EGSC nursing program to hold first white coat ceremony

by | January 10, 2018 3:58 pm

   On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, East Georgia State College’s (EGSC) Nursing Program will hold its first white coat ceremony. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Luck F. Gambrell Center Auditorium on the EGSC-Swainsboro campus.
   The white coat ceremony originated at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine in 1989, and the first full-fledged ceremony was held at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993. Before this ceremony, medical students typically received the Hippocratic Oath for the first time at commencement, but the white coat ceremony marked the change in tradition, intending to provide students with well-defined guidelines regarding the expectations and responsibilities appropriate for the medical profession prior to their first day of class.
   Since its conception at Columbia, the white coat ceremony has spread rapidly to schools of medicine, dentistry,  osteopathic medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and nursing worldwide. In 2014 the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to pilot the White Coat Ceremony at nursing schools.
   The donning of the white lab coat reminds all healthcare providers of their professional duties as prescribed by the oaths and pledges they take to lead their lives and practice their art in uprightness and with honor. To patients and family members, the white lab coat is the symbol of…

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