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ARMC Employees Volunteer for Work on Nursing Float

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‘A Healing Place’ float celebrates and honors nurses and their caring qualities

Colton – ARMC Ambulatory Clinic Services Manager, Zarina Baqai, RN, and Natalie Rhodes, ambulatory services secretary, spent more than seven hours on Dec. 27, volunteering at the Rose Palace in Pasadena to help put the final decorative touches on the 124th Rose Parade float, “A Healing Place,” honoring all nurses. The float was a trophy winner, receiving the “Craftsman” award for exceptional achievement in showmanship and dramatic impact.

Baqai, who has been at ARMC for about five years, found out about the float through an e-mail from her local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (an honor society for nursing). Baqai was eager to help out the “Flowers 4 the Float” project that was started by a group of five nurses in 2007 to honor the nation’s nurses and the first nurse serving as president of the 2013 Tournament of Roses, Sally Bixby, RN.

“I thought volunteering to work on this float was a great opportunity to be part of something that is letting the world know what nurses do,” said Baqai, who was inspired to become a nurse when she heard about their compassionate work during her childhood in Trinidad. “The work on the nurses’ float was very meticulous and included cutting the flower petals and gluing the pieces onto the float.”

Rhodes cut up flower petals to be used on the float, and Baqai attached the ground flower petals onto a paper lantern that represented the lamp used by Florence Nightingale on her nightly rounds. Baqai’s daughter, Razia, and niece, Shanika Singh, helped decorate animal sculptures on the nurses’ float depicting the qualities of caring, commitment, compassion, confidence, conscientiousness, and intelligence. Baqai and Rhodes were not able to attend the parade, but watched it on TV and said they were proud of the work they did.

“I think that nursing is a noble profession and that it is important to recognize nurses for the work that they do,” said Johnson Gill, Assistant Hospital Administrator, Ambulatory Services. “ARMC staff who volunteer at events like this inspire others to go out and help in the community.”

ARMC is a state-of-the-art acute care facility offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, three family health centers for primary care, a Level II trauma center that is verified by the American College of Surgeons, 24-7 emergency department, mobile medical clinic, and a regional burn center.

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