CHANGING FACE of NURSING - School of Nursing - University of ...

CHANGING FACE of NURSING - School of Nursing - University of ...

In honor of the centennial, and to welcome

the arrival of our second century, we asked

nine key individuals to answer the question,

“How is nursing changing, and how is

the School of Nursing helping to lead that

change?” Here’s what they had to say:


a Century

Nursing is changing because of changes in

health care needs and technological advances.

Nurses must continue to be in the forefront

of disease prevention and care of chronically

ill patients. Nurses are also assuming

greater roles in shaping health care policy.

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is helping

lead the changes by its commitment to preparing new graduates

to assume their roles. The progressive curriculum ensures

better preparation within a reasonable time. Curricula changes

position graduates to take their place in the profession and to

seek further knowledge. Research is a cornerstone and ensures

continued change and progression.

Clara Adams-Ender, PhD(hon.), MMAS, MS ’69, BSN, RN, FAAN,

CNAA | President and CEO, CAPE Associates, Inc.; Brigadier general,

retired, United States Army; member, School of Nursing Board

of Visitors; keynote speaker, 2009 BSN commencement ceremony

In March 1909, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing

welcomed its first class—four students—to campus. Today

the school is preparing to commemorate an amazing century of

research, scholarship, education, and service to the people

of Minnesota and the world.

“We’re planning a yearlong celebration through a variety of

different activities—scientific and scholarly through pure fun,” says

SoN professor Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is co-chairing the

centennial celebration with associate professor Kathleen Krichbaum,

PhD, RN, and Marie Manthey, BSN ’62, MNA ’64.

The celebration will kick off on January 27, 2009, with a stateof-the-school

address by Dean Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN,

FACMI. Over the course of the year, the school will host several

regional and national professional conferences, including the

annual conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, a

1,300-member organization that promotes the development of

nurse scientists.

Spring and fall galas will provide schoolwide opportunities to

gather and celebrate. In November, the school will host a Summit

of Sages international conference that will draw world-class

speakers to examine innovation, inspiration, and transformation

in the creation of new care delivery models.

Mark your calendar now for the peak of the festivities, three

days of fellowship and fun planned for November 5–7, 2009. Events

will include a gala event, alumni tours and lunch, recognition of

100 distinguished alumni, and a tailgate party and football game

at the new Gopher stadium.

For more information on all centennial celebrations, watch

the School of Nursing Web site,

Nursing has expanded beyond the traditional

role of bedside care to a dynamic

profession that offers careers in informatics,

legal, forensic, research, and entrepreneurship.

The opportunities are limitless. The

University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s

bachelor of science program educates future nurses as leaders

in patient-care management and prepares them for professional

success. The school offers not only academic programs but also

builds partnerships with universities, research centers, communities,

and hospitals locally, nationally, and internationally. Its

collaborative efforts embrace us as part of a global community

to improve health and healthcare worldwide.

Benish Punjwani | BSN Class of 2009

The big change is the nurse shortage, and

the School of Nursing has been very proactive

in addressing that. The post-baccalaureate

program we cosponsored has helped bring

more nurses to the bedside. We are also

seeing increased interest on the part of

nurses in pursuing advanced education, and on the part of the

health care system in engaging nurses at every level in a way

that maximizes the use of their skills. The new DNP program

provides professionals a nice opportunity to pursue additional

education while staying aligned with clinical programs.

Kathie Taranto, MA, BA, RN | CEO and senior vice president of patient

care services, University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview

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