Pam Cipriano became president of the American Nurses Association in June. Cipriano, who holds a doctorate in executive nursing administration, is a former senior director with the consulting firm Galloway Advisory by iVantage, and formerly served as chief clinical officer and chief nursing officer at the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville. She also was the first editor-in-chief of the ANA journal American Nurse Today. Modern Healthcare reporter Andis Robeznieks recently spoke with Cipriano about the role of nurses as primary-care providers, the amount of time spent in front of computers and whether there is a nurse shortage. This is an edited transcript.
Modern Healthcare: How have you seen the roles of nurses change over your career, and how have concepts such as population health and medical homes driven these changes in recent years?
Pam Cipriano: Nurses are taking on greater responsibility in large part as they have gained more education and many have become certified as advanced practice nurses. Nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives are being recognized as providers of care in the primary-care home.
For many years, the mainstay of employment for registered nurses was in the hospital. But as we've seen care move out of the hospital, more nurses have moved into the arenas of home care, post-acute care, community health centers and entrepreneurial roles. They are providing a lot of leadership in the transformation of U.S. healthcare.