Faculty at the UMKC School of Nursing spent the afternoon of Tuesday, November 27th discussing key issues currently impacting the field of nursing with Dr. Jane Kirschling, President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She identified strategies for moving forward in response to the recommended changes outlined in healthcare reform strategies. Topics discussed include issues impacting the nursing profession nationally, the evolving role of nurse educators, program changes in DNP programs nationwide, and curricular changes for meeting accreditation standards for the RN-BSN program. A key point made by Dr. Kirschling was that the SON’s RN-BSN program is exactly what is needed for addressing emerging requirements of the nursing profession, and in preparing future nurses to work in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Following a lively discussion, a reception was held for Dr. Kirschling and the afternoon’s participants.
Earlier that day, Dr. Kirschlng was a member of a National Panel that was assembled, representing Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Medicine to discuss the importance of interprofessional education and its potential impact on the changing face of health delivery in the United States.