Annual run raises scholarship funds and awareness
AUSTIN, Texas, July 29, 2010 – Decision Critical, Inc. (Decision Critical) announced today that founder and CEO, Kenneth W. Dion, RN, has again successfully completed his annual San Francisco half marathon run in memory of Eileen Bowden, RN. For the past two years, Dion has trained, run, and raised scholarship funds in memory of Bowden in an effort to increase awareness around the need for future professional nurses.
In April 2009, Santa Clara High School’s staff nurse, Eileen Bowden, performed CPR on the school’s softball coach after he collapsed with no pulse after a team practice. Bowden’s actions kept the coach alive until paramedics arrived at the school, but then nurse Bowden collapsed. Tragically, she died en route to the local medical center.
In August 2009, Dion first ran the San Francisco half-marathon in memory of Bowden in an effort to raise funds for nursing scholarships and to increase awareness around the critical need for future professional nurses. His efforts raised over $3,200 toward the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered through the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association. This scholarship supports nursing students making the personal sacrifices necessary to emulate professional excellence in nursing as exemplified by Bowden.
On July 25, 2010, Dion again ran the half marathon, again in memory of Bowden. He has raised $2,000 to date toward the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship Fund. His fund raising efforts continue at charity.decisioncritical.com. All donations received are tax deductible and will directly benefit the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship Fund.
“I am not a runner,” said Dion. “John F. Kennedy once said that, ‘We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things . . . not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’ In an effort to bring increased attention to our need for future professional nurses, I chose this event because it was hard. I wanted people to know that this was something that I take very, very seriously. I believe that the importance of nurses like Eileen lives on in her memory, and if we do not recognize and make others aware of the need for exceptional nurses like Eileen, they will not be there when we need them. We must all support aspiring nurses financially while they make the hard personal sacrifices on their journey to becoming a professional nurse.”
To learn more about the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship and other nursing scholarships at the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association website, please click here
About Decision Critical, Inc.
Decision Critical, Inc. specializes in providing a web-enabled competency management system. The cornerstone of the Decision Critical value proposition is the 360° Competency Management model. Our web-based learning management system, competency checklists, professional portfolio, and professional evaluation solution drive this comprehensive model. These solutions are extremely valuable to a wide variety of constituencies within healthcare organizations including, but not limited to, Nursing, Education, Human Resources, Compliance, Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance and are designed to help healthcare organizations improve patient outcomes, drive training and education, and ensure staff competency and compliance. For more information, go to www.decisioncritical.com.
About The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (the Foundation) was created in 1969 to honor Frances Tompkins, the Association’s first Executive Director. The Foundation is organized as a 501 (C) (3) charitable foundation and all contributions are tax deductible.