ASNA Partners with The Wellness Coalition in Dispelling Flu Vaccine Myths in African American Communities

There are many vaccines out for people to take to prevent diseases, but some populations of people are still hesitant to receive them. With a little over 68% of hospitalizations due to flu related complications, African Americans are at the most risk. In fact, African Americans in every age group rank highest for more hospitalizations caused by the flu. One reason the group is so greatly affected by the flu is the element fear accompanying vaccines and trust in vaccination …

A Holiday Message From ASNA President, Dr. Lindsey Harris

As president of the Alabama State Nurses Association, I want to wish you Happy Holidays and thank you for being an ASNA/ANA member. As you can see in the highlights below this letter, together we have accomplished a lot in this difficult and challenging year. The World Health Organization named 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse.” Little did we know the weight that designation would carry. I would like to personally thank you for all you do! Many of …

The Debate On Drug Costs

by Jon D. Barganier Let me make a disclosure right out of the chute, I worked for a pharmaceutical company for twenty plus years and in the pharmaceutical industry in general for most of my professional life, which is about forty years. I am biased toward that industry like I am biased toward nursing because I believe both have improved and/or prolonged the lives of millions of people during the past century. Penicillin and countless other antibiotics, insulin, oncology drugs, …

The Crisis and Opportunity We Face

by Jon D. Barganier Twenty-something years ago, I was asked by legendary and Hall of Fame Public Health nurse, Ruth Harrell, to speak to a leadership group within ASNA about leadership. If memory serves me correctly, Ruth was the president of ASNA at that time. Prior to that invitation by Ruth to speak, I had told her a story that I had used when I was affiliated with the Alabama State Employees Association that had several leadership principles in it …

COVID-19 Emotional And Self-Care Support

As you may know, 2020 continues to be a tumultuous year. The COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, economic uncertainty, and natural disasters have impacted us all. However, there are those whose job requires them to be placed in the midst of this strife. Alabama’s first responders and frontline workers go to work each day with fear and concern for themselves and their families. Yet, those emotions are pushed aside and their focus is placed solely on serving and saving the citizens …

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