Legal Corner: When You Get That Dreaded Call

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by Don Eddins, JD When a registered nurse asks me about a licensure matter, I attempt to convey to the RN in the strongest of terms that his/her license was hard-earned and forms the basis for the nursing professional’s livelihood. Therefore, we take every complaint, regardless how seemingly trivial, very seriously. I emphasize to the nurse that he/she should do nothing to jeopardize it. Licensure and  BON Nurses who have come into contact with the Alabama Board of Nursing (BON) …

Shai Wilkins: A Standout Community Leader

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LaQuitta “Shai” Wilkins is a nurse, community leader, and heart health advocate on a mission. From crisscrossing the country as a travel nurse to being crowned Miss Black Alabama 2016, Shai’s story is one of passion, ambition, and selfless devotion to her local community. From a young age, Shai knew she was interested in a career in healthcare. Visiting her mother’s workplace and seeing her as a home health aid inspired Shai to explore the field of healthcare. Born in …

A Message From the ASNA President: A Look Back At Our Amazing Year

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Hello fellow Alabama nurses! This has been a full and productive year and ASNA continues to promote nursing as the voice for Alabama Nurses. Our Busy Year The beginning of the year, we celebrated a triumph for our nursing profession across the nation when the Veterans Affairs amended their medical regulations to allow full practice authority for nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) within the VA health system. This was a victory for the …

Supporting Children and Adolescents in Disaster

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Authored By:  Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC Disclosures: Neither the author or planning committee have any conflicts of interest Target Audience: All health care providers Learning Outcome: Nurses to provide appropriate supportive care based on best practices which can be individualized to the needs of children and adolescents in times of a disaster. Contact Hours: ANCC /1.0    ABN/1.2 Fees: ASNA Members free     Non-members $10 Accreditation: The Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education …

Alabama Chapter National Association of Hispanic Nurses

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Alabama’s Hispanic population grew 158% between 2000 and 2011, more than any other state. Nursing literature has addressed the need for ethnic/racial diversity, citing diversification as a means of providing culturally competent care (Taxis, C.J., 2002).  Yet, Hispanic nurses represent a mere 1.2% of the nursing workforce in Alabama. To address the aforementioned and other needs, the Alabama chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) was formed August 31, 2017. Currently we have 18 members (4 PhD, 2 …

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