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Nurses’ Float takes center stage at annual Rose Parade

Monday January 14, 2013
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From left, Bob Patterson, RN, MSN, representing the American Assembly for Men in Nursing; Sister Terrence Landini, LCM, retired nurse leader at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, Torrance, Calif.; and Nicole Brown, nursing student at Pasadena (Calif.) City College, pose on the Nurses' Float before the start of the 2013 Rose Parade. They were three of the 10 riders on the float.
(Photo courtesy of Bare Root, Inc.)
The Rose Parade float created by and in honor of nurses was named the winner of the Craftsman Award out of the 42 floral floats that were part of the New Year’s Day procession.

The award recognizes "exceptional achievement in showmanship and dramatic impact" for floats larger than 55 feet.

Although parade officials handed out about two dozen awards to various floats, the mere presence of the Nurses’ Float in the 124th annual parade in Pasadena, Calif., was a landmark event for nursing.

The float was conceptualized in 2007, when five OR nurses in Southern California sought to honor Sally Bixby, RN, CNOR, who that year was named the president of the 2013 Tournament of Roses and Rose Bowl Game. Bixby was the second woman and first nurse to lead the event.

The group of nurses formed a nonprofit, Bare Root Inc., to raise funds and guide the construction of the float, which they hoped would showcase nursing to an international audience of millions. The theme chosen was "A Healing Place," signifying the healing environments nurses create through their practice. Several hundred nurses volunteered to help decorate the float.

Bare Root raised about $400,000, far exceeding the $215,000 price tag for the float. The remaining money will be used to cover expenses and fund nursing scholarships.

Ten nurses from California were chosen in November to ride the float, of which Nurse.com was a sponsor. They were:

Suko Davies, RN, an ED nurse at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena; Cherie Fox, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC, a CICU charge nurse at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo; Deborah Keasler, RN, MS, director of cardiac services at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona; Sister Terrence Landini, LCM, a retired nurse leader at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance; Maureen Latham, RNC-OB, of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego; Bob Patterson, RN, MSN, representing the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.

Patti Taylor, RN, MN, CNS, FNP, a clinical nurse specialist in the liver transplant unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles (representing Nurse.com as a 2010 National Nursing Excellence Award winner); Cathy Rodgers Ward, RN, DNSc, NEA-BC, director of nursing at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (representing Nurse.com as a 2011 National Nursing Excellence Award winner); and Ariel Eby and Nicole Brown, nursing students at Pasadena City College. •

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