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Blue Ridge CTC Hosted Inaugural White Coat Ceremony for Nursing Students

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Blue Ridge CTC Hosted Inaugural White Coat Ceremony for Nursing Students

Martinsburg, WV. On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College hosted its inaugural White Coat Ceremony, a rite of passage to emphasize the importance of compassionate patient care at the very start of nursing education.

Seventy-four Associate of Science in Nursing students recited an oath to patient care and came forward during the ceremony to be “cloaked” before family and friends. The iconic white coat signifies status as a healthcare professional. The keynote speech was given by Ms. Stephanie Harvey, MSN, RN.

A White Coat Ceremony is an important ritual that welcomes nursing students, families, and mentors to the practice of nursing. It elevates the value of humanism as the core of healthcare. A nursing student’s white coat symbolizes the transition from traditional learning and knowledge to scientific learning and clinical knowledge.  A nursing student’s white coat is a badge of honor, showing the result of hard work and dedication. For nursing professionals, the white lab coat represents a commitment to scientific rigor, compassionate patient care, and identifies the wearer as a member of a community of professionals.

To learn more about the Associate of Science in Nursing, contact the college at 304.260.4380 or visit www.blueridgectc.edu

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is conveniently located on Route 45 West past the Commons Center, at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive.

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