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Nursing Times launches Directors’ Congress

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The chief nursing officer for New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital in the US is to deliver the keynote speech at the first Nursing Times Directors’ Congress next month.

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Carol Porter, who is also the organisation’s vice-president, will talk about her experience in achieving and sustaining “Magnet” status for excellence and innovation in nursing practice.

Created by the team who deliver the successful Deputies’ Congress each year, the first-ever Nursing Times Directors’ Congress for chief nurses and directors of nurses will offer a space to discuss the thorny issues that are challenging these senior nurses and the organisations they work for.

Ms Porter, named one of America’s transformational nurse leaders, will explain how she has steered her organisation through challenging times and has developed the Mount Sinai experience to deliver quality care to all patients.

She will talk about how to develop a positive practice environment where nurses and management work together to improve the patient experience, quality outcomes and operational efficiency, the importance of being a credible, visible leader that can be a powerful tool for change, and developing supportive relationships with executive leadership and key board members.

Ms Porter will also speak about how nurses can develop their own personal resilience, help present the business case for nurse research, professional practice and education – and how to keep these items high up the agenda in times of austerity.

This session will be followed up by a facilitated discussion with delegates around the case for “Magnet” recognition in the UK.

The Magnet Recognition Program is a voluntary certification programme, overseen by the American Nurses Association, which recognises hospitals for their nursing excellence and practice innovation.

As a chief nursing officer of a “Magnet” nursing department that achieved and has maintained the status since 2004, Ms Porter will discuss her experience including the challenges and rewards.

She will then lead a debate with nursing colleagues in the UK to discuss how the programme could fit within UK nursing structures and hospitals.

Other sessions at the conference will cover handling CQC inspections, managing workforce shortage challenges and driving efficiencies while delivering quality care.

Open to both private and public sector organisations that provide care in the acute and care home sectors this two-day conference in Brighton on 21 to 22 October boasts high-profile speakers such as chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Jackie Smith to discuss revalidation, Lord Willis who will speak on recruiting and retaining the nursing workforce, and Jill Maben of King’s College London and Jane Ball of the National Nursing Research Unit who will debate safe staffing levels.

Chief nurses including Janice Sigsworth from Imperial College Healthcare Trust, Janice Stevens, interim chief nurse at Barts Health Trust, and Monitor’s new chief nurse Ruth May will begin the congress by defining the role of the nursing director in modern healthcare.

For more information and to book your places, see www.nursingdirectorscongress.nursingtimes.net. NHS staff attend for free.

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