On an August 23, under a blue summer sky, 92 students were officially welcomed to the College of Nursing as part of its traditional white coat and stethoscope ceremony. Dean Linda Weglicki, PhD, RN, pinned new accelerated BSN students with a “Keeping Healthcare Human” lapel pin on their new white lab coat, while Felesia Bowen, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, director of undergraduate programs, and Jerry Mansfield, Ph.D., RN, executive chief nursing officer at the MUSC Medical Center, presented each student with a stethoscope. This cohort will finish their studies in 16 months and graduate in December 2019.
More than 50 years ago, incoming nursing students were recognized through nursing’s traditional capping ceremony where they received a nurses cap. Today, in place of a cap, the college recognizes the undergraduate students with a more modern welcoming gift, a stethoscope and a pin that symbolizes behaviors between nurses and their patients that is respectful and compassionate.