Gannon University Nurses to Hold White Coat Ceremony

Posted: November 5, 2016

Gannon University's Villa Maria School of Nursing is among the 50 schools of nursing across the nation and the only one in Pennsylvania to be selected in 2016 to host White Coat Ceremonies this fall.

The ceremonies, which are modeled on the White Coat Ceremonies conducted by medical schools for more than 20 years, symbolize the importance of providing compassionate care among health professionals.

Gannon joins schools of nursing in 38 states and the District of Columbia that were selected to inaugurate their own White Coat Ceremony through an initiative launched in 2013 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) developed to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among future generations of registered nurses.

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, approximately 80 Gannon University sophomore nursing students and their families will gather in the Yehl Room to receive a ceremonial pin and recite an oath in a symbolic entry into clinical practice.

Nursing joins the growing number of health professions that offer "cloaking" ceremonies, which typically consist of the recitation of an oath, an address by an eminent role model and 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. To date, 160 nursing schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia have received financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony.

"Historically, nursing has a lot of rituals. We'd gotten away from it, but renewed it last year to stress the importance of clinical practice and the seriousness of the profession," said Carol Amann, Ph.D., RN-BC, assistant professor of nursing. Amann, who attended a similar ceremony as an undergraduate nursing student at Villa Maria College, added, "It's important for students to understand what an achievement it is to begin clinical practice. I love to see their faces when they go out to meet patients for the first time."

"White Coat Ceremonies highlight the important role compassion plays in providing patient-centered care and improving health outcomes," said Dr. Juliann Sebastian, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors. "With healthcare becoming more inter- professional and team-driven, nurses, physicians and other providers must embed humanism in their practice as a way to elevate the patient care experience."

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation: As a growing, international not-for-profit organization we have a critical mission: to optimize the experience and outcomes of health care for both patients and practitioners by promoting care that is as humane as it is technologically sophisticated. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with physicians in training and in practice, as well as other members of the healthcare team, to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. When skilled practitioners build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, study after study reveals more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes. Learn more here.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 790 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Learn more here






 

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF): As a growing, international not-for-profit organization we have a critical mission: to optimize the experience and outcomes of health care for both patients and practitioners by promoting care that is as humane as it is technologically sophisticated. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with physicians in training and in practice, as well as other members of the healthcare team, to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. When skilled practitioners build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, study after study reveals more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes. Learn more at www.gold-foundation.org.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 790 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Learn more at www.aacn.nche.edu.