Florida Statewide Summit, Nov., 2013

<p>Nurses are well positioned for expanded roles in health care, say experts ORLANDO, Fla. – The future of nursing looks bright according to nursing and health care experts who served as keynote speakers during the 2013 Statewide Nursing Summit last week. To fully realize the potential, however, more nurses are needed in leadership positions as new models of health care are being developed they said. The last decade has seen a positive demographic shift in the nursing workforce said Peter Buerhaus, PhD, the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. It has added more young people (in their 20s), more ethnic diversity and more men, all necessary to replace the nurses who are transitioning into retirement or other health professional roles. Meanwhile, health care reform is creating more opportunities in nursing, especially in the role of disease prevention and chronic illness management to improve health care quality and contain cost. Donna Shalala, PhD, the President of the University of Miami and former Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration said nurses are key to health care quality and outcomes for patients. She said it will take collaboration among nurses, pharmacists and physicians to put in place an effective prevention system. The remarks were made during the 2013 Statewide Nursing Summit held at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in Tampa, Fla. The summit on the future of nursing, presented by the Florida Action Coalition in partnership with the Florida Blue Foundation, convened more than 150 nurses, employers and health industry leaders Nov. 13-15. Nurses should be both encouraged and challenged by the expanding role of nursing said Mary Lou Brunell, Executive Director of the Florida Center for Nursing and co-lead of the Florida Action Coalition. “It is well known that high quality nursing care translates to improved patient safety and outcomes. Emerging health care models increasingly will rely on the training and experience of nurses to deliver on the goals of patients’ access to high quality, safe and patient-centered health care at a reasonable cost,” she said. “The challenge for nurses is to identify leadership opportunities and to be leaders who help shape the future of nursing.” Leadership is one of three focus areas for the Florida Action Coalition in implementing recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 landmark report – Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Nurses can find leadership development resources and opportunities at the website http://www.flcenterfornursing.org/FLActionCoalition/LeadershipActionTeam...

by Ann-Lynn Denker | November 20, 2013

Tags: leadership, florida

Sheila Ambula

Due to current changes in health care within the United States, it’s imperative that members of the nursing field welcome the opportunity to participate in the expanding roles of nursing. As a nursing student, I’ve been fortunate to witness nurses participate in entrepreneurial opportunities and leadership positions in various disciplines while simultaneously using knowledge from their new roles to improve patient care. Expanding the role of nurses allows for nurses to utilize their perspective to modify current practices in how care is provided to patients on a larger scale, as well as implement new methods derived from evidenced based practices. Also, increasing and expanding the leadership roles of nursing allows for a more diversified nursing workforce equipped with the expertise to handle current and future changes in health care. I believe the health care system will benefit tremendously with the expanding roles nursing and I look forward to the continued evolution of the nursing profession.
Posted on: April 8, 2014, 9:49 pm


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