RCNA’s inaugural Nursing Summit provided a unique forum for nurses to assemble and critique some of the long term challenges confronting the nursing profession and its role in Australia’s health care system now and into the future.
Summit delegates were welcomed by RCNA President Associate Professor Stephanie Fox-Young FRCNA and Chief Executive Officer Debra Cerasa FRCNA and were addressed by opening keynote speaker The Hon. Nicola Roxon MP.
Dr Heather Wellington, consultant for DLA Phillips Fox Lawyers, and the Acting Aged Care Commissioner Adjunct Professor John Kelly AM FRCNA also delivered keynote speeches that inspired thought and dialogue.
Over the duration of the two-day event, nursing participants from around the country were encouraged to openly and candidly debate key health care issues from a variety of nursing perspectives during both large panel discussions and small group think tank sessions.
Three key themes were introduced to generate targeted discussion that could lead to future action within the profession:
• Nurses worldwide can make a difference to policy decisions
• Nurses influencing health service delivery through clinical innovation
• Nursing – an essential commodity.
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