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CNCC Aspiring to Inspire at HOSA

Photo: CNCC exhibits at HOSA
Left to Right: CNCC hostesses Sharen Newsome, Tracy Creer, and Linda Gregory, RN, BSN.

Recently the Coalition for Nursing Careers in California (CNCC) participated as an exhibitor at the 25th Annual National Leadership Conference sponsored by the Healthcare Occupations Students of America (HOSA). The conference, a five-day event held in Anaheim California, gave sponsors and exhibitors an opportunity to network with nearly 5,000 future health care leaders (students), career counselors and educators.

"The number of students in the educational pipeline is not adequate to meet the projected demand for the vast number of new nurses over the next decade," says Linda D. Gregory, CNCC's newly appointed Manager. "HOSA is not just patching the leaks. It is helping to rebuild a pipeline that is stronger and flows in both directions."

The conference is the largest gathering of health occupation students, educators and exhibitors under one roof. CNCC could not have asked for a more ideal opportunity to have a presence. "Our web site, chooseNursing.com, and our Ambassador for Nursing Program were both big hits," said Linda. We received nothing but positive feedback from the counselors and educators about the site and downloadable presentation tools. The HOSA mantra was "Aspire to Inspire," and they did. I am committed now more than ever to inspire the young minds of tomorrow's nurses. These kids, with their hearts and minds so open and so fresh, are our future nurses. I feel proud to be part of paving their way."

HOSA is a student organization committed to promoting career opportunities in the health care industry and enhancing the delivery of quality health care to all people. Its members include secondary, post-secondary and collegiate students pursuing careers in the health professions, as well as teachers, health care professionals and alumni.

For more information on HOSA and its events, visit their national web site at www.hosa.org.

Release Date: August 22, 2002

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