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Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. to Provide Sponsorship and Exhibit Sales and Management for American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) has chosen Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ), to provide exhibit sales and management for its annual fall and spring meetings, as well as two workshops, under a new multi-year contract. AJJ will also provide sponsorship sales for the meetings.
The agreement between AJJ, an association management, marketing and publishing company headquartered in Pitman, NJ, and ASRA, the largest subspecialty medical society in anesthesiology, was effective beginning December 1, 2014.
Under the agreement, AJJ will sell exhibit space and sponsorship packages for the ASRA Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Meeting, the Annual Pain Medicine Meeting, as well as ASRA workshops.
“ASRA is a highly respected medical society, with a reputation for excellent education programs,” said AJJ President Anthony J. Jannetti. “We will pull from our more than 40 years of exhibit sales experience to build on ASRA’s strong programs and contribute to their success.”
“We were looking for an exhibit sales company that had proven success and valued the personal touch, both of which we found in A.J. Jannetti,” said ASRA Executive Director Angela Stengel, CAE. “We are excited with what the future holds with Jannetti as our partner.”
ASRA is the largest subspecialty medical society in anesthesiology. ASRA’s vision is to be the leader in regional anesthesia and acute and chronic pain medicine through innovations in education and research. Its mission is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine.
ASRA does this by addressing the clinical and professional educational needs of physicians and scientists; ensuring excellence in patient care utilizing regional anesthesia and pain medicine; and investigating the scientific basis of the specialty. ASRA was founded in 1923 and was reborn in 1975. ASRA is the largest subspecialty society in anesthesiology. There are approximately 4000 members, including physicians and scientists and a rich international distribution.
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American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)
AAACN to Collaborate with Wolters Kluwer Health to Add Ambulatory Care Nursing to Lippincott Procedures
AAACN is pleased to announce it will collaborate with Wolters Kluwer Health to develop a new ambulatory care nursing category for Lippincott Procedures, the leading software used by nurses and other clinicians at the point-of-care and in competency management.
AAACN will appoint a task force of member experts to write and review 100 new ambulatory care nursing procedures.
The procedures will help expand the use of Lippincott Procedures in the growing area of outpatient healthcare and will make it more useful to nurses who practice in settings such as hospitals with outpatient services, ambulatory care centers, community-based settings, urgent care clinics, home care, schools and workplaces.
AAACN White Paper: Nurse Residency Programs Urgently Needed
The specialty of ambulatory care nursing could be especially hard-hit by a predicted shortage in the nursing workforce. To help meet the challenge, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing has released a white paper, The Need for an Ambulatory Nurse Residency Program.
The paper outlines the need for a formalized, competency-based nurse residency program for all nurses new to ambulatory practice. According to AAACN, implementing such residencies would both meet workforce needs and fully prepare RNs for the complex and demanding environment of ambulatory care.
Available online, The Need for an Ambulatory Nurse Residency Program is written by the AAACN Ambulatory Nursing Taskforce for all RNs practicing in ambulatory care settings: nursing staff, educators in service and academia, managers and administrators.
AAACN Ambulatory Nursing Taskforce Chair June Levine, MSN, BSN, RN, points to residency programs as a way to improve retention rates, saying “residency programs transcend standard orientation programs in duration, focus, and complexity, building nursing confidence in complex communication, critical thinking, leadership, patient advocacy, and self-reflection.”
Ambulatory Care and Medical-Surgical Nursing Organizations 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) have collaborated 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.
RNs are uniquely qualified to perform care coordination and transition management in all settings. To better prepare RNs for a CCTM role in which they must manage patients with complex health care needs from an access, quality, and cost perspective, AAACN conducted a two-year expert panel translational research process 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.
The result was the creation of evidence-based CCTM core competencies, a core curriculum text, and 13-module online course, which was released in August. The CCTM exam is the next step in this process, bringing together the quality of MSNCB’s certification exam development and administration with the CCTM content expertise of AAACN.
“This is a perfect marriage between acute and ambulatory care,” says MSNCB President Mimi Haskins, MS, RN, CMSRN. “These are the nurses who will be managing transitions and coordinating care. What better scenario than to have these two groups working to develop the exam that will validate that a nurse is qualified to provide specialized nursing care as a Care Coordinator?"
AAACN President Marianne Sherman, MS, RN-BC, agrees that nurses who achieve this certification will be in great demand. "Care coordinators are key to ensuring that top quality services are provided," she said. "They help patients navigate the health care system, which improves outcomes and helps to lower costs.”
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) contributed to the development process of the CCTM project and authored the “CCTM Between Acute Care and Ambulatory Care” chapter in the core curriculum text. AMSN also endorsed the ground breaking text.
AAACN and MSNCB have begun the exam development process with the appointment of a certification task force and a panel of item writers to develop the test questions. The exam will be pilot tested at the AAACN annual conference in April and at other locations around the country. View for more information about the CCTM initiatives.
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)
Nurses Convene at Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Convention; Enjoy Interactive Learning and Networking
Nursing is both art and science, so the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) aimed for excellence in both areas at its 23rd Annual Convention September 11-14. Apparently it succeeded, with the meeting drawing more than 1,000 medical-surgical nurses and health care professionals.
“I would say we achieved our three major goals,” said outgoing AMSN President Kathleen Lattavo, MSN, RN, CNS-MS, CMSRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC. “Inspiring the nurses to develop personally and professionally, giving them the top education they need to improve patient care, and providing ample opportunities to connect with others who share their compassion and commitment.”
At the convention, held at the Hilton Orlando, Orlando, FL, the nurses attended a broad variety of medical-surgical nursing sessions, earned continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, and connected with colleagues at networking events. There were many interactive special features this year, including an exhibit hall buzzing with products, recruiters, and posters; social media-driven photo shoots, graffiti boards filled with inspiring messages from attendees, gift card giveaways and scavenger hunts.
For additional learning after the convention, AMSN has an Online Library that is constantly updated. Any health care professional can use this resource, and convention attendees get free access to the sessions afterward so they can ‘attend’ presentations they may have missed. Those who register for the live broadcasts also get free access in the library for the broadcasted courses.
Jill Arzouman of Tucson, AZ, Inducted as President of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Jill Arzouman, MS, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, of Tucson, AZ, was inducted as president of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) during the association’s 23rd Annual Convention held in September at the Hilton Orlando, Orlando FL.
Arzouman officially took the helm of the nursing association representing the largest number of registered nurses in the hospital setting during the AMSN Board of Directors (BOD) Induction Ceremony on Sunday, September 14. At the ceremony, outgoing AMSN President Kathleen Lattavo, MSN, RN, CNS-MS, CMSRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, praised Arzouman for her many accomplishments and dedication to medical-surgical nursing as she administered the oath of office.
As president, Arzouman will helm the AMSN BOD as they serve 11,300 AMSN members. During her 2-year term, Arzouman is responsible for leading and representing AMSN; upholding its mission, philosophies and values; and advancing the goals and objectives of the association’s strategic plan.
Photo: Passing the gavel at the 2014 AMSN Annual Convention. (L-R) President Kathleen Lattavo, MSN, RN, CNS-MS, CMSRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, and Jill Arzouman, MS, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN.
“I’m so excited and honored to be stepping into this role,” Arzouman said. “Kathy [Lattavo] and the current and past AMSN leaders have left me with a growing, healthy, and vibrant organization. We’re all evolving personally and professionally together, thanks to what they’ve built.”
Save the Date! The AMSN 24th Annual Convention
The AMSN 24th Annual Convention will be held September 24-27, 2015, at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to medical-surgical nursing practice. Its mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing.
MEDSURG Nursing Chooses 2014 Writer’s Award Winner
The 2013-2014 Writer’s Award Winners are as follows.
The Clinical Scholarship/Best Practice award was presented to Jolene R. Bostwick, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP and Ilze Sturis Hallman, DNP, GNP-BC, PHMCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, for their article “Agitation Management Strategies: Overview of Non-Pharmacologic and Pharmacologic Interventions.”
The Professional Issues award was presented to Lynn Dykema Sprayberry, PhD, RN, CEN, for her article “Transformation of America’s Health Care System: Implications for Professional Direct-Care Nurses.”
The Research for Practice award was presented to Kristen L. Swartzell, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, ONC; Janet S. Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN; and Barbara Manz Friesth, PhD, RN; for their article “Relationship Between Occurrence of Falls and Fall-Risk Scores in an Acute Care Setting Using the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model.”
The Continuous Quality Improvement award was presented to Kathy Lopez-Bushnell, EdD, MPH, MSN, APRN; William S. Demaray, RT; and Cathy Jaco, MSN, RN; for their article “Reducing Sepsis Mortality.”
American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
Save the Date! ANIA to Host 2015 Conference in Philadelphia
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.
American Nursing Informatics Association President Patricia Sengstack Honored as a Top Female Influencer in Health Care IT
FierceHealthIT has named American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) President Patricia Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, one of the "10 Influential Women in Health IT in 2014" for her outspoken advocacy in the use of health technology among nurses.
Sengstack was chosen by the publication's readers and joins other women who serve in a wide variety of health IT roles, from government to research. According to an article describing the influencers, “Women continue to play a major role in the evolution of health IT both in the U.S. and around the world."
A respected leader and widely known nursing informatics expert, Sengstack is also the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) for the Bon Secours Health System based in Marriottsville, MD. With her role as ANIA president, she has helped put the specialty on the industry map during her term.
"Patty's intelligence, commitment, humor and positive outlook have led ANIA to another level this year," ANIA Vice-President Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, said. “She's inspired her colleagues on the ANIA Board, our members and other leaders. She deserves this honor and we are proud of her work in promoting nursing informatics."
The FierceHealthIT list, its third annual, also includes a health technology and social media maven and the first female National Coordinator for Health IT. The individuals were chosen because they ‘helped guide their organizations to unprecedented health IT heights,' according to the publication.
American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)
Patient Safety, Practice Advances will be Hot Topics at American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Symposium
The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) 46th National Symposium, will be held April 19-22, 2015, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL. The meeting, which draws nephrology nurses and other health care providers from around the country, offers a wide variety of education, networking and special events.
Nephrology nursing is a specialty that calls for high-level skills, advanced training and critical thinking. The symposium helps the nurses stay informed about the latest innovations, patient therapies, and treatment modalities while offering them continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours and pharmacology credits.
Sessions are organized into 10 specialty practice categories including hemodialysis, chronic kidney disease, advanced practice, and administration. To help nurses fulfill their broader professional goals, ANNA also offers courses on leadership, research, advocacy, and health policy. All symposium sessions are presented by the leading experts in the field.
In addition to the educational facet of the symposium, there will be special events for nurses to connect with their colleagues and the opportunity to visit the exhibit hall featuring the latest products, services, and treatments.
Nephrology Nurses and Health Care Professionals Honed Hands-On Skills and Learned the Latest Hot Topics at Nephrology Nursing Conference
The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) gave 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.
The hands-on skills sessions and special “Hot Topics” courses were geared toward nephrology practitioners seeking to take their practice to a higher level. Attendees also created 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.
Landmark Study Results: Patient Safety Culture in Nephrology Nurse Practice Settings
A groundbreaking study of nephrology nurses has revealed an overall culture of patient safety and teamwork, however there is room for improvement in key areas needed to keep patients – and providers – safe.
In the September/October 2014 issue of the Nephology Nursing Journal (NNJ), authors Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, and Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, report on a comprehensive research project they conducted for the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA).
The article, “ Patient Safety Culture in Nephrology Nurse Practice Settings: Initial Findings ,” outlines research that is the first of its kind to focus specifically on patient safety culture in all nephrology nurse practice settings. The article provides an overview of results, from error reporting and staffing challenges to manager expectations and best practices.
An additional article in the journal, “Patient Safety and Patient Safety Culture: Foundations of Excellent Health Care Delivery,” also written by Ulrich and Kear, gives a sweeping summary of patient safety and patient safety culture in the United States as well as past research that launched patient safety into the national spotlight.
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
GAPNA Held 33rd Annual Conference in Orlando
GAPNA hosted 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, provided a format for learning and networking that assisted gerontological advanced practice nurses in enhancing their knowledge and practice.
Attendees had access to:
- Relevant general and concurrent sessions designed to offer choice and variety.
- Eighteen breakout sessions to target 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.
- An educational experience that will enlighten and enliven you.
- Up to 17.5 contact hours (main conference).
- Pharmacology credit for designated sessions (℞).
- The entertainment and excitement of Orlando!
Save the Date! Pharmacology Conference in Philadelphia!
GAPNA members and colleagues will be gathering to network in the City of Brotherly Love, and seeing why Philadelphia remains a hotbed of intellectual innovation well past Ben Franklin's invention of the flexible urinary catheter.
GAPNA is hosting its inaugural pharmacology conference March 27-28, 2015, "Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults."
The conference boasts 8 educational sessions offering 11.5 pharmacology hours -- including 4 hours on prescribing controlled substances.
We are pleased to announce that Neil Stone, MD, MACP, FAHA, FACC will be presenting a session called, "Medication Therapy for Hypercholesterolemia." Dr. Stone, a professor at Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine, chaired the task force that wrote, “2013 ACC/AHA guideline on the assessment of cardiovascular risk: A report of the American college of cardiology/American heart association task force on practice guidelines.” His session will review the guidelines and explore through case studies the role of the nurse clinician in evaluation and treatment of appropriate patients.
The conference is being held at the beautiful Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. We will be in the heart of this historic city with much to see and do. From the Liberty Bell to Constitution Hall, attendees will receive an education in itself during their free time!
Registration is now open, view details.
- Eight general sessions designed to offer choice and variety all with pharmacology content
- Educational sessions with leading experts in the field
- Indefinite Online Library access
- Opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country
- Earn up to 11.5 CNE contact hours
- Earn 11.5 pharmacology contact hours
- View the conference brochure
Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)
Eligibility Requirements for Care Coordination Exam Approved
Care coordination is one of the hottest topics in health care today. Responding to the need for more qualified providers, the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) is developing a new Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) certification exam.
If you are in a CCTM role, you will definitely want to see the eligibility requirements that have just been approved.
Online Recertification A Success
In 2014, MSNCB launched a new online capability to help certificants recertify quicker and more conveniently.
CMSRNs are now able to complete the entire recertification process online. Nurses track their contact hours throughout their certification period, and the tool notifies them when they are eligible to apply for recertification. The online tools also equate to faster processing times, getting applicants their approval and certificate sooner.
Hospital FailSafe Recruitment Program Reaches a Milestone!
As of December 2014, 100 facilities have contracted with MSNCB to participate in the FailSafe Certification Program(TM)!
The success of the program should encourage individuals to remove two significant barriers to a med-surg nurse becoming certified: fear of failure and upfront payment of exam fees.
FailSafe is an opportunity for everyone to win. Facilities contract with MSNCB, agreeing to have 10 eligible med-surg nurses take the exam in a year.
- 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 exam the second time, the facility pays.
- If the nurses do not pass the second time, no one pays.
Society of Urologic Nurses & Associates (SUNA)
SUNA to Hold Advanced Practice Symposium
The 2015 SUNA Annual Symposium Planning Committee has planned the Advanced Practice Symposium February 26-28, 2015, in Nashville, TN.
The Symposium will be offering new pre-conference workshops on pelvic floor anatomy, pharmacology, and a hands-on clinical skills workshop, and two full days of excellent general and concurrent sessions that will grab attendees’ attention as well as educate them on pelvic floor dysfunction.
Whether one is new to the specialty or an experienced subspecialty provider, this program is designed to offer a full array of interesting topics on the newest technologies to treat urinary and fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, prolapse, and pelvic pain, just to name a few. The Symposium will also cover controversies enveloping healthcare, be it patient care issues or scope of practice concerns.
On hand will be a robust offering of oral research presentations and posters from many esteemed colleagues.
Attendees will be given the chance to peruse the posters and discussing the interesting questions and answers gleaned from your colleagues’ work.
As always, the Symposium offers the opportunity to network with our colleagues. Our Special Interest Group Sessions serve as a great venue to answer practice questions as well as network with colleagues. Please visit with our exhibitors where you can learn more about many of the new products and pharmaceuticals available.
SUNA's 2014 Annual Conference Held in Lake Buena Vista, FL
SUNA's 45th Annual Conference was held October 31 through November 3, 2014, at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The conference offered many excellent educational, networking, and professional development opportunities.
The purpose of the 2014 Annual Conference was to provide evidenced-based educational offerings to all participants and to foster the advancement of urologic nurses, associates and advanced practice providers.
This conference assisted in increasing competence of participants in providing quality care to urologic patients and provided skills to educate those patients and their families. This conference also provided opportunities for networking 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 offered to its attendees “multiple preconference workshops, including a cystoscopy workshop, uropharmacology session, and a urologic review for RNs and Advanced Practice providers.” Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to “explore the conference content, which includes pediatric urology, urologic malignancies, surgical topics, and a renal transplantation update.”
Urologic Nursing Chooses 2014 Writer’s Award
In October, the winner of the 2014 Writer’s Award was presented at SUNA's 45th Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
The Urologic Nursing Catherine-Ann Lawrence Literary Excellence Award was presented to Benjamin W. Lamb, PhD, MRCS; Rozh T. Jalil, MRCS; Sujay Shah, MRCS; Katrina Brown, PhD; Paula Allchorne, MBA, Dip., RN, CNS; Charles Vincent, PhD; James S.A. Green, LLM, FRCS (Urol.); and Nick Sevdalis, PhD for their article "Cancer Patients’ Perspectives on Multidisciplinary Team Working: An Exploratory Focus Group Study," which was published in the March/April issue.
This qualitative, focus-group study explored what patients understand about the multidisciplinary team (MDT) in cancer care. Participants were positive towards MDT working, and by strengthening the role of nurses in MDT decision-making, the representation of patients’ interests can be improved.
SUNA Members Recognized with President's Trophies
During the 2014 SUNA Annual Conference in Florida, 2013-2014 SUNA President Cheryl LeCroy recognized three SUNA members with President’s Trophies for their contributions to SUNA and to the specialty of urologic nursing.
In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Specialty of Urologic Nursing:
Jane Hokanson Hawks, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to SUNA:
Diane Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, BCB and Jean Wyman, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, FAAN
Visit the SUNA website for a complete list of 2014 Award Recipients.
Jannetti Publications, Inc. News
Friends and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Nursing Economic$ Editor Emeritus Connie Curran in November/December Issue.
“Isn’t that the real bottom line?” In her 18 years as Nursing Economic$ Editor (1990-2008), Connie R. Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, often ended her 100-plus editorials with that provocative question. At the time of her passing on November 10, 2014, Connie was still sharing her wit and wisdom with Nursing Economic$ readers as the journal’s first Editor Emerita and co-editor of the “Claiming the Corner Office” column.
Connie’s well-known ability to stir the pot of discussion related to key health care issues was fueled by her passion to promote and push nursing leadership into those discussions, whether they be at the bedside or the board-room.
She did so with boundless enthusiasm, intellect, and a smile. “Connie showed all of us her heart, courage, and activism,” said Nursing Economic$ Editor Donna M. Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN. “She never slowed down nor did she refrain from speaking her mind or being provocative! Her leadership, service, and dedication to improving the lives of individuals, families, communities, and organizations demonstrated early on she had a knack for being strategic, and using her power, poise, and influence to acquire resources.
Connie’s political acumen and energetic advocacy lifted us all: improving nursing education, practice, and research.”
Read the tribute.
Nursing Economic$ Foundation Awards $20,000 In Graduate Nursing Scholarships
The emphasis on advanced education and research has grown stronger in nursing practice and the demand for nurses with graduate degrees increases annually. The Nursing Economic$ Foundation continues to support nurses in their pursuit of Master’s and Doctoral degrees by awarding $20,000 in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The scholarships, awarded in August by the Foundation Board of Trustees, provide four nurses $5,000 each to continue their studies to become nursing leaders, academics and executives.
“We are proud to provide financial assistance to these future nursing leaders as they pursue their graduate degrees. The four successful applicants have already made significant contributions to nursing practice,” said Anthony J. Jannetti, President of the Foundation Board of Trustees and CEO of Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., publisher of Nursing Economic$.
The 2014 award winners are as follows:
- The Nursing Economic$ Connie R. Curran Scholarship was awarded toJin Jun, MSN, CRNP, CCRN, a research assistant at New York University (NYU) College of Nursing, New York, NY. Jun is pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing research and theory development at NYU College of Nursing.
- The Nursing Economic$ Robert V. Piemonte Scholarship (sponsored by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.) was awarded to Lindsay Custer, BSN, RN, a critical care nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit, TriStar Centennial Hospital, Nashville, TN. Custer is currently in the MSN-FNP program at Belmont University, Nashville, TN.
- Lastly, Two Nursing Economic$ Foundation Awards were given to Michelle E. King, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, a pediatric nurse practitioner in the inpatient pulmonary unit, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX. Mitchell, BSN, RN, a triage nurse in the bone marrow transplant clinic, LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT. King is pursuing a DNP degree at Duke University in Durham, NC, and Mitchell is pursuing an MSN degree in the family nurse practitioner program at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT.
Applications for the 2015 scholarships will be available online at nursingeconomics.net in January 2015.
About the Nursing Economic$ Foundation
Since it was established in 1990, the Nursing Economic$ Foundation has promoted the advanced educational and research activities of nurse executives who are pursuing graduate-level degrees.
The Foundation is funded through the generous support of individuals and corporations. Contributions are tax deductible as the law allows.
Nursing Economic$ to Release Fourth Focus Issue on Staffing Based on Evidence
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. And now, Nursing Economic$ will be presenting its fourth special focus issue on staffing based on evidence.
Nursing Economic$ editor Donna Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BCC, CNE, FAAN, revisited this topic with a new collection of articles that examine just how significant staffing has become to different organizations.
Back copies of these special focus issues can be ordered directly from Nursing Economic$.
Pediatric Nursing Celebrated 30 Years at the Annual Conference
Pediatric Nursing celebrated its 30th Anniversary at its annual conference, July 31 – August 3, in National Harbor, MD. Pediatric Nursing Conference Chairperson Conference Louise D. Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, invited 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!”
The 2014 Pediatric Nursing Conference provided a learning and networking environment that assisted pediatric nurses in enhancing their knowledge, skills, and practice.
Participants were able to:
- Develop the leadership skills necessary to advance within the pediatric environment.
- Discuss with leading experts and colleagues advances in health care and the impact upon the pediatric nurse.
- Apply current evidence-based trends in health care to pediatric nursing practice.
- Identify current health care issues that impact children's health and pediatric nursing practice.
Save the Date! The Pediatric Nursing 2015 Annual Conference
Pediatric Nursing’s 31st Annual Conference will be taking place July 9-11, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL. Potential presenters can read the call for abstracts on the Pediatric Nursing conference website.
Guest Editorial: A Brother’s Perspective
As part of its December tradition, Pediatric Nursing editor Judy Rollins, PhD, RN, has turned over her editorial to an adolescent guest writer to share his or her thoughts on issues relevant to the Pediatric Nursing Audience.
Editor Rollins says, “With the holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to family. Pediatric nurses know that there are all kinds of families—large ones, small ones, multigenerational ones, and so on. As a holiday gift to our readers, we continue our annual tradition of turning over the November/ December editorial pen to a child or teen.
This year, 15-year-old Chase Kensil shares the challenges and joys of family life with his 18-year-old sister Meghan. Happy holidays!”
What's Happening Around AJJ
Longtime AJJ Employee Wins “Employee of the Year”
The AJJ Employee of the Year Award is presented to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding performance throughout the year: Conference Manager Jeri Hendrie.
Our 2014 Employee of the Year award winner is the equivalent to the Energizer Bunny. No matter what, she just kept going, and going, and going!
Throughout the entire year, this person has not only performed their job well, but has gone above and beyond during often-busy times.
As one colleague stated, “She was able to switch gears quite often between many, many conferences while keeping her ever present efficiency and calm personality. She was so well prepared.”
AJJ is very grateful for her loyalty and dedication, and she is a tremendous asset to the company and its clients.
Two Longtime Employees Receive Promotion
Michael Brennan is now Vice President, Conference Management. He has been with the company since 1996.
The Conference Department has responsibility for planning and coordinating all aspects of successful conventions, conferences, and meetings for our clients. Michael oversees the staff who provide research of potential sites; negotiate all event-related contracts (convention center, hotel, audio-visual, entertainment, transportation, tours, etc.); budget planning; on-site management; arrange facilities and housing for guest, registrants, exhibitors, and staff; coordinate VIP, exhibitor, and speaker arrangements; and provide information regarding the site of the meeting including hotel, city, tours, transportation, sights, shopping, dining, and off-site venues.
He is certified as a Meeting Planner (CMP) by the Convention Industry Council and in Nonprofit Management (IOM) through the Institute in Organization Management of the US Chamber of Commerce.
Michael also serves as Executive Director for three of our client partners: the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA), and the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA).
Chris Ogin is now Director of Human Resources and Compliance. He has been with the company since 2006.
The Human Resources Department has responsibility for all aspects of employee relations including addressing all legal and regulatory issues, conflict resolution, and disciplinary actions; conducting all staffing recruitment and hiring; management of ancillary services; oversight of employee evaluations, reviews, and compensation/benefit packages; and the training and development of employees.
Chris also manages insurance policies for the company and our clients; assists in organizational operations maintenance; develops policies to sustain the corporate values of the company; and coordinates the employee volunteer/community service initiatives.
He is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
AJJ Welcomes Four New Employees
Join us in welcoming four new employees to AJJ:
Kristen Kellenyi, of Washington Township, has been hired as an Education Services Coordinator for ANNA. She is responsible for all administrative and support duties related to the Continuing Education Approval Board (CEAB).
This includes but is not limited to maintaining an accurate record keeping system, overseeing the processing of CNE transcripts, and coordinating quarterly CEAB conference call, as well as the CEAB meeting held at National Symposium.
Kristen graduated from The Richard Stockton College of NJ with a B.S. degree in Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and a minor in Business Studies. She is looking forward to working with Nephrology Nurses and helping them maintain their certifications and further their education.
Kristen Hensley, of Sewell, NJ, was hired in October as an Association Services Manager for the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). Her responsibilities include working as the staff liaison for several volunteer units as well as assisting with customer service.
She graduated from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She previously worked in customer service and as a membership coordinator for a trade association. She looks forward to working with nurses and the organization to promote the importance of the specialty of med-surg.
Angela Yeh, of Mickleton, NJ, has been hired as a Data Specialist in the FIS Department.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Glassboro State College (Rowan University) and Certificate from CHUBB Institute’s TOP GUN programming program. Angela brings over 20 years’ accounting and data analysis experience in the insurance and import business.
Jennifer Freimuth has been hired as a Customer Service Representative for the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC).
She is responsible for answering phone calls and sorting the mail for NNCC. She brings many years of customer service and receptionist experience with her.