Adelphi University to Host its First-Ever White Coat Ceremony for Nursing Students

Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health has been selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APFG) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to receive funding support to host a prestigious White ...

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Garden City, NY - October 2, 2015 - Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health has been selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APFG) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to receive funding support to host a prestigious White Coat Ceremony, recognizing the students’ commitment to the health care profession and demonstration of compassionate, patient-centered care. Adelphi is one of only three local schools to receive this distinction. Nearly 90 Adelphi students are expected to be honored at the ceremony to take place in the Tomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom of the Ruth S. Harley University Center on Friday, October 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Though White Coat Ceremonies have been hosted by medical schools for more than 20 years, last year marked the ground-breaking collaboration between the APFG-AACN and its inaugural program. The White Coat Ceremony will include recitation of an oath associated with the responsibilities of the nursing profession, the cloaking of each student in a white coat, an address by an eminent role model, presentation of a specially-designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their pledge and commitment to providing the highest quality care to patients and their families, and a reception for students and invited guests.

For health care providers, White Coat Ceremonies emphasize the importance of providing compassionate care among health professionals. This collaboration between the APFG and AACN seeks to support humanistic, patient-centered care among future generations of registered nurses. “A growing body of research shows that compassionate care is linked to superior patient outcomes, lower levels of provider burnout, and higher satisfaction among all members of the health care team,” said Dr. Richard Levin, president and CEO of the APFG. “We are delighted to join with AACN to help foster a commitment to compassionate care among nursing students at the start of their clinical education.”

“I am very pleased that we have been awarded the grant from the Gold Foundation and AACN to help us inaugurate this ceremony at the College of Nursing and Public Health,” said Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health Dean Patrick R. Coonan. “This ceremony will serve to continuously remind our students entering the clinical phase of their education that they will deliver high quality, compassionate care to their patients.  It is a good introduction to connect them more to the nursing program and the field of nursing.”

For more information about Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health, visit here.  To view the full list of schools honored, visit here.   

About Adelphi University
New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 38 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.