Nursing is a calling, a way of life. Nursing is a service profession and is not lived in isolation. Nurses rely on each other because our connections have a synergistic effect on our individual and collective practices; our connections enable us to help each other as we deliver care, teach, conduct research, provide leadership, and live in our communities. It is appropriate that we honor our colleagues not only during their careers, but also at the end of their life.
Today, we honor the lives of these nurses not by the number of years, or the place of their practice, but in the often unwitnessed difference that they made during those years.
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Colleagues and Friends Lost Over the Past Year
- Marjorie Anderson
- Ruth Anderson
- Elsie Sue Balint
- Mary Elizabeth Barkee
- Mary E. Barker
- Mary Ann Capobianco
- Gayle Griesenauer
- Marsha Hiems
- Laura Higgins
- Catherine E. Howard
- Ellen Ann Betts Ketsdever
- Shirley Kiecksee
- Bergliot Johanne (BJ) Larsen Garner
- Lila Marion McDonell
- John McKee
- Colleen Marie Ott
- Tillie Pattee
- Kathy Ramey
- Nancy Reynolds
- Karen Ricker
- Wende Santos
- Mary M. Schmitt
- Navin Sharma
- Kathy Stephens
- Rosemary Strahl
- Sherry Taxer
- Brandi Tippett
- Louise Watson
- Beth Wilcox
They Were There
For those who provided direct patient care:
When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, they were there.
In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, they were there.
When a silent glance uplifted a patient, family member or friend; they were there.
To witness humanity - its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, they were there.
For those who have been our teachers:
When a doorway to new knowledge was opened, they were there.
When the pride of new expertise was developed and used, they were there.
For those who provided leadership:
When a vision and pathway to a new action, position, or statement in our state were needed, they were there.
When confronting our weaknesses and converting them to strengths was needed, they were there.
For those who have been our researchers:
When problems of our practice, system, and education existed, they were there to conduct studies which provided insight, unearthed new knowledge.