Marjorie Mauer, RN, past-president of the IONL, talks about the IOM recommendations during a panel discussion.
LISLE, Ill. — While helping put together the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 2010 report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN, worked closely with New Jersey-based colleagues at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
On Sept. 16, while speaking at the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders’ annual conference and business meeting “The Future of Nursing: IONL’s Call for Action,” Burnes Bolton, CNO at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, made it clear that change in nursing does not have a home address.
“You cannot just do this from New Jersey,” said Burnes Bolton, vice chairwoman of the RWJF’s Initiative on the Future of Nursing. “If you want to transform the healthcare delivery system, you need to have a whole bunch of foot soldiers.”
Burnes Bolton encouraged Illinois leaders to take an active role in implementing changes and to welcome other disciplines to the discussions.
“There is a wide diversity of stakeholders who are saying, ‘Yes, I agree that we can transform the healthcare delivery system and I am willing to partner with nurses, and nursing, to make that happen,'” she said. “It will only happen through partnership. Healthcare is a team sport. Those who believe nurses are the only ones, you’re smoking something. We’re not the end all and the be all. We are very important, and we outnumber everyone. But volume alone doesn’t get you to outcomes. It takes everyone working together as a team.”Photo by Barry Bottino
IONL president Dale Beatty, RN, leads a panel discussion about how the organization is responding to the IOM’s recommendation.
The IOM report has received wide acclaim since its debut last year. Burnes Bolton said the print version has sold out three different times, and the report is the most downloaded one in the IOM’s history. “It will go nowhere without the individual leaders in this room and leaders across the country standing up and leading,” Burnes Bolton said. “It’s our responsibility.”
Collaboration also is an important part of the change process. “We’re not in this for a year or two years or three years,” Burnes Bolton said. “It becomes the way that we’re going to work together.”
Working with other healthcare professionals such as physicians takes time, Burnes Bolton said, much like a volleyball team practicing before competition. “You learn to work together over time,” Burnes Bolton said.
IONL president Dale Beatty, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, executive vice president, hospital operations and CNO at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, Ill., moderated the panel discussion “Integrating the IOM Recommendations into the IONL Strategic Plan.” The discussion covered numerous topics in regard to how the IOM report has impacted nurses in Illinois and how the IONL can help advance the recommendations.
“The whole notion of the IOM report is not to wait for something to happen at the national level, but rather what can we individually do at the grassroots level?” he said.
Beatty echoed Burnes Bolton’s call for nurses to collaborate.
“Now more than ever … the need to collaborate and get outside your organization is greater and greater,” Beatty said. “We need each other from a resource perspective.”
Featured speakers during the two-day event also included Brenda L. Cleary, RN, PhD, FAAN, the directory of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, who discussed “Education and Leadership: Impact of the IOM Report on the Future of Nursing.”
Barbara Mackoff, EdD, an author, consulting psychologist and leadership educator, conducted the presentation “Nurse Management Engagement: From Theory to Practice.”
Trish Anen, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, vice president of clinical services, Metropolitan Chicago Health Care Council, discussed “Staffing Acuity Committes: The Illinois Experience.”
Anen’s presentation focused on survey results from staff nurses around the state who are involved in staffing committees at their facilities. Based on the findings from the 175 nurses who took part in the survey, Anen said an orientation template for new committee members would be a valuable tool for nurses around the state.
Barry Bottino is a regional editor.
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