The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing hosted its first white coat ceremony Sept. 27 to cloak and pin 207 of its newest nursing students. The college was selected as part of a national pilot program to symbolize the students life transition into nursing education and affirms their commitment to becoming professional nurses who provide 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 CON, said in the release. Reaction from the CONs newest students who are involved and our faculty has been overwhelming.
The white coat ceremony has been a tradition for other health professions for the past 20 years, but this was the first time a coordinated effort has been aligned for nursing schools.
Funding for the project was made possible by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In the first year, 100 schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia were provided financial support and guidance to offer a white coat ceremony, according to the release.
Each ceremony consists 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. Students also receive a specially designed pin that will serve as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing the highest quality care.