The Spring Hill College Division of Nursing held its inaugural White Coat Ceremony with Blessing of the Hands on August 20 at St. Joseph Chapel. The event featured Mr. Paul Read, Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President at Springhill Medical Center as the keynote speaker.
New Professional Component nursing students participated in the White Coat Ceremony and all Professional Component nursing students participated in the Blessing of the Hands. Nursing faculty, the college's Nursing Board of Directors and other guests who work in healthcare were also invited to have their hands blessed. Attendees recited the Nurse’s Oath during the ceremony as well.
The White Coat Ceremony is considered a rite of passage in the journey to a healthcare career. The Blessing of the Hands, performed by Spring Hill College Jesuit faculty member, Father Rafael Baylon, SJ, is an ecumenical ceremony that affirms the nursing students' role in the healing process and assures them of their instructors' support as they begin their nursing clinical rotations.
Spring Hill College’s nursing program was one of only 50 schools in the U.S. to receive a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to support the the Gold-American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) White Coat Ceremony for Nursing for 2017. The foundation and the AACN also provided a gift of the humanism lapel pins to each entering nursing student participating in the ceremony.