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Dr. Sheila Ryan, immediate past-president of the National League for Nursing, used the occasion of her opening presidential address at the League's 23rd biennial convention to summon the nation's more than 1,600 nursing programs to each identify and educate, annually, a single parent on public assistance, preparing them to work in community health.
In a speech that called the conference together under the theme, "A Celebration of Learning," Ryan spoke of the special calling of the nurse educator and how appropriate it was that the profession should take up the challenge to be a part of the welfare-to-work solution and help solve a pressing social problem.
"This room is filled with teachers and nurses who have worked hard to expose the natural and unique beauty hidden deep within others," stated Ryan. "It takes the sculptor who is within each of us to envision what could be for each student, or …