Cherokee Apparel Gives Back
Alarmed at the number of nurses leaving the profession within their first few years in practice, Cherokee Uniforms provided a grant to Emmy Award-winning director David Hoffman to produce a film that would encourage, inspire and instruct nurses and nursing students. The resulting film, A Nurse I Am, was produced in two versions, a 32-minute educational film that is shown at nursing schools nationwide, and a longer documentary version that showcases the challenges and commitment of three extraordinary and memorable professionals.
Proceeds from Cherokee products fund up to 10 scholarship awards for nursing students annually. Since 2007, Cherokee has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships to deserving students.
In 2013, Cherokee was honored to receive a letter from Arizona Congresswoman Sinema acknowledging their efforts and recognizing one of their nursing scholarship winners.
The application period for the A Nurse I Am Scholarship is from November through February. Selection of scholarship winners is based on an assigned essay written in response to A Nurse I Am. For news and timely updates, refer to the
Cherokee Uniforms is a Foundation Sponsor of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, recognizing outstanding nurses. More than 1,500 healthcare organizations in the U.S. and around the world present the award to nurses who have made a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients' families. More than 40,000 nurses have been honored since 1999.
The DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received motivated them to create the award recognizing bedside nurses and nursing faculty. Additionally, the Foundation funds nursing research and evidence-based practice projects in the treatment of auto-immune diseases and cancer. More information is available at www.DAISYfoundation.org.