Faculty and administration of the College of Nursing welcomed the next generation of nurses in the annual White Coat Ceremony on January 26. The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes the formal entrance into the healing professions where students don traditional white coats, have their hands christened and recite the ceremonial oath to uphold the highest standards in care and service to others.
Dean Marie Foley began by addressing the gathering of forty-four second degree BSN and Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Leader students by stating that "this is the commencement of a journey, a journey as servant leaders." She then proceeded to offer a brief history of the event, having been founded in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation at Columbia University in order to provide unity and equality for all who enter the fields of medicine.
The theme of nursing as a caring profession was reiterated throughout the ceremony. More than a job, it is a calling, and one that requires selfless devotion to the needs of the patient above all else. Pam Galehouse, Ph.D., director of the Clinical Nurse Leader program, spoke of the importance of hands in nursing, the strength and power they hold, and the ability to protect. She proclaimed, "You are the instrument. Your touch, your voice, and your knowledge are there to meet patient needs." She urged students to recognize a moral code – many situations will require important decisions on what is best or right versus what is expected – and to always seek guidance.
"Nursing is defined as a science and an art," stated Galehouse, and "the most trusted profession" according to a January 4 Gallup Poll.
With the impending opening of the new Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus, these students will be exposed to the latest in state-of-the-art technology, new facilities, and the opportunity to work alongside fellow white coats from the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the new Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. However, according to Associate Dean Judith Lucas, "It is the nurse that takes the lead on the whole person."
Become a nurse. Learn more about Second Degree Nursing programs here.
Categories: Health and Medicine