A New Tradition
The Nursing Program at
Saint Francis University held its first White Coat Ceremony for the class of
2019 and 2020 on Monday September 10 at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and
After reciting the
White Coat Pledge, 43 students received their white lab coats and pins as an official welcome into the clinical phase of the nursing program. The
ceremony signifies the transition from classroom learning to clinical learning.
“We are most appreciative to the Arnold P.
Gold Foundation, through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, for
their support of the inaugural White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony
emphasizes compassion and the human connection from the beginning of clinical
training. We are proud to join the over 260 nursing programs who hold White
Coat Ceremonies,” remarked Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean of the School
of Health Sciences and Education, and
Nursing Department Chair.
The event was
highlighted by remarks from UPMC Chief Nursing Executive, Holly Lorenz, MSN,
RN. Ms. Lorenz advised the students that along with academics, the virtues of
compassion and understanding are the true measures of a successful nurse.
In all, over
120 people, including faculty, friends, and family of the students attended the event.
The White Coat Pledge
As a Nurse dedicated to
providing the highest quality care and services, I solemnly pledge that I will:
Consider the welfare of
humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns;
Act in a compassionate and trustworthy manner in all aspects of my care;
Apply my knowledge, experience,
and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my
Exercise sound professional
judgment while abiding by legal and ethical requirements;
Accept the lifelong obligation
to improve my professional knowledge and competence;
Promote, advocate for, and
strive to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.
With this pledge, I accept the
duties and responsibilities that embody the nursing profession.
I take this pledge voluntarily,
with the full realization of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by
Nursing at SFU
Earlier this year, the Nursing department was ranked the number one nursing program
in Pennsylvania by RegisteredNursing.org. The program recently became the only
program in the state to have 100 percent of its graduates pass the National
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for the past four consecutive years.