San Jose (Calif.) State University held its first white coat ceremony for 60 first-semester BSN nursing students at Uchida Hall on the schools campus Dec. 5. As part of the ceremony, each student recited an oath, donned a white coat and was pinned, according to a news release.
The significance of the white coat ceremony for the nursing students completing their first semester of the nursing program is their commitment to be competent, compassionate and caring nurses, Katherine Abriam-Yago, EdD, RN, director of the Valley Foundation School of Nursing at SJSU said in a news release. The completion of the first semester builds on knowledge, skills and attitude on becoming a professional nurse.
A brief history of the white coat ceremony was provided by Sue Malloy, MSN, EdD, RN, SJSU professor, and the keynote was presented by Trudy Johnson, MA, RN, NEA-BC, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center CNO. Colleen OLeary-Kelley, PhD, RN, CNE, SJSU professor, presided over the oath, reflections and closing.
Students were pinned by the following SJSU faculty: OLeary-Kelly; Karen Bawel-Brinkley, PhD, RN; Arlene Spilker, MSN, RN; Deborah Nelson, MSN, RNC; and Debrayh Gaylle, MS, RN.
I believe the white coat ceremony has special meaning for our students and sends a clear message about the importance of compassionate care now and in their future nursing practice, OLeary-Kelley said in the release.
A $3,000 grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation made the ceremony possible, according to