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Publish Date: 06/03/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Former Brigadier General Speaks to UC College of Nursing

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."

The 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

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