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 – …

2019 Annual Convention Feature Speaker: Ernest J. Grant

We are excited to announce our feature speaker for the 2019 Annual Convention: Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANA President. A former nurse of the year award winner, Dr. Grant is the first man to be elected to the office of ANA president. Thanks to his world-class expertise in burns-related treatment and fire safety issues, Dr. Grant is a leading educator in this field and has lent this experience to various branches of the U.S. military as well as …

ASNA Helps Pass New Resolution to Protect AL Nurses

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 …

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