UNK Nursing Students Receive White Coats During Ceremony


The nursing shortage is about to get a little more help, after students take the next step to start in their careers.

More than 45 student nurses got their white coats on Friday, as they enter the UNMC nursing program.

Less than 50 percent of those who prequalify get into the program, which has five campuses across Nebraska.

Officials and students are proud of this achievement.

"It's a very overpowering sense of accomplishment to stand here right now," said nursing student Theresa Bougger. " 'Do you ever think you would get here?' Some days no, some days yes, somedays it could be overwhelming but hard work will pay off."

"This is a great day, you know, it's good for the students, sort of recognizing the hard work getting here in the first place which as I said can be a lot of hurdles getting here," said UNK's College of Nursing Interim Associate Dean Dr. Mary Ann Mertz. "And I think it's good for the faculty too b/c it reminds me and them why we do what we do."

Students will begin working in hospitals starting in January. The UNMC College of Nursing has five campuses including Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk and Scottsbluff.