CSUB to Host First-Ever ‘A Day in the Life of a Nurse’ Event

California Nursing Students Association (CNSA) and Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) at California State University, Bakersfield will host the first-ever “A Day in the Life of a Nurse” event in honor of National Nurses Week from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Doré Theater.

“We are excited to show students, faculty, staff, and the public what a nurse truly does each day they go into work,” said nursing assistant professor Krystal Ball. “It is the nurse at the patient’s bedside or their home, not the physician. Nurses are required to have a broad field of knowledge including math, science, nutrition, psychology, communication and many others, and take that knowledge to recognize problems with a patient and act upon them.”

Gallup’s annual poll on Americans’ Ratings of Honesty and Ethical Standards has found nursing as the most honest and ethical profession every year but one since 1999, yet few people know what nurses really do. “A Day in the Life of a Nurse” hopes to educate and inspire guests and future nurses by taking them behind the curtain to see what these everyday heroes do for our community.

The event will take a look at what current societal views are about nursing, including a snapshot of six different nursing specialties through videos, pictures, monologues, and skits. Other activities will include a poster presentation, bone marrow registry drive, and honoring nurses in attendance.  There will also be donation drawings and fundraising opportunities to help CNSA send members to the state convention in October.

“They are the everyday heroes who do their job with grace, inspiration and commitment that affect us when we or are family members are ill,” Ball said. “We would like to take this opportunity at a time during National Nurses Week to say ‘thank you,’ and show people a glimpse behind the curtain of what nurses really do.”

“A Day in the Life of a Nurse” is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in lots B and C. For more information, contact Krystal Ball at 661-654-3107 or kball1@csub.edu.

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