By Lindsey Friessnig, College of Nursing intern

SPOKANE – The nation’s former “head nurse” will consider the future of nursing with College of Nursing Dean Patricia Butterfield at a free public discussion 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Academic Center 20 at WSU Spokane. A reception will follow.
Marla Salmon, the college’s 2010 Thelma L. Cleveland visiting scholar, was considered the nation’s head nurse during her work as director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Nursing. She is dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing, serves on the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a member of the national Institute of Medicine.
This will be the first Cleveland visiting scholar discussion to be broadcast live via the Internet. It also will be broadcast to WSU locations across the state including Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Walla Walla and Yakima. The event has been approved for continuing education credits for those who sign in at the live presentation or one of the WSU broadcasts.

The Spokane discussion, “Hard Time, New Opportunities and the Future of Nursing,” will look at issues such as workforce trends and the growing demand for nurses and nurse practitioners, major challenges in health care, and opportunities for nursing related to health care reform.

Salmon was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Her research focuses on global nursing leadership, public health nursing and health sciences policy. Exploring the nursing field both domestically and internationally, she published the book, “Nurse: A World of Care,” which won the 2008 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing.
She earned a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University and has been active in advancing nursing for more than three decades.
The discussion will be broadcast live from WSU Spokane to the following WSU locations:
Pullman: Cleveland 312
Tri-Cities: Room 260 W, Overflow in BSEL 104
Vancouver: VCLS 130 & 131
Walla Walla: Room 1827
Yakima: Room 107 & 111
Spokane Overflow: SNRS 05, 105 & 205