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Two UCLA nurses are Rose Parade-bound

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When a float sponsored by national nursing organizations rolls down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1, two award-winning UCLA nurses will be among 10 care givers selected to ride in the Tournament of Roses Parade.   
 
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Priscilla "Patty" Taylor
Priscilla “Patti” Taylor, clinical nurse specialist working in liver transplantation, was invited to ride in the Rose Parade float sponsored by Nurse.com and other nursing groups after winning a 2010 National Nurses of the Year Award in the community service category.
    
Taylor joined the Army in 1964 just as Vietnam was escalating, and she said she knew then it was her calling “to care for and be of service to others.”
 
She also works with Operation Mend, acting as a case manager to the wounded warriors that the program helps. She meets the soldiers and their families when they arrive in Los Angeles, acts as their ambassador during their surgical experience and is at their bedside in recovery.
 
“I am still as passionate about being a nurse 48 years after starting my professional career,” she said. “I feel it is a privilege to care for the sick in the most vulnerable times of their lives. Being part of the Rose Parade is such an honor and I’m proud to be a UCLA nurse.”
 
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Cathy Rodgers Ward
Cathy Rodgers Ward, director of nursing at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was asked to ride on the float after she won a 2011 national Nurses of the Year Award in the management category. She has led the medical center’s Inpatient Department of Nursing since 2000, and patient satisfaction rankings have climbed during her tenure.
 
A 27-year veteran in various administrative roles at UCLA, Ward views nurse management as an opportunity to influence the care of a greater number of patients than she could personally touch.
 
“I am very proud to represent UCLA and nurse leaders across the country in this special tribute to all nurses,” she said.
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