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They came, they saw, they learned—
and loved it

Over 400 people gathered in the new USF Performing Arts Center in downtown Fort Wayne for the free educational lecture, “The Future of Nursing,” sponsored by USF, Parkview Health, Lutheran Health Network and the Franciscan Alliance. The event was the first in a series of such lectures planned at the center.

Local, state and national perspectives on the importance and direction of the nursing profession were presented in a PowerPoint presentation by USF BSN/Graduate Nursing Program Director Mindy Yoder, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, while USF Professor of Nursing Dave Johnson, Ph.D., CNS, BC moderated a panel of chief nursing officers and other statewide healthcare professionals as they discuss the impact of the study’s findings on healthcare locally and across the state.

USF School of Health Sciences Simulation Lab Director Dawn Mabry demonstrated the functions of METIman, a patient simulator that personifies the future of healthcare training and patient safety. Booths representing Parkview Health, Lutheran Health Network and the Franciscan Alliance were staffed to connect healthcare employers with job candidates. Information on the University of Saint Francis nursing education program was also available.

“I was very impressed with all of the information presented,” said USF freshman and nursing major, Michelle Cuffle. “I had no clue about some of it, and was shocked to learn the cost of U.S. healthcare in relation to other countries. I also really enjoyed the panel talking about what they’ve done.”

She appreciated the career fair and information booths. “I am interested in the Master of Science in Nursing, and it helped that they had literature available about it,” she said. She enjoyed the camaraderie of sitting together with her nursing classmates, and watching the patient simulator. “That’s a really cool training piece,” she said.

Would she repeat the experience? Absolutely.

“I really enjoyed it, learned a lot and obviously will attend something like this again,” she said.

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