Nursing education seminar planned

The Rockford Regional Health Council and the University of Illinois College of Nursing are announcing plans for a two-day conference designed to help improve nursing education in northern Illinois.

The program, “Building Successful Partnerships with Educators, Clinical Agencies and Students,” will benefit current nursing faculty members, clinical instructors, practicing MSWs who would like to teach, nursing administrators and graduate program students.

The Clinical Faculty Academy is being held at the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford, Dec. 7 and 8, and is being held in collaboration with OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Health System and SwedishAmerican Health System.

The cost of the seminar is $150 with a 20 percent discount for registrations received by Dec. 1. Continuing Education Credits will be awarded to eligible nurses attending the conference (14 credits for the full conference and 7.2 credits for one day).

According to conference organizers, almost two-thirds of all full-time nurse faculty members are 45 to 60 years old and are likely to retire in the next five to 15 years.

A coalition of health care providers, educators and workforce development officials began work last year in an effort to increase nursing opportunities in northern Illinois, part of Governor Blagojevich’s Critical Skills Shortage Initiative. CSSI is a grassroots approach to strengthen the regional health care industry and ensure a steady pipeline of qualified nurses to meet future demands in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities across the region.

From the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2006, issue

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