The American Academy of Nursing, which serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice, held its annual conference on the topic of “Transforming Health, Driving Policy” from Oct. 15-17 in Washington, D.C. Orbis was proud to be one of the major sponsors of the conference and had three attendees at the event, including company founder Dan Briggs.
The Academy’s more than 2,200 members, known as Fellows, are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education management, practice and research. Fellows include association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; researchers; and entrepreneurs. Conference sessions focused on influencing national health policy, with topics ranging from building a “culture of health” in the U.S. to managing care transitions and new payment systems. The highlight of the event was Saturday evening’s formal gala honoring the 168 newly inducted Fellows and their impressive research.
The Academy’s new president, whose term commenced at the close of the conference, is Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA, FAAN. Dr. Berkowitz is Dean and Professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing and is also a member of the Orbis Advisory Board.
“Members of the Academy represent the very top of the nursing field,” said Briggs. “It’s an honor for us to sponsor and attend the conference, and we applaud the Academy’s efforts to drive positive change in health policy.”