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Oct. 8, 2003 -- No. 529
Nursing researchers to discuss quality of patient care at conference
Today (Oct. 8) through Saturday (Oct. 11)
Chapel Hill Sheraton Hotel
One Europa Drive, off U.S. 15-501
More than 100 of the nationís nursing researchers and administrators are
participating in a conference on enhancing the quality of care people receive in
the American health-care system. "Fashioning the Future: Enhancing Care
Through Nursing Health Services Research" is the theme of this yearís
National Nursing Administration Research Conference (NARC).
Topics to be covered include the impact of the nursing shortage on patient
safety, the effect of work place environments on nursing turnover, the
characteristics of magnet versus non-magnet hospitals and the best ways to care
for the nationís growing elderly population, especially in nursing homes.
Local experts participating in the conference who are available for interview
- Dr. Linda Cronenwett, dean of UNCís School of Nursing. She is a
nationally recognized expert on the nursing shortage and on the
relationships between a quality nursing work force and the quality and
safety of patient care. In addition, Cronenwett is president of the
N.C. Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree
Programs and a member of the N.C. Institute of Medicine Task Force on
the Nursing Shortage. She may be reached at (919) 966-3731 or email@example.com.
- Dr. Barbara Jo Foley, clinical associate professor of nursing and
director of continuing education for nurses at UNC. A conference organizer,
she can discuss the effect of work place environments on job satisfaction
for nurses and how this can influence patient care. Foley, a former U.S.
Army nurse, is leading a study comparing work place satisfaction in military
medical centers and civilian hospitals to identify those nursing elements
that lead to greater work satisfaction for nurses and optimal health
outcomes for patients. She may be reached at (919) 966-3638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr. Edward Halloran, associate professor of nursing. He spent 25
years as a nurse executive before becoming an academic nurse. He studies
nurse staffing, particularly the classification of nurses and patients, so
patient need can be better matched to nurse capability. Halloran may be
reached at (919) 966-7207 or email@example.com.
- Dr. Donna Havens, associate professor of nursing. She has studied
the organization of nursing, professional practice, staff nurse decisional
involvement and hospitals purported to deliver better care for
more than 16 years. She is an expert on magnet status for hospitals and what
that means to patients, nurses and hospital administration. In particular,
she can address how this rating affects nurse satisfaction and patient
outcomes. She may be reached at (919) 966-4269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr. Cheryl Jones, associate professor of nursing. She
recently completed a two-year appointment as a senior health services
researcher for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the
Washington, D.C., area. She is leading two research studies: one on the costs
of nursing turnover to hospitals and a second on nursing labor market
behaviors and employment trends. Her research shows that hospitals
may lose substantial financial and human resources due to turnover
in the nurse work force. She may be reached at (919) 966-5684 or email@example.com.
- Dr. Mary Lynn, associate professor of nursing. She can speak on
quality of care in home health care, the fastest growing service industry
nationwide. Her work with more than 1,000 patients and 150 nurses across the
state examines whether patients benefit from home health care and what
health-care providers can do to improve the care patients receive in their
homes. Lynn may be reached at (919) 966-5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr. Barbara Mark, Sarah Frances Russell distinguished
professor of nursing. She can discuss the effect of nurse staffing levels on
patient outcomes. She is working with nurses, administrators and patients in
160 hospitals nationwide to determine whether the quality of nurses Ė
including levels of education, experience and professional commitment Ė
rather than the quantity of nurses is the answer to better patient outcomes.
Mark also is studying how changes in nurse staffing affect the financial
performance of hospitals. Mark may be reached at (919) 843-6209 or email@example.com.
Note: A full listing of conference speakers and activities is available
School of Nursing contact: Sunny Smith Nelson, (919) 966-1412 or firstname.lastname@example.org