Greater Cleveland Nurses Association

Written by: on February 24, 2020 @ 8:41 pm

Author: Vida Lock

May 12th of this year will mark the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. The World Health Assembly,the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. WHO will published its first State of the World’s Nursing Report in 2020 as well. Northeast Ohio,health-related organization have organized to celebrate the Year of the Nurse (YON) in our region.  Check out the NEO YON website at https://www.yon2020neo.com/

The Steering Committee has set many goals, which include sponsoring at least one event each month and featuring daily stories about nurses.  See the GCNA story for day 43. All nurses are invited to share their stories; the website includes directions for submission. 

The kick-off for the NEO YON took place on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the new Health Education Campus.  The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB SON) hosted the event.

Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Dean of the FPB SON, spoke about the significance of celebrating nursing in NE Ohio.  She then introduced CWRU President Barbara Snyder who welcomed the hundreds of participants to the new state-of-the-art building.

The Honorable David Joyce (OH-14), co-chair of the Congressional Nursing Caucus was the keynote speaker. Rep. Joyce lauded the dedication of nurses and their essential contributions to the health of our nation.

Following the keynote, Rebecca M. Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN, introduced the five individuals who made up the Portraits of Nursing Panel that represented nurses at various stages in their professional journey.  The panelists were:

  • Kristine Adams, MSN, CNP, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic;
  • Nevice Jones, senior nursing student at Ursuline College;
  • Hannah Miller, BSN, RN, Akron Children’s Hospital;
  • Lisa Welsh, BSN, RN, University Hospitals Health System; and
  • May Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Professor Emerita, FPB SON, CWRU.

Dr. Patton moderated the panel asking insightful questions of each member.  It was fascinating to hear the various perspectives–from that of a nursing student, a new RN, an experienced RN, a nursing administrator, and a retired nurse.  There were smiles listening to the enthusiasm of those early in the process, laughs at the recounting of experiences that echoed with the nurses in the audience, nods hearing sound advice from seasoned nurses, and loud appreciation for the wisdom of a nursing icon who has helped forge the path. While each individual spoke from her own place along the journey, it was clear that a strong belief in the essence of nursing was at the core of all of their views.

Another nursing legend, Joyce Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, closed the event by succinctly summarizing the views expressed.  Photos of the event and the comradery at the lovely reception that followed are posted on the website https://www.yon2020neo.com/

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