Strengthening the Psychiatric Mental Health Workforce: Practice, Education and Policy Considerations
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) hosted the inaugural Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit on September 28, 2016 in Omaha.
The conference, brought together more than 90 leaders from academia, the clinical setting and state government to understand the current landscape of the psychiatric nursing workforce in Nebraska and identify opportunities, innovations and solutions for growth.
Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, welcomed attendees to the event and was a key member of the planning committee.
"I am confident this important summit will stimulate new thinking about opportunities to expand the nursing workforce to provide the behavioral health care so vitally needed in today's world," said Dean Sebastian.
The keynote presenter and a leader in psychiatric nursing, Gail Stuart, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, presented a number of solutions to address workforce challenges, which were discussed in depth among breakout groups to further identify and develop strategies that could make an impact.
"Developing Nebraska's psychiatric nursing workforce is of critical importance in our state, and BHECN has made a three-year commitment to host this annual summit," said BHECN Director Howard Liu, M.D.
View 2016 Summit Presentations:
Sheri Dawson, RN, Director, Division of Behavioral Health,
Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services
Mary Kunes-Connell, PhD, RN, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor,
Suzanne Goetz, Ph.D., RN, CCS-P, CHI Health Good Samaritan
Richard Young Hospital, Kearney, NE
Mary Cramer, RN, PhD, APHN-BC, Professor, UNMC College of Nursing
Gail Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Medical University of South Carolina
Hugo Gonzalez, M.D., CHI Health Good Samaritan Richard Young Hospital, Kearney
Marilyn Rhoten, CHI Health, Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health
Brigette Vaughan, APRN, UNMC Department of Psychiatry
Moderator: Terri Khan, APRN, UNMC Department of Psychiatry