Minnesota Nursing magazine

Raising our voices for health

Dean Connie White DelaneyDear Friends,

Consider our collective impact when 3 million nurses speak with one voice to transcend challenges together. Through research, education and service, we can strategically expand our influence on social and environmental issues that can profoundly impact health. The key is to recognize and seize opportunities to unite around common principles.

A recent example of leveraging our role as a force for good was the American Academy of Nursing’s call for Congress to launch a bipartisan National Commission on Mass Shootings. Nearly 100 organizations have since signed onto this statement.
The nursing perspective is both powerful and credible in advancing the cause of social justice, health equity, scientific discovery and education for health professionals around the world.

On these Minnesota Nursing pages, you will learn about an intervention study to halt the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next within the Karen refugee population from Burma.

In this issue we also invite you to discover two School of Nursing initiatives to enhance health education. Our cover story is about a program that pairs our pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist students with a child with complex health needs and their family for a semester. This low-tech, high-touch experience gives our students a deeper patient-centric and family perspective on living with a child with special health care needs and navigating care through multiple providers and systems. Not all of the skills it takes to be an advanced practice nurse can be taught online.

You will read about our new learning partnership with colleagues in Afghanistan, which enables us to share new evidence, practice protocols and educational resources to advance health education in Kabul.

And here we interview national ethics leader and double alumna Martha Turner about her experience updating the Nursing Code of Ethics for the American Nurses Association in 2015.

Recently four national nursing organizations publicly reaffirmed nursing’s professional obligation to serve all patients regardless of our differences by issuing a proclamation on nursing civility. This bold action reminds us why nursing is the most trusted profession in the nation. Our school affirmed the proclamation, reminding us that we all share the responsibility to create environments that are healthy and safe for everyone.

Let us raise our collective voices for health.

Connie White Delaney
Professor and Dean