New York University College of Nursing's Dean Judi Haber along with the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation will host a panel presentation and discussion on "Making Patient Centered Care a Reality: A Nursing Perspective."Patient-centered care is a key concept in the debate over how best to reshape our health system. It holds the promise of realigning care around the needs of patients and of improving the quality of care while reducing costs. Most health professionals agree that it represents a needed change. Why, then, is patient-centered care more rhetoric than reality? And what can nurses do to turn things around?"Making Patient-Centered Care a Reality: A Nursing Perspective", brings together two nationally recognized nurse leaders, Amy Berman and Kimberly Glassman, to discuss the challenges, benefits and urgency of introducing patient- and family-centered care into practice. Drawing on their personal and professional reflections, the discussion will examine the roles patients, families and providers must play to produce successful outcomes; common myths and misconceptions about patient-centeredness; and what nurses can do to operationalize and advocate for patient-centeredness in their work environments.