Thursday, 21 July 2016 – 8:30-10:00 a.m. (0830-1000)
Influencing Policy Through Generation of Research, Application of Knowledge and the Use of Social Networks
About the Speaker:
David Benton took up his current post as Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in the United States on the 1st of October 2015. For the previous 10 years, he worked at the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, Switzerland, first as their consultant on nursing and health policy specializing in regulation, licensing, and education; and then as chief executive officer.
Dr. Benton qualified as a general and mental health nurse at the then Highland College of Nursing and Midwifery in Inverness, Scotland. His MPhil research degree focused on the application of computer-assisted learning to post-basic nurse education. He has, during the past 30 years published articles in relation to research, practice, education, leadership, regulation and policy topics. He has a PhD Summa Cum Laude from the University of Complutense for his work researching an international comparative analysis of the regulation of nursing practice.
Dr. Benton has held senior roles for 25 years across a range of organisations. These roles have included working as Executive Director of Nursing at a health Authority in London, as a senior civil servant in Northern and Yorkshire Region, as Chief Executive of a Nurse Regulatory body in Scotland, and as Nurse Director of a University Trust Health System.
Dr. Benton is the recipient of several awards and honours. He is particularly proud of being awarded the inaugural Nursing Standard Leadership award in 1993. He was presented with Fellowship of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2001, awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2003 for his contribution to health and nursing policy, and most recently became a Fellow of the American Academy of nursing in 2015.
Dr. Benton has held several visiting appointments and is currently a visiting professor of nursing policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
About the presentation:
This presentation will reviewing a number of recent publications that provide significant opportunities for the nursing profession to conduct new research and influence global, regional, and national health policy. Having identified these opportunities, we will then examine what is already known about the way nurses influence policy and politics. Findings from a recently completed integrative review will be shared and, in particular, it will be argued that the time has now come for the profession to revise the competencies required at baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels in relation to how we as a profession influence policy and politics. Finally, we will turn to the use of social network analysis as a means of obtaining information and influencing agendas at local, national, and interaction levels. It will be argued that in an increasingly globalized, dynamic, and interconnected world, nurses need to utilize their networks to bring about desired health systems change.