OHSU

One of the nation’s top leaders in nursing education slated to visit Oregon Nov. 17, 2010

11/05/10  Portland, Ore.

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., executive director of the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing(AACN), will speak at the OHSU School of Nursing on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. Her visit is part of the school’s yearlong centennial celebrations.

Bednash will discuss the AACN’s influence on nursing education and a new perspective on what professional nurses need to know in today’s complex health care environment. She says that her organization, through consensus building with partners in practice, industry and consumer groups, is leading the transformation of nursing education in this country.  “We’ve made some dramatic recommendations on how nursing education should change,” she says.

The current financial burden for health care is so heavy that reform is inevitable and that nursing can offer many solutions to the problem, she states. She’ll also reflect on the important work occurring now to help nurses seek the highest level of education. “The Oregon model [Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education] is lauded as a way to take all students and help them move to the highest level of education as quickly as possible,” she says. “That model is being accepted and praised for its innovation and for bringing diverse communities together and moving forward.” She added that Oregon is known for its “stunning” nurse leaders, including OHSU’s dean, Michael Bleich, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.  

Bednash will speak from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the School of Nursing’s Marquam Hill Campus. (Jennifer – who’s invited and where is the lecture? Do you want to include the breakfast reception?) For more information or to RSVP, please call 503 494-7444.

With 650 member schools, the AACN is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. As its leader, Bednash oversees its educational, research, governmental affairs, publications and other programs. She also chairs the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care and is a member of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions and Quality Assurance Steering Committee.