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20th annual Progressive Nursing Day to address future, possibilities of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Between 500 and 750 people are expected to attend the
20th annual Progressive Nursing Day Feb. 28 to address nursing in changing
health care environments, including moving nurses from institution-based care
to entrepreneurship and community-based care.
The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Association of Nursing Students
(UIANS) and the Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing
honor society. The keynote speaker will be Melanie C. Dreher, dean of the
UI College of Nursing. Her speech will address the driving forces behind shifts
in nursing care.
"As health insurance shifts toward cost-conscious health maintenance
organizations, there are simply more incentives to seek and dispense preventive
care and more disincentives for hospital stays. This shift means fewer hospitals
needing fewer nurses," Dreher says. "Yet the Bureau of Labor Statistics
designates nursing as a high-growth occupation. The Public Health Service
and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimate that by the year
2005, there will be a shortfall of approximately 400,000 nurses with bachelor's
degrees and about 200,000 nurses with master's degrees and doctorates."
Dreher noted that as bachelor's- and master's-prepared nurses become the
key providers of managed care in both acute and community settings, there
will be an increased need for nurses -- particularly to work with underserved,
rural and elderly populations. Dreher says that these changes in health care
provide the nursing profession with an unparalleled opportunity to activate
its long-standing vision of holistic, continuous, integrated and cost-effective
Nurses who want to be part of the health care system of the future need to
take the initiative to study the industry and the problems it is facing and
define solutions to those problems, Dreher says. Those people will be the
ones who succeed in the health care system of the future, she says.
Progressive Nursing Day draws people from throughout the Midwest to the UI.
This year's event has a number of objectives. They include describing how
cultural, societal and economic trends have affected the delivery of health
care and nursing practice and how nursing educators and nursing curriculum
must respond to current changes in health care delivery .
The event will take place in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union and
is open to the public. There is an entrance fee of $5, which includes a program,
event materials and refreshments. Continuing education credit recording is
available for $40, which includes the entrance fee. UI nursing students get
in free with their student ID.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of
Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires
an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the
College of Nursing in advance at 335-7018.