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