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Progressive Nursing Day conference is Feb. 19

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Nursing Association of Nursing Students (UIANS) and Sigma Theta Tau­Gamma chapter will present the 22nd annual Progressive Nursing Day conference Friday, Feb. 19 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The conference, "Nursing 2000: Preparing for The Next Millennium," serves as a recruiting and continuing education opportunity for nursing students at the UI and throughout the state. Topics will focus on strategies for change and the implications for nursing as health care needs evolve.

Initiated in 1977 to integrate UI nursing students with others around the region, the conference attracts up to 800 nursing students from schools within and outside the area. Connie Trowbridge, co-chair of the event and president-elect of Sigma Theta Tau, is one of the many UI nursing faculty affiliated with the organization. Trowbridge serves as mentor to her student co-chair, Stacy Michael.

"The goal of this conference is to provide an educational day where nurses across the state come together for continuing education and networking," Trowbridge said. Last December in Oklahoma City, Sigma Theta Tau received the Innovative Chapter award for this event.

Due in part to a nursing shortage across the nation, this year's event has attracted recruiters from around the country.

"In past years we have had difficulty attracting recruiters," Trowbridge said. "But this year we'll have 53 booths, 16 of which will be conducting on-site interviews." Representatives from Duke University and the Universities of Texas, Illinois and Nebraska, as well as several in-state hospitals, will be at the event.

Jennifer Wohlford, a student member of Sigma Theta Tau and promotions/public relations director for the event, spoke highly of the opportunities available through the conference.

"There will be several different hospitals recruiting," Wohlford said. "This conference is for students, produced by students, and has a great amount of information to offer."