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Transformational leadership in public health and health systems

Pamela A. Kulbok, DNSc, RN, Doris Glick, PhD, RN, Bonnie Jerome-D'Emilia, PhD, MPH, RN, and Kathleen Cox, PhD, RN. School of Nursing, Unviersity of Virginia, P.O. Box 800782, Charlottesville, VA 22908, (434) 924-0128, pk6c@virginia.edu

The need for nursing leaders in healthcare is acute as the workforce adjusts to: a continued nursing shortage; the global health threat of worldwide pandemics; the tension between terrorism and manmade disasters and the need to respond to massive natural disasters; growing health disparities and increasing concerns about violations of human rights; expansion of scientific knowledge; and the shrinking of the nation's healthcare budget. The need for transformational leaders, who can successfully manage the change and complexity of today's healthcare, while integrating the competencies of community/public health nursing and health systems management into daily practice, is a major challenge for nursing education. In this presentation, we will describe a model of transformational leadership in public health and health systems designed to empower community/public health nursing and health systems management graduates to become change agents, to reduce health care barriers and disparities, and to assure quality and improved systems of care. The model components include: recruitment and outreach to rural and underserved communities, and minority students; education emphasizing core public health and cultural competencies, nursing administration competencies, global human rights, crisis management and emergency preparedness, and inter-professional partnerships; outcomes including improved health outcomes, wellness and program policies; research strategies including community mapping, data based decision making, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement; and practice through implementation of core public health and administrative functions, preceptor development, and public-private partnerships. National and regional workforce data and background information will be provided to substantiate need for nursing leaders that have the skills to bring about transformational change in public health and health systems. Case study exemplars will be provided to demonstrate the application of the model in the graduate program specialty tracks of community/public health nursing and health systems management in a public university in central Virginia. Implications of the transformational leadership model for education, practice and research in public health and health systems will be addressed.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to

Keywords: Education, Public Health Nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

[ Recorded presentation ] Recorded presentation

Public Health Nursing Education

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA