On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, the department of Nursing held their annual White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony celebrated the rite of passage for medical students entering the practice. This year, USJ welcomed almost 70 students in the traditional undergraduate Nursing program, Class of 2019, as well as the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program, Class of 2018.
The University of Saint Joseph was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to pilot the first Gold Foundation Nursing White Coat Ceremony in 2014. Since then, USJ has proudly participated in this program that recognizes the vital role nurses play in the health care field. According to the AACN, the White Coat Ceremony honors incoming nursing students’ commitment to provide compassionate care throughout their nursing careers.
Dania Cabrera, MSN, RN-BC, USJ Nursing instructor, said, “The University of Saint Joseph’s nursing students have a great reputation in the clinical world because of all of their hard work. They should be very proud of themselves. We are very proud of them and the effort that they put in toward learning how to be knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate nurses.”
The ceremony, funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is for juniors in the four-year undergraduate baccalaureate program and Accelerated Second Degree students. They received their white lab coat by faculty along with a specially designed pin.