CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students, faculty, and staff representing the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi participated in an inaugural White Coat Ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was one of five colleges in Texas to receive funding support to pilot White Coat Ceremonies, which are designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among future health professionals. The University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences was selected for this honor by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). A total of 100 nursing schools across the nation were selected for this honor.
“We’re really proud of our College of Nursing and Health Sciences for their dedication in meeting the demands for medical professionals in urban and rural communities in Texas and across the nation,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President and CEO. “Our nursing programs have also paved the way for offering our students innovative online learning techniques and an affordable quality education.”
During the event, faculty coated nursing students in groups of 10 which consisted of the recitation of an oath and cloaking of students in a white coat. Students also received a special Humanitarian pin sent from the Gold Foundation. The pin will serve as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care. Following the ceremony, a reception for students and their families was held in the PAC lobby.
“This is a privilege for our College of Nursing and Health Sciences to be chosen as one of the pilot schools for our commitment to excellence and the educating of highly-skilled nurses,” said Hamilton. “Our students and faculty are serious about building an environment of compassion and respect in all areas of health care.”
Funded by APGF Trustee Elaine Adler and her husband, Mike, Co-Founders of the Adler Aphasia Center, this ground-breaking program was developed to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among incoming nursing students this fall.
In this pilot year, nursing schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia will be provided financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony.
The Island University has been a statewide leader in nursing education for decades; distinctions include grants and recognition from the White House for its outreach to veterans. The College also was recently awarded the 2013 Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. And, for a second year in a row, the Master of Science in Nursing Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked in the top 10 for Best Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
The APGF is a growing, international not-for-profit organization with a mission to optimize the experience and outcomes of health care for both patients and practitioners by promoting care that is as humanistic as it is technologically sophisticated. For more information, go to www.humanism-in-medicine.org.