Nurses get a flow­ery trib­ute

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Out­liers loves a good pa­rade. And what pa­rade is big­ger than the Tour­na­ment of Roses? This year’s event, held on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., fea­tured sev­eral mem­bers of the health­care com­mu­nity cel­e­brat­ing the Dr. Seuss-in­spired theme, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” This year the Tour­na­ment of Roses As­so­ci­a­tion even had a reg­is­tered nurse as pres­i­dent, with Sally Bixby lead­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

A group of nurses formed a not-for-profit in 2007 to spon­sor a float and be­gan rais­ing funds. The or­ga­ni­za­tion, called Bare Root, col­lected more than $300,000 for its en­try, which was fully dec­o­rated by nurses. The nurses’ float was themed “A Heal­ing Place” and aimed to honor Bixby and rec­og­nize the work of all nurses across the globe. Eight nurs- es were cho­sen to ride on the float along with two nurs­ing stu­dents. The float fea­tured rep­re­sen­ta­tions of an­i­mals meant to em­body the char­ac­ter­is­tics of nurses: car­ing, com­mit­ment, com­pas­sion, con­fi­dence, con­sci­en­tious­ness and in­tel­li­gence.

Floats aren’t any­thing new for Kaiser Per­ma­nente, which reg­u­larly wins pa­rade tro­phies. This year, the mega-sys­tem took the theme’s cue and en­tered a “Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do” float, which earned the pa­rade’s theme tro­phy. More than 500 Kaiser em­ploy­ees vol­un­teered to dec­o­rate the float, which fea­tured the Cat in the Hat and other clas­sic Seuss characters.

Pomona (Calif.) Val­ley Hospi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Sharp Health­Care of San Diego, St. Joseph Hospi­tal in Or­ange, Calif., Hunt­ing­ton Hospi­tal of Pasadena and Nurse.com were among the other health­care-re­lated pa­rade par­tic­i­pants.

The nurses float used owls, deer and other an­i­mals to em­body the char­ac­ter­is­tics of nurses.

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