This week, Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of Wolters Kluwer Health Learning, Research, and Practice, presented at the Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
2018 National Nursing Forum, a signature leadership and educational event, which took place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. This year’s theme was “Diversity and Difference,” with sessions related to health inequality and creating change, as well as tracks with sessions related to Information and Digital, Policy and Practice, and Trailblazers (Pushing the Boundaries).
In Dr. Woods’ Keynote Address, Improving Healthcare Outcomes – The Business of Caring for People
, she addressed today’s global healthcare challenges and the importance of using the best available evidence and technology to improve practice, patient outcomes, and global health.
A practicing nurse for over 34 years and a board-certified nurse practitioner since 1998, Dr. Woods’ expertise includes implementing evidence into practice to improve workflow, and acute and primary care nursing practice. Practicing every weekend as an acute care/critical care nurse practitioner for Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital, she also serves as adjunct faculty in the graduate nursing program at Drexel University and she precepts nurse practitioner students.
There is no doubt that Dr. Woods’ expertise is welcomed and appreciated by all who have the privilege of learning from her.
And not surprisingly, the goals for the nursing profession in general throughout Australia are not very different from the goals here in the United States.
“And in this shift away from acute care, nurses, more than ever before, will be called upon to lead and deliver new models of care which fill emerging gaps in services.
Nurses will also have greater opportunities to work to full scope, undertake research, specialise, take on more complex workloads and be more heavily involved in decision-making.”
Steven Miles MP, Minister of Health & Ambulance Services
Sharing our goals and objectives, as well as the means to meet them, is key to learning and growing as individual nurses and as a professional group. Thank you to the ACN and Dr. Woods, for addressing challenges, sharing opportunities, and prioritizing issues, to move nursing forward.