SOURCE: Bare Root

October 09, 2013 09:00 ET

Historic Nurses' Float Announces Scholarship in Coordination With ACNL

Monies Raised on Behalf of 2013 Rose Parade ® "A Healing Place" Float to Honor and Support the Next Generation of Nurses

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2013) - The Legacy of Bare Root, Inc. will live on through the formation of the Nurses' Float Scholarship Fund with funds remaining from the Nurses' Float, which appeared in the 2013 Rose Parade. This endowed national scholarship will be awarded through the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL).

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a registered nurse pursuing either an ADN to BSN or BSN to MSN degree. Applicants do not need to be a resident of California or member of ACNL to apply.

"It gives us great joy to be able to continue to pay it forward by creating a scholarship with remaining funds that were so generously donated by our friends and peers across the country who supported the Nurses' Float," said Monica Weisbrich, RN, President of Bare Root. "We believe that ACNL is committed to promoting education and truly champions the advancement of quality health care and practice, it was a perfect fit to work with them to make this scholarship fund a reality."

The Nurses' Float was the dream of five nurses in Southern California when they learned that Sally Bixby, RN, would be president of the Tournament of Roses in 2012. The group, consisting of Monica Weisbrich, BSN,RN; Judy Dahle, MS, MSG, RN; Paul Wafer, MBA, RN; Pat Spongberg, RN, BSN, CNOR (E) and Suzanne Ward, MA, MN, RN, CNOR (E), GC-C got together in 2007 and formed the non-profit group Bare Root, Inc. These five nurses seized the opportunity to honor nurses worldwide, showcasing the unique characteristics of nurses through the incredibly warm, nature-themed float, "A Healing Place."

"Nurses across the nation felt a sense of pride as we watched the beautiful float honoring nursing's contributions to the health of our communities during the Rose Parade," said Patricia McFarland, MS, RN, FAAN, CEO of ACNL. "It is our privilege to continue the vision of the great nurse leaders from Bare Root by administering the Nurses Float Scholarship Fund. This scholarship reinforces ACNL's commitment to lifelong learning to improve health care for all." 

Nurses interested in applying for the Nurses' Float Scholarship may visit for more details. Applications are available through November 22, 2013.

About Bare Root and the Nurses' Float
In 2007 five registered nurses in California formed a non-profit organization, "Bare Root, Inc." to raise money and build a float to honor nursing professionals worldwide for their contributions to their patients and the health of their communities. When they started they felt that raising enough money to build a float was almost insurmountable. In the end they were able to raise over $400,000.00 and are now endowing the Nurses' Float Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the Nurses' float, visit,

About Association of California Nurse Leaders
The Association of California Nurse Leaders is a nonprofit professional organization representing nurse leaders in hospitals, health systems, academia, research and business. For more than 35 years, ACNL has affected positive change for nursing and health care by developing nurse leaders, advancing the professional practice of nursing and improving the health of California's communities.

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