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Release: April 2, 2002

UI nursing students to hold Progressive Nursing Day 2002 April 10

Today, the scope of nursing extends far beyond the role of the hospital nurse. The 25th Annual Progressive Nursing Day, hosted by the University of Iowa College of Nursing's Association of Nursing Students (UIANS), aims to showcase the variety of distinct career opportunities that the field of nursing offers.

The one-day conference, "Nursing Odyssey 2002: Creating Your Own Pathway," will be held on Wednesday, April 10, in the second floor ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union. In celebration of Progressive Nursing Day's 25th Anniversary, nursing alumni critical to its history will be honored. Kathleen Buckwalter Ph.D., UI professor of nursing and associate provost for health sciences, will deliver the keynote address, "Orchestrating a Career in Nursing, the Long and Winding Road." In addition, a panel of speakers will represent various roles in nursing including forensic nursing, international nursing, nursing entrepreneurship, and nursing in legislation and politics.

Students, educators and practicing professionals in the area of nursing or related fields, and the general public are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credits are available for full-time attendance. Pre-registration is not required; attendees may register at the door. Admission prices are $5 for UI students and visiting nursing students, $10 for non-CEU credit participants and $30 for CEU credit participants. For more information, please contact the UIANS office at (319) 335-7002.

The UI College of Nursing is part of the UI Health Sciences Center and provides nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Ranked 12th among 600 nursing education programs nationally, the college provides clinical experience and research opportunities that enhance the educational experience. Students graduate prepared to respond to the needs of the public and the general health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.