Fulton Resident Participates in Prestigious White Coat in Nursing Ceremony at Bradley University

Shelby Puckett of Fulton, Illinois is one of 124 Bradley University students to participate in the fifth annual White Coat Ceremony to celebrate their transition into clinical experience.Submitted photo

PEORIA, Ill. — Shelby Puckett of Fulton, Illinois was one of the 124 students from Bradley University to participate in the prestigious White Coat ceremony, the school said this week.

The fifth annual event honors sophomore nursing students as they begin a concentrated supervised clinical experience.

The White Coat Ceremony features the recitation of an oath, receipt of a commemorative pin, an address by a role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. The specially designed pin will serve as a visual reminder of the students' oath and commitment to providing compassionate and high-quality care, the school said.

White Coat ceremonies have traditionally been hosted by medical and dental schools to recognize entry into practice. In 2014, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing partnered with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to provide opportunities to nursing programs to apply for funding to host similar ceremonies, the college said.