News Releases

May 7, 2010
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Nursing and Ethics:  
A Legacy from Florence Nightingale

The Clark College Nursing Department will host the second annual 
Hilma Speights Distinguished Lecture and Nursing Celebration on Wednesday, May 12


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Beyond the dynamics of medical care, what are the key ethical issues facing nurses today?   That question is at the heart of the second annual Hilma Speights Distinguished Lecture and Nursing Celebration on Wednesday, May 12.  The keynote speaker, Dr. Ginny Guido, Regional Director and Assistant Dean of Nursing at WSU Vancouver, will present "Nursing and Ethics: A Legacy from Florence Nightingale." 

The event, which will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.  It will be hosted by the Clark College Nursing Department in collaboration with the WSU Vancouver College of Nursing. The lecture will be held in Room 120 of Clark College at WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver.  Parking at the WSU Vancouver campus is free after 7 p.m.

This presentation offers participants 1 Contact hour provided by the WSU College of Nursing (PA-44/Aug/2010).  The WSU College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the Washington State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.  The WSU College of Nursing is also an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing provider number CEP #10888.

The annual lecture and celebration was established in honor of Hilma Speights, who provided an estate gift of $4.1 million to Clark College for nursing education.  Speights, a resident of Washougal who died in 2004, spent most of her career at Alcoa.  She took several classes at Clark College and was a volunteer in the college’s Mature Learning Program. 

The annual Hilma Speights Distinguished Lecture is held during National Nurses Week.  This year, the event coincides with International Nurses Day, which is held on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.  Born in 1820, Nightingale became known during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing.