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September 22, 2013

Durenberger to headline nursing forum

MANKATO — Former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger, a longtime voice in the national health care reform conversation, will be among the main speakers at the Nursing Forum at South Central College this week.

Durenberger is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Also among the featured speakers is Peter Buerhaus, chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, whose talk is scheduled for 8 a.m.

The topic of this year’s forum is “The New Normal: Navigating the Dynamic Changes in Nursing and Healthcare.” Cost to attend if $100 and attendees can earn five continuing education contact hours.

Durenberger, who served in the U.S. Senate from November 1978 to January 1995, will deliver the talk “The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Hospitals and Health Systems.” Buerhaus, a 1976 graduate of Mankato State University, will deliver the talk “Aligning Nursing Practice with the Trajectory of Health Reform: Increasing the Value of Nurses.”

Buerhaus will also be a part of a 12-12:45 p.m. panel discussion, "Empowering Nurses to Find Solutions,” and from 2:15-3 p.m. 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 University’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 at

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

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