Nursing White Coat & Hand Blessing Ceremony
On Monday, October 11th at 5:00 p.m., the Carroll College Nursing Program will host its annual White Coat and Hand Blessing Ceremony in the All Saints Chapel on the Carroll College campus for nursing students and invited guests. The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage to emphasize the importance of compassionate patient care. This interfaith ceremony recognizes the dedication of nurses to bring comfort, kindness, respect, and spiritual support to patients.
This year's ceremony continues the tradition of the White Coat Ceremony that was incorporated into the Hand Blessing ceremony starting in 2018. Nursing students are given a specially designed pin, provided by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, that serves as a visual reminder of their commitment to providing high-quality care with humanism at the core of their practice.
The ceremony will include music from Linda Meuret and her string ensemble and there will be a reception with light refreshments directly following the ceremony in the lobby of All Saints Chapel.
Given that our community is still experiencing COVID-19 infections, other important details:
- Attendees are asked to wear face coverings (covering nose and mouth), except those at the time they are giving a speech.
- Physical distancing is encouraged.
- If attendees are exhibiting any symptoms, they are asked to stay home and not attend.
About the White Coat Ceremony
The White Coat Ceremony was initiated in 1993 by Arnold P. Gold, MD, a professor and pediatric neurologist, who was a passionate advocate for humanistic healthcare. Dr. Gold believed that the oath taken by new physicians at the end of medical school came too late. Through the nonprofit organization that he and his wife, Dr. Sandra Gold started, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has expanded the White Coat Ceremony around the globe.