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Nursing Town Hall meeting to address legislative and practice issues
09-19-13

Donna Snelson

Safe staffing, violence against health care workers, and legislative issues concerning nursing will be among the topics at a Nursing Town Hall meeting that will be held at the Geisinger Health System Wyoming Valley Hospital, Kistler Learning Center, 1000 E. Mountain Drive, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available from 4-4:30 p.m. Nurses, nursing students and the public are invited to attend.

 The meeting, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) and PSNA District 3 (Luzerne County), is being coordinated by PSNA District 3 President Donna Snelson, associate professor of nursing at Misericordia University, with the assistance of PSNA District 3 Vice President Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University; plus PSNA Secretary Marion Villano and PSNA Legislative Chairs Todd Hastings and Annette Weiss, all assistant professors of nursing at Misericordia University.
 
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for nurses and nursing students to talk to leaders in the profession and discuss the issues facing the field now and in the future,” said Snelson. “It is also an opportunity for local legislators to hear from nurses in the region on the issues that daily impact nursing practice, recruitment and retention in the Commonwealth.”
 
A number of area legislators are expected to attend. A question-and-answer session will be included. “It is important for nursing students to attend this interactive program and hear the stories and concerns of nurses in all levels of the profession, including registered nurses, advance practice nurses and school nurses,” Snelson added. “It is a chance to discuss with legislators concerns about nursing shortages and nursing education teacher staffing, and issues involving the scope of practice for advance practice nurses, an area that is under close watch by graduate nursing programs such as the one at Misericordia.”
 
Misericordia University is the most senior nursing program in Northeastern Pennsylvania and offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs for traditional and nontraditional students. Graduate programs are designed to meet the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization in family nurse practitioner. Graduate programming leads to the Master of Science Degree in Nursing and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one day a week format.
 
Recent graduates of the Misericordia University nursing program have surpassed the state and national pass rate averages on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. First-time test takers from the nursing program had 98.3-percent and 88.14-percent pass rates the last two years in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
 
PSNA is a non-profit organization that represents more than 212,000 nurses in the Commonwealth. It is dedicated to advancing, promoting and supporting the profession of nursing. PSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association.
 
For additional information on the event, go to www.psna.org and click on events, or contact Donna Snelson, Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, at (570) 674-6357 or dsnelson@misericordia.edu.
 
For more information about the Department of Nursing Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/nursing. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.