SON Holds 3rd Annual Astrike Symposium

The 3rd Annual Charles and Colleen Astrike Symposium on Health Care Solutions was held Monday morning, with speakers Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN, leading an engaging discussion on fair and just culture in nursing—a culture that encourages and rewards people for speaking up about safety-related concerns, thus allowing the information to be used for system improvement.

The symposium was established by the family of Charlie and Colleen Astrike to honor the lives and memory of their parents and to inspire high-level discussion about patient safety among nurses. Their motivation is highly personal: following Colleen’s hospitalization in 2012, the family struggled to get the nurses or doctors in charge of her care to see that her pain was worsening and her condition deteriorating.

A thoughtful question and answer session preceded the moving video testimony of the Astrike family’s experience with their mother’s nursing care — a tragic case, with consequences all the more grievous for having been due to errors in health care, and avoidable for her and her loved ones.

The Charles and Colleen Astrike Symposium was established by Nancy Astrike, along with her spouse Joan Davis, to honor the lives and memory of her parents, Charlie and Colleen Astrike. Its goal is to promote high-level discussion about patient safety among nurses. Their family is committed to promoting nurses’ roles in providing safe care to patients and hope this symposium will launch productive dialogues around this important issue.


About the Speakers

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN

Joanne Disch is Professor ad Honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She received her BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; her MSN in Cardiovascular Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham; and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan.

Dr Disch served as chief nurse executive at two major medical centers, as interim dean at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and as president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Academy of Nursing. She also served as a member and chair of the national board of AARP. Currently she is Chair of the Board of Directors of Advocate Aurora Health Care, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Chamberlain University.

Her research has centered on nurse/physician relationships and quality and safety within health care organizations. She was co-editor of Person and Family-Centered Care, an AJN Book of the Year. She has received a number of awards, including two from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Polly Bednash Lectureship Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; the President’s Award from the American Academy of Nursing; and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Wisconsin.

Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Jane Barnsteiner is Professor Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Editor for Translational Research and Quality Improvement for the American Journal of Nursing. She has served as a Magnet Hospital appraiser since 2006. She is internationally recognized as a leader in quality, safety, and evidence-based practice.

Jane was one of the developers of the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) initiative and is co-editor of the text: Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Based Approach to Improving Outcomes (2012, 2nd edition 2017), published by Wiley. She is also co-editor of the book Person and Family Centered Care published by Sigma Theta Tau, International in April, 2014. Both books received AJN book of the year awards.

She has been honored for her work with the Eastern Nursing Research Society Distinguished Researcher Award and the Sigma Theta Tau International Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Leadership from the School of Nursing.

Dr. Barnsteiner received her diploma from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a PhD from the University of Michigan.