the iconic white coat that signifies their status as healthcare professionals and symbolizes the importance of providing humanistic and compassionate patient-centered care.

 

During the ceremony, Interim Dean Deborah Hunt shared the guidelines for clinical practice based on nursing theorist Dr. Jean Watson’s Ten Caritas Processes and highlighted the fact that the School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions recently was designated as the first academic affiliate of the Jean Watson Caring Science Institute. As students came forward to receive their white coats from nursing faculty, there was much excitement as they celebrated the next important phase in their nursing education at CNR and another milestone on the journey to becoming a nurse.