White Coat Ceremonies


This year the OHSU School of Nursing will participate in our own Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing on each campus.

To date, 160 nursing schools in 46 states plus the District of Columbia have received financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony and student oath serve as an important rite of passage into the healthcare profession for our students. It was made possible with a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to support the Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing. Funds received by AACN are to be used for an honorarium for a local nurse leader or donation to a local charity group.

The OHSU Schools of Dentistry and Medicine and the College of Pharmacy also offer white coat ceremonies for their students.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, "Though White Coat Ceremonies have been conducted by medical schools for more than 20 years, the APGF-AACN initiative marks the first time a coordinated effort has been developed to offer similar events at schools of nursing."

A total of 285 undergraduate nursing students will participate in these events during September. The ceremony will include new and recently matriculated undergraduate pre-licensure students. The program will include: introduction of the incoming students, donning of the white coat, receipt of a pin, reciting an oath, a nurse leader speaker, and a reception. Each campus will have a ceremony.

"This ceremony promotes the importance of humanistic, patient-centered care;welcomes new students into the profession; and reminds all of us of the privilege and responsibility that comes with being a nurse," says Peggy Wros, senior associate dean for student affairs.

Statewide event dates:

Klamath Falls campus, September 19, 2017 3:00p.m.

Monmouth campus, September 21, 2017 5:00p.m.

Ashland campus, September 21, 2017 4:00p.m.

La Grande campus, September 26, 2017 11:00a.m.

Portland campus, September 28, 2017 4:00p.m.

Event Details:

Nursing students that are entering the School of Nursing's undergraduate, pre-licensure program will participate in a welcoming ceremony including receiving a pin, and will participate in reciting an Oath.

OHSU School of Nursing White Coat Ceremony Oath

 As a Nurse dedicated to providing the highest quality care and services, I solemnly pledge that I will:

  • Consider the welfare of all people and relief of suffering as my primary concerns;
  • Act in a compassionate and trustworthy manner in all aspects of my care;
  • Apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for all people, including their families and the communities where they live;
  • Exercise sound professional judgment while abiding by legal and ethical requirements;
  • Accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge and competence;
  • Promote, advocate for, and strive to protect the health, safety, and rights of all people, including their families and communities.
  • Support the School of Nursing's leadership mission and values, including integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and excellence.
  • Engage in interprofessional collaborative practice with members of the healthcare team to provide patient-centered care.

With this pledge, I accept the duties and responsibilities that embody the nursing profession.  I take this oath voluntarily with the full realization of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public.