Co- Leads for this Council: Dawn Lynch, CNO Clark Fork Valley Hospital, Plains MT and Christina Sieloff, Associate Professor, MSU College of Nursing, Billings Campus
How can nurses be viewed as the leaders in health care change? What best practice models in Montana, which incorporate innovation and collaboration among disciplines and partnerships with patients, can be highlighted/replicated?
What funding mechanisms should be addressed to promote change? What can health care institutions do to engage nurses in leading change? What can educational or professional nursing organizations do to provide nursing leadership development?
How can nurses be charged to take personal and professional accountability for leadership development? How do we mentor each other in leading change? How do we include all sectors in nurses being at the table for decision making in advancing health? How can these efforts be sustained?
These are some of the questions that the LEAD Council members address in their discussions and research as they develop solutions for Montana nurses.They are also focusing their work on the IOM Report Recommendations #2 Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts and #7. Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health. To learn more about nursing educational initiatives, please visit the American Nurse Today's Special Edition of Focus on Education.
In the charge of Preparing and Enabling Nurses to Lead Change to Advance Health, the LEAD Council sponsored a statewide videoconference on February 29, 2012 to discuss the Definition of Nurse Leader. Attendees at the conference earned 1 contact hour of nursing continuing education provided by MHA. Participants discussed the nurse leader definition that the LEAD group has offered: Nurses are leaders as they advance health through change.
Larissa Donahue, MSU nursing student and intern with the Office of Rural Health prepared the following documents for the workshop:
Previous Meeting Minutes: