Minneapolis—May 4, 2009— Walden University’s School of Nursing joins with nursing professionals nationwide in celebrating National Nurses Week, May 6–12, by recognizing nurses who demonstrate “above and beyond” service and by hosting two live online events with distinguished leaders in nursing.

“Above and Beyond” Awards
Walden University will honor nurses who have gone “above and beyond” with a $1,500 award donated in their name to the service organization of their choice. To nominate a nurse for this recognition, in 250 words or less describe how a nurse has demonstrated service to her or his community or organization. Nominations will be accepted at www.WaldenU.edu/honornurses through May 13. The three winners will be announced on the Web site during the week of May 17, and selected submissions will be posted.https://www.waldenu.edu/

Also, during the week honoring nurses, Walden will offer two live online forums. The events are free and open to the public.

Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nurses: Why Do We Care?

Thursday, May 7, at 1 p.m. Eastern time

Dr. Peter Buerhaus, the Valere Potter Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will present his unique perspective and insight as a nurse and a health economist on the new and variable challenges faced by nurses in today’s economic environment. Buerhaus maintains an active research program involving studies on the economics of the nursing workforce, health workforce forecasting, developing measures of quality of care, and determining public and provider opinions on issues involving the delivery of health care.

Geraldine Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nurses: Building a Healthy America in Challenging Times

Tuesday, May 12, National Nurses Day, at 2 p.m. Eastern time

Dr. Geraldine Bednash, executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), will share her insights on the impact of current economic challenges on the role of registered nurses. In her role at AACN, Bednash oversees the educational, research, governmental affairs, publications and other programs of the organization that is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate-degree education programs in nursing.

For more information about Walden’s School of Nursing, go to www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in public health, education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child development, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, instructional design and technology, nursing, communication and criminal justice. Walden University is the flagship online university in Laureate International Universities—a global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit https://www.waldenu.edu/.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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