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Message from KLN President, Dr. LuAnn Reed

 

April 1, 2022

Greeting KLN Members,

 

In recognition of the essential role of nursing education during the pandemic, and in celebration of its historic and continuing inspiration to nurses everywhere, the National League for Nursing has announced 2022 the Year of the Nurse Educator. We were encouraged to "join more than 1600 nurse educators in recommitting to nursing 

education by taking the NLN Leadership Pledge. Help promote excellence in nursing education to build a stronger and more diverse nursing workforce that advances the health of our nation and the global community.

 

As a nurse educator, I pledge to act as a positive mentor, coach, and role model to my students, and be a positive influence on my fellow educators and organizations. I commit to maintaining and elevating the standard of nursing education by using the NLN Core Values—Caring, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence—in all that I do. I also commit to preparing and equipping my students with the best skills and knowledge to help them successfully transition into practice to deliver quality patient care and improve patient outcomes.”

There have been numerous challenges that we as nurse educators have had to face. The Covid-19 epidemic has forced many unexpected changes on how nursing education has been delivered to best prepare students for a practice-based profession. Opportunities for on-site nursing student clinical experiences have decreased. Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) is just around the corner. Students are stressed. Faculty are stressed. Incivility is spiking. The hospitals are stressed. The nurses providing care to our patients are stressed. Need I go on?

As though we aren’t stressed enough with all of that, now we have the RaDonda Vaught case.  I have sat and read so many comments about it.

AACN's Statement on the Conviction of RaDonda Vaught, “On March 25, former Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurse RaDonda Vaught was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and impaired adult abuse due to a 2017 medication error that resulted in a patient’s death. This conviction sets a dangerous precedent that puts patient safety at risk for years to come.

Decades of safety research, including the Institute of Medicine’s pioneering report To Err Is Human, has demonstrated that a punitive approach to healthcare errors drives problems into the shadows and decreases patient safety. In addition, catastrophic errors are often the result of many factors, and the ability to safely report errors allows for root cause analysis and correction of systemic problems. Vaught immediately reported her error to her supervisors and took responsibility for her actions. This criminal prosecution and verdict will negatively impact the timely and honest reporting of errors. In addition, this case has further demoralized an already exhausted and overworked nursing workforce in the face of existing nurse staffing shortages.”

As a nurse of 35 years, an educator for 9 of those years, I have to stop and look back at my career.  I have always supported and to this day teach reporting healthcare errors and then I hear she reported it, she took responsibility and now this………….

 

On a brighter note, I look forward to seeing everyone in May for our annual conference in Louisville. We have a great line up of speakers and presentations.  If you have not sent in your registration, you still have time. There are scholarships available. We have a couple of board of director positions available.

Yours,

Dr. Reed

President