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 – …

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