UMass Amherst Selected to Host Nightingale Ceremony

Aug 15, 2017
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has been selected as one of 50 schools to receive funding to host a Nightingale Ceremony which underscore the importance of humanistic patient care. The funding for these events is provided by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Launched in 2013, a collaboration between APGF and AACN has enabled 260 schools of nursing in 48 states to offer ceremonies designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among the next generation of registered nurses.

Though White Coat Ceremonies have been conducted by medical schools for more than 20 years, the APGF-AACN Nightingale Ceremony initiative marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at nursing schools. In nursing, a Nightingale Ceremony typically consists of the recitation of an oath, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. Students also are given a specially designed pin that serves as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to providing high-quality care.

The College of Nursing's Nightingale Ceremony will take place on September 8th in Skinner Hall. Junior Nursing Majors will participate in the ceremony before beginning their clinical assignments.