I am Deb Zimmermann, the Chief Clinical Officer at Leaders in Care in Richmond, VA.
It is crucial that we serve the diverse interests of the public. The agenda I will promote will strengthen nurses & influence, create and refine models of care in transforming our health system, and quantify the contributions of nurses in improving health outcomes.
Now is the time to be the most influential as well as the most trusted profession. As President-elect, it would be a privilege to represent your interests. With experience as an Army Nurse, a nurse practitioner, and a Chief
Nursing Officer, you can count on these rich perspectives to inform my presidency - just as they have in my service as chair of the AONL Foundation, representative of region 3 on the AONL Board of Directors, the DAISY Foundation Board and past chair of the Magnet Commission.
As a leader dedicated to AONL and our collective impact, I ask for your vote. It would be an honor to serve as your President.
It is crucial that we serve the diverse interests of the public. The agenda I will promote will strengthen nurses' influence, create and refine models of care in transforming our health system, and quantify the contributions of nurses in improving health outcomes. Now is the time to be the most influential as well as the most trusted profession.
The Tipping Point for Change
Around the world, clinicians battled a pandemic with grace, grit, intelligence, and ingenuity. Nurses are ready to assume roles in national healthcare re-design and institute models of care which have demonstrated improved clinical outcomes expanded access to care, broken down racial barriers, and incorporated patient-centered approaches to care. The Edge Runner, Magnet®, and Future of Nursing Campaign for Action have all identified promising innovations which are ready for expansion. By working with policy experts, corporations, and insurers on new models of care, AONL will facilitate sustainable improvements in health, reduce social disparities, and create robust environments for well-being.
A perspective of diversity, equity, and inclusion and strategies AONL can take to demonstrate its commitment.
As a nation, we have a better understanding of the scope of health disparities and the importance of dismantling racism as a path to achieving health equity and inclusion. To improve health, we must target structural and institutional racism. AONL can demonstrate its commitment by first addressing the root causes of barriers to economic mobility, access to education, access to healthcare, and access to career advancement within the health professions. By joining forces with academe and others in dismantling the underlying structures which disadvantage a specific racial group or chronically favor others is an essential step for AONL in advancing health equity.