On Sunday March 10, the Raleigh News & Observer published a front-page story highlighting the SON’s new DNP program.
Dr. Debra Barksdale, Beth Lamanna, Dr. Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, and Megan Williams each attended events in Washington D.C. on June 13 that focused on the intersection of health care and policy.
Dr. Barksdale, Beth Lamanna, and Dr. Soltis-Jarrett were invited to the White House to attend a discussion between nurse leaders and senior administration officials on improving care quality and patient health. The meeting was sponsored by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services and focused on delivery system transformation and how the Affordable Care Act can support nurses’ efforts to provide high quality patient care.
Dr. Barksdale attended the meeting as president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). She described the event as an opportunity for nurse leaders to come together to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other important issues like expanding the nursing workforce, future workforce development, and practicing to the full scope of one’s education. “It was an honor to be involved in a discussion of ways that nurses can help in improving the health of the American people,” Barksdale said.
Beth Lamanna attended the meeting on behalf of the American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section. Her goal was to voice the importance of the intersection of population health and primary/clinical care. Lamanna spoke at the meeting about a new provision in the ACA that deals with population health and hospital participation in community assessment.
Dr. Soltis-Jarrett attended as president of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN). “I endeavored to focus on the importance of continuing to develop the mental health workforce, ensuring equity for reimbursement of services provided by advanced practice psychiatric nurses, and improving access to mental health care for individuals, families and communities across the USA,” said Dr. Soltis-Jarrett.
Megan Williams in Washington, D.C.
On the same day, Megan Williams, clinical assistant professor and president-elect of the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA), was one of five NCNA members and 150 nurses from around the U.S. who went to Capitol Hill for the 2012 American Nurses Association Lobby Day.
Williams and her cohort focused on three key issues when meeting with Congressional policymakers: supporting legislation to ensure safe RN staffing, solid funding for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, and a measure that permits advanced practice registered nurses to certify home health plans of care.
“We need to continue educating our legislators about health care and the nursing profession,” Williams said. “I hope more nurses will follow their representatives on Facebook and Twitter, write, call, or organize a group of your colleagues to visit your member of Congress’ local office.” Of her ANA Lobby Day experience, Williams said, “We had a great day on Capitol Hill advocating for the public and for our profession.”
Debra Barksdale, an associate professor at SON, has been named one of just 21 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2011. Barksdale joins a select group of nurse leaders from across the country chosen to participate in this world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the United States health care system.
Barksdale (Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C., C.N.E.,. F.A.A.N.P) is a certified nurse practitioner and educator who holds several leadership positions. She is president-elect of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the National League for Nursing’s Nursing Education Research Think Tank and is the only nurse on the Board of Governors for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Board (PCORI), which was created by the Affordable Care Act. Her research to date has focused on stress and cardiovascular disease among Black Americans.
Begun by RWJF in 1998, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care locally and nationally. The program will provide Barksdale and her colleagues with coaching, education and other support to strengthen their abilities to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care. The ENF program is located at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and co-directed by: Linda Cronenwett (Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.) the Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and David Altman, executive vice president of Research, Innovation and Product Development at CCL.
“The Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing, issued last fall, underscores the importance of nurse leadership as we work to improve the health and health care of all Americans,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is building and enhancing the leadership skills of extraordinary nurses around the country. Our alumni are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished nurses, and we know that Debra Barksdale and the other members of this new cohort will join them in doing great things. The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program supports nurse leaders with potential to develop innovative ways to improve health care delivery.”
“For years I heard about the Executive Nurse Fellows program, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be something I could be part of,” said Barksdale. “But as I took on more leadership roles, I discovered that I’m good at leadership. I know that participating in this program will help me grow and enhance my ability to lead and to contribute to nursing and to improving our nation’s health care.”
Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and national professional, governmental and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and during the fellowship each develops, plans and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.
Debra Barksdale, associate professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been appointed to a new national health-care research panel. Barksdale (PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP) is one of the 19 members of the Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).