- by Mount Saint Mary College
Group of students celebrate White Coat ceremony

Nearly 20 students of Mount Saint Mary College’s nurse practitioner program were recognized at a white coat ceremony on Saturday, December 11. 

The ceremony reflected the transition of the nurses to the professional nurse practitioner role. Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high quality healthcare services. They can diagnose, treat, and prescribe across a wide range of health problems.

The graduates’ white coats were presented to them by their chosen family members, from spouses and children to parents and grandparents.  

Christine Berté, dean of the college’s School of Nursing, noted that Mount nurse practitioner graduates began their journey as registered nurses in a variety of settings and can now enter primary care practices, including family health and internal medicine. They may also practice in acute care settings, such as hospital positions and urgent care/fast track health access points. 

According to Berté, coupled with the compassion and experience in nursing that they already possess, advanced practice nurses “have become one of the most valued groups of healthcare providers in today’s society, and are continually making a significant impact on the nursing profession.”

White Coat Ceremony December 2021

Two students were recognized for excellence in their studies and skills: Virginia Ragusa of Pawling, N.Y. received the Sigma Award, and Joseph Brooks of New Paltz, N.Y. was presented with the Sr. Leona DeBoer Graduate Nursing Award.

Fr. Gregoire Fluet, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry at the Mount, closed out the ceremony with the Blessing of the Hands. As nurse practitioners, he noted, the graduates’ hands are their most important healing tool.

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