On Sept. 27, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing will host its first white coat ceremony to cloak and pin 207 new nursing students. The college was selected as part of a national pilot program designed to symbolize the students life transition into nursing education and affirming student commitment to becoming a professional nurse who provides compassionate and high-quality care, according to a news release.
We are so pleased to be selected to engage students in this hallmark ceremony as a significant milestone and transition into their life in nursing, Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UIC College of Nursing, said the release. Reaction from the CONs newest students who are involved and our faculty has been overwhelming.
White coat ceremonies have been a common tradition for other health professions for the last 20 years but this will be the first time there has been a coordinated effort for nursing schools.
This year, about 100 nursing schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia were provided financial support and guidance to offer a white coat ceremony. Each ceremony will consist of the recitation of the oath, cloaking of students in a white coat, an address by an eminent role model and a reception for students. Also, students will receive a specially designed pin that will serve as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing the highest quality care, according to the release.
Funding for this project was made possible by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Following this years pilot program, the APGF and AACN are planning 2015 to be the inaugural year for the nationwide rollout of the white coat ceremony to a larger number of nursing institutions, according to the release.