The New York Organization of Nurse Executives’ three-day annual leadership conference at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y., focused on how nurses are transforming healthcare for the future.
Keynote speaker Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” advice columnist, spoke to more than 200 nurse executives about nursing’s opportunities to create change and goals for future nurse leaders. “You are an educated, experienced and enlightened group of nurses,” Cardillo said. “You want to work at staying inspired, incorporating teaching into everything that you do and staying connected, accessible and visible to your team.”
The future is nowDeborah Stamps, RN
The New York state IOM implementation panel — Cathryne A. Welch, RN, EdD, co-chairwoman of the New York state action coalition and steering committee members; Barbara Zittel, RN, PhD, nursing consultant, immediate past executive secretary, New York State Boards for Nursing; Carol Brewer, RN, PhD, professor, University of Buffalo (N.Y.) School of Nursing, and director of nursing, NYS-Area Health Education Center System statewide office; Christine Tassone Kovner, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor, New York University College of Nursing; and Deborah Stamps, RN, MS, GNP, CNA, BC, vice president and CNO, Newark (N.Y.) Wayne Community Hospital — presented key issues related to the future of nursing in New York state.
“We know that there are many benefits to increasing the number of RNs with a baccalaureate degree in the next eight years,” said Welch, who is the director of the Institute for Nursing-New York State Nursing Workforce Center and NYSNA executive director.
According to research, when RNs have BSNs there are 6,000 fewer surgical deaths annually and a 10% reduction in the 200,000 hospital-acquired pressure ulcers each year, with a potential savings of about $17.5 million. There is potential capacity for 400,000 additional patient days, with a reduction in the length of stay by 0.2 days. Every 1% reduction in RN turnover saves $12.9 million statewide, Zittel said.Chris Kovner, RN
In her position as co-leader to advance the number of New York nurses who hold a BS degree to 80%, Zittel indicated that the Campaign for Action, the work of the New York state action coalition and efforts of many organizations and individuals are creating a new climate that supports the possibility of achieving this IOM recommendation.
Baccalaureate degree nursing faculty are traveling to acute care hospitals and providing their curricula to RN cohorts on site. The City University of New York has developed articulation agreements between associate- and baccalaureate-degree-conferring colleges to ensure that students who receive an associate’s degree can easily progress into CUNY’s baccalaureate programs.
Many acute care facilities are beginning to require bachelor’s degrees of staff and new hires, and support their staff in that pursuit. The Magnet accreditation process also supports this movement, Zittel said.
“Safe and affordable healthcare can be accomplished only with the input of nurses,” Zittel said. “Increasing the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees and beyond is vital in achieving that goal.”
The call for nurses to assume leadership roles can be answered through leadership programs, such as mentorship, involvement in the policy-making process and political engagement, Stamps said. “Leadership is not necessarily innate, and often times individuals develop into leaders through their experiences,” Stamps said. “But we can and should have more formal education and training programs.”Carol Brewer, RN
Other conference sessions included a range of topics. John Rowe, MD, IOM study member and professor at Columbia University School of Medicine in New York City, presented “Issues and Obstacles to the Future of Nursing Recommendations.” Patrick R. Coonan, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, EdD, dean at Adelphi University School of Nursing in Garden City, N.Y., presented “Dedicated Educational Models.”
Kaleida Health’s Susan Brooks, RN, nurse manager; Patricia Myers, RN, BSN, nurse manager; and Thomas Cyman, RN, AAS, staff nurse, presented on “The DEU Journey at Kaleida Health, Buffalo, N.Y.” HCR Home Care’s Elizabeth Zicari, RN, BSN, vice president of clinical services; Susan Bourne, RN, MSN, WOCN, director of clinical excellence; and Yvette Conyers, RN, MSN, clinical team manager, presented “Transcultural Care and Improving Outcomes in Diverse Populations.” HCR Home Care is in Rochester, N.Y.
Next year’s annual meeting will be Oct. 28-30 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.
For information on the NYONE conference, visit www.nyone.net/portal and click on conference downloads.