Inaugural Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony for nursing students

CSU Chanel Islands News

Sept. 19, 2018 — First-year nursing students will be part of the campus’ first Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Grand Salon on campus.The White Coat Ceremony is an iconic ritual for first-year students entering medical, nursing, and physician assistant programs to emphasize the compassion that goes into healthcare along with scientific excellence.“This ceremony gives us an opportunity to focus on the caring side of nursing with our students. Through the ceremony we let them know it’s not all about the skills they learn, but also about the empathy and compassion they bring to their professional life,” said Professor and Chair of Nursing Lynette Landry, Ph.D., RN.The Arthur P. Gold Foundation, which is dedicated to the human side of healthcare, has been funding White Coast Ceremonies for medical schools since 1993, when the first ceremony took place at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.“What they found was that doctors were connecting with the skills and science required of a physician and the human connection was getting lost,” Landry said. “The goal of the Gold Foundation was to infuse humanism back into the medical profession because a positive, caring relationship between the healthcare provider and the patient leads to more positive outcomes for the patient.”Foundation members came to realize that the same dynamic was true for nurses, so in 2014, the Gold Foundation created a partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to develop a White Coat Ceremony for Nursing.For the fifth consecutive year, the Gold Foundation has selected 50 nursing schools for a White Coat Ceremony. CSUCI was among the 50 chosen this year, bringing the total of participating nursing schools to more than 310.Each school is given $1,000 to put on a White Coat Ceremony typically consisting of an oath, an inspirational message from …

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