Students receive white coats as they transition to clinical work in nursing - Oxley College of Health Sciences

Students receive white coats as they transition to clinical work in nursing

The University of Tulsa School of Nursing recently presented 52 nursing students with white coats signifying their transition from classroom to clinical learning. Students also received a pin from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation symbolizing the continuous bond of trust, respect and communication that connects healthcare professionals with their patients.

“This White Coat Ceremony is the perfect start to a student’s clinical experience in his or her program,” said Robin Ploeger, dean of The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences. “It helps them understand that even though they are just students at this time, they are professionals and there are certain expectations when wearing the white coat.”

“I am very proud of these undergraduate and graduate students who are now moving on to the clinical phase of their training,” said Sheryl Stansifer, director of nursing. “Our program is rigorous, and each student receiving a white coat is rising to the challenge.”

The ceremony, sponsored by The Gold Foundation, was held January 26, 2018, and included students in the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

The following students were recognized:

Doctor of Nursing Practice – Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Hastings BSN, RN   Emily Suku BSN, RN
Susanna McDaniel MSN, RN   Kelly White BSN, RN
Amanda McGeady BSN, RN   Lauren Willems BSN, RN
Michelle Rivera BSN, RN
Tessa McClanahan BSN, RN


Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner
Sindy Aguinaga Soto BSN, RN   Joe Moseley BSN, RN
Erica Dees BSN, RN   Charlon Orr BSN, RN
Kourtney Goss BSN, RN   Dung Pham BSN, RN
Krissi Henderson BSN, RN   Amy Thomas BSN, RN
Oyewale Hotonu-Oyerinde BSN, RN   Stephanie Wrightsman BSN, RN


Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Natalie Ames Madison Ritter
Whitney Anderson Avery Roper
Katelyn Batchelor Lauren Rovang
Caroline Baylis Hanna Shortlidge
Samantha Colmenares Kasey Sills
Barbie DeClercq Amber Sloat
Bianca Flores Jessica Stamps
Emma Fresella Jo Ann Strolle
Kindall Haulmark Jessie Tran
Anika Icmat Mary Jane Tran
Madison Jacobson Kaitlyn Turney
Dim Lun Lindsey Ward
Michaela Lyons Katelyn Weaks
Hailey Melton Danielle Wilkinson
Legacy Mendoza Kelsi Willhoite
Kristin Nimo Kelsey Williams
Megan Pierce Cathleen Yannakakis
Brooke Riley  
Doctor of Nursing Practice students and faculty at the 2018 White Coat Ceremony
Bachelor of Science in Nursing students at the 2018 White Coat Ceremony