As Reform Advances, Is the Nation Taking Full Advantage of Nurses' Expertise?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Nursing Profession News
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First-Of-Its-Kind Survey Explores Opinion Leaders' Views of Role America's Nurses Can and Should Play in Improving Access and Quality, Containing Costs

How much influence should nurses have when it comes to reducing medical errors, increasing the quality of patient care, promoting wellness, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of health care? How much influence will nurses have on health reform in the next five to ten years, compared to other stakeholders? Which sectors will have the most influence? A new survey conducted by Gallup Consulting on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores the perspectives of opinion leaders -- including insurance, corporate, health services, government and industry thought leaders as well as university faculty -- on nurses' leadership and influence now and in the coming years.

The results of this first-of-its-kind survey, Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom: Opinion Leaders' Perceptions, will be released at a news conference:

9 a.m., Wednesday, January 20

Holeman Lounge, National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC


The news conference will be followed by a panel discussion about the survey's findings, with:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, we work with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years we've brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those we serve. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, we expect to make a difference in your lifetime.

About Gallup

For more than 70 years, Gallup has been a recognized leader in the measurement and analysis of people's attitudes, opinions and behavior. While best known for the Gallup Poll, founded in 1935, Gallup's current activities consist largely of providing marketing and management research, advisory services and education to the world's largest corporations and institutions.

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Once you are registered you will simply need to click on the URL above and you will be connected to the live feed on the day of the event.

CONTACT: Eric Nielsen of Gallup, +1-202-715-3030,; Adam Coyne of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation +1-609-627-5937,; or Gretchen Wright, +1-202-371-1999,, or Virginia Bader, +1-202-745-5100,, both for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Jan. 19/

-- Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- Frank Newport, Ph.D., editor-in-chief, The Gallup Report -- Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell -- Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., F.A.C.P., executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group -- Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., senior fellow at Project HOPE, former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

SOURCE Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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