WVII covers School of Nursing’s White Coat Ceremony
WVII (Channel 7) reported 118 University of Maine School of Nursing students took an oath of compassionate care during the the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing White Coat Ceremony. During the ceremony, which marks the beginning of their nursing education, the students received a white nursing coat and lapel pin that reads, “Keeping Healthcare Human.” To address the state’s growing nursing shortage, UMaine’s nursing program recently upped its undergraduate enrollment cap, according to the article. “We’re excited about this because it is an opportunity for us to plant a stake in the ground if you will, and say, ‘We’re on the side of the people of Maine,’” said Mary Walker, director of the School of Nursing. “We really want to be part of the solution for health resources in the state.” This year’s class marks the largest in recent history for the UMaine School of Nursing, WVII reported.