Leaders in graduate nursing education, nursing practice gather for 'historic' roundtable during RCEC

LAS VEGAS — A select group of leaders in graduate nursing education and nursing practice came together Wednesday during the 2013 Retail Clinician Education Congress to participate in a historic roundtable discussion on strengthening the relationship between practice and graduate nursing education in emerging models of care delivery.

“This is a historic endeavor and a level of collaboration that is unseen and unheard of and I’m so excited about it. The deans and the representatives of the universities coming together with people in practice — it is all about how do we take education and hook it and bridge it to practice to make sure we are serving the needs of the community and the patients, and that is what’s happening here today,” said Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League of Nursing. “It is a new, transformational model of how to deliver care, emphasizing affordability, accessibility and quality right where you do all of your shopping in so many other ways. To have that access is amazing and to have the quality of nurse practitioners to deliver the care is simply spectacular. So our educational colleagues are so excited, obviously from the discussion, and so committed to how we can bridge this and make it a partnership.”

The NLN, in collaboration with the Convenient Care Association, sponsored the invitational roundtable. The goal: To structure transformative strategies to meet the current needs for increased numbers of advanced practice nurses to staff new models of health care delivery, for example, convenient care clinics and telehealth.

During the roundtable, participants discussed such topics as the role of graduate nursing education in preparing nurses to deliver advanced practice nursing care in a reformed healthcare system within new models of care delivery, and key considerations to frame new thinking about advanced practice nursing education, specifically the education of nurse practitioners, to participate in clinical experiences in alternative care delivery models.

“I believe this is a historic meeting. Bringing two major groups of nursing leaders together who care deeply about transforming nursing education in support of advancing our nation’s health is an exciting opportunity for our profession,” said Angela Patterson, chief nurse practitioner officer for CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic.

Added Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate for Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems, “As we look to transform the delivery of health care, we need to think differently and transform clinical education to meet the needs of patients nationally. I am honored, as a nurse leader in retail clinic, to be involved in a historic meeting with educational leaders in nursing to strategize ways to increase the number of advanced practice nurses.”

Echoing the sentiment on the importance of the roundtable, Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA, said, “It is a historic meeting. The industry and the nurse leaders and the universities coming together to really talk and strategize around how do we, together, build a workforce that’s really trained and educated in the model of care, but also how do we partner to assure that we have clinical sites, we have faculty members working on both sides and that we, together, can help transform the healthcare system.”

The 2013 RCEC conference, which is hosted by Drug Store News Group in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association and Partners in Healthcare Education, is being held at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. It runs from May 14 to May 16.

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