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11.14.2013

UM Empowers Nurses at Statewide Summit

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies and University of Miami Hospital co-hosted the South Florida Satellite Center of the Florida Blue Foundation and Florida Action Coalition’s 2013 Statewide Nursing Summit at UMH. University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala delivered the summit’s keynote address via simulcast from the main location at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

“I can think of no better time to be a nurse,” President Shalala said. “To take a large step in social policy, you need consensus, and nurses are the key to this process. We are entering the golden age of nursing.”

School of Nursing and Health Studies Dean Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dr.PH., RN, opened the South Florida session with encouraging words for established, mid-career and budding healthcare professionals. “Your presence here indicates your interest in equipping yourself with the tools and the knowledge to succeed in your chosen healthcare profession and in caring for patients and families,” she said. “The people in this room today will have a voice in the future of nursing in Florida.”

The purpose of the November 14-15 summit was to empower nurses and other healthcare professionals from varied settings with the information and contacts needed for them to succeed in their careers and in caring for patients.

The summit was filled with networking and learning opportunities, live panels with distinguished guest speakers, and various workshops showcasing the best practices and innovations in Florida’s nursing care delivery. Invitees represented a wide array of the healthcare disciplines, including nurse educators, researchers, administrators, bedside care providers, physicians, psychologists, students and others in health-related fields.

“Nurses are full partners with physicians and other health professionals,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine. “In the new era of healthcare in the U.S., we will find them even more indispensable than ever before.”

“Despite the degree of uncertainty that exists about the future of healthcare, this summit is exactly what healthcare thought leaders should be doing,” said event co-host David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, Chief Operating Officer of UMH, who delivered opening remarks on the second day of the summit.

“The inter-professional collaboration between higher education, healthcare organizations, clinicians, and providers is the only way we will be able to develop the next generation of clinicians and leaders, and care for our community in meaningful and sustainable ways,” said Zambrana. “I am thrilled to partner with the UM SONHS in hosting the South Florida Satellite Center of the summit.”

Other satellite centers for the 2013 Nursing Summit included Florida State University in Tallahassee, University of South Florida in Tampa and Pensacola State College.

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