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Sept. 25: Annual Nursing Forum

Former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger and alumnus Peter Buerhaus highlight speakers.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-13-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger and Minnesota State University, Mankato alumnus Peter Buerhaus, chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, will speak during an annual professional Nursing Forum held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at South Central College in North Mankato, Minn.

The topic of this year’s forum is “The New Normal: Navigating the Dynamic Changes in Nursing and Healthcare.”

The annual Nursing Forum offers nurses an opportunity to present research, learn from prominent healthcare leaders about timely topics and gain continuing education credits. Cost to attend the conference is $100, and participants can earn five continuing education contact hours.

Durenberger, who served in the U.S. Senate from November 1978 to January 1995, will speak from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on “The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Hospitals and Health Systems.”

Buerhaus, a 1976 Minnesota State Mankato graduate, will deliver a keynote address from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. titled “Aligning Nursing Practice with the Trajectory of Health Reform: Increasing the Value of Nurses.”

Buerhaus will also be a part of a 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. panel discussion titled “Empowering Nurses to Find Solutions,” and from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., he will speak on “Health Insurance Reforms under the ACA and the Contributions of Nurse Practitioners Providing Primary Care: Results of National Survey of NPs and PCPs, and Analysis of Medicare Data.”

Buerhaus is the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
The Annual Nursing Forum is presented by Mu Lambda Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing and the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society.

A complete Nursing Forum schedule of events and more information is available online here.

For more information, please contact Lynn Kuechle, coordinate for the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, by phone at 507-389-1165 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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