This year, Pennsylvania nurses offered a Prescription for Quality Care aimed at ensuring safe nurse-to-patient ratios, stopping workplace violence, and expanding access to quality care for all Pennsylvanians.
Not all of the work is done in Harrisburg. Nurses on the front lines can directly improve patient outcomes by making staffing a priority issue, collaborating with hospital management and using effective and clear communication methods to advocate for patients.
Our Fall CE day will offer nurses the tools they need to provide quality care and achieve positive patient outcomes. Making Quality Happen: Achieving Safe Nurse Staffing & Quality Care Through Advocacy & Collaboration, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 South Queen Street in Lancaster.
The cost for the forum is $20 for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania members and $35 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. Space is limited, so register early! Registration deadline is Aug. 30. All RNs and LPNs are welcome to attend. Participants are required to stay for the entire program to receive credit. (No partial CE credit.)
Our featured speakers include Dr. Jeannie Cimiotti, Associate Professor at Rutgers College of Nursing and Executive Director of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, and John August, Executive Director for the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.
A leading national expert on nurse staffing and patient safety, Dr. Cimiotti was formerly a research assistant professor at the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an officer of administration at Columbia University School of Nursing. She has lectured on nursing workforce issues at the Wharton School, was a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and is a member of the Infection Prevention & Control Committee at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Cimiotti has contributed to many publications including: The Nurse’s Role in Infection Prevention and Control (2010), Handbook of Stress and Burnout in Health Care (2008), Moving Healthcare Quality Forward with Nursing-Sensitive Value-Based Purchasing (2012), Nursing Key to Patient Satisfaction (2009), Nurse Staffing, Burnout, and Healthcare-Associated Infections (2012), and Implications of the California Nurse Staffing Mandate for Other States (2010).
John August is a national leader in developing strategies for front-line nursing staff to take a leadership role in delivery system changes and collaborate effectively with management to promote quality care.
“Healthcare unions can no longer take a back seat to healthcare reform,” August has said. “But instead need to get out in front of and lead this effort.”
9 a.m. — Registration
10 a.m. — Welcome and Introductions
10:15 a.m. — “The Future of Healthcare — A Case for Collaboration” (John August, Exec. Dir., Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions)
11:15 a.m. — “Staffing and its Effects on Hospital-Acquired Conditions & Patient Outcomes” (Jeannie Cimiotti, DNSC, RN)
12:15 p.m. — Lunch
1 p.m. — Panel Discussion: “Improving Quality & Patient Safety in PA: Best Practices”
3 p.m. — Workshops I
A. Legal Implications Arising from Nursing Practice (Claudia Davidson, Esq.; Mimi Tambellini RN, CLCN)
B. Unit-Based Teams — A Frontline Staff Engagement Strategy (John August)
C. Strategies to Avoid Hospital Readmissions (Cindy Hipszer, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNML)
D. Crucial Conversations: Are We Giving the Right Message? (Barbara Jennion, MEd)
E. Evidence-Based Practice: How to Evaluate the Research (Linda Hatfield, PhD, MNP-BC)
4 p.m. — Workshops II
5 p.m. — Wrap-Up, Evaluation, and CE Distribution
6 p.m. — Reception and Presentation of the Thomas Zuber Patient Safety Award (The Thomas J. Zuber Memorial Award is presented annually to elected leaders or policymakers in recognition of outstanding leadership in improving patient safety.)
Upon completion of this program, the nurse will be able to:
1. Explain the impact of staffing ratios on hospital readmissions, healthcare-associated infections, and nurse burnout.
2. Explain how management and front-line staff can work together to improve service and quality of care and eliminate waste that drives up cost.
3. List two innitiatives in Pennsylvania that improve the care of patients, residents and clients.
4. Describe at least one initiative that can be implemented in the healthcare environment the participant is familiar with.
5. a. Describe three legal implications that impact nursing practice.
b. Explain how a unit-based team functions.
c. List two strategies for avoiding unnecessary hospital readmission.
d. Describe two important factors that ensure proper messaging.
e. Explain what is meant by “evidence-based practice.”
Nurse Alliance of SEIU Pennsylvania is an approved provider of CE credits under the State of California, Board of Registered Nurses, CE Provider No. 14472. CEs are accepted for Pennsylvania RN license renewal. For certification renewal, please check with your professional certification board for requirements.