August 22, 2014
Who: Incoming class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing students
What: Ceremony will include the 104 new nursing students receiving white coats and reciting the nurse's oath to signal start of their new career
When: 2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22
Where: Battenfeld Auditorium, Student Center, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Kansas will participate in a Nightingale Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 22, capping a week of orientation activities before classes begin Monday, Aug. 25. The junior-level students have completed liberal arts and science prerequisite courses.
Now in its fourth year, the Nightingale Ceremony is considered the official entry into the KU School of Nursing. Students will take an oath of commitment to the nursing profession and receive pins commemorating their membership in one of four academic societies. A new features of this year’s ceremony is the cloaking of students in white coats. A reception follows in the School of Nursing Atrium.
The KU School of Nursing is among 100 schools to receive funding support for its white coat ceremony from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Though white coat ceremonies have been an important rite of passage at medical schools for more than 20 years, this new collaboration between the foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing.
Speakers at KU's ceremony will include Chris Ruder, RN, vice president for patient care services at The University of Kansas Hospital and president of the KU Nurses Alumni Association.
The Student Center is located at the corner of Rainbow and Olathe boulevards.