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Nursing Students Achieve Milestone

Students from the Charleston Campus of Lakeview College of Nursing were recently honored during the College's White Coat Ceremony
Students from the Charleston Campus of Lakeview College of Nursing were recently honored during the College’s White Coat Ceremony. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Sarah Evans of Park Forest was honored

Danville, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Lakeview College of Nursing recently held two ceremonies to recognize students who achieved the transition into clinical practice within their bachelor’s degree nursing program.

Area students who were honored at the event include the following:

Kaniqua Barnes-McMillian of University Park, IL. Barnes-McMillian attends Lakeview’s Charleston Campus.

Sarah Evans of Park Forest, IL. Evans attends Lakeview’s Charleston Campus.

The College’s faculty, who were also wearing white coats, cloaked the students with their new garments. The white color of the coat represents compassionate caring, and the student’s receipt of the jacket demonstrates a commitment to this compassionate and humanistic care, according to Carolyn Rauch, who is an assistant professor at Lakeview College of Nursing. Rauch spoke at one of the events about the symbolism that the white coat represents.

“Historically, the white coat ceremony has been reserved for a college of medicine as a way of welcoming new physicians into professional practice. The new physicians would receive their white lab coats upon graduation in recognition of their accomplishment,” said Rauch.

Within the nursing community, the right of passage into professional practice has traditionally been symbolized by graduates receiving their college’s official nursing pin. Although this tradition continues, the nursing profession, as well as overall healthcare, has changed, explained Rauch.

Members of Lakeview’s Student Government Association led the Nightingale Nursing Pledge and the White Coat Oath. Students recited verses that call for practicing the profession to the best of their ability as well as to promote, advocate and strive to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.

Lakeview College of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree. It is a single-purpose, private institution that has specialized in nursing education in the Danville, IL Area since 1894 and in Charleston, IL, since 2001.

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