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Burnes Bolton Tapped to Lead Health Care Reform Effort

First national nursing forum will be at CSMC on Oct. 19

Cedars-Sinai's nurses are leading the way in transforming American healthcare.

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is co-directing the effort as vice chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine. As part of this national initiative, the Institute of Medicine has convened a committee of diverse experts to identify the potential for increasing access, improving quality and reducing costs through the involvement of nursing leaders and widespread use of nursing care solutions.

The committee is chaired by Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration, and current president of the University of Miami.

"I am honored to be a part of this project and eager to bring our experiences at Cedars-Sinai to the table as we develop recommendations regarding the education, utilization and development of nurses within a reformed health care system," Burnes Bolton said. "At 2.9 million strong, nurses comprise the largest segment of the health care workforce," she added.

In the coming months, the group will hold forums throughout the nation. The first Future of Nursing Forum, addressing the issue of acute care, will be held at Cedars-Sinai on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. For additional information, visit the Web sites www.iom.edu/nursing and www.thefutureofnursing.org.