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  1. 1. The Official Publication of the Alabama State Nurses Association Circulation to 74,000 Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Student Nurses in Alabama Alabama State Nurses Association • 360 North Hull Street • Montgomery, AL 36104 Volume 37 • Issue 1 March, April, May 2010 Inside Alabama Nurse National Nurses Week History National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and Eisenhower to proclaim a ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These “Nurse Day” in October permanent dates enhance planning and position National of the following year. Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, The proclamation was May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to never made. be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School 1954 National Nurse Legislative Day Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Week was observed Photos Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year. from October 11–16. The The nursing profession has been supported and promoted year of the observance by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each marked the 100th of ANA’s state and territorial nurses associations promotes anniversary of Florence Page 13 the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Representative Frances Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. Apparently, a contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community. bill for a National Nurse Week was introduced in the 1955 The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Congress, but no action was taken. Congress discontinued Week recognition programs through the state and district its practice of joint resolutions for national weeks of various nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, kinds. Save These educational facilities, and independent health care companies 1972 Again a resolution was presented by the House Dates and institutions. of Representatives for the President to proclaim “National Registered Nurse Day.” It did not occur. A Brief History of National Nurses Week 1953 Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Page 16 Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President National Nurses Week continued on page 2 Best Practices for Retention Inside this Issue of Older Nurses ASNA Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Improvements in • Provide mechanical patient lifts & devices to aid ambulation and transfers Convention News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Patient Handling • Develop transport and lift teams ED’s Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 • Develop patient handling policies • Education regarding improved Patient handling techniques Elizabeth A. Morris Clinical Sessions–FACES ‘10 . . . . .9 • Acquire new and improved patient handling techniques & devices Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Environmental Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Adaptations in • Decentralized nursing stations to allow for easy access to patient rooms Legal Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Work Environments • Improved flooring for areas of prolonged standing for the Nurse • Enhanced lighting schemes over task areas LPN Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 • Provide accessible, adequate, and comfortable rest areas away from nursing station Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 • Incorporate ergonomically correct seating at nursing stations Membership News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Scheduling • Offer nontraditional lengths of daily shifts President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Flexibility • Offer longer breaks for adequate rest Research Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 • Offer more off days between work days Scholarship Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 • Offer self scheduling, shift sharing options, and flexibility around educational schedules Save These Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Best Practices continued on page 6 The Face of Nursing 2011 Calendar Application . . . . .18 Presort Standard US Postage SAVE Elizabeth A. Morris PAID Permit #14 THIS Clinical Education current resident or Princeton, MN 55371 DATE Sessions–FACES ‘10 ASNA/AANS/ALaONL Registration Information in ANNUAL CONVENTION Pullout Section SEPTEMBER 30–October 2, 2010 (at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza in Mobile, Eastmont Baptist Church AL. Full convention materials will be printed Montgomery, AL in the June/July/August issue of April 20, 2010 The Alabama Nurse).
  2. 2. Page 2 • The Alabama Nurse March, April, May 2010 Alabama Board of PUBLICATION Nursing Vacancies The Alabama Nurse Publication Schedule for 2010 There will be 2 RN positions open and 1 LPN position Issue Material Due to ASNA Office open as of January 1, 2011. The term of Pamela Autry, Nursing Practice; Sylvia Nobles, Advanced Education; and June/July/Aug May 3 Greg Howard, AFLPN will expire December 31, 2010. RN Sept/Oct/Nov Aug 9 ASNA Board of Directors applications only are available from the ASNA office. Call Dec/Jan/Feb2011 Nov 1 Betty at 334-262-8321 or Greg Howard, AFLPN 1-205- President . . . . . . . . . . . . . Debbie Faulk, PhD, RN, CNE 554-2000 Ext.2270. Guidelines for Article Development President-Elect . . Joyce Varner, DNP, GNP-BC, GNCS Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . Jackie Williams, MSN, RN The ASNA welcomes articles for publication. There Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mardell Davis, PhD, RN is no payment for articles published in The Alabama Treasurer . . . . . . . Arlene Morris, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE Nurse. District 1 . . . . . . . . . Brian Buchmann, BSN, RN, MBA District 2 . . . . . . . . . Pamela Moody, PhD, RN, FNP-BC Condolences to: 1. Articles should be microsoft word using a 12 point District 3 . . . . . . . Delores “Dee” Sherman, MSN, BSN, Long-time active members font. RN, HCPN Mattie Simms & Joy Morris. 2. Article length should not exceed five (5) pages 8 x 11 District 4 . . . . . . . . Henrietta “Henri” Brown, DNP, RN 3. All reference should be cited at the end of the article. District 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margaret Howard, ADN, RN Long-time ASNA former member 4. Articles (if possible) should be submitted Commission on Frances Chisolm. electronically. Professional Issues . . . . Debra Litton, RN, MSN, MBS, CNA Anita McFaddin on the death of Submissions should be sent to: VA Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeanell Foree, BSN, RN her husband John. Special Interest Group: or Advance Practice Council. . . . . .Karen Davidson, DSN, Edna Moore on the death of her sister. Editor, The Alabama Nurse CRNP Alabama State Nurses Association Paula Gasser on the death of her mother. 360 North Hull Street ASNA STAFF Montgomery, AL 36104 Executive Director, Joseph F. Decker, II, MA, BA Director Leadership Services, Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC ASNA Attorney, Don Eddins, JD Administrative Coordinator, Betty Chambliss National Nurses Week continued from page 1 acknowledged May 6, 1982 as “National Nurses Day.” Programs Coordinator, April Bishop The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States 334-262-8321 Phone Congress designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day 1974 In January of that year, the International Council of for Nurses.” VISION STATEMENT Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would be “International 1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation Our Vision Nurse Day.” (May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.) on March 25, proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Since 1965, the ICN has celebrated “International Nurse Nurses” to be May 6, 1982. ASNA is the professional voice of all Day.” 1990 The ANA Board of Directors expanded the registered nurses in Alabama. 1974 In February of that year, a week was designated by recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring the White House as National Nurse Week, and President May 6–12, 1991, as National Nurses Week. OUR VALUES Nixon issued a proclamation. 1993 The ANA Board of Directors designated May 6–12 1978 New Jersey Governor Brendon Byrne declared May as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 • Modeling professional nursing practices to other 6 as “Nurses Day.” Edward Scanlan, of Red Bank, N.J., took and in all subsequent years. nurses up the cause to perpetuate the recognition of nurses in his 1996 The ANA initiated “National RN Recognition Day” • Adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses state. Mr. Scanlan had this date listed in Chase’s Calendar of on May 6, 1996, to honor the nation’s indispensable registered • Becoming more recognizably influential as an Annual Events. He promoted the celebration on is own. nurses for their tireless commitment 365 days a year. The association 1981 ANA, along with various nursing organizations, ANA encourages its state and territorial nurses associations • Unifying nurses rallied to support a resolution initiated by nurses in New and other organizations to acknowledge May 6, 1996 as • Advocating for nurses Mexico, through their Congressman, Manuel Lujan, to have “National RN Recognition Day.” • Promoting cultural diversity May 6, 1982, established as “National Recognition Day for 1997 The ANA Board of Directors, at the request of the • Promoting health parity Nurses.” National Student Nurses Association, designated May 8 as • Advancing professional competence 1982 In February, the ANA Board of Directors formally National Student Nurses Day. • Promoting the ethical care and the human dignity of every person • Maintaining integrity in all nursing careers OUR MISSION ASNA is committed to promoting excellence in nursing. 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March, April, May 2010 The Alabama Nurse • Page 3 The President’s Message Debbie Faulk, PhD, RN Evaluation of 2008-2009 Strategic Plan • ASNA President and ED attended two Constituent ASNA President • Legislative Advocacy–members updated each month Member Assemblies at ANA headquarters during legislative session via email • CE policies maintained by ASNA staff When this edition of the • Lobbying presence during legislative session–5 days a • Published continuing education announcements in Alabama Nurse is published week Alabama Nurse and on ASNA Website and arrives in the mail to the • Nursing representation on 7 community boards and/or • Leadership CD series available for purchase by nurses homes of 62,000 plus Alabama committees and/or health care facilities in Alabama nurses, I will be a mere seven • CE Committee sponsored a number of programs • Evidence based findings published in the Alabama months away from the end of related to pertinent practice issues at the following Nurse and on ASNA Website my term as YOUR President educational opportunities: Elizabeth Morris Clinical • Published and distributed ASNA calendars featuring of ASNA. In early November Education Sessions–FACES ‘09; ASNA 2009 Alabama nurses of 2009, the ASNA Board convention; AND in the following publications and/ • Developed a membership and recruitment CD of Directors evaluated the or Websites: Alabama Nurse; ASNA Website; and (available from ASNA at no cost) 2008-2009 strategic plan and regional educational opportunities: ASNA 2009 • Restructured ASNA Website to provide ease of developed a new plan for 2010. convention navigation; a members only and district only link; In this message, I would like to provide you with a list of • ASNA President and/or Executive Director (ED) sites for CE, etc. accomplishments, as well as, a list of goals and objectives attended all meetings of the Alabama Nursing • Hosted 2009 Nurse’s Day at the Capitol event in for 2010. Many, many times I have heard nurses say, Coalition collaboration with Alabama Nurses Coalition on Feb. “What has ASNA done for me?” I believe it is extremely 12, 2009 important that you know what YOUR state nurses • Conducted an annual ED evaluation association has done for you in fulfilling the mission of • Held 2 virtual BOD meetings Strategic Plan 2010 promoting excellence in nursing and in what ways it will continue to work throughout 2010. In the next edition I will GOAL OBJECTIVE provide the performance indicators and an update related to meeting the goals and objectives. Provide leadership for health policy and 1. Collect and disseminate information related to proposed I am also very excited to include an inspiring message legislative activities and on-going legislation affecting nursing and health that was presented by Mr. John Hankins, Director of care. Nursing for the Alabama Public Health Department, at the 2. Maintain lobbying activities in the state legislature. 2010 Nurse’s Day at the Capitol. This year’s event was a 3. Assume nursing representation on key committees and huge success with more than a 1,000 nurses and students boards that affect health-related legislation. advocating for nursing and access to health care for 4. Endorse and provide support for qualified nurses and Alabama citizens. friends of nursing seeking elected office. As always, in order to make a difference in health care, 5. Monitor advance practice nursing issues. nurses must be united. While we have many voices and 6. Monitor environmental issues. diverse values, we can dialogue, agree to disagree, and yet show others that we speak with one strong CIVIL voice Advocate for Alabama nurses on professional 1. Offer support and guidance for professional practice when it comes to providing quality access to care for practice issues issues Alabama citizens and to promoting excellence in nursing. 2. Disseminate information on professional practice issues We at ASNA strongly believe that this advocacy can be best accomplished through membership in ASNA. Thank Provide for the continuing professional 1. Maintain continuing education provider and approval you for your time and attention. I want ALL nurses in development for Alabama nurses status Alabama to know that ASNA is working with you and for 2. Market continuing education services you. If you are a member of ASNA, thank you! If you are 3. Market and disseminate leadership competency CD not, JOIN us in promoting excellence in nursing. series to nurses 4. Disseminate evidence-based practice (EBP) findings Improve the visibility and image of nursing 1. Recruit and retain members Are you a Mary? 2. Improve public visibility and image of nursing. John Hankins, RN, MBA Evaluate organizational effectiveness, relevancy 1. Review structural efficiency of ASNA Director of Nursing, Alabama Department of and efficiency as an on-going process 2. Investigate more efficient and effective ways of Public Health communicating with nurses 3. Explore a number of options for increasing the fiscal As a Registered Nurse we have all had those moments viability of ASNA such as, affinity programs, of great success when we felt like the work we had done discounted membership options, etc. truly made a difference in the world. I call those days our Florence Nightingale days. Nightingale has long been recognized all over the world as the official face of nursing. The work she did was groundbreaking and the Serving the Greater Mobile Area accolades bestowed upon her are well deserved. We would all like to think that like Nightingale, we will also be Online Adult & Geron Nurse Practitioner Program remembered for our great works. However, I would like to introduce you to a nurse that made an equally important difference in the world during This online Adult/Geron Nurse Practitioner program in the same period as Nightingale. Many of us have never primary care offers a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) There is no health without mental health been taught about her, or have even heard her name. But, degree or a Post Masters Certificate. This innovative (251) 450-5912 | Carnegie (1995) captures the story of Mary Seacole who program prepares graduates to provide primary care to was by no means less important, nor did her work make less of a difference. When Seacole offered to care for patients from adolescence through elders and for the Adult Nurse Practitioner (primary care) certification exam. RNs & LPNs dying soldiers in London, her services were not accepted. Additionally, after successful completion of the program, Not because she could not do the work of a nurse, but and passing the Adult NP certification exam, students AltaPointe Health Systems is currently because she was female and a person of color. But although who meet the ANCC criteria will be eligible to sit for certification as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner using seeking RNs & LPNs for she faced prejudice, a lack of funds and minimal supplies she would not be deterred. Seacole spent her own money ANCC’s Alternate Criteria. The enhanced gerontological Full-Time, Part-Time, PRN and was often found caring for soldiers on both sides of content in the program will help prepare students for this the battle. She along with many others whose names we Alternate GNP certification exam as well as the ANP AltaPointe Health Systems offers excellent will never know brought healing to the sick without any certification exam. benefits which include employee participation recognition or reward. in the Retirement Systems of Alabama, BC/BS Nightingale has deservedly been honored many times for her work. Many of you may in fact be a Florence health insurance, Dental, Vision, 403b, PTO, Nightingale and will help to change the course of nursing STD, 10 paid Holidays, company paid life and history. The fact is most of us will not. But if you keep long term disability insurance. working and making a difference one patient or student at a time, while you may not be remembered as a Florence, For more information, contact: you may be remembered as a Mary. Considering Mary Dr. Lynn Chilton, Coordinator of Program: On Line Application Seacole’s history, that wouldn’t be so bad. 251-445-9433 or Visit our website: Carnegie, M.E., The Path We Tread; Blacks in Nursing Equal Opportunity Employer Worldwide, 1854–1994, New York: National League of Nursing Press, ©1995. Funded by HRSA Grant #1D09HP14815-01-00.
  4. 4. Page 4 • The Alabama Nurse March, April, May 2010 Legal Corner by Don Eddins, BS, MS, JD candidates ask various individuals and organizations for candidates and some Senate candidates as well. No nurses money. The Alabama State Nurses Association has a political have announced in any of the 35 Senate districts. Every four years, Alabama action committee with very limited funds. When Joe Decker If you are not inclined to offer for election, that is nurses have the opportunity and I go to the Legislature, we are opposed by groups that put understandable. Public service takes considerable sacrifice and to determine how the state literally hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions, into campaigns are getting so partisan and dirty that some of the government will function during political campaigns. ASNA may spread a few thousand dollars most qualified people often refrain from running. But there are the next quadrinnium. Of course, among its friends. many other things you can do. as an election year, 2010 presents The groups raise the funds because they know that Every candidate needs volunteers. Call a candidate’s office that opportunity. campaign contributions will pay off later. No doubt, nurses and offer to type letters, make phone calls, hand out literature It’s been noted that decisions are going to be out-spent in 2010, like we have been since and put out yard signs. It does not matter whether the candidate are going to be made. The only the inception of political action committees. But these other is a Democrat, Republican or Independent as long as he/she issue is who will be seated at groups cannot match us in sheer numbers. After all, the state supports nursing. the table when the choices are has 62,000 plus licensed nurses. That’s a lot of man- and While the Legislature is where our proposed legislation discussed. If nurses get involved in woman-power. is introduced, nurses need to be involved in other races as the election process now, RNs will be involved in the decision- What should you do? First, we are in desperate need of well. Appellate court contests will be decided in 2010 and the making process later. nurse candidates. Registered nurses, who are ASNA members, governor’s race will be hotly contested in both Republican and It also has been noted that politicians are interested in two are running in two of the 105 House districts. They include Democratic primaries. things–money and votes. April Weaver, a Republican, in District 49, Bibb and Shelby The key is involvement. If we help candidates now, they Political advertising is expensive, so it’s no disgrace that counties, and Terrence Johnson, a Democrat, in District 82, will remember us in the future. So let’s get out there and make Macon, Lee and Bullock counties. We need more House a difference for the next four years. The E.D.’s Notes by Joseph F. Decker, II Brown, CRNP, JD. At 10:00AM the Alabama State University Executive Director Band, under the leadership of Dr. James Oliver, Band Director, entertained the crowd. If you haven’t heard the ASU band before, Our 2010 Nurses at the Capitol rally at the Alabama State House in Montgomery on then you missed a real treat. This is an outstanding group of young Wednesday, 27 January was a hugely successful event. Well over 1,000 nurses and student people, very talented musicians, and terrific entertainers. They nurses from all over the state attended, with some crowd estimates put at 1,500-1,800. The were a huge hit at our rally. Completing the concert, our own Dr. focus of this year’s rally was threefold: to highlight the nursing/nursing faculty shortage and Bobbie Holt-Ragler, favored us with wonderful renditions of The push for nursing scholarship funding; to advocate for improved and less restrictive practice Battle Hymn of the Republic and America the Beautiful. environments for our nurse practitioners and nurse midwives; and to protest the seizure Our lineup of speakers was equally outstanding. ASNA of $2.5 million (transferred to the state General Fund) from the Alabama Board of Nursing President and AUM Professor Dr. Debbie Faulk opened the funds in the 2010 budget by the Governor and Alabama Legislature. The day began with an session and emceed the entire program. State Senator Kim excellent presentation in the Capitol Auditorium on basics of the political process by Richard Benefield (D) Woodland and Representative Greg Wren (R) Montgomery, both great friends of nursing and nurses in Alabama, Joseph Decker made very supportive remarks much appreciated by the crowd. By the way, Sen. Benefield is sponsoring the ASNA Nursing Scholarship bill (SB234) in the Senate and Rep. Wren along with Reps. (Dr.) Bentley (R), Wood (R), Love (R), Salaam (D), Clouse (R), Mask (R), Williams (R), and Harper (D) are co-sponsoring the companion bill (HB398) in the House. Rep. Bentley has taken the lead as House sponsor but was out of town on the 27th and unable to appear with us at the State House. Additional speakers included Your Skills + A New Degree = SUCCESS! Ruth Harrell, RN, a former President of ASNA and a member of the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame; John Hankins, the ADPH Director of Nursing; Heather Rankin, CRNA, President of the AANA; Lori Lioce, CRNP and President of the NPAA; and Dr. Ruby Morrison, Professor at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, past President of ASNA Study online without leaving your job. and current President of the Alabama Coalition of Nursing Organizations. We also had excellent media coverage, including the Montgomery Advertiser and other newspapers, and local WAKA-TV 8 (CBS) and WSFA-TV 12 (NBC). Check out the photos on our website at and in this edition of the Alabama Nurse. While there is no need to remind everyone that this is indeed an election year, it is worth pointing out that the face of the Legislature and state government will change dramatically in the next year. Governor Riley is term limited and cannot run for re-election, and all other statewide offices are up for election in November. In the House, Speaker Seth Hammett (D), Reps. Ron Grantland (D) and Frank McDaniel (D) are not running for re-election. In addition, Reps. Gerald Allen (R), Locy Baker (D), Bill Beasley (D), Robert Bentley (R), Earl Hilliard (D), Tammy Irons (D), James Thomas (D), and Cam Ward (R) have declared for other offices and thus will vacate their current House seats. In the Senate, Sens. Bobby Denton (D), Charles Bishop (R), Larry Dixon (R), Myron Penn (D), and Sen. Kim Benefield (D) will retire/not run again, and Sen. Hank Erwin (R) will vacate his seat to run for another office. Sen. Hank BS in Nursing (RN to BSN/MSN) (Online) i N i (O li ) Sanders (D), who had previously announced his retirement after 7 terms, has reconsidered and BS in Nursing (RN to BSN) (Online) will in fact run for re-election. And don’t forget: we have two ASNA nurse members running MS in Nursing (Case Management for Rural Populations) (Online) for office–April Weaver (R) in District 49, and Terrence Johnson (D) in District 82. Let’s get MS in Nursing (Clinical Nurse Leader) (Online) out there and support them; it would be terrific to have two RNs in the state legislature! Bottom line: lots of changes coming. We urge all of our members to be informed about the issues and candidates, get involved and above all VOTE in November. You can make a difference. Our ASNA legislative agenda this year will look familiar. We will renew our push to revise the enabling legislation for nursing scholarships, and fight for funds in the Education Trust Fund Budget. We will also work hard to get the NPAA bill for nurse practitioners introduced, fairly heard and debated, and passed. Other bills we have an interest in include: HB 462 (Lay) Midwifery Board; HB 207, Medical Marijuana; HB 134, Domestic Violence; HB 173, Patient’s Ventilator Bill of Rights; HB 384, Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force; and HB 432, Human Trafficking. There are also numerous bills already introduced about gambling in Alabama, many ethics reform bills and various education related bills. It goes without saying that this year’s legislative session may be one of the most difficult in memory, given the forecast extreme shortfalls in both the General Fund and Education budgets. This will be further complicated by the gambling, ethics reform, charter schools, sales tax on food, and road stimulus package (using Alabama Trust Fund monies) bills proposed. The result will most likely be a very Doctor of Nursing Practice (Online) contentious period, especially in an election year. We could be in for a rough ride. EdD or MSN/EdD in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators (Online & Weekend) Finally, here as some dates to remember for 2010: FACES 2010 Tuesday, 20 April Montgomery Inquire Today! ANA HOD 16-19 June Washington DC ASNA Convention 30 Sept–2 October Mobile 1-800-467-0227 Hope to see you at every event.
  5. 5. March, April, May 2010 The Alabama Nurse • Page 5 Suggestions on How to Celebrate LPN Corner National Nurses Week Newly Licensed Nurses • Hold a special celebration or reception to recognize a health care (nurses being replaced by unlicensed assistive and Their Transition nurse or several nurses in your community. These nurses personnel, safety and quality of care issues, etc.) could be honored for heroic acts, years of service to the Into Practice community, exemplary courage, or their commitment to • Invite a local celebrity (one who has spoken about health the nursing profession over the years. care in the past; one who has personally been a patient of a nurse; or one whose family member has been a Gregory Howard, LPN • Promote a positive, realistic image of registered nurses patient) and request his/her sponsorship of National by sponsoring health fairs, conducting preventive Nurse Recognition Day and/or National Nurses Week. Because of an ongoing screenings in underserved areas, organizing a walk-a- Hold an event and ask him/her to speak about a personal need for nurses, and the high thon, etc. experience in which he/she was cared for by a nurse. expectation of employers, nurses are expected to perform • Place an article in your state or local newspaper(s) about • Host a fund-raiser (i.e., walk-a-thon) and donate money to far beyond their experience. I National Nurses Week and the value of nurses. a local charity. Emphasize the importance of registered believe it is often forgotten that nurses in our nation’s health care system; pay tribute to nurses are tested for minimum • Invite a politician–local, state or federal–to accompany a local nurse; or recognize all registered nurses who are competence when licensed. It is a nurse or several nurses at their place of employment indispensable and provide care selflessly 24-hours a day, practice and continued education for a day or part of a day. Health care remains an issue seven days a week, 365 days a year. that takes the nurse to a higher of tremendous importance to voters. Politicians should level of performance in their be visible and accountable for their positions on health • Request a proclamation from your mayor/governor area of practice. care. This is a win-win situation and it offers good media declaring May 6 as National Nurse Recognition Day The transition from student to licensed nurse is yet coverage potential. and/or May 6-12 as National Nurses Week. (Sample another challenge if the student has had no previous proclamation). nursing experience other than what was taught in school. • Sponsor a community-wide event, such as a coloring Because the application of what was taught verses what contest or poem-writing contest for school children. • Host an editorial board meeting with leading state or you have had experience in doing on a regular basis. This The children could acknowledge their favorite nurse, local newspapers. Discuss the importance of registered is quite different, and besides that, the nurse is working a famous nurse, or family member who is a nurse–past nurses at the bedside and the nursing profession’s independently. This also means others will be looking or present–in a colorful drawing. The drawings could be concerns about current issues, specifically those related to the nurse for direction. This is where experience is displayed in local schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. to safety and quality of care. important or where continued support is crucial in the transition from student to nurse. There is orientation, but • Work cooperatively with hospitals, schools, and libraries • Organize a candlelight vigil on National Nurse it’s felt that it’s not long enough. The National Council of to set up a special display for National Nurses Week. Recognition Day (May 6) in honor of the hard work and State Boards of Nursing (N.C.S.B.N.) has a committee that commitment of the nurses in America. is researching this very issue. Dr. Nancy Spectra is the • Host a press conference. Discuss an important health staff person on this committee and she has on their web the care issue in your community; release the findings of a • Suggest that your state or local newspaper solicit stories findings as well as a solution. I invite you to visit the site local survey; honor a nurse for a heroic act; or bestow an from readers who would like to pay tribute to a nurse read the findings and follow their work in the committee. “honorary” nurse title to a deserving politician or civic who provided exemplary care. Like most solutions, there is an economic impact that will leader. drive the success or failure of this solution; and this is • Press release is available.) where the real work began. • Organize a free cholesterol and/or blood pressure The concept is that the employer will assume screening in your local community and promote via • Obtain support from other nursing and health care responsibility by extending support from orientation radio announcements, flyers, posters, etc. organizations in your area by asking them to sponsor through the first year of practice, visit the committee’s National Nurse Recognition Day and/or National Nurses report for details. The savings to the employer would • Host a hearing before city council or hold a town Week and to hold a joint event with your organization. be: retention of the nurse, job satisfaction of the nurse, meeting on nursing’s concerns about the recent trends in better patient outcomes and cost savings to the employer/ institution. ANNOUNCING Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — Post Master’s* Georgia Baptist • Applications now being accepted for Fall 2010. • Priority deadline is April 1, final deadline is May 1. College of Nursing • Join our contact list for the DNP degree. Call 678-547-6700. The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is to build ATLANTA upon the foundation of advanced nursing skills to prepare nurses for leadership roles in health care delivery and to propose solutions for the improvement of health care outcomes for individuals and for society. PhD in Nursing: Develops Nurse The DNP will focus on the 3 major categories Scholars for Careers in Education, of practice: Practice and Research • Direct care for individual clients • Health care for Offered in a hybrid format of online aggregates, communities, and and 2 visit onsite instruction, populations the PhD in Nursing program • Management prepares nurses to educate the of health care next generation of nurses and through roles in assume leadership positions in administration, administrative, research, clinical policy development, and entrepreneurial settings. and quality assurance. *Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additional programs offered: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program with two tracks: • The BSN Pre-Licensure Track • The RN-BSN Track (for licensed nurses) A Master of Science in Nursing Program with two areas of concentration • The Nursing Education Focus • The Clinical Nurse Specialist Focus For more information contact Office of Admissions: 678-547-6700
  6. 6. Page 6 • The Alabama Nurse March, April, May 2010 Best Practices continued from page 1 Best Practices for Retention of Older Nurses Hatcher, B.J., Bleich, M. R., Connolly, C., Davie, K., O’Neill Expanding • Development of career paths/ladders appropriate for the older nurse Hewlett, P., & Stokley Hill, K. (2006, June). Wisdom at Work: Roles • Re-tooling skills sets to accommodate other job positions The Importance of the Older and Experienced Nurse in the • Involve older nurses in succession planning Workplace. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. • Mentor younger nurses for succession planning Lewin Group, Inc., (2009, January). Evaluation of The Robert • Offer leadership, mentoring and preceptor roles for older nurses Wood Johnson Wisdom at Work: Retaining Experienced Nurses • Create non-traditional roles for the older nurse Research Initiative. Final Report. McHaney, D. F. (2009, April). Development and implementation of a Workforce Plan for Aging Registered Technological • Offer training to older nurses in computer literacy Nurses. Doctoral Project. DNP intensive. University of Alabama Support • Adapt training to different learning modalities and tools School of Nursing at UAB. Birmingham, AL. • Redesign & simply processes McHaney, D. F. (2009, February). Aging Registered Nurses • Incorporate larger font for text & computer screens Workforce Plan. 2009 Evidence-Based Practice Conference. • Use of integrated Management Information Systems, (MIS) that will reduce Phoenix, AZ. redundancy in documentation McHaney, D. F. & Varner, J. (2007, July). Assessment of • Provide Computer Work Stations on Wheels or at the bedside with consideration Policies and Procedures to Accommodate the Aging Nurses in for larger computer screens Alabama’s Workforce. STTI 18th International Nursing Research • Increase the number of work stations on nursing units Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice. Vienna, Austria. • Adapt systems that are more portable for use on nursing units McHaney, D. F. (2007, May). Accommodating Aging Nurses in the Work Environment. Annual Geriatric Workshop by • Develop dedicated tech support teams to assist nurses Alabama Nurses Association. Selma, Alabama. • Adapt telephone systems that are more portable McHaney, D. F. (2006, April). Changing the Work Environment to Accommodate Aging Nurses. Annual Geriatric Retirement Benefits • Portable pensions Workshop by Alabama Nurses Association. University of South • Incentivized pensions Alabama, Mobile, Alabama. • Avoid financial penalties for returning part time retires McHaney, D. F. & Varner, J. (2006, April). A Study of the • Provide buy back options for nurses who return to the workplace Aging RN Workforce in the State of Alabama. Natural Bridges: Preparing for an Aging South: Southern Gerontological Society Health Benefits • Provide access to health benefits for part time employees 27th Annual Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky. • Group rates for Long Term Care insurance McHaney, D. F. (2004, November). Changing the Work Environment to Accommodate the Physical Needs of Aging • Discounted medication cost plan Nurses. Geriatric Workshop by Alabama Nurses Association. • Offer the option of a cafeteria style healthcare benefit plan Montgomery, Alabama. • Offer a tax-free health account to save toward additional medical expenses. Varner, J. (2009, February). Development of a toolkit for retention of personnel in long-term care. 2009 Evidence-Based Wellness Support • Provide access to preventive health and wellness programs Practice Conference. Phoenix, AZ. Systems • Provide preferred parking or valet parking for older nurses Varner, J. (2009, April). Development and implementation • Provide appropriate ergonomic environments of a toolkit for retention of nursing personnel in long-term care • Educate older nurses on appropriate ergonomics measures and ergonomic accessories settings. Southern Gerontological Society annual meeting, St. • Provide decreased membership cost in exercise facilities Petersburg, Fl. Varner, J., Roussel, L. & McHaney, F. (2008, September). Alabama workforce development: research update. Presentation Redefine • Include older workers in selection of new equipment, supplies or environmental changes regarding how to design and implement a toolkit for retention the Culture • Include older nurses in unit & hospital committees of nursing personnel at the Alabama State Nurses Association • Include older workers in writing policies, procedures, and processes Convention, Tuscaloosa, Al. • Include older workers in workplace redesign modifications Varner, J., McHaney, F., & Roussel, L. (2008, September). • Knowledge transfer paired with phased retirements Panel discussions: leading a healthy work environment. Panel • Offer mentoring and coaching programs designed especially for the older nurse discussion at the Alabama State Nurses Association Convention, Tuscaloosa, Al. Developed by ASNA Commission on Professional Issues Support Nursing Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama 2010 NURSE by Lori Lioce, MSN, FNP-BC, NP-C symptomatic care and recovery for our patients. Alabama ALABAMA remains one of two states in the entire country that have This year marks the not been granted this authority. Advanced practice nurses Proposed Car Tags for Alabama Nurses: UPDATE– beginning of the fourth year practice in many settings outside the hospital that add We are close to 700, only 300 more to go! for the Nurse Practitioner additional access to healthcare for patients who deserve the Alliance of Alabama (NPAA). best care available. Barriers that ration qualified care only The Alabama State Nurses Association has Our mission is to advocate for perpetuate the broken healthcare system. We must put our contacted the Alabama Department of Revenue, professional privileges consistent patients first and supporting this bill is one positive step Motor Vehicle Division regarding a car tag for nurses. with our educational preparation forward toward a solution. Two choices are available; a decal to be placed on a and for issues of significance for During the 2009 legislative session, physician special tag, or a specially designed tag. The difference the welfare of advanced practice assistants (PAs), who are in a supervisory relationship is of course numbers. If at least 250 people will sign nurses and most importantly for with physicians, were granted the authority to prescribe a “Commitment to Purchase” at their local revenue our patients. The work of NPAA controlled substances, schedules III to V. This was a office, we get the decal. It takes at least 1000 to get is completed through a steering monumental achievement for the patients of Alabama and the whole tag. A design similar to the photo above will committee compromised of representatives from the we support and commend the legislators and physicians for be submitted. Please do not sign a “Commitment to regional groups of advanced practice nurses in Alabama. supporting this improvement. Purchase Agreement” until you are notified that the If you are interested in serving on this committee, As nurses who represent a large and diverse group of tag has been created. please contact Lori Lioce at constituents and patients, please join me in contacting We are proud to announce that Joe Decker, the ASNA legislators to support this bill and in voting for those ASNA will need to know what kind of interest we Executive Director and the Attorney Don Eddins are legislators who are willing to stand up for the patients and have in this tag prior to submitting the application. the new lobbyists for the NPAA legislative bill this year. nurses of Alabama. Remember this is an election year. Once the tag becomes available, if you have signed a This marks a tremendous moment in nursing in Alabama Whether you consider yourself a democrat, republican, or “Commitment to Purchase Agreement” with your as the organizations join forces to advocate for nursing. I independent this is a bipartisan prescription to improve the local revenue office, you will be notified by that would like to thank the ASNA and NPAA leadership for quality of patient care by decreasing unnecessary pain and office. Please fill out the short form below and return it completing this vision. treatment delays. to ASNA at 360 N. Hull St., Montgomery, AL 36104 or The 2010 NPAA Legislative bill has been completed. A “Call to Action” has been issued for all nurses, not email at Included with this article, you will find a synopsis of the just advanced practice nurses. Please read and share the bill with rationale for the requested changes. I would like following information with your colleagues, friends, Name: ______________________________________ to emphasize that the bill does not in any way attempt to and families. Every call and letter makes a difference. change collaborative practice. Remember, only with a united mission and message will Phone: ______________________________________ All advanced practice nurses have been educated, change succeed. Our message and mission are simple: nationally board certified, and charged with the advocate for your patients. The quality of healthcare Email: ______________________________________ responsibility of treating and diagnosing patients for should drive policy decisions. I thank you for your primary care of injuries, acute and chronic disease and commitment and service to the nursing profession. For Address: ____________________________________ illness, but have not been granted the state authority to do more information on how to help pass this legislation, find so appropriately. The NPAA bill advocates for prescriptive your regional group, or information on our bill please visit ____________________________________________ privileges for controlled substances schedule II to V for This form indicates interest to ASNA only, it is advanced practice nurses in collaborative practice with (The bill will be available at www.npalliancealabama. not a “Commitment to Purchase” physicians. This authority would improve the quality of org after submission)
  7. 7. March, April, May 2010 The Alabama Nurse • Page 7 Membership I Stand for Nursing Online by Rebecca Huie, BSN, RN to the patient during this critical time. I serve as a mentor My nursing career began 14 years ago. I graduated for new nurses at both the VA and UAB. I have received enormous support and encouragement from Greg Eagerton, Membership from Wallace State Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. A very special person, Helen James, DNP, Associate Director of Patient Care Services and Cynthia Cleveland, MSN, Chief Nurse of Patient Care Applications RN helped me to develop the excellent nursing skills, knowledge, and courage that I Services since my employment at the VA. They both have encouraged me and given me many wonderful Available at needed to embark in my career. opportunities to enhance my career. Her patience, encouragement, I have been a member of ASNA/ANA for almost three and faith in me helped to give years. I was unaware of the importance of being an active me the confidence that I needed. I spent the next 8 years in long- member of a professional organization. When I decided to further my education in nursing Debra Litton, SICU/ term care as a staff nurse and RN CVICU Nurse Manger became my mentor. She was Supervisor under her mentorship. the President of District 3 at the time, and she helped to This initial experience in open doors of opportunities for me. She has been a vital nursing taught me how to be part of my professional development and my endeavor a loving, compassionate, and as a member of ASNA/ANA. Since my membership in a caring nurse. Working with the geriatric population requires the “Art of Nursing” to ASNA/ANA I have assisted with a scholarship fundraiser and I have attended the 2008 and 2009 Annual ASNA DID YOU KNOW? be incorporated into the core values of a person’s nursing Convention and served as a delegate. I am on the In 2009 more than 500 nurses faced disciplinary action career. As a young new nurse, working with this population Nominations Committee, Awards Committee, and I by The Alabama Board of Nursing (, 2010). was difficult at times, due to the substantial amount of currently hold the position as Secretary for District 3. As a member of the Alabama State Nurses Association, end of life situations that I had to face. However, these Being a part of such a huge organization that supports my you are entitled to FREE legal representation before the experiences enhanced my understanding of the compassion profession is a huge reward. Board should you be notified of a disciplinary action. This that is required to be a true nurse. I hope to encourage and educate fellow nurses of the is a Savings of $1500–$3500+ depending on whether a For the past 6 years I have worked for the Birmingham importance of getting involved in making changes and hearing becomes necessary. This is a free service offered Veterans Administration Hospital. My career there began fighting for the nursing profession. Every nurse should to existing ASNA members. on a busy surgical-neurology unit, where I had a couple of realize the impact that they can have on other nurses, Not sure if you’re a member? Contact April Bishop at great mentors that help to encourage me and I currently just as I realize the positive impact that so many valuable 334-262-8321 or work in the Surgical/Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit nurses have had on my career and life. The support, in the role of Charge Nurse. Surgery is my passion and encouragement, compassion, and confidence that were Reference: my interests reside primarily in Cardiac Surgery. I enjoy shown to me during my development as a nurse, means (2010). Disciplinary Actions. Retrieved the exhilaration of receiving an open heart patient straight more to me than words can express. My experience as a from, from the O.R. and providing the appropriate nursing care nurse has shown me that nursing is more than just caring main-disciplinary.html. for the patient, but caring for each other. 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