Nurses Week 2021

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. During this week we nationally recognize nurses in every step of their profession, from students to retired nursing veterans, for their hard work and resilience in a demanding profession. Nurses are there with compassion when we are ill, hurt, lost, and fighting for our lives. Nurses give us hope. 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR NURSING LEADERS

This year we have a special video from our Chief Nursing Officer and the Directors of Nursing at our three campuses, where they reflect on what Nurses Week means to them, how their fellow nurses, nursing educators, and nursing students, have made a lasting impression on their careers as nursing leaders, and give thanks for your compassion and strength. 
 
Watch the Full Video here:
 
You can also find our Nurses Week video on Instagram and LinkedIn
Nursing Faculty and Students, we will be distributing new swag items to celebrate you. Please connect with your Director of Nursing on how to collect yours if you haven’t already!
 
Smith Chason School of Nursing Nurses Week swag items
 

THANK YOU, NURSES

We would like to thank you for being the rock that takes care of our families, friends, and colleagues, the educators that create lasting impacts on our future nurses, and the students that persevere through tough times to be the best nurse they can be. Thank you for your dedication to this profession. Happy Nurses Week!​

International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the achievements of women and raises awareness for gender equality. Today and every day, WCUI is celebrating the hundreds of WCUI faculty, staff, students, and alumni that identify as women who have made such a significant impact on our education and healthcare system during the pandemic.

Female Co-Founded

WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing was co-founded over 20 years ago by Myra Chason, BS, BSN, RDMS, a well-known diagnostic medical sonography instructor, and Dr. Neville Smith, M.D., a board-certified radiologist. Myra Chason and Dr. Neville Smith shared one passion and goal, to develop a college that provided the highest quality sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nursing education to our communities. In the beginnings of WCUI, Myra took on teaching lecture and lab courses, helping enroll new students, developing curriculum, all while running a new college in Beverly Hills, California.

Today, she leads three WCUI campuses, now in Los Angeles, California, Ontario, California, and Phoenix Arizona. Program offerings have grown, with eight Bachelors, Associates, and diploma programs, with more on the way. In addition, the curriculum continues to adapt to changes in the industry to support our student’s career goals.

Women at WCUI

Every year WCUI is expanding, with additions of new Directors, educators, and staff to support our growth. As of March 2021, 61% of our faculty and staff members at all three WCUI campuses identify as female. Our female-identifying team members are in a range of roles at the corporate and campus level. Including, Campus Directors, Director of Education, Program Directors, Corporate Leaders, Department Directors, Instructors, and more.

According to our September 2020 student population report, 81% of students attending all three WCUI campuses at that time identified as female. Of that 81 percent, 73% identified as a Person of Color (POC). Our female-identifying students were enrolled in full-range of programs including:

Women in Sonographer, MRI, and Nursing Roles

According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020:

  • 84% of employed Diagnostic Medical Sonographers were women, 
  • 71.9% of Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians were women,
  • 58.8% of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists were women,
  • and 90% of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN & LVN) were women. 

Women are dominating the healthcare field. They are the ones on the frontlines protecting our families and friends while risking their own health.

We Support You

WCUI is celebrating these women. They are our WCUI Family and they have made a significant impact on WCUI’s education and our healthcare system. We stand with them and support them as we work towards a society of gender equality and recognize their strength. We will continue to work hard to produce a welcome and equal environment for them, to lift them up towards their goals, and break those glass ceilings.

We also want to recognize all the amazing women in the healthcare field for the supportive care they’ve provided our communities through the pandemic. Women are on the frontlines making a significant impact on the health and minds of our communities. From sonographers to nurses to MRI technologists, to educators, to leaders, and everything in between. We applaud and support the women in our community for their talents, diversity, leadership, and dedication to education and healthcare.

We invite everyone to celebrate these women. Support their career and passion, stand up for them to forge a gender-equal world.

 

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