Published August 19, 2019
The UB SON is among 50 schools of nursing across the U.S. to be selected by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges for Nursing (AACN) for funding for white coat and similar ceremonies.
This funding program has enabled 360 schools of nursing in 49 states to provide these symbolic events for their students. The ceremonies are a rite of passage for the student’s journey from student to a compassionate and caring nurse. The APGF expanded from medical student white coat ceremonies to include school of nursing student ceremonies in 2013 with help from AACN. This funding is also generously supported by the Myron and Elaine Alder Private Foundation because the Alders understood the strong commitment needed from all members of a health care team.
Ann Cary, chair of the AACN Board of Directors says, “Nursing has always recognized the great impact that a strong concern for human welfare – coupled with a knowledge of science – can have on the care of patients, families, and communities.”
The UB SON will use the funds for the undergraduate nursing pinning ceremony on September 20, 2019.