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May 6, 2014
Celebration of Nurses: A genuine field of leaders
By: Cari Boyce The Celebration of Nurses event at the Jacksonville Marriott promises to be an enjoyable one for nurses, vendors and guests.

Nurses make up the largest segment of health care professionals — in fact, they are one of the largest segments of the entire United States workforce. Of the more than 3.1 million registered nurses in the U.S., 2.6 million — 84.8 percent — are employed in nursing, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

This year, the National Nurses Week theme, “Nurses Leading the Way,” recognizes the roles of nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in government settings.

Diana Schroeder, BSN, RN, with Baptist Health, works in informatics and is a Baptist Health Emerging Leaders participant. Schroeder says nurses come to leadership roles by different avenues.

“It isn’t necessary to have a title with ‘leader’ in it to be one,” Schroeder said. “Nurse leaders are those who inspire, encourage, and support others. Nurse leaders are visionaries, looking to the future and identifying actions that will direct the course of the health care industry.

Patrice Jones, DNP, RN, NE-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer at UF Health Jacksonville, said strong nurse leaders have a strong clinical background and experience and have developed leadership skills that allow them to support and lead those at the bedside.

“The greatest rewards of leadership are improving patient care by providing staff with a great working environment with the resources, processes and support needed for nurses to grow in their career as they provide high quality care for patients,” Jones said.

The fourth annual Celebration of Nurses event — hosted by Times-Union Media — honors nurses and their contributions to our collective welfare during National Nurses Week. The week begins on National Nurses Day (May 6) and continues through May 12 — Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, is arguably the ultimate nurse leader.

Sponsored by Baptist Health and University of Florida Health Jacksonville, the 2014 Celebration of Nurses event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road.

“National Nurses Week celebrates nurses from all specialties, areas of expertise and levels of leadership,” said event coordinator Jill Sarmie of the Times-Union. “The many vendors, exhibitors and service providers, new and returning, including hospitals and health care providers, beverage distributors, uniform retailers, schools, salons, financial institutions, chiropractors, a behavioral health clinic, wellness center, and cosmetic and jewelry company, all come together to make this a very special event for local nurses.”

Admission is free for all licensed nurses and recent nursing program graduates. A valid license or proof of recent graduation from a nursing program qualifies for free entry.

“Hospitals, including UF Health Jacksonville, Baptist Health and St. Vincent’s, will be on hand to express their deep appreciation,” Sarmie said. “Hospice of Northeast Florida is returning and Vitas Innovative Hospice Services will join the event this year. Nurses, especially recent graduates, will have the opportunity to network and explore the many and varied employment opportunities available locally.”

Representatives from Jacksonville University will be available to talk with nurses about the range of educational programs available at JU.

Special Section: 2014 Celebration of Nurses

“Representatives from the JU veteran’s BSN program will be at the JU booth to provide information about the VBSN,” said Dr. Sam Young, VBSN program advisor. “The JU VBSN program supports three distinct BSN educational tracks and is meant to provide additional support services to our veterans.”

The veterans-only RN-to-BSN cohort at JU begins this fall, and recruitment is underway. The application deadline is June 30.”

Virginia College and University of Phoenix will be represented as well.

“New this year is a speaker presentations series,” Sarmie said. “Eight free presentations are scheduled throughout the day.”

Presentations cover such topics as easing the transition from student to staff nurse; self-care for nurses; an overview of proton therapy; legal topics and advice for nurses; and information about the field of informatics.

Speaker presentations begin at 11 a.m. with two presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. One presentation is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and a final presentation begins at 4:30 p.m.

A special luncheon event at 11:30 a.m. will feature actress, comedian and motivational speaker Deborah Delk speaking at noon to those attending the luncheon.

Alpha School of Massage is returning for the fourth year to offer free massages to nurses attending the event.

Michael Garcia, RN, LMT and lead instructor at Alpha School of Massage, understands the needs of hard-working nurses.

“Many of our clients are nurses,” Garcia said. “Nurses spend long hours on their feet during a shift and that can lead to chronic conditions and muscle fatigue. Nurses need our services and the pampering provided at this event.”

Adam Driggers, Alpha School of Massage’s assistant administrator, said the massages focus on the upper back, shoulders and arms where most people carry stress.

Alpha offers quality, affordable massages to the public regularly, five days each week at the school’s spacious San Juan Avenue location performed by students of massage therapy.

“Swedish massage, sweetheart/couples, hot stone and chronic headache massage are just a few of the types of massages available,” Garcia said. “It is important to call to schedule an appointment as our available spaces fill quickly.”

Also returning this year is Nancy Bonilla from Honeycomb Salon. Honeycomb stylists express their creativity and social sensitivity by participating in events that allow them to give back to the community.

Bonilla will bring aesthetician Costas Quindoza, stylists Tammy Nelson and Molly Rothenburg and assistant Elise Jonas to provide free eyebrow shaping, waxing and bang and fringe trims, free samples and a raffle basket.

“We also will be set up to offer dry cuts and lip and chin waxes for tips,” Bonilla said.

Services provided at the 2014 Celebration of Nurses also will include manicures from Florida Career College and hand and eye treatments and mini peels from Youthful Medical Spa. Ponte Vedra Wellness Center will conduct chiropractic alignment tests and provide Biofreeze samples.

Milo’s Tea Company will provide samples of their refreshing, all-natural, custom-blended iced teas throughout the day. GOS Wines will join the celebration from 2-6 p.m. with samples of exquisite wines the company distributes.

The first 500 nurses to attend will receive a gift bag, and nurses can register for door prizes, collect information and free samples and enjoy fellowship, networking opportunities and presentations throughout a day dedicated to them.



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