The Hillman Alumni Nursing Network of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation held its annual Winter Roundtable discussion on March 22. “Making Patient-Centered Care a Reality: A Nursing Perspective,” presented by HANN and the New York University College of Nursing, was held at the universitys Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.
The Hillman Scholars program provides eligible RNs with the opportunity to enroll in a BS-to-PhD program via an $18,000 scholarship. Judith Haber, APRN-BC, PhD, FAAN, interim dean and Ursula Springer leadership professor in nursing for the college, along with James Pace, APRN-BC, DSN, MDiv, FAANP, associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Linda DAndrea, RN, MSN, PNP-BC, CCRN, director of HANN, provided the evenings opening remarks to alumni, friends and faculty.
“The foundation has supported NYU students since 1989 and there are currently more than 290 Hillman Scholars,” Haber said. “You can walk into almost any hospital in New York City and be cared for by a Hillman nurse. We have alumni here from Lenox Hill Hospital, NYU, even Pennsylvania.”
Moderated by Ahrin Mishan, executive director of the Rita and Alex Hillman Family Foundation, the discussion allowed nurse experts Kimberly Glassman, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, senior vice president of patient care services and CNO at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Amy Berman, RN, BS, senior program officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation, to offer their professional and personal perspectives on strategies for introducing patient-centered care into nursing practice. The panel also answered audience questions.
Healthcare is underfunded, Glassman said, which has resulted in an overarching view of the kind of care nurses are going to provide. If nurses begin patient conversations with “What do you want out of all this?” they would get better results, she said.NYU College of Nursings Judith Haber, RN, provided opening remarks for the winter roundtable.
“Studies show that patients who are more informed have less hospital admissions and better manage their own healthcare,” she said. “The more knowledge, the better the care, the lower the costs.”
Berman spoke of her recent health issues, which provided a firsthand experience on the importance of patient-centered care. About 15 months ago, she was diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer that had traveled to her lower spine, resulting in bone cancer as well. She sought the advice of two health practitioners, each with a different approach to her treatment.
The first asked her what her treatment goal was, while the second wanted to begin immediately with aggressive treatments, Berman said. “Either way, the end result would be the same,” she said.
After hearing both sides, Berman said the decision came down to how she saw her quality of life: plateauing quickly and dropping later or staying steady but interrupted by the effects of aggressive treatments. “I decided not to drop my quality of life today,” she said. “Instead, I chose low-impact treatments that focus on palliative care, not length of life.”
Bermans experience was a clear demonstration of how nurses can incorporate patient-centered care into their practice. Healthcare staff typically announce, not inform, she said. Once the patient is fully informed, there are no wrong decisions.
This was HANNs third winter roundtable for alumni.