AMSN CEO Terri Hinkley Speaks at Future of Nursing Town Hall, Philadelphia
REMARKS OF TERRI HINKLEY, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN
CEO, ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSES
MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING CERTIFICATION BOARD
ON MEETING OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE
FUTURE OF NURSING 2020-2030 TOWN HALL
Health Care Workforce, Quality and Patient Safety, Select Populations and Health Equity
JULY 24, 2019, PHILADELPHIA PA
I’m Dr. Terri Hinkley, CEO of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board.
We are proud to support and engage this process. As care delivery changes, so too does our med-surg nursing profession.
At this project’s first hearing in Washington, our immediate past president said to focus on disparities in health care and health, transforming payment to address social determinants, and engaging nurses in information technology innovation. In Chicago, our legislative team chair said to diversify nursing, the industry needed to start in elementary schools and must engage diverse communities.
I’d like to raise an additional priority: the health, wellness, and safety of nurses. To achieve a culture of health in America, we must embed wellness everywhere health care is taught and delivered.
We know why. Burnout and injury drive nurses out. The health of nurses affects patient care, as does the presence, or absence, of mutual professional respect.
But there’s no evidence it builds wellness into our profession or our industry from the beginning.
A better approach is more difficult because it depends on everyone playing a role: Policy, industry, education, and leadership must embed nurse wellness and safety into their standards, into their education and training, and into their systems for certification, evaluation and quality.
Already important exemplars exist, such as AMSN’s PRISM recognition program.
The National Academy of Medicine can significantly advance a culture of health in America if it prioritizes development and implementation of a culture of health for nurses from the beginning.