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As I reflect back on Symposium, there were many moments that I wish all nurses in Arizona had the opportunity to experience alongside me during this event. The night before the symposium, we were privileged to have an opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. Patricia Benner during a book signing sponsored by Chapter 6.

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Think about it ... how exciting to be sitting with Dr. Patricia Benner, renowned nursing theorist and author of From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice and Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation. Soaking in this wonderful moment, and the words that Dr. Benner just wrote in my personal copy of Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation, I saw some of our nursing students assisting in the preparation of tomorrow's symposium. I invited them over immediately to meet Dr. Benner and get a signed copy of her book also. These students were just learning about the impact that Dr. Benner has made on the nursing community, and here she was--in person and ready to answer their questions. It was a thrilling moment that I am sure they will never forget! Nor, will I ...

The next day at the symposium, Dr. Benner and Dr. Linda Burnes-Bolton, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Cedar Sinai Medical Center, spoke about the hot-off-the press report from the RWJF/IOM titled, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This report calls nurses to lead the future of healthcare change through four key messages: (1) Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. (2) Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. (3) Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States. (4) Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure. What an empowering message, especially from my perspective as a nurse practitioner, nursing educator, and nurse researcher! There was a lot of buzzing and cheering in the room as the discussion took place. Toward the end, Dr. Benner took questions from the floor and a lively discussion pursued. If you missed it, I challenge you to read the report and formulate an action plan for how you can change the future of healthcare. My dear colleagues, these are exciting times to be a nurse!

Melanie Logue, MS, ARNP, CFNP, PhD/DNP Candidate
2010 Symposium Poster Awards

                      First Place                 Second Place

Practice        Traci Colborn, Michelle    Tie: Noel Arring,
Innovation      Doehring, Trish            Amanda Beneteau,
                Flanders, John Rajczyk     Doralyn Costello
                Banner Heart Hospital      Mayo Clinic Hospital--
                "Expanding Nursing         "Improving Patient Care
                Practice                   through Innovative
                with a PACU Expansion"     Thinking"
                                           Debra Rudolph
                                           Phoenix Children's Hospital
                                           "Competency-Based
                                           Assessment System"
Practice        Maureen Misterek           Melissa Thomas,
Improvement     John C. Lincoln North      Brenda Downs
                "Enhancing Pain            Chandler Regional/Mercy
                Management                 Gilbert Medical Centers
                Communication"             "Successful Implementation
                                           of a Three Year Sepsis
                                           Initiative"
Research        Vickie Timm,               Sheila Gephart,
                Brynn Goldberg             Judith Effken
                Mayo Clinic Hospital       University of Arizona
                "Pre-Operative Patient     "How Do Nursing
                Education Reduces In-      Communication Networks
                Hospital Falls"            Relate"
Evidence        Sue B. Zager               Denice Gibson
Based           Arizona State University   Banner Good Samaritan
Practice        "Cultural Aspects of       Medical Center
                Advance Directives"        "Reinforcing the Value of
                                           Oncology Care"
Best            Katherine Jorgensen,       Michele Laib, Cathy Daly,
Reflection of   Delissa Pope               Candice R. Dunn
Conference      Phoenix Children's         Phoenix VA Health Care
Theme           Hospital                   System
                "The Graduate              "Registered Nurse
                Advancement Program in     Mentoring Program"
                Pediatrics (GAPP)"

                         Third Place

Practice        Mary Doyle
Innovation      Southern Arizona VA Health
                Care System
                "Mitigating Violence at the
                Bedside"

Practice        Kim Worlock,
Improvement     Angela Hemmen
                Banner Good Samaritan
                Medical Center
                "Sustaining Gains for Heart
                Failure"

Research        Jean Anderson
                Northern Arizona University
                "Sleep Apnea"

Evidence        Karen Siefert
Based           Mayo Clinic Hospital
Practice        " We're not Falling for That"

Best            Mary Ellen Walker, Lisa
Reflection of   Wayman, Kathy Werner
Conference      Banner Health
Theme           " A New Graduate RN
                Orientation Exchange
                Program"
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