Cincinnati--Retired Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender, RN, MSN,
FAAN, United States Army Nurse Corps, will be the keynote speaker at
the special ceremony honoring the UC College of Nursing's graduating
class June 7. Ms. Adams-Ender was the first nurse in Army history to be
commanding general of a base, Fort Belvoir, Va. Her recent book, a
memoir, is entitled My Rise to the Stars: How a Sharecropper's Daughter Became an Army General.
The underlying theme is overcoming obstacles, something Adams-Ender is
passionate about. "I have had many more problems based upon my gender
than my color," she said.
Ms. Adams-Ender is included in Working Woman
magazinešs list of 350 women who changed the world. She was inducted as
a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She was selected as the
first female in the U.S. Army to be awarded the Expert Field Medical
Badge. In addition, she holds 10 honorary doctorate degrees in a
variety of disciplines.
A large part of Ms. Adams-Ender's life is
devoted to encouraging young people to become nurses. Though retired
from the Army, she continues to extol the advantages of a career in
military nursing. Adams-Ender earned a BSN in Nursing in 1961 and
joined the army to see the world. As chief army nursing recruiter
during the 1980's, she enlisted more than 5,000 nurses into the field.
Her clinical background includes work in one of the Army's first
intensive care units. As Ms. Adams-Ender's administrative career
advanced, she made it clear that, "in terms of nursing practice, when
the Army Nurse Corps was established, nurses would be responsible for
the management, supervision and leadership of nursing practice."
ceremony in honor of the graduating class will be held at 5 p.m. on
June 7 in the Shoemaker Center. For more information about this event
contact, Kiana Millions at (513) 558-5860 or log on to the College of Nursing website at http://nursing.uc.edu.