Nursing students celebrated at white coat ceremony

Nursing students white coat ceremony

Above: Nursing students hold LED candles as part of the white coat ceremony on FDU's Metropolitan Campus. (Photo by Marian Rutherford)

Seventy-eight new nursing majors received white coats and pins at the first ceremony of its kind for students in the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health on Thursday, Oct. 20. Fairleigh Dickinson University students from both the Metropolitan and Florham campuses attended the event in Dickinson Hall, along with approximately 200 family members, faculty, staff and administrators.

“Students seemed very touched by the ceremony,” said Minerva Guttman, director of the school. “In healthcare, white coat ceremonies started with medical students [expanding to include other disciplines]. Donning a white coat is serious — it’s a different and official way of presenting yourself.”

The nursing field has many traditions that are still celebrated, she continued. “These traditions will bookend the nursing student experience — at the beginning, it will be white coats and pins, and at the end, the traditional FDU pin.”

A grant and funding from the American Association of Colleges and Nursing and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation made the event possible.