AAMN National Conference Discusses Diversity, Future of Nursing

AAMN National Conference Discusses Diversity, Future of Nursing

There are multiple learning opportunities and support communities around the country for people interested in pursuing a career in nursing. One of them is the national conference of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN), which was held Oct. 23-25 this year at the Hilton Newark in Elizabeth, N.J.

The event, themed "Men in Nursing: Guided by the Past, Based in the Present, and Unfolding Our Future," celebrated the growth of men in the nursing profession and discussed prominent concerns in the health care industry. Participants attended seminars that taught leadership strategies and workshops featuring best practices for specialized professionals. 

Notable Speakers address prevalent issues
Although AAMN might lead people to think that it is primarily focused on men in the nursing profession, the national conference invites everyone to participate. According to AAMN staff member Phyllis Hansell, a registered nurse and dean of Seton Hall University's College of Nursing, the event is growing each year.

"This conference attracts nurses of both genders from all over the U.S. and Canada," Hansell told Nurse.com.

Hansell was there at the opening ceremony, welcoming 160 nurse administrators, nursing students, educators and clinicians to the 38th annual gathering. She was accompanied by dozens of leaders in the nursing profession, including Michael Bleisch from Barnes Jewish College's Goldfarb's School of Nursing, who spoke about the importance of the voice of the younger generation of nurses being heard.

As the health care industry experiences what Bleisch called, "a revolutionary period," more nurses should be encouraged to be a part of the changing system. He urged the assembly to be active in their patients' health care and leave the days of merely responding to illnesses in the past. Bleisch's message was echoed by Linda Bolton, director of nursing research and development at Cedars-Sinai Health System & Research Institute in Los Angeles. She called attention to the importance of nurse practitioners and how they take care of people where they work, play and live.

AAMN conference goals
Primarily, AAMN seeks to increase awareness of gender-related issues that might affect male nursing students. The conference also focuses on recruitment and how communities can improve nursing education programs throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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