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About the Arnold P. Gold Foundation 
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APFG) is an international nonprofit organization devoted to keeping healthcare human through compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care. Founded in 1988, with strong roots in medical education, the Gold Foundation has expanded to embrace today's challenges and the whole healthcare team – nurses, physician assistants, hospital staff, medical executives, caregivers – with patients at the center. We infuse healthcare with humanism through rituals and recognition, such as the White Coat Ceremony and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and grants and programs designed to increase connection. The APGF Research Institute supports studies that investigate and advocate for humanistic change. Learn more at



About the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing more than 850 schools of nursing nationwide. AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. 



AACN Applauds The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Supporting Academic Nursing's Efforts to Promote Compassionate Care

Published August 02, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 2, 2018 – Today, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that 50 schools of nursing across the nation were selected to receive funding to host White Coat Ceremonies for incoming nursing students this fall. Launched in 2013, this groundbreaking collaboration between APGF and AACN has enabled 310 schools of nursing in 49 states to offer ceremonies designed to inspire a commitment to providing compassionate care among the next generation of registered nurses.

"We are thrilled to continue this important partnership with AACN, and together welcome 50 more nursing schools into the White Coat Ceremony tradition," said Dr. Richard Levin, President and CEO of the Gold Foundation. "We hope the nurses of tomorrow will find additional inspiration and steadfast support for compassionate care in this ritual that they can lean on as they begin their clinical studies and as they care for patients in the many years to come."

Though White Coat Ceremonies have been conducted by medical schools for more than 25 years, the APGF-AACN initiative marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at nursing schools. In nursing, a White Coat Ceremony typically consists of the recitation of an oath, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also are given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high-quality care. View a listing of schools selected to receive funding for their White Coat Ceremonies this year. 

"This rite of passage reminds nurses of their responsibility to uphold the highest standard of care and to treat all patients with compassion and respect," said Dr. Ann Cary, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors. "We are incredibly honored to partner with the Gold Foundation on this interprofessional initiative that support nursing schools in their efforts to promote a culture of commitment, humanity, and responsibility."

For more information about this program, contact AACN Nursing Education Assistant Jabari Cooper at