Minnesota Nursing magazine
Walking a little farther each day
We all know that health care is constantly changing and evolving. We also know that nursing plays a critical role in health care and the School of Nursing is in a strong position to lead its transformation.
Over the last several months, I have had been in conversation with alums and friends of the School of Nursing in Minnesota and other parts of the country.
While they sense that the health care crisis is real, they also have great confidence in the vision and leadership of our school. They are concerned that we have an aging population with increasingly complex conditions, an expanding menu of costly and invasive interventions, and growing disparities in health care access and quality that are driving costs up and quality down. However they have also shared that the School of Nursing has positioned itself to systemically address these challenges to health care. Even more, they know that no other school is as well positioned to prepare leaders, discover new knowledge and partner with communities to improve health locally, nationally and globally.
Let me share a few quotes from some of the people who, like you, are passionate about our mission:
“The school has looked outward to the community, nation and internationally to see where the needs are—both current and future—to determine what role it can play in creating a better world.” Barb Balik, MSN ’79
“The U of M does an outstanding job of preparing nurses. We could hire all their nursing graduates each year. Nurses with more education tend to ask ‘Why are we doing it this way?’ and ‘How can we do this more efficiently and effectively?’ These are the nurses we want to hire. They want to get involved in improving the patient experience, quality and outcomes.” Travis Maher, MSM, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
At the end of the day, our mission is all about serving people through our faculty, staff and students. One of those people is Joyce Meyer from Cyrus, Minnesota, who lives with a disease that the School of Nursing has helped her understand and treat. Joyce is a participant in the School of Nursing’s effort to partner with health centers in greater Minnesota to improve outcomes for patients with peripheral artery disease, which affects one in five Americans over the age of 70 and makes it painful to walk. Joyce has learned a lot from the school and is doing her part to improve her health. Because of the vision and leadership of our School of Nursing and the students, staff, faculty and research that we produce, she can say, “I’m now able to walk a little farther each day.” There are so many ways to measure the impact of our school’s vision and leadership. Helping Joyce improve her health and live independently is one that we can take pride in!