2013: The Year of Nurses Rising, Girl-Power to the Tenth Degree


nurses float

2013 Rose Parade, Nurses’ Float .Winner of the Craftsman trophy.

As anyone who saw this year’s Rose Parade can attest, 2013 is the year of women, especially nurses rising.

Sally Bixby, the first RN to be the President of the Rose Parade, encouraged America to see the world through the eyes of a nurse. Women were well represented on the floats and among the participants from all over the globe. This year’s theme– “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”—had many strong women leading the way. From cowgirl stunt riders, women in the military and, of course, nurses, everyone felt the power of hope and promise that feminine energy gives to others.

The all Nurses’ Float, with the theme “A Healing Place,” made every nurse proud when it won the Craftsman trophy. What an honor to participate and earn this prestigious award on our very first try at representing Nurses’ Values. Beginners luck? I think not.

There’s no mistake that nursing is a predominately female profession. Our ability to heal with skill, compassion, and strength makes nursing the backbone of healthcare. Like Wonder Woman’s shield or the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s computer wizardry, nurses have super powers to advocate for safety in the middle of the most intense life or death situations.

With the Affordable Care Act looming, nurses are called to duty to set precedent in the direction of healthcare reform. The Nurses’ Float decreed our virtues. Now it is time to lace up our sneakers and take our advocacy skills to the streets to stand up for the value of comprehensive healthcare for all.

We now have a Senate with a democratic majority and more female delegates in Congress than ever before. The stage is set for Nurses Rising and for all women’s voices to be heard as caring, wise, and compassionate leaders who will go wherever we must and do whatever it takes to bring the dream of quality, affordable care to fruition. Now that’s what I call girl power to the tenth degree!

  5 comments for “2013: The Year of Nurses Rising, Girl-Power to the Tenth Degree

  1. greg
    January 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    You go girl! This should be the year we set the nation onto a course of universal, one payer health care.


  2. March 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Hello Ms. Rita Batchley,

    The year 2013 is, indeed, the Year of Nurses; and as we all know, it will continue to be so for a decade or more! You have got an inspiring post here and a friend was right to recommend that I read it!

    As an editor for Nursing Explorer, I know the hard work that it takes to accomplish a nursing degree and eventually build an impressive portfolio – so to still have time to write and come up with a blog such as this is truly wonderful!


    • March 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I’ll be sure to look for your work as well.


    • April 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      You are very kind. Empowering and encouraging nurses is my passion. I am happy that I have accomplished that with you.


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