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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Pretty in Pink

Published March 18, 2015 9:49 AM by Pam Tarapchak

Walking to an early morning breakfast event at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) conference, held March 7-11, I kept thinking of my friend, Lisa. Still recovering from a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery during her fight with breast cancer, she would often attend shows with me in the past to cover events for our magazines. On March 9, I was attending the launch of the Medline Pink Glove Dance Video Competition. As I walked into the large gala room, it was flooded with pink lights and nearly 1,000 nurses were getting ready to kick off the competition. I sat down at a table with nurses from Boston, Kansas and Nebraska to eat my food, but we were soon all jumping to our feet as we began to honor breast cancer survivors through the joy of dancing.

The Medline Pink Glove Dance is the only campaign to unite nearly 200,000 healthcare professionals, patients, survivors and communities to share hope for a cure and honor those affected by the disease. Breast Cancer survivor and former “Dancing With the Stars” host Samantha Harris danced side-by-side with the nurses and shared her personal cancer journey.

“I knew I was in the right place when I walked into the Breast Center at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Nurses held my hand, listened to me and I never felt alone,” Harris said at the event. “Cancer had a chance to break me down but I was determined to fight back with strength and positivity.”

ADVANCE for Nurses will be highlighting the very first Pink Glove Dance video, as well as last year’s winner and other ones at to inspire you to challenge your colleagues to enter your dance moves. The competition is running in its fifth year and includes the U.S., Canada and Panama. To register, go to

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. I’m thankful every day my friend, Lisa, is cancer free. With support from Medline, which has donated more than $1.6 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, more awareness of the disease will be able to be spread throughout the community to help those numbers finally reach zero.

posted by Pam Tarapchak


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