Due to technical difficulties with my webinar last week I decided to make a recording of my presentation that is now available as a YouTube video. The length is just under 30 minutes. I hope you will join me for “lunch” or “tea” to experience the video, and share your thoughts and critique here or on the Advances in Nursing Science Journal blog.
This presentation covers some of the ideas from my recent paper “The Integrality of Situated Caring in Nursing and the Environment” published in the current issue of Advances in Nursing Science. I sincerely look forward to the dialogue that I hope this presentation and paper will provoke. Don’t be shy, please share your thoughts.
Most readers of this blog are already aware of the IOM/Robert Wood Johnson report on the Future of Nursing that was issued in October of 2010. You may recall my post about the report last June – in fact, there were 16 replies to that post – a record for this fledgling blog! The replies were thoughtful and brought to the fore exactly what is most badly needed in nursing – challenges about not only the report, but the assumptions underlying it. So I would like for us to focus once again on this initiative, not simply because of the terrific discussion it raised on this blog, but because it is generating a substantial degree of action. Part of the action component is built into the funding plan that accompanied the original report, which actually strengthen the possibility that something will come of it! But of course the action components need to be watched closely. The challenge for me, and I suspect for many others who entered the discussion in June, has to do with a fundamental question: “Who benefits?”
During the August conference of INANE (International Academy of Nursing Journal Editors) in San Francisco, the 130+ nursing journal editors and publishers heard a presentation by Susan Hassmiller, the Senior Advisor for Nursing for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. In response to her presentation, the group decided to initiate a coordinated effort across as many nursing journals as possible, to further the possibilities for the achievement of the report’s recommendations. So far, the INANE web site has a listing of editorials and resources that have appeared in various nursing journals over the past year or so; in the spring of 2012, many of the journals will carry focused messages about the report, articles, and other content that provides evidence and resources for their readers in moving forward. I would encourage folks to browse this list … it is impressive, and many of the editorials are well worth looking up and reading. Also, if you want to see Susan Hassmiller’s presentation from the INANE conference, you can find it here (scroll down to the Friday 8:00 session).
So my question for readers of the Nurse Manifest blog: can we both challenge and cooperate? I fully agree with many of the challenges that came forward in our discussion in June, including skepticism about the source of the report, and the fact that the report’s recommendations are in fact what we might call “lame.” However, the cold hard truth is that the recommendations of the report, which of course should already be reality, are far from real. If we were to achieve the report recommendations as reality, do we not have a better outlook for achieving not only the fundamental goal of better health care and better nursing care, but also the ideal of seeing nursing at the center of health care policy-making. If we simply sit on the sidelines and challenge the report, then we isolate ourselves from the places where mainstream change might be possible. If we simply cooperate with the report without questioning some of the assumptions and directions, then we ourselves may all too easily be drawn into an abyss of the status quo. So bottom line, to me, there is no simple way forward. But I favor moving forward, challenging ideas and actions where possible to be heard, and with as much cooperation as possible with those who follow a more mainstream path than many of us follow!
Here is some interesting information about The National Nurse Act, submitted by Susan Sullivan:
After review of your Manifesto, it strikes me that you and many of your colleagues may interested in knowing more about HR1119, a legislative effort being led by a small grassroots group of nurses. Please see the attached Press Release from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s office regarding HR1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. This legislation is promoted by the National Nursing Network Organization and hundreds of nurses across all specialty practice areas. Our NNNO President is an RN, PHN and certified Nurse Educator who has taught nursing for nearly 30 years at an Oregon community college, and many of our Board members are current or retired nursing faculty. Please feel free to share this email with your NursingManifest colleagues.HR1119 is a fairly simple piece of legislation. It seeks to have the existing CNO of the USPHS elevated to a more prominent, Continue reading