Utah Leaders Join Together to Improve Health Care through Nursing

Utah Leaders Join Together to Improve Health Care through Nursing

Nov 30, 2010 10:48 AM

Salt Lake City — Key health and community leaders will gather today at the University of Utah to begin advancing recommendations aimed at transforming the nursing profession—and much of the health care system—to improve the quality of care throughout the intermountain region. The meeting will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building (26 South 2000 East) in Room 2110 and is part of a national initiative being launched in the wake of a landmark report from the Institute of Medicine which assessed the critical role of nurses in the nation’s health care system.  

Led locally by the U. College of Nursing and the Academic Leadership Committee of the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Utah Regional Awareness Meeting coincides with a major summit in Washington, DC, and the start of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.  

“Our goal in hosting this event is to bring together leaders with a vested interest in maximizing the contribution that nurses can make to the health of individuals and families in Utah,” said Maureen R. Keefe, dean of the College of Nursing. Keefe and fellow participants will collaborate on ways to solve the educational, training and practice issues that prevent nurses from serving as full partners in the delivery of quality health care.  

The IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, includes major recommendations for addressing challenges faced by the nation’s 3 million-plus nurses in order to outline a path for improving health and health care.  

They include:

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure. 
Today’s Utah Regional Awareness Meeting will focus on developing strategies for implementing these recommendations in the most proven, effective ways. Among the 40 participants expected are leaders in health care delivery and higher education. Additional meetings will take place at universities and hospitals in nearly 90 cities and counties across the country as nurses, doctors, and consumers in those communities come together with leaders from business, government, academia, hospitals and insurers.

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Media Contacts

Katie Schrier
College of Nursing
Phone: 801-581-8919
Email: katie.schrier@nurs.utah.edu

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