211649 Emerging Leaders in public health nursing: Mentorship and graduate programs

Monday, November 9, 2009

Debra Gay Anderson, RN, PhD , College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Sarah E. Kelly, RN, PhD , School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Amanda T. Fallin, MSN, RN , College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Rita Lourie , Consultant, New York, NY
Background and Issue: The need for public health nurse leaders is greater now than ever before. There are many public health issues that face our nation and our world, some are the ones that PHNs have addressed for many years, and others are emerging concerns that affect health locally and globally. To effectively meet the health needs of these large populations, we must equip a PHN workforce with leadership skills that will enable them to make a difference. Listening to young people describe their goals for the future, one quickly recognizes their desire to make a positive impact on society. However, a mentoring gap for young women has been identified by Marci McDonald (2003). This gap is not limited to women, nor is it limited to the business world, McDonald's population. Rather, we can extrapolate McDonald's findings to the PHN workforce.

Description: This roundtable discussion will provide the opportunity for PHN students and new graduates to communicate their needs related to mentorship as well as to connect the attendees with potential PHN leaders who might serve as their mentors for career and educational guidance. We recognize that we learn from one another, thus both the experienced leader and the novice PHN will gain knowledge from this process.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the value of mentoring relationships for both the experienced leader and the novice PHN. 2. Evaluate the need for the DNP or other graduate degree in the preparation of PHN leaders.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be a presenter on the content that I am responsible for because I have experience with mentoring relationships and leadership roles.
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.