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iPad Apps, the Future of Nursing, More: Notes from the Nurse Execs Meeting in Boston

March 26, 2012

By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief

AJN iPad app exhibit

Last week, the city of Boston hosted the annual meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). For those unfamiliar with this group, it’s a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association and its mission is, according to the Web site, “to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership.” It’s been a few years since I last attended this conference, and I was amazed at increase in both sophistication of exhibits and number and variety of sessions. There was even an iPad app for the meeting!

Best-selling authors abounded: Dan Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us, opened the conference and Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired magazine and author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine, closed the meeting. Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, also talked about her new book, Why Women Should Rule the World.

As at many meetings this past year, the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report figured prominently, with a track focused on interpretations and implementation of its recommendations.

I asked Linda Burnes Bolton, chief nurse officer of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and co-chair of the report, if she thought nurses in hospitals felt left out of the report because of the emphasis on NPs and community health. She acknowledged that many did, saying that chief nurse executives need to do a better job in communicating recommendations to staff and in building the recommendations into strategic plans. “Every nurse in my facility received a copy of the report, and we look at our policies and practices against the report. It can help hospitals help RNs to practice better.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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