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Helping nurses gain knowledge about leadership and professional practice issues is the focus for the annual Wyoming Nursing Summit and the Wyoming Nurses Association (WNA) convention Sept. 13-15 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn.
“Future of Nursing in Wyoming” is the theme of the conference, sponsored by the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at UW and the WNA. The association is for registered nurses in Wyoming, and it advocates for a healthier Wyoming.
Dr. Peter Buerhaus, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will give the keynote address from 9-10:30 a.m. He will discuss “Overall Supply of RNs in the Workforce.”
He will lead a discussion of the near- and long-term outlook for registered nurses in the workforce. His presentation will include key demographic and employment trends; discussion of the impact of the recession on the nurse labor market; and how employment growth may change in the near term through 2015.
Through discussion of the latest forecasts of the future age and supply of the registered nurse workforce, Buerhaus will provide new data on why the longer-term forecasts are improving chances for an actual growth in the profession the next two decades. He will provide results of studies assessing the contributions of nurse practitioners providing primary care.
Among other notable speakers will be Mary Lou Brunell, executive director of the Florida Center for Nursing in Orlando; Carol Dozier, Laramie’s Ivinson Memorial Hospital president and chief executive officer (CEO); and Karen Kowalski, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence president and CEO, from Denver.
Brunell will discuss “National Nursing Workforce Minimum Datasets,” which focuses on nursing supply, demand and education programs, from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
“Transformations in the Healthcare Industry” is the topic of Dozier’s presentation from 1:30-2:30 p.m. the same day.
Kowalski is the summit’s final speaker Saturday, Sept. 15. She will discuss “Experience and Efforts to Build, Maintain and Retain the Nursing Workforce in Colorado” at 9 a.m.
Other topics presented during the three-day WNA convention are legislative and Wyoming nursing workforce updates; information about the Wyoming Center for Nursing and health care partnerships; and a panel discussion about nurses’ roles in post-health-care reform changes.
A dinner banquet and awards ceremony is scheduled at the historic Ivinson Mansion in the Alice Hardie Stevens Center at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
For a complete convention agenda, visit the WNA website at http://www.wyonurse.org/displayconvention.cfm.