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Aug. 25, 2023

Mosaic, Northwest partnering to offer nursing conference Sept. 29

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Northwest Missouri State University and Mosaic Medical Center—Maryville are partnering to host their second Northwest Missouri Nursing Collaborative Nursing Conference next month.

The conference is Friday, Sept. 29, in the J.W. Jones Student Union and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Carol Huston, a nurse, author and leader in the nursing field, in addition to other breakout session speakers. Huston will speak about power in the nursing profession and exploring ways to use it.

Huston’s long nursing career includes more than 30 years as a nursing professor at California State University, Chico, where she was director of its School of Nursing. She also taught in the family nurse practitioner program at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has been recognized as an outstanding alumni by the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

An author of seven textbooks about leadership, management and professional issues in nursing, she is co-developer of the Marquis-Huston Model for Teaching Critical Thinking, which has been recognized internationally by nursing scholars. She also is the author of more than 150 articles in leading professional journals.

Additionally, the conference will feature an afternoon keynote presented by Nina Hawthorne, a nurse administrator with Mayo Clinic Arizona, and an evening keynote presented by Dr. Tim Crowley, a motivational speaker on leadership and resilience.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. and continues to 5:30 p.m., with the theme of “Power In Our Profession.” Registration is $125 for nurses and $35 for nursing students; registration closes Friday, Sept. 8.

“Nurses can embrace the transformative power within our profession by attending this conference,” said Dr. Brooke McAtee, director of the Northwest nursing program. “Together, we can harness our collective knowledge, skills and experiences to shape the future of healthcare in the region.”

McAtee added, “This conference is an opportunity to connect with fellow nurses and nursing students, share insights and ignite the flame of change. By joining forces, we can amplify our voices, advocate for our patients and empower one another to create a lasting impact.”

Click here for more information about the conference and registration.

About Northwest’s nursing program

Northwest’s online RN-BSN program offers seven-week sessions, enabling students to complete their degree in less than a year. The student-centered program is conducive to the working nurse’s schedule.

While a bachelor’s degree in the nursing field provides opportunities for nurses to advance in their professional roles at state, national and international levels, Northwest’s RN-BSN program emphasizes the importance of leadership skills in all service areas. Students enrolled in the RN-BSN program also have the opportunity to earn a nurse manager certificate offered through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Northwest also offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a 30-hour graduate program for registered nurses who have obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program offers 15 hours of core classes with the remaining 15 hours completed in one of two tracks – nurse executive and administration, or nurse educator.

Both programs are accredited by the NLN CNEA, and has consistently ranked the RN-BSN program among its top 50 programs.

To learn more about Northwest’s online nursing program visit, call 660.562.1973 or email


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