The University of Central Florida College of Nursing in Orlando, Fla., hosted a lecture Aug. 22 on designing innovative pathways through healthcare reform. Joan Shinkus Clark, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive for Texas Health Resources, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, was the featured speaker. Clark discussed the Affordable Care Act; national, regional and local initiatives and trends in healthcare reform; and the role of innovation in transforming the healthcare delivery model, according to a news release.
Healthcare is always changing, Clark said in the release. And it is so important for nurses and nurse leaders to keep up with that change. Our knowledge of healthcare reform must be current, and we must be able to adjust the way we deliver care to our patients and ensure better patient outcomes.
The free lecture, sponsored by Florida Blue, was part of the colleges Leadership in Practice lecture series. Attendees included nurses from the greater central Florida community, college faculty, students and alumni.
In addition to the UCF Nursing Leadership in Practice lecture series, Clark taught an intensive seminar the next day for college faculty and students in the DNP program.
Our Nursing Leadership in Practice lecture series coupled with the intensive seminar helps keep our DNP students abreast of key issues affecting healthcare, said Susan Chase, ARNP, EdD, BC, FNP, associate dean for graduate affairs at the college of nursing, in the release. Our goal with bringing together the three DNP tracks for these intensives is to bridge the gap between leadership and practice.
We want our nurse executives to better understand practice concerns because they are the ones developing the care environments in which clinicians practice. Also, we want our clinicians to better understand leadership issues because they are redesigning systems of care in both primary care and acute care settings.
To learn more about the DNP program at UCF, visit Nursing.UCF.edu/Academics.