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Annual RN Ambassador Award Presented During Nurse Week

Mary Hempen, receives CNCC’s 1st RN Ambassador Award.

Professional Nurses were celebrated nationwide May 5 – 12th, National Nurse Week. Healthcare organizations across the state organized events to recognize the value and contribution professional nurses make to patients and the welfare of their communities every day.

The Coalition for Nursing Careers in California took the opportunity to present its 1st Annual RN Ambassador Award. Linda D. Gregory, CNCC Program Director presented the award to Mary Hempen, RN at NorthBay Medical Center’s, Nurse Week celebration held at the Vacaville Opera House.

The RN Ambassador Award is presented to a California Registered Nurse who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professionalism, stewardship, and awareness of issues affecting the nursing community and commitment to outreach.

Mary Hempen established the first Nurse Academy program at Vacaville High School. Throughout the year, Mary regularly met with 10-15 students, arranging for speakers, activities and working with school personnel to conduct and sustain the program. Mary’s response to the call for RN Ambassadors has resulted in her influencing 24 nurses to become RN Ambassadors who facilitate Nurse Academy programs and conduct community presentations throughout Solano County. Marcia Barnum, RN, Director of Health Education and Co-Chair of the Nurse Academy Program nominated Mary because, she says, “Mary is extremely professional, responsible and passionate about her role in educating our future workforce about the nursing profession.” She adds, “Mary is a major reason why the NorthBay Healthcare Nurse Academy Program has been so successful in such a short period of time. Staff, students and school administrators tell me that they are very impressed with the program and how Mary has made the experience meaningful for students.”

When presenting the award, CNCC Program Director, Linda D Gregory added, “when we have professional nurses, such as, Mary Hempen, creating programs within the community whose goal is to educate young people about careers in nursing, as well as, encourage her peers and colleagues to become RN Ambassadors, I am confident that we can build a well-educated, diverse nurse workforce to meet the future healthcare needs of Californians.”

For information about the RN Ambassador Program, visit www.CNCC.org.

Release Date: May 28, 2004

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