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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing director gives address at Power of Nursing Leadership

Friday December 6, 2013
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CHICAGO — Mary D. Naylor repeated one word over and over again during her keynote address Nov. 15 at the 16th annual Power of Nursing Leadership at the Hilton Chicago. That word was “journey.”

Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN, the Marian S. Ware professor in gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, spoke of journeys often during her address, “Evidence to Impact — Tackling Care Coordination.” Naylor was the keynote speaker at the event hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

“We can do better by focusing on the journey,” Naylor said while detailing her work as the chief architect of the Transitional Care Model, a program that seeks to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce healthcare cost for community-based elders. “We have got to get into the shoes of those we’re trying to support throughout the journey.”

Naylor spoke extensively about the Transitional Care Model during her presentation, illustrating lessons that could apply to nurses in any setting.

“Continuity of care matters more to people than anything,” Naylor said. “At least that’s what our research shows.”

She listed key lessons she learned during the process such as solving complex problems still requires multidimensional solutions; evidence is necessary but not sufficient; and change is needed in structures, care processes and health professionals’ roles and relations to each other and the people they support.

“It’s nursing’s time more than any other in history,” Naylor said.

A number of awards also were presented at the event.

The Sage Awards were given to Jonathan Woods, RN, BSN, NE-BC, the inpatient children’s services manager at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill., and Barbara Berger, RN, PhD, ACRN, and Catherine Vincent, RN, PhD. Berger is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, while Vincent is an associate professor at the school.

The Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader Award went to Bernadette Speiser, RN, MSN, CCRN, nurse manager of the cardiology department at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and the national cardiology nurse consultant for the Department of Veteran Affairs.

“I will not hesitate to say I feel she is the most valuable asset the national VA Cardiology Program has,” John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, national director of cardiology for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, said in the event’s program. “Her national contributions have stemmed directly from her work to improve the care and outcomes of veterans in the State of Illinois.”


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