HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Future nurses studying at Hampton University declared today they will provide “the highest quality of care and services” in the medical profession during the School of Nursing’s White Coat Ceremony.
Dean of the Hampton University School of Nursing, Dr. Shevellanie E. Lott, told students she wanted all of them to successfully complete the program as well as their state board exams upon graduation.
“Turn to your neighbor and say, ‘I’ll see you at graduation,’” Lott said.
Lott can back up her plan, too. In May, Hampton University’s School of Nursing graduates obtained a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Before the students ceremonially donned their white nursing coats, they were given a few words of advice from some of the most knowledgeable nurses at Hampton University.
“Have a vision and see where you’re going,” said Nurse Practitioner and Hampton University Alumna (’95), Dr. Jaqueline Kelly. “You’re going to see a lot of opportunities to learn something new. Seize the moment and take advantage of it.”
The White Coat Ceremony is a ceremonial way to welcome new students into the medical profession and to set clear expectations for their primary role as a physician’s aide. The ceremony emphasizes the importance of compassionate care as well as scientific proficiency.
This year’s White Coat Ceremony comes at a time when the school of nursing is celebrating its 75th anniversary, making it the longest continuously operating baccalaureate program in the Commonwealth.
Dr. Lott reminded the students to “expect great things and to exemplify the character that embodies Hampton University,” but the path ahead will not always be easy.
“I’m going to push you,” she said. “I want everyone to know, that if anyone can do the job and do it right, a Hampton nurse can do it.”