Metropolitan State University's Department of Nursing hosted its first White Coat Ceremony for 14 Doctor of Nursing Practice students. The honorees are students in the third year of the program and are given white coats as they prepare to start their first clinical rotation, which will take place during the spring semester.
In nursing, a White Coat Ceremony typically consists of the recitation of an oath, an address by an eminent role model, as well as a reception for students and invited guests. Students are also given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care.
Students who received their white coat are: Rhodaline Aboagye, Kersten Bailey, Jenna Benzinger-Tabet, Amy Craker, Kaylan Dix, Marilyn Fuayah, Jana Gegen, Kaitlin Keeney, Catherine Lavergne, Malinda Lynch, Survival Mandieka, Vivian Ngongang, Lisa Stepanov and Ijeoma Ugochukwu.
The event was funded through a grant from the Arnold P Gold Foundation (APGF) in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and took place on Dec. 5 in the Founders Hall Auditorium at the Saint Paul campus. The ceremony highlighted a speech by Lyna Nyamwaya RN, BSN, PHN, founder and president of African Nurses Network and alumni of Metropolitan State.
Fifty schools of nursing across the nation were selected to receive funding to host White Coat Ceremonies, which underscore the importance of humanistic patient care. Launched in 2013, a groundbreaking collaboration between APGF and AACN has enabled 260 schools of nursing in 48 states to offer ceremonies designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among the next generation of registered nurses.
"Today's patients expect their healthcare providers to show compassion and engage them directly in decision-making related to their own care," said Dr. Richard Levin, president and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. "We are delighted to continue our collaboration with AACN this year and expand the important work underway to reach nursing students early in their programs with a message that compassion matters."