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Commencement 2014




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Student Commencement Speaker Megan Kavanaugh wanted to represent all of the degree programs in the School of Nursing so she asked various individuals, what do you think of when you think of graduation?  While she expected thoughtful and philosophical responses from the nurse leaders of tomorrow, what she got instead, repeatedly was a one word response "FINALLY!!" 


And there they were, 222 graduates, their families, friends and well-wishers, seated in Royce Hall listening to sage words of wisdom from commencement speakers David Vlahov ("Nursing is Humanity."  "Nursing is not a job, it's a career.  It is POG - passion, opportunity and a gift.") and Senator Ed Hernandez ("with changes in the law, nurses can make a big difference.")   Dr. Julia Lassegard received the Linda Phillips Doctoral Disseration Award from - Linda Phillips!  Congratulations to all these nurse leaders of tomorrow. 




"Nurses are moving healthcare forward around the globe.  Never have there been so many nurse leaders leading major federal agencies, shaping policy and creating historical reform.  The characteristics of a passionate nurse - one who advocates for the patient, takes a holistic approach to care and has a desire for improving access -- led nurses to these major roles.   Marilyn Tolliver heads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-- the $820 billion federal agency which ensures health care coverage for 100 million Americans.  She has a major role in carrying out key provisions of the affordable care act.  Before she was in health policy, she worked as an ICU nurse and has always considered herself a public health advocate   Mary Wakefield, has a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in nursing, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses, and has a background in rural nursing homes and intensive care units.  She heads the Health Resources and Services Administration, which provides health care services for low-income and otherwise underserved people, in both rural and urban areas, throughout all U.S. states and territories  Patricia Grady, who has a bachelor's and master's in nursing,  has headed the National Institute for Nursing Research, one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes for Health for 15 years.  She is constantly advocating and showcasing the role nursing research is and will continue to play in improving in areas such as prevention, wellness and symptom management.

As nurses we need to be following their examples and using our voice to step into the public spotlight and promote our role in clinical care, in research and in policy.  As nurses, we have a different and unique perspective on health and healthcare.  So as you head out into your new world as nurses, step up and make your voice heard."




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