On Thursday, January 18, 2018, East Georgia State College’s Nursing Program will hold their first White Coat Ceremony. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Luck F. Gambrell Center Auditorium on the EGSC-Swainsboro campus.
The White Coat Ceremony originated at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine in 1989 and the first full-fledged ceremony was held at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993. Before this ceremony, medical students typically received the Hippocratic Oath for the first time at commencement, but the White Coat Ceremony marked the change in tradition, intending to provide students with well-defined guidelines regarding the expectations and responsibilities appropriate for the medical profession prior to their first day of class.
Since its conception at Columbia, the White Coat Ceremony has spread rapidly to schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, optometry, pharmacy and nursing worldwide. In 2014 the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to pilot the White Coat Ceremony at nursing schools.
The donning of the white lab coat reminds all healthcare providers of their professional duties as prescribed by the oaths and pledges they take to lead their lives and practice their art in uprightness and with honor. To patients and family members, the white lab coat is the symbol of clinical service and care. As a professional registered nurse (RN), the white lab coat is a tangible reminder of the unwritten nurse-patient contract that all nurses enter into with those entrusted in our care. Each patient and family trust that their nurse will deliver individualized, compassionate nursing care and advocate for their well-being.
The East Georgia State College RN-BSN Bridge Program director, Dr. Sylvia Rozier, said, “The faculty and I desire that the EGSC nursing students remember when putting on their white lab coat that their compassion or heart toward our patients and families is as important as their minds and their hands in providing patient-centered, high quality nursing care.“
Students who will participate in the first White Coat Ceremony will be the Class of Fall 2017 – Fall 2018: Misty L. Adams of Vidalia, Maranda H. Anglin and Monica W. Johnson of Millen, Amanda K. Bell and Sharon Denise Peebles of Swainsboro, Sonya L. Giles of Lyons, Karla H. Jones of Milan, LaTyshia N. Lowe of Warner Robins, Fara Beth Martin of Twin City and Ashley L. McCoy of Adrian; and the Class of Spring 2018 – Spring 2019: Tomeka S. Browder of Reidsville, Rebecca B. Brown, Mai Fujimoto and Claudia Y. Rodriquez of Statesboro, Robyn D. Cumbee and Dina M. Durden of Twin City, Marian C. Forrest of Vidalia, Christy Paul of Conyers, Cathryn Nichole Rogers of Soperton, Katherine Ware of Augusta and Paula Wilcox of Hazlehurst.
Don’t miss this special event celebrating East Georgia State College’s nursing students on January 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Luck F. Gambrell Center Auditorium.