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Rebecca Patton, ANA past president, to speak at pinning ceremony

Posted Apr. 24, 2014

Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, and immediate past president of the American Nurses Rebecca PattonAssociation (ANA), will the guest speaker at the Kent State University at Trumbull's nursing program pinning ceremony on May 8. ANA is the nation's leading professional nursing organization, representing the major health policy, practice, and workplace issues of 3.1 million RNs in the United States.

In addition to serving as ANA president from 2006 to 2010, Patton, a Kent State alumna ('80, BSN), held numerous leadership roles within ANA and the Ohio Nurses Association. During her ANA presidency, she was an ardent advocate for nurses, nursing, and patients, working tirelessly on health care reform and other vital issues. Patton currently serves as a faculty member for the Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing.

"I'm glad to come back to Kent State where their strong educational foundation is creating the next generation of competent, caring nurses, " said Patton. " These graduates will soon become some of the most trusted professionals providing high-level quality care for individuals. Without a doubt, they will make a difference in someone's life. It is just a matter of when and how often. It is an honor to welcome them to the noblest profession of all, nursing."

A nurse since 1980, Patton was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, one of the nation's largest health care trade publications. She received the Community Involved Political Action Award from the Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Xi Chapter at Kent State (2000), and the Dorothy E. Cornelius Leadership Congress Award from the Ohio Nurses Association (1999).