Catawba College Receives Funding for White Coat and Oath Ceremony for Nursing Program


SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – The Nursing Program at Catawba College’s School of Health and Human Performance Sciences has received funding to host an oath / white coat ceremony.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that 50 nursing schools nationwide have been selected to receive funding for incoming students in the 2021 academic year -2022. Through this collaboration, the two organizations are emphasizing the importance of compassionate care for nursing students early in their professional education.

In nursing, a white coat ceremony typically consists of the recitation of an oath, an address by a distinguished role model, and a reception for students and guests. Students also receive a specially designed lapel pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care.

“The white coat ceremony and commitment to compassionate care is the first chapter in the life of a nursing student,” said Dr. Valerie Rakes, Director of the Nursing Department at Catawba. “For beginning nursing students, reciting the Oath of Compassion represents the beginning of professional student practice and entry into clinical practice. Receiving funding from the AACN and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation enables the Department of Nursing to emphasize the importance of humanistic care for all junior, senior and academic clinical experiences. It is an honor to receive this grant.

When nurses and other health care providers build caring, trusting, and collaborative relationships with patients, studies show a link to better care decisions, better patient adherence to treatment plans, and patient outcomes. less expensive health. While white coat and oath ceremonies are not new to the health professions, they are relatively new to nursing. Since 2013, the AACN and the Gold Foundation have worked together to implement this nursing rite of passage, which has resulted in 410 nursing schools in

50 states including the District of Columbia, supported under this initiative.

“The compassionate bond nurses make with their patients is the foundation of humane healthcare – care that everyone deserves. We are thrilled to join with AACN in helping 50 nursing schools establish this humanistic ritual and highlight the importance of the human connection in their future care, ”said Dr. Richard I. Levin, President and Chief Executive Officer. the management of the Gold Foundation.

“Quality health care is not possible without compassion,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO of AACN. “Academic Nursing is grateful to the Gold Foundation for its innovative work in helping all members of the healthcare team understand the importance of providing patient-centered care. “

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