Nursing students: Discover how to make a difference

March 30, 2017

OnCourse Learning executive helps future nurses find their voice in profession

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Finding a voice in nursing can be difficult for those new to the profession, but a presentation April 7 at the 10th annual Spring Nursing Forum at the University of Houston will help future nurses learn key issues to start a conversation on important healthcare topics.

Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President of CE Programming for OnCourse Learning, will share important nursing discussion topics at the event at the University of Houston College of Nursing’s Sugar Land campus.

“Many times, students feel that they need to have years of experience before they can be taken seriously,” Mensik said. “You don’t need to take on everything. The students will each walk away with their own personal plan on how they can start to impact one of the issues.”

Mensik’s presentation focusing on nursing practice and patient outcomes is based on the book, “The Power of Ten, 2nd Edition: A Conversational Approach to Tackling the Top Ten Priorities in Nursing,” which she co-authored with national nurse leader Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN.

The top 10 priorities include the following:

  • Education reform
  • Academic progression
  • Diversity
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Systems thinking
  • Voice of nursing
  • Global stewardship
  • Practice authority
  • Delivery of care
  • Professional handoff

“With all the changes in healthcare, understanding the top 10 issues now will help them to influence change as they go forward in our profession,” Mensik said.

The University of Houston event, which is planned from 8 a.m. to noon, is being hosted by the Sigma Theta Tau International Phi Chi Chapter and the UH College of Nursing.

To RSVP for the free event, visit the registration page or contact Cheryl Brohard at

The book is available for purchase online. The authors will donate any royalties equally to the American Red Cross nursing programs and the American Nurses Foundation.

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