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2013 Programs

Friday, April 19 | 8:30 a.m. - NOON | School of Nursing Auditorium
KUMC Nursing Students: Battenfeld Auditorium 
This event is by invitation only

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4) Participant List (PDF)

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5)  Lessons from Legends - Part I

6) Lessons from Legends - Part II


Lessons from Legends: Power, Policy & Practice

Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAANAda Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, Maryland

Sponsored by Mary Anne Eisenbise as part of the Eisenbise Executive Development Series

We are delighted to welcome a most distinguished alumni of the University of Kansas School of Nursing and Kansas native, Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, to share leadership lessons and some specific recommendations for the future of nursing from her legendary career.

Effective use of power, policy and practice is a requirement for nurses in our radical shifting healthcare environment. Dr. Hinshaw will skillfully discuss this turbulent atmosphere and point us toward practice changes that will assure that nursing thrives through advancement and integration of nursing research in healthcare policy decision-making. In particular, Dr. Hinshaw will challenge participants to assure patient safety and the provision of high-quality of care through change processes that integrate research and policy at the point of care based on her own leadership career.

Dr. Hinshaw, as the first permanent director of the National Center of Nursing Research, led the Institute in its support of valuable research and research training in many areas of nursing care, including disease prevention, health promotion, acute and chronic illness and the environments that enhance nursing patient-care outcomes. She has conducted nursing research focusing on quality care, patient outcomes, measurement of such outcomes, and building positive work environments for nurses while ensuring patient safety. In addition, Dr. Hinshaw has served on many scientific advisory committees and task forces, is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and its Governing Council, and was vice chair of the IOM's report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment for Nurses. 

Active in health policy, Dr. Hinshaw was president of the American Academy of Nursing (1991 to 2001), held a seat on the Governing Council for the Institute of Medicine (1999 to 2002), was vice-chair of the (2002 to 2003) study panel for Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment for Nurses (2004) and served as AAN/ANF/IOM Scholar-in-Residence (2006 to 2007).

Her many awards received include the Midwest Nursing Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Health Leader of the Year Award from the United States Public Health Service, the Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Nursing Research from Sigma Theta Tau, and Distinguished Leader Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Nurse Scientist of the Year Award from the American Nurses Association, Council of Nurse Researchers, the Walt McDermott Excellence in Service Award from the IOM, the Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Honorary Fellowship for Public Policy Award from the New York Academy of Medicine. She was also honored with the Policy Luminary Award from the AACN Government Affairs Committee (GAC), which grants this award to an outstanding nursing leader whose work in public policy has made a lasting impact on the nursing profession.

Additionally, in November 2012, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) recognized Dr. Hinshaw with the Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy. The Academy addresses the health challenges facing the world's urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, education, community engagement and innovative research. When presenting the award, Dr. Terry Fulmer, NYAM Trustee and Dean of the New York University College of Nursing, cited Hinshaw's role in "transforming the understanding of factors facing nurses in their work environments that have an effect on patient safety and nursing quality," as key to this recognition.

Dr. Hinshaw received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science in nursing from Yale University, and a PhD and MA in sociology from the University of Arizona. She is the recipient of 13 honorary doctoral degrees.

Last modified: Jul 18, 2013