“Beyond the Lesson Plan: Nursing Education Partnerships for Quality Outcomes,” was the theme for the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s annual nursing education conference Sept. 12 in Roslyn, N.Y.
After welcoming remarks from North Shore-LIJ’s Launette Woolforde, RN-BC, EdD, DNP, director, nursing education and program committee chairperson, and Elaine Smith, RN, EdD, MSN, MBA, ANEF, vice president, nursing education, the system’s more than 130 nurse educators in attendance learned about the role of strategic thinking, learning and planning, along with their importance in achieving and sustaining gains.
The essence of strategic thinking is robust imagination, where individuals’ experience and expertise are valued and new insights are sought through observing new trends, pursuing diverse possibilities and challenging assumptions, said keynote speaker Lyle Yorks, EdD, associate professor of adult and continuing education, and adult education guided intensive study program director, Teachers College, Columbia University, Manhattan.After looking at trends, you can identify the biggest threat to your organization’s development, Lyle said.
“With those insights, you can raise provocative questions, frame new opportunities and emerge from ambiguity,” he said.
A leader in highlighting the value and importance of nursing education, Myrna Myers, RN, MEd, NEA-BC, former vice president for nursing and CNO, Huntington (N.Y.) Hospital, discussed servant leadership, peer interviewing, physician partnerships, interdisciplinary councils and RN representation on the institutional review board as key initiatives that help align nursing education and nursing administration for organizational success.
Interdisciplinary partnerships improve outcomes as evidenced by the initiatives established at Cleveland Clinic. Some of the Cleveland Clinic collaborative initiatives that have changed the culture through education, empowerment and teamwork include the vascular access resource nurse, the immersion program and the venous thromboembolism project, according to Monica Weber, RN, MSN, CNS-BC, CIC, nursing patient officer and Magnet program director, nursing quality and practice, and Cynthia Willis, RN, MSN, MBA, CMSRN, senior director of nursing education.
Having recently earned a doctoral degree, Mary Curran, RN-BC, EdD, MSN, director, patient care services-outgoing services, Magnet program director, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y., presented her research on the teaching styles and utilization of adult learning theory of nursing professional development education.
Five panel participants presented nursing education partnerships in performance improvement.
Monica Latayan, RN, DNP, director of research, and Arlyn Dimatulac, PA-c, physician’s assistant, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y., discussed “Conquering CLABSI Through Collaboration”; Erin Donohoe, RN, BSN, WOCN, wound care nurse, Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, presented “Reducing Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers”; Dessa Garnett, RN, BSN, CDE, diabetes educator, and Carolyn DeFigueroa, RNC, MS, admit/discharge nurse, diabetes nurse champion, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, talked about “Planting the Seeds for the Next Crop of Diabetes Educators.”