Six nurse practitioner students were presented their first white coats March 31 at a White Coat Ceremony at the Robert T. Matsui Lecture Hall at UC Davis Health Systems Education Building in Sacramento, according to a news release.
Similar to the white coat tradition at many medical programs, the ceremony signifies the completion of the academic year of study and the move to clinical education, where students complete rotations in primary care, inpatient medicine, rural medicine, pediatrics, surgery and other areas. During this time, students experience their first patient interactions.
In keeping with the concept that medicine, and healthcare in general, are team sports, this tradition has expanded to a variety of other health professions such as pharmacy, optometry, therapy, veterinary, physician assistant and advanced practice nursing, and is now celebrated internationally, said Debra Bakerjian, RN, PhD, FNP, FAANP, senior director for the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs, in the release. For more information, visit Nursing.UCDavis.edu.