Thursday, May 15, 2008

Newt Gingrich Speaks In Atlanta On “The 21st Century Nurse”

In recognition of National Nurses Week, Newt Gingrich spoke to more than 75 Piedmont Hospital nurses on “The 21st Century Nurse” on May 7. He focused on transformational leadership and the future role of nursing and followed the speech with questions and answers.

“Piedmont not only seeks innovative ideas for transforming our healthcare system it also implements solutions to benefit its employees, its patients and the community as a whole,” said Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation and former Speaker of the House.

Prior to his talk, Gingrich went on rounds on nursing units at Piedmont Hospital, including an intensive care unit, the Waters Pavilion, an acute care unit, and the “command center” of the hospital—bed control. The tour was an opportunity for him to see the technology at the bedside - both medical administration and documentation - diabetes care, and tracking technology.

“Having Mr. Gingrich here was inspiring for our nurses. His immense leadership experience is something we can all learn from,” said Connie Whittington, MSN, RN, ONC, vice president of Piedmont Hospital Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. “As a strong proponent for bettering the healthcare system, he encouraged nurses to take a more active role in facing the unique challenges of the 21st century.”

Newt Gingrich founded the Center for Health Transformation in 2003 to promote change in healthcare systems, provide more and better healthcare choices at a lower cost and to implement change by sharing healthcare solutions and influencing public policy. Gingrich, who served as U.S. Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999, is well known for his commitment to better healthcare for all Americans. Named “Man of the Year” in 1995 by Time Magazine, Gingrich has continued to receive awards and work to improve healthcare through the Center for Health Transformation and his involvement in numerous other healthcare-focused organizations and efforts.

Piedmont Hospital began a week-long celebration of the devoted and passionate spirit of its nursing staff on Monday. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from National Nurses Day on May 6, also the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, through May 12. National Nurses Week highlights the many ways in which nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care.

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