CUW White Coat ceremony

Concordia University Wisconsin ushered in its newest crop of undergraduate nursing candidates this morning with a first-ever White Coat Ceremony.

For nearly a decade, the School of Nursing has held a special chapel service to dedicate its sophomore nursing students to the vocation of nursing. This year, thanks to a $1,000 grant received from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Concordia’s 16 nursing sophomores also donned White Coats for their annual commemorative chapel service.

The iconic White Coat ritual places an important emphasis on compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care from students’ very first day of training. The rite of passage is typically reserved for first-year students in medical, nursing, and physician assistant programs.

In keeping with traditional ceremonies, Concordia’s students recited an oath and were presented with a commemorative token—a pocket Bible and a mustard seed inside a vial to remind the students of the power that is present in even the simplest of faiths.

Concordia’s coated students include:

  • Caitlyn Addison
  • Alexandria Callaway
  • Sarah Czerwinski
  • Jessie Groh
  • Rebecca Jung
  • Kristin Klahn
  • Donqunay Lee-Davidson
  • Morgan Michiels
  • Shannon Neidinger
  • Mihoby Rasamimanana
  • Caitlin Ryan
  • Matthew Saldana
  • Shelby Stevens
  • Liesl Sievert
  • Nou Xiong
  • Jasmin Zinecker

Nurse’s Pledge

In the full knowledge of the obligations I am undertaking…

I promise to care for individuals with all of the skill and understanding I possess, without regard to race, creed, color, politics or social status.

I will respect at all times the dignity and religious beliefs of the individuals under my care, holding in confidence all personal information entrusted to me and refraining from any action that might endanger life or health.

I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skill at the highest level and to give loyal support and cooperation to all members of the health team.

I will do my utmost to honor the code of ethics of nursing and to uphold the integrity of the nursing profession.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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