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Visiting dean gives keynote address at Future of Minnesota Nursing conference

Michael Bleich, Ph.D., dean and distinguished professor from Oregon Health & Science University spoke at St. Kate's Thursday.
Michael Bleich, Ph.D., dean and distinguished professor from Oregon Health & Science University spoke at St. Kate's Thursday.
Photo by Melissa Kaelin

Michael Bleich, Ph.D., the Dean and Carol Lindeman Distinguished Professor from Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing spoke at St. Catherine University on Thursday, May 12, as keynote speaker for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Future of Minnesota Nursing conference.

Bleich also worked with participants in morning sessions on St. Kate’s campus in St. Paul. The sessions highlighted plans to ensure a culturally and clinically competent workforce while also addressing the factors involved in preparing and sustaining a diverse workforce.

In one of those sessions, Bleich noted that leadership is a critical part of the nursing field, and that classes on leadership should be the first courses offered in any program. His advice set the scene for his 1 p.m. keynote speech entitled, “Nursing and the IOM: Can We, Will We Lead Change to Advance Health in Minnesota... in America?”

St. Catherine University served as the host for the 2011 Future of Minnesota Nursing conference. For more information about nursing programs at St. Kate’s, see the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

May 12, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Healthcare, Leadership