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Nurses Leading Change Through Innovation Maine Nurses Hold Annual Leadership Summit on March 19th at Augusta Civic Center

Posted March 12, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Augusta Civic Center, Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Maine

For more information: 2072136125; omne.org

Implementation of innovative patient care delivery models provides an opportunity to examine how effective nurse leaders are leading change in the healthcare system. The trends and pressures in healthcare make innovation imperative in order to improve patient safety and increase care quality, while managing the complexities of the nursing workforce and controlling costs.

“Nurses have a unique opportunity to cultivate creative and transformational leaders,” stated Donna DeBlois, RN, BSW, MSB, AHCA, president of OMNE and President/CEO of HomeHealth Visiting Nurses. “And for nurses, the largest segment of the health care workforce, this translates into highly divergent and dynamic leaders,” she added.

At the event, nurse leaders from academia and institutional and community settings across Maine will be discussing best practices for promoting excellence in patient care and nursing practice. As health care providers in Maine continue to grapple with the soaring cost of health care and the increasing demand of caring for a growing aging population, nurses must lead by example with innovation, agility and expertise to ensure the highest standard of care is being achieved.

Joining the Summit as a keynote speaker will be Linda Denison Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology. She is the Director of Education and Program Development for Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), New York University.

Presentations by local, state and national experts will:

• Explore issues challenging nursing in Maine,

• Prepare nurses and faculty in educational programs to lead systems improvement,

• Develop front line staff to be able to provide exceptional care and continuously improve quality care; and

• Share best practices for patient safety, quality outcomes, nurse satisfaction and innovations in nursing excellence.

The 13th Maine Nursing Summit, being held on March 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center, is co-sponsored by the Maine Hospital Association, the Maine Health Care Association, the Coalition of Maine Nursing Organizations, the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine, the American Nurses Association Maine, and the Maine Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administrators.

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OMNE: Nursing Leaders of Maine is a non-profit professional organization that directs the course for professional nursing by promoting sound health care policies within our organizations and at the state, local and national level.

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