Department of Nursing Receives Grant Funding

July 03, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Department of Nursing has received $1,000 in grant funding from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF). 

There were only two nursing programs in Ohio selected to receive this funding, with the University of Toledo being the second. 

The money from the grant will go toward defraying costs for hosting a White Coat Ceremony for nursing students in Spring of 2018, as well as commemorative pins for each student involved.

“We are excited to host our first white Coat Ceremony at Mount Union,” said Dr. Nezam Al-Nsair, professor and chair of the Department of Nursing. “White Coat Ceremonies serve as a rite of passage for new nursing students who commit to showing compassion to patients in need. We will be recognizing a group of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students for their commitment to the health care profession.”

The ceremony will be for sophomores in the program entering their clinical rotation, but will include juniors for the first ceremony in the 2017-2018 academic year. 

“Presenting these high-potential students with white coats is designed to solidify their commitment to providing patient-centered care and ultimately, serving as leaders in the transformation of health care,” said Al-Nsair. “The donning of white coats represents their commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care. The white coat itself is symbolic of professionalism.”

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