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AAMN conference provides forum for male nurse leaders

Monday December 16, 2013
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At left, AAMN President Bill Lecher, RN, senior clinical director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, left, welcomes Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, vice president and CNO, director of nursing research and development, Cedars-Sinai Health System & Research Institute, who presented on diversity and inclusion and strategies to promote the Institute of Medicine's "Future of Nursing" recommendations.
(Photo by Janice Petrella Lynch, RN)
Themed “Men in Nursing: Guided by the Past, Based in the Present, and Unfolding Our Future,” the national conference of the American 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,” Phyllis Hansell, RN, EdD, FAAN, dean and professor, Seton Hall University College of Nursing, South Orange, N.J., said in remarks welcoming approximately 160 nursing students, nurse administrators, clinicians and educators to the 38th annual meeting.

National nurse leader 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.

National nurse notable Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, PhD, FAAN, vice president and CNO, director of nursing research and development, Cedars-Sinai Health System & Research Institute, Los Angeles, discussed the topics of diversity and inclusion and specific strategies to promote the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” recommendations.

Burnes Bolton emphasized the importance of nurse practitioners taking care of people where they live, work and play; of nurse leaders “calling an inclusive circle” to promote program and entrepreneurial development; and of the profession fostering lifelong learning strategies. She encouraged AAMN attendees to spend more time with those who can benefit from their nursing services and to serve as trailblazers and leaders in the expansion of effective healthcare models and innovative research.

Robert Hess, RN, PhD, FAAN, executive vice president of global programming for Gannett Education, which is affiliated with Nurse.com, offered empowering evidence for shared governance and discussed his tool, Index of Professional Nursing Governance, which measures the model’s effectiveness.

“AAMN is a growing professional nursing organization, and the number of chapters continues to increase each year,” AAMN President Bill Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, NE-BC, senior clinical director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said via email. “For the first time in modern history, the percent of men in the nursing workforce has reached double digits.” Currently, 11.5% of full-time RNs are men, according to Peter Buerhaus, RN, PhD, FAAN, Valere Potter Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Long-time colleagues Susan A. LaRocca, RN, left, professor, division of nursing, Curry College, Milton, Mass., and Michael Bleich, RN, dean and professor, Barnes Jewish College, Goldfarb School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO, spend time together at the conference.
(Photo by Janice Petrella Lynch, RN)
Recognizing excellence

The organization has introduced a new program, Recognition of Excellence for Nursing Educational Environments Supportive of Men, which is evidence-based and already gaining the attention of nursing deans and other national stakeholders, Lecher said. The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action has introduced it to the state action coalitions and some have written it into their state diversity plans.

The program’s goals center on:

• Increasing awareness of gender-related issues that may challenge the success of male student nurses;

• Advocating for equitable education for nursing students from underrepresented groups, particularly males;

• Fostering quality improvement processes within nursing education programs that lead to the development and maintenance of environments equally supportive of men and women;

• Fostering the recruitment and retention of men as nursing students;

• Communicating to the larger community the benefits of a nursing education environment that supports the needs of male students;

• Providing the public an accounting of nursing education programs that have achieved excellence in supporting male students.

From left, AAMN leaders Guy Beck, RN, president of AAMN Great Cincinnati and staff nurse, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Tony Roberson, RN, associate professor, University of Miami, School of Nursing & Health Studies;  Chapter and Membership Committee Chairperson Lavoy Bray, RN, deputy director, 66C psychiatric/behavioral health nursing, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center;  Jeremy Blount, student, the University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing; Jonathan Lee, RN, AAMN secretary and staff nurse, UC Davis Medical Center; and President-elect  Robert M. Patterson, RN,  administrative director, California Institute for Nursing & Health Care.
(Photo by Janice Petrella Lynch, RN)
A distinguished cast

Other distinguished speakers at the conference 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, School of Nursing; Chad O’Lynn, RN, PhD, RA, assistant to the dean for assessment and program development, University of Portland (Ore.); Brent MacWilliams, RN, PhD, ANP, assistant professor, ACCEL leadership: research and evaluation, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Nursing; and William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor, College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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.

Inducted as 2013 members of the prestigious Society of Luther Christman Fellows were Hess; president-elect Robert M. Patterson, RN, MSN, administrative director, California Institute for Nursing & Health Care; and O. Danny Lee, APRN-BC, PhD, CNE, assistant professor, nursing, Southeastern Louisiana University.

AAMN: www.aamn.org.

Nurse.com coverage of men in nursing: http://news.nurse.com/article/20130724/NATIONAL02/130725002;

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