Mountaintop Resident Cloaked In Nursing White Coat Ceremony
Shannon Gulyas

The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University recently cloaked 45 sophomore and 15 part-time evening nursing students who began the professional portion of the nursing program in the spring semester at the third annual Arnold P. Gold Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) White Coat Ceremony for Nursing in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

Nursing students in the program include Shannon Gulyas of Mountain Top.

At the Misericordia University White Coat Ceremony, family and friends, as well as faculty and administration watched as sophomore nursing students took an oath that acknowledges their essential role as caregivers, with an emphasis on the Religious Sisters of Mercy’s charisms of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality. Students also received white coats and lapel pins that feature the Gold Foundation’s logo, a stethoscope in the shape of a heart surrounded by the words, “humanism in medicine,” to remind them that compassion and empathy must be the hallmark of their clinical practice.

Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time evening program for adult students; and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students.