ANCC's Upcoming National Magnet Conference™ Highlights: October 1-3, 2009 - Louisville, Kentucky

Mary Golway, MS, BSN, RN-BC


July 08, 2009

American Nurses Credentialing Center is the home of the Magnet Recognition Program® and sponsor of the only official National Magnet ConferenceTM. On an annual basis, more than 5000 attendees gather to experience the cultural “force” of excellence in patient care. These healthcare professionals assemble to share and learn about nursing excellence in clinical practice, leadership, and research. Through pre-conference, plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions; staff nurses, clinical practice leaders, researchers, and executives of Magnet-recognized organizations share their experiences in improving nursing practice. Additionally, the heart and soul of nursing are explored through art, film, and a variety of exhibits.

The Magnet® model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice and research in the future, as well as serving as a roadmap for organizations seeking to achieve Magnet recognition. The newest model, released in 2008, provides greater clarity and direction and aligns the 14 Forces of Magnetism with 5 overarching Model Components.

The 5 components of the new Magnet Model are:

  1. Transformational Leadership

  2. Structural Empowerment

  3. Exemplary Professional Practice

  4. New Knowledge, Innovation, & Improvements

  5. Empirical Quality Results

This new, simpler model challenges healthcare facilities and nurse leaders to have a greater focus on outcomes. This focus on outcomes is sometimes called the "so what" factor. Leaders in nursing and in healthcare are continually striving to improve processes and standards, and to put more efficient structures in place. To be recognized as a Magnet facility, an organization must also measure and document the outcomes of these changes. The ANCC National Magnet Conference brings together nurses and other healthcare workers from across the nation and around the globe to share and explore the "so what" of best practices for improved outcomes. Here are a few of the upcoming highlights for this year’s conference:

Creating a Future of Excellence

Attendees at the 2009 ANCC National Magnet ConferenceTM will hear the latest information on the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® directly from those who administer it. Karen Drenkard, The Director of the Magnet Recognition Program, members of the Commission on Magnet, and senior members of the ANCC staff will host an interactive session about this recognition program, and about the quest for nursing excellence. Participants will be able to ask questions and have them answered firsthand by those who know the program most intimately.

Pre-Conference Research Symposium

ANCC is excited to launch its first Research Symposium on September 30, 2009. The purpose of this symposium is to advance research topics aimed at understanding the impact of professional nursing practice environments in high-performing healthcare organizations on patient, workforce, and organizational outcomes. The symposium will provide a venue for researchers from various disciplines to share and discuss their latest research findings with colleagues and professionals in the healthcare community. This symposium, immediately preceding the Magnet Conference, will feature Margaret McClure, RN, EdD, FAAN, as the opening speaker. Dr. MCClure was one of 4 pioneers in the area of research to support Magnet. In 1983, she co-authored the landmark publication Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses. Researchers, as well as nurse executives, interdisciplinary health team members, and other clinicians are encouraged to attend.

Pre-conference Leadership Session

Also new in 2009, on September 30, 2009, ANCC will offer a pre-conference session aimed at helping nursing leaders in developing a professional practice model for their organization. Development of a professional practice model is one of the most challenging, yet critical aspects of becoming a Magnet-recognized organization. Once established and integrated into the culture of a healthcare organization, the professional practice model provides a framework for decision making and creates a “road map” for practice.

Participants at this session will learn the essential components of a professional practice model, understand how it differs from a care delivery model, and see the various applications within an organization. Representatives from organizations who have successfully implemented professional practice models will guide participants through the challenges and successes of taking on this endeavor.

Magnet Conference General Sessions

Managing Innovation: Tom Kelly, General Manager, IDEO
Participants will learn how to manage innovation from one of the most successful innovation practitioners. IDEO is an award-winning design and development firm, which developed the Apple mouse, the Palm V, and hundreds of other cutting edge products and services. IDEO was listed by Fast Company as number 5 in its 2008 list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Mr. Kelly is the author of 2 outstanding books, The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation.

Magnet® Prize Winner’s Presentation
At the 2008 National Magnet Conference, Abington Memorial Hospital received the 2008 Magnet prize for their innovative “Daily CARE Plan” program. Attendees at this exciting session will learn more about this program from Abington Memorial. They will also learn first-hand, the details of the yet-to-be-announced award-winning 2009 program.

Current and Future Trends in the Nursing Workforce: Peter Buerhaus. PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Buerhaus is a nurse, healthcare economist, and Distinguished Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Using the latest data available, Dr. Buerhaus will discuss the impact of the recession on the employment and earnings of registered nurses. He will also provide updated key demographic information showing how the composition of the nursing workforce is changing. The latest information about how RNs perceive the workforce and how health policy makers view the nursing profession will be presented, along with a discussion of the impact of the recession on the future supply of the RN workforce. Participants will learn recommendations for policy makers and healthcare organizations on how to strengthen the current and future RN workforce.

In Summary

In keeping with trends in conference innovation, ANCC will offer online access to conference recordings for all attendees. Through the Magnet Conference Live Learning Center, participants will be able to relive the Magnet experience whenever they want. Sessions will be captured as multimedia recreations with synchronized slides, handouts, and much more. Free online access to General Session recordings, posters, and sessions under the research track will be included with Magnet conference registration. Online access to sessions under the clinical practice and leadership tracks may be added to registrations for a nominal fee.

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