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May 5, 2014  

Charles R. Drew University Celebrates National Nurses Week

Events Honor Nurses Leading the Way with First African American Nurse of CA, First African American Director of Los Angeles Public Health Department and More

LOS ANGELES- In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-May 12, 2014), the Charles R. Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing will host a week of activities devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care.  The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, (MMDSON) selected the theme, “Leading the Way… Advocating, Leading, Caring”and activities will honor the past, celebrate the present and encourage future nurses.  Event discussions will range from bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, to the depth and breadth of how the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of our global society.

“Each moment, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, solving emerging concerns, and agreeing to ever-changing roles in their profession. Nurses lead the way for their patients, colleagues, students, and community, locally, nationally and abroad, as well as for the health care industry as a whole,” said Interim Dean Shirley Evers-Manly.

National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s over 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health care of millions of men, women and children across the country and throughout the world.

At CDU, the event series will kick off Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 12:00 PM in the School of Nursing (Rooms A-B) with speaker, Vivian Burgess, BSN, RN, a retired nurse who made history as the first African American nurse in California and Mrs. Barbara Johnson, MSN, RN, First African American Director of Los Angeles Public Health Department.  On May 14, 2014, in Keck Auditorium, Grace Ibanez, RN, BSN, MHA, Nursing Director for the Office of Nursing Affairs, Los County Department of Health Services will be on hand to discuss the Future of Nursing/Clinical Practice with graduating Masters of Science, Clinical Nurse Leader and Family Nurse Practitioner students.  A highlight for the students will be their dialogue on global health the event will conclude with a luncheon for the MMDSON nursing faculty. 

View the entire week of events:
All events will be held at Keck Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

May 7, 2014
12:00- 2:00 PM
The History of African American Nursing in California
Vivian Burgess, BSN, RN, a retired nurse who made history as the first African American nurse in California
Mrs. Barbara Johnson, MSN, RN, First African American Director of Los Angeles Public Health Department
School of Nursing, Rooms A-B

May 8, 2014
12:00-2:00 PM
Landing Your First Nursing Job
Sharon Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, PhD, UCSF School of Nursing

May 8, 2014
4:00-7:00 PM
Global Health Initiative
Nursing Care in Ghana-- Belinda Addo, MMDSON Student President 
Nursing Care after the Typhoon in the Philippines-- Marican C. Jhocson, MSN, BSN, RN

May 9, 2014
4:00-8:00 PM
MMDSON Student Film Festival

May 14, 2014
10:30-11:30 AM
Future of Nursing/Clinical Practice
A Dialogue with Grace Ibanez, RN, BSN, MHA,  Nursing Director for the Office of Nursing Affairs, Los County Department of Health Services
For more information about the CDU National Nurses Week or programs offered by the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, please contact (323) 568-3301.

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION:
Jessica Gelzer
jgelzer@griffinschein.com
(w) 323.892.2080  (c) 818.399.4088


 

 

 
 

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performaer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/.

 
 

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