New York, NY (PRWEB) February 19, 2010
The National League for Nursing has been invited by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, to join with other thought leaders of national stature on Monday, February 22 in Houston, TX for "The Forum on the Future of Nursing: Education." The program will open with introductory remarks by Donna E. Shalala, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration.
This is the third and final such gathering convened by the RWJF at the IOM as part of the foundation's initiative, "Campaign for Nursing's Future." In the two preceding forums, which took place in October and December 2009, health care experts examined acute care and community health, public health, primary care, and long-term care. This month's forum will follow a format similar to the previous ones, with several "arm chair discussions" of key topics by invited panelists, punctuated by commentary offered in pre-selected testimony.
Owing to its importance to the future of nursing education, the NLN is also one of the 12 organizations that was pre-selected to offer testimony. In addition to the testimony submitted for the record in advance, oral testimony outlining the NLN Vision of the Future of Nursing will be presented by NLN president Cathleen Shultz, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN. Dr. Shultz is dean and professor of nursing at Harding University in Arkansas.
Among the panelists in the first of the day's discussion series, "What We Should Teach," moderated by Michael Bleich of the Oregon Health and Science University, is Elaine Tagliareni, EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN. Dr. Tagliareni, the NLN's chief program officer and immediate past president, is a former professor of nursing at the Community College of Philadelphia, where she served as Independence Foundation Chair in Community Health Nursing Education.
"On behalf of the National League for Nursing, I want to thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine for shining the spotlight on nursing education in the concluding forum of what has been an important look at the future of nursing. In fact, nursing education is arguably the most critical area of impact on both the future of nursing and of health care in a complex, evolving environment. The NLN's core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence help point the way to a future that will advance the quality and safety of patient care," said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Reporters/Editors: For a copy of Dr. Shultz's testimony and interview opportunities, please contact NLN media relations consultant Jane Rosen at 201-670-8632.
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 30,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.