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Friday, November 20, 2009 - North Broward Medical Center Gives Local Students a Glimpse into the World of Nursing

Deerfield Beach, FL – Broward Health North Broward Medical Center recently participated in South Florida Nursing Consortium’s annual program, “A Day in the Life of a Nurse,” by pairing 21 local high school students with registered nurses for a glimpse into the nursing profession.

“This program is an excellent way to show students the extent of the duties performed by nurses, as well as inspire them to pursue this rewarding career,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of North Broward Medical Center. “Our nurses take pride in the quality care they give patients each and every day and were happy to share those experiences with students interested in healthcare.”

The students who visited North Broward Medical Center consisted of Juniors and Seniors from Blanche Ely High School and Deerfield Beach High School. They shadowed nurses throughout the entire hospital, including various nursing units as well as the Emergency Department, Cancer Center, Same Day Surgery, Cardiac Services and the Operating Room.

Each year, the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, a coalition of hospitals, nursing schools, health care agencies, and foundations, organizes the “Day in the Life of a Nurse” program in partnership with South Florida public school districts and many private high schools. A total of forty-six South Florida facilities and forty-nine schools participated this year, both program records.

The Nursing Consortium of South Florida, founded in 1997, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation whose strength lies in being the nexus for collaboration by the nurse leaders of its member organizations; South Florida’s leading hospitals, nursing schools, staffing agencies and foundations. The Consortium’s mission is to identify and address factors causing a nursing shortage in South Florida. It unites nursing practice and education from across the region to address the area’s need for culturally and technically competent nurses, by cultivating interest in nursing careers, by advocating for the interests of the profession and by improving the public’s understanding of nursing concerns and the perception of the nursing profession. For more information visit www.nursingconsortium.us.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.