The Roundtable was held six months to the date from the release of the Joint Academic Progression Position Statement. The joint statement has been well received and should lead to future projects with an even larger number of collaborative organizations all interested in ensuring the quality of future health care needs and excellent patient outcomes.
Academic progression remains a timely and relevant discussion for nurses at all levels of education to be prepared to meet the demands for quality future health care and nursing education needs. The aging nursing and nursing faculty population presents challenges to meet the future needs.
Problems with clinical placement of nursing students, at all levels of education, is a common concern for all gathered. Nursing faculty and institutions are being challenged to find nontraditional resources to provide students with necessary clinical experiences.
Employment for graduates is a real challenge in some areas. The challenge is compounded when a new graduate is not hired for an extended period of time and while never having practiced, recalling the practice knowledge they learned may prove difficult once they begin employment as a nurse.
A key message in the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010), stated “nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.” In order to meet future health care needs, the resources need to be made available to academic institutions, clinical partners, and individuals. All nurses should be encouraged to engage in the opportunity for lifetime learning that academic progression promotes. Opportunities for academic progression should be promoted to nursing students as they enter nursing school as an opportunity to embrace their profession.
At the conclusion of the 2 hour meeting it was agreed that these types of discussions need to continue with stakeholders in the nursing community and that additional nursing organization leaders should be added to this discussion. N-OADN is excited to be helping to drive the movement towards collaborative work to ensure the future of health care and professional nursing practice.
Participants of the March 18, 2013 Roundtable Discussion were:
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Betty Young, PhD, JD, LLM
Chair, Commission on Economic and Workforce Development
President, Houston Community College, Coleman College for Health Sciences
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Polly Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN - Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN - Director of Government Affairs
Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
Noah Brown, BA, MPP - President and Chief Executive Officer
American Nurses Association (ANA)
Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN - Chief Executive Officer
Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN)
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
Tina Gerardi, MS, RN, CAE - Deputy Director
Center to Champion Nursing in America
Mary Sue Gorski, PhD, RN - Consultant
Pat Polansky, MS, RN - Director of Policy and Communications
National League for Nursing (NLN)
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN - Chief Executive Officer
N-OADN Board of Directors Present
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN
Professor/Dean of Health Sciences/Director Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic
Lewis and Clark Community College
Pat Smart, MN, RN-BC, CNE
Professor of Nursing
Delgado Community College/Charity School of Nursing
New Orleans, LA
Cynthia Casey, DNP, RN
Learning Lab Manager
Hinds Community College
Lawrence (Buddy) Herrington, MSN, RN
Palm Beach State College
Lake Worth, FL
Cynthia Maskey, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Health Professions
Lincoln Land Community College
Donna Spivey, MSN, RN, CEN
Director Nursing Program
Lone Star Community College, Kingwood
Jean Torgeson RN, RNF, CLNC
Legal Nurse Consultant
N-OADN gratefully acknowledges the support of the American Association of Community Colleges for providing the meeting space for the Roundtable Discussion.