Nurses will be recognized with a float in the 124 th Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA on the float "A Healing Place," which was inspired in-part by the election of Sally Bixby, RN, the first registered nurse to serve as president of the historic Tournament of Roses parade.
Built using funds raised by the nonprofit Bare Root, Inc., the float will feature 10 riders, each one selected to represent diversity in registered nursing.
One of those riders will be Bob Patterson, MSN, RN, treasurer, American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). With more than 30 years of experience in various clinical and leadership roles, Patterson is an active advocate for men in nursing.
Patterson's presence aboard the float is seen by the riders as an important step toward raising awareness of nursing as a men's profession and dispelling stereotypes about nurses in general. According to the New York Times, men make up approximately 7% of the nursing workforce in the U.S.
An estimated 300 million viewers worldwide will also have an opportunity to see the scrubs and lab coat bearing the AAMN logo, which have been donated by men's scrubs store Murse World to be worn by Patterson during the parade.
"It is very important for us to support Bob as he appears on the worldwide stage as an advocate for men in nursing," says Murse World co-founder, Scott Topiol, himself a recent graduate of the registered nursing program at Los Angeles City College.
Earlier in 2012, AAMN and Murse World entered into a strategic partnership in order to help promote the needs of men within the medical uniform industry.
According to Murse World co-founder Alex Mayzels, "Male nurses have traditionally been forced to wear so-called unisex scrubs which simply don't fit well. We felt that since Bob would be representing nursing as a men's profession on board the Rose Parade float, his scrubs should also look smart and professional."
Members of the Murse World staff plan on attending the upcoming Rose Parade in person to support Patterson and the other riders.
Launched in 2011, Murse World is the world's first scrubs store exclusively for men. They sell men's scrubs by popular brands such as Dickies, Cherokee, Landau, Koi, Iguana Med, Ecko Unlimited, Med Couture and more, through their website at http://www.MurseWorld.com.
For more information about the American Assembly for Men in Nursing visit: http://www.aamn.org.For more information about the Nurses' float, visit www.flowers4thefloat.org, the Nurses' Float Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NursesFloat or follow @NursesFloat on Twitter.
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