Monmouth Universitys Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies held its inaugural white coat ceremony Nov. 11 in Wilson Hall on the schools West Long Branch, N.J., campus.
During the event, 25 BSN students recited an oath and received white coats to symbolize their commitment to the profession and to providing compassionate care.
Monmouth launched its BSN program in 2014 and was one of 100 schools to receive funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to pilot white coat ceremonies, a program to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among incoming nursing students.
We are especially proud to be selected as one of the new BSN programs to participate in the white coat ceremony, Janet Mahoney, PhD, RN, APN-C, NEA-BC, dean of the school of nursing and health studies, said in a news release. We are committed to teaching our baccalaureate nursing students to provide empathetic and high-quality care.
Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, professor emerita and senior research scientist and associate director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University, was the keynote speaker at the event.
Though white coat ceremonies have been an important rite of passage at medical schools for more than 20 years, this new collaboration between APGF and AACN marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing, according to the release.