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American Organization of Nurse Executives' (AONE), Orlando, FL, April 19-22

Executive Perspective
AONE leverages energy and dreams to power nursing's future

The American Organization of Nurse Executives' (AONE) 39th Annual Meeting and Exposition drew current and future nurse leaders from across the U.S. Held April 19-22 in Orlando, the conference centered on "Leveraging Energy and Dreams: The Power of Nursing's Future."

Attendees participated in education sessions based on AONE's new Nurse Executive Competencies (communication and relationship building, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership, professionalism, and business skills); learned about innovative patient care delivery products and communication processes; heard about AONE members' creation of and participation in quality and patient safety initiatives; and discussed the latest trends in healthcare technology and nursing research.

The first woman of color to go into space, Mae C. Jemison, MD, delivered the keynote address "Future Health Care Technology: Powering Nursing's Future" and also reviewed upcoming health and technology trends.

Safety & Nurse Executives

One session, "Quality, Patient Safety and the Critical Role of the Nurse Executive," featured nursing leaders who are intimately involved with quality and patient safety projects. Discussion focused on the National Patient Safety Foundation's work with nurse executives, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign, JCAHO projects, and patient safety and quality resources available to support nurse leaders.

Moderated by Julie Morath, MS, RN, COO of Minneapolis-based Children's Hospitals and Clinics, the panel also included Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and Charleen Tachibana, MN, RN, senior vice president and CNO at Virgina Mason Medical Center, Seattle.

'How Blue Is Your Ocean?'

Roch Parayre, PhD, senior fellow at the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, delivered the conference's annual Wharton Lecture. Focusing on "How Blue is Your Ocean," Parayre taught nursing leaders how to reinvent nursing's value. Instead of employing a "red ocean" business strategy - with warfare as its basis and leading to bloody battles where all participants suffer losses - Parayre discussed how to find the "blue oceans" of undiscovered waters.

Areas of focus included what factors should be eliminated that the nursing profession has taken for granted; what factors should be reduced below industry standards; what factors should be raised beyond industry standards; and what factors should be created that the industry has never offered. The fourth factor is the key to the process, Parayre said.

Patient Care Research

Mary Blegen, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for research, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, presented the fifth annual AONE Institute for Patient Care Research and Education Lecture, "Patient Safety Process and Outcomes: Nurse Staffing and Work Environment."

Blegen reviewed the results of her research on the impact of nurse staffing and the work environment on patient safety outcomes and processes, as well as the relationship between staffing and the work environment.

Managing Employer Brand

Beth A. Brooks, PhD, RN, CHE, a senior partner at New York-based JWT Employment Communications, reviewed "What Every CNO Needs to Know About Branding."

"Managing employer brand" means having a clear understanding of what a hospital or healthcare organization can offer its target audience - the nurses who will succeed in the organization and, in turn, make the healthcare facility successful, Brooks said.

Leadership Legacy

For the first time in the history of nursing, the profession has created a "critical mass" of highly educated, experienced and energetic leaders, consultant and author Phyllis Beck Kritek, PhD, RN, FAAN, told attendees during the endnote speech, "Celebrating the Legacy of Nursing Leadership: Writing a Story for the Future."

Today's nursing leaders complete developmental work where "caring is the outcome virtue and moving into one where the outcome virtue is wisdom," she said. Instead of focusing on the aging of the nursing workforce, Kritek encouraged nurses to develop new models of care and leadership.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions at the conference presented numerous topics, from the value of the clinical nurse leader to discussions of evidence-based practice and patient-centered facility design.

Discussions included:

·  "Rescue Me: The Value of Empowering Nurses to Initiate Rapid Response Teams," by Sissy Carter, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC, nursing director of med/surg services, Baptist Hospital of Miami, and Carol C. Scholle, MSN, RN, director of critical care and transplant services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

·  "Exceeding Expectations to Increase Throughput and Capacity: A Case Study Using the Complex Adaptive Systems Model," by Terry Capuano, MSN, MBA, RN, CNA,BC, senior vice president of clinical services and CNO, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, PA.

·  "Creating Learning Environments Through Strategic Internal Business Partnerships," by Paula Spears, DNSc, RN, corporate director for professional practice and advancement, and Robert Sanders, corporate director of organizational development, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System, Memphis, TN.

Karin Lillis is regional editor at ADVANCE.


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