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Frantz Discusses Future of Nursing at IWU Symposium

Rita Frantz

By Joey Aguirre | The Hawk Eye | 4/2/2016

This year’s Belle Babb Mansfield Symposium at Iowa Wesleyan University featured conversations on trendsetters in nursing and the future of the profession, then honored a former professor and director of the nursing program with the 2016 Mansfield Award.

Arabella “Belle” Babb Mansfield graduated from Iowa Wesleyan in 1866 and became the first woman licensed to practice law in the United States. The daylong program Friday honored her legacy and celebrated the nursing profession. Ironically, it’s also the 40th birthday of the Iowa Wesleyan nursing program.

The panel included moderator Mary Tobin, a 1986 IWU graduate and nursing professor at Coe College, Rita Frantz, dean of the Iowa College of Nursing, Brigadier General Lisa Naftzger-Kang, a 1983 graduate of IWU and mobilization assistant to the Air Force Deputy Surgeon General and Margie Trousil, chairman of the Nursing program at IWU.

They discussed their career paths, discrepancy in pay between men and women nurses, diversity in the field and how the role of nurses has changed over time.

Frantz said one of the differences between men and women in nursing is men are able to advance more quickly to higher paying positions.

“If we look at the nursing profession, we are seeing many more men who are starting as nurse anesthetists,” Frantz said. “And their salary is more than double what a bed side clinician is. And now we’re seeing nurse practitioners starting at over $100,000 a year. I think we will see this wage differential start to balance out and women now are starting to pursue careers and advancing in the profession much more quickly than they have in the past.”

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Apr 4th, 2016