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Future of Nursing Conference May 4th, Wegmans School of Nursing Faculty Leading Regional Initiative


Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing; Dr. Marilyn Dollinger, Associate Dean; and Dr. Cynthia McCloskey, Director, Graduate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing, have been hard at work behind-the-scenes of the Future of Nursing Initiative. And on Saturday, May 4, the Future of Nursing Finger Lakes Region Nursing Leadership Conference will help keep their efforts moving forward.

In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) created the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an unprecedented initiative to address the increased demands for care by utilizing all the skills, talents, knowledge, and experience of nurses. The campaign came on the heels of a report produced by the RWJF and IOM which contained recommendations for the future of nursing, including changes in public and institutional policies at the national, state, and local levels.

The Campaign for Action organized a nonpartisan coalition dedicated to advancing the IOM committee’s recommendations, and New York was designated as one of five pilot states. McCloskey was identified as the co-leader of the Finger Lakes regional initiative and the conference planning committee chair, and the Wegmans School of Nursing has been at the forefront of the initiative since.

The May 4 conference will take place at the Smith Opera House in Geneva from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The goal of the conference is to educate nurses, nursing students, and consumers about the Future of Nursing Initiative and help them disseminate the recommendations in their professional practice areas.

Interested participants can register through the Nurse Practitioner Association of Greater Rochester website. Each participant will receive a CD containing a toolkit of resources they can use to inform and educate others about the IOM recommendations regarding the Future of Nursing Initiative. Participants can expect to hear updates about regional activities to promote the Future of Nursing-NYS priority recommendations aimed at education, leadership, and active participation in changing health care.

Registration for current nurses is $75, and registration is $30.00 for nursing students, who will earn six contact hours for participating.

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