More than 125 nurses from around Oregon came together on September 21 to “Connect” at the Oregon Center for Nursing’s (OCN) annual fundraiser breakfast at the Oregon Zoo.
“Connections are crucial in today’s fast-moving world,” said OCN Executive Director Jana R. Bitton. “It is important to take time to reflect on what connects us to our work, our colleagues and our communities.”
The event showcased the stories of two local nurses sharing how connecting with others has impacted their own careers. Mallie Kozy, PhD, RN, faculty at the University of Portland School of Nursing and incoming president of the Oregon Center for Nursing’s Board of Directors, explained how OCN has helped her connect with information about nursing in Oregon and nursing colleagues throughout the state. Sarah Wickenhagen, DNP, FNP, ARNP, Executive Director of the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, recalled some of her experiences as an army nurse, nurse educator, and nurse leader and how networking and connecting with colleagues has encouraged her along her career path.
This year marks the 8th year OCN has held a fundraising breakfast. More than $72,000 was raised through individual gifts and corporate donations. Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health Systems, Providence Health and Services, the Oregon Nurses Association, and the University of Portland all provided premier sponsorship of “Connect” event. Other sponsors included Avamere Health, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Salem Health, Adventist Health, Marquis Companies, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and PeaceHealth.
Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and donated to OCN!