Bob Patterson Joins Inaugural Nurses’ Float at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade

Bob Patterson, Administrative Director for the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care and Treasurer and Education Chair, American Assembly for Men in Nursing, was selected to be one of eleven to sit on the Nurses’ Float at the 2013 Tournament of Roses, January 1, 2013.  Patterson, who was selected by Judy Dahle and Monica Weisbrich from the American Nurses’ Association/California, was chosen for his passion and efforts around recruitment and retention of men in nursing.

The 2013 Tournament of Roses president is Sally Bixby, RN.  This is the first time that a nurse was president of the Tournament of Roses, and only the second time that a woman was named to the top role.   To support this amazing opportunity, five registered nurses in California formed a nonprofit organization, “Bare Root,” to raise money and build a float to honor nursing professionals worldwide for their tireless efforts. To date, Bare Root has raised more than $300,000. One hundred percent of funds raised supported the development of the Nurses’ Float, with continued fundraising efforts being used for scholarships and grants to qualifying organizations.

“When we decided to build a float to honor Sally, we realized that we also wanted to honor nurses everywhere.  Nurses are really the unsung heroes of healthcare and healing,” said Monica Weisbrich, RN, president of Bare Root. “So many people have approached us asking how they can honor a special nurse in their life.  We thought this would be a wonderful way to allow them to express gratitude and to share their story if they would like to.”

The theme of the float, “A Healing Place,” serves as a metaphor for the healing environments nurses create through the use of their qualities and skills.  “A Healing Place” is created anywhere there is a nurse and a patient – from the hospital to the battlefield; from a school to a home; from a clinic to a specialty care center.  The words that surrounded and supported
the float explain those qualities.

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For more information about the Nurses’ float, visit

Patterson expresses his gratitude for being selected by Weisbrich and Dahle to be a part of this historical event, as well as the generous, anonymous contribution of $30,000

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