MEPN White Coat Ceremony Adapts to Pandemic Restrictions

MEPN White Coat Ceremony Adapts to Pandemic Restrictions

For nursing students, the White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage.  For MEPNs at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, this ceremony takes place each year at the end of their first semester.  This year, 55 MEPN students went through the White Coat Ceremony representing the Class of 2022. 

The ceremony usually consists of students having their white lab coats placed on them by a member of the faculty.  They each receive a pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing the best care to their patients. A reception for students and their families follows the ceremony.  The Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has held such a ceremony since the MEPN program was instituted, but this year, because of the pandemic, we did the ceremony a little differently. 

Students and faculty were able to meet safely at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, and the event was recorded.  Each student was introduced with a photo and text that explained why he or she wanted to become a nurse.  Then a faculty member placed the white lab coat on the student.  On December 18, students and their families were able to view the ceremony online.

MEPN Program Director Dr. Lyn Puhek told students and their families the White Coat Ceremony is a relatively new ritual that signifies a student’s entrance into the nursing profession. 

“The White Coat is a symbol of professionalism,” Dr. Puhek said.  “This rite of passage is symbolic and a constant reminder of our duties to our patients and community. Starting today, you will be held to a higher standard.”

Great job by our SON staff and MEPN students for putting together such a beautiful ceremony during such a restrictive time.

Congratulations to our 55 amazing MEPN students! 

We hope you will watch the ceremony here.  

You may view all student photos and their reasons for wanting to become a nurse here.

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White Coat MEPN Students

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