Profiles & Perspectives: July-December 2013 Edition

AJJ Profiles & Perspectives is the enewsletter of Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. It highlights AJJ clients, associations and employees.

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Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)

University of Kansas Transplant Unit Receives First AMSN PRISM Award™ for Exemplary Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice

When the nurses of a University of Kansas Hospital transplant unit gathered in the hospital atrium November 8, they thought they were coming to a Med-Surg Nurses Week party. Many of them had the day off or had asked another nurse to cover for them so they could attend. It’s a good thing they did because there was another much bigger surprise waiting for them.

“The timing of our visit today is really special because we have a wonderful announcement to make,” said Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) President Mimi Haskins, MS, RN, CNS, CMSRN, who was representing the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and MSNCB. “The recipient of our first AMSN PRISM AwardTM is the 41/42 Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit of the University of Kansas Hospital!”

Responding with hugs, high fives, and cheers, the nurses celebrated their achievement and crowded around the award, a cut glass framed prism. They were joined by hospital officials as well as AMSN Secretary Robin Hertel, MSN, RN, CMSRN, who co-presented the award with Haskins.

The AMSN PRISM Award, which is co-sponsored by AMSN and MSNCB, the certifying body of AMSN, recognizes exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units across the country. PRISM stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg.” It is the first award of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the United States.

AMSN PRISM Award (TM)“Unit 41/42 impressed the AMSN PRISM Award application reviewers as an outstanding example of teamwork, professionalism, and innovation,” said AMSN President Kathleen Lattavo, MSN, RN, CNS-MS, CMSRN, RNBC, ACNS-BC. “The staff members’ commitment to patients and their dedication to excelling in every aspect of their jobs were obvious on their application. They have earned every bit of their success.”

AMSN will announce the award recipients in its publications and during a presentation at the next AMSN Annual Convention slated for September 2014 in Orlando, FL.

About the AMSN PRISM Award:

Hoping to inspire nurses to strive for the highest levels of patient safety and quality, AMSN and MSNCB launched the AMSN PRISM Award in October 2012.

With more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, AMSN and MSNCB also wanted to promote public understanding of the broad spectrum of patient care services these nurses provide, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

Learn more about the AMSN PRISM Award.

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AMSN Traveled to Nashville for 22nd Annual Convention

AMSN The 22nd AMSN Annual Convention was held September 26-29, 2013, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. There, attendees had an array of topics from which to choose, all presented by outstanding expert faculty.

The convention offered wonderful opportunities for attendees to network with colleagues and friends and meet exceptional nurses from around the world who share a common commitment and compassion for medical-surgical nursing. On hand were exhibits presented by leading health care companies, poster presentations, and many rewarding chances to get involved at the local and national levels.

Past attendees have told us the convention helped accelerate their careers and improve their patient care skills. They said they left with a greater appreciation of the medical-surgical nursing profession and their personal contributions within it so they could become eloquent advocates for the specialty.

Hopefully attendees unable to be there in person had the option of attending virtually via a LIVE Webcast.

Read more about the AMSN Convention.

AMSN Says, “It’s All About YOU!”

It's All About YOU!The "It's All About YOU!" section of the AMSN Website features YOUR stories. There are stories about groups (chapters, units, facilities, etc.) and their activities and success stories. The stories may be personal interactions with patients or colleagues.

We encourage you to submit stories, pictures, videos, and first-hand accounts of your experiences to share with the visitors of AMSN. Watch for chapter news, events, and service projects, unit and facility celebrations and achievements, even individual award announcements. Tell us YOUR story!

We have added a fantastic new feature to make it easy and fast to participate - the "EXPRESS Story Submission Form". There are predefined questions for you to answer that are tailored to each category. You can even include up to three images with every story! The other Full Story Submission Form option for your story submission offers the ability to include more details.

AMSN members may read the stories or submit their own! Some categories are open to all med-surg nurses as well.

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American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)

Ambulatory Care Nursing Conference Tackles Hot Topics in Health Care

AMSN The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) will host its 39th Annual Conference at the Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, May 19-22, 2014. Attendees will enhance their practice with education specific to ambulatory care and telehealth nursing, and leave feeling enriched and energized; ready to share information and put strategies into practice.

The AAACN conference attracts a broad range of health care providers who work in ambulatory care settings, including military and telehealth. Attendees include RNs who are administrators, directors, managers, educators, care coordinators, consultants, researchers, and clinicians. This year, attendees can expect to expand their knowledge on the Patient-Centered Medical Home and learn new approaches to quality management. Leadership and telehealth tracks are also woven throughout the program.

Attendees will earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, view posters, visit the Exhibit Hall, and network with colleagues. Registration for the pre-conference Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Course is also available.

Conference Highlights:

Donna Wright, MS, RN, will give the conference Keynote Address, “Leadership and Resiliency,” where she’ll take a humorous look at what is needed to succeed in health care today and explore strategies and tools for better outcomes.

This year’s popular Town Hall, “Ambulatory Nursing Sensitive Indicators (NSI),” will be facilitated by the Chair of the Ambulatory NSI Task Force, Sharon Eck Birmingham, DNSc, MA, BSN, RN. Attendees are invited to contribute ideas or examples of NSI from their practice.

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AAACN President Hosts Webinar: The Power of Nurses in Primary and Ambulatory Care

In November, AAACN President Susan Paschke, RN-BC, MSN, NEA-BC, hosted a webinar about the Affordable Care Act.

In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act's sweeping changes, hospitals began moving some patient care services to outpatient settings as early as 2010, and that trend is expected to accelerate.

Currently, 60% of the care provided by hospitals is inpatient and 40% is ambulatory. Experts predict those percentages will be reversed within five years. In this webinar, participants learned how a great number of nurses will likewise shift from the hospital to medical specialty offices, outpatient surgical centers, stand-alone emergency departments, and other community settings, where many will take on leadership roles.

Participants who attended the webinar and completed the post-test and evaluation survey earned 1.0 contact hour. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Learn more about this webinar.

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American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)

ANNA to Hold 45th Annual Symposium

ANNA will be holding its 45th National Symposium, April 13-16, 2014, at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA.

American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) The conference will present information vital to nurses, technicians, and health care professionals who care for patients with kidney disease; staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, managers, educators, and researchers specializing in nephrology; dialysis care providers; transplant coordinators and professionals; diabetes educators; and other specialized health care professionals.

ANNA’s National Symposium is the premier nephrology nursing meeting of the year and is guaranteed to expand your knowledge base, enhance your clinical skills, and translate evidence into your daily practice.

  • Attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Earn continuing nursing education (CNE) and pharmacology credits.
  • Explore the latest trends in nephrology nursing practice.
  • Discover ways to improve patient care.
  • Network with other professionals in the specialty.
  • Visit with industry representatives and learn about the latest products, technology, and services.

Learn more about the National Symposium.

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ANNA to Host Webinar Addressing Implications of CMS Final Rule on the ESRD Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it intends to issue the final rule, Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System (PPS), Quality Incentive Program (QIP), and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (CMS-1526-F), on or before November 27, 2013, to be effective on January 1, 2014.

Read the Proposed Rule.

In an effort to inform members of the impact and implications of the Final Rule, ANNA hosted a webinar for ANNA members entitled Final Rule on the ESRD Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program: What Does It Mean to You? on December 10, 2013. The 1-hour webinar, which included time for questions, addressed the following:

  • How will the PPS changes impact payment for dialysis next year?
  • What changes in QIP measures do we need to be prepared for in 2014?
  • Will these changes impact my practice or the quality of care that I deliver to my patients?

Read about background information regarding the CMS rule.

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ANNA Endorses Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards

In June, 2013, Congressmen John Conyers and George Miller introduced H.R. 2480 "The RN and Health Care Worker Protection Act" based on the "Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards."

This bill takes critical steps to protect the safety of our nation's nurses, health care workers, and their patients. Safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention is essential in providing the highest quality of care to patients. It is also critical to safeguard the health and safety of our nation's health care workforce.

To ensure a robust and well-trained workforce ready to care for patients, we must ensure that the proper safety requirements are in place. ANNA is committed to promoting safe workplace initiatives for registered nurses and staff. To that end, ANNA has endorsed the American Nurses Association's National Interdisciplinary Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards and also supports this bill.

View ANNA’s letter of support for H.R. 2480.

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American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)

ANIA Prepares to Host Annual Conference in Las Vegas

To 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.

American Nursing Informatics Association 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, slated for March 27-29, 2014, at the Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, will feature top experts in the industry, an interactive exhibit hall, and networking opportunities. Attendees will also earn continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours and view poster presentations.

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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Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)

GAPNA Visited the Windy Cindy for the 32nd Annual Conference in Chicago

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Chicago, IL. GAPNA traveled to Chicago in September for the 32nd annual conference, which took place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Chicago, IL.

Members had opportunities to interact with approximately 500 advanced practice nurses (APNs), who are decision-makers and industry leaders; networked with like-minded members; and met with members of the GAPNA Research Committee to receive one-on-one guidance from researchers.

View poster presentations from the conference.

About GAPNA:

GAPNA is the organization of choice for APNs who want to pursue continuing education in gerontological care and who seek peer support from experienced clinician. GAPNA provides APNs with the most current information on care, research programs, and health policy affecting older adults.

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GAPNA Headed to Orlando for 33rd Annual Conference

Save the date! The 33rd Annual GAPNA Conference will be held September 17-20, 2014 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Orlando, FL.

The theme is this conference will be “Four Points of Impact on Care of the Older Adult: Practice, Outcomes, Education, and Technology.” Attendees will have the chance to attend presentations, view posters, earn contact hours, and network with colleagues…and that’s not to mention all that beautiful Orlando has to offer.

About GAPNA:

GAPNA (formerly NCGNP) was founded in 1981, by a small group of GNPs with the intention of offering the first continuing education conferences designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced practice nurses.

Currently, GAPNA represents the interests of certified advanced practice nurses who work with older adults in a wide variety of practice settings. GAPNA is the organization of choice for advanced practice nurses who want to pursue continuing education in gerontological care and who seek peer support from experienced clinicians.

Read more about the GAPNA conference.

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“Preparing for NOW” Webinar Available

In November, Dr.’s April Bigelow and Kathleen Potempa presented the webinar “Preparing for NOW.”

Many changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are set to take place in 2014, but in order to be prepared to ensure care for patients we need to be focused on preparing now. This session will explore the present and future changes set to take place under the ACA with regard to care for the aging population and discuss how advanced practice nurses can be prepared for the changing workforce needs that will result.

Anyone who registered to attend the live event will be granted free access to the recorded webinar. All other attendees can access the session for $20. Earn 1.25 Contact Hours!

Read/download the session.

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Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)

The FailSafe Certification Program is an innovative new program that makes getting med-surg certified safer and easier for everyone. To develop this program, MSNCB considered every aspect of the testing process, from test stress to financial concerns, and lifted the barriers.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)The result is everyone wins: nurses, nurse managers, the health care facilities, and patients. In a nutshell, a nurse gets more than one chance to pass the exam, and the health care facility doesn't pay a penny until the nurse passes.

The MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program removes two barriers that nurses face in becoming certified: fear of failure and upfront costs. Here's how it works. A facility agrees that within one year's time, at least 10 medical-surgical nurses will sit for the CMSRN exam.

  • If the nurses pass the exam, the facility pays the exam fees.
  • If the nurses are unsuccessful, they can take the exam an additional time before the contract ends.
  • If the nurses pass the second time around, the facility pays.
  • If the nurses do not pass, no one pays.

The MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program is a huge success. So far, over 50 facilities are participating, and more than 1,000 nurses have registered for the CMSRN exam through the program.

Read more about the MSNCB FailSafe Program.

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MSNCB and the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Join Forces

MSNCB has joined the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) and other nursing certification boards in advocating for the acceptance of specialty certification as a way to meet a state's continuing education/competency requirements for state licensure and emerging competence requirements.

Led by BCEN, the Specialty Nursing Certification Advocacy Initiative will continue to work within states to have those states formally identify, accept, and promote specialty certification as a mean of satisfying mandatory CE requirements.

About BCEN®:

BCEN is a not-for-profit corporation, which strives to continually evaluate and upgrade the certification exams for emergency nurses. There are currently more than 33,000 BCEN certified nurses.

The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) and the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) certifications are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). BCEN also offers the Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®) certification.

BCEN, in equal partnership with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), offers the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) certification.

Learn more about BCEN.

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Society of Urologic Nurses & Associates (SUNA)

Annual Symposium for Urologic Nurses Features More Advanced Practice Sessions, Exciting Additions

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

SUNAAttendees will earn continuing nursing education contact hours and enhance their practice with the latest updates and innovative strategies in urologic care for adults and children in outpatient, inpatient, and extended care settings.

Attendees will also have 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 offers new features and more advanced practice sessions for attendees.

New at the 2014 SUNA Annual Symposium:

No Fear of Failure – Certification Exam

  • Taking the urology certification exam can’t wait – but the fees can! This year, attendees who register to sit for the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA) exam at the Symposium need only pay the $50 application fee upfront. If they pass, then they pay the balance. If they fail, there is no balance due! Preregistration is required. Visit cbuna.org for information.

ICD10CM for the Urology Professional – Postconference Workshop

  • ICD10CM will be implemented on October 1, 2014. This session will give attendees a solid foundation on the urology-specific coding that their practices will need for a smooth transition. Topics will include urology specific ICD10CM diagnosis coding, implementation, budgeting, and an impact analysis. Many urology coding scenarios will be used to help clarify guidelines, rules, exceptions, and sequencing. This session is recommended for providers, clinical staff, and clerical staff, as ICD10CM will affect every facet of medical practice.

Urodynamics Course

  • The Urodynamics Course incorporates standards of training recommendations from the International Continence Society (ICS) and provides basic training in urodynamics. The track begins on Thursday, March 13, with an all-day Basic Urodynamics preconference workshop and continues on Friday and Saturday with a full slate of urodynamics concurrent sessions.This year, SUNA will include a copy of A Practical Guide to Performing Urodynamics and the CD-ROM, Special Series on Urodynamics – Traces: Making Sense of Urodynamics to individuals attending the preconference workshop. Faculty throughout the Urodynamics track include: Shanna Atnip, MSN, WHNP-BC, Cheryl LeCroy, MSN, RN, Mikel Gray, PhD, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, Jeff Guse, RT, RDMS, RVT, CUA, and Shelly King, MSN, BSN, RN, CPNP.

View the complete registration brochure.

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Jannetti Publications, Inc. News

MEDSURG Nursing Announces 2013 Writer’s Awards Winner

MEDSURG Nursing MEDSURG Nursing, The Official Journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, presented its Annual Writer’s Awards at the 2013 Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Annual Convention in Nashville, TN, in September.

All manuscripts published in the journal from May 2012 to April 2012 were evaluated in different categories, and the winners were selected by an awards committee. This year’s awards were distributed on Saturday, September 28, following the AMSN Town Hall meeting.

The 2013 MEDSURG Nursing Clinical Scholarship/Best Practice Writer’s Award was presented to Anne E. Horigan, PhD, RN, Judith Rocchiccioli, PhD, RN, and Donna Trimm, DNS, RN, for their article, “Dialysis and Fatigue: Implications for Nurses – A Case Study Analysis,” published in the May/June 2012 issue.

The Research for Practice Writer’s Award was given to Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, Marie-Claire Rosenberg, PhD, RN, and Michelle Secic, MS, for their article, “Patient Safety in Medical-Surgical Units: Can Nurse Certification Make a Difference?” Published in the January/February 2013 issue, the authors’ studied how nursing-sensitive outcomes in hospitalized older adults may be influenced by nurse certification.

Julie A. Strunk, PhD, RN, Judith Townsend-Rocchiccioli, PhD, RN, and Julie T. Sanford, DNS, RN, were awarded the Nurse Competence in Aging Writer’s Award. The article, “The Aging Hispanic in America: Challenges for Nurses in a Stressed Health Care Environment,” published in the January/February 2013 issue, highlighted the need for cultural sensitivity and its importance in providing culturally competent, patient-relevant care.

The Professional Issues Writer’s Award was awarded to Margie Burnett, BSN, RN, CNRN, Maureen Lewis, PMHNP-BC, Tameria Joy, BSN, RN, and Kelly Jarrett, BSN, RN, for their article, “Participating in Clinical Nursing Research: Challenges and Solutions of the Bedside Nurse Champion,” published in the September/October 2012 issue. The authors examined how including direct-care nurses in research benefits individual nurses and nursing units.

Nancy Warren, MSN, RN, received the First-Time Author Writer’s Award for her article, “Involving Patient and Family Advisors in the Patient and Family-Centered Care Model.” Published in the July/August 2012 issue, Warren explained how patient and family advisors can be strong allies in ongoing performance improvement efforts.

Elizabeth L. Pestka, MS, PMHCNS-BC, APNG, Denise A. Hatteberg, RN, Lori A. Larson, BSN, RN, Amy M. Zwygart, MS, RN, Debra L. Cox, MS, RN, and Erwin E. Borgen, Jr., CPP, received the Quality Improvement Writer’s Award for their article, “Enhancing Safety in Behavioral Emergency Situations,” published in the November/December 2012 issue. Their article highlighted the development strategies, response data, and outcomes of implementing a behavioral emergency response team at a large health care organization.

All award winners receive a plaque and a complimentary registration to the convention. The winners are also announced in MEDSURG Nursing.

Read more about MEDSURG Nursing.

Nursing Economic$ Foundation Awards $25,000 in Nursing Scholarships

In support of advanced educational and research activities for future nurse executives, The Nursing Economic$ Foundation and its Board of Trustees awarded $25,000 in scholarships to five nurses pursuing graduate-level degrees.

Rebecca H. Nock, BSN, RN, recipient of the Nursing Economic$ Foundation Robert V. Piemonte Scholarship, sponsored by Anthony J. Jannetti Inc., publisher of Nursing Economic$, is a full-time graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a MSN degree in nursing and health care administration. She received a BSN degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Scholarship winner Kathleen Broglio, MN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CPE, is an adjunct nursing faculty/teaching assistant at Pace University – Leinhard School of Nursing, NYU School of Nursing, in Pleasantville, NY. She received a bachelor of arts degree from University of Maryland, a BSN degree from the University of Hawaii, and a MSN degree from the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing a DNP degree at New York University.

Linda Hirota Hevenor, MPH, MS, RN, recipient of the Nursing Economic$ Foundation – Connie R. Curran Scholarship, is nursing quality and safety manager, pediatrics, for Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Occidental College, a BSN from Simmons College, and a MS/MPH degree from Tufts University. She is currently in the DNP program at George Washington University. The scholarship she was awarded was made possible by a generous donation from Connie Curran, RN, EdD, FAAN.

Claire Richards (Kimball), BSN, RN, is a registered nurse at Bailey Boushay House, Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BSN from Duke University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree from the University of Washington.

Johanna Leigh McKinzey, BSN, RN, is a registered nurse, neonatal intensive care unit, at Seton Medical Center in Austin, TX. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is in the MSN program at Loyola University, New Orleans.

With the 2013 scholarships, the Nursing Economic$ Foundation has awarded $335,000 to future nurse executives for tuition, fees, and other expenses incurred while completing their degrees.

Learn more about the Nursing Economic$ Foundation.

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Nursing Economic$ Remembers Nursing Trailblazer Donna Diers

“Believe in nursing, in the wildest possible expanse of role and function, and believe so strongly that your beliefs can sustain you through the battles with the unknowing, unthinking, deluded, and barefoot pragmatists who wish to restrain the ideas and talents of nurses.” – Donna Diers, PhD, RN, FAAN.

The May/June 2013 issue of Nursing Economic$, The Journal for Health Care Leaders, remembers American Academy of Nursing Living Legend Donna Diers. This issue features one of Dr. Diers’ many contributions to nursing, the article, “Understanding Nursing Units with Data and Theory.”

Dr. Diers’ recognized dysfunctional nursing units must be understood before they can be changed. Her article presents a structure for using administrative data along with organizational diagnosis theory to understand nursing unit performance.

This issue’s “Staffing Unleashed” column is dedicated to “A Legacy of Data Use by Donna Diers.” Dr. Diers’ visionary contributions and dedication profoundly affect the uses of data for future generations of nurses.

In “Remembering Donna Diers: A True Trailblazer,” Nursing Economic$ Editor Donna Nickitas shares about her first time meeting Dr. Diers and reminds nurses about the importance of Dr. Diers’ legacy: creating and developing the ways to measure nurses’ contributions to quality, clinical, and financial outcomes.

Back copies of this issue can be ordered directly from the Nursing Economic$ Website.

Nursing Economic$ Third Focus Issue on Staffing Based on Evidence Now Available

In August of 2011, Nursing Economic$ released the first “Forging the Future of Staffing Based on Evidence” special issue.

A second issue followed in October of 2012. The third issue on staffing – titled “Beyond the Numbers” was published in the September/October 2013 issue. Nursing Economic$ editor Donna Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BCC, CNE and guest editors Kathy Douglas, MHA, RN, and Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN revisited this topic with a new collection of articles that examine just how significant staffing has become to different organizations.

“Effective staffing plays a central role in the success of both individual health care organizations and our nation’s overall ability to care for our population,” explain Douglas and Kerfoot.

Back copies of these special focus issues can be ordered directly from the Nursing Economic$ Website.

Nursing Economic$ Editor Emeritus and Former Board Member Co-Author New Publication on Nurse Leadership

Claiming the Corner Office, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), authors Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, and Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, show nurses how to leverage their knowledge and expertise in patient care to achieve success as a senior executives, entrepreneurs, or governing board leaders.

Curran and Fitzpatrick focus on teaching nurses how to develop their personal leadership potential, highlighting those skills, competencies, and experiences required as nurses carve career strategies that lead to senior executive or entrepreneurial positions.

“The authors recognize the personal qualities that make a great nurse and provide a road map that uses them to obtain leadership success,” said Janice Gries, DNP, RNC, IBCLC, APN, president of JCG Healthcare LLC. “Their lessons are specific, concrete, and adaptable. An absolute must-read for graduate nursing students and experienced nurses wishing to develop their career path in leadership, this book recognizes the importance of having the right person in the corner office and supplies the tools to get there.”

Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, served as Editor of Nursing Economic$ for 18 years, with more than 200 publications and several research programs to her credit.

Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, is executive vice president of Assay Healthcare Solutions and a former Nursing Economic$ Editorial Board Member.

Get your own copy of Claiming the Corner Office.

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Pediatric Nursing 2013 Writer’s Award Winners Announced

Pediatric Nursing Earlier this year, Pediatric Nursing Editor Judy A. Rollins, PhD, RN, presented authors Faith Crozier, MSN, CPNP-AC, and Lauren E. Hancock, MSN, CPNP-AC, with the Pediatric Nursing 2013 Writer’s Award for their article, “Pediatric Palliative Care: Beyond the End of Life.”

Their article was published in the July/August 2013 issue of Pediatric Nursing. Ms. Crozier and Ms. Hancock work in the Department of Neuro/Onc, Division of Oncology, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

About the Article: Palliative care is an emerging nursing specialty and is developing a dedicated spot in the field of pediatrics. As a specialty, palliative care focuses on quality of life and symptom management for patients who are living with chronic and life-threatening diseases. In pediatrics, advances in health care mean that many children are living longer with these conditions and could benefit from services that focus on quality of life and superior symptom management. Palliative care can be provided concurrently with curative therapies and is philosophically similar yet distinct from hospice services.

From Left to Right: Faith Crozier, MSN, CPNP-AC; Judy A. Rollins, PhD, RN (Pediatric Nursing editor); Lauren E. Hancock, MSN, CPNP-AC.

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Pediatric Nursing Head Trauma Issue

What's Happening Around AJJ

Dr. Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk Inducted As American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Nationally known nurse leader Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, of Westampton, NJ, recently received one of the highest honors in nursing with her induction as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing.

Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN
Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN

Dr. Hnatiuk, who is an executive, educator, and author, was one of 172 nurses inducted on October 19 during the Academy’s 40th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Only the country’s top nurse leaders are chosen for the fellowship, which signifies an individual has made outstanding contributions to nursing and health care.

Having mentored more than 200 leaders over the course of 25 years, Dr. Hnatiuk is known for inspiring nurses to take the helm of some of America’s most influential nursing organizations. One of her most notable achievements is her book, Mentoring the Stars: A Program for Volunteer Board Leaders, a seminal publication that has helped groom successful nursing decision-makers.

Dr. Hnatiuk is currently vice president for organizational development at Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ), in Pitman, NJ, an association management company that specializes in managing professional nursing organizations. At AJJ, Dr. Hnatiuk is the executive director of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board. She oversees operations and supervises all staff functions for these organizations.

“I’ve watched Dr. Hnatiuk take nurse colleagues under her wing and help them become confident and effective leaders time and again,” said Anthony Jannetti, AJJ’s CEO. “She’s a great mentor because she has vision, intelligence, and warmth. We are very proud that she has been named an Academy Fellow.”

Selection criteria as an Academy Fellow include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Dr. Hnatiuk was sponsored by Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, OCN, FAAN, and Jo Manion, PhD, RN, FAAN. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. Once inducted, Fellows are designated by the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing).

About the American Academy of Nursing:

The Academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. The Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers.

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AJJ Launches Redesigned Company Website

Welcome to the new AJJ Website! The new site has a fresh, modern look and enhanced mobile functionality.

Just like our newly redesigned client partner websites, the new AJJ site is formatted in Responsive Web Design (RWD). In RWD, a site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience, easy reading, and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). The refreshed, stylish design offers many benefits for visitors.

  • Easy navigation with dropdown menus
  • Refreshed content and organization
  • Shorter, easy-to-remember URLs
  • New search feature to help find what you need quickly and easily
  • Client partner pages now include marketing opportunities and links to the client partner websites (which means even more visibility for our clients!)

We’ve also added three "feature" blocks on the homepage to highlight services and current AJJ news. We’ve also made this newsletter, Profiles & Perspectives, available online for easier reading.

We invite you to visit the new website, look around, and let us know your thoughts or suggestions. Thanks for visiting, and we hope you enjoy the new site!

AJJ Announces its 2013 Employee of the Year

The AJJ Employee of the Year Award is presented to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding performance throughout the year. It is a great privilege to announce this year’s winner of the 2013 Employee of the Year – Pat Davey.

Pat has worn many hats and tackled many challenges over the past year. From staff changes to filling in for others out on leave to training new staff, this person also gets her own work done quickly and accurately. One colleague states: “She is always available to proof-read, answer questions regarding the history of the organization, offer insights, and teach me procedures within our group.” The extra effort given by our winner to ensure the easy transitions of both the new SUNA Excutive Director (from Tony to Michael) and Membership Services Manager (from Cheryl Underhill to Cheryl Page) this year – while maintaining her work on CBUNA – is truly appreciated.

Pat: Congratulations to your friends from AJJ!

AJJ Employees Visit the Ronald McDonald House

In October, AJJ employees volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, contributing food and money donations towards the Family Meals program.

All collected money donations went towards helping to feed the families currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

AJJ Welcomes Two New Employees

Jill Brett, of Pitman, NJ, has been hired as a Customer Service Specialist, splitting her time between AMSN and MSNCB. She will be responsible for fielding phone calls and emails from current and prospective members, and assisting on projects as needed. Jill graduated Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati. She has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. She brings with her past customer service experience, and was the Office Manager for Ostetrica Health Care for Women in Mullica Hill, NJ. Jill has six children, two cats and one horse to keep her busy when she's not serving the nursing communities of AMSN and MSNCB.
 

Alicia Fortney, of Pitman, NJ, has been hired as a Bookkeeper. She will be responsible for recording journal entries, reconciling bank statements, monthly reports, and other duties as required. Alicia is a recent graduate of Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. She has a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and Finance. Alicia is a third-generation employee of Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. She is looking forward to starting her career at AJJ.

One Longtime Employee Says Goodbye

Jennifer DennisonJennifer Dennison, an employee of AJJ for over eighteen years, has announced her retirement in early 2014. Jennifer joined AJJ in November of 1995 as a member of the Data Processing Department (now Fulfillment Information Services). In 1998, she transferred to the accounting department as a bookkeeper. Over the years, Jennifer handled various duties including accounts payable, reconciling bank statements, deposits, merchant services, and monthly reports. During her time at AJJ she earned her Associate Degree in Accounting from Gloucester County College.

Jennifer, from all of your friends at AJJ, we wish you a happy and restful retirement!