White Coat Ceremony held for nursing majors

For Immediate Release: Sept. 2, 2014

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University is one of three nursing schools in the commonwealth and 100 nationwide chosen to receive a $3,000 grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) for a White Coat Ceremony.

The rite of passage was held Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Haas Center for the Arts. This year’s event marks the first coordinated effort to bring the tradition most often practiced by medical schools to nursing schools.

At the ceremony, Bloomsburg University sophomores were formally recognized onstage as they are welcomed into the nursing major before their families, friends and their junior and senior class peers.

After swearing an oath, each nursing student from all three classes donned a white coat and receive a specially designed pin. The pin serves as a reminder of the students’ commitment to keeping their oath and providing quality care to their patients.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.