May 02 2017|Publication: Voice of Nursing Leadership
Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as National Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, nurses at Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH) are honored with a tribute to Florence Nightingale.
September 26 2016|Publication: Voice of Nursing Leadership
Today’s complex health care environment provides frequent staffing challenges in all patient care settings, including ambulatory and other post-acute care venues. Traditional approaches to staffing are not always effective in today’s environment.
This month, AONE CEO and American Hospital Association (AHA) Senior Vice President, Nursing/CNO Pam Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN, will step down from her roles at both organizations. She has helmed AONE for 16 years, during which membership grew from 3,000 to 10,000. During her tenure, AONE initiated its AONE Foundation Nurse Manager and Nurse Director Fellowship Programs and the Center for Care Innovation and Transformation (CCIT), each with dozens of graduates. She discussed her career with Terese Hudson Thrall, managing editor of Voice of Nursing Leadership.
July 01 2016|Publication: Voice of Nursing Leadership
The 2016 Annual Meeting in Fort Worth set a record for attendance, with 3,435 leaders celebrating the work we are all doing to transform our delivery system. For me, personally, it will always be a very special memory. It was my last AONE Annual Meeting as your CEO. I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to you all. I was overwhelmed with the many ways you honored my service to AONE and the AONE Foundation.
Growing up in New England, May was always one of my favorite months. It was a time when I could safely say goodbye to winter and finally feel the warmth of the sun on my face.
Many years later May remains one of my favorites; as a nurse, May ushers in National Nurses Week, a time for reflection and celebration for the profession to which I have chosen to dedicate my life. One way I like to reflect during Nurses Week is to pick up either Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale or The Florence Prescription: From Accountability to Ownership by Joe Tye and Dick Schwab. Reading stories about Florence Nightingale keeps me grounded and reminds me of two very important things. As nurse leaders our work is never done; and secondly, we need to take time to celebrate ourselves. So as you begin to read this month’s issue, please take a moment and celebrate yourself and the leadership path you have chosen. You are the most courageous, passionate and dedicated nurses, whom I am so very proud to call my colleagues.