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Relationship between undergraduate nursing programs and employers to be discussed

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The desired relationship between undergraduate schools of nursing and agencies that employ their graduates will be the topic of a Nursing Administration Research Seminar to be held Monday, February 24.

The seminar, sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Nursing, will bring together 13 agencies from Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Mount Pleasant. Hospitals and colleges (both public and private) and community health care agencies will be represented among the participants.

This topic was chosen for a number of reasons, says Mary Blegen, UI associate professor of nursing and organizer of the event. They include the changing demand for baccalaureate nursing graduates and the shifting emphasis from nursing in acute-care institutions to home care and other community-based health care services.

The preparation needed for nurses entering the restructured health care system is also a concern, Blegen says.

"Students assume that they'll be working in an acute-care institution, as has traditionally been the case," Blegen says. "That's just not true anymore."

Blegen says this seminar will be a brainstorming session to identify issues that could be targeted for further discussion. Including diverse kinds of health care providers and nursing education providers into the discussion is an important aspect of identifying such issues, she said.

The agencies represented will be: Coe College, Cedar Rapids; Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Home Life Health Services, Inc., Iowa City; Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant; Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids; Mercy Hospital, Iowa City; Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids; St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids; Teikyo Marycrest University, Davenport; UI Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City; Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City; Visiting Nurse Association, Davenport and Visiting Nurse Association, Iowa City.

The seminar will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the College of Nursing (room 133 of the Nursing Building). The seminar is open to the public, but seating is limited. Early arrival is recommended.