Rasmussen Nursing Program Director to Deliver Keynote at International Event

Margaret E. Ozan Rafferty to Address New Realities of Health Tourism at 5th Annual International Nursing Management Conference in Turkey

Nov 14, 2011, 09:00 ET from Rasmussen College

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College today announced that Margaret E. Ozan Rafferty, Director of the Rasmussen School of Nursing, will serve as a keynote speaker at the 5th Annual International Nursing Management Conference (INMC) that runs November 17-19 at the Papillon Zeugma Hotel & Resort Belek in Antalya, Turkey.

As part of the program, Rafferty will lead the pre-conference Leadership Camp on Wednesday, November 16 that will challenge participants to examine, measure and implement best practices in nursing leadership to drive success and outcomes. She will present the keynote address "Health Tourism and the New Realities" at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 18. In addition, Rafferty has sponsored Turkish nursing student Havva Arslan Yurumezoglu , a Doctoral candidate at Dokuz Eylul University to attend the conference.

"I've had the great pleasure of speaking and networking with nurses from around the world, and I've found that we all share the same universal passion for patient care," Rafferty said. "But, while we all share this commitment to care, the professional landscape is evolving on the international level, and it's opening up exciting new doors for nurses who want to expand their horizons with challenging new experiences that will help them grow professionally and personally. I look forward to highlighting some of these exciting opportunities and meeting with colleagues from around the world at this event."

Healthcare is quickly becoming an international marketplace, with a growing number of patients traveling to foreign destinations to take advantage of more advanced technologies, lower prices and other benefits. Some countries are actively marketing the industry, including Turkey, which hosts about 40,000 medical tourists each year with numerous hospitals and medical institutions accredited by the Joint Commission International.

As Director of the School of Nursing, Rafferty, R.N., M.H.A., M.B.A., leads Rasmussen's Licensed Practical Nursing, Professional Nursing, and RN to BSN online programs at 11 schools of nursing nationwide and is responsible for daily operations ranging from faculty management to student outcomes. Prior to her work at Rasmussen, Rafferty  held national and international senior level healthcare leadership roles and served as Vice President for Patient Care Services at Silver Cross Hospital. An R.N. for more than 25 years, Rafferty is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the National Association of Associate Degree Nursing Programs and served as the Nurse Business Advisor for the HFMA's "Business of Caring" magazine. She has authored and been cited as an expert in multiple professional articles and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

For more information about the International Nursing Management Conference visit http://www.inmc2011.org/bilimselprogram_eng.html.

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