- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The president of the American Academy of Nursing is scheduled to talk about the effect of the Affordable Care Act on the nursing profession.

Dianna Mason is slated to speak Friday at Seawells in Columbia. She will discuss the role nurses will play in the future of the nation’s health care system.

Mason is the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also founded and co-directs the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes presentations by a health care economist, as well as panel discussions by health and nursing experts.

The event is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s School of Nursing.