The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Sacramento, welcomed eight nurse practitioner students with a white coat ceremony June 25 at the school’s Robert T. Matsui Lecture Hall, according to a news release.
Joining the NP students at the ceremony were 32 physician assistant students, who are part of the class of 2017. All were presented with their first white coats.
“You are joining a community of dedicated and passionate students, faculty, staff and supporters who all work together to advance health and transform healthcare,” Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, founding dean, said in the release. “I’m excited to welcome you to our school and join us in our quest to improve health in our communities.”
The white coat tradition recognizes students who are going to work in the clinical environment.Melissa Su, RN, a nurse practitioner student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, dons a white coat for the first time during a June 25 white coat ceremony.
“These white coats symbolize the responsibilities you, as health providers, accept in caring for individuals, including competent evidence-based and person-centered care, excellent interpersonal and communication, systems-based practice and the highest level of professionalism,” Debra Bakerjian, PhD, APRN, FAAN, FAANP, senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice, said at the event. “We use this ceremony as an opportunity to underscore those responsibilities and your commitment to care for the people you come in contact with over the span of your career.”
Lori Madden, PhD, RN, a 2014 graduate of the UC Davis doctoral program, offered advice.
“Don’t forget all of the assets, knowledge and skills you bring with you,” Madden said. “Know that you bring great things to this program and to your practice at the end of this program.”
Nearly 70% of UC’s graduates work in primary care, compared with national averages of between 30 and 40%, according to the release.