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Arizona Republic reports on O’Connor's convocation speech

May 10, 2012

An article in the May 8 Arizona Republic reported on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s speech at the College of Law’s convocation on May 3.

O’Connor told the graduates not to be discouraged if they haven’t received the job offer they want. She reminded them that the only job offer she got after graduation was that as a legal secretary, the article said. Download Full Image

“If your career path is at all like mine… you won’t be starting at the top of the ladder,” O’Connor said.

She said first jobs aren’t as crucial as developing the right work habits.

“I always did the best I could with what I had,” O’Connor said. “Devotion to excellence in all things…can have its rewards.”

O’Connor also attributed her professional success to being in the right place at the right time.

“The real question is ‘How do you get to be in the right place at the right time?’ The only things we can control are the quality and seriousness of our work every step of the way,” she said.

To read the article, click here.

O’Connor was nominated to be the first woman on the country’s highest court by President Ronald Reagan. She served from Sept. 25, 1981, until her retirement on Jan. 31, 2006, and during that time was often a crucial deciding vote in 5-4 decisions on some of the most controversial issues of our time. In March 2006, the College of Law was renamed in her honor, and she often speaks and teaches there.

Nurses participate in weekend immersion program at Mayo Clinic

May 10, 2012

Thirty registered nurses from Arizona, California, Nebraska and Alabama enjoyed a Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics (WINI) program at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, April 27-29.

Designed for nurses who want to expand or clarify their working knowledge of informatics, the conference focused on trends and issues in the practice and provided a comprehensive examination of nursing informatics theories, including the impact of human factors, the systems life cycle approach, methods for managing information databases and an information technology overview. The content provided an opportunity for experienced informatics nurses to prepare for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nursing Informatics Certification exam and gain nursing informatics specific contact hour continuing credit.  It also gave new informatics nurses an understanding of the breadth of knowledge and skills expected of the role. Download Full Image

The program was hosted by ASU’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and taught by Carol Bickford and Kathleen Smith. Both faculty are board certified in nursing informatics by the ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center and Fellows of the Health Information and Management Systems Society.  The WINI faculty received the Information Technology Knowledge Advance Award from Sigma Theta Tau, International in 2001.  Faculty also received the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award from the Maryland Nurses Association in 2003.