Miles Apart Yet Close to Heart: Long Distance Caregiving

by Dr.Terry Ann Sturm, DNP, GNP-C, CRNP & Dr. Joyce Varner, DNP, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-C, GCNS Key Words: Informal caregivers, long-distance caregivers, distance care giving, care giving costs, aging parents, frail older person, burden of care There are no conflicts of interest for either author Employer University of South Alabama. Abstract The prevalence of long-distance care givers is growing. As America ages and the cost of healthcare increases, there will be a larger role played by the distant provider. Family bonds …

Writing an Abstract for a Poster or Oral Presentation

One of the goals of The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) is to encourage nurses to be leaders in nurse specialty/practice setting of their choice. ASNA believes that every nurse can be a leader. What better way to be a leader than to share your experiences and knowledge? ASNA offers two great opportunities each year for Poster Presentations: the Elizabeth Morris Clinical Education Session – FACES in the spring and the annual ASNA Convention in the fall. The association often …

Legal Corner: Changes and Responsibility in Nursing

by Jon D. Barganier, JD . Upon completion of law school and successful passage of the Alabama Bar Exam twenty-five years ago, I began taking legal work of a wide variety which I thought would allow me to undertake a general practice of law rather than specialization in any one area. In other work settings, that would have made me a “jack of all trades, but a master of none,” so to speak. I remember speaking to an elder in …

Patient Violence: It’s Not All in a Day’s Work (Strategies for reducing patient violence and creating a safe workplace)

By Lori Locke, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Gail Bromley, PhD, RN; Karen A. Federspiel, DNP, MS, RN-BC, GCNS-BC Reprinted from American Nurse Today, Volume 13, Number 5 Robert, a 78-year-old patient, requests help getting to the bathroom. When the nurse, Ellen, enters the room, Robert’s lying in bed, but when she introduces herself, he lunges at her, shoves her to the wall, punches her, and hits her with a footstool. Ellen gets up from the floor and leaves the patient’s room. …

Current Legislation Affecting Alabama Nurses: June 7, 2019

For 106 years Alabama nurses of all specialties have benefited from the advocacy of their fellow nurses who were ASNA members. ASNA takes issues that are important to you and, through the power of many, gives members a STRONG VOICE. The following are bills/issues enacted with ASNA’s support during the 2019 Alabama Legislative Session. SB = SENATE BILL / HB = HOUSE BILL / ASNA = ALA STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION / ABN = ALA BOARD OF NURSING COMPACT STATE – …

2019 Annual Convention Feature Speaker: Ernest J. Grant

We are excited to announce our feature speaker for the 2019 Annual Convention: Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANA President. A former nurse of the year award winner, Dr. Grant is the first man to be elected to the office of ANA president. Thanks to his world-class expertise in burns-related treatment and fire safety issues, Dr. Grant is a leading educator in this field and has lent this experience to various branches of the U.S. military as well as …

ASNA Helps Pass New Resolution to Protect AL Nurses

Dear ASNA Members: I am proud to announce that the Alabama Legislature has just passed an ASNA initiated joint resolution to FURTHER PROTECT NURSES and healthcare workers from ASSAULT in clinical settings. A poster, supplied by ASNA, will be placed in waiting areas to alert people of the fact that it is a FELONY to attack a nurse. This awareness will reinforce the ASNA sponsored law of 2006 that made it a Felony, rather than a misdemeanor, to attack a …

ANF Awards 2019 Scholarships to Alabama Nursing Students

Thanks to funds provided from nursing car tag sales, The Alabama Nurses Foundation (ANF) awarded scholarships at FACES on April 16, 2019 at Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Academic scholarships were available to any Alabama resident enrolled in education leading to a nursing degree. This year’s awardees hailed from all over the state and included both nursing students and nurses who returned to school to further their education. Please make sure to get your nurses tag at your county …

A History of National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American …

Black History Month: Celebrating Three African-American ANA Presidents

from the 2/21/19 edition of the ANA Nursing Insider Barbara L. Nichols, ANA President 1978-1982 Born and raised in Maine, Barbara Nichols, DHL, MS, RN, FAAN, was active in children’s theater and initially considered a career in acting. However, there were very limited roles for African-Americans, so Nichols decided to become a nurse. Many hospitals and nursing schools were still segregated at the time Nichols was pursing her career in nursing. She was one of only four African-American students in her …

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