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Posted: 10/29/2009

American Nurses Association (ANA) president Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, spoke to a large gathering of students, faculty, and staff at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) on September 21 about the nursing profession, and the responsibility nurses face.

"I believe you will become the greatest generation of nurses, Patton said.  "It's a responsibility you'll have to acceptnot for yourselvesbut for the patients you serve."

Patton accepted an invitation from the JHUSON chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) to speak about the importance of nursing professional development, and the reputation that Hopkins has forged over the years.

"This school has a history of creating nurse leaders," Patton noted.

A light reception followed Patton's presentation and gave the students an opportunity to talk more informally about the goals and vision she outlined.

The NSNA is a national organization dedicated to fostering the professional development and leadership skills of nursing students.