Wednesday, February 21, over 100 University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of Nursing students were officially awarded their classic white lab coats in a ceremony at ULL's new student union.  The event was well attended by parents and family members.

Until the mid-1920s, white lab coats were not used.  To show respect for the dead, students and those in the the medical profession wore black lab coats.  At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, due the their 'whiteness' and 'pureness', white lab coats became the standard.  They represented cleanliness and were easily washed in hot water and could be bleached making more sense to use over the black lab coats.

ULL has one of the most prestigious nursing programs in the nation.  During the program festivities last night, it was noted how tiring and challenging the ULL program can be.

The white lab coat signifies new challenges and the next step for each male and female nurse to be.  Each student will now be assigned clinical rotations in local hospitals doing basic procedures in a professional atmosphere.  Congratulations to all.

CJ's Daughter Brittni Clements Officially Awarded White Lab Coat