Date: February 21, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 Pm (ET)
Listen to two nurse leaders on the importance of nursing advocacy and how attendance at AACN’s 2013 Student Policy Summit will expand participants’ roles as advocates. AACN President Dr. Jane Kirschling will discuss how students planning to attend the 2013 Summit can prepare for their experience and why developing the next generation of nursing advocates is critical to the profession. Dr. Ridenour will discuss her advocacy work and her experience as a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. The speakers will provide insight into the nurse advocacy role and how a career in policy and advocacy works to advance the health of the nation.
Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Jane M. Kirschling was appointed dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and director of interprofessional education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in January 2013. She previously held administrative and faculty positions at the University of Kentucky, University of Southern Maine, University of Rochester, and Oregon Health & Science University. At the national level, Dean Kirschling has served on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors since 2004, and began a two-year term as president in 2012. She also founded the Kentucky Nursing Capacity Consortium and co-convened Kentucky’s Action Coalition, which is working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 recommendations on the “Future of Nursing.” Additionally, Dean Kirschling serves on the Maryland Action Coalition as an executive committee member. She was co-recipient of the Kentucky Nurses Association’s Nurse of the Year Award in 2010 and received the Kentucky Nurse Practitioner Advocate of the Year in 2011. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellows Program (2000-2003) and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2009. Dean Kirschling received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI, and her Master of Science in Nursing and PhD degrees from the Indiana University School of Nursing.
Nancy Ridenour, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Dr. Nancy Ridenour is Dean and Professor of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow for the 2007-2008 cycle. Under her fellowship, she worked with the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where she served as a policy analyst on a multitude of Medicare issues including hospital acquired infections, the use of Health Information Technology, quality outcomes in long-term care, funding for primary care, and chronic care coordination. Dr. Ridenour has held leadership positions within the American Nurses Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Public Health Association, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, a primary care policy fellowship from the U.S. Public Health Service, and induction into the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Ridenour received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Colorado. She received her doctorate at Texas Tech University.
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