COVID Trauma Could Result in PTSD for Nurses

By John Ziegler, ASNA Executive Director Originally published July 16, 2021 in Birmingham Medical News  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating, and after the daily stress and trauma of caring for critically ill COVID patients, nurses and healthcare providers need to be aware of that this may affect them. The clinical definition of a trauma includes incidental or prolonged exposure to actual or threatened death, and this has certainly been the case with nurses during the pandemic. And although …

The Role of Technology and the Improvement of Compliance with Diabetes Mellitus

by Arica Jones BSN, RN (MSN student, Troy University) Technology for Diabetes Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles and studies published within the past five years were examined to determine the current state of technology for diabetes, as well as its effectiveness. The research found that the combination of modern technology and education has a profound effect on glycemic control and is very promising for improving the overall health of patients. Studies have heavily incorporated cell phone usage and mobile applications to enhance …

ASNA Members Receive UAB School of Nursing Visionary Leader Recognition

As part of their 70th anniversary, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing honored 70 alumni considered leaders in nursing, nurse anesthesia and health care. Please congratulate our current and former ASNA members who were included in this honor. Community Award Recipient The Community Impact Award is presented to an individual in the field of nursing who has made a significant and positive impact on a community through their career or community service. This year, the recipient of …

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day: Help Your Patients Quit for Good

The Dangers of Smoking Each year, 480,000 people die from smoking, and 41,000 people die from secondhand smoke in the United States. While much of the world understands that smoking is closely related to cancer, many do not know that tobacco is one of the leading causes of heart complications and diseases. To bring attention to this little-known fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) established an annual observance named World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day Since 1988, the …

ASNA Senate Resolution Passes Legislative Session

  The most recent ASNA Senate Resolution passed on the last day of the legislative session in support of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution recognizes the bravery, commitment, and sacrifices made by nurses and recommends bringing forward legislation to grant a $1,000 Alabama Income Tax Credit to qualifying nurses. ASNA Senate Resolution SR137 PROMOTING THE ENACTMENT OF LEGISLATION IMPLEMENTING A TAX CREDIT FOR NURSES TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS. WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has been rightfully described as a “war” …

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