Journal of Nursing Education

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The Willow Ceremony: Professional Socialization for Nurse Practitioner Students

Mary E. Burman, PhD, APRN, BC; Ann Marie Hart, PhD, APRN, BC; Virginia Conley, PhD, APRN, BC; Penelope Caldwell, MS, APRN; Linda Johnson, MS, APRN

Abstract

The Willow Ceremony: Professional Socialization for Nurse Practitioner Students

The socialization and transition of nurses into the nurse practitioner (NP) role can be tumultuous and stressful. It may also be somewhat unique in health care education because it builds on the foundation of undergraduate and entry-level nursing. Health care educational programs have used a variety of mechanisms to help students with professional socialization, including formal courses and orientations. In medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, white coat ceremonies have been initiated as part of a larger process of inculcating professional values (Brown, Ferrill, & Pankaskie, 2003; Gillon, 2000; Peltier, 2004). During these ceremonies, there is usually a presentation of coats, a recitation of an oath, a speech by an honored guest, and a reception (Brown et al., 2003). [more...]

Abstract

The Willow Ceremony: Professional Socialization for Nurse Practitioner Students

The socialization and transition of nurses into the nurse practitioner (NP) role can be tumultuous and stressful. It may also be somewhat unique in health care education because it builds on the foundation of undergraduate and entry-level nursing. Health care educational programs have used a variety of mechanisms to help students with professional socialization, including formal courses and orientations. In medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, white coat ceremonies have been initiated as part of a larger process of inculcating professional values (Brown, Ferrill, & Pankaskie, 2003; Gillon, 2000; Peltier, 2004). During these ceremonies, there is usually a presentation of coats, a recitation of an oath, a speech by an honored guest, and a reception (Brown et al., 2003). [more...]

The Willow Ceremony: Professional Socialization for Nurse Practitioner Students

The socialization and transition of nurses into the nurse practitioner (NP) role can be tumultuous and stressful. It may also be somewhat unique in health care education because it builds on the foundation of undergraduate and entry-level nursing. Health care educational programs have used a variety of mechanisms to help students with professional socialization, including formal courses and orientations. In medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, white coat ceremonies have been initiated as part of a larger process of inculcating professional values (Brown, Ferrill, & Pankaskie, 2003; Gillon, 2000; Peltier, 2004). During these ceremonies, there is usually a presentation of coats, a recitation of an oath, a speech by an honored guest, and a reception (Brown et al., 2003). [more...]

10.3928/01484834-20070101-10

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