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Make a Difference--be an Advocate for the Nursing Profession

Posted Nov 03 2008 9:02pm

If you are a RN or LPN, passionate about your career and enjoy talking about it, do I have a gig for you!

Our nation’s nursing shortage, predicted to reach a shortfall of nearly half a million in the next decade, demands swift action. The Campaign for Nursing’s Future (CNF) was created and is underwritten by the Johnson & Johnson Company in response to the crisis.

In cooperation with several nursing organizations, including the National League of Nursing, the National Student Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association, CNF’s aim is to bring more people into nursing, develop more nurse educators and retain the talent already in the profession. That’s where you come in.

CNF is activating the troops. Who better to get the word out about nursing than nurses? CNF has created the Nurses Who Make a Difference program and is encouraging nurses to actively seek opportunities to speak before groups such as elementary (can’t plant those seeds too early) and high schools, youth activity centers and scout groups. If you’re concerned that you don’t know how to begin, CNF makes it easy by providing a kit, at no charge, that includes presentation materials and a scrub top to wear during the presentation. Free magnets, posters and pens may also be ordered through CNF’s Web site.

Nurses are trained to be good communicators and many of us are chatty, as well, so it seems that being an advocate for a nursing career would be second nature for most of us.

To be a part of the Nurses Who Make a Difference program, send an email to that includes your name, job title (RN, LPN, NP, etc.), mailing address and scrub size. Additional information can be found at

Arrange to speak to your children’s or grandchildren’s classrooms and extra-curricular activity groups. Don’t limit yourself to young people. Many nursing students are of non-traditional age, so be creative and look for audiences that are non-traditional. Most people are familiar with nursing generally, but not specifically. We can create excitement about nursing by showcasing the varied and highly technical lifesaving skills nurses perform every day. Let’s get busy. We have to replenish our ranks.

If any of you are already active in this program, please let me know to what groups you have spoken and how your message was received.

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