February 21, 2007
“To those of you who are going into nursing, I would like to say ‘welcome,’” said Pam Malloy during Oklahoma Baptist University’s Chapel Feb. 21. “Please study hard, and hurry up and graduate as soon as possible. We desperately need you.”
Malloy, director of special projects at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, discussed the nation’s critical shortage of nurses.
She said there will be a need for more than one million nurses within the next seven years. However, nursing schools around the country turn away students every year.
“Nurses have the privilege of being those people [there] during life’s profound moments – moments of great joy and moments of great sorrow,” said Malloy, a 1974 OBU graduate and mother of current OBU nursing student, Rebekah Malloy.
“This privilege comes with tremendous responsibilities. The responsibility to be well educated, the responsibility to communicate clearly, the responsibility to practice with great integrity, and the responsibility to face the intensity of the human condition with great compassion,” she said.
Malloy spoke as part of OBU’s 2007 Chapel series, “Beyond the Hill.” The series features distinguished OBU alumni from a range of academic disciplines, who reflect on their time at OBU and expound on their lives after college.
“I know there is great talent and potential in this room,” said Malloy. “Yet when you graduate and obtain that very, very precious degree that you worked so hard for, don’t be misled thinking that it is a ticket to the good life. Instead, think of it as your ticket to change the world.”
Using the biblical analogy of salt and light, Malloy urged students to live each day as a witness. She challenged them to see being “salt and light” as a lifestyle to demonstrate faith and obedience, and to enjoy “all that God has granted.”
“You should think big. You should dream very big. Most of all you should pray very, very hard,” she said.