Though the White Coat Ceremony was created by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation more than 25 years ago for medical schools, the Gold Foundation-AACN initiative marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer a similar ceremony 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. Launched in 2013, the groundbreaking collaboration between the Gold Foundation and AACN has enabled 360 schools of nursing in 49 states to offer ceremonies designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among the next generation of registered nurses.
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