Cynthia Gaddy RN, BSN, MBA
Both American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) strive to promote advocacy, professional development, research, and health care policy changes in Hawaii. Often many of our members cross over both organizations. The question has become if our goals are often the same how can we work together in our efforts? In a time of major healthcare transformation, it is more critical than ever before that we as healthcare leaders work together to stay ahead of the curve. Changes in government regulations, requirements, and policies can feel overwhelming. Preparing to take on these challenges will take the best mentors, educators, technicians, innovators, and industry leaders. Everyone has a role in improving healthcare in our community. The good news is this is what we have in our organizations combined. Over the last year we have united ACHE, AONE, and the Hawaii State Center for Nursing in a collaborative partnership to provide scholarships, educational credits, and a venue to network within a 2-day conference to be held in November. We will together support the next generation of leaders with scholarships to further education and discuss support of academic progression. Sessions will be held on how to influence legislation and to review Hawaii’s shared value of health. Dynamic talks will be held on diversity in leadership and implications of culture on healthcare. The outcome from this wonderful opportunity has been a partnership that can help to move healthcare in Hawaii to new levels. It will be exciting to see the forward progress of both organizations as we continue to educate, collaborate, and advocate side by side over the next year.