Black History Month: Celebrating Three African-American ANA Presidents

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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 …

Nurses Leading on Climate Change and Health Issues

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by Cook, Cara; Schenk, Beth; & Demorest, Shanda L. Nursing is rooted in the principles of health promotion and disease prevention. Nurses help individuals achieve optimal health by educating how to engage in healthy lifestyle choices, ensuring appropriate medication management, and assisting in accessing preventative care. Nurses have also been vital to addressing environmental hazards that affect health. New Challenges Now the health sector is experiencing a new challenge. A growing body of evidence indicates the rise in global temperatures over …

Nurses & Social Media Usage Pitfalls

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by Peggy Sellers Benson, RN, MSHA, MSN, NE-BC Executive Officer, Alabama Board of Nursing Recently, I have been asked to discuss the issues the Alabama Board of Nursing sees related to social media usage. Social media complaints against nurses are on the rise, reflecting the increasing accessibility of social media to the public. Social media can include all forms of electronic media, online communities, and personal messages used as a conduit to share information. These media are a fact of …

The Role of Nurses in Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

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by Shereda Finch, M.Ed. MPA Preventing substance use disorders (SUDs) and associated problems in children, adolescents and young adults should include comprehensive, integrative approaches that involve parents, families, communities and medical professionals, even nurses. The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that in 2016, 28.6 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug during the past 30 days, which corresponds to about 1 in 10 Americans overall (10.6%). For adults ages 18-25, that range was …

Overdosing in AL: Understanding the Opioid Crisis

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by Shereda Finch, M.Ed. MPA In Alabama, many individuals, families and communities have been impacted by the Opioid Crisis. As evidenced by reports of opioid overdose deaths across the state, it is clear that the Crisis does not discriminate based on race, zip code or economic status. What is an Opioid? Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain. Prescription opioids are prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Some common types of opioids are oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), …

ANF Awards Scholarships to Alabama Nursing Students

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The Alabama Nursing Foundation (ANF) awarded seven scholarships at FACES ’18 on April 17, 2018 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. Congratulations Academic Scholarship Awardees Courtney Morgan Cox, Auburn University My goals are to complete the dual MSN program …

The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Under the Magnifying Glass

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by Tyler Sturdivant, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, SCRN and Chondra Butler, DNP, RN, AGCNS-BC The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse (APN) who serves as a clinical expert within a specialty population. Like other APNs, (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and certified registered nurse anesthetist) the CNS is educationally prepared with either a master’s or doctoral degree. While the other APNs function primarily as providers, the CNS role encompasses a multitude of healthcare practices. The CNS focuses on treating …

Legal Corner: Estate Planning

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by Don Eddins, JD Estate planning is important, since we never know what the future holds. At a minimum, the estate plan should include a will, a durable power of attorney and an advance directive for health care, which includes a living will. Last Wills and Testaments A will, or “last will and testament”, allows an individual to decide the disposition of his estate, rather than the government. The maker of the will, also known as a “testator,” can determine …

Congratulations District 2 Award Winners

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Congratulations to our District 2 Citations of Excellence Award Winners! We couldn’t do the great work we do without you! Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing Dr. Cuellar is a distinguished member of the nursing community at The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing. She chairs The CCN Committee on Inclusiveness, which strives to make the college a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Cuellar is a …

Call for Nominations: ANA Committees and Boards

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The ANA Committee on Appointments (COA), a Committee of the ANA Board of Directors, has opened its 2018 Call for Nominations for the following positions on ANA Committees and Boards: American Nurses Association – Political Action Committee  Board of Trustees American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advocacy Board Committee on Bylaws Committee on Honorary Awards Committee on Nursing Practice Standards Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) National Advisory Committee Professional Policy Committee (formerly Reference …

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