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The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Posted by Hannah McCaffrey

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

In March 2013, Dr. Donna Shalala, the longest-serving secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that produced the report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”, addressed hundreds of health care leaders at the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Annual Congress. Dr. Shalala provided her reflections on the removal of barriers to practice and care and the future of health care delivery. Dr. Shalala underscored the need for nurses to play a lead role in all aspects of the health care debate, ensuring that patients and families have access to timely, effective care; and outlined specific steps that health care executives should take to fully maximize nurses to meet patient care demands.

Donna Shalala Addresses American College of Healthcare Executives

Topics: improve nursing, diversity, nurse, nurses

AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange Offers 700 Ways to Improve Nursing

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 03:24 PM

The Health Care Innovations Exchange created by AHRQ to speed the implementation of new and better ways of delivering healthcare, now includes more than 700 successful nursing innovations implemented around the country in recent years.

Created to support the agency's mission to improve the quality of healthcare and reduce disparities, the program's website offers busy health professionals and researchers a variety of opportunities to share, learn about, and ultimately adopt evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for a range of healthcare settings and populations.

The hundreds of searchable profiles on successful and attempted nursing innovations describe the innovative activity, its impact, how the innovator developed and implemented it, and other useful information for deciding whether to adopt the innovation. Users can browse by subject to find information on specific topics that interest them.

A new issue on the site is published every two weeks that highlights innovations, quality tools and expert commentaries on a specific topic area. Users can sign up for email alerts that announce each new issue. Or follow them on Twitter: @AHRQIX.

In addition to sharing innovation profiles, tools, commentaries and other useful information related to healthcare innovation, the program also hosts regular TweetChats featuring innovators as subject matter experts to answer questions and provide information on their innovations.

Read more about the Innovations Exchange here

Source: Advance for Nurses 

Topics: The Health Care Innovations Exchange, AHRQ, improve healthcare, reduce disparities, improve nursing

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