“We want to hear from our practicing nurses,” said Clawson, who along with her staff helped plan the forum. “We want to be sure we offer educational programs that will prepare nurses to meet the health care needs of citizens of Louisiana.”
The panel discussion addressed nursing’s role in the transformation of the U.S. health care system from the perspectives of consumers, policy makers, employers and nursing faculty. Other participants in the panel discussion included Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields and Christus Cabrini Hospital Vice President of Clinical Operations Al Velotta. Sondra Redmon of Alexandria, who shared recent experiences with the health care system, represented the consumer on the panel.
Attendees, mostly registered nurses actively practicing in central Louisiana, discussed leadership, education and practice as it relates to the nursing profession in their region.
Through the Louisiana Action Coalition (LAC), Louisiana is one of 50 states and the District of Columbia supporting the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a national initiative to guide implementation of the recommendations in the landmark Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report, released in October 2010, includes recommendations for a variety of system improvements including proven, solution-oriented ways to address the nursing and nurse faculty shortage in the U.S.
The Campaign envisions a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses practicing to the full extent of their education and training.