USF Crown Point Educates with "Future of Nursing"

On June 12, the University of Saint Francis Crown Point offered the educational lecture, "The Future of Nursing." The free program, held at Crown Point High School, focused on the challenges nurses will face in coming decades and was attended by a crowd of nurses, nursing students, medical administrators, USF alumni and the public.

The lecture included a presentation by USF BSN/Graduate Nursing Program Director Mindy Yoder, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, who offered highlights from reports by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Yoder also moderated a panel discussion in which chief nursing officers and other healthcare professionals from Indiana discussed the IOM study's finding and the impact of those findings on local and statewide healthcare.

In addition to Yoder's presentation and the panel discussion, a demonstration of METIman's functions was provided. METIman is a patient simulator that mimics human physical responses and is used in medical training.

The event was sponsored by the University of Saint Francis Crown Point, Community Hospital, Franciscan Alliance and Methodist Hospital. Find more information on the specific challenges nurses will face, as well as comments by Yoder, USF Assistant Professor and Department of Nursing Chair Amy Knepp, and USF Crown Point Director of Marketing and Development Sandie Phalen here.