Seasons Greetings & Happy New Year!
This has been a very busy season for me, beginning with a trip to Washington, DC in October to meet with other nurses representing various states around the country for the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI). It was an honor to be chosen to represent Washington at the national level. For two days, we were given the opportunity to network, meet with mentors, learn about various political messaging concepts from expert Professional Relation groups, and become more informed regarding the legislative priorities affecting nurses at various levels of practice, as well as the different practice environments throughout the U.S. In light of this experience, I have realized we are quite fortunate in Washington to have such a progressive healthcare-oriented government and nurses association.
Part of the ANAI is to help us advance the knowledge base of our fellow nurses in regards to the local political climate, especially focusing on nursing issues that are, or will be, included in the legislative priorities for this year’s coming session. Along with this endeavor, I am also part of the Washington State Nurses Associations (WSNA) Legislative and Health Policy Council, who monitor state legislative efforts. The Council, along with other nursing professionals, will be following various bills and legislation as they move through the house and senate, and will be advocating for these issues to be passed into law. Please check the WSNA website frequently to view updates to the regulations being considered.
Already, our conversations with opinion leaders throughout Washington have focused on this coming year’s legislative session, highlighting active support for safe staffing, including the prohibition of mandatory overtime and ensuring uninterrupted rest breaks. Other priorities include continued funding for essential maternal support services, termed First Steps. We are also supporting legislation that protects fair nursing faculty compensation, adequate nursing student enrollment, and nursing scholarships and loan repayment programs.
Take a moment to find your district representatives at the Washington State Legislature web site; feel free to contact them about issues you feel are important, especially if they involve nurse practice issues. Your legislators WANT to hear from their constituents, and appreciate the effort you make when reaching out to them.
Lastly, Inland Empire Nurses Association wishes you all a safe and warm holiday season and best wishes for a joyous New Year.
Bobbi Woodward BSN, RN
The fifth annual American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) face-to-face sessions were held Sunday, September 29th-Tuesday, October 1st in Washington, DC. Twenty-one nurses from fifteen states, interested in honing their political leadership skills, kicked off this year-long mentored program. Sessions included sustaining policy change delivered by MN House Majority Leader and Registered Nurse, Erin Murphy. We also learned the complexities of navigating the legislative process and importance of conducting a political environmental scan to determine the viability of advancing legislation. A particularly helpful and engaging session was on messaging. Following a presentation by Communication and Public Relation Specialists, attendees broke into small groups to prepare talking points based on assigned topic and audience. Topics included safe staffing, removing regulatory barriers for APRNs, and the newest issue, that of Community Paramedic. Designated audiences included media, legislators, and nurse colleagues.
What made this year's experience particularly interesting was the day of planned visits to Capitol Hill, which was the beginning of the government shutdown. Like all nurses, we remained flexible as appointments were cancelled and rearranged groups so everyone was still able to get to the Hill. In addition to speaking to ANA's top three priorities, we expressed disappointment with the failure of the members of Congress to reach a budget agreement while holding the ACA hostage.
If you are interested in this program, you can learn more on ANA's web site.
The Inland Empire Nurses Association (IENA) is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities for members completing a certification review class, certification exam, or recertification exam. A maximum scholarship amount of $250.00 is available throughout the year while funding allows. It is available to all WSNA members with proof of completion of a certification review class, certification exam, or recertification exam, and a copy of your receipt for completing this certification.
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Providing for the Continuing Professional Development of Nurses
My "Oh Wow!" Moment…Actually Several Moments
By Louanne E. Hausmann, RN, ADN, BSN, MA
Imagine yourself sitting in a large room with over 650 nursing leaders from across the United States and Canada, all discussing Safe Staffing! That is exactly what happened when I had the privilege of attending this year's American Nurses Association's (ANA) Staffing Conference, November 8-9, 2013 in Washington, DC.
ANA used its mission of improving health care and optimizing nurse staffing through this amazing conference. It allowed all of us in the room, whether a nurse executive or staff nurse, to interact in this conference. We were able to put our heads together and reset staffing strategies to address nurse staffing. This will be a continual dialogue with the goal of promoting innovation and empowering nurses to deliver the highest levels of patient care.
The keynote address delivered by Barbara A. Blakeney, MS, RN, FNAP was entitled "Building Leading Practices Through Innovation" and started the group on its journey. We heard the impact of research on staffing by a panel of experts, each taking a piece of the puzzle and putting it into perspective. We looked at case studies, different care delivery models, tools and ideas for positive change, staffing optimization strategies, and finalized the conference with a roundtable making a business case for staffing.
So much to learn in so little time...I came home energized and developed my own plan to educate myself further on what I had learned and to use this to develop my "plan of attack" for Nurse Legislative Day, hoping that I can impart our need for safe staffing more clearly to our legislators.
What makes this so special to me is that through my membership in WSNA, I automatically have membership in the ANA. These two organizations have helped me grow professionally in ways I had never imagined!
Consistent with the goals of supporting nursing education in District 4, as well as supporting members of the Association, the Inland Empire Nurses Association will award $1,000 scholarship(s) annually to registered nurses who are AAS, BSN, MSN, PhD or Doctorate candidates or applying for RN specialty certification.
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Inland Empire Nurses Association
222 W Mission, Suite 231
Spokane, WA 99201
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The Inland Empire Nurses Association Office is located at 222 W. Mission Ste. 231 in the Garden Court Building. Please call 509-328-8288 before visiting to ensure a staff member is on hand to greet you.
Tax-free contribution or memorial remembrances in the name of a loved one may be mailed to: Inland Empire Nurses Association, 222 W. Mission, STE 231, Spokane, WA 99201.
The Association News is published quarterly by the Inland Empire Nurses Association, 222 W. Mission, Box 231, Spokane, WA 99201, a non-profit organization. Information on advertising rates may be obtained by calling 509-328-8288.
If you are interested in serving on a Association committee please call the office at 509-328-8288.
Committees: Scholarship, Awards, Legislative Reception, Yearly Nurse Celebration Event, Education, Finance, and Nominations. Most of the committees have a limited involvement of time.
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2013-2014 Board of Directors:
The Inland Empire Nurses Association invites you to participate in WSNA's Annual Nurse Legislative Day on Monday, February 24, 2014. This is a great opportunity to learn how to advocate for your profession and all patients in Washington State. You will also have the opportunity to voice your concerns regarding nursing issues to state legislators.
There are three steps to register:
Click here to register on the WSNA web site.
Hotel reservation for Sunday night, February 23, 2014:
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IENA charter bus:
To reserve a seat on the bus (maximum 55 people), complete the online registration form by clicking here. Please send a $10 check payable to IENA and mail to: IENA 222 W Mission, Suite 231, Spokane, WA 99201.
Questions? Call 509-328-8288.
For additional information about the bus departure and return times, click here for event flyer (PDF).
Outstanding nurses in our community are recognized with awards presented at the Annual Spring Gala on May 8, 2014. If you know of an exceptional nurse who deserves our recognition for one of the awards listed below, please nominate them for an award. For more information and the Nomination Form, visit our Awards page.
The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2014.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The purpose of this award is to honor an IENA member for a lifetime of exemplary dedication and service to nursing and/or outstanding contribution to nursing.
Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for outstanding achievement and contributions to the:
Excellence in Nursing Practice Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for his/her excellence in nursing practice. Any area of nursing practice may be submitted such as:
Excellence in Research Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for outstanding achievement and contribution in furthering nursing research by having:
If you have questions about the awards nomination process, please contact our Awards Committee Chair Lisa Miklush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nursing job postings may be posted on the IENA website at no cost to the employer since this provides an important service to the IENA membership. A committee of 2-3 board members shall review all postings before uploaded to the web site. IENA may work with WSNA to include links for jobs with national companies. Job postings will not be solicited; jobs forwarded by board members and local nursing schools may be posted. The Administrative Secretary shall contact employers monthly to determine if jobs are still open. Disclaimer: This service is provided as a service to our members but IENA does not endorse or recommend any employer. View our current job postings >
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