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“NURSES: If Florence Could See Us Now”

Nursing Excellence

Amos Lassen

Most of us have had our lives touched by a nurse but we really do not know much about the nursing profession. Nurses are there for the happiest times and for the saddest. In this film we get a look at what it means to be a nurse and at all the various roles that a nurse must undertake.

The film allows us to meet over 100 nurses and in the various ways that they work. It is a project of One Nursing Excellence whose aim is to make more effective and efficient the profession of nursing. The film features the following:

• Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN – President, American Nurses Association (ANA)
• Marilyn Chow, RN, DNSc, FAAN – Vice President, National Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente
• Donna Nickitas, PhD, R, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN – Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing – Editor Nursing Economics
• Ann Marie Brooks, RN, DNSc, MBA, FAAN, FACHE – VP Patient Care Services, Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health
• John Fassett, MS, CNM – Certified Nurse Mid-Wife, OBGYN Associates of San Francisco
• Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN – VP Patient Care Services/CNO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
• Patricia Reid-Pointe, RN, DNSc, FAAN, NEA-BC – CNO, Sr. Vice President Patient Care Services, Dada Farber Cancer Institute
• Roy Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN – Vice President Nursing Informatics, Cerner Corporation.

It is a close up look at the profession of nursing and I felt so proud of those that we see here. Nursing is not just a profession–for many, it is a way of life. Some of what we see here includes providing compassionate end-of-life care to a long-married couple who died within 30-minutes of each other, successful interventions to secure heart surgery for a teen-age boy who wants to play team basketball.

Nurses repeatedly reflect on the privilege of helping to make a difference in people’s lives, and the art and science of nursing. I love a movie that makes me feel good and that is exactly what this did.

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