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RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2021
Loyola University New Orleans Pre-Licensure BSN Program in partnership with Ochsner Health, held its first white coat ceremony on October 2, 2021, for the newly launched undergraduate nursing program.
The White Coat ceremony is an honor practiced by nursing and medical students at universities around the nation. During the ceremony, the students recited an oath to patient care and stepped forward to be “cloaked” by Dean Michelle Collins, Loyola’s new dean of the College of Nursing and Health.
“We are so very pleased to have this first White Coat Ceremony for our nursing students to emphasize the importance of compassionate, holistic patient care at the very start of their nursing education,” said Sylvia Hartmann, Director of Nursing Academics at Ochsner.
The students have already completed their first simulation training in the Ochsner Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety Center and will soon begin clinical rotations within a medical surgical unit at Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway.
The Loyola-Ochsner nursing partnership, announced last fall, was developed in response to the global pandemic and regional and national nursing shortages. The first cohort of 12 second year students started classes in August at Loyola and will graduate in 2024.