The 2011 National Nurses Week theme, “Nurses Trusted to Care” reflects an enduring belief in an ever changing world: the public trusts nurses. That trust takes on an added significance in the current health care environment. Nurses, as trusted health care providers, have an opportunity to drive change and shape the health care system of the future. In “Lead Where You Stand” noted nurse leader Leah Curtin, MS, MA, ScD (H), RN, FAAN, will examine the changing role of nurses in our evolving health care system and how the values and ethics which guide nurses provide the foundation for leadership. ANA Board Member Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE will moderate the discussion.
Objective 1. Recognize how the values we hold as nurses provide us with the foundation for being leaders within the changing healthcare system.
1. The values of nursing: The Code of Ethics and Social Policy Statement
2. The values that brought you to nursing: Blueprint for your leadership strategies
Objective 2. Identify the impact of laws, regulations and trends on your nursing practice.
1. Affordable Care Act
2. Accountable Care Organizations
3. IOM Report on the Future of Nursing
Objective 3. Identify how actions we take and choices we make on a daily basis provide us with the opportunity to be effective leaders in the changes occurring in the healthcare system.
1. Your response to situations in your daily practice: Leading by example
2. How to stand for shared values in the nursing profession
3. Standing with and for patients
Question and Answer
Leah Curtin, MS, MA, ScD (H), RN, FAAN, is the Executive Editor of American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. A Clinical Professor of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health, Curtin is a graduate of the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Cincinnati, earning a master's degree in health planning and health administration from the University and a Master of Arts in philosophy with a dual major in ethics and linguistic analysis from the Athenaeum of Ohio. In 1982, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of the national impact of her work, and in 1990 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York for the impact on the development of health care in the United States. In 2002, The Medical College of Ohio awarded her a second honorary doctorate for humanitarian services in connection with her work in war-torn Yugoslavia.
In 1996, Curtin was scholar-in-residence at Ballarat University in Victoria, Australia. She also has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Oklahoma, Brigham Young University and the University of Eastern Kentucky. She was the first virtual faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Nursing. In 1998, Dr. Curtin was invited to Copenhagen where she testified before Denmark’s Ministry of Health on the safety of patient care. In 2001, and again in 2002, she was a distinguished lecturer for the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Hong Kong, China. She has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1991 and in Who’s Who in the World since 1992. She is the author of 340 articles (primarily published in peer reviewed journals) and 400 editorials as well as eight books written for professionals - and one, Sunflowers in the Sand: children’s stories of war, written for a general audience. In 2009, Curtin was declared a “Living Legend in Nursing” by the American Academy of Nursing.
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