SUNY Poly hosts second annual White Coat Ceremony


UTICA — SUNY Polytechnic Institute hosted its second annual White Coat ceremony for first-year nursing students on Friday, Dec. 1, in the Wildcat Fieldhouse supporting SUNY Poly’s commitment to graduating the best nursing students in the healthcare industry and featuring SUNY Poly alum Dr. Carol Anne Kozik, a Professor of Practice at LeMoyne College, as keynote speaker.

“This tradition is a terrific way for our students to start their academic careers with an official commitment to their profession and the high-quality of care they will provide their patients,” Dr. Bahgat Sammakia, interim president of SUNY Poly said in a statement.

“It is a special moment for our students, and we are honored to be there with them as they re-affirm their dedication to caring for others.”

White Coat Ceremonies for Nursing are held to promote the importance of compassionate, patient-centered care to new nursing students. Students take an oath pledging their commitment to the highest professional standards.

“Maintaining an annual tradition such as the White Coat Ceremony is a source of great pride for SUNY Poly,” said Dr. William Durgin, SUNY Poly Provost.

“It signifies the dedication of our students as they pursue a difficult course of study to become some of the best health care providers in the industry. It is a wonderful testament to the outstanding educators we have in our College of Nursing.”

Prior to her work at LeMoyne College, Dr. Kozik was an Assistant Clinical Professor at Upstate University in the College of Nursing. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) presently working at Liberty Resources Family Health Care Resources Center in Syracuse. With 21 years as a FNP, she has worked in care settings throughout Central New York as diverse as those for at-risk children and adolescents to hospice care.

Emphasizing the privilege a FNP has when spending time, no matter how great or small, with their patients, Dr. Kozik stresses the impact that nurse practitioner make upon the lives of their patients and that of their families.

“The White Coat Ceremony signifies an important crossroads for the clinician whereby they move from their didactic learning into their clinical experiences,” said Dr. Kathleen Rourke, Interim Dean of the College of Nursing.

“Students are often excited and anxious at the same time as they are ready to demonstrate their proficiency in what they have learned in the classroom but at the same time anxious that they may not meet the standard that they expect of themselves.”


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