On Thursday, October 22, 2009, Donna Shalala and Sue Hassmiller were featured guests on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s online radio program WIHI. The record-breaking audience of more than 1,500 people listened to the interview that focused on the goals of the Initiative committee, as well as nursing models, nursing education and team collaboration among health care professionals.
Throughout the segment, Shalala and Hassmiller stressed the need to give nurses a voice in the redesign of health care. To help implement reform nurses will be needed to be allowed to practice at the extent they are educated. This increase in the scope of practice can help reorganize primary care to create a seamless system of care that will put nurses in the middle of delivering quality sustainable patient care.
The panel also emphasized the need to transform nursing education to help nurses deliver more quality care more consistently. Shalala and Hassmiller suggested standardizing curriculum for nursing programs and clinical mentoring between experienced and novice nurses.To listen to the interview in its entirety or access resources discussed by the panelists go to the IHI Web site.