Today’s Theme: Caring for Rural, Diverse and Underserved Populations
With enormous wealth, yet a fragmented health care system, a high level of poverty and illness, and poor health outcomes among many vulnerable populations, the U.S. has an unparalleled health paradox. In line with the 2010 landmark document, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the DNP innovation is beginning to demonstrate impact in clinical practice, health systems change and nursing education. The critical question is: Will it make a difference in health care outcomes and health justice? This presentation reviews progress to date and the increase in DNP authorship on vulnerability.
1. Discuss health justice as the basis for DNP prepared nurses caring for vulnerable populations.
2. Review outcomes demonstrating how DNP prepared nurses are promoting health and justice across the nation.
3. Discuss the role of the DNP prepared nurse in authorship and public education in care of vulnerable populations
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Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, professor emerita and former director of the post-masters DNP program at Frontier Nursing University, co-authored the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th (in process) edition of Caring for the Vulnerable, Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, with Dr. Mary deChesnay. The 3rd edition won an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award (2012). She is lead editor for Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year (2013) and lead editor of the 2nd edition (2017). She is lead editor of DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice (2015). She is a public health specialist and nurse-midwife with academic, practice and consultation experience in the U.S. and globally.