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American Nurses Association 2013 Staffing Conference

11/08/13 - 11/09/13     Washington, DC

Studies show that optimal staffing reduces mortality rates, adverse patient outcomes (falls, infections, etc.), length of stay, and rates of readmissions and medical errors. A 2013 Health Affairs study found that hospitals with high nurse staffing had lower odds of readmission penalties than hospitals with lower staffing. Lowering hospital readmissions is a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This conference aims to empower nurses to improve patient care by developing innovative solutions to the complex challenge of determining and delivering appropriate nurse staffing.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN,  president of ANA

  • Barbara A. Blakeney, MS, RN, FNAP, past president of ANA and the current innovations specialist at the Center for Innovation in Care Delivery in the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
    TOPIC: Building Leading Practices through Leadership and Innovation

  • Sean Clarke, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the McGill Nursing Collaborative
    TOPIC: Organizational Climate: Impact on Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes

  • Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE,  ANA board member and author of "The Nurse Manager's Guide to Innovative Staffing"
    TOPIC: Care Delivery Models: How and Why They Impact Care Delivery

  • Jack Needleman, PhD, FAAN, professor of health services, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; associate director, UCLA Patient Safety Institute
    TOPIC:  Making the Business Case for Staffing

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.

MEDIA ACCESS: Reporters interested in attending or covering the conference should contact Jemarion Jones at Jemarion.Jones@ana.org or 301-628-5198.