Brandman Nursing Honor Society inducts new members
Amy Hetherington, Brandman Nursing Honor Society president, welcomed a new group of nurses to the honor society Monday evening.
“You are among a distinguished group of nursing students, graduates and professionals who have met or exceeded standards and have demonstrated the ideal qualities of a leader and a scholar,” she told the group. The event was the kickoff to this week’s Nursing Immersion program on the Irvine campus for the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Keynote speaker was faculty member Gail Petersen Hock, who was also inducted into the Honor Society. Hock discussed her involvement with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life program, which works to provide immunizations and help prevent childhood diseases worldwide.
“Every child deserves a shot at life, no matter where they live,” she told the group, pointing out that as advanced practice nurses in the doctor of nursing (DNP) they are required to be involved in healthcare advocacy, interdisciplinary cooperation and population health. “Shot@Life does it all for me,” she said.
She encouraged the group, which included both current students, alumni and faculty members, to join her in helping spread the word. “Nurses have the knowledge. You have your feet on the streets,” she said, urging them to use that knowledge to educate the public and elected leaders about the need for vaccine funding. “They really want to hear from you,” she said.
“Every 20 seconds, a child dies of a vaccine-preventable disease. Invest in a healthier world. Vaccinate a child,” she said.
In taking the Honor Society pledge, the new inductees promised to “commit to nursing excellence, knowledge, service and leadership” throughout their careers. They were then given Brandman red cords to signify their involvement and congratulated by Tyke Hanisch, dean of the School of Nursing.
“As a member, you’ve become part of a worldwide community of nurses that will help you keep in touch with the reasons you became a nurse. Please remember that membership is more than recognition for your academic or professional success. It is an experience that you create throughout your career through honor, community service and innovative solutions, ” said Hetherington.
One in five children around the world lack access to vaccines. The Shot@Life program works to find funding for global immunization programs and initiatives through legislative advocacy and community support. More information is available at shotatlife.org
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