The Spring 2008 Crawford Lecture Series
"Nursing is the Answer"
Dr. Joanne Disch, Professor and Director of the Katharine J.
Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at the University
of Minnesota School of Nursing was the presenter. Dr. Disch presented
on the America’s health care system and the upcoming challenges for
Rather than continuing down the same path, we need fresh
thinking, new ideas and ‘the nursing lens’ for health care reform to
succeed. This presentation described the nursing lens, reviewed
nursing from several contemporary perspectives, and highlighted a
number of innovative, nursing-generated options for health care that
are convenient, effective, personalized, and economical. Nurses are the solution -
Dr. Disch has extensive experience as educator, chief nurse
executive, leader, researcher, policy-maker, and spokesperson .In April
2006, Dr. Disch was elected Chairman of the National Board AARP,
formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, for a
two-year term. In other volunteer activities, Dr. Disch served as
president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN),
and president of the AACN Certification Board. She also chaired the
American Nurses Association's Committee on Nursing Practice Standards
and Guidelines, and the University Healthcare Consortium's Council of
Chief Nurse Executives. Currently she is a Contributing Editor for the American Journal of Nursing, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Allina Health System. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Disch has received numerous awards including the Dorothy
Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards
from Sigma Theta Tau International; Outstanding Faculty Member at Rush
University College of Nursing; Outstanding Alumna Awards from the
University of Wisconsin School of Nursing and the University of Alabama
at Birmingham School of Nursing; and, most recently, the GE Pioneering
Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.