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Boise State’s Friends of Nursing Hosts Annual Gala Nov. 8

Phil Jimenez and Luther Raechal demonstrate simulation manikins to 2011 Friends of Nursing gala attendees.
Phil Jimenez and Luther Raechal demonstrate simulation manikins to 2011 Friends of Nursing gala attendees.

Boise State University’s Friends of Nursing will hold its sixth annual “A Night for Nursing Excellence” gala event at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State.

David Vlahov, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, is the guest speaker at the event, which will benefit Boise State’s School of Nursing and its strategic initiative to expand its research agenda and graduate programs. Vlahov’s talk will focus on the challenges facing national efforts to ensure access to quality health care for all citizens.

“With health care in America at a challenging crossroads, we look forward to Dr. Vlahov’s comments regarding the future of state-of-the-art and evidence-based medical and nursing care,” said Kirsten Coughlin, fundraising chair of the Friends of Nursing at Boise State. “Our continued efforts at this unique event, in alignment with the strategic plan of the School of Nursing, will ensure that both stellar undergraduate and graduate programs continue to meet the needs of the citizens of Idaho now and in the future.”

Cost is $150 per person and a full table seats 10 people. Sponsorships also are available at $1,600, $2,600 and $3,600 levels and include four, eight and 10 tickets respectively, as well as promotion of the sponsor. Parking for all attendees will be provided in the west side of the Albertsons Stadium parking lot.

Friends of Nursing is a volunteer group of community members established in 1988 for the purpose of supporting excellence in nursing education by providing resources for and enhancing community relationships with Boise State’s School of Nursing. Board membership includes registered nurses, physicians, key hospital administrators, proactive leaders in professional organizations and other citizens interested in advocating for nursing education.

For more information about the gala event or Friends of Nursing, contact Leslie Black, administrative assistant in the College of Health Sciences, at 426-5776 or