PALM SPRINGS, Calif. Nursing professionals from California converged Feb. 5-8 and exhibited their unwavering commitment to improving patient care through nursing practice.
The 34th annual conference, hosted by the Association of California Nurse Leaders, was themed “Over the Rainbow: Where Nurse Leaders Make Dreams Come True.”
The conference center at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa was laced with creative and whimsical “Land of Oz” sets — a fitting translation of the attendees’ passionate mission to fulfill goals set forth by ACNL’s membership.Ginger Manss, RN
The program was brimming with sessions fueled by the energy and interaction of its participants, according to 2012 ACNL President Ginger Manss, RN, MSN, AOCN. Manss also works as director of cancer services, Pavilion ICU, and oncology/telemetry at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Calif.
At the heart of all sessions was an acknowledgement of the modern challenges facing nurse leadership, including healthcare reform, forming future leaders and implementing the IOM report’s “Future of Nursing” vision in California. Manss said she believes these topics represent open doors for all nurses.View a photo gallery showcasing this event at www.Nurse.com/Gallery/ACNL2012.
“The most exciting opportunity facing emerging nurse leaders today is the chance to be a part of the revolution that is taking place before our very eyes in healthcare. Reform is here, whether we are ready for it or not. What an exciting time,” Manss said.
The event also welcomed nursing students, including members of the California Nursing Students Association. Shannon Murphy, CNSA president, said her chief observation from the conference was the need for nurses to be a leading force in health policy.
“As the healthcare system begins to deal with the massive influx of patients who can now afford care, nurse leaders will need to be at the table, advocating for this new population. As a nurse leader once told me, ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,’ ” said Murphy, who is a BSN student at San Diego State University. “For students and new graduate nurses, learning to advocate for and represent our profession is the ultimate opportunity to create change.”
Manss was delighted the conference continued to see student involvement. “It gave me the sense that we are doing a better job of taking care of our next generation of nurse leaders.”