On Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, the department of Nursing held their 5th Annual White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony celebrated the rite of passage for nursing students entering the practice. This year, USJ welcomed almost 82 students in the traditional undergraduate Nursing program, the Class of 2020, as well as the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program, the Class of 2019.
“This is a momentous occasion where students are welcomed into the clinical practice part of their education. We’re really proud of their work so far and look forward to working with them over the next two years,” said Nora Zinan, DNP, MSPH, RN, associate professor of Nursing and co-director of the Pre-Licensure programs.
The White Coat Ceremony was originally funded with a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to support the Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing. Since 2014, USJ has proudly participated in this program, which 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.
“I’m proud of us for making it this far,” said Sarah Beaulieu ’20. “It’s nice to be acknowledged for how hard we’re working; it’s not easy.”
For a complete list of students honored today, please see the lists below.
|Junior Nursing Students – Class of 2020|
|Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Students- Class of 2019|