When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Where: Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Hall
· 36 second-year students in the Pitt-Greensburg BSN program:
· Welcome: Robert Gregerson, PhD, president of Pitt-Greensburg.
· Keynote Speaker: Helen K. Burns, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Excela Health.
· Presentation of Students: Linda Smales, MSN, RN, visiting instructor of nursing at Pitt-Grrensburg
· Robing and Student Oath: Amy Shearer, MSN, RN, instructor at Pitt-Greensburg School of Nursing, and Jordan Sosko, MSN, RN, CPHON, instructor at Pitt-Greensburg School of Nursing.
· Closing: Marie A. Fioravanti, DNP, RN, associate professor and director of nursing at Pitt-Greensburg.
The “White Lab Coat Ceremony” marks a milestone in our students’ nursing education, because it serves as a formal welcome of those students entering the nursing profession. It signifies the transition from classroom learning to clinical learning. In all of the Life Science programs, receipt of the appropriate lab coat signifies the student’s official entry into his or her future profession.
This is a proud moment for our students and their families, as well as for Pitt-Greensburg.
Pitt-Greensburg’s BSN program, the first to be established in Westmoreland County, is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, which is consistently ranked among the top 10 nursing schools in the country by US News and World Report.
Following the ceremony, the students and their guests will gather in McKenna Hall for a reception. Because of the growth experienced by Pitt-Greensburg’s BSN program, McKenna Hall has undergone key renovations and is the new home of the campus’ nursing program. In addition to housing offices for the nursing faculty, the building now features a new skilled nursing lab with eight beds that provide real experience using suction and oxygen. The beds also can mirror a critical care unit. Programmable mannequins that can display different health situations are also part of the lab. In addition to the on-campus experience, Pitt-Greensburg’s students also utilize Excela Health Frick Hospital’s simulation lab.
Another new aspect of the Pitt-Greensburg BSN program is the incorporation of virtual reality software and equipment into the learning experience. Found in Millstein Library, the VR equipment and software will be used to teach anatomy and other subjects.
Pitt-Greensburg White Lab Coat Ceremony Student Names and Hometowns:
Cherry Hill, NJ
New Alexandria, PA
North Huntingdon, PA