The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Class of 2020 received their white coats during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 30, in the Academic Education Center’s Misenhimer Auditorium. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is the only El Paso university to hold white coat ceremonies for its nursing students, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The ceremony featured the recitation of a student oath and the presentation of white coats. Hunt School of Nursing Dean Stephanie Woods, Ph.D., R.N., introduced the Class of 2020, and Hunt School of Nursing Assistant Dean and Chair Manny Santa Cruz, D.N.P., R.N., gave opening and closing remarks.
This ceremony welcomed the August 2019 cohort of Accelerated B.S.N. students to the 16-month, 4-semester program. The nursing school held its inaugural White Coat Ceremony at the start of this year to welcome the January 2019 cohort to the Accelerated B.S.N. program.
The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage, serving to welcome students to health care practice. It provides a powerful emphasis on compassion in combination with scientific excellence. The most important element of the ceremony is the oath that students take to acknowledge their central obligation of caring for the patient.
Check out a the photo gallery of the event on TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook page: