Transforming nursing ed to meet new clinical demands
Eager to embark on ways to strengthen the relationship between graduate nursing education and nursing practice in emerging models of care delivery, a select group of leaders in both graduate nursing education and nursing practice came together during RCEC 2013 to partake in a historic roundtable discussion.
The National League for Nursing, in collaboration with the Convenient Care Association, sponsored the roundtable aimed at sparking transformative strategies to meet the need for increased numbers of advanced practice nurses to staff new models of healthcare delivery, including convenient care clinics and telehealth.
“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.
A roundtable at RCEC enabled leaders in nursing practice and education to discuss current healthcare needs.
“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 professionals,” said Angela Patterson, chief nurse practitioner officer for CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic.
Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate for Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems, said: “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 the retail clinic industry, 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, Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA, said: “This is a historic meeting. The industry, the nurse leaders and the universities coming together to really talk and strategize around how we, together, build a work force that’s really trained and educated in this 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.”
App allows iPhone photo delivery, drug store pickup
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Malone wins lifetime achievement award
Beverly Malone, CEO for the National League for Nursing, is not only among the country’s most vocal leaders in the national conversation about the nurse educator shortage and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality and culturally competent care to diverse patient populations. She is also the 2013 winner of the Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award.
Malone, who also delivered the program’s keynote address, “Reconfiguring the Workforce to Transform the Nation’s Health System,” has served as CEO of the NLN since February 2007. Her tenure has been marked by a retooling of the league’s mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity and excellence, as well as an ongoing focus on advancing the nation’s health.
DSN’s Rob Eder with Beverly Malone, winner of the Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA.
Under Malone’s guidance, the NLN has partnered with corporations, associations and foundations to advance the science of nursing education, increase diversity in nursing and nursing education, and advance excellence in care for seniors.
In 2010, she ranked No. 29 among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, and she has served on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
“Clearly, Dr. Malone is a tremendously accomplished person, and clearly she has contributed greatly to nursing work force development and education, which are both absolutely critical to solving this country’s healthcare challenges. So, I think it is very appropriate for her to receive this award,” said Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic.
Past winners of the CARE Lifetime Achievement Award include Loretta Ford, who helped revolutionize the nursing profession more than 40 years ago with her work in co-founding the nation’s first pediatric nurse practitioner program; Mona Counts, who opened one of the first all nurse practitioner practices in the United States; Shirley Chater, former commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration; and Hal Rosenbluth, co-founder of Take Care Health Systems.
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