On April 28 and 29, more than 150 nurse leaders attended the ONE/NJ 2011 annual meeting and conference at the Ocean Place Hilton Resort in Long Branch, N.J.
As we continue to learn, live and love what we do, we must recognize that nurses have a wealth of opportunities available to them to act as full partners with other healthcare professionals, as well as to lead in the improvement and redesign of the healthcare system and its practice environment, said Deanna Sperling, RN, MAS, NE-BC, president of ONE/NJ and vice president of patient care services at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J
Call for Change and ActionAttendees include, from left, attorney Elizabeth A. Ryan, president, CEO, New Jersey Hospital Association; Edna Cadmus, RN, New Jersey regional action coalition co-leader, clinical professor, Rutgers; and Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, author, consultant.
Author and consultant Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, presented If Not Us, Then Who; If Not Now, Then When? Regardless of position, every nurse today has been asked to do more with less, she said. Overpowered by a medical model that emphasizes costs and cure rather than a holistic nursing approach, coupled with male dominance and a for-profit disease case business model, nurses express perceived powerlessness, Bartholomew said.
Applying the failure of group decision making to nursing provides a framework for addressing the professions challenges. As with all societies, nursings great problems are primarily self-generated and, therefore, within our power to solve if we anticipate, perceive and act to resolve our problems in time, Bartholomew said.
Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, Rudin professor of nursing and co-director of the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College City University of New York, offered examples of transitional care models in existence today. Mary Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN, at the University of Pennsylvania, organized an APRN model of care for high-risk patients in the hospital with follow-up care at home. She reduced the 30-day hospital readmission rate, increased time from discharge to readmission and saved more than $5,000 per Medicare patient, Mason said.
Ruth Watson Lubic, RN, CNM, FAAN, opened Family Health and Birth Centers in New York and Washington, D.C., that should be on the frontline of maternity care in the U.S. because they have demonstrated improved outcomes and lower healthcare costs, Mason said.
We need to seize opportunities to lead, engage in mentoring and coaching programs and spend time in partnerships with nursing and non-nursing organizations, Mason said. Our nation needs our voice and our leadership.
Get InvolvedONE-NJ conference attendees include, from left, Kathy Seneca, RN, clinical nurse leader, University Medical Center at Princeton; Diana Mason, RN, professor of nursing, co-director of the Center for Health, Media & Policy, Hunter College City University of New York; Barbara Chamberlain, RN, program director, TCAB, New Jersey Hospital Association;
Attorney Elizabeth A. Ryan, president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association, presented the latest developments in Washington on healthcare reform and the issues facing the industry and the state of New Jersey.
At the NJHA, we have a healthcare reform website, a healthcare reform member toolkit, which includes a PowerPoint presentation, speaker support guide, FAQ handout and a sample newsletter article. We have initiated a Ready for Reform educational series and have eight board-approved workgroups in action, Ryan said.
Edna Cadmus, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, co-leader for the New Jersey regional action coalition and clinical professor at Rutgers University, and Susan Bakewell-Sachs, RN, PhD, PNP-BC, dean and professor of nursing at The College of New Jersey, discussed the Campaign for Action. There are nurses in New Jersey who are already working within and outside the profession to advance the IOM key recommendations, Cadmus said.
Cadmus highlighted New Jersey nurses who offer mobile outreach and case management to the deinstitutionalized mentally ill and homeless, work toward advancing their education, are involved in shaping public policy and creating a lasting role for nursing in state and federally funded programs, and collaborate with physicians and others in healthcare.
Editors note: For information about the mentorship program and the internship program for nursing graduate students, contact Susan Cholewka at [email protected] For a photo gallery of the conference, visit www.Nurse.com/gallery/ONENJ.