Flowers 4 the Float

The Nurses' Float
Celebrate and Honor All Nurses
at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade®

Cathy WardCathy Rodgers Ward, RN, DNSc, NEA-BC

Float Rider from

Facility: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

Cathy has led the medical center’s Inpatient Department of Nursing since 2000 with clarity, skill and vision. Patient satisfaction rankings have risen from the mid-60th to the 90th percentile during her tenure.

A former critical care nurse, she views management as an opportunity to influence the care of a greater number of patients than she could personally touch. Recognizing, mentoring and nurturing talent, she raises the bar of quality nursing throughout the organization and the profession.


How Cathy Was Selected as a Float Rider

Cathy was invited by as an honored guest for being nominated and winning a 2011 National Nurses of the Year Award. Cathy won under the Management category.  “This outstanding nurse epitomizes the best of who nurses are and what this wonderful profession of ours has to offer,” said Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN, senior vice president, nursing communications & initiatives. “We are honored to have the privilege of recognizing her contributions to the nursing profession. She is a true nursing role model who is visionary, talented, professional and committed.”