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Oct. 31, 2011

At A Glance

Iowa nursing summit to discuss profession's future Nov. 3

Nursing leaders from across Iowa will participate in the state's first Future of Nursing Summit from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3, in Des Moines at Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St. (part of the Iowa Events Center).

The summit is part of a two-year initiative on the future of nursing developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Susan Hassmiller, senior adviser of nursing for RWJF and director for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, will deliver the keynote address at the Iowa summit.

The summit will also feature a work session to develop specific strategies to prepare Iowa's nursing workforce for future health care demands. Iowa looks to join the more than 30 states that have already become part of state-based collaborations called Action Coalitions which were created to help advance recommendations from the RWJF-funded IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

The report recommends increasing the percentage of nurses in the workforce with a BSN degree or higher to 80 percent by 2020 and doubling the number of nurses with doctorates.

With more than 3 million members, including more than 45,000 in Iowa alone, the nursing profession represents the largest segment of our nation's health care workforce. Nurses' roles range from direct patient care and case management to establishing nursing practice standards, developing quality improvement strategies and directing complex patient care systems.

The IOM's report is available online at:


Public Policy Center to host symposium on political discourse Nov. 8-10

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, in collaboration with other units on campus, will host a symposium Nov. 8-10 that focuses on the topic "Conflict and Civility in Political Discourse: Where is the Line?"

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature discussions, film screenings, and political cartoon exhibitions about the role civil discourse plays in the development of policy. The discussions will include historical perspectives on civil discourse in the United States, rhetorical and cultural perspectives, the role of women and of social media, the views of state and federal politicians, and the implications of the Citizens United Supreme Court case on political dialogue.

Scheduled speakers include John Avlon, senior columnist with Newsweek and the Daily Beast; Julie Ajinkya with the Center for American Progress; and former U.S. Rep. and chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities James Leach, among others.

A Q&A about the event with Pete Damiano, director of the Public Policy Center, is available at Details about the symposium are available at


Violinist Plum, a guest of the UI School of Music, performs Nov. 11

Drake University faculty violinist Sarah Plum, guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital with pianist Kate Boyd at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

They will perform the Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor K. 304 by W. A. Mozart, the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Leo Janacek, and "Kreutzer" Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Plum began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Subsequently she has appeared on stages in the United States and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician as well as in contemporary music ensembles and top orchestras. She played in the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Saarlaendischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Saarlaendisches Staatstheater, and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

Boyd is a faculty member at Butler University and a founding member of the New York-based Oracle Trio, a piano trio that performs works from the eighteenth century to the present.


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