175353 Public Health Nursing Summit: Connecting Illinois' Population-focused Nursing Workforce

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:30 PM

Kathleen A. Baldwin, PhD RN , College of Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago, Peoria, IL
Connie Ellis-Ament, MS, BSN, RN , IL Dept. of Human Services (ret), Sugar Grove, IL
Jan Weber, MSN RN CNAA BC , McLean County Health Department, Bloomington, IL
Donna M. Greer, BS , College of Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago, Peoria, IL
Wanda Aberle, MS RN , Peoria County/City Health Department, Peoria, IL
Nancy W. DeVilder, MS RN , College of Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago, Moline, IL
Cathy Coverston-Anderson, BSN, MS , McLean County Health Department, Bloomington, IL
Margaret Beaman, PhD, RN-BC , Department of Nursing, California State University, Palm Desert, CA
Patricia Donald, PScN, MS, RN , Community Health Services, Lake County Health Department, Waukegan, IL
Linda Gibbons, RN, MSN, IL/NCSN , School Nurse Certification and Health Education Programs, National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL
Geraldine Gorman, RN, PhD , College of Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Public Health, Mental Health and Administration, Chicago, IL
Pamela Grubman, RN, BSN , Menard Correctional Center/MSU, Illinois Department of Corrections, Menard, IL
Margie Harris, RN, MPH, CHES , Logan County Health Department, Lincoln, IL
Patricia R. Lewis, PhD RN , College of Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ellen Pyrek, RN BNS COHN , ADP Medical Dept., Hoffman Estates, IL
Cathie Reynolds, MSN, RN , Coles County Health Department, Charleston, IL
Cheryl Schraeder, RN, PhD, FAAN , Regional Nursing Program-Urbana, University of Illinois-Chicago, Urbana, IL
In the past few decades, Illinois has lacked a strong, unified voice for public health nursing. This lack has contributed to feelings of limited visibility and problems with recruitment and retention of staff. Today one step at a time, we are working towards finding that voice. This paper describes the development of and accomplishments associated with the Illinois Public Health Nursing Summit. Borne from a joint brainstorming session that included state public health association nursing section members and a funded collaboration of leaders in practice and education, this group's planning committee includes nurses from local health departments, schools, corrections, occupational health, parishes, and academia, and represents a collaborative in every sense of the word: sharing of power, resources, and knowledge while promoting a camaraderie of respect and recognition of the distinct voice that each sub-specialty brings to the public health nurse profession. The Summit's overall accomplishment is that it helped Public Health Nurses to recognize PHN work in diverse backgrounds within their communities in order to partner/collaborate at the local level. Other accomplishments to date include successfully planning (entirely through conference calling) the first summit, exceeding the projected attendance goal by threefold (N = 160), drawing attendees from diverse work backgrounds and state geographic areas, obtaining sponsorship from several state organizations, and identifying priority practice areas on which attendees wish more research evidence brought to bear. Five evidence-based practice initiatives consisting of PHN summit attendees and others have begun around these topics. The Summit serves to help unify us through a common language and purpose, while providing guidance for practice interventions and developing preceptors knowledgeable in both the content and process of EB PHN practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the importance of a Public Health Nurse within their unique sub-specialty. 2. Articulate the evidence-based practice issues that PHN's from all sub-specialities think is important to address. 3. Identify the factors needed to produce a successful collaborative effort between public health nurses.

Keywords: Public Health, Nurses

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am involved on the summit planning committee which is what this abstract entails and I have been a presenter on different abstracts for many years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.