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Conference celebrates men’s gains in nursing

Monday November 25, 2013
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Themed “Men in Nursing: Guided by the Past, Based in the Present, and Unfolding Our Future,” the national conference of the Assembly for Men in Nursing convened Oct. 23-25 at the Hilton Newark in Elizabeth, N.J.

“This conference attracts nurses of both genders from all over the U.S. and Canada,” said Phyllis Hansell, RN, EdD, FAAN, dean and professor, Seton Hall University School of Nursing, who welcomed approximately 160 nursing students and nurse administrators, clinicians and educators to the 38th annual meeting.
As presenting sponsor of the event, Seton Hall’s nursing school is among the nation’s leaders in its gender diversity, which includes 17% male enrollment in the pre-licensure program, according to Hansell.

“AAMN is a growing professional nursing organization, and the number of chapters continues to increase each year,” said AAMN President Bill Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, NE-BC, senior clinical director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “For the first time in modern history, the percent of men in the nursing workforce has reached double digits.”

Giving an update on the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report and its recommendations, New Jersey’s own William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor, Rutgers University College of Nursing, also discussed having the BSN as the minimum degree in nursing and the DNP as the terminal clinical degree that offers the appropriate clinical training hours with a focus on population-based care and reimbursement based on care outcomes.

Bob Hess, RN, PhD, FAAN, executive vice president, global programming, Gannett Education, offered evidence for shared governance, and discussed his tool, Index of Professional Nursing Governance, that measures the model’s effectiveness.
Michael Bleich, RN, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, dean and professor, Barnes Jewish College, Goldfarb School of Nursing, St. Louis, encouraged attendees to honor the organization’s past and move forward by using their voices. Because healthcare is going through what he called “a revolutionary period,” Bleich challenged members to get involved in the changes and take constructive action by responding to patients’ needs for healthcare, not just illness care.

Other distinguished speakers included Franklin A. Schaffer, RN, EdD, FAAN, dean and professor, CEO, CGFNS International Inc; John Welton, RN, PhD, professor and senior scientist, Health Systems Research, University of Colorado College of Nursing, Denver; Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, PhD, FAAN, vice president and CNO, director of nursing research and development, Cedars-Sinai Health System & Research Institute, Los Angeles; Chad O’Lynn, RN, PhD, RA, assistant to the dean for assessment and program development, University of Portland (Ore.); and Brent MacWilliams, RN, PhD, ANP, assistant professor, ACCEL leadership: research and evaluation, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Nursing.

More than 25 nurse leaders from around the country led breakout sessions focusing on topics such as how healthcare organizations recruit men into nursing; advancing men’s health one partnership at a time; patients’ perceptions of being cared for by male nurses; and leadership strategies to advance gender diversity, inclusion or balance in the nursing workforce.

Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is nurse editor/nurse executive.


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