ASNA Helps Pass New Resolution to Protect AL Nurses

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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