Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030


The Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 will be holding a public session onWednesday, March 20, 2019, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM ET, online and at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC.

This committee has been tasked by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and to chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.

Through the course of the study, the committee will meet several times. This public session is one of the many processes that the committee will use to gather information and assemble evidence that members will examine and discuss in the course of making the committee’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The focus of this public session is for the committee to clarify the scope of the charge with the study sponsor and initiate the process of gathering relevant information related to the study. Future public sessions will focus on specific topic areas and be conducted in other locations.

This public session will be accessible via webinar and in-person attendance (seating is limited).

Please register online by 12pm ET on March 20, 2019, to receive an email with the instructions on how to join this public session.

More information about the study can be found here.

What: Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030
When: March 20, 2019, from 1:30pm to 4:00 pm ET
Where: Online and in person at National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418
How: Click here to register online by 12 pm ET on March 20, 2019

Robin Cogan in the news – #NoMoreEmptyDesks


Jerry Soucy shares program on end-of-life care


Professionals in Oncology, Palliative, and End of Life Care
Join us a Free Film Screening and Approved Continuing Education Program
 
Sunday, February 10, 2019
9:30 – 11:30 am
 
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden
Cancer Support Center
145 Bolton Road, Harvard, MA 01451
See the award-winning documentary End Game, and a discussion led by Brianne Carter, MTS,LICSW,OSW-C, and Jerry Soucy, RN,CHPN.
Space is limited. Registration required.


Call 978-456-3532
email kelly@healinggardensupport.org

Download your FREE color brochure NOW! (PDF)

Links to the film and reviews
IndieWire “Oscar 2019 Best Documentary shortlist.”
Review, Rotten Tomatoes – “End Game manages to transcend its genre peers and deliver something truly special and unique.”
Review, Stream it or Skip it? – “Stream it. It’s heavy stuff, sure, but it’s beautifully made – and we could all use a little reminding of how precious life is…”
Review, Life Matters Media – “Executive producer Shoshana Ungerleider, a hospice and palliative care physician…said she hopes audiences are empowered with information about hospice and palliative medicine so they can make better, more informed decisions when facing death.”
Review, Tricycle Magazine – “…the documentary invites us to participate in the penetrating intimacy of dying as seen from the perspectives of patients, their loved ones, and healthcare practitioners. We meet Kym, Bruce, Pat, Mitra, and Thekla at the ends of their lives… We don’t want these people to die, but they will.”
This Program is Presented in Partnership
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center is the premiere provider of integrative oncology care in Massachusetts, located on 8 acres of serene woodlands in Harvard, MA. Our support groups, expressive and integrative therapies, and individual counseling services aim to optimize the quality of life for all those who are affected by cancer – men, women, and their caregivers – regardless of cancer type, prognosis, or financial ability to pay for services.

Good Shepherd Community Care provides care, treatment, support, and education to patients, families, clinicians, and the community facing serious illness, end of life, grief, and loss through its culturally-informed hospice, palliative care, bereavement, and educational programs.

Jerry Soucy, RN, CHPN is a nurse activist with a practice serving patients, families, caregivers, clinicians, and the community. He is experienced in multiple clinical settings, including specialty intensive care at a major medical center, outpatient hemodialysis, and community hospice. Jerry is certified in hospice and palliative nursing and blogs about serious illness and end of life.

A tribute to Virginia (Ginny) Ward Paulsen (1918-August 9, 1982)


Contributed by Rorry Zahourek

Ginny Paulsen was not a nurse by profession but by heart and dedication. She served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Nurses Association from 1961-1980. In that role she inspired many to become activists on numerous fronts (clinical and political). At that time in Colorado the nurse practitioner was born and clinical specialists programs were producing new and motivated practitioners. She supported a group of nurses at Denver General Hospital to organize and demand a job description and commensurate salary for Clinical Nurse Specialists. In the 1970’s Ginny supported a group of nurses to go into private practice by providing moral support, business advice and legal consultation. Later she helped the group writing a book that described the process of setting up one of the first primary nurse clinics in the country.

She was a realistic idealist. She believed in the goodness of humanity and that we as nurses and humans could forge new roles, advance the profession, health care and change the system as a whole.

She always had good advice regarding negotiating systems and was always available for consultation when we met obstacles. She was a fierce and intelligent nurse advocate who mentored many in expanding their scope of practice and securing the legislation needed to support those advances.  She developed and hired one of the first nurse lobbyist at the State capitol in the country. (See picture of Ginny with with the first nurse lobbyist, Sue Sawyer).

Ginny also started a major international educational conference (Chautauqua) to promote discussion of issues and foster activism. This conference continues today. She birthed the idea of having risk taking workshops. These fostered activism for expanding nurses’ roles, practice and changing systems. The result of one of those workshops was the formation of Nurses for Political Action Colorado. This group provided forums for candidates to present their views and discuss issues related to overall health care and nursing.

Her premature death was and is a loss. I’m sure she would be supporting this nurse activist group and would be pleased to see how many members it has that are committed to making changes for nursing and for all to have adequate health care.

Ginny on the left with Sue Sawyer (right)

#NoMoreEmptyDesks


Robin Cogan just sent this update on the amazing work she is doing to reduce school violence and mass shootings.

 

I wanted to share several outcomes of my participation in the Nursing Activism Think Tank with you! It continues to have a profound impact on my work. This afternoon I am leaving for Boston to present “Why I Became a School Nurse Activist” for the Northeastern University School Nurse Academy. There will be 250 school nurses present, who I am hoping will be moved to consider their own activism/advocacy activities.

I was part of a panel on gun violence prevention for the ACEs Conference in San Francisco on Oct 16th. Here is a link to the blog post I wrote about participating in the conference.

There is a newly formed (physician organized) research group called AFFIRM research. I connected with them on Twitter and have been asked to write a blog post about school violence and mass shootings. It’s called “No More Empty Desks”, and should be published on their website soon.

I began an art inspired form of activism to bring attention to the 26,000 school age children killed by gun violence since 1999. This is the inspiration for #NoMoreEmptyDesks. The #NoMoreEmptyDesk art project is underway with Camden NJ high school students. Here are a few pictures from the project: