The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has selected the School of Nursing in the Oxley College of Health Sciences at The University of Tulsa to receive funding to host a white coat ceremony for its newly admitted class of students. The ceremony serves to underscore the importance of humanistic patient care by medical professionals.
At TU, the white coat ceremony is held in the spring of the sophomore year, just prior to students beginning clinical rotations. In addition to receiving their white coats, the ceremony includes remarks by faculty and the recitation of the Florence Nightingale pledge followed by a reception for students and invited guests. Students also are given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high-quality care. Dr. Helen Hanson, associate director of the School of Nursing for the BSN program said, “This ceremony makes the students more cognizant of their commitment to the profession. It is a formal expression of their obligation to uphold the expectation providing humanistic patient care.”
“I’m grateful for the nursing faculty who take the time to instill in students the values espoused by the white coat and during this ceremony. Being a great nurse is more than just having the knowledge to pass the NCLEX exam,” said Dean Robin Ploeger. TU Nursing is one of 50 schools throughout the U.S. and the only one in Oklahoma selected for this honor.
Launched in 2013, this groundbreaking collaboration between the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has enabled 260 schools of nursing in 48 states, plus the District of Columbia, to offer ceremonies designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among the next generation of registered nurses.