Press Release

Nurses as Leaders in the Future of Healthcare Maine Nurses to hold summit on March 13

AUGUSTA, Maine — Nurses have always provided patient care with expert skills, professionalism and compassion. But today, nurses are required to do even more as they face an increasingly complex health care system. To be effective leaders and full partners, nurses now need a new set of competencies that includes knowledge of health care systems, medical treatments and technologies, information technology systems, and public policy issues that impact quality of care and patient safety.

Nurse leaders will hold a summit on March 13, at the Augusta Civic Center, to discuss these issues and more.

“Nurses have a unique understanding of the health care process because they are on the front lines,” stated Donna DeBlois, RN, BSW, MSB, AHAC, president of OMNE and Executive Director of Kno-Wal- Lin Homecare and Hospice in Rockland. “And this knowledge translates into highly divergent and dynamic leaders,” she added.

Historically, nurses have been viewed by administrators, policymakers and the public as workers who carry out tasks that have been delegated by physicians – and not as leaders or strategic thinkers who make informed decisions and act independently.

Providing the keynote address will be Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Vice President for Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Burnes Bolton, one of the nation’s top nurse leaders, will discuss what the future holds for nurses and the opportunities for nurses to succeed in a rapidly changing landscape. According to Dr. Burnes Bolton, health care has never held more promise for nurses with the right combination of education, credentials and critical thinking skills.

The 12th Maine Nursing Summit, being held on March 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center, is co-sponsored by Maine Hospital Association, Maine Health Care Association and the Coalition of Maine Nursing Organizations.

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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