More than 120 Islander Nursing Students Receive White Coats During Special Ceremony

September 23, 2016

More than 120 Islander Nursing Students Receive White Coats During Special Ceremony

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored more than 120 students during the Sept. 22 White Coat Ceremony in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). The ceremony is designed to instill commitment to providing compassionate care among future health professionals.

During the event, nursing students were adorned in white coats by faculty while reciting a professional nursing pledge. Students also received a special humanitarian pin sent from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a non-profit that works with healthcare professionals in training and in practice to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. The keynote address was given by Adele Bemis, MSN, RN. Bemis, who is now in her 80s, is a founding member of the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and still teaches online nursing classes to students at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Following the ceremony, a reception for students and their families was held in the PAC lobby. Students honored in the ceremony were: Keiley Alaniz, Elizabeth Alderete, Vanessa Alejandro, Steven Altamirano, Victoria Banks, Lisa  Barta, Taylor Beckwith, Tiffany Belanger, Wyatt Blankenship, Maryjane Bradley-Williams, Holly Brown, Kimberly Buitenhuis, Amanda Castereno, Araceli Colmenero, Linsay Cook, Elizabeth Cortinas, Victoria Duffy, Jade Edano, Maxine Eshun, Brittany Faucett-Pearce, Bryana Gandara, Victoria Garay, Lorenzo Garcia, Ruben Garza, Sara Garza, Christina Garza-Quintana, David Gillenwaters, Nyokabi Gitahi, Damaris Gonzalez, Sarah Grunow, Alysha Hanna, Sarah  Hendricks, Nohely  Hernandez, Marivel Hernandez, Tiare  Hopkins, Lena Husein, Rachel  Kasowski, Krista Kelly, Douglas Klopfenstein, Leslie  Klutz, Taylor Knapp, Natalie Kregel, Romy  Landeck, Clarissa Lara, Brittany Lara, Morianne Loa, Sarah  Lopez, Mario Magana, Erika  Magdadaro, Sarah  Maness, Jennifer  Mark Osondu, Anisa  Masiel, Abigail Mathew, Leah Mathisen, Nicole Mcfatter, Kirstee Mcgarva, Misa Molina, Shelby Moody, Merwin Mooleparambil Scaria, David Mora, Rebecca Munoz, Nidia Nery, Fermin Olivares, Valerie  Palacios, Mackenzie Payne, Lucero Perez, Allyson  Pisana, Tasheina Porter, Roxanne Ramirez, Thalia Ramirez, Jaylynn Reid, Briana Reyna, Jonathan  Riojas, Sabrina  Rivera, Chelsea Roberts, Kara Robertson, Monique Romero, Pamela Salas, Paige Salazar, Kristen  Salinas, Alyssa  Salinas, Viviana Santos, Caleb Schauweker, Katie Sears, Arabelle Sebastian, Naya Sipas, Danielle Smith, Naomi Smithwick, Evan Sosebee, Amanda Spradlin, Veronica Trevino, Taylor Truly, Alyssa  Valerio, Jessica Vann, Tiffany  Vanzant, Dimitri  Villanueva, Natasha Vitek, Kevin Wang, Disney-Anne Willis, Arlene Zuniga, Maryssa Ashton, Brandon Deem, Kelley Fannin, Amber Gaines, Jose Garza, Lacey Glover, Madison Grinnell, Emmanuel Gutierrez, Andrea Leal, Richard Maricle, Lauren Marshall, Lesley Martinez, Victoria Morin, Doris Newton, Ashley Perkins, JC Ragle, Nicole Reed, Aubrey Reiner, Amanda Salinas, Philip Southern, Vikisha Taylor, David Tellez, Ariel  Walters, Ashley Washington and Brittani Woods.

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 Master of Science in Nursing program at A&M-Corpus Christi also ranked 28 out of 96 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report.