Nursing students enter clinical phase of their education
Health care team work is most successful when team members respect each other, trust each other, and can depend on each other for the delivery of ethical and effective patient care.Rhoberta Haley, Ph.D.
The journey to become a nurse often begins with a desire and commitment to help improve peoples’ lives. Along the way, several milestones mark a nursing student’s road to progression, including the White Coat Ceremony.
“Gaining entrance into nursing school and progressing to this point is an accomplishment, and we hope that this ceremony is associated with much pride and anticipation for all of you,” said Nursing and Health Professions Dean, Rhoberta Haley, Ph.D., in her opening remarks to the students. “The giving and accepting of a white coat in this ceremony symbolizes your commitment to the values and responsibilities of the nursing profession.”
What started in 1993 for strictly medical students, the White Coat Ceremony would later extend to nursing programs in 2014, recognizing the vital role that nurses play in the healthcare profession. Since then, more than 450 schools of nursing have participated, with Chaminade’s School of Nursing & Health Professions among them.
“This ceremony emphasizes the ethics of the profession, and the responsibilities that come with wearing the uniform of the healer,” Haley said. “You are making a commitment to grow your compassion, your ability to provide kind and wise care to patients, families and communities in any setting worldwide.”
A group of 112 mostly sophomores participated in the White Coat Ceremony, which recognizes students’ entry into the health profession as they undertake clinical education. After receiving their white coats, nurses-to-be took the International Council of Nurses pledge to uphold nursing ethics and deliver the best care.
“In addition to congratulating each one of you in receiving your white coat today, I would like to personally thank you all for your pledge to serve in this noblest of professions,” said Dr. Lynn Babington, Chaminade president, who is also a nurse and former healthcare administrator. “Healthcare and nursing were my calling, and I’m proud that so many have made it yours.”
In her closing remarks, Haley delineated three cornerstones of the nursing profession: responsibility, trustworthiness and respect.
“At Chaminade, we believe in these values, and we are committed to help you achieve your highest level of performance and providing assistance when needed,” she said. “It is a privilege for Nursing faculty and staff to promote professionalism and share what we know and love about nursing with all of you.”