Nursing White Coat Ceremony Video
White Coat Ceremonies have been an important rite of passage at medical schools for more than 20 years. In 2014, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), to develop a similar event at schools of nursing. Methodist University was one of 100 schools chosen nationwide to pilot this initiative; only two schools in North Carolina were chosen. During the ceremony, junior nursing students are presented with their white lab coats by Methodist University nursing faculty. The cloaking, as it is called, is a symbolic gesture which represents the commitment students are accepting to provide humanistic, patient-centered care. Students also recite an oath and are addressed by an eminent role model.