The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) made the announcement earlier this fall.

Launched in 2013, a groundbreaking collaboration between APGF and AACN has enabled 260 schools of nursing in 48 states, plus the District of Columbia, to offer ceremonies designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among the next generation of registered nurses.

In nursing, a white coat ceremony typically consists of the recitation of an oath, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also are given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high quality care.

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