PLU Nursing Students Honored in White Coat Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony combined with a blessing of the hands for nursing students, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at PLU. (Photo/John Froschauer)

First-year nursing majors and entry-level Masters of Nursing Science students at Pacific Lutheran University were honored at a white coat and blessing of the hands ceremony on campus on Sept. 15. 

“We’re at an historic moment in time when we need courageous and compassionate young leaders to lean into the critical work of nursing,” Professor Barbara Habermann, who serves as dean of the School of Nursing, said in a press release. “These students have a great deal of learning and growing ahead of them, and it was our honor to celebrate the commencement of this journey with them today." 

Students received gold lapel pins. The ceremony also included the blessing of the hands, a PLU nursing tradition prior to students beginning work in clinical settings. The university pastor and four faculty volunteers performed the blessings. 

The PLU School of Nursing was selected by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as a recipient of the 2021 Gold-AACN White Coat/Oath Ceremony for Nursing grant.