Graduate Students Attend State Nursing Summit

June 6, 2013

Columbia, Mo. — Incoming and current graduate students in the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing attended the Missouri Action Coalition’s (MOAC) 2013 Teamwork Summit Wednesday, June 5, in Jefferson City. The annual event brings together nurses from across the state. The keynote speaker, Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, gave the presentation, “Convergence of the IOM Report with Healthcare Transformation and Expanded Public Expectations in Nursing.” Gov. Jay Nixon also spoke to the assembled group.

MOAC’s stated purpose is “to familiarize Missouri nurses and nurse friends with the recommendations in the [Institute of Medicine’s] IOM Future of Nursing Report and develop strategies on how to make these recommendations a reality in our state, transform the healthcare system, and improve health outcomes.” The coalition works to overcome barriers to nursing practice and help nurses practice to the fullest extent of their education. The IOM report provides four recommendations to help the nursing profession (which makes up the largest portion of health care workers) continue to lead, provide quality care and transform health care. The four recommendations are:

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. 
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

Incoming graduate students for the master’s, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy programs were on campus for a weeklong leadership and orientation session to kick off their programs.

View photos from the MOAC session.