“Thank You” Notes to Our Nurses

  Nurses across Alabama work hard every day to keep people as safe and as healthy as possible. They are loyal advocates for their patients, expert and efficient multitaskers, and compassionate caregivers to family and friends. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, everyday nurses with these remarkable qualities continue to hold our communities together. So as a way of acknowledging these heroes, we wanted to extend notes of gratitude to them through thank you messages from their peers, colleagues, and loved …

ANF Awards 2021 Scholarships to Alabama Nursing Students

Thanks to funds provided from nursing car tag sales, The Alabama Nurses Foundation (ANF) has awarded its 2021 scholarships! 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 tag office to ensure we are able to continue to …

Will Your Next Prescription be for the Pharmacy or the Farmacy?

by Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ISNA Member Almost 2500 years ago Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” These words are still relevant today. Some diseases are acute while others are chronic. Those that are chronic may include heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, COPD, kidney disease, and some cancers. The leading causes of death in the US from disease are heart disease, followed by cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and chronic …

Fighting the Pain: The Burden of Chronic Migraine and the Role of Nurse Practitioners

by Cory Wilbanks, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C, CNL, CNE Assistant Professor, UTHSC College of Nursing As a chronic migraine sufferer and healthcare provider, it is my personal goal to improve both awareness of migraine as a public health burden and its management. Chronic migraine is a disease, and headache is only one feature of the disorder—a fact that most people are unaware of. Chronic migraine is a disabling headache disorder that inflicts a burden upon more than 2% of the …

A Message From ASNA President, Dr. Lindsey Harris

My fellow nurses, In line with our goal to advocate for patients and greater access to care, ASNA supports the need for Medicaid expansion in our state. We are not endorsing any specific model, but instead, we support bipartisan dialog toward improving access to care for all Alabamians. The following ASNA Policy Statement articulates our position. Also, note the link to a presentation from Cover Alabama that provides an interesting overview of the arguments for Medicaid expansion. ASNA Policy Statement: …

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