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!