A Letter From the President-Elect: Alabama Nursing Is in a State of Crisis

by James Hardin, MSC, BSN, RN, NE-BC, ASNA President-Elect Where Are We? Many nurses would say that they can’t remember a time when they were sufficiently staffed on a consistent basis. In the over 30 years that I have been in healthcare, there has been a “nursing shortage”. The severity of this shortage has been somewhat cyclical, but healthcare organizations in Alabama have been able to ride out the troughs to get to another peak. The question we are now …

You May Know a Deserving Nurse for the Legion of Honor Medal

by John C. Ziegler MA. D. MIN, ASNA Executive Director Any nurse may recommend an Alabama nurse for The Legion of Honor Medal. Like the Medal of Honor for the military, The Legion of Honor Medal represents the highest measure of courage and valor in dangerous circumstances. The Nurse Legion of Honor criteria applies that concept to those settings and circumstances in our communities where nurses exhibit extraordinary courage in situations beyond the risks normally associated with the profession. Let me …

Open Education Resources in Nursing Education

Open Education Resources in Nursing Education by Julie Savage Jones is licensed under Creative Commons-BY 4.0 I came to the Creative Commons (CC) certificate program for educators upon being awarded an Open Education Resources (OER) training grant. As a community college nursing instructor, I was very interested in learning about potentially free resources for my students. The knowledge that I gained through the course has opened my eyes to so much more than I expected. When I started searching for …

COVID Trauma Could Result in PTSD for Nurses

By John Ziegler, ASNA Executive Director Originally published July 16, 2021 in Birmingham Medical News  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating, and after the daily stress and trauma of caring for critically ill COVID patients, nurses and healthcare providers need to be aware of that this may affect them. The clinical definition of a trauma includes incidental or prolonged exposure to actual or threatened death, and this has certainly been the case with nurses during the pandemic. And although …

The Role of Technology and the Improvement of Compliance with Diabetes Mellitus

by Arica Jones BSN, RN (MSN student, Troy University) Technology for Diabetes Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles and studies published within the past five years were examined to determine the current state of technology for diabetes, as well as its effectiveness. The research found that the combination of modern technology and education has a profound effect on glycemic control and is very promising for improving the overall health of patients. Studies have heavily incorporated cell phone usage and mobile applications to enhance …

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