The Greater New York, Nassau, Suffolk Organization of Nurse Executives hosted its annual president’s dinner June 21 at SPQR restaurant in New York City. Bernadette Curry, RN, PhD, dean emerita at Molloy College and GNYNSONE president, welcomed more than 100 members, recognized past presidents and honored Rosemary Sullivan, RN, MA, director of nursing special projects, NewYork-Presbyterian, with the GNYNSONE leadership award. Sullivan also was the recipient of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives leadership award this year.
“As leaders, we can’t do everything ourselves. We must share our knowledge and share our responsibilities. Good leaders develop others to be good leaders,” Curry said.
Keynote speaker Margaret McClure, RN, EdD, FAAN, professor at New York University College of Nursing and School of Medicine, challenged members to become more involved in political issues in nursing, such as the BSN-in-10 legislation. “As leaders, it’s more important than ever that we be the voice for patient care,” McClure said. She also reflected on the history of the profession and how it relates to the future of nursing. “Who will take care of the 32 million people who will be covered under healthcare reform? Will nurse practitioners be the ones who will be responsible for them?” McClure asked.
McClure discussed seamless education and some of the educational models being implemented. Besides the partnership model between community colleges and baccalaureate programs, another option is giving community colleges the authority to grant BSN degrees to students, McClure said. “We are not going to reach our 80% goal by just increasing the enrollment of nursing students in baccalaureate programs,” McClure said. Some community colleges have implemented this alternative; however, it’s important to ensure faculty in those programs are qualified and prepared, McClure said. “We need to respond to the changes in our healthcare and to the needs of our patients,” she said.
From Nov. 6 to 8, NYONE will present “Nurses Transforming the Future of Healthcare,” at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y. A New York panel will discuss plans and activities related to the future of nursing. Other topics include new paradigms in education, DEUs, current legislative and regulatory issues, and business perspectives of healthcare reform and transcultural care.
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