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Public plays critical role in future of health industry

National nursing scholar and distinguished professor, Dr. Michael Carter, will be the featured speaker for the 2002 Cleveland Visiting Scholar events hosted by the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing, Sept. 26-27, in Spokane.

Dr. Carter will lead two separate presentations focused on nursing as a fundamental element in the health of the nation and our communities. The presentations will approach the important issues ahead for the profession and the critical role the public can and must play in building the future of professional nursing and consequently patient care.

Carter, currently a distinguished professor at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, served for 18 years as dean and professor of the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

He will speak on the topic of “The Spirit of Nursing for Society.” The event will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the College of Nursing campus located at 2917 W. Fort George Wright Drive, and is open to the public without charge.

A lecture for clinical health care professionals, “Nursing#s Central Role in Health and Health Care. Why Do We Care?” will be held 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, from at the Deaconess Health & Education Building, Entrance Level, Room 267, located at 910 W. Fifth Avenue.

“The roles professional nurses have in society, the unique contributions nursing brings to the health of our communities, and the opportunities for the nursing profession to affect national and global health issues are significant,” Carter said. “If we focus on the trends, the advancements and the career options now available to nursing professionals, we see a partial picture of the pivotal role nursing has in any health care setting. But when we fail to recognize the gaps existing in the workplace, we begin to see career burnout and nurses leaving the profession prematurely.”

Northwest TeleHealth, a telemedicine network, will broadcast Carter#s presentations to several health care and hospital sites throughout the state. The presentations will also be broadcast to WSU#s branch campus sites via the interactive Washington Higher Education Telecommunications System.

This is the fifth year for the annual Cleveland Visiting Scholar program, which began in 1998 to honor Dr. Thelma Cleveland, Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing Dean Emeritus. It is intended to offer national perspective and expertise on issues related to nursing education, practice and professional development.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing is the nation#s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium.

For more information about the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, visit the college website at or contact Susan Nielsen, College of Nursing News Bureau, 509-324-7372,

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