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The transition from nursing student to professional nurse can be daunting and intense.
Graduating nurses can find themselves uprooted from the classroom and planted on the overnight shift in a stressful medical setting, caring for critically ill people with complex health profiles.
It may be small wonder, then, that nearly one-in-three newly minted resident nurses will leave their first jobs within a year – many never to return to the profession.
To address the transition from school to direct care, the University of Iowa College of Nursing has helped create an online curriculum for newly licensed registered nurses to earn educational credits as they enter the workforce. The Online Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month, web-based initiative designed to prepare budding registered nurses for real-life care settings.
The University of Iowa, home to one of the world’s best creative writing programs , has seen many writers — including Kurt Vonnegut and Tennessee Williams — come and go. Its students are now looking to bring one of the today’s most beloved authors to campus: Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling.
“It seems like she doesn’t do many public appearances, so we almost gave up on it,” Nathaniel Richardson, a graduate student, says. “But the whole committee was not ready to give up.”
Richmond is a member of Iowa’s Lecture Committee, a group that has brought a wide variety of speakers — ranging from astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson to Jane Goodall – to campus over the years.
Learning from the 2008 flood and in anticipation of campus growth, University of Iowa officials hope to construct a new steam production power plant on the west side of campus within the next four years.
“It is a 100-year view of utility support for the campus,” Rod Lehnertz, UI’s interim senior vice president, said Tuesday.
Walk into the corner astronomy lab in the basement of Van Allen Hall, and you’ll likely hear a student spontaneously burst into song while creating preliminary computer aided designs for an upcoming NASA project proposal. Or, find a former-accountant-turned-astronomer designing circuit boards and routing cables through the colorfully exposed electronic guts of a rocket payload.
The lab is home to a team of seven undergraduate and graduate students, assembled by astronomy and physics associate professor Randy McEntaffer to launch a series of NASA rockets. Over the din of donut-induced sarcasm, they take a moment to discuss the merits of a good project acronym: if OGRE launches third, and OGRESS launches second, should OGLETTE launch first?
Utilizing the latest digital and new media technologies, the production will bring together actors, writers, directors, and stages—one in Iowa City and one in Cape Town, South Africa—to produce one integrated, interactive theater experience. A conversation with members of the cast, directors, and playwrights will follow the performance. Refreshments will be available starting at 11:30 a.m.
IOWA CITY — Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek is among those who have applied to serve on a 21-member committee charged with searching for a new University of Iowa president.
A final list of names for the committee has not been made public, but city documents show Hayek applied to fill one of two spots reserved for community members, saying, “I believe that my participation would enhance community input and help the City of Iowa City establish a productive relationship with the next president.”