A few weeks have passed since nursing leaders from across Ontario and beyond gathered at our 2014 NLN conference in Toronto. This has been a time to reflect on the messages delivered by our fantastic key note speakers throughout the two days of the conference in addition to the many learnings from our concurrent sessions. Dr. Greta Cummings opened the conference and challenged us to think about our leadership experiences and our own leadership styles in relation to patient outcomes. On the second day of the conference, Leslee Thompson shared her experience in leading Kingston General Hospital forward on a journey of patient centered care and what each of us can do to promote this within our own environments. Lastly, we were humbled and honoured to have Sue Matthews share her own personal story of being a patient and what we as leaders may learn to improve the experience of care.
Over the next months, I encourage you to translate your learning into action and to think about how you as a nurse leader can live out the vision of NLN “To inspire, support and advocate today for nursing leadership tomorrow”.
Kate Zimmerman, RN, BScN
Conference Chair 2014