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2014 ANA Staffing Conference

The 2014 ANA Staffing Conference will be held soon, November 4-5, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme this year is “Creating Optimal Staffing Through Innovation.”

The objective of the conference is to provide applicable, real-world strategies to implement to improve staffing at your hospital. As nurses and administrators at all levels know, staffing properly is a HUGE factor when it comes to a facility’s success, work environment, and patient outcomes.

Some of the takeaways of the 2014 ANA Staffing Conference, according to website, will be:

  • Use available technology to better align staffing with demand.
  • Apply strategies and metrics to drive successful innovation.
  • Employ key competencies and skill mixes in managing staffing in real time.
  • Re-examine your staffing model and take the first steps to adopt a fresh approach.
  • Gain new ideas on how to maximize the value of your staffing committee.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing levels in times of crisis.
  • Communicate effectively with the C Suite to ensure that you have the appropriate resources.

2014 ANA Staffing Conference Speakers

Several leading industry experts will speak, including:

Chris McCarthy, MPH, MBA, will talk about how to “Fuel Evidence-Based Design Through Innovation.” McCarthy has spent 18 years working with Kaiser Permanente, focusing on the realities of nurse work settings and the optimization of time spent with patients. He’s created strategies and solutions to enhance both nurse and patient experiences, including models for safer medication administration and better shift changes for nurses.

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRNC, will deliver the talk “Optimal Staffing = Optimal Outcomes.” Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is known for her research efforts regarding the healthcare workforce and healthcare quality, with a focus on the impact of nursing care on patient outcomes. Much of her work substantiates a direct relationship between good work environments for nurses and improved patient outcomes.

Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN will present on “Missed Nursing Care — What Can You Learn.” Kalisch was the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies 2013-2014 Distinguished Nurse Scholar in Residence. She is a noted author, educator, and researcher, focusing on nursing systems, nursing teamwork, policy, and the completion of standard nursing care.

Approximately a dozen other noteworthy nurses, nurse educators, researchers, hospital administrators, and other industry experts are also confirmed to speak, as of this post.

Click here to learn more about the 2014 ANA Staffing Conference.

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