UMO Nursing Students Don White Coats

UMO Nursing Students Don White Coats

August 28, 2023
Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

MOUNT OLIVE – Twenty-one students participated in today’s White Coat ceremony at the University of Mount Olive.  The event marked the formal entry of nursing students into the profession and symbolized their commitment to providing quality healthcare.

As faculty, staff, and family members looked on, each student’s name was called as they walked across the stage and received their white coats.  Head of the UMO Nursing Program Dr. Nancy Mimm addressed the group, reminding students of the immense impact they can have on the lives of their patients.  She encouraged them to uphold the highest standards of care.

As part of the ceremony, students recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge, a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath specifically tailored for nurses. “This solemn vow reaffirms the students’ commitment to providing compassionate and evidence-based care while maintaining patient confidentiality and respecting the dignity of every individual,” said Mimm.

Beyond its symbolic significance, UMO’s White Coat Ceremony serves as a reminder of the rigorous academic journey that nursing students have already undertaken. It commemorates their successful completion of foundational coursework in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and other core nursing subjects. The ceremony also acknowledges the dedication and sacrifices made by the students’ families and loved ones who have supported them throughout their educational endeavors.

“The White Coat Ceremony is just one of the many ways the University aims to prepare students for the challenges they will face in their nursing careers,” concluded Mimm.

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