Parading nursing pride in Pasadena

Employee News & Views Editor: January 08, 201316 Comments

If you watched the annual Tournament of Roses Parade closely you might have glimpsed some of our Community Regional Medical Center’s nurses beaming with pride and cheering when the float we helped build glided down Colorado Boulevard.

We took a busload of nurses from Fresno to Pasadena to help place flowers on the nurses float named “A Healing Place.”

The themes on the float – confident, caring, competent leader, gentle, wise, compassionate, confidence, conscientious – are about all the qualities nurses have. Each animal on the float represented these qualities and more – a caring mother deer and fawn, wise owls, gentle rabbits, clever raccoons, and of course, nightingales for our profession’s founder Florence Nightingale. [There's more info on the float at the nurses float web site.]

We started planning for this year’s Rose Parade in 2007 when members of the Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN) heard that Sally Bixby, a nurse and director of Surgical Services at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, would be the 2013 President of the Tournament of Roses and Rose Bowl Game. She’s the first nurse to hold the office. She has been a volunteer for 19 years in the Tournament of Roses festivities. In 2007 the non-profit organization Bare Root Inc. was formed and through the generous support of individual nurses, nurse organizations/associations, hospitals/health systems, healthcare industries, and supporters/friends of nurses, we were able to create the float that celebrated, honored and thanked nurses around the world, for all they do for their patients.

This was my first time decorating a float, but not my first time at the Rose Parade. More than 30 years ago I camped on the street the night before to get a good view. This time I bought my seat tickets the first day they went on sale to make sure I was there to cheer on Sally Bixby and honor fellow nurses.

I am so thrilled to be part of this celebration of all my nurse colleagues. I think we were all excited and proud to be nurses helping to build the float that would celebrate and acknowledge all that nurses do each and every day for patients.


I’ll never forget the first time I saw the float finally completed, knowing that so many nurses took time from their busy schedules and family to be part of this once in a lifetime experience. Together anything can be accomplished!

If you came along for this thrill please share your experience. And if you saw the float in the parade, let us know what you thought.

Lydia Miller, RN, OCN
Radiation Oncology at Cancer Center California

16 responses to Parading nursing pride in Pasadena

In my opinion nurses need to

In my opinion nurses need to go abroad and gain experience and then serve the patients here to have a future.


I honestly am so pride that I

I honestly am so pride that I became a nurse. I really do. I love my work, ilove helping patients and it really feels great.


As one of the board members

As one of the board members responsible for making this happen I just want to say that seeing these comments and the joy it brought to all of those that participated in building the float is the best part of this whole experience. It was a truly amazing journey putting this together and I want to thank the 1000 nurse volunteers that participated in decorating and making such a beautiful float.


Lydia,I am so happy to see

Lydia, I am so happy to see this and it made watching the Rose Bowl Parade a very special experience this year know you had a hand in this meaningful float. Thanks for sharing your experience and pics!!


Rose Parade Float

Wow!! The float is so amazing! Great job! It's wonderful to see nurses getting involved in activities such as this.


Nurses Float

Absolutely breathtaking! I was there at the parade and the float was beautiful. Those who were a part of building the float should be very proud.


That is amazing! You guys did

That is amazing! You guys did an awesome job, something to really be proud of!


TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADA 2013

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the nurses and their families who went on this bus tour. My co-worker, Ms Lydia Miller, RN Cancer Center, had the wondwerful experience to actually help put the nurses'float together. Her daughter-in-law, Ms. Robin Ontiveros, RN Community Medical Center, had the experience to put up with me in the stands during the parade. The float called the "Healing Place" reflected the qualities of nurses in the design which included caring, commitment, compassion, confience, conscientiousness & intelligence. I salute all Community Medical Centers' nurses for their dedication. With much respect:)


Awesome job Lydia!! We are so

Awesome job Lydia!! We are so proud to acknowledge you as one of our peers and friends.


Tournament of Roses float

Amazing float...sorry I missed it on TV, but it looks awesome! That's great that nurses from Fresno participated.


Rose Parade float

I thought the float was just beautiful-the attention to detail with all of the animals was amazing. The nurses riding on the float were pretty amazing, too! Good job everyone!


Its wounderful to see this

Its wounderful to see this type of teamwork


Congratulations to you and

Congratulations to you and all the CMC employees involved. What a wonderful opportunity.


Awesome story and pictures

Awesome story and pictures thanks for sharing!!


It's great that these nurses

It's great that these nurses cared enough to support their fellow nurses and had a presence in force. I think, this is something that they will remember for a long time.


ROSE PARADE 2013

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the nurses and their families who went on the bus tour to the Rose Parade to celebrate & honor all nurses. My co-worker, Ms. Lydia Miller, RN Cancer Center, had the wonderful experience to actually help put the nurses' float together. Her daughter-in-law, Ms. Robin Ontiveros,RN Community Medical Center, had the experience to put up with me in the stands during the parade. The float called the "Healing Place" reflected the qualities of nurses in the design which included caring, commitment, compassion, confidence, conscientiousness & intelligence. I salute all Community Medical Center's nurses for their dedication. With much respect:)


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