2014 Willow Ceremony: Encouraging the DNP's of the future
(Back row, l-r) Michelle Dowling, Calla Hopeman, Sara Jackman, David Wells, Brandon Bennion, Aaron Wright, Diana Charlson, and Annmarie Wilson. (Front row, l-r) Marcella Wright, Teresa Thompson, Reba Traylor, and Nellie Simon.
The Willow Ceremony
This ceremony celebrates the end of the first year of didactic studies in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, encouraging students as they prepare for the program's clinical component. Some programs have a “White Coat” ceremony at this point in the program, when students are about to don their clinical garb and step out into the real world of clinical practice. But the UW DNP students are already nurses, and most have already been working in the clinical setting (with or without a “white coat”). So the ceremony was named "The Willow Ceremony". The willow, according to a poem penned by School of Nursing namesake Fay W. Whitney, "is symbolic of what nurses have always been. They grow, they bend, they last." Dr. Whitney, Dr. Peter Buerhaus, and Mike Massie were among the speakers stepping forth with encouragement and exhortation for the students. Special awards were presented to community partners as noted in the summary sections below. Please read on.
Speakers and Award Presentations
The 2014 ceremony included noteworthy speakers and the presentation of awards as follows: