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.
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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