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Swanson and Frantz with the Congdons

As 2013 winds down, many of us will take time to reflect on the year and realize there is much to be thankful for. This kind of reflection is common this time of year, and the students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa College of Nursing feel fortunate to have such amazing supporters—college advocates whose generosity extends well beyond the holiday season.

Marcia and Ralph Congdon were gracious hosts at a UI College of Nursing outreach event in Davenport last month. The Congdon’s continue to ensure the legacy of the Iowa Nurse by engaging others in support of future health care leaders.

If you were unable to attend, we hope to reconnect with you soon. Here are a few highlights from the event.

Dean Rita Frantz provided an update on the changes in the health care field and how the UI College of Nursing is rising to the challenge. 

In 2010, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that almost 50,000 qualified applicants nationally were unable to enroll in nursing programs due to limited classroom and clinical space, a diminishing pool of faculty, and funding cuts in nursing education programs.

The UI College of Nursing is working to address this shortage by partnering with UIHC’s Department of Nursing to increase preceptorship opportunities for UIHC nursing staff through preceptor education, expanding clinical sites through the establishment of dedicated education units at UIHC, and expanding undergraduate enrollment to twice per year. Currently, more than 700 nursing students are enrolled.

More than 50 percent of UI College of Nursing faculty are eligible for retirement in the next 10 years. Private support like the Marcia and Ralph Congdon Faculty Development Fund made it possible to recruit a new junior faculty member, Stephanie Gilbertson-White, who started this fall. In addition, seven candidates for tenure track faculty positions will be interviewing in the next few weeks. It is an exciting time at the College of Nursing!

Gifts to the UI College of Nursing are making it possible to build on our success and keep pace with the increasing demand for nursing professionals. To learn more about how private support benefits the UI College of Nursing, please visit us online at or contact Dayna Ballantyne at or 800-648-6973.

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Dec 9th, 2013