Health care workforce expert Peter Buerhaus to give Aug. 28 diversity lecture

Peter Buerhaus, PhD, FAAN, an internationally recognized health care economist and workforce expert, will give the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 28, noon-1 p.m., in VUSN’s Nursing Annex room 155.

Peter BuerhausHis talk, “Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: Improving Diversity and Improving Access to Primary Care in Underserved Populations,” is open to the Vanderbilt community, but space is limited. Lecture attendees may order a box lunch for the event here.

“Peter Buerhaus is the go-to authority on the nursing workforce, quality of care, and how nurse and physician shortages impact society,” said VUSN Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing. “He’ll share insights on why underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minority groups and men in the nursing profession needs to be addressed and how greater diversity among providers will help serve people without access to routine health care.”

Buerhaus is well known to many at Vanderbilt. He was a professor of Nursing and of Health Policy at VUSN from 2000-2015 and worked with School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center colleagues on many research studies. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he was assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health for eight years. Currently, he is the director of Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies and professor of Nursing at Montana State University College of Nursing.

He is co-author of the 2008 book The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the United States: Data, Trends, and Implications and has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His paper, “Growing Ranks of Advanced Practice Clinicians — Implications for the Physician Workforce,” was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Buerhaus is an adviser for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s health care workforce initiative, and a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Graduate Medical Education Governance and Transparency. Previously, he served on the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research, the Joint Commission’s Nursing Advisory Committee, National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Nursing Quality Performance Measures and Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International.

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series was established in 2016. It explores the diversity of backgrounds, cultures, ideas and viewpoints in our world today. It seeks to equip students, faculty, staff and other community members with the knowledge and understanding needed to lead nursing forward in a global society.

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