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White Paper
CASN and the writing committee have been working diligently in order to finalize the white paper. Although the process has already begun, we want to hear what you think!
Livre Blanc
L'ACESI et le comit� de r�daction travaillent avec diligence afin de finaliser le livre blanc. Bien que le processus a d�but�, nous voulons entendre ce que vous en pensez!
Do you want to promote your school's nursing program? 
Send us your nursing department's video and we'll post it on the CASN website.  
Voulez vous faire la promotion de votre programme de sciences infirmi�res? 
Envoyez-nous votre vid�o de votre d�partement de sciences infirmi�res et nous allons l'afficher sur le site web de l'ACESI.  
What happended to gym class? 
"According to experts, kids just aren't getting enough.
'We have an issue of children not being physically active according to guidelines', says Maureen Dobbins, PhD, associate professor at the School of Nursing at McMaster University." Read more...
Issue: # 2 02/2009
About CASN 
CASN is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs across Canada.  Our mission is to lead nursing education and nursing scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians.
� propos de l'ACESI
L'ACESI est le porte-parole national pour l'enseignement et la recherche en sciences infirmi�res et repr�sente le baccalaur�at et les �tudes gradu�es des programmes de sciences infirmi�res au Canada. Notre mission est d'orienter la formation infirmi�re et l'avancement des connaissances en sciences infirmi�res dans l'int�r�t d'une meilleure sant� des Canadiennes et des Canadiens.
News From CASN  
Meeting with the Minister of Health:
MP, Leonna Aglukkaq
The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and the Canadian Council of Practical Nurse Regulators, met with the Federal government Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, on February 25th.  We spoke with the Minister regarding key issues facing nursing practice and education across Canada and sought her support in 4 areas - health human resources,  interprofessional collaborative care, nursing research and health system accountability. 
Specifically we asked the Minister to support:
a.      a repeat of the National Survey on health and work of nurses (and other professionals) to see if investments and policies to address this over the past few years have made any difference in terms of which ones are having the best impact, in terms of the best return for our investment - to refocus our efforts.
b.      that committed funding in the budget include a focus on interprofessional collaborative practice through distance education and clinical simulation equipment for undergraduate, graduate, continuing education and faculty development. This would be remove barriers to access to education experienced by nurses in the north and rural areas. Furthermore, we encourage the Minister to strengthen the relationship with HRSDC and education policy given education and health are closely linked in an overall HHR strategy.

c.       Continued investment in nursing research with a focus on new models of care, interprofessionalism and HHR to strengthen the health system. 

d.      The nursing community would be pleased to work on activities to ensure accountability in the remaining 5 years of the Accord funding and future investments beyond that time. 
Photo (from left to right):  Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler (CASN President), Karen Neufeld (CNA President), Leona Aglukkaq, MP, Minister of Health, Ellen Rukholm, (CASN Executive Director), Linda Stanger, Executive Director/Registrar CLPNA, Rachel Bard, (CNA CEO), and Linda Silas (CFNU Executive Director).

Nursing Research Conference
Interrelationships between Theory, Research, and Practice: A Systemic Approach in Nursing
May 4- 7, 2009
Hotel Delta Beaus�jour
Moncton, New Brunswick
Registration now open - register online
For additional information, please visit the CASN website NRC
Conf�rence de recherche en sciences infirmi�res 2009: Interrelation de la th�orie, de la recherche et de la pratique: une approche syst�mique en sciences infirmi�res 
4-7 mai, 2009
H�tel Delta Beaus�jour
Mocton, New Brunswick
Inscrivez-vous d�s maintenant - en-ligne
Pour plus de renseignement, visitez le site web de l'ACESI
National Thesis Depository
Since 2001, CASN has been collecting nursing theses for a national nursing thesis depository; however, we have received very few contributions.   This message is to advise Canadian schools of nursing that CASN will no longer be accepting theses for the national depository. Instead, we suggest that nursing theses be submitted to Theses Canada, a program run by Library and Archives of Canada, whose mandate is to gather theses from Canadian universities and make them available both to researchers and to the general public. 
For information on how to participate in the Theses Canada program, please go to the Library and Archives Canada wesbite. For a complete list of the universities involved in the program, please click here.
Portail de Th�ses Canada
Depuis 2001, l'ACESI collectionnait les th�ses pour un d�p�t central, mais nous avons re�u tr�s peu de contribution.   Ce message est pour vous informer que l''ACESI n'acceptera plus les th�ses. Au lieu, on sugg�re que les th�ses en sciences infirmi�res soient soumises au Portail de Th�ses Canada, un programme de la Biblioth�que et Archives Canada, qui a le mandat d'amass� les th�ses des universit�s canadiennes et les rendre accessibles aux chercheurs et chercheuses et au public g�n�ral.
Pour plus d'information sur comment participer au programme Portail de th�ses Canada, veuillez consulter le site web de la Biblioth�que et Archives Canada. Pour une liste compl�te des universit�s qui participent au programme, veuillez cliquer ici

Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and Canadian Nurses Association collaborate to strengthen Aboriginal Nursing Human Resources
OTTAWA, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - On the 2nd of February 2009, a memorandum of understanding was signed in Ottawa to establish an exciting collaboration among the Aboriginal Nurses of Canada (ANAC), the Canadian Association ofSchools of Nursing (CASN) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).    
"Making it Happen: Strengthening Aboriginal Health Human Resources" is the empowering project bringing together ANAC with CASN and CNA. This joint venture addresses cultural proficiency through the creation of a framework that will guide the development of cultural competencies in education of nursing students...Click here to view full article... 

National Student and Faculty Survey
  • One week past the mid-February due date, 50% of CASN members have completed this year's student and faculty survey
  • Another 15% have arranged extensions and expect to submit by mid-March
  • Hopefully all other schools will also complete the survey by mid-March
  • Last year, 99% of CASN members participated in the survey.
  • 100% participation is our target this year
Call for Bilingual Accreditation Reviewers!
CASN is currently in need of new accreditation reviewers, particularly bilingual reviewers. All interested applicants should submit a completed reviewer application form and updated CV to Michelle Viau at [email protected] . The role of reviewers is critical to the success and credibility of the CASN accreditation program. Reviewers are expected to assess programs offered by schools of nursing against CASN accreditation standards and identify those programs that demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarly activity. The commitment of reviewers is to participate in at least two reviews during two consecutive years. As well, reviewers must have: the support of their schools for release time and the authorization of their Dean or Director to participate in a review; and a willingness to devote personal time to training, orientation to the programs to be reviewed, preparation for a review by reading review documentation, participation in the on-site visit(s), and development of the team review reports.
Reviewers must meet the following criteria:
Hold a Master's degree or higher education;
Five years experience teaching in a baccalaureate or graduate program in nursing;
Experience as a full-time nursing faculty member;
Recent involvement in a baccalaureate or graduate program in nursing as an educator or administrator;
Knowledge of the Canadian healthcare delivery system; and,
Active involvement in nursing scholarship.
For more information on the CASN reviewer role, please visit, or contact Michelle Viau, [email protected] , 613-235-3150 ext. 21.  Interested reviewers are always welcome to submit their application and CV.
Dr. Pat L. Griffin Fund of CASN
Pat Griffin
The Dr. Pat L. Griffin Fund of CASN acknowledges the leadership contributions Pat made to nursing education and scholarship. The fund will support research in nursing education, and work to achieve Pat's dream of establishing a Chair in Nursing Education in Canada. To help make Pat's dream a reality, please consider making a donation, and approaching others, such as your colleagues and institution, about also donating. To access the donation form and brochure, please visit
Upcoming Events 
Canadian Patient Safety Institute: Canadian Safe Surgery Saves Lives Workshop
The Canadian "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" initiative will be publicly launched at this workshop.
March 3-4, 2009
Westin Prince Hotel,
Toronto, Ontario
Click here to register.  
18th Annual Calgary History of Medicine Days
The History of Medicine Days are an annual two-day Nation-wide conference held at the University of Calgary in which undergraduate students from across Canada give 10-minute presentations on the history of medicine and health care. 
March 6 - 7, 2009
University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine
Calgary, Alberta
Click here for the registration form.
For more information on the conference, visit their website
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Clinical Nursing Symposium - Call for Stories!
This is an opportunity for individual nurses to submit stories that demonstrate their use of nursing knowledge on the frontline. The stories should illustrate the knowledge that nurses' use everyday clinical nursing practice.
Deadline: March 13, 2009
May 27, 2009
Mississauga Convention Centre, Ontario
For details, click here.  
Recherche, d�cision et action
Le Comit� de la recherche de la Facult� des sciences infirmi�res de l'Universit� de Montr�al et les �tablissements affili�s tiennent la Deuxi�me rencontre de partenariat de recherche  
26 mars, 2009
13 hres 30 � 17 hres 00
Autorium Justine-Lacoste
CHU Sainte-Justine
3175, chemin de la C�te Sainte-Catherine, Montr�al
Inscription: gratuite
Pour information: [email protected]  
Confirmation de votre pr�sence avant le 17 mars 2009 par courriel �:
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario 
8th International Conference: Older People Deserve the Best -
The Journey of Transformational & Sustained Change
Experience in health care work has demonstrated that sharing our vision and commitment is key to transformational change. The goal of this 8th International Elder Care conference is to promote and support transformational and sustained change in the Care of Older Persons and in Geriatrics.
Deadline: March 27, 2009
October 6-8, 2009
Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
For details, click here

Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario / Registered Nurses Association of Ontario:
2009 Conference Program
This three day conference will provide participants with a broad range of updates in health care issues for nurse practitioners.  
Deadline: Friday April 10, 2009
November 6-8, 2009
The Westin Hotel, Ottawa 
Call for abstracts and posters now open.
For more info, click here. Contact Vanessa Mooney should you have any questions [email protected].
57th Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI): Measuring Health workforce inequalities  - Methods and Applications
The World Health Organization's Department of Human Resources for Health (WHO / HRH), in collaboration with the ISI, solicits high-quality submissions of original statistical research results and/or experience focusing on the topic of "Measuring health workforce inequalities: methods and applications". Selected submissions are to be presented at a Special Topic Meeting at the 57th Session of the ISI.
Close-off date: April 13, 2009
Submission deadline: May 15, 2009
August 16-22, 2009
Durban, South Africa
For  more information, click here
The 32nd Annual Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association Conference: A Medley of Orthopaedic Knowledge
April 26-29, 2009 
The Grand Okanagan, Kelowna, BC  
For more info
please visit
Or to view the program brochure please click here

Canadian Patient Safety Institute: Canada's Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Canada's Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement will provide multiple learning streams with a national and international flavour.  
April 28 - 30, 2009
Toronto, Ontario 
For more info.... 
Colloque international: Transformer les pratiques infirmi�res pour r�pondre aux d�fis de l'heure
Les responsables invitent les infirmi�res concern�es par la transformation des pratiques, qu'elles soient infirmi�res au chevet, praticiennes, cliniciennes, gestionnaires, enseignantes ou chercheuses � partager leurs pratiques innovantes ou leurs recherches en r�pondant � cet appel de communication.
29-30 avril, 2009
Universit� du Qu�bec en Outaouais,Gatineau
Pour plus amples renseignements, cliquez ici...
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario: 5th Biennial International Conference on Evidence Based Practice:
Transforming Nursing Through Knowledge: Sharing Global Visions & Local Solutions
The primary goal of the conference is to provide an international forum to advance the global vision of nursing excellence, through local development of evidence based practice cultures.
Deadline: May 8, 2009
December 2-4, 2009
Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto
For more details, click here. 
University of Western Ontario: Engaing Reflection in Health Professional Education and Practice
This inaugural interdisciplinary conference calls together scholars interested in advancing knowledge and scholarship about the place of "reflection" in health professional education and practice. Those who work in the field perceive a widespread need for a scholarly community that brings interdisciplinary groups together to exchange knowledge and to think together about pressing issues and key questions for advancing the field. This conference is a first step in that direction. 
May 13-15, 2009
London, Ontario
Click here for more information... 

The 15th National Conference on Gerontological Nursing: Making Moments Matter
May 27-30, 2009
The Banff Conference Centre, Banff, AB
For more information please visit
To view the program schedule click here.
Evidence-Informed Health Care Practice Workshop            
The workshop is offered as a one week intensive course. Participants will be learning in small groups led by nursing faculty from McMaster University and other institutions. Workshop objectives: *To help participants advance their skills in the critical appraisal of research literature. **To help participants learn how to teach EIHC practice using a variety of educational models
May 31-June 5, 2009
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario 
Click here, to view more information and the registration form.  

13th International Nursing Research Conference
The event is bilingual (Spanish - English), and will have simultaneous translation in several sessions. The abstracts submissions can also be in Spanish or English.
Deadline for abstract submission: June 3, 2009
November 11-13, 2009
Alicante, Spain
For more info, click here or visit their website at  
The Community Health Nurses' Association of Canada (CHNAC) and the Community Health Nurses of Alberta (CHNA) are proud to announce the 3rd National Community Health Nurses Conference.
The theme of this year's conference will be: Blazing our Trails...Tools, Tactics and Taking Charge
June 17-19, 2009
Coast Plaza Hotel
Calgary, Alberta
Click hereto view the online flyer and the registration form...
The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
2nd Annual Nursing Research Day: Leading Research in our Communities
The goal of this conference is to provide a venue for sharing research findings and fostering exchange of ideas relevant to enhancing health in our communities.  
Pre-conference: June 23, 2009
Conference: June 24, 2009
Ryerson University, Toronto
For more info  
Click here to view the online registration form 
International Council of Nurses' 
ICN Confirms New Dates for 24th Quadrennial Congress and Council of National Representatives
June 27 - July 4, 2009
Durban, South Africa
For further information please visit  


Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada - 33rd annual conference  - "Making it Happen"  Mamawihisicikewin (working together)
The purpose of this national conference provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Nurses to come together to share, support, network and build partnerships to improve health   
Deadline for submissions: July 3, 3009
October 15, 16 & 17, 2009
Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort
Edmonton, Alberta
To view the poster, click here or visit their website at
5th International Multidisciplinary Academic Spirituality and Health Conference: Working Together for Optimal Health
The University of Calgary in conjunction with Canadian Research Institute of Spirituality and Healing will be hosting the 5th North American Conference Multi Disciplinary Academic Conference on Spirituality and Health. The conference aims to provide a diverse, multidisciplinary, multi-faith forum in order to address spirituality from a broad health focus.
September 24 - 26, 2009
MacEwan Student Centre
University of Calgary, Alberta
For more information:    
Learning From Others 
Canadian Nurses Foundation - 2009 Scholarship & Award Programs
Deadline for submission of applications: March 31, 2009
The Canadian Nurses Foundation is proud to support nursing education and is very pleased to announce the following 2009 Scholarship & Awards Programs:
Sholarship Program - CNF's Scholarship program is open to nursing students at the baccalaureate, master and doctoral level. The value of the award may vary from one scholarship to another. You will be able to find eligibility criteria and application form by clicking here.  
Aboriginal Nursing - The TD Aboriginal Nursing Fund will support First Nation Status or Non-status, Inuit or M�tis nurses at the Bachelor, Master's, PhD and Nurse Practitioner levels. For more info...
Nightingale Award - Inspired by CNF supporter, Mr. Po Ting Ip, this award is dedicated to home health care nurses. For more info...
Certification Award - If you are a nurse wanting to achieve certification or if you are renewing your certification, then this award is for you. For more info...
Fund for Internationally Educated Nurses - RBC Diversity in Nursing Fund for Internationally Educated Nurses or IEN's. For more info...
If you have any questions, contact:
Jacqueline Solis
Canadian Nurses Foundation
613-237-2159 ext. 242
Fondation des infirmi�res et infirmiers du Canada - Programmes de Bourses 2009
Date limite de soumissions: 31 mars, 2009
La fondation des infirmi�res et infirmiers du Canada est fi�re d'appuyer la formation en sciences infirmi�res et tr�s heureux d'annoncer ses programmes de bourses de 2009:
Programme de bourses d'�tudes - Le programme de bourses d'�tudes de la FIIC s'adresse aux �tudiantes/�tudiants de baccalaur�at, de ma�trise et de doctorat en sciences infirmi�res. Pour vous informer, cliquez ici... 
Sciences infirmi�res autochtones - Le Fonds autochtone de sciences infirmi�res TD soutiendra des infirmi�res et infirmiers inscrit ou non inscrit d'une Premi�re nation, Inuit ou M�tis qui �tudient en vue d'obtenir un baccalaur�at, une ma�trise, un doctorat ou le statut d'infirmi�re practicienne/infirmier practicien. Cliquez ici...
Bourse Nightingale - Cr�e � l'inspiration de M. Po Ting Ip, donateur de la FIIC, cette bourse d'une valeur totale de $1 000 est destin�e aux infirmi�res/infirmiers � domicile. Cliquez ici...
Bourse de certification - Si vous �tes infirmi�re ou infimier et d�sirez obtenir ou renouveler votre certification, cette bourse est pour vous. Cliquez ici...
Fonds pour infirmi�res et infirmiers form�s � l'�tranger - Fonds RBC pour la diversit� en soins infirmiers � l'intention des infirmi�res et infirmiers � l'�tranger. Cliquez ici...
Si vous avez des questions, veuillez communiquer avec:
Jacqueline Solis
Fondation des infirmi�res et infimiers du Canada
613-237-2159 poste 242
International Partnership Opportunity
The International University of Nursing (, based in St Kitts, is seeking partnerships with Canadian Nursing Schools in accepting transfer students from IUON for the final two semesters of a baccalaureate Nursing Degree. Students would graduate from the Canadian Partner School. IUON pays student tuition and related fees and provides the partnering schools with a capacity fee to cover teaching expenses. Schools interested in exploring this opportunity can contact:
Dr. Deborah Tamlyn [email protected]
Dr. Charlene Connolly, Executive VP IUON [email protected]  
"Nurses Need Incentives to Come North"
The Sudbury Star
"The Ontario government needs to offer more incentives to encourage registered nurses to work in the North, says the co-president of the Sudbury and District Chapter of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario."
"Paul-Andr� Gauthier, a nursing professor at Coll�ge Bor�al, was among a contingent of registered nurses and students from Sudbury that joined other RNAO members to meet with 47 MPPs, several of them cabinet ministers, at Queen's Park last month..."  To view full news release, click here...
Appel de Candidature au Programme FORCES
La Fondation canadienne de la recherche sur les services de sant� invite les cadres sup�rieurs des services de sant� et les responsables de politiques des minist�res ou leur organisme � poser leur candidature au concours de bourses 2009 du programme FORCES. Dates importantes:
  • Pr�sentation des candidatures: le 3 mars 2009
  • Divulgation des r�sultats: le 1er mai 2009
  • Premi�re s�ance en r�sidence: le 8 au 21 ao�t 2009

Cliquez ici pour visiter le site web. Pour toutes questions, contactez:

Marie-Andr�e Gravel
Communications Sittelle
Call for Fellowships -EXTRA Program
The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation invites senior health-service executives and policy makers from ministries and/or their organizations to submit applications for the 2009 EXTRA fellowships competition. Key dates:
  • Application deadline: March 3, 2009
  • Results announced: May 1, 2009
  • First residency session:  August 8-21, 2009

Click here to visit their website. For inquiries, contact:

Marie-Andr�e Gravel
Communications Sittelle
Universities will train nurses under new strategy
By Anne Kyle, The Leader-PostFebruary 27, 2009
"Nursing students could soon have two options when it comes to where they earn their nursing degree in Saskatchewan.
The Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour has given its blessing to a registered nursing education strategy that would involve both universities. This model will enable students to acquire their degree either through an interprofessional health sciences program at the University of Saskatchewan or a new degree program being developed by the University of Regina, in partnership with SIAST. The First Nations University of Canada's nursing education program would have the option of partnering with either degree-granting university." Click to read full article...

Take Advantage of Awards Offered by CACCN
Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses awards:
Spacelabs Innovative Project Award - click here
BBraun Mentorship Award - click here
Baxter Guardian Scholarship Award - click here
Brenda Morgan Leadership Excellence Award - click here
Cardinal Health "Chasing Excellence" Award - click here
AACN Applauds Congress for Passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Includes Funding for Nursing Education:
$500 Million Will Support Nurses and Other Health Professionals Over the Next Two Years as a result of this New Legislation 
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2009 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) applauds Congressional leaders and our Nursing Champions on Capital Hill for securing additional funding for nursing education in the newly passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama is expected to sign on Monday, February 16, to read more...  
SIAST - Nursing Division Newsletter: Winter edition 2009  
What's inside?
Psychiatric nursing; Practical nursing; Interprofessional education; Scholarship; Clinical practice education; Nursing education; Internationally educated nurses; Scholar forum, and more.. 
Click here to read  their newsletter...
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions - February 2009 Edition of Nurse's Voice 
CFNU has prepared a short survey for their readers. They would like to know what you think about Nurse's Voice and what you would like to see improved. Click here to see the latest edition of Nurse's Voice and participate in the survey.
La F�d�ration canadienne des syndicats d'infirmi�res/infirmiers -
La voix des infirmi�res et infirmiers: �dition f�vrier 2009 
La FCSII a pr�par� un court sondage pour ses lecteurs et lectrices. Il aimeriont savoir ce que vous aimez dans La voix des infirmi�res et infimiers et ce qu'il pourront am�liorer. Cliquez ici pour acc�der l'�dition et le sondage.  
Why do so many first-year students drop out?
 "Accodring to a study published by Statistics Canada, approximately fifteen percent of first-year students won't make it to their second year of university. To be honest, I thought the number of drop-outs would be higher.  I already knew that students in their freshman year are at the highest risk of dropping out. It just makes sense. Attending university is a huge commitment of both time and money. In addition to a more demanding academic work load than many students coming out of the public high school system are used to, university also often means living away from home for the first time. And suddenly having to make adult decisions on a regular basis."....To view full article and the Stats Can report, click here...
Chaire de recherche FRSQFondation Newton en d�veloppement et �valuation d'interventions en soins infirmiers
Cat�gories de programme: Bourses de carri�res
La chaire a pour but de d�velopper la recherche �valuative en soins infirmiers et de contribuer au d�veloppement du Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en science infirmi�res (GRISIM).   Cliquez ici pour plus d'info.   
Fonds de la Recherche en Sant� Qu�bec - Newton Foundation Research Chair in Nursing care Development and Evaluation
Program category: Career awards
The purpose of the Chair is to develop evaluative research in the field of nursing and to contribute to the development of the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en sciences infirmi�res (GRISIM). For more info, click here.   
Nursing Health Services Research Unit
Community Nursing: Exploring Employment Trends, work life Issues, and Patient Safety Outcomes 
This presentation highlighted four studies representing a cross-section of research from the home care sector. According to data from the College of Nurses of Ontario (1999-2006) 3-5% of nurses employed in Ontario work in Home Care (HC), with a higher proportion of RPNs working in HC than RNs ...The report from the NHSRU forum held September 15, 2008 is now available at
Inspiring the Inspirational 
From the book Words of Hope from Nurses to Nurses
Sue Heacock, RN, MBA, COHN-S
It Starts With One
"I was so thrilled to be on the "Internet" in 1996, but didn't know where to go and what to look up. I "met" another nurse - Marlene - in a game room and we started to talk. I decided if there were any other nurses on the internet we ought to form a group and support one another. Marlene wrote the newsletter originally - - - a chatty type. I started searching for nurses and our group grew. I named our group Paradigm 97 and wrote a mission statement. I now write and post the monthly newsletter. It is dedicated to evidence based nursing, nursing research, medical news, and medical recalls. We are now international and 450 members."
Frances J. Jessup, RN, BSN
Valdosta, Georgia
What Frances wrote that also inspired me, "I received my Bachelors in 1995 at the age of 59."
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
-Milton Berle 
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