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Feather River Bulletin Aug. 25, 2010 9A Longboards restaurant in Graeagle will host an hors d'ceuvres and wine tasting and auction to honor Pat Buckner Sunday, Aug. 29, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m: Buckner recently retired from Feather River College where she served as Allied Health direc- tor and professor of nursing. The public is welcome at the Longboards event honoring Pat; there is no cover charge. Organizers hope people will make donations for a legacy scholarship in her honor at the event. The goal is to raise $6,750 to endow an annual $500 scholarship in her honor for an Allied Health student each year. The California Comnmnity College Foundation Osher Schol- arship Challenge will match every dollar donated with 50 cents -- a 50 percent match. R.S.V.P. by calling Longboards at 836-1111. Pat and her husband, Lloyd, ended up in Plumas County be- cause they shared a dream of moving to the mountains. They purchased property at Gold Mountain in 1998. As a result, they subscribed to the Portola Reporter where Lloyd'saw an ad for a vocational nursing director for the Plumas County Regional Occupational Programs. He got a copy of the application and gave it to Pat, telling her, "Here's an application for your next job." Pat did apply and was hired June 11, 1999, to direct the ROP vocational nursing program, which at the time was a partner- ship between the Plumas County Office of Education and the college. In October 2005, she oversaw the transition of the nursing program to Feather River College, a move that allowed stu- dents to receive college credit for nursing courses. She augmented the program by securing funding for the Zygner Allied Health Building in 2008. She also secured a three-year Allied Health Grant to expand offerings at the col- lege in home health aide, personal care attendant and emer- gency medical technician programs for Plumas and Sierra counties. , She was also instrumental in making the Zygner Allied Health Building a community resource, providing a facility for the teaching of CPR, first aid and cardiac life support. Pat wrote several successful grants and received donations to upgrade and expand the Allied~Health program at Feather River College. Those funds have been used in many capacities, from the new classroom and laboratory building to state-of-the-art sim- ulation patients. Her leadership at the state level led to official approval to use grant funding to support the off-campus vocational nurs- ing program in Fall River Mills, allowing it to continue despite difficult budget times. Her success is truly reflected in the success of her students. Graduates of the vocational nursing program at FRC have one of the highest success rates on the state board exams of any community college in California. According to Michael Bagley, dean of instruction at FRC, "Pat has been one of the most dedicated and talented faculty # ; Va.,~ular S~.~et. !? ii Pat Buckner recently retired from Feather River College where she served as Allied Health director and professor of nursing. Photo courtesy Feather River College members that I have ever had the privilege to work with. Her can-do attitude was the key to transferring and sustaining suc- cessful nursing/Allied Health programs to the college campus. I am going to miss her a lot." Pat came to Plumas County with years of education and ex- perience in both nursing and teaching She received her Mas- ter of Science in nursing: administration and supervi- sion/community health from California State University - Fresno in 1984, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from North Park College, Chicago, Ill., where she did her clinical work at the affiliated Swedish Covenant Hospital. She left California to attend school with the intent of becom- ing a teacher, but was drawn to nursing after the experience of watching her mother care for her grandmother when she # was a teenager. While attending college she took a job as a nurse assistant and ended up changing her major. After graduation Pat be- came a registered nurse in both California and Nevada, and she also holds a California public health nurse certificate. Pat retired with more than 34 years experience in nursing, staff development, education and administration. Her career started in 1974, when she was a charge nurse in orthopedics/neurology at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno. Pat worked for many organizations during her career, in- cluding the Community Hospitals of Central California in the mid-1980s and Sierra Kings District Hospital in Reedley in the mid-90s before joining the Plumas County Office of Education in 1999. She dedicated more than 20 years to the field of long-term care, assuring the elderly got quality care. She's carried her experience in that field over to everything she's done. Her teaching experience includes her years with FRC and PCOE, as well as teaching nursing assistants at the Clovis Adult School and teaching in the nursing program at CSU- Dominquez Hills. According to Pat, "I wanted every one of my students to be qualified to care for my own mother." Pat has also served as vice-president and president of the Northern Sierra Health Consortium and on the Nursing Lead- ership Council, where she had served as president and mem- bership chair. On the occasion of her retirement Pat said, "I want to thank the Plumas District Hospital, Eastern Plumas District Hospi- tal, Enloe Hospital, Mayers Memorial Hospital and Country Villa for allowing our students the opportunity to use their fa- cilities. These hospitals, the public health department and all the doctors and nurses we have worked with have taught our students so much. It's impossible to thank them adequately. "I am very thankful for the opportunity to work at FRC and to be involved with preparing students to serve the communi- ty. I truly look forward to following my student's success in the years to come." Pat's dreams for the future of the program include a regis- tered nursing program at FRC, along with as many courses in the Allied Health professions as possible. According to Pat, "I would love to see the program grow as the demand for health care increases locally. There will al- ways be a need for skilled health care professionals in the re- gion, I hope the program can meet those needs." Pat said about Judy Mahan, who has taken over the Allied Health program at FRC, "I am very pleased that we were able to find someone as qualified as Judy to carry on the program. Her energy, excitement and enthusiasm for the Allied Health program and nursing in the region are wonderful assets." Pat said she and Lloyd are looking forward to having more time to travel, that they'd love to see the USA in their RV. They are hoping for lots of time to visit with the many friends, family members and grandkids they have spread out across the country. 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