Academic journal article ABNF Journal

September 11, 2001 - a Day I'll Never Forget

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

September 11, 2001 - a Day I'll Never Forget

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When I first started flying on a frequent basis, I would close my eyes and pray on take off and when we landed. Knowing that these were the most dangerous times of the flignt, I would ask for divine intervention to allow the plane to ascend safely and to descend in a similar manner. Lately though, I had noticed that I rarely called upon my power of prayer and that I had taken "safe flying" for granted. The events of September 11, 2001 has changed all that and has shaken my stalwart sense of confidence.

When Dr. Bess Stewart, president of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc., asked me to attend and represent the Association at the Call to the Nursing Profession conference, I gladly agreed to go. Held in Reston, Virginia, it was an assimilation of 100 plus leaders of all of the major nursing organizations in the United States, coming together under the auspices of the Steering Committee comprised of the American Nurses Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Foundation and eight other organizations to address the issue of the nursing shortage.

At our first meeting, we separated into groups or domains to discuss and arrive at one Hoshin or problem and to develop objectives to meet our goal within a span of three years. I was in the Education Domain since I have been an educator/administrator for the past 30 years. Just an aside, but out of the eight domains, only education could not arrive at a single goal but brought forth two. Of course, we were sent back to discuss further and to arrive at a goal which all of the group could endorse and support. On the evening of September 10th, we combined our two goals into one and felt that we had indeed completed out task. Feelings were high as we left the meeting that night as compromise is never easy for both sides must give up something. My goal was to increase the number of minority faculty and students in all schools of nursing. The group decided on differentiated nursing practice in meeting societal needs. Per our discussion, increasing minority faculty/students fell under "meeting societal needs."

The next morning as I was leaving my room to attend the last session to develop domain objectives, I met an attendee who informed me that an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center. …

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