“Future of Nursing” Launches Lecture Series at USF Performing Arts Center

"The Future of Nursing," first in a series of free educational lectures planned for the USF Performing Arts Center, was a great success. More than 400 people came to the university's downtown campus for the April 26 event, which was sponsored by the University of Saint Francis and co-sponsors Parkview Health, Lutheran Health Network and the Franciscan Alliance.

The program began with a presentation on local, state and national perspectives on the nursing profession's importance and direction, based on a recent Institute of Medicine research study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The presentation was given by USF BSN/Graduate Nursing Program Director Mindy Yoder, DNP, FNP-BC, RN.

Following the presentation, a panel of chief nursing officers and other statewide healthcare professionals discussed the impact of the study's findings on healthcare locally and across the state. Moderator of the panel was USF Professor of Nursing Dave Johnson, Ph.D., CNS, BC.

Capping the program, USF School of Health Sciences Simulation Lab Director Dawn Mabry demonstrated the functions of METIman, a patient simulator that embodies the future of healthcare training and patient safety.

At the event, USF made information available to the public on the university's nursing education program. In addition, representatives from Parkview Health, Lutheran Health Network and the Franciscan Alliance staffed booths, offering job seekers the opportunity to connect with healthcare employers.