2011 Texas Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing

Start Date: 
March 16, 2011

This invitational summit will bring together diverse leaders from across the state to discuss the implications of the recommendations for the future of health care and the future role of nurses in America.  Participants will identify strategies for implementing and overcoming barriers to adopting the recommendations in Texas.

The summit will introduce leaders to opportunities to participate with the Texas Team Addressing the Future of Nursing activities and provide an overview of how we can collaboratively advance the health of Texans through nursing.  

Georgia Nursing Summit

Start Date: 
February 4, 2011

Health care leaders from across the state of Georgia will be gathering to discuss the implementation of the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health at the Georgia Nursing Summit on Friday, February 4 at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta. 

The Georgia Nursing Summit will be the first of many discussions about transforming nursing care in Georgia.  This summit will bring health care stakeholders from nursing, public health, clinical services, education, government, business, and patient advocacy groups together to join forces to implement the report's recommendations in Georgia and discuss ways to overcome the barriers to adopting the recommendations in our state.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Legislative Day gives nurses chance to be heard

January 17, 2011
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Legislative Day gives nurses chance to be heard
By Laura Raines

Nurses and nursing students who want their voices to be heard by Georgia lawmakers will get their chance on Feb. 17. The Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) has scheduled its annual Legislative Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the state Capitol in Atlanta.

Read the article on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website. 

New England Journal of Medicine: Implementing Health Care Reform — An Interview with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

January 5, 2011
New England Journal of Medicine: Implementing Health Care Reform — An Interview with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
By John K. Iglehart

The College of New Jersey: Initiative on the Future of Nursing Public Lecture

Start Date: 
February 25, 2011
Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall
Music Building, TCNJ Campus

Featured Speakers

American Association of College of Nursing: 2011 Spring Annual Meeting

Start Date: 
March 19, 2011
End Date: 
March 22, 2011

The Spring Annual Meeting is an opportunity for AACN members to discuss key funding, organizational, and legislative concerns that impact nursing education.  Gain valuable information from sessions created with the nursing dean/director in mind.  Explore all that Washington, DC has to offer while developing relationships with your colleagues.

Donna Shalala, chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, will provide the opening remarks for the meeting. 

American Association of College of Nursing: 2011 Doctoral Education Conference

Start Date: 
January 29, 2011

Report on the Future of Nursing: Implications for Doctoral Education 
The recent release of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change Advancing Health by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine has fueled much discussion regarding the future of nursing education and practice. Reflect on the implications of this critical report on the future of doctoral education in nursing.

More information on the American Association of College of Nursing: 2011 Doctoral Education Conference available on their website. 

Who Will Influence Health Reform in the United States in the Next 5-10 Years

According to Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom, 75 percent of opinion leaders say government officials will have a great deal of influence in health reform in the next five to 10 years, compared to 56 percent for insurance executives, 46 percent for pharmaceutical executives, 46 percent for health care executives, 37 percent for doctors, 20 percent for patients and 14 percent for nurses.

Author Information: 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gallup Healthcare Consulting

More information is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Nurses Should Have More Influence in Planning, Developing Policy, and Management

According to Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom, large majorities of opinion leaders said they would like to see nurses have more influence in a large number of areas, including reducing medical errors and improving patient safety (90%); improving quality of care (89%); promoting wellness and expanding preventive care (86%); improving health care efficiency and reducing costs (84%); coordinating care through the health care system (83%); helping the health care system adapt to an aging population (83%); and increasing access to health care (74%).

Author Information: 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gallup Healthcare Consulting

More information is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Website. 

AORN Connections: The freedom to be prepared for the future

December 1, 2010
AORN Connections:  The freedom to be prepared for the future
By Denise Jackson

Every year AORN Congress has a new theme. This year’s theme is “The Freedom To Be.” I love this theme because of its versatility and applicability. As I prepare for the year to come, I have been contemplating what The Freedom To Be means for me as a registered perioperative nurse.

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