May 24–June 20

By Christine Tarlecki
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May Is Stroke Awareness Month!
Through recognition, management of risk factors, lifestyle changes and compliance with prevention treatments, up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Spread awareness about how to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms by teaching non-medical professionals the Face, Arms, Speech test, otherwise known as F.A.S.T.

June Is Iced Tea Month!
Brought into the general population’s popularity index at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, iced tea has become a staple drink in the South and across the nation during the summer. Iced tea can be brewed from loose tea, made from instant or bagged tea, or purchased ready to drink. Unsweetened, it is a low-calorie cooling drink. For tips on how to prepare yours, go to and search “National Iced Tea Month.”  

National Cancer Survivor Day
June 6

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, worldwide Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other participating countries. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

Vascular Nursing Week
June 7-13

The Society for Vascular Nursing was established in 1982 to promote excellence in care of the patient with vascular disease. SVN members represent a wide scope of nursing expertise, with members practicing vascular nursing at the bedside in acute care settings, operating rooms, clinics, functioning as staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, educators and researchers. We encourage the celebration of all vascular nurses and their many accomplishments during this week in June!


May 24
Regional Medical Center of San Jose Open House

Ph: (408) 259-5000

Regional Medical Center of San Jose, part of the HCA affiliated hospitals that make up the Far West Division, is opening its new Telemetry Tower with an open house for RNs.

May 24-27
U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium

Sheraton Marina
San Diego, CA
Ph: (410) 544-9677

More than 1,000 U.S. Public Health Service officers and other federal, state and local public health leaders, including the U.S. Surgeon General, will be attending this three-and-a-half-day conference, which offers an array of educational/training sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall with more than 75 vendors, including recruiters from the U.S. Public Health Service and numerous federal agencies.

May 27
Share a Laugh, Help a Child

Laugh Factory
Long Beach, CA
Ph: (562) 933-6635

Join Jaime Masada, comedian Tom Pappas and others as The Children’s Clinic celebrates Share a Laugh, Help a Child at the world famous Laugh Factory. All proceeds go to benefit The Children’s Clinic, whose mission is to partner with parents and the community to provide quality health care services and health education and promotion to needy children and families.

June 2-3
Quality of Life for Families XIV: Improving the Outcomes of Pregnancy

The California Endowment (Located next to Union Station)
Los Angeles, CA
Ph: (818) 708-2850

This event allows for the dissemination of new and emerging clinical practice standards as well as discussion of health-related issues affecting the perinatal community. The program is designed for perinatal nurses, pediatricians, obstetricians, neonatologists, hospital administrators and other professionals responsible for the care of mothers and/or newborns. Topics will explore areas of rapid change and significant influence on the practice of perinatal and neonatal care.

June 5
Third Annual Walk for Kids to Benefit the Ronald McDonald House

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
Bakersfield, CA
Ph: (661) 327-4647 x4290

Walk for Kids is a 5k walk designed to raise funds and awareness for the services provided by the Ronald McDonald House. Register as a team captain, choose a team name and recruit members from your circle of friends, family, co-workers and business associates and see how much money you can raise to support the children and families at Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House.

June 6
Celebrate Life With Hope

Paramount Studios
Los Angeles, CA
Ph: (323) 361-8777

In conjunction with National Cancer Survivor’s Week, every June the HOPE Program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles sponsors Celebrate Life with HOPE, an event honoring childhood cancer survivors and their families. In addition to enjoying fun and food, the event emphasizes health promotion and wellness through attention to nutrition, self-care, and mind-body fitness.  

June 12
Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center Champions Run for Life

Rainbow Harbor Esplanade
Long Beach, CA
Ph: (562) 933-8600

Join these inspirational children as they celebrate another year won in the fight against serious illness. It will be a day you remember for a lifetime. Every dollar of your sponsorship benefits the JJCCC, which provides comprehensive treatment and research for children and their families who are fighting cancer or a serious blood disorder.

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