March 9: ANA’s 2017 Conference Opens With Focus on Innovation, Consumers

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More than 1,000 nurses and other professionals gathered at the American Nurses Association’s 2017 Conference in Tampa, FL, to learn the latest research, strategies and best practices to improve safety, quality and staffing in their health care facilities.                   

“Nursing work environment, staffing, nurse health, patient and nurse satisfaction—all affect outcomes,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, in welcoming attendees to the conference themed Translating Quality into Practice. “That is why ANA hosts this conference.”

Cipriano spoke of the strides nurses have made in ensuring quality care, and emphasized the importance of engaging consumers in transforming health and health care – one of ANA’s strategic goals.

“As health care changes around us, one thing remains certain: ANA is working relentlessly to amplify nurses’ voices as policies are being created, fought for, and implemented,” Cipriano said.

In a similar way, customer voices are being elevated in the changing landscape of health care with the transition to value. Opening keynote speaker Harry Greenspun, MD, chief medical officer and managing director, Korn Ferry Health Solutions, identified three factors for nurses to address in transforming health care: coordinating care, using big data, and the importance of a consumer focus.

“The data we have is not necessarily the data we need,” Greenspun said, citing, for example, rankings in Consumer Reports and U. S. News & World Report and other hospital reports. Patients need data that help them understand better or worse expected outcomes, he said.

As members of interdisciplinary teams, nurses are positioned to rally around patients and support them as they evaluate personal decisions about care plans and determine if those plans are right for them, said Greenspun.

What’s next

This evening ANA is hosting a health policy town hall to provide attendees with an overview on the latest developments surrounding Congress’ efforts to reform our nation’s health care system. Attendees will hear the perspective of nursing and policy leaders regarding the outlook of health systems reform, as well as its potential impact.

The conference runs through March 10 and included March 8 preconference sessions on ethical practice and principles, nursing and big data, and using tools and technology to improve staffing. More than 100 exhibitors are on hand to offer innovative solutions and opportunities to support nurses, and more than 140 poster presenters are sharing their knowledge in the exhibit hall.  

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