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The Promise of Nursing

Linda D. Gregory, CNCC Program Director and John DeBoer, President of California Nursing Students’ Association and CNCC member, leading the RN Ambassador Pledge.

The Coalition for Nursing Careers in California joined Johnson & Johnson to celebrate nurses at the 2003 Promise of Nursing for Southern California fundraiser. The evening was an opportunity to pay tribute to and reflect upon the value of nursing and the contribution nurses make to our community and our health care. The funds raised from this event are earmarked for undergraduate nursing school scholarships, graduate nursing education scholarships to prepare nursing faculty and faculty development grants.

The CNCC’s RN Ambassador Program was again featured in this year’s program. Linda D. Gregory, RN, MSN, CNCC Program Director and John DeBoer, President of California Nursing Students’ Association and CNCC member, took the stage to invite the audience to take a pledge to become an RN Ambassador. According to John DeBoer, “It was wonderful to see and hear from all the seasoned nurses about the very rewarding career that I am about to embark on. It was a very moving and touching ceremony.” Linda Gregory adds, “One of the best ways to reach future nursing students is through current nursing students. Believe me, peer-to-peer outreach works.”

Celebrating The Promise of Nursing.

The RN Ambassador Program, featured on both the chooseNursing.com and cncc.org web sites, is a call-to-action outreach that encourages nurses to seek opportunities within their communities to speak positively about their experiences and why they chose nursing as a career. The program provides age-specific presentation tools and posters that are easy to download. The goal of the Program is to influence and enhance the image of nursing and to present the many opportunities a nursing career offers.

The Ambassador for Nursing Pledge and an RN Ambassador lapel pin was at each place setting. As the audience stood to recite the pledge, the unity, dedication and pride was felt throughout the room. Imagine if each of the 700 nurses talked to 20 young people; that group would reach 14,000 potential nurses! The multiplier effect potentially increases the number of nursing school enrollment, thus increasing the number of professional nurses practicing within our communities.

The evening was a success both in raising funds for nursing scholarships and expressing appreciation for our nurses and their dedication to their profession.

Release Date: December 12, 2003

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RN Ambassador Program on chooseNursing.com
  The RN Ambassador for Nursing Pledge
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