Health-care leader Donna E. Shalala to speak at UNC

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 in Health and Medicine

Donna E. Shalala, Ph.D., president of the University of Miami, will speak about how nurses can help meet the increasing need for more health-care providers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sept. 11.

Donna E. Shalala, Ph.D., president of the University of Miami, will speak about how nurses can help meet the increasing need for more health-care providers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sept. 11.  

Her talk, “Practicing to the Full Extent of One’s Education: Implications for Providers, Diversity and the People of North Carolina,” is the 2012-13 School of Nursing Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar lecture. This free public event will be held at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center at 3:30 p.m., with a reception following the presentation.

Shalala, who served for eight years as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, chaired the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, which published the landmark report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The report recommended the development of a nursing workforce whose members are well educated and prepared to practice to the fullest extent of their training.

“Unnecessary restrictions on nursing practice, particularly for advanced practice nurses, limit access to care, especially in rural areas where there is a need for more health-care providers,” said School of Nursing Associate Professor Debra J. Barksdale, Ph.D., a family nurse practitioner. “The aim should be to educate a nursing workforce that reflects the diversity of North Carolina and is prepared to provide cost-effective, quality health care.”

The Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture series brings outstanding specialists, educators, clinical researchers and directors to Carolina for discussion of timely nursing matters affecting ethnic and minority populations.

Event information: http://go.unc.edu/Lm3y7

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report: http://go.unc.edu/Ek47N

School of Nursing contact: Nancy Lamontagne, (919) 617-1330, nlamont@email.unc.edu

News Services contact: Thania Benios, (919) 962-8596, thania_benios@unc.edu