More than 1,000 nurses from around the nation and beyond attended the National Black Nurses Associations 37th annual institute and conference in Toronto.
The five-day conference, which ran Aug. 2 through Aug. 6, was titled Implementing Strategies to Improve Global Health Outcomes.
With nurses from all of the islands of the Caribbean in attendance, the conference took on an international flavor.Nurses wore red on Aug. 4 to support heart health on the third day of the five-day NBNA conference in Toronto.
Millicent Gorham, MBA, executive director of the NBNA, says the international mix of nurses allows them to learn from each other, and that each country has its own best practices.
Gorham says no matter where nurses are from, they all have a characteristic in common. The distinct thing is nurses want to practice nursing, Gorham says. Theyre not interested in practicing medicine, they want to practice nursing. RNs took part in educational sessions daily, including a pair of global health discussions. Session topics included cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and developing nurse leadership.
We have nurses who are CEOs of hospitals who came in to talk to nurses about how to make that leap, whether that leap is to a position of leadership in a hospital or to Congress, Gorham says.
Speakers included NBNA board member Patricia McManus, RN, PhD, who addressed the nurses at a breakfast meeting.
On Aug. 4, NBNA members took part in Red Dress Day to support heart health.Melissa Bishop-Murphy of Pfizer Inc. told nurses about the companys Helpful Answers program.
Melissa Bishop-Murphy, senior director of national government relations & multicultural affairs for Pfizer Inc., discussed the Helpful Answers program, a family of patient-assistance programs that provide uninsured and underinsured Americans access to Pfizer medicines for free or at a savings.
The closing session Aug. 6 included a presentation by keynote speaker Stephanie Ferguson, RN, PhD, FAAN, a consultant for nursing and health policy for the International Council of Nurses and director of the ICN Leadership for Change Programme.
Next years conference will take place Aug. 3 to Aug. 8 in San Diego.