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Houston Center hosts first-ever nursing white coat ceremony

Photo of the class of 2018 following the white coat ceremony

The TWU Houston nursing class of 2018 poses outside of the Houston center following the white coat ceremony.

The Texas Woman's University Institute of Health Sciences — Houston Center, held its first-ever white coat ceremony for nursing students Tuesday, October 4. This inaugural event is a symbolic step for the 103 members of the nursing class of 2018,  as they verbally committed to the profession of nursing through the recitation of a nurses’ oath and donned their white nursing coats for the first time with the help of the College of Nursing faculty.

“New junior one students, when you put on the white coat, you are symbolically accepting the responsibility of providing humanistic and compassionate care and becoming members of a profession that is consistently ranked highest in terms of public trust – a trust that must be earned,” said Anita Hufft, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the TWU College of Nursing, who traveled from Denton to speak at the Houston ceremony. “This [ceremony] is the official public acknowledgement of the commitment you each make to accept the awesome responsibility of gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to be worthy of the trust that your patients will bestow on you, that your employers will demand and that your nursing colleagues will share.”

The nursing students will soon be wearing their white coats on a daily basis as they begin their clinical rotations alongside preceptors at hospitals and clinics throughout Houston and the surrounding areas.

The white coat ceremony was made possible in part through a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Members of the white coat ceremony committee included TWU Houston nursing faculty members Barbara Baudler, MSN, RN, Ann St. Germain, MSN, WHNP, ANP, Mary Ann Irwin, BSN, Olinda Johnson, Ph.D., R.N., and Teresa Maharaj, Ph.D., R.N.


About TWU Houston
TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center is located in the heart of the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center, and offers undergraduate nursing degrees and advanced degrees in several health science programs. TWU Houston is one of three campuses of Texas Woman’s University. TWU is the largest public university in the nation primarily for women and has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 88,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation, including nursing, health care, education and business.

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