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A Summary of the October 2009 Forum on the Future of Nursing: Acute Care
Nancy Chiang, R.N., B.S.N., is a recent graduate from California State University, Sacramento. She was an active participant in the National Student Nurses’ Association throughout her nursing education. On the chapter level, she held board positions during all 3 years of the program. From October 2008 through October 2009, Ms. Chiang served as secretary/treasurer for the California Nursing Students’ Association. She believes her involvement with the Nursing Students’ Association better prepared her for her position as a professional nurse on the Trauma Nursing Unit at the University of California–Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Marilyn P. Chow, D.N.Sc., R.N., FAAN, is the vice president, Patient Care Services, Program Office, at Kaiser Permanente. She is also the program director for the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program. A graduate of the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, Dr. Chow has made significant contributions to nursing throughout her scholarship, leadership, and political and civic involvement. She is recognized for her expertise in leadership, innovation, regulation of nursing practice, workforce policy, and primary care. Her career has focused on promoting the role of nurses in primary care, advanced practice, and hospital-based care. She has coauthored four books, including the award-winning Handbook of Pediatric Primary Care. She is the co-principal investigator for the national study How Do Medical–Surgical Nurses Spend Their Time? She has received several awards, including the Women’s Honors in Public Health and the UCSF School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. She was recently selected as one of the distinguished 100 graduates and faculty of the UCSF School of Nursing for the Centennial Wall of Fame.
Pamela Cipriano, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, recently completed 9 years as the chief nursing officer at the University of Virginia Medical Center, achieving Magnet Recognition. Dr. Cipriano chairs the American Academy of Nursing’s Workforce Commission, studying technology solutions to improve the work environment to make patient care safer and more efficient. She serves as editor-in-chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Throughout her career, she has been a leader in national nursing organizations addressing issues of policy, administration, quality, and clinical practice. She serves on The Joint Commission’s National Nursing Advisory Council. She has