NOTES FOR NURSES
The second annual Notes for Nurses event, scheduled for Saturday, September 27th, is shaping up to be another wonderful evening of great music, food and fun.
Wilson Living Magazine is one of many proud sponsors supporting the event this year.
BY ANGEL KANE
The second annual Notes for Nurses event, scheduled for Saturday, September 27th, is shaping up to be another wonderful evening of great music, food and fun. Beth McCall, event chair and member of the Cumberland University Rudy School of Nursing & Health Professions Advisory Council, and a former nurse herself, couldn’t be more excited to be part of the event that last year, raised over $55,000 for the School. Wilson Living Magazine is one of many proud sponsors supporting the event this year.
WLM: How did the name, “Notes for Nurses”, come about?
Beth: The name is a play on words. Nurses do a lot of charting and documenting. From the time we are in nursing school we are taught to document, document, document everything we are doing for our patients. So the name seemed to be a perfect play on words with musical notes.
WLM: The event obviously benefits the nursing school but what specifically is its purpose?
Beth: Our mission is to raise funds for the simulation equipment that the nursing students really need at Cumberland University. Each piece of simulation equipment or a simulation person can cost $75,000 to $100,000. But it’s so important that our students have this equipment in order for them to be confident, when theory and practice eventually do meet at the hospital bedside. With this equipment, the students are able to practice invasive procedures without harm to the real patients or practicing on each other, like we had to do when I was in nursing school.
WLM: I understand the event also helped establish a new scholarship.
Beth: Yes, with some of the money we raised from last year’s event, we’ve been able to create a scholarship that begins the Summer semester of 2015. The Nursing Advisory Council Scholarship was established to help support one or more second degree seeking nursing students enrolled in a summer semester. In addition to raising funds for the simulation equipment, we also intend to continue to help build up our scholarship fund.
WLM: Who are some of the the songwriters we will get to see and hear from this year?
Beth: We are thrilled this year to have Paul Overstreet, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall. They will set up on stage in an informal setting, kind of like a songwriter in the round. They will be interacting with each other and the audience, talking about their songs and what inspired them. Some of their hit songs include Forever and Ever Amen, and Digging Up Bones by Paul Overstreet, The Climb and I Drive Your Truck by Jessi Alexander and Drink On It and Whiskey Lullaby by Jon Randall, just to name a few. The only instruments they will have will be acoustic guitars and we will all get to hear them perform their own songs. It’s really a fantastic evening, very personal.
WLM: I hear your silent auction items this year are amazing. Can you share just a few with us?
Beth: So far we have some great items donated including an airplane ride in a Stearman open cockpit plane, a Grill Dome Grill from Hot Spring Spas of Music City and The Tennessean will be donating several ticket packages to make for a fun night out on the town in Nashville. You can also bid on items like a beautiful handmade quilt made by one of the CU nursing professors. Our auction will hold a variety of items with more coming in every day.
WLM: So what tasty treats can guests expect?
Beth: Two Fat Men is preparing a great menu of hickory smoked chicken, salad, twice baked potato casserole, green beans and apple pie. Once again we will also have a cash bar for wine and beer and this year we are having a signature cocktail exclusively prepared for us.
WLM: How does one dress for Notes?
Beth: Informal for sure – jeans and boots. We want everyone to be comfortable. And again this year the CU students will be present helping greet guests, working the silent auction and insuring that everything goes off perfectly.
WLM: Are there tickets still available?
Beth: Yes and you can purchase them by going to www.cumberland. edu/notesfornurses or call Cumberland University at 615-547-1245. Be sure to like us on Facebook to keep up to date as we continue to add auction items and information about the event. And be sure to also keep up with Wilson Living Magazine’s FB page where you guys will be giving away tickets to your fans. It’s going to be a wonderful night for a wonderful cause and I hope many of your readers will join us!
NOTES FOR NURSES IS SPONSORED BY:
D.T. McCall & Sons, Serenity Dental, Direct Flight Solutions, The Tennessean, WANT FM 98.9, Wilson Living Magazine, Brantley Sound, Powell & Meadows Insurance, Center for Living and Learning, Primary Residential Mortgage Inc., Family of Dr. Joe F. Bryant, University Medical Center.