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Internationally-Known Nurse Researcher and Sociologist Keynotes Greensboro Conference

Linda Aiken

The Second Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium: The Link to the Future of Healthcare was held October 18 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

This statewide educational activity initiative, which was co-provided by Greensboro AHEC and Cone Health, welcomed international nurse researcher and sociologist Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, as keynote speaker. More than 20 years ago, Aiken’s research played a key role in launching Magnet as an internationally sought-after nursing accreditation and set the bar for quality care in hospitals and health systems. In her continued work, she has provided hundreds of studies that have advanced nursing in its scope of practice.

Aiken’s remarks highlighted that health care reform has allowed quality patient care to be the center of the discussion throughout the U.S. She also shared that the future successful model of care will be flexible to the needs of the patients, delivered at the best price, while getting the best patient outcomes. 

This year’s symposium attracted more than 350 participants from across North Carolina. Carolinas HealthCare System was a major sponsor with additional support from Mission Hospital, Vidant Medical Center and WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Chief nursing officers from four hospitals, along with leading nurse researchers, nurse administrative leaders and college nursing faculty attended¬†from across North Carolina. This was a significant collaborative partnership among North Carolina health systems.

Each region provided best research and evidence-based practice models that were featured throughout the day with concurrent sessions and 49 poster presenters. There was something for everyone, with diverse attendance from the bedside nurse to senior leadership health care executives all participating. The generation of nursing knowledge through research will promote the innovations of the health care professional’s role, influence and implications for practice in the advancement of health care delivery.