Cipriano takes over as ANA pres­i­dent

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Who: Pam Cipriano, 60, new pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pre­vi­ous po­si­tions: Se­nior di­rec­tor at con­sult­ing firm Galloway Ad­vi­sory by iVan­tage and chief clin­i­cal/nurs­ing of­fi­cer at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia Health Sys­tem, Char­lottesville.

On nurse staffing: “For nurses, one of the most im­por­tant things is we know we still have com­plex pa­tients with acute needs. We are work­ing to sup­port safe and op­ti­mal staffing lev­els. … You can never have a spe­cific (staffing) ra­tio that doesn’t change be­cause health­care is dy­namic and pa­tient needs are dy­namic. But we think it’s im­por­tant to es­tab­lish a min­i­mum ra­tio that can be ad­justed up­ward if needed.”

Ben­e­fits of health IT: “The pri­mary ben­e­fit (of EHRs) is the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate, the abil­ity to have rapid re­trieval of data, the abil­ity to an­a­lyze what’s hap­pen­ing to our pa­tients and en­sur­ing those sys­tems point out alerts. There are many ad­van­tages to EHRs.” She also cited con­cerns, es­pe­cially the learn­ing curve for new sys­tems. “We want to pre­serve as much face time be­tween the nurse and pa­tient as pos­si­ble. It’s about mak­ing sure EHRs are ef­fi­cient, in­tu­itive.”

Qual­ity out­comes: “Whether it’s keep­ing pa­tients safe—re­duc­ing risk of falls or med­i­ca­tion er­rors— all are very prom­i­nent (qual­ity) pro­grams that are part of the in­cen­tives and dis­in­cen­tives un­der value-based pur­chas­ing. … What af­fects so many of those out­comes? It’s nurs­ing care.”

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