New York—July 12, 2011
Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, renowned for its leadership in the fields of orthopedics and rheumatology, will host the two-day symposium at the hospital’s Richard Menschel Conference Center.
“Our goal is to synthesize the existing research on best practices in osteoarthritis care and develop strategies for improving nurses’ knowledge and competencies in the areas of OA prevention, early detection, treatment and promotion of optimum function,” said Laura Robbins, DSW, senior vice president for education and academic affairs and an associate scientist in the research division at Hospital for Special Surgery. “Another objective of the conference is to identify the challenges and gaps in research that must be addressed to improve the nurse’s role in the delivery of evidence-based care.”
The conference will feature a culturally diverse group of thought leaders from the areas of nursing practice, education and research, as well as speakers from consumer advocacy groups and a representative from the Centers for Disease Control Arthritis Program. Those attending the conference will receive continuing education units.
Among the topics to be explored:
"Nurses are accessible, approachable and consistently ranked by consumers among the most trusted health professionals,” said Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, editorial director and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing. “As a group, nurses are ideally suited to convey health messages to the public. Yet many nurses may be unaware of early symptoms, strategies for prevention and early intervention to slow disease progression, preserve high functioning and optimize quality of life.”
Organizers intend to publish and widely disseminate a report on the symposium presentations and proceedings, according to Dr. Robbins. The report will include recommendations for improving care. It will be posted online at http://www.ajnonline.com/ and on the nursing portal site, http://www.nursingcenter.com/, with links to web sites of project partners and others to make it widely available. It will be sent to subscribers of the American Journal of Nursing and to Orthopaedic Nursing.
"As the largest group of health care providers most often encountered in any health care setting, nurses are in a key position to have an impact on reducing disability from OA,” said Patricia Quinlan, R.N., DNSc, MPA, director of nursing education, quality and research at Hospital for Special Surgery. “It is well within the nurse’s scope of practice to educate the public about early recognition of symptoms and to initiate timely intervention, including a wide range of treatments.”
To see the complete conference agenda and list of participants, visit
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a serious and painful joint disease that limits mobility and impairs quality of life. Most often affecting the hip and knee, half of all adults will develop symptomatic OA of the knee at some point in their lives.
The socioeconomic burden of the disease is staggering. The economic impact is $128 billion: $81 billion for direct health care expenditures and $47 billion in indirect costs related to lost earnings. OA results in 992,000 hospitalizations and 44 million outpatient visits annually. More than 770,000 hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the United States.
Public health data indicate that the prevalence, impact and economic consequences of osteoarthritis are expected to rise dramatically within the next several decades.
About the Symposium Partners
Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the country. Recognized since its inception as a world leader in musculoskeletal medicine, its vision is to lead the world as the most innovative source of medical care, the premier research institution and the most trusted educator in the field of orthopedics, rheumatology and their related disciplines. HSS is New York City's only two-time recipient of Nursing’s highest honor, Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, and U.S. News & World Report has named Hospital for Special Surgery the number one hospital for orthopedics in the nation.
The American Journal of Nursing, “the leading voice of nursing since 1900,” is considered the profession’s premier publication. Peer-reviewed and evidence-based, AJN is the recipient of numerous awards, and in 2009 it was the only nursing journal named among the "100 Most Influential Journals in Biology & Medicine over the last 100 Years," by the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association. It is the oldest continuing circulating nursing journal in the world, with 102,000 print circulation, including 1,500 libraries and a pass-along readership providing dissemination in print to more than 250,000 nurses. Online, the journal is the leading nursing journal viewed on Ovid, a database library serving over 90 percent of the world’s medical libraries. Its web site, http://www.ajnonline.com/, receives on average over 55,000 visitors per month and 280,000 views.
The National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) was formed in 1980 to promote the highest standards of nursing practice by educating its practitioners, promoting research and encouraging effective communication between orthopaedic nurses and other groups with similar interests. NAON represents approximately 6,000 national and international members and associate members who share an interest in musculoskeletal healthcare. NAON members practice in a wide variety of settings, including: hospital, military, outpatient practice, nursing home, industry, academia, and home health. The mission of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses is to advance the specialty of orthopaedic nursing through excellence in research, education and nursing practice.
About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.