Profiles & Perspectives: January-June 2014 Edition

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American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)

Nurses Hone Clinical, Leadership Skills at Conference

Ambulatory care nurses from across the country gathered for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) 39th Annual Conference, an outstanding education program which took place May 19-22 in New Orleans, LA.

AAACNNearly 700 attendees advanced their practice and leadership skills with clinical, management, and leadership sessions. Hot topics this year included evidence-based practice, shared decision-making to improve outcomes, easing care transitions and improving satisfaction.

Preconference workshops and education opportunities demonstrated to nurses in attendance how caring for themselves has a direct impact on the quality of care they provide, safety in practice, and job satisfaction.

The Town Hall meeting, always a popular feature of the conference, focused on ambulatory care nursing sensitive indicators, which will help strengthen the value of nursing in ambulatory practice settings by defining benchmarking to improve outcomes for patients. Attendees learned about the work of AAACN’s Nurse Sensitive Indicator Task Force and had the opportunity to share best practices via the open forum.

Finally, more than 100 nurses prepared for certification with the Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Course. See the program.

“As health care continues to move from inpatient to outpatient settings, workforce projections support the need for more nurses in outpatient settings,” AAACN President Marianne Sherman, MS, RN-BC, said. “Defining those roles and establishing the importance of the role of the RN in these settings is vital to our profession. This is a time for nurse leaders to step forward and establish that ambulatory nurses are vital to the quality of patient care.”

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Groundbreaking New Course Standardizes Care Coordination and Transition Management Competencies and Education for Nurses

Getting health care today can feel like putting together a complicated puzzle without all of the pieces.

The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) has a solution: a course and core curriculum text for registered nurses on care coordination and transition management; a new frontier of patient care that can improve outcomes, lower costs, and enhance the patients’ experience of care.

Health care providers working together to give the right care at the right time in the right setting is the goal of care coordination. To educate, standardize, and ensure excellence in patient care, AAACN created the groundbreaking, evidence-based Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) course and core curriculum text. Developed by an expert panel of nurses and spearheaded by longtime AAACN leaders Sheila A. Haas, PhD, RN, FAAN, Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, and Traci S. Haynes, MSN, RN, BA, CEN, this course is a vital guide to the state of research evidence for care coordination and transition management.

ore Curriculum Cover"Health care delivery has shifted, and nurses provide care across multiple settings and providers rather than onsite and in person," said CCTM co-creator and AAACN past president, Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN. “This groundbreaking course and core curriculum respond to the demand for needed competencies for care coordination and transition management, and is a must-have, one-of-a-kind resource for nurses to demonstrate their unique contributions to patient- centered care quality and safety." 

Available through the AAACN Website, the self-learning CCTM course includes 13 online modules and a PDF version of the corresponding core text chapter. The course will provide approximately 20-30 contact hours.

To introduce nurses to the value and wealth of education available in the complete course, AAACN is offering the first CCTM Introduction module free to all nurses, including 2.4 contact hours. Click here to access the first module.

The complete course consists of 13 online learning modules and is available for $995, with a discount available for AAACN members ($595). The CCTM core curriculum text will be available in May 2014 for $99 ($79 for AAACN members) in the AAACN store. Purchase the CCTM course today!

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AAACN and MSNCB Collaborate on First-Ever Certification Exam for Care Coordination and Transition Management

In an exciting leap forward to ensure patient care is safely and efficiently coordinated among qualified providers, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) recently announced their collaboration on a Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) certification exam.

The exam will be developed and administered by MSNCB based on AAACN's Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum. Exam development will begin immediately and is expected to be ready in early fall 2015.

Read the full Press Release.

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Core Curriculum Editor Interviewed on Care Coordination

Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum Editor, Sheila Haas, PhD, RN, Sheila HaasFAAN, recently shared her thoughts on care coordination in an interview with NurseZone

Speaking on the importance of care coordination in growth opportunities for nurses, she said, "Using RNs as care coordinators is a clear application of the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. Care coordinators can work in hospitals, clinics, and in the public health arena.  The push today isn't for more care but the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and to standardize care for a population with complex medical issues. Providing this care requires education that ensures nurses have the right knowledge, skills, and attitudes."

Read the Interview at NurseZone.com.

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AAACN is Growing!

AAACN ended 2013 with 3,031 members — the first time AAACN has reached the 3,000 milestone!

They are ecstatic to report this statistic and are proud to be providing education and support to the most members in their history. This milestone reinforces that ambulatory care nursing is becoming a more visible specialty in the health care arena and that the care ambulatory nurses provide is important and valued.

AAACN extends their thanks all of current members, including those who have been members for years, and to the nurses who have recently joined.

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Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)

Developing Personally and Professionally is Focus of Medical-Surgical Nurses Convention

Inspiring medical-surgical nurses to excel in their practice is one of the goals of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

AMSN To help them succeed, the association will present the AMSN 23rd Annual Convention, September 11-14, 2014, at the Hilton Orlando, Orlando, FL, an education and networking event that helps them take their knowledge and patient care skills to another level.

Along with gaining professional knowledge, the convention inspires the nurses personally by giving them the opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn management and leadership skills, and navigate their nursing careers.

The convention will feature a wide variety of sessions on medical-surgical nursing’s hottest topics, from hands-on practice updates to pharmacology to research. The nurses will also learn how to help achieve better nutrition for their patients and how they can be advocates for nursing’s future.

“We want to make the education content as accessible as possible,” said AMSN President Kathy Lattavo, MSN, RN, CNS-MS, CMSRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC. “Onsite attendees love the entire experience of being there, networking, hearing the speakers, and seeing friends, but for those who can’t attend in person, the video broadcast is an ideal option.”

Register online now!

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Michele George, MBA, BSN, RN, Fills Vacant Role of Director

Michele George, MBA, BSN, RN, Patient Care Coordinator and Branch Manager, Excel Home Health, Madisonville, LA, has been appointed to complete the term of Renee Thompson, PhD, CMSRN who resigned from the Board of Directors (BOD).

Michele has been the coordinator of the Legislative Team and column editor for MedSurg Matters. She works as a RN Private Insurance Division Manager where she coordinates all aspects of patient care from admission to discharge.  The AMSN BOD looks forward to working with Michele and learning from her experiences.

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Robin Hertel Re-Elected National Secretary AMSN election results are in!

The Nominating Committee has announced Robin Hertel, MSN, RN, CMSRN, will be serving a second 3-year term as national secretary.

Robin has served as secretary for the AMSN Board of Directors (BOD) for 3 years, a role that includes work as board liaison for several AMSN committees. Prior to her service on the BOD, Robin held several other positions including chair of the Legislative Policies and Issues Committee, member of the editorial team for MedSurg Matters! newsletter, and faculty member of the AMSN Certification Review Course On the Road.

In addition, she has served as chapter secretary for Sigma Theta Tau and has written several articles for MedSurg Matters!

Robin, who lives in Hays, KS, is currently employed by North Central Kansas Technical College, as a nursing faculty member.

Along with Robin, there are seven members on the BOD. Kathy Lattavo, MSN, RN, CNS-MS, CMSRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, is the current president. At the AMSN 23rd Annual Convention in September, Kathy will hand over the presidency to President-Elect Jill Arzouman, MS, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, and Robin will also be inducted for her second term at the convention. The remaining five board members are still serving current terms.

Robin said she is excited about serving on the BOD again “because I am committed to advancing the specialty role of the medical-surgical nurse.” She added that she wants to continue encouraging members to be active in AMSN and vocal about the specialty.

“I want to increase awareness that medical-surgical units are not ‘jumping off points’ for new graduates – these are specialty units that require a unique set of talents and skills,” she said.

The AMSN BOD, the AMSN staff, and Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., the AMSN management company, send their sincere congratulations to Robin!

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Nursing Icon, Marlene Kramer, Meets with AMSN Board of Directors

The AMSN Board of Directors (BOD) were very honored to meet with Marlene Kramer, PhD, RN, at the BOD meeting in May at the AMSN National Office in Pitman, NJ.

Marlene is a well-known and respected researcher whose work has focused on identifying a healthy practice environment.

The purpose of this meeting with Marlene was to discuss her work, its impact on the practice of medical-surgical nursing and how AMSN could provide resources for the medical-surgical nurse to promote a healthy practice environment. One of the goals of the AMSN strategic plan focuses on the healthy practice environment and through this discussion the BOD has identified some top priorities related to this initiative.

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AMSN Career Mobility Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the AMSN Career Mobility Scholarships!

The scholarships provide financial support to members of AMSN to further their education - from LPN to RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, or MSN to Doctorate. Each scholarship is $2,000.

  • Summer Bryant, BSN, MSN, CMSRN
  • Stephanie Frome, BSN, RN, CMSRN
  • Roque Anthony Velasco, BSN, RN, PHN, CMSRN

Best wishes for success in your pursuit of higher education!

Find out more about the Career Mobility Scholarship.

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2014 AMSN Career Mobility Scholarship Recipient Roque Anthony Velasco, BSN, RN, PHN, CMSRN, Talks about Receiving Award

Roque Anthony VelascoI would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in choosing me to receive the 2014 AMSN Career Mobility Scholarship. I am much honored to be a recipient of this award.

This award will be of great assistance in my journey of pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. With your assistance, I became much closer in realizing my dreams of becoming of a nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist.

Graduating magna cum laude during my undergraduate studies at San Diego State University (SDSU), I gained knowledge and skills that served as a foundation to my growth as a nursing professional.

Nationally ranked in its commitment to innovative changes in academics, faculty, and student life, SDSU enriched me with the necessary tools to become an engaged citizen and health leader.

Being involved in the local AMSN Chapter also instilled in me the importance of community involvement and elevating the profession of nursing. Upon graduation, I continued to excel, including active involvement in hospital-wide councils, multiple quality improvement projects, international medical missions, and local volunteer activities, as well as local and national nursing conference presentations.

Read more of Mr. Velasco’s story.

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American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)

ANIA Hosted 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas

American Nursing Informatics AssociationTo keep nurses and others on top of this rapidly changing field, the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) provides a conference each year that draws informatics specialists from around the country.

The conference provides essential learning for informatics nurses who are leading the charge in implementation, system optimization, education, research, and project management.

These nurses work in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, academics and military settings, and blend nursing practice and technology.

The ANIA 2014 Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2014, at the Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, featured top experts in the industry, an interactive exhibit hall, and networking opportunities. Attendees were offered the chance to earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours and view poster presentations.

Read more about the ANIA Conference.

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Save the Date! ANIA to Host 2015 Conference in Philadelphia

ANIA 2015 Annual Conference
April 23, 2015 to April 25, 2015
Loews Hotel - Philadelphia, PA

Read more about the ANIA Conference.

About ANIA:
The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) is the association of professional nurses and associates who:

  • Are committed to their specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing and informatics practice
  • Identify informatics practice as a specialty that is essential to the delivery of high quality, and cost-effective health care
  • Are committed to their professional development and seek to actively engage in a community of like-minded professionals
  • Use informatics is to improve the health of populations, communities, families and individuals by optimizing information management and communication (ANA, 2008).

ANIA’s mission is to advance the field of nursing informatics through communication, education, research and professional activities.

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American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)

Sharon Longton Inducted as President of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association

Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC, of Southgate, MI, became the newest president of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) during the 45th National Symposium held recently in Anaheim, CA.

Longton, one of ANNA’s most respected leaders and advocates, was inducted during the annual Nephrology Nurse Recognition Dinner on Monday, April 14, at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. She was welcomed into her new role by outgoing President Norma Gomez, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, and a group of ANNA leaders, volunteers, and members during the formal awards ceremony.

During her address, Longton encouraged nurses to move out of their comfort zone and take risks to inspire change. Her goals this year include promoting a culture of safety for both patients and nurses, creating virtual chapters for ANNA members, high-profile lobbying in Washington, DC, for health policy changes, and increased efforts to support multistate licensure for nurses.

As president, Longton will lead one of the country’s largest nursing associations. During her 1-year term, she will serve on the ANNA National Board of Directors and as liaison to assigned committees. She will helm the association as it implements its strategic plan, which includes promoting excellence in nephrology health care, as well as providing a broad range of services to ANNA’s 10,000 members.

Longton is a data manager/transplant coordinator at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, MI. She has been a nephrology nurse for more than 24 years, working in a wide variety of nephrology-related roles, from staff nurse to education to management.

She has served ANNA in many capacities including National Secretary, ANNA Resource Corps Advisor, Conferences Committee Chair, Awards & Scholarships Committee Chair, Transplantation Specialty Practice Network (SPN) member, and chapter secretary. Longton has also been deeply involved in ANNA’s advocacy initiatives in Washington, DC, and is a well-known speaker, mentor, and writer for ANNA and in the nephrology community.

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Nurses Focus on Patient Care, Safety, at American Nephrology Nurses' Association Symposium

The American Nephrology Nurses Association recently celebrated a successful 45th National Symposium in Anaheim, CA, welcoming its new leaders and honoring outstanding members with service awards.

The meeting drew more than 800 nephrology nurses and other health care professionals for a wide variety of education sessions, networking, and special events.

With the number of Americans suffering from kidney disease rising steadily, this national event has become even more imperative to nurses and other providers who must stay current on best practices and treatment advances. The symposium attracts the country’s top experts as speakers, and nurses take home the latest innovations in evidence-based practice and research to better serve their patients.

“There are many opportunities for nurses to obtain education these days, but it’s difficult to not only match the sheer amount of interactive learning nephrology nurses glean from this symposium, but  to also match the high level of quality topics presented,” said Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC, ANNA’s new president. “The excitement and face-to-face exchanges are my favorite part of the meeting every year. It truly does rejuvenate us on every level.” 

In addition to sessions on dialysis, hypertension, obesity management and other clinical topics, attendees also learned how to become effective nursing advocates, administrators, researchers, and leaders. In addition, ANNA provides networking and special events, the opportunity to earn continuing nursing education (CNE) and pharmacology credits, and assembles industry representatives in the exhibit hall to interact with attendees and answer their questions.

At the symposium, held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Anaheim Convention Center, ANNA also celebrated the year’s award and scholarship winners, and inducted its new leaders for 2014-15.

Visit the ANNA Website for a full recap of the symposium and a complete list of ANNA award, scholarship and grant recipients.

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Virtual Lobby Day

ANNA held its second annual Virtual Lobby Day on June 10, 2014.

The date was selected to coincide with ANNA President, Sharon Longton, and Past Presidents, Norma Gomez and Donna Bednarski, lobbying in Washington with other members of the kidney community. They were joined by Health Policy Consultant Jim Twaddell from Drinker, Biddle, Reath (ANNA’s health policy consultant), and Mike Cunningham, Executive Director.

ANNA members were invited to participate “virtually” by sending letters through ANNA’s Website to representatives in Congress about two very important issues:

  1. Ask Congress to support research dollars to end chronic kidney disease.
  2. Ask Congress to adequately cover immunosuppressive drugs for transplant patients.

ANNA members responded by sending more than 500 letters to their members of Congress in support of these issues. Mike Cunningham recognized the efforts surrounding Virtual Lobby Day by saying, “Virtual Lobby Day is a great opportunity for ANNA members to have their voices heard in Washington, DC about important issues facing the kidney community. ANNA implemented the lobby day in 2013 and it was so successful that it has become an annual event.”

ANNA plans to hold its next biannual Health Policy Workshop in June 2015 where approximately 50 members will visit Washington, DC to learn about the legislative process and lobby Congress about important topics facing nephrology nurses. Another virtual lobby day will be held in conjunction with this program in 2015.

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Nephrology Nurses and Health Care Professionals will Hone Hands-On Skills and Learn Latest Hot Topics at Nephrology Nursing Conference

The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) will give nephrology nurses and other nephrology health care professionals the opportunity to learn the latest advances in practice, from clinical and advanced practice to leadership and management, at the Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses , October 11-13, 2014, in Savannah, GA.

American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) There will be hands-on skills sessions and special “Hot Topics” courses that are geared toward nephrology practitioners seeking to take their practice to a higher level. Attendees can also create their own educational experience by choosing among various tracks.

“The Fall Meeting gives nephrology nurses the chance to explore many different practice areas. This is an extremely ‘customizable’ program, allowing attendees to participate in sessions that will best meet their personal and professional needs,” said ANNA President Sharon Longton, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC. “Add to that the networking and one-on-one discussions with colleagues, and nurses come away from this meeting with great ideas and renewed passion for the specialty.”

The meeting draws the industry’s best speakers and most prominent innovators who teach sessions organized into four tracks: Advanced Practice, Hot Topics, Management/Leadership, and Nursing Practice. For attending, nurses will earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, and pharmacology credits are available at many of the sessions.

View the program brochure and complete registration information.

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Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)

GAPNA to Hold 33rd Annual Conference in Orlando

GAPNA will host its 33rd Annual Conference September 17-20, 2014, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Orlando, FL.

The conference, entitled Four Points of Impact on Care of the Older Adult: Practice, Outcomes, Education, and Technology, will provide a format for learning and networking that assists gerontological advanced practice nurses to enhance their knowledge and practice.

Attendees will have access to:

  • Relevant general and concurrent sessions designed to offer choice and variety.
  • Eighteen breakout sessions to target their learning.
  • Educational interactions with leading industry representatives.
  • Peer-conducted research presented as interactive poster sessions and oral presentations.
  • Online Library access to event sessions post conference.
  • Dynamic pre-conference workshops designed to meet the needs of APNs with a range of practice experience.
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country.
  • Educational opportunities to earn 24.5 contact hours.
  • Pharmacological education opportunities to earn 12.5 hours.
  • The entertainment and excitement of Orlando!

Register online today!

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Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)

Online Tracker Makes Recertification Easier Than Ever

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)Beginning in May 2014, MSNCB now offers a full online recertification process.

CMSRNs can track their contact hours over the 5-year certification period, and when eligible, can apply for recertification online. The new function offers a streamlined, paperless solution to organize the required contact hours and recertify with a click. Users have found it extremely beneficial.

Kim from Bremerton, WA said, "The online process for CMSRN recertification was AMAZINGLY easy! ...I can't wait to share with my coworkers how easy and user-friendly recertifying has become!" 

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MSNCB Supports Certification Advocacy Project

MSNCB recently joined a group of specialty nursing organizations in a project promoting medical-surgical nursing certification as a way to meet a state's continuing education (CE) and continuing competence (CC) requirements.

The group will also help encourage employers to promote and reward certified medical-surgical nurses. Nine MSNCB representatives will attend a training workshop this month, led by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), and share updates in the future.

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AAACN and MSNCB Collaborate on First-Ever Certification Exam for Care Coordination and Transition Management

In an exciting leap forward to ensure patient care is safely and efficiently coordinated among qualified providers, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) recently announced their collaboration on a Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) certification exam.

The exam will be developed and administered by MSNCB based on AAACN's Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum. Exam development will begin immediately and is expected to be ready in early fall 2015.

Read the full Press Release.

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Society of Urologic Nurses & Associates (SUNA)

SUNA's 2014 Annual Conference to Be Held in Lake Buena Vista, FL

Register today for SUNA's 45th Annual Conference. Scheduled for October 31 through November 3, 2014 at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the conference offers many excellent educational, networking, and professional development opportunities.

The purpose of the 2014 Annual Conference is to provide evidenced-based educational offerings to all participants and to foster the advancement of urologic nurses, associates and advanced practice providers. This conference will assist in increasing competence of participants in providing quality care to urologic patients and provide skills to educate those patients and their families.

This conference will also provide opportunities for network ing with colleagues and experts in the field of urology.

According to Lee Ann Boyd, MSN, ARNP, CUNP, SUNA Annual Conference Planning Committee Chairperson, the conference will be offering to its attendees “multiple preconference workshops, including a cystoscopy workshop, uropharmacology session, and a urologic review for RNs and Advanced Practice providers.”

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to “explore the conference content, which includes pediatric urology, urologic malignancies, surgical topics, and a renal transplantation update.”

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Annual Symposium for Urologic Nurses Featured More Advanced Practice Sessions, Exciting Addition

SUNA

An outstanding program on incontinence and pelvic floor disorders was presented by expert colleagues in nursing, medicine, rehabilitation, and naturopathic health at the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) Annual Symposium, March 13-16, 2014, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.

Attendees earned continuing nursing education contact hours and enhanced their practice with the latest updates and innovative strategies in urologic care for adults and children in outpatient, inpatient, and extended care settings.

Attendees had the opportunity to network with colleagues, view research and poster presentations, and get hands-on and face-to-face time with new products in the exhibit hall.

As an added bonus, this year’s Symposium offered new features and more advanced practice sessions for attendees.

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Jannetti Publications, Inc. News

MEDSURG Nursing - How Nurses Can Reduce Sepsis Mortality

PITMAN, NJ - Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitalized patients and has a substantial impact on health care resources. But an evidence-based nursing sepsis protocol, like the one outlined in the January/February 2014 issue of MEDSURG Nursing, was shown to reduce mortality rates and increase nurse satisfaction.

MEDSURG Nursing In "Reducing Sepsis Mortality," an interdisciplinary team developed several tools to assist staff in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sepsis. Tools included:

  • A sepsis screening tool that allows nurses to review sepsis-related symptoms.
  • Outlined steps the nurse must take in caring for patient with suspected sepsis.
  • An electronic sepsis order set.
  • Verbal order telephone scripts to support communication between the nurse and physician.
  • Complete protocol.

During the first two years after the team’s initiative began, 225 adult patients screened positive for sepsis and less than 112 deaths occurred, representing a 50% decrease in mortality. Indirectly, the sepsis screening process led to greater nurse satisfaction based on staff ability to identify early signs and symptoms of sepsis, order necessary tests, and initiate the protocol.

Another protocol addressed in this issue of MEDSURG Nursing is indwelling urinary catheter removal. Studies show that over half of patients who receive a urinary catheter do not have a valid indication for its use. The study, "A-Voiding Catastrophe: Implementing a Nurse-Driven Protocol," found that using a nurse-driven protocol reduces the incidence and duration of urinary catheterization, decreases incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and improves the quality of care for hospitalized patients.

These articles and more, including "Botox® for Overactive Bladders: A Look at the Current State of Evidence," are available online.

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Call for 'Clinical How-To' Submissions and Military-Themed Manuscripts

Are you a clinical expert? Share that expertise through the "Clinical How-To" column in MEDSURG Nursing, the official journal of AMSN. Desired topics include tracheostomy care, care of the patient with a chest tube, IV access devices, total hip protocol to avoid dislocation (posterior approach), and neurovascular assessment.

The journal is also looking for contributions by and for military nurses in all service branches, active duty, and reserves. We invite you to share your views on the unique health care perspectives of these settings.

Please contact journal Editor Dottie Roberts ( drobertscns@gmail.com ) to discuss your interest and a possible timeline for submission for either of these areas.

Request a complimentary copy of MEDSURG Nursing.

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Pediatric Nursing - Celebrate 30 Years of Pediatric Nursing at the Annual Conference

This year, Pediatric Nursing will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary at its annual conference, July 31 – August 2, in National Harbor, MD.

Pediatric Nursing Conference Chairperson Conference Louise D. Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, invites those interested to attend and “Join leading experts and colleagues in the pediatric nursing field as they share their experiences of being leaders for change, dealing with crucial issues facing the current state of children's health, putting evidence-based research into practice, and collaborating with colleagues across a spectrum of care to advance the current pediatric environment.

By adding your own unique voice and experience, you become a chapter in the story we all share — the one that tells of the value of pediatric nursing!

Purpose

The purpose of the 2014 Pediatric Nursing Conference is to provide a learning and networking environment that will assist pediatric nurses to enhance their knowledge, skills, and practice.

Conference Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Develop the leadership skills necessary to advance within the pediatric environment.
  2. Discuss with leading experts and colleagues advances in health care and the impact upon the pediatric nurse.
  3. Apply current evidence-based trends in health care to pediatric nursing practice.
  4. Identify current health care issues that impact children's health and pediatric nursing practice.

Who Should Attend?

  • Pediatric nurses in multiple settings, including community, acute care, school, rehabilitative, and long-term care
  • Advanced practice pediatric nurses
  • Pediatric nurse practitioners

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CNE ACTIVITY: Transition of Pediatric Patients to Adult Care: An Analysis of Provider Perceptions across Discipline and Role
Joanne O’Sullivan-Oliveira, Susan M. Fernandes, Lawrence F. Borges, and Laurie N. Fishman

Appearing in the May/June issue of Pediatric Nursing is the article “Transition of Pediatric Patients to Adult Care: An Analysis of Provider Perceptions across Discipline and Role,” by authors Joanne O’Sullivan-Oliveira, PhD, FNP, BC; Susan M. Fernandes, MS; Lawrence F. Borges, MD; and Laurie N. Fishman, MD. As the article’s abstract states, the importance of successfully transitioning pediatric patients to adult care is increasingly recognized as more children with chronic diseases are living to adulthood.

The aim of this study was to investigate the current state of provider perceptions across disciplines regarding transition of pediatric patients to adult care. Focus groups made up of providers of various roles and experience levels were conducted. A total of six major themes were identified. We conclude that pediatric providers share common concerns about transitioning pediatric patients to adult care.

We reinforce many of the issues raised in the literature and also discuss a sense of professional ego that was identified as a barrier to successful transition, which is not widely reported in other studies.

Read the article and take the post-test.

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Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., Awarded Re-Accreditation by AMC Institute

The Association Management Companies (AMC) Institute, the global trade association representing the Association Management industry, has awared re-accreditation to AJJ.

Among 500-plus Association Management Companies (AMC) worldwide, only 74 have achieved AMC Institute Accreditation, demonstrating the commitment and the ability to deliver the highest level of professional management services to association and not-for-profit clients.  These AMCs are the recognized choice of association and not-for-profit organizations.

Administered by AMC Institute, AMC Institute Accreditation is recognized and supported by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and is based on the ANSI Standard of Good Practices for the AMC Industry.  ANSI requires that the standard be reviewed and updated regularly to remain an approved standard. Measurable performance practices include contracts and service delivery; employee recruitment, training and professional development; and financial management and internal controls, among others. AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years, demonstrating to an independent outside auditor that they continue to meet the standard.

“We congratulate Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. for achieving re-accreditation,” AMC Institute Board President, Dede Gish-Panjada said. “The accreditation evaluation is the most demanding and comprehensive in our industry. Clients of accredited AMCs should feel assured that this exclusive group operates with the highest level of professionalism and responsibility, and consistently meets or exceeds all industry requirements.”

“AJJ makes it a priority to provide personalized, top-quality services,” said Anthony Jannetti, AJJ president. “I am extremely proud of our staff. They have an unmatched level of expertise, and they truly care about the success of each and every client.”

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AJJ Welcomes Two New Employees

Join us in welcoming two new employees to AJJ:

Rosaria Mineo

Rosaria Mineo, of Washington Township, NJ, has been hired as the marketing and social media manager for AJJ.

She is responsible for sharing AJJ and association news for AMSN, AAACN, GAPNA, MSNCB, NNCC, Nursing Economics, Pediatric Nursing and SUNA on Facebook and Twitter, as well as developing e-newsletters and assisting with media relations as needed.

Rosaria holds her B.A. in Theater Performance from Rowan University and is pursing her M.S. in Health Communication from Boston University. She previously worked as the public relations manager and social media strategist for Canary Promotion in Philadelphia, PA, and as the managing director of the Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, NJ.

She is looking forward to using the evolving dynamics of social media to continue to bring associations, their memberships, and the communities they serve closer together.

Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark, of Glassboro, NJ, has been hired as a Membership Services Coordinator for ANNA.

She will be responsible for fielding phone calls and emails from current and prospective members and assisting on projects. Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rowan University in New Jersey. She has dual B.A. degrees in Advertising and Public Relations, a minor in Marketing and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Integrated Marketing Communication and New Media.

She brings with her valuable experience in customer service/relations where she was able to utilize her organizational, computer, and written/oral communication skills.

Lauren is looking forward to the opportunity to working with the members of ANNA.