StudentSpeak is pleased to offer this guest post from Jake Creviston, a current Doctor of Nursing Practice Student at the OHSU School of Nursing. After a stint as a search and rescue boat captain in the Coast Guard, Jake became a nurse in 2008. Since then he has worked in critical care, administration, academia, primary care and now as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in an integrative clinic in Portland. He has a passion for leadership, patient-centered mental health promotion and quality improvement.
Phoenix, Arizona November 17-19, 2014
My time at the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action (CFA) National Summit, entitled Leadership and Legacy: The Future is Now, held in Phoenix, Arizona this last November was both rewarding and exhilarating. The CFA, a joint effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP is now in the fourth year. The campaign is dedicated to seeing the four key messages and eight recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (FON) report come to fruition. Each state, and Washington D.C., has an “Action Coalition” dedicated to doing the work on the ground. I was able to attend the summit as both a Breakthrough Leader in Nursing and as an Oregon Action Coalition steering committee member.
The Breakthrough Leader in Nursing award recognized 10 up and coming nurse leaders, charged them as ambassadors of the campaign and will support them in an interprofessional leadership development course. This is the first round of awards and honorees carry great expectations for future leadership endeavors.
Another exciting proceeding of the summit was the launching of the 10kNurses initiative. The endeavor is to place 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020 and is informed by the FON report and supported by a coalition of over 20 professional nursing and health organizations. Much of my Doctor of Nursing Practice work has been on the subject of nursing engagement on boards so I was thrilled to witness this launching. I was further thrilled to be invited to serve on the 10kNurses national PR/Communications Committee. I expect this role will inform our work back home; the Oregon Action Coalition has prioritized the effort to get nurses on boards and is already taking action towards it.
Overall the summit was extremely enjoyable. There is something special about being in a room surrounded by 200 of the nation’s top nursing leaders. Energy and inspiration were flowing and their experience and enthusiasm compelled the campaign forward. I hope that the summit fulfills the goal of furthering the work and the words of the Future of Nursing report and that all attendees are better prepared to advance a strong leadership legacy.