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NMSU School of Nursing to host White Coat Ceremony

The New Mexico State University School of Nursing is one of only 100 schools to be selected to host a White Coat Ceremony. The event for new students entering the nursing program will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Atkinson Music Recital Hall.


The School of Nursing, which is in the College of Health and Social Services, is receiving funding for the pilot program from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

“We, as the School of Nursing, are very pleased and proud to be part of the initial 100 nursing schools implementing the White Coat Ceremony,” said Anita Reinhardt, associate director for undergraduate programs and associate professor. “As Aggie Nurses, we are all on the move to discovery.”

For more than 20 years, White Coat Ceremonies have been a significant rite of passage at medical schools. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing partnership is the first coordinated effort to create a similar experience for nursing students.

The ceremonies, which consist of students reciting an oath and receiving a white coat, are developed to inspire a commitment to providing compassionate care among the future health professionals. Additionally, students will receive a lapel pin to serve as a visual reminder of their oath and dedication to provide high-quality care.