Rites of Passage Achieved at White Coat, Pinning Ceremonies

The UCSF School of Nursing in June welcomed 79 new Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) students to the health care profession at its White Coat Ceremony, and celebrated the completion of the first year of education for around 80 continuing students at its Pinning Ceremony.

White Coat Ceremony, June 26, 2019

Established by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that provides an important emphasis on compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care from the first day of training. The ceremony includes an oath that students take in front of family members and school leaders to acknowledge their central obligation of caring for patients.

MEPN Assistant Director Lin Lin, PhD, RN, welcomed students and their families, and provided a history of the ceremony. Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, gave the keynote address, before the ceremonial donning of the white coats and recitation of the oath.

MEPN White Coat Ceremony, June 26, 2019

The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage for new students. (Photo credit: Mark Wooding)
The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage for new students. (Photo credit: Mark Wooding)
The White Coat Ceremony welcomes students to the health care profession. (Photo credit: Mark Wooding)
The White Coat Ceremony welcomes students to the health care profession. (Photo credit: Mark Wooding)
The White Coat Ceremony was held before hundreds of students' families and friends in Cole Hall.
The White Coat Ceremony was held before hundreds of students' families and friends in Cole Hall.
Faculty member Sheila Proctor leads the students in the recitation of the International Council of Nursing code of ethnics.
Faculty member Sheila Proctor leads the students in the recitation of the International Council of Nursing code of ethnics.
Photo credit: Mark Wooding
Photo credit: Mark Wooding
Photo credit: Mark Wooding
Photo credit: Mark Wooding

 

Pinning Ceremony, June 13, 2019

About 80 students participated in the Pinning Ceremony to mark the completion of their first year in the MEPN program and their matriculation into the two-year master’s program portion of their training. The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition that dates back to 1855, and includes the recitation of the nursing pledge.

Dean Gilliss welcoming the students and their families, and Associate Clinical Professor Deena Mallareddy gave the keynote address. Following a moment of silence for reflections, a slideshow of photos was shown that highlighted the students’ first year. Janelle Charles, Madelyn Peterson and Chelsea Gelbart served as the student speakers.

MEPN Pinning Ceremony, June 13, 2019

Students in the MEPN program mark the completion of their first year in the program at the Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Students in the MEPN program mark the completion of their first year in the program at the Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Associate Clinical Professor Deena Mallareddy gives the keynote address. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Associate Clinical Professor Deena Mallareddy gives the keynote address. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Janelle Charles, Madelyn Peterson and Chelsea Gelbart were the student speakers at the MEPN Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Janelle Charles, Madelyn Peterson and Chelsea Gelbart were the student speakers at the MEPN Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
The MEPN Class of 2018-2019 (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
The MEPN Class of 2018-2019 (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Student Jessica Bergman is pictured with the certificate she received at the Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Student Jessica Bergman is pictured with the certificate she received at the Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Students celebrate the end of their first year in the program at the Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)
Students celebrate the end of their first year in the program at the Pinning Ceremony. (Photo credit: Arego Mitchell)

 

(Posted by Katherine Tam; Posted Date: July 8, 2019)