On March 1, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the UMass Dartmouth Main Auditorium, the College of Nursing will hold its 2018 White Coat Ceremony. This event celebrates sophomore nursing students as they begin their clinical practice in the nursing program. During the ceremony, nursing students will don a white coat and take an oath that affirms their commitment to providing patient centered care.
This year’s keynote speaker is alumna Carole Billington, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at St. Anne’s Hospital. Billington earned a Master of Science in nursing from UMass Dartmouth. Kimberly Christopher, dean of the College of Nursing and Chancellor Robert E. Johnson will offer remarks on the nursing program and its focus on helping the SouthCoast community.
In 2017, the University was awarded a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to diversify the nursing workforce in the SouthCoast region over the next four years. More than $500,000 will be used for need-based aid for area students who want to pursue nursing as a profession.