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Russell Milligan
Saint Joseph Hospital


Duffy Shares Expertise on Nursing and Patient Safety Issues with Colleagues Around the World

Chicago, Ill. – June 22, 2012 – Patient safety and the role of nursing is a topic without geographical boundaries, according to William J. Duffy, R.N., MJ CNOR, FAAN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago.

Since last fall, Duffy (photo at right) has traveled to four countries to speak to colleagues about the challenges facing nurses in keeping patients safe.

With more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, Duffy has led multi-hospital perioperative and emergency departments, inpatient and outpatient nursing units, and patient-care support departments. He is an internationally recognized author and speaker in the areas of nursing leadership, health law issues and risk management.

In April 2012, Duffy spoke at the European Operating Room Nurses' Association in Lisbon, Portugal. Duffy, who has his master's of jurisprudence in health law and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Loyola University in Chicago, discussed the nurse managers' role in patient safety.

Duffy traveled to South America and China in November 2011 to present lectures on "right-brain thinking" and how this process is redefining the role of nursing in today's healthcare environment. Duffy spoke at the Chilean Operating Room Nurses' and Central Sterile Supply Professional Association meeting in Santiago, Chile. He also gave a presentation to the nursing leadership at Wenzhou Hospital No. 2 (hospitals are designated by number) in Wenzhou, China, which was attended by leadership team managers, directors and the province's chief nursing officer.

"Nurses may come from diverse cultural backgrounds, but we all face the same challenges in keeping our patients safe," said Duffy, former president of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). "We are united in helping people who are ill."

In October 2011, Duffy traveled to Jeju Island, South Korea to talk at a conference jointly organized by the Asian Perioperative Nurses Association (ASIORNA) and Annual Congress of Korean Association of Operating Room Nurses (KAORN). Duffy spoke on patient safety and the role of nursing.

"Nurses are teachers and it's critical, as a nurse, to share your knowledge," Duffy said. "In many countries, healthcare leaders look to America to show the way in nursing. We (nurses) all face the same patient-safety challenges – there are no boundaries. Every nurse's goal is to improve the care of the patients served. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to nurse nurses across the globe to help them achieve that goal".

In 2011, Duffy was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). He has served in several leadership capacities with AORN. This year, he has given presentations to several AORN chapters across the United States.


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