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2016 Scholarship Program                                                                                                                      August 25, 2016


To our valued CoCANN members:

CoCANN is delighted to announce 2016 as the inaugural year of our scholarship program!!  The “CoCANN Higher Education Scholarship” was created to assist members with obtaining advanced nursing degrees.  All of you are leaders in the work you do and it is CoCANN’s honor to assist you in pursuing higher education to expand and support the leadership roles you already have at your respective hospitals, and in your communities.

CoCANN will be awarding a total of FOUR $1,000 scholarships this year, including two for BSN students and two for MSN (or any degree above) students.  We would like to thank you, our valued members, for continuing to support your local NANN chapter!!  If you know someone who is not a member but would like to become a member to be able to apply for this scholarship, please direct him or her to (please have your NANN username and password on hand).

The requirements for the $1,000 scholarships are:

  1. Write a 1,000 word essay on the topic that coincides with degree program you are enrolled in.
  2. Complete Personal Information Page to be sent with your essay.
  3. Proof of active enrollment in an approved nursing degree program.
  4. Membership in CoCANN, Coastal California Chapter of NANN.

The essays will be evaluated by the CoCANN Board of Officers and the winners will be announced at the 2016 CoCANN Annual Holiday Party (date soon TBD).  You will be notified by email if you cannot attend the party.

Please submit your Essay Questions and Personal Info Pg to by Friday, November 18, 2016.  Receipt will be confirmed within 24 hours.

P.S. -We hope to see you at NANN’s Annual Education Conference in Palm Springs in October!!  We are currently setting up our booth for the conference.  Please feel free to stop by the CoCANN booth and say hi!


Kindest Regards,

Pat Rhoades,

CoCANN Secretary



Downloads: (click the below links)

Essay Questions – Scholarship ExternalBm

Personal Info Pg

Hello CoANN Members!


Hello CoCANN Members!  Hope we will see many of you at the NANN National Conference in Palm Springs in October.  We will have a CoCANN booth this year at the conference to recruit new members and spread the word about our new scholarship program!  We would like to have a poster at our booth with photos of our members.  If you have a picture or two you are willing to share, please send to  And let us know if you have any spare time at

the conference to assist in the booth.  Thanks and see you in October !!


CoCANN Board of Officers 2016

Laura Klee- President

CynthiaTriana- President-Elect

Anne Gleeson- Treasurer

Pat Rhoades-Secretary

Conference Scholarships

CoCANN is pleased to announce the availability of 4 conference scholarships to the 32nd annual NANN Conference in Palm SpringsOctober 26-29.  Starting now, we will be accepting applications for these scholarships.  If you are interested, please reply to me at by July 22.  Our current CoCANN Board will award the scholarships and I will communicate the decisions by August 15.  Please include CoCANN activities with which you have been involved in the last year.  Please only apply for one of these scholarship if you are sure you will be able to attend.  Late cancellations have resulted in financial loss for the chapter.  The scholarship, once awarded, is not transferable.  Thanks, and good luck!!


President – Elect

Cynthia “Nikki” Triana

Cynthia “Nikki” Triana is a staff RNII at CHLA in the Newborn and Infant Critical Care department.  She graduated from Riverside Community College with her ADN in 2008. She started her NICU career at Pomona Valley Hospital before coming to CHLA. Currently Cynthia sits on multiple unit based committees at CHLA including the Resuscitation Committee and Developmental Committee.  She is currently attending WGU for her BSN and plans on obtaining her MSN to become a nurse educator.


Patricia Rhoades BSN, RNC-NIC

P.RhoadesI have been a nurse for 33 years this month, and first started in the NICU nurse  29 years ago.  I worked for 11 years at St. Mary Medical Center in the NICU, then took a brief time away from the NICU to work in the CTICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  I returned to St. Mary’s after that for another five years where I was a supervisor in the NICU, then became the director of Children’s Services (NICU, PICU and Peds).  I left St. Mary’s in 2005 to go to Fountain Valley Regional for 1 year until 2006.  After my one year there, I came to Miller Children and Women’s Hospital in summer of 2006.  My current position is Parent Education Coordinator in the NICU.