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I have been privileged to care for at hundreds, if not thousands, of patients throughout my nursing career–a career that has spanned 40 years. It is a profession I am proud to identify with, and so, when I was asked to speak at Riverside’s Magnet Recognition Program Brunch this coming July 15, I was not only surprised, but gratified as well.

The Magnet Recognition Program is one of the highest honors a hospital can earn with regard to nursing excellence.

Nursing excellence has a long and rich history, including the part that Peace Corps Volunteer Jo Carter Bowling played during her stint in Afghanistan from 1968-70. Jo was instrumental in starting a school of nursing for Afghan girls.

My challenge will be to review my remarks and underscore the commitment to education and excellent care that nurses have demonstrated throughout the years, from an adobe classroom in the heat and dust of Afghanistan to the present day, modern hospitals.


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