SFCC Hosts First White Coat Ceremony Jan. 21

Sixty students, who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through New Mexico State University, will be presented their white coats by representatives of NMSU. This is one of the first groups in the Santa Fe area who’ve been able to pursue a BSN while staying in their home community.

During the White Coat Ceremony, faculty members cloak the students with a white lab coat.  Representing New Mexico State University will be the Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs/Associate Professor School of Nursing, College of Health and Sciences Anita C. Reinhardt, PhD, RN.

SFCC’s Nursing Program has partnered with New Mexico State University to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing so students can obtain an associate and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing without leaving the community. Upon completion of a nursing degree at SFCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, (NCLEX), to become a registered nurse.

Event will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2015, noon to 1 p.m. in the Board Room, Main Campus at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.

Demand for nurses with a bachelor’s degree is high. The American Association of Colleges and Nurses reports that more nurse employers are expressing a preference for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Also, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for registered nurses is expected to grow 16 percent between 2014 and 2024.

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