NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Oct.11, 2012) – The Hospital for Special Care Foundation  is hosting its 4th annual Dr. Marie S. Gustin Nursing Excellence Conference entitled, “The 21st Century Nurse: Thriving in a Reformed Health System” on Friday, November 30, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center-Alumni Hall at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The hospital’s partners in this annual lecture are The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University.
Dr. Marie Gustin is a distinguished educator, psychologist and former Superintendent of Schools for the Consolidated School District of New Britain. She endowed this lecture series through a major gift to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation in 2008. In making her gift, Dr. Gustin honored the memory of her parents, Susie and Charles Gustin, who in her words, “walked the path of life with courage and dignity, high principles and the spirit of generosity.” A former trustee of Hospital for Special Care, Dr. Gustin continues to serve in numerous leadership capacities within the Greater Hartford Region and beyond.
The 2012 Nursing Excellence Conference will feature a nationally-known nursing expert on the subject of Leadership and Nursing Excellence. Tim Porter O-Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, will be the speaker at this year’s event. Participants of the program will emerge with a new vision for professional nursing. This includes understanding the need for a value-driven accountability, commitment to evidenced based-quality, innovation and creativity as a way of life. In all of this change, the nurse holds a key role in the transformation and reformation of future healthcare practice.
Dr. Porter-O’Grady serves as senior partner of an international healthcare consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. His company provides consultative services for hospitals, community and healthcare services in the midst of major clinical service transformation and restructuring. He also serves in various academic roles including professor and leadership scholar at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Widely published in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Porter-O’Grady is also the author of 21 books. He has held leadership roles in professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing,
The conference will be of interest to staff nurses, charge nurses, managers, educators, administrators and other healthcare leaders. At the completion of this program, attendees will receive nursing educational contact hours through the Connecticut Nurses Association.
For more information on the conference, including obtaining the conference brochure, please call 860.827.1958 x5792 or visit http://hfsc.org/newsroom/calendar.