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Wegmans School of Nursing Faculty Head to Albany


Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, Dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing, along with Dr. Marilyn Dollinger, Associate Dean, and Dr. Cynthia McCloskey, Director of Graduate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing, attended a summit on The Future of Nursing initiative in Albany on October 20.

In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) approached the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to propose a partnership that would assess and respond to the need to transform the nursing profession to meet challenges facing both the profession and the health care system. The committee produced a report containing recommendations for the future of nursing, including changes in public and institutional policies at the national, state, and local levels.

The report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, was released in October 2010 and included a variety of system improvements. In addition, the recommendations focused on the role of nurses in health care promotion, disease prevention, and care at the end of life.

The RWJF then created The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an unprecedented initiative to address the increased demands for care by utilizing all the skills, talents, knowledge, and experience of nurses. The Campaign for Action has organized a nonpartisan coalition dedicated to advancing the IOM committee’s recommendations, and New York was designated as one of five pilot states. Regional Action Coalitions will take the next steps to move the recommendations forward at the grassroots level. Dr. McCloskey has been identified as one of the Finger Lakes regional champions, and the Wegmans School of Nursing has taken a lead role in the initiative.

The October 20 summit was hosted by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), a joint venture of the RWJF and AARP. Nurse leaders from around the state attended the one-day summit to hear from Dr. Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President, AARP Public Policy Institute and Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America, who spoke about the IOM report and recommendations. Reinhard is a nationally recognized expert in nursing and health policy, and has considerable experience in developing coalitions to promote change. She also directs the Public Policy Institute at AARP, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the federal, state, and international levels.

The attendees then worked in groups to discuss the report’s eight recommendations and to develop action plans to continue the work of implementing the recommendations statewide.

On November 17, the School of Nursing will be hosting a meeting on campus for the Finger Lakes coalition. A spring kick-off event is planned.

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