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Convention 2015

Perdido Beach Resort

Orange Beach, Alabama

October 1 - 3


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2015 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

DEDICATION

We Are The Voice

The 102nd Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention is dedicated to all victims of domestic violence and

to all who provide care for their safety, healing and recovery.

Included in the dedication are all who participate in domestic violence prevention efforts and serve to avert the trauma

and often-ongoing emotional health issues that ensue from this horrific plague in our society.

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Associate/Full Professor

Troy University School of Nursing Graduate Program invites applications for tenure

track positions with primary responsibilities in the FNP Graduate Nursing/Doctor of

Nursing Practice Programs (Dothan, Troy, Montgomery, or Phenix City campus). The

positions are primarily responsible for teaching graduate nursing courses. Doctoral

degree, FNP certification, and prior teaching experience are preferred.

ASN and BSN Non–Tenure Track Lecturer or

Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor

Troy University School of Nursing ASN and BSN Programs invite applications for fulltime

tenure or non–tenure track positions. The ASN position is on the Montgomery

campus. The BSN position is on the Troy campus. The positions are primarily

responsible for teaching adult health undergraduate nursing didactic and/or clinical

courses. Minimum Qualifications: MSN degree, eligible for RN license in the state of

Alabama, Minimum of five years of nursing experience.

To apply for a position, submit application via the Troy University Employment

System. Applications will require: Resume/CV, Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcripts

and a List of References. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications. For

questions, contact Dr. Latricia Diane Weed at 334-670-3745 or email lweed@troy.

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ASNA’s 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION

Contents

Welcome

_____________________________________________________________________________________5

General Information

____________________________________________________________________________________ 13

Convention Agenda

____________________________________________________________________________________ 17

Resolutions

____________________________________________________________________________________ 28

Meet the Candidates

____________________________________________________________________________________ 37

Exhibitors

____________________________________________________________________________________ 41

Parliamentary Information

____________________________________________________________________________________ 42

Annual Reports

____________________________________________________________________________________ 46

Willing to Serve Form

____________________________________________________________________________________ 75

District Boundaries & Map

____________________________________________________________________________________ 76

ASNA Bylaws

____________________________________________________________________________________ 77

Perdido Beach Resort Center Map

____________________________________________________________________________________ 97

www.alabamanurses.org

Published by:

Arthur L. Davis

Publishing Agency, Inc.

Printed and Published for the Alabama State Nurses Association by:

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency

517 Washington St., P.O. Box 216

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

(319) 277-2414

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….From the President, ASNA

Brian Buchmann, MBA, BSN, RN

2015 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

WELCOME

Welcome to the 2015 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention! I want to thank you for your expertise,

commitment, and for serving as nurse leaders and representing the nurses in your district at this Convention and

House of Delegates. This is a huge responsibility in that the HOD approves Bylaw changes and determines ASNA

Resolutions that aid in the development of ASNA’s strategic plan. You are instrumental in helping ASNA meet its

mission To Promote Excellence in Nursing!

ASNA continues to grow in membership as each month passes. As ASNA grows, so does the strength of our voice.

ASNA is the voice for ALL Alabama nurses no matter the level or practice environment. ASNA has many members

serving on local, state, and national committees, task forces, and appointed positions to represent our 90,000

Alabama nurses. ASNA provides relevant nursing, legislative, and healthcare updates, continuing education, and

professional development opportunities through its leaders, five geographic districts, through many committees and

task forces, as well as through each member. ASNA is a powerful rolling voice for nurses and we continue to grow as

we roll on!

ASNA continues to work with the Alabama Association of Nursing Students (AANS) and welcomes them to share

in the events of this convention, and to partner in the planning of professional nursing development and to work

together to promote excellence in nursing.

The convention theme, We are the Voice, is the foundation for ASNA’s existence. Over the next three days, we will

gain new knowledge, network, and help determine the future direction of ASNA through the HOD. We are looking

forward to hearing new information and updates through presentations at the Mabel Lamb Continuing Education Day

and from ASNA’s Leadership Academy participants. We will recognize and honor nurses at the ASNA 2015 Awards

ceremony. We will create new initiatives and celebrate ASNA accomplishments as well as our nursing profession.

What better place to accomplish our convention and HOD goals than at the BEACH! The ASNA Board of Directors

and staff, and the Convention Planning Committee have created a wonderful agenda as well as fun activities. We

thank all involved for their commitment in making this event a huge success!

During Convention and the HOD remember:

1. Show your appreciation to your fellow nurse

2. Make a donation to the Alabama Nurses Foundation (ANF) and ASNA’s Political Action Committee (PAC)

3. Continue to promote our “Nurses Save Lives” car tag

4. Recruit new members as we work together to reach our Membership Challenge “15 in 15”

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• BSN/30 hours of core requirements

• MSN/33 additional hours of core

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• Reduces completion of MSN by 9 hours

• Both BSN and MSN degrees awarded

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• 42 hours of core requirements

Why UNA?

• Oldest University in state of Alabama

• Leader in the education of nurses since 1973

• Highly qualified, diverse faculty

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• Fully accredited by the Commission of

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ASNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers

President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian Buchmann, BSN, RN, MBA

President Elect ...................................................Rebecca Huie, DNP, ACNP

Vice President ................................................Diane Buntyn, MSN, RN, OCN

Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna Everett, RN, BSN, CIC

Treasurer ....................................................Debbie Litton, MSN, RN, MBA

District Presidents

District 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Wilkinson, MSN, BA, RN

District 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Savage Jones, MSN, RN-BC

District 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wanda Spillers, DNP, RN, CCM

District 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Erica Elkins Little, MSN, RN

District 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tammy Smith, MSN, RN

Commission on Professional Issues ........................Marilyn Sullivan, DSN, RN, CPE, FCN – Co-Chair

SIG/Advanced Practice Council

Parliamentarian ..................................................Carthenia Jefferson, BSN, RN, JD

ASNA HEADQUARTERS STAFF

Executive Director ................................................Dr. John C. Ziegler, MA, D. MIN

Director Leadership Services .........................................Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC

Administrative Coordinator ......................................................Betty Chambliss

Programs Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April Bishop, BS, ASIT

Attorney ..............................................................Don Eddins, BS, MS, JD

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CONVENTION COMMITTEE

Bobbie Holt, Ragler, DNP, MEd, MSN, Co-Chair

Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN, BC, Co-Chair

MEMBERS:

ASNA President

ASNA President-Elect

Staff Support:

Latoya Carstarphen, RN

Lindsey Harris, MSN, FNP-BC

Mary Harris, MSN, BSN, MEd

Anita King, MA, MSN

Erica Elkins Little, MSN, RN

Cyndy Henderson, RN

Debra Litton, DNP, MSN, RN, MBA

Lovie McAboy, MSN, RNC

Bridgett Moore, DNP, MSN, MBA

Charly Murphree, MSN, RN

Christopher Rhodes, BSN, RN

Yvette Spenser, BSN, RN

Joyce Varner, DNP, GNP-BC, GCNS

Brenda Woodmansee, MSN, RN

AANS Representative-Colin Tomlin, BSN, RN

Brian Buchmann, BSN, RN, MBA

Rebecca Huie, DNP, ACNP

Dr. John C. Ziegler, MA. D. MIN., Executive Director

Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN, BC, Director of Leadership Services

Betty Chambliss, Administrative Coordinator

April Bishop, BS, ASIT, Programs Coordinator

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ALABAMA STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS

1913-2015

1913 Miss Linna Denny

1915 Miss Margaret Hutton

1916 Miss LeMoyne Phares

1917 Miss Helen MacLean

1919 Miss Mary Denman

1920 Miss Eunice Ward

1921 Miss Eloise Schlund

1922 Miss Elizabeth LaForge

1923 Miss Bertha Clements

1924 Miss Margaret Murphy

1925 Miss Annie Mae Beddow

1930 Miss Mattie Houston

1932 Mrs. Opan C. Spiva

1933 Miss Annice Jackson

1935 Miss Celestine Pratt

1936 Mrs. Ossie Gannaway

1938 Mrs. Agnes Steele

1939 Miss Violet Marshall

1941 Miss Grace Holtzclaw

1943 Mrs. Ione Champlain

1945 Miss Pearl Barclay

1947 Miss Pearl Davis

1948 Miss Catherine Corley

1951 Mrs. Dorothy Britt

1952 Mrs. Kathryn Crossland

1956 Ms. Anne Meyer

1960 Dean Florence Hixon

1964 Miss Ann Flynn

1968 Mrs. Thelma Mitchell

1972 Sister Almeda Golson

1974 Dr. Margaret Milsap

1976 Ms. Linda Rubin

1978 Ms. Cynthia Rector

1980 Ms. Gwen Mitchell

1982 Dr. Rosemary Adams

1983 Ms. Martha Hearn

1984 Dr. Mable Lamb

1985 Dr. Norma Mobley

1986 Ms. Murlene Sides

1987 Dr. Janet Awtrey

1989 Dr. Norma Ferguson

1991 Ms. Joyce Chappelear

1993 Ms. Cynthia Jolley

1995 Dr. Juanzetta Flowers

1997 Ms. Ruth Harrell

1999 Ms. Charlotte Wynn

2001 Ms. Ruth Harrell

2003 Dr. Juanzetta Flowers

2005 Ms. Janet Donoghue

2007 Dr. Ruby Morrison

2009 Dr. Debbie Faulk

2011 Dr. Joyce Varner

2013 Dr. Arlene Morris

2015 Mr. Brian Buchmann

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CONVENTION GOALS

1. Explore ways to better manage patient care.

2. Network with colleagues from various settings.

3. Determine a 2016 roadmap for ASNA to enhance our goals.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CONVENTION

Additional Tickets for Events: Additional tickets for events will be available through pre-registration. Only

a limited number of tickets for these events will be available at the Convention site. PLEASE SUPPORT THE

CONVENTION BY ATTENDING PLANNED FUNCTIONS.

Room Changes: Room changes may be necessary! Any changes will be announced at the business meetings and/or

posted.

Breaks: We have several planned breaks. Some of these will be sponsored and recognition is printed in the program

and will be given at the break.

We will have the Awards Luncheon Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Contact Hours:

1.0 contact hours are awarded for each session attended, including Posters. A maximum of 5.6(ANCC) 6.2(ABN)

contact hours can be earned. An additional 5.16 (ANCC) 6.2(ABN) contact hours can be earned by attending Mable

Lamb Continuing Education Day.

The Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American

Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Alabama Board of Nursing Provider Number ABNP0002 (valid until March 30, 2017).

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ASNA Annual Convention

Disclosures

1. Attendees are expected to attend at least 90% of each session to receive continuing nursing education credit for

that session.

2. Attendees will be expected to evaluate a designated number of Posters to receive continuing nursing education

credit as follows:

Convention Posters, Thursday, 1 October 2015 at least seven (7) Posters, Friday 2 October, 2015 at least four (4)

Posters.

3. All sessions will be evaluated separately on the ASNA web site. Deadline for evaluations will be midnight,

October 29, 2015

4. Certificates of Attendance will be generated electronically immediately following the completion of the evaluation.

5. Nursing licensees will not be scanned. ASNA will place contact hours on the Board of Nursing transcript based

on sessions evaluated.

6. All presenters and planners of the convention declare no conflict of interests. Presenters’ employment settings will

be announced at the start of each session.

7. The presence of products in the exhibit area does not imply endorsement by ASNA or ANCC.

8. ASNA has received no commercial support for this conference.

9. A grant from the USA Center for Healthy Living will sponsor exercise.

10. Contact Hours. Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education

by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Alabama Board of Nursing Provider

Number P0002 (valid March 30, 2017)

Mabel Lamb Pre Convention Day

4.16 ANCC

5.0 ABN

ASNA Convention

6.5 ANCC

4.8 ABN

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

2015 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

Alabama State Nurses Association

Alabama Association Nursing Students

ASNA 2015 Annual Convention Program Agenda

Mable Lamb Nursing Continuing Education Day (Pre Convention Nursing Continuing Education)

8:30 AM Registration/Coffee – Sand Castle Foyer

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tract I– Domestic Violence – Sand Castle II

Tract II – Management of Bedside Emergencies – Sand Castle II

(Sponsored by Infirmary Health)

12: 00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)

1:00 PM + ASNA Board of Directors – Sand Dollar

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tract I (cont.) Family Violence (Elders/Children) – Sand Castle II

Tract II – The Story of Mental Illness: A Historical and Theoretical Overview –

Sand Castle II

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Registration

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Opening of ASNA House of Delegates – Sand Castle I & II

Call to Order, Brian Buchmann, President

Opening Ceremony (Trooping of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, Official Greetings)

Report of the Credentials Committee

President’s Report

Executive Director Report

7:00 PM + Posters – Grand Point

7:00 PM + Meet the Authors – Grand Point

7:00 PM + Welcome Party featuring the Tropic Flyers Band

(Sponsored by Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency)

Grand Point Terrace

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Friday, 2 October 2015

2015 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast – Grand Point

(Sponsored by My Care Alabama)

7:15 AM – 7:45 AM Yoga on the beach

7:30 AM Registration – Sand Castle Foyer

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM House of Delegates Reconvenes – Sand Castle I and II

Call to Order: President Buchmann

Report of the Credential Committee

Reports (only if in addition to written report in Convention Book)

Officers

District Presidents

Commission on Professional Issues

SIG: Advanced Practice Nurse Council

Standing Committee (only if in addition to report in Convention Book)

Bylaws, Continuing Education, Ethics and Human Rights, Finance, Legislative,

Membership and Nominations

Task Force Reports

New Business:

Bylaws

Strategic Plan

2014 Resolutions Evaluated

9:10 AM – 9:20 AM Chair Exercise

Provided by a grant from USA Center for Healthy Living

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Silent Auction – Grand View

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Exhibits – Grand Point

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Keynote, 100 years of the Alabama Board

of Nursing, Peggy S. Benson, ABN Executive Officer

Sand Castle I & II

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch with the Exhibitors – Grand Point

1:00 AM – 2:30 PM Posters – Grand Point

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Tract 1 - Writing Effective Test Questions – Sand Castle II

Tract II – Leadership Academy Projects –Sand Castle II

ABN Executive Officer

Peggy Sellers Benson

2:30 PM + Free Night

3:00 PM + Deep Sea Fishing Trip

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Saturday, 3 October, 2015

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Registration – Sand Castle Foyer

7:15 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet – Grand Point

7:30AM – 8:30 AM

Voting – Grand View

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Embracing Spiritual Care – Sand Castle I & II

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Chair Exercise – Provided by a grant from USA Center for Health Living

11:00 AM House of Delegates reconvenes – Sand Castle I & II

Call to Order: President Buchmann

Report of the Delegate Credentials Committee

Memorial Service

Report of Tellers

Adoption of 2015 Resolutions

New Business Continues

Convention Invitation 2015

Announcements

Installation of New Officers

12:30 PM + Awards Luncheon – Grand Point

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

2015 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

ASNA Convention Educational Sessions

9:00 AM Tract I Domestic Violence (Sand Castle I)

At the conclusion of the presentation the participant should be able to

1. Discuss how domestic violence affects the community at large, families,

and children

2. Discuss assessment and intervention strategies to support and aid victims to seek

community resources.

3. Describe the referral process of victims to community resources.

Domestic Violence 101, Melanie Bankhead, MSW

Working With Survivors, Cory Biggs, RN, EMT

Personal Testimonies of the Impact on Families, Mrs. Davona Tinsley

Tract II Management of Bedside Emergencies (Sand Castle II)

Sponsored by Infirmary Health

At the conclusion of the presentation the participant should be able to

1. Identify impending symptoms of bedside emergencies in general.

2. Know basic emergency treatment measures as presented in class

Heart Failure Emergencies, Elise Split, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN

Recognizing Clinical Deterioration at the Bedside – Rapid Response Teams,

Myra Smith, MSN, RN

Post Cardiac Intervention, Dr. Tochie Johnson-Lofton, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Hypoglycemia, Leslie Spiro, BSN, RN, CDE

Stroke at the Bedside, Sheila Y. Ross, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL

Respiratory Distress, Dr. Shannon Harris

1:00 PM Tract 1 Family Violence – Elders and Children Focus

At the conclusion of the presentation the participant should be able to

1. Identify signs of abuse and neglect among children and the elderly.

2. Discuss long term effects of abuse on children.

3. Identify ways to report abuse and neglect

Child Abuse – Clues that can’t be missed, Stephanie Streeter

Elder Abuse: A Growing Concern, Ashley Carlock

Tract II – The Story of Mental Illness: An Historical and Theoretical Overview

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant should be able to

1. Relate the history of psychiatric care.

2. Review cultural elements influencing attitudes toward mental illness.

3. Examine the correlation of adaptive/maladaptive behaviors and its influence on the

mental health continuum.

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

2015 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

7:00 PM + Poster Presentations

Identifying Barriers to a Successful Nurse Residency Program,

Dr. Lynn G. Brown, RN-BC

The Integration of Learner Capture Technology in Associate Degree Nursing

Programs, Dr. Jacqueline C. Smith

Creating a Caring Atmosphere for Asthma Education: Nurses’ Knowledge and

Perspective, Gerald Thomas, BSN, RN, CRT

Southern African American Women’s Perceptions of Coronary Artery Disease

After a Myocardial Infarction: A Phenomenological Inquiry,

Dr. Loretta Jones, FNP, RN

Enhancing an Undergraduate Nursing Program through Use of Innovative

Technology, Dr. Katrina S. Miller, Haidi Breazeale, MSN, RN, and Dr. Jackie Loller

Nurses’ Knowledge and Practices in Heart Failure Self-Care Education,

Dr. Gina Briscoe

Effects of an Educational Intervention on Baccalaureate Nursing Students’

Knowledge and Attitude in Providing Breastfeeding Support to Mothers,

Drs. Anjanetta Davis and Roy Ann Sherrod

Extending the Invitation to Learn in Nursing Education, Sarah O. Watts, MSN, RN

Using Technology to Keep Patients Safe, Valarie Thomas, MSN, RN

Friday, 2 October 2015

11:00 AM Keynote Address, 100 Years of the Alabama Board of Nursing,

Peggy S. Benson, ABN Executive Officer

At the end of the presentation the participant should be able to

relate the historical achievements of the Alabama Board of Nursing

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM – Poster Sessions

Ethical Commitment, Courage, and Connection, Dr. Jacqueline C. Smith

Recruiting Locally-Engaging Globally: Developing a Service Abroad Project,

Misty Guy, MSN, RN

Learning and Information Management Preferences, Angela MacKay

A Noise Reduction Project to Improve HCAHPS Score, Karry Clark, MSN, RN

Alabama 2012-2014 LPN and RN Baseline Demographics,

Drs. Kathleen Ladner and Gretchen McDaniel

1:00 PM Tract I – Sand Castle I

Leadership Academy Projects oral presentations

At the end of the presentation the participants should be able to

evaluate the results of the projects and apply selected principles to own practice.

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Mentorship in an End–of–Life Setting, Amy Beasley

Increasing Involvement and Awareness of ASNA in the Next Generation of

Nurses, Elizabeth Adams, Tecie Haller, and Rebecca Kinnebrew

Engaging and Empowering Future Influential Nurse Leaders,

Christopher Rhodes, BSN, RN

Health Promotion Activities for Underrepresented Adolescents in the Black Belt,

Shelicia Ford

Tract II – Sand Castle II

Writing Effective Test Questions, Dr. Arlene Morris, RN, CNE

At the end of the presentation the participants should be able to

create effective test questions in several different formats

Saturday, 3 October 2015 – Sand Castle I, II

8:00 AM Embracing Spiritual Care, Dr. Cristy Daffron and Debbie Duke, MSN, RN

At the end of the presentation the participants should be able to

1. Integrate faith and health to provide spiritual care to individuals, families, groups,

and communities.

2. Use a framework for spiritual assessment to discern spiritual needs.

3. Identify resources for continuous personal spiritual growth and self-care

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RESOLUTIONS

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Nurses Save Lives 2015

WHEARAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

Nurses in Alabama Save Lives; and

Nurses in Alabama care for all citizens, persons, and residents of the State; and

Nurses serve as licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners,

nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse educators, nurse administrators, nurse researchers, nurse

informaticists, and others; and

Nurses practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every

individual, unrestricted by social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health

problems (Code of Ethics for Nurses); and

Nurses serve families, caregivers, and communities; and

In addition to workforce effort nurses provide thousands of volunteer hours for their communities; and

Nurses serve in the armed forces of America defending our country and protecting/supporting those

who serve; and

Nurses have contributed to the quality of life in Alabama; and

Nurses make a difference in healthcare; and

This is the one and only time we will be able to have a Nurses car tag in Alabama; therefore be it

That 2015 be designated the Year of “Nurses Save Lives!” in Alabama; and be it further

That nurses and Alabama citizens and residents be encouraged to pre-order the “Nurses Save Lives!”

car tag; and be it further

That all nurses across ASNA Districts be encouraged to pre-order the “Nurses Save Lives!” car tag; and

be it further

That Alabama Hospitals be asked to encourage staff to pre-order the “Nurses Save Lives!” car tag; and

be it further

That the progress toward the goal of 1000 pre-orders be tracked on the ASNA website and that districts

be made aware of total sales until the goal is reached.

Respectfully submitted, Ellen Buckner, District 4

American Nurses Association [ANA] (2001). Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. Washington, DC: American Nurses

Association.

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Health Literacy

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

the Alabama State NursesAssociation (ASNA) is committed to increasing the health literacy of all

citizens in Alabama; and

health literacy is the capacity to comprehend and interpret symptoms, know when to seek professional

advice or treatment and understand how to implement a plan of care prescribed by a health care

provider; and

persons with health literacy skills have better health status and outcomes, are less likely to be

hospitalized, and make less visits to the emergency rooms; and

individuals who are not health literate can gain knowledge and skills to manage their health care by

improving their understanding and management of their condition(s); and

health literacy is identified as a priority in Healthy People 2020 by the U.S. Surgeon General.

Therefore be it:

that the Alabama State Nurses Association hereby proclaims the value of all health care providers being

adequately trained to identify and refer individuals who are in need of services to improve their health

literacy skills and be it further

that the ASNA will publish an article in The Alabama Nurse related to Health Literacy and be it further

that the ASNA will encourage each district to provide education on health literacy and identify and refer

individuals who are in need of service and be it further

that the ASNA will identify resources regarding health literacy and include resources in training, articles

and post on ASNA website to help patients and families to improve health literacy to become more

informed and educated in their own health care.

Submitted by: Gayle Stinnett, RN, MSN, District One

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Domestic Violence

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

Domestic violence hurts Alabama families, our children and our communities; and

In 2013, 20,489 domestic violence assaults were reported in Alabama; and

One in three women are victims of domestic violence in the United States; and

It takes an average of 7.5 occurrences for a woman to leave her batterer permanently; and

One in seven men are victims of domestic violence; and

The severity of adult domestic violence has been shown to be greater in cases where the violence

began in adolescence; and

Concerned citizens, organizations and communities throughout Alabama have implemented innovative

and effective programs to raise awareness and to prevent domestic and dating violence; and

The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV) serves as the statewide professional

association representing Alabama’s 18 certified domestic violence shelters. These facilities provide

emergency shelter, crisis counseling, clothes, food, court assistance, job training and a host of critical

other services for domestic violence victims and their children; and

By calling ACADV’s hotline, 1-800-650-6522, the caller will automatically be directed to the closest

domestic violence shelter; and

Domestic Violence Awareness Month recognizes the impact of domestic violence on our families,

encourages citizens and communities to work together to prevent domestic violence and promotes

healthy, respectful relationships. Therefore be it:

That ASNA will recognize October as domestic violence awareness month; and be it further

That the ASNA will publish an article in The Alabama Nurse related to Domestic Violence Awareness;

and be it further

That ASNA will encourage each district to provide education on domestic violence and refer individuals

who are in need of services; and be it further

That ASNA will identify resources regarding domestic violence and post on ASNA website to help

individuals and families become more informed and educated concerning domestic violence awareness.

Submitted by: Carthenia Jefferson, JD, RN and Lindsey Harris, RN – District Three

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Improving Adolescent Health through STD, HIV and

Unintended Pregnancy Awareness

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

young adults engage in sexual risk behaviors that can result in unintended health outcomes such as

sexually transmitted disease (STDs), HIV, and pregnancy; and

new HIV infections occur primarily among young adults 15-29 years of age; and

nationwide there are over 50,000 new HIV infections annually, fifty percent are in the Southeast; and

according to CDC (2012), 47.4% of adolescents had ever had sexual intercourse 33.7% had had sexual

intercourse during the previous 3 months, and of these, 39.8% did not use a condom the last time

they had sex, 76.7% (of those who are sexually active) did not use birth control pills or Depo-Provera

to prevent pregnancy; and

schools not only have access to students 6 hours during 13 critical years of their social, physical, and

intellectual development, they are primarily responsible for improving youth development; and

behavioral patterns established during these periods influence current health status and risks for

developing chronic disease in adulthood; and

FOCUS promotes school and community partnerships for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other

adolescent risk behaviors. The program is based on a student led approach and seeks to promote

youth involvement in the planning of prevention activities. The class includes: FOCUS group training,

peer helping, peer mediation, peer tutoring, violence prevention, and positive decision making skills.

Other features of the program include planning monthly health observances, a yearly school health fair,

and service learning. Teacher training is provided through various Regional Education In-service

Centers; and

FOCUS is being replicated throughout the State of Alabama. The program is supported by the Alabama

State Department of Education; Governor’s Commission on AIDS, community based organizations and

local education associations. Therefore be it:

that ASNA will work through The Focus Program http://thefocusprogram.com/ to promote continuing

education that is developmentally age-appropriate for participating school nurses on the topics of STD

and unintended pregnancy prevention, HIV awareness; and be it further

partner with other stakeholders such as the Alabama Association of School Nurses (AASN) to begin

conversing regarding roadmap to bring the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to fruition.

that the ASNA will publish an article in The Alabama Nurse and provide developmentally appropriate

links to pertinent resources related to topics of STD and unintended pregnancy prevention, and HIV

awareness; and be it further

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RESOLVED

that the ASNA will challenge districts to promote and educate on the topics of STD and unintended

pregnancy prevention, and HIV awareness to include abstinence, condom use, and emphasis on testing

in adolescents and young adults.

Submitted by: Wanda Spillers, RN, DNP District Three

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Adolescent and School Health. Retrieved from http:www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/

sexualbehaviors/.

Future of Sex Education Initiative. (2012). National Sexuality Education Standards: Core

Content and skills, k-12 [a special publication of the Journal School Health]. Retrieved from http://www.futureofsexeducation.org/

documents/josh-fose-standards-web.pdf.

Healthy People 2020. (2012). Adolescent Health - healthy people 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2014, from http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/

implementing/default.asp.

Kohn, D. (2012, July 20). The South is the epicenter of new HIV infections in the United States. The Washington Post. Retrieved from

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posiyive/the-south-is-the-epicenter-of-new-hiv-infections.

National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. (2009). Committee on Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for

Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development.

Office of National AIDS Policy. (2012). National HIV/AIDS strategy, update of 2011-2012 federal efforts to implement the national HIV/AIDS

strategy Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

20–30’S Task Force: Rejuvenating ASNA

WHEREAS:

WHEREAS:

Members of ASNA believe ASNA has decrease participation and membership from those within the

20-35 age range.

The recent article of the Alabama Nurse states that 2% of the 86,000 nurses of Alabama belong to

ASNA. Therefore be it

RESOLVED: As a member of 20-35 age group that ASNA appoints a task force comprised of the 20-35 age range.

And be it further

RESOLVED: The above task force to develop recommendations for the board to increase membership/retention and

participation amongst the 20-35 age range. And be it further

RESOLVED: Each ASNA district should create a plan of action to recruit/retain/and increase ASNA membership

amongst the 20-35 age group. And be it further

RESOLVED: ASNA will publish an article in The Alabama Nurse discussing the outcomes of the task force.

Presented by: Lindsey Harris, MSN, FNP-BC and Latoya Carstanphen, MSN, RN

dseyharris@uabmc.edu

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Recognition of All Graduate Level Nursing

Specialty Roles for Alabama Nurses

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommend advanced

nursing education to satisfy demands placed on multiple professional nursing roles in the complex

healthcare environment, and

nurse educators, nurse executives/leaders, and nurse researchers are prepared with advanced education

at master’s and doctoral levels, functioning at an advanced level within their specialty roles while having

profound and meaningful impact on the delivery of patient care;

nurses with advanced education fulfill their specialty roles as experts and scholars regardless of setting

and extending well beyond skill performance and clinical practice. Nurse educators, nurse executives/

leaders, and nurse researchers impact the profession by expanding opportunities for all. Each nursing

specialty is dependent upon one another for the continuity of the nursing profession and the delivery of

quality, evidence-based patient care. Be it

the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) will support a position statement to formally recognize

nurse educators, nurse executives/ leaders, and nurse researchers as specialty roles with minimum

education of a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) required. Unity and collaboration of advanced specialty

roles in today’s complex healthcare systems will be encouraged by the ASNA’s support of a position

statement, and be it further

the ASNA will promote the recognition of and incorporate all specialty roles requiring advanced

education in all activities sponsored by the ASNA, and be it further

the ASNA will challenge its districts to incorporate the recognition of all specialty roles in districtsponsored

continuing education (CE) activities, and be it further

that the ASNA will publish an article in The Alabama Nurse and provide links to supplemental

information on the ASNA website in support of all specialty nursing roles.

Submitted by: Sarah Pierce Wilkinson, MSN, BSN, BA, RN

2014 ASNA Leadership Academy, ASNA District 1

References

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006). Essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Washington, DC:

AACN. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPEssentials

American Nurses Association. (2001). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org

Chinn, P. L., & Kramer, M. K. (2011). Integrated theory and knowledge development in nursing (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Chism, L. A. (2013). The DNP graduate as ethical consultant. In L. A. Chism (Ed.), The doctor of nursing practice (2nd ed., pp. 179-213).

Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.

Chism, L. A. (2013). Why didn’t you just become a doctor? Educating others about the DNP degree. In L. A. Chism (Ed.). The doctor of

nursing practice (2nd ed., pp. 263-288). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.

Institute of Medicine (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Retrieved from http://thefutureofnursing.org

Schlotfeldt, R. M. (2013). Structuring nursing knowledge: A priority for nursing’s future. In W. M. Cody (Ed.). Philosophical and theoretical

perspectives for advanced nursing practice (5th ed., pp. 15-21). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.

Strech, S., & Wyatt, D. A. (2013). Partnering to lead change: Nurses’ role in the redesign of health care. AORN Journal, 98, 260-266. doi:

10.1016/j.aorn.2013.07.006

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The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA)

Mentorship Program

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) supports the American Nurses Association initiative

on nurse mentoring; and

ASNA can play a crucial role in nurse mentoring; therefore be it

That the Alabama State Nurses Association will support the successful integration of new nurse

graduates into the work environment; and be it further

That ASNA will support the growth and development of nurses as they transition in professional

practice; and be it further

That ASNA will foster the development of a strong nursing community; and be it further

That ASNA will enhance the leadership skills of nurses as they engage in the mentoring process;

and be it further

That ASNA will develop a formal mentorship program for new nurses to support these goals.

Submitted by: Abby Grammer Horton, MSN, RN, District 2

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Safe Staffing and Staffing Decision Making

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

WHEREAS

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

RESOLVED

Hospitals are reducing nursing budgets to cut hospital cost;

an increasing nursing shortage has caused fewer nurses to work longer hours to care for more acutely

ill patients;

research has shown that higher staffing levels by experienced Registered Nurses decrease adverse

events and results in better outcomes;

the American Nurses Association (ANA) recommends that hospitals develop and implement a safe

staffing methodology established by a committee comprised of at least 55% of direct care nurses.

Therefore be it:

The ASNA will publish an article in the Alabama Nurse on the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Bill and be

it further

the ASNA will encourage each district to provide education to the public and promote awareness

related to the implications of unsafe staffing levels and be it further

Each District will write letters to hospital Administrators and colleges of Nursing in their district on the

importance of safe staffing and its effects on patient outcomes and be it further

the ASNA will publish the Safe Staffing Bill on the ASNA website along with other links to resources

that support safe staffing and be it further

The ASNA will reach out and partner with stakeholders and Legislators to begin the conversation on

safe staffing legislation for Alabama.

Submitted by: District 3

References:

American Nurse Association (2014). Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Bill Introduced into the Senate. Retrieved from http.//www.nursing

world.org

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MEET

THE CANDIDATES

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MEET THE CANDIDATES

VICE PRESIDENT

Carthenia Jefferson, BSN, RN, CNN, JD, ESQ

District: 3

Views of the Issues: 1) Nursing Advocacy and Legislative Issues: strongly advocate for the community and the

nurses; 2) Nursing Practice concerns which include nurse-patient staffing, providing quality care, safe patient handling

and leadership; 3) Ethics and Human Rights concerns which includes protecting and promoting human rights; 4)

Social Causes and Health concerns which includes violence against women; 5) Unlicensed Personnel issues; 6)

Workplace Advocacy and 7) ASNA membership concerns.

SECRETARY

Lindsey Harris, MSN, FNP-BC

District: 3

Views of the Issues: The Nursing profession is one of the most encompassing/impactful professions amongst

healthcare. The opportunity to help someone mentally, physically, and emotionally is very powerful. The Alabama

State Nurses Association enhances that power by its purpose, which fosters high standards of nursing, and promoting

professional and educational advancements. The nursing profession faces many issues today. Evidence based practice/

education is very important to healthcare. I had the opportunity to Chair a hospital-wide nurse led committee called

the Nursing Practice Congress. The Congressional model was the vehicle for this organization. We are making

improvements based upon best practices for all of Nursing. These results have improved patient, staff, and hospital

wide outcomes. The Alabama State Nurses Association is a great vehicle to continue to improve patient outcomes

by encouraging higher education and providing continuing education of best practices. The Secretary will continue to

support the association and maintain the vision and mission of the association. By maintaining records and increasing

membership of the Alabama State Nurses Association, the organization has the opportunity to improve nursing as a

profession. Improving access to healthcare, and getting nurses more involved within legislature may also be of great

impact to the profession as well.

COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

Cassandra Ford, PhD, RN, FHA

District: 2

Views of the Issues: Serving on the Commission on Professional Issues provides a very unique and important

opportunity to speak to the issues facing the Alabama State Nurses Association as well as the nursing profession as a

whole. I strongly believe in and support the ASNA’s mission of “promoting excellence in nursing.” Working together

we can work to maintain excellence throughout all areas of our profession through promoting cultural diversity, health

parity, and ethical care of all individuals. The populations we serve are growing and changing each day. As nurses

we are positioned to provide safe and effective care in the face of this growth and in turn assure positive outcomes.

I believe serving on the Commission would provide the opportunity to support and help continue these significant

efforts.

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Cam Hamilton, PhD, RN, CNE

District: 5

Views of the Issues: I am concerned with the quality of nursing in our state, the flight of quality nurses leaving

the bedside due to lack of leadership, support and resources to create healthy working environments to encourage

longevity and loyalty in new graduate nurses. This leads to an issue of constant turmoil due to staffing turnover and

lack of seasoned nursing care at the bedside ultimately decreasing the quality of care to the patients. Another concern

is the lack of incentive to remain at the bedside increasing the number of nurses seeking advanced degrees in order

to make more money. Our profession will be saturated with nurse practitioners and CRNAs who are unable to find

collaboration in our State. This also leaves the bedside care to the constant influx on new nurses without expert

nursing skills.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Lovie McAboy, MSN, RNC

District: 4

Views of the Issues: I am familiar with the process and issues facing nursing.

Christy Rials, MSN, RN, PNP

District: 5

Views of the Issues: The condition of nursing within our state has improved since I began my career, but still

has many areas of needed growth. I feel that the current medical culture still has the largest voice regarding current

practices (including nursing). I believe that ASNA is striving to make the nurses voice relevant to our leaders and

sought first when issues arise related to the profession. The struggle still continues, but I hope that in serving I can

perhaps contribute in a small way to the larger need and cause.

nominations and election of officers

Alabama State Nurses Association’s (ASNA) nomination and election of Officers shall be conducted in accordance

with Robert’s Rules of Order, 10th Edition during the official meeting of the ASNA House of Delegates (HOD).

I. NOMINATIONS

A. Nominations Committee

a. Nominations from the Nominations Committee shall be accomplished according to ASNA Bylaws.

B. Nominations from the floor of the HOD shall be accomplished according to Robert’s Rules of Order, 10th

Edition.

I. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

A. Elections will be by secret ballot.

B. Only credentialed delegates will be allowed to vote.

C. Voting times and polling location will be announced at the House of Delegates.

D. Election monitor(s) will verify eligibility of delegates (current membership card, delegate ribbon, and photo

I.D.) at the entrance to the polling area.

E. No campaigning will be permitted in the polling area.

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F. Each delegate will place his or her completed ballot into the designated container.

G. Once the delegate has finished voting he or she must exit the polling area.

H. Polling area will be open and closed promptly at specified time.

I. Ballots will be controlled and counted by a minimum of three (3) tellers.

J. One Teller will give each delegate one (1) ballot as the delegate enters the polling area.

K. One Teller will monitor the ballot box to assure that each delegate places a single ballot into the container.

L. One Teller will monitor the polling area to be sure delegates exit after voting.

M. Once the polling area is closed the Tellers will count the ballots.

N. The Head Teller will complete the Teller’s Report.

O. The Head Teller will present the official election results to the President in accordance with Robert’s Rules of

Order, 10th Edition.

P. The President will report the result to the HOD in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, 10th Edition.

Q. Must have permission of any write-in candidate.

Preliminary Ballot for ASNA Convention

Candidates for 2015-2017

Vice President:

Carthenia Jefferson, BSN, RN, CNN, JD, ESQ

Write-in candidate:__________________________________

Secretary:

Lindsey Harris, MSN, FNP-BC

Write-in candidate:__________________________________

Commission on Professional Issues (Vote for 4) Cassandra Ford, PhD, RN, FAHA

Cam Hamilton, PhD, RN, CNE

Write-in candidate: __________________________________

Write-in candidate: __________________________________

Nominating Committee (Vote for 2)

Lovie McAboy, MSN, RNC

Christy Rials, MSN, RN, PNP

Write-in Candidate: _________________________________

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EXHIBIT AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Friday, October 2, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsors

Platinum

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc.

Silver

My Care Alabama

Friends

Infirmary Health

Exhibitors

Alabama Health Action Coalition

Alabama Organ Center

Alacare Home Health & Hospice

ALL Kids

Auburn University Montgomery

Brookwood Medical Center

DCH Regional Medical Center

Gideons International Auxiliary

Hurst Review Service

Jackson Hospital

Kaplan Nursing

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Sphere3

Sylvia Rayfield & Associates/ICAN Publishing, Inc.

Troy University School of Nursing

UAB Medicine

University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing

University of South Alabama College of Nursing

University of West Florida

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Parliamentary Information

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised 10th Edition is the parliamentary authority that shall govern the

Convention Business Meetings. The President, as the presiding officer, rules on all matters relative to parliamentary

law and procedures. The Parliamentarian serves only in an advisory capacity to the presiding officer and members.

Members’ participation in the business sessions is governed by the Convention Policy.

The motions that follow are defined in terms of action a member may desire to propose. Rules governing these

motions are listed in the table.

A main motion introduces a subject for consideration as is stated: “I move that…

An amendment (primary) is a motion to modify the wording of a motion. The motion to amend may be made in one

of the following forms, determined by the action desired: “I move to amend by…

…striking (word(s), phrase, paragraph).

…inserting (word(s), phrase, paragraph).

…striking and inserting (words (s), phrase, paragraph).

…adding (word(s), phrase, paragraph at the end of a motion).

…substituting (paragraph or entire text of a resolution or main motion and inserting another that is germane).”

An amendment to an amendment is a motion to modify the wording of the proposed amendment and is made as

follows: “I move to amend the amendment by….” The same forms for making an amendment are applicable for making

a secondary amendment.

The motion to commit or refer is generally used to send a pending motion (also called “the question”) to a small

group of selected persons- a committee, board, or cabinet, for example so that the question may be studied and put

in better condition for the assembly to consider. The motion is stated: “I move to commit the question to…for further

study.”

The motion to close debate (previous question), if seconded and approved by a two-thirds vote, stops discussion

and amendment on the pending question and is stated: “I move to call the previous question.”

A division of the assembly may be called by any one member if the president’s decision on a voice vote is in

question. The member proceeds to the microphone and states: “I call for a division of the house…” The President

then takes a standing vote.

A division of the question may be called when a pending motion relates to a single subject that contains several

parts, each capable of standing as a complete proposition. The parts can be separated and each considered and voted

on as a proposition. The parts can be separated and each considered and voted on as a distinct question. The motion

is stated: “I move to divide the question as follows…”

The motion to reconsider enables a majority of the assembly to bring back for further consideration a motion that

has already been voted. The purpose of reconsidering a vote is to permit a correction of hasty, ill-advised, or erroneous

action; to take into account added information or a situation that has changed since the vote was taken. The person

making the motion must have voted on the prevailing side.

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Parliamentary inquiry is a question directed to the presiding officer to obtain information on parliamentary law or

the rules of the organization as relevant to the business at hand. A member addresses the President and states: “I rise

to a point of parliamentary inquiry.”

Point of information is a request to the President or through the President to another officer or member, for

information relevant to the business at hand. The request is not related to parliamentary procedure. The member

addresses the chair and states: I rise to a point of information.”

The motion to appeal the decision of the President is made at the time the President makes a ruling. If it is

made by a member, and seconded by another member, the question is taken from the President and vested in the

membership for a final decision. The motion is stated: “I move to appeal the decision of the President.”

Before a member can make a motion or address the assembly on any question, it is necessary that he or she obtain

the floor through recognition by the presiding officer. The member must:

rise and proceed to the microphone.

address the President by saying, “Madam President.”

await recognition.

give name and the district he or she is from.

state immediately the reason he or she has risen.

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STANDING RULES FOR

HOUSE OF DELEGATES

1. Motions must be in writing. Editorial changes to motions, resolutions, or amendments shall be presented to the

Secretary in writing.

2. No one may speak longer than two minutes at any given time without consent of the HOD granted by a twothirds

vote without debate.

3. No one may speak a second time to the same motion until all members have had an opportunity to speak.

4. In order to close debate on a motion or amendment to the motion a member must obtain the floor and “call the

question” or “move to close debate.” This motion

a. requires a second.

b. is not debatable.

c. can not be amended.

d. requires a two-thirds affirmative vote to close debate.

5. Debate on any resolution, motion, or amendment shall not exceed fifteen minutes without consent of the HOD

granted by a two-thirds vote without debate.

6. Only an emergency resolution may be initially introduced on the floor of the House of Delegates. The ASNA

President will determine if the resolution meets the emergency criteria.

7. These Standing Rules may be suspended at any of the HOD meetings by a two-thirds vote.

8. These Standing Rules may be amended at any of the HOD meetings by a two-thirds vote with prior notice.

9. These Standing Rules may be amended at any of the HOD meetings by a 99% vote without prior notice.

10. Parliamentary procedure according to Robert’s Rules of Order, 10th Edition, and ASNA Bylaws govern the HOD

procedures. In some cases, the chair may ask for the will of the house to decide a question, such as whether to

extend debate beyond the allotted time.

11. Basic principles of parliamentary procedure assure that only one subject at a time may be addressed and every

member has equal rights.

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CONVENTION POLICY

I. Registration

a. Anyone may attend the Keynote Address, but only registered attendees will receive CE credit.

b. A registration fee must be paid by each ASNA member attending the convention. This fee will entitle the members to

attend all meetings for which she/he is qualified.

c. AANS members must register and pay a registration fee. This fee will entitle the members to attend all meetings for

which she/he is qualified.

d. Nurses who are not members of this association may attend the convention with proof of registration.

e. All members must wear registration badges in order to be admitted to convention functions.

II. Delegate Credentialing

a. All elected delegates and alternates must be registered for the full convention.

b. When registering each delegate and alternate must present proof of current membership and picture identification.

c. Delegate badges must be worn to all scheduled convention business meetings.

d. Delegates will be seated in the section reserved for the House of Delegates during the business meetings.

e. Only registered delegates are entitled to vote at the HOD business meetings.

f. It is the responsibility of the District Presidents to ensure that their elected delegates are registered. If a District does

not have the correct number of delegates registered the District President should ensure that an alternate is registered.

III. Credential Committee Report

The Credential Committee will report the number of registered delegates after the opening ceremonies and at the

beginning of each HOD session. Supplementary reports may be given at the discretion of the Chair/President.

IV. On The Floor Of The House Of Delegates

a. Recognition

Any member wishing to speak will:

(1) approach a microphone;

(2) be recognized by the Chair;

(3) address the Chair

(4) give name, District, status (delegate, non-delegate)

(5) state purpose (Point of Information, Point of Order, Point of Personal Privilege or Making a Motion

b. Motion

(1) Only Delegates may present motions and vote.

(2) Non-delegates may ask questions, speak to a motion, or take part in discussions after delegates have had an

opportunity to speak to the motion,

(3) Motions presented from the floor of HOD must be in writing on the appropriate form, signed by the maker of the

motion and the seconder, and presented to the Secretary.

(4) Motions or recommended action coming from a standing committee, ad hoc committee, task force, district or

county shall be presented to the Board of Directors (BOD) at the pre-convention meeting. Upon approval of the

BOD the recommendation or action will be presented to the HOD at the time designated by the Chair.

c. Debate

Rules for debate on any motion will be included in the Standing Rules for the HOD and be voted on at the beginning

of the first session of the HOD.

d. Communication

All cell phones, beepers and the like must be set to silent mode during all official sessions and proceedings.

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OFFICERS’

REPORTS

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PRESIDENT

Brian Buchmann, MBA, BSN, RN

2015 has been a wonderful year for ASNA! ASNA membership continues to grow and ASNA leaders have been

working hard to be the united voice for all Alabama nurses. There are many ASNA members representing all Alabama

nurses by serving on national, state and local committees, task forces, and other activities. As ASNA President

I have been serving on the new Governor’s Task Force to Improve Healthcare in Alabama, the ANA Scope of

Practice Committee, as well as many ASNA committees. Nurses must be at the table when strategies for healthcare

improvements are being discussed and ASNA is making sure Alabama nurses are at the table.

During my 2015-2016 Presidency, I have many goals but only one legacy. For my legacy, I am keeping it simple. All I

want to be known for is putting processes in place that dramatically increased our membership! ASNA’s success is

directly related to our membership and all of us play a role in recruiting and therefore, the success of ASNA. I want to

encourage each of you to join in on my 15 in 15 Membership Challenge! I am challenging each district to gain 30

more members above their current numbers by the end of this year. This will put our membership over 1,500 in 2015

(15 in 15).

During 2015, I have been privileged to visit and speak at all but one of the five districts and have plans for the last one.

I work with a high-performing Board of Directors (BOD’s) and can reassure you that they are active in growing our

membership, meeting our strategic plan, and striving toward our mission to create excellence in nursing!

During the November, 2014 ASNA Board of Directors’ retreat, each member was given a new leadership guide,

training on the role and responsibilities of our BOD, and task for the coming year. Creating a 2015 strategic plan was

one of the tasks that we completed during the retreat. The following four goals were determined as ASNA’s 2015

Strategic Priorities:

1) Provide leadership for health policy and legislative activities

2) Advocate for Alabama nurses on professional practice issues

3) Provide for the continuing professional development for Alabama nurses

4) Improve the visibility and image of nursing

All Board members, committees, districts and staff work together to accomplish these strategic priorities and their

work can be seen in each of their convention reports. Some highlights of ASNA’s 2015 accomplishments are listed

below:

Goal #1: Provide leadership for health policy and legislative activities

• On March 11, 2015, ASNA and worked with the Coalition of Alabama Nurse Organizations and organized

a very successful Nurses Day at the Capitol. Several hundred nurses and nursing students attended as

Governor Robert Bentley, Representatives April Weaver, Mark Tuggle, and other leaders presented key

issues. It was evident that ASNA is the strong voice for Alabama nurses.

• ASNA had extensive lobbying presence during the 2015 legislative session through the efforts of Don

Eddins, Dr. John Ziegler, and other ASNA leadership.

• ASNA disseminated legislative updates to constituents via email and other ASNA social media.

• ASNA influenced health planning and policy through ASNA members serving on national, state and local

committees and boards. Several ASNA members serve on the new Governor’s Task Force to Improve

Healthcare in Alabama.

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• ASNA continues to work on raising funds for its Political Action Committee (PAC).

• ASNA leaders attended the ANA Lobby Day in July 2015 in Washington D.C. and met with two

Senators and 6 Representatives regarding nursing legislation that increases SOP for APRN’s. Two of the

Representatives agreed to cosponsor the bills.

Goal #2: Advocate for Alabama nurses on professional practice issues

• ASNA leaders are serving on the Governor’s Task Force and are looking for ways to increase SOP for

APRN’s and other Alabama nurses.

• As stated in Goal #1, ASNA leaders met with Alabama congressmen advocating to remove nursing practice

restrictions.

• Successful Nurses Day at the Capitol networking with politicians and showing them that Alabama nurses

care and want to be a voice for improving health care.

• ASNA worked with the ABN and other Alabama nursing organizations on issues that could impact all

nurses.

Goal #3: Provide for the continuing professional development for Alabama nurses

• ASNA sponsored multiple CE offerings throughout the state through the annual FACES Conference, District

CE activities, Alabama Nurse, and other presentations including topics such as: domestic violence, teen

pregnancy, health literacy, nursing mentorship, and other key topics.

• ASNA’s fourth 2015 annual Leadership Academy (LA), co-chaired by Dr. Marilyn Rhodes and Dr.

Ellen Buckner, continues to be a huge success in developing nurse leaders in practice, education, and

administrative roles across the state. Nurses from each of ASNA’s five districts participated. Many of the

LA members are focusing on ASNA’s 2015 Strategic Priorities for their projects.

• ANF five member board has been formed and will begin defining and expanding its purpose. ASNA and

the Alabama Nurses Foundation (ANF) awarded graduate and undergraduate scholarships.

• ASNA BOD members developed a succession planning process and tools for each role.

Goal #4: Improve the visibility and image of nursing

• The “Nurses Save Lives” Alabama license plate is now available and proceeds have already been received in

the ANF.

• ASNA’s staff updated ASNA’s logo, Facebook, Website, PPT template, and all marketing tools have the new

ASNA logo. ASNA present relevant updates regarding nursing practice, legislative and healthcare issues to

Alabama nurses through multiple media avenues.

• ASNA members contribute to local, national, and international publications and presentations.

• ASNA Districts presented Citation of Excellence throughout the year to nurses from all practice settings.

• ASNA’s president spoke at three of the five ASNA districts during Nurses Week, celebrating nurses! All

districts were involved in celebrating Nurses Week.

• ASNA’s president spoke at the First Annual Alabama Student Nurses Leadership Summit on the Importance

of Leadership.

• ASNA’s president presented at the North Alabama Health Educators Council on Health Issues in Alabama.

• ASNA continues to work to improve the ASNA website and will be looking at using components of ANA’s

website as a resource.

Other activities of the ASNA president, not directly related to strategic plan:

• Represented Alabama at ANA’s Membership Assembly, Lobby Day, and Southeastern Executive Director

and Presidents’ (SEED) meeting in July in Washington, DC.

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• Participated in President-to-President conference calls with ANA President Pam Cipriano, in quarterly

open ANA Board of Directors’ meetings, and in quarterly legislative updates with ANA’s Department of

Governmental Affairs.

• Served on the ANA Nursing SOP Committee.

• Served on the new Governor’s Task Force to Improve Healthcare in Alabama.

• Presented “How to Get a Job and Keep it” at ASNA’s FACES.

• Present during the 2015 Leadership Academy Kick-off.

• Prepared the President’s Message for each edition of The Alabama Nurse.

• Prepared a President’s Update every two months and distributed via email to all ASNA members.

• Communicated frequently with ASNA BOD members and sent them relevant information from the ANA

and other relevant nursing topics/issues.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT

Rebecca Huie, DNP, RN, ACNP

President

“Year of Ethics”

I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity to serve as ASNA President-Elect. I am passionate about the concept

of mentorship; my philosophy is that we as nurses have a responsibility to mentor upcoming nurses to strengthen our

profession. It has been an honor working with ASNA President Brian Buchmann and the dedicated ASNA staff. Brian

has truly been an excellent mentor, teacher, leader and friend during this first year of my elected role. The ASNA staff

work hard to support the mission and vision of ASNA and their commitment is evident. Thank you for all that you do.

This past year has been full of new opportunities, challenges and changes. The Ebola epidemic that sent fear riviting

throughout the world had a major impact on the nursing profession. Nurses were immediately scrutinized by

media who placed blame on us for spreading the disease. ANA President Pam Cipriano took a stand for the nursing

profession and advocated for the development of protocols, enhanced PPE and robust education. I was instrumental in

working to develop these practices in the Birmingham Community by participating on the Jefferson County Healthcare

Coalition and at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. It was gratifying to be at the forefront of implementing processes

that keep nurses and other healthcare workers safe.

My leadership experience with ASNA dates back to 2007. I have served on several committees including the 2015

Annual Convention Committee, Leadership Academy Steering Committee, ANA Scope of Practice Steering Committee

and the SEED Committee. I have also attended most District 3 meetings to provide guidance and support and

currently serve on the District 3 Scholarship Committee. I continue to actively recruit new members to ASNA through

outreach activities with FACES, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and others. I delivered 2 presentations at

FACES ‘15: “The Value of a Mentor” and “Transforming Healthcare for Veterans – Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT).”

I was a facilitator for a two-day UAB workshop on Leadership Practices in Quality and Safety and, for the last 3

years, I have participated on a UAB panel for new RN graduates on “Transitions to Professional Nursing.” I volunteer

annually for the Birmingham Homeless Stand-down which is a community service that offers medical exams,

medications, dental, legal, and a host of other services to homeless people in this area.

On the legislative front, I am a regular attendee of Nurses Day at the Capital in Montgomery and more recently the

ANA Annual Conventional Lobby day in Washington, D.C. In fact this last Lobby Day in D.C. was one of the most

enjoyable and amazing experiences in that it offered the opportunity to discuss legislative issues that effect our

nursing profession and the healthcare delivery for the state of Alabama. With all of the changes in healthcare, this is

the most important component of being a member of ASNA. For nurses to have a voice. To be a catalyst for change.

The theme at the Capital was “When Nurses Talk….Washington Listens.” With over 90,000 nurses in the state of

Alabama, if we stand together, we would have the strongest voice of any profession in the state of Alabama. My goal

for this upcoming year is to continue to recruit nurses and continue to encourage NURSES to LEAD THE WAY. Hope

you all enjoy the convention.

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VICE PRESIDENT

Diane Buntyn MSN, RN-BC, OCN

The main goal for the membership committee this year was to increase membership. As noted on the American

Nurses Association (ANA) website: Membership in ANA and the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA)

makes a powerful statement about you. It shows employers, colleagues and patients your commitment to

nursing. Membership identifies you as a nurse who is serious about the profession as well as purposeful

about staying informed, educated and involved. When you become an ANA and ASNA member, you

join with nurses across the country, and in your state speaking with one strong voice on behalf of your

profession and your patients.

There are many benefits to membership. One of them helps the nurse develop professionally, such as an Online CE

Library, ANA and ASNA Meetings and Conferences, Nursing Webinars. We can also stay up-to-date on the news and

issues affecting nursing via journals and publications. Take time to explore the ANA and ASNA website for a complete

listing of benefits.

ASNA is a strong advocate for Alabama Nurses. Local lobbying on issues important to nursing and healthcare is

ongoing and ASNA monitors and responds to these issues as they arise. ASNA protects and safeguards the Nurse

Practice Act and this is one of their most important jobs.

As a member, help influence decisions by participating with ASNA. This can be accomplished by joining one of the

many committee and boards that are shaping the direction of the association and the profession. Take part in grass

roots advocacy efforts that let our local elected officials hear your commitment on issues important to nursing.

Alabama has over 67,000 Registered Nurses, 17,000 LPN’s and 4,500 Advanced Practice Nurses. This is a total of over

88,500. In July ANA reported Alabama had 1,281 members. So, only 1.4% of nurses in Alabama are members of ANA.

In May we had 1376 members in ASNA, which equates to 1.5%. We can do better that this. We want to encourage

all members to help recruit new members. We encourage all Districts to help make membership meaningful.

The membership committee has developed an action plan to recruit and retain members. We will continue to work

this action plan and add other ideas to it has they become apparent. If you have ideas to help recruit new members

we want to hear them. Please send any ideas to any District President or Vice President. The Vice Presidents for each

district are also part of the membership committee:

• District 1, Carole Dabbs, PhD, RN – drdabbs@hotmail.com

• District 2, Abby Grammer Horton, MSN,RN – abbyhorton@gmail.com

• District 3, Vanessa Barlow, MBA,BSN,RN – vbarlow9@aol.com

• District 4, Leigh Minchew, DNP,RN,WHNP-BC – lminchew@usouthal.edu

• District 5, Debbie Faulk, MSN,RN – dfaulk@aum.edu

• Please share your ideas with these members or myself, Diane Buntyn dbuntyn@samc.org

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SECRETARY

Donna Everett, RN, BSN

Committee: Board of Directors

October 2, 2014

October 3, 2014

October 4, 2014

November 1, 2014

January 24, 2015

April 18, 2015

July 18, 2015

February 12, 2015

April 9, 2015

June 11, 2015

August 13, 2015

April 14, 2015

DATE(S) ACTIVITY OUTCOME

Attended and composed minutes

for the Board of Directors and House

of Delegates meetings during the

annual Convention held at the Bryant

Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

Attended and composed minutes

during the ASNA Board of Director’s

meetings, Montgomery, AL

Attended and participated in ASNA

District One Meetings, Huntsville, AL

Served as volunteer at annual

Elizabeth A. Morris, Continuing

Education Day - FACES

Minutes recorded and submitted to

state office.

Minutes recorded and submitted to

state office.

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE, CHAIR

Donna Everett, RN, BSN (District 1 Member)

DATE ACTIVITY OUTCOME

February/March 2015

Members to serve on Governance

Committee requested

President Buchmann requested

member from each district to serve

on Governance Committee

April/May 2015

Members to serve on Governance

Committee received and

teleconference meetings scheduled

every Thursday in July to review

submitted resolutions.

Tentative meetings scheduled.

June/July 2015

August/September 2015

Call for Resolutions posted in The

Alabama Nurse by ASNA staff.

Deadline for submission to the state

office - July 1, 2015

ANA review of ASNA bylaws with

wording edits pending. Governance

Committee to reconvene after bylaw

changes received from ANA.

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No resolutions received. Board of

Directors notified and will continue

to meet the eight resolutions

approved at the 2014 convention.

Pending changes received from ANA

Membership Assembly.


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TREASURER

Debra Litton, DNP, RN, MBA

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your treasurer. Each district demonstrates good stewardship with

the monies, as does our Alabama State Nurses Association staff. Thank you for the opportunity to interact with other

members of the ASNA Finance Committee, the Board of Directors, and our amazing ASNA staff.

The ASNA budget continues to be sound. As always, the Finance Committee’s charge for 2014-2015 included

investigating options for increasing ASNA’s income. Our Executive Director has been successful in establishing the

Nurses Save Lives license plate which is now available to all nurses in Alabama. Continuing Education, including the

ASNA Leadership Academy, generates some money for our organization. The Finance Committee which includes

all District Treasurers is working to develop a state wide fund raiser for the ASNA. The most direct increase remains

the challenge to increase membership. The membership committee continues to work hard to encourage nurses in

Alabama to support their profession. The Board of Directors examines expenditures of the ASNA and our staff could

not be better stewards of our finances. We are a fiscally sound affiliate at this time and will continue close scrutiny of

all our financial activities.

Congratulations to our districts as they promote our profession and the Alabama State Nurses Association!!

I would like to thank the Finance Committee, Betty Chambliss, and Dr. John Zeigler for ensuring the smooth running

of the financial aspects of ASNA. John continues to monitor our investments and explore new funding streams to

ensure the ASNA remains solvent. The ASNA staff continues to keep meticulous records of income and expenses.

The audit is always available for our membership to review. I wish to express my gratitude for their availability and

their financial expertise.

The Alabama State Nurses Association is YOUR organization for nursing in Alabama. Please contact the ASNA office

or the Treasurer for any concerns or questions regarding the financial status of the organization.

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DISTRICT

REPORTS

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DISTRICT 1

Sarah Wilkinson, MSN, BSN, BA, RN

President

Officers: President: Sarah Wilkinson, MSN, BSN, BA, RN

Secretary: Kim Miller, BSN, RN

Treasurer: Brian Buchmann, MBA, BSN, RN

2015 District 1 Activities

District 1 has had a very busy and prosperous year since the last convention in Tuscaloosa, and our numbers continue

to increase each month!

December: District members enjoyed a Christmas Celebration combined with a CE event featuring the Ebola Virus as

presented by infectious disease specialist, Dr. Hassoun.

February: The district meeting was combined with another CE event featuring Highlights in Cardiac Care: Transaortic

Catheterization presented by Joanie Wofford, CRNP.

March: Members attended Nurses Day at the Capitol which was a great success for all. Throughout the month,

various members teamed up to visit the colleges of nursing at area universities and community colleges in order to

promote the Nurses Save Lives car tag and promote membership in ASNA following graduation.

April: District 1 members attended FACES in Montgomery for continuing education and promotion of ASNA. District

1 sponsored 4 members for the 2015 Leadership Academy.

May: District 1 hosted a Nurses Mixer at Laredo Cantina as an opportunity to network and recruit new members.

June: The business meeting was combined with another CE event featuring “Krav Maga, Self Defense for the Real

World” and “What to Do When Faced with an Active Shooter” to promote awareness of ASNA’s resolution regarding

domestic violence and total fitness. District 1 President, Sarah Wilkinson, and District 1 Treasurer, Brian Buchmann,

attended the business meeting of District 4 as an idea generating forum for future activities in District 1.

July: District 1 President, Sarah Wilkinson, accompanied the Alabama delegation to ANA’s Membership Assembly and

Lobby Day at the Capitol in Washington DC.

September: District 1 collaborated with Women and Children Hospital at Huntsville Hospital and University of

Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) to present a CE event to bring awareness to domestic violence, violence against

children, human trafficking and ethics. These topics all supported the education of nurses and the community and the

promotion of ASNA’s 2014 resolutions. District 1 also utilized this event as a recruiting opportunity for membership in

ASNA.

District 1 Goals:

District 1 continues to actively recruit new members and reclaim those whose memberships fell by the wayside

for various reasons. The Community Project Committee is continuing to investigate possible sponsorship and

implementation of the Vial of Life Community Project for ASNA members to actively give back to the communities in

North Alabama.

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DISTRICT 2

Julie Jones, MSN, RN-BC

President

What a great year we have had in ASNA District 2! We have made great strides in achieving our goals. We changed

our schedule to quarterly board meetings this year and had two continuing education events. Our quarterly meetings

were held at Northport Medical Center in Northport, AL. We met for dinner prior to each meeting.

We had a guest speaker at our last meeting of the year, Dr. Latrell Peoples, the Clinical Director for the Good

Samaritan Clinic in Northport, AL. She shared with us about the work of the clinic and volunteer opportunities. The

Good Samaritan Clinic is an interdenominational Christian ministry that provides free primary health and dental care,

medication, health information, and spiritual support to people of every race, creed and gender who are indigent and

do not have health insurance. Since opening in 1999 Good Samaritan Clinic has served thousands of patients who

have no other option for life sustaining, non-emergency medical care. Good Samaritan Clinic serves patients who

reside in Tuscaloosa, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Pickens, Sumter, and Fayette counties. Often referred to as “the working

poor,” many of the clinic’s patients are employed full or part-time and do not receive health insurance through their

employment, but are unable to afford to purchase it.

Our annual Christmas party in December was well attended. New board members were inducted and we had a

wonderful time of celebration and fellowship.

In April, we had our ASNA District 2 Continuing Education Day! As usual, we had great refreshments and fellowship.

Great speakers covered issues such as Heath Literacy, Disability, Advanced Directives, Building from Within: Building a

Community-based Hypertension Program, and Care of the Actively Dying Patient.

In April 2015, many members attended FACES in Montgomery. We also sponsored three district nurses for the ASNA

Leadership Academy. We are looking forward to hearing about their progress at Convention in October.

Celebration was the theme for May 2015 with our Celebration of Nursing Event and Reception. ASNA President, Brian

Buchman was our keynote speaker. We presented Dr. Cassandra Ford with a $500 grant for her continued work with

her Community-based Hypertension Program in a rural community in District 2.

We also had a Fall CE Day this year in August. We focused the planning around our convention resolutions. The

event featured presentations on Domestic Violence, Mentoring in Nursing, March of Dimes Alabama Program Update,

and Safe Staffing. We made a donation of $100 to our local organization that helps individuals impacted by domestic

violence.

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DISTRICT 3

Wanda Spillers, DNP, RN, CCM, NE-BC

President

Officers

President – Wanda Spillers, DNP, RN, CCM, NE-BC

President-Elect – Lindsey Harris, MSN, FNP-BC

Vice-President – Vanessa Barlow, BSN, MBA, RN

Secretary – Latoya Carstarphen, MSN, RN

Treasurer – Durinda Warren, PhD, RN

Membership & Recruitment: Membership recruitment is actively ongoing in District 3. Business meetings are

held every other month- the odd months at 5:30PM at a local restaurant. The last meeting was held in September.

Strategically membership recruitment is a standard agenda item for our business meetings. Topics discussed usually

include; membership recruitment events such as Christmas party, CEU, town hall meetings, and of course convention

planning. We created a lapel pin ASK ME ABOUT ASNA to increase marketing/attract members. Our Vice President

compassionately sends greeting cards as appropriate for illness, death etc., to let them know we are thinking of them.

Continuing Education: We partnered with Alacare Home Health and Hospice to offer CEU’s in May. Our President

Elect graciously spear headed this event. Funds generated from this event will benefit scholarship recipients. Additional

CEU’s are planned for future business meetings.

Scholarships: Donations for CEU’s were received from active members and our CEU event. We will award 3-$500

scholarships in three different categories: Masters/Doctorate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Associate Degree. Once

again Dr. Debra Litton has accepted the invitation to spearhead this event. Scholarship information was sent to all

schools of nursing within District 3. Recipients of the scholarships will be recognized during our annual convention.

Other Activities: We worked tirelessly to secure as many applicants as possible for ASNA auto tags—this was a

success! For this first time ASNA has an official auto tag, proceeds to benefit scholarships for nurses. We participated

in UAB’s annual Every Nurse Growing and Gaining Enrichment (E.N.G.A.G.E) Program and raffled $75.00 gift card to a

visitor and potential member. District 3 supported a member to attend the annual ASNA Leadership Academy. We are

very proud of Chris Rhodes for participating, we wish him well. Chris was also a nominee for ANA Nominations and

Elections Committee, he was instrumental in receiving the highest number of votes for this office-CONGRATS Chris!

District 3 partnered with Hands on Birmingham to support their back to school backpack drive, Crystal Bauman made

this happen. We support interest in environmental issues, toured Chemical Waste Management facility in Emelle,

Alabama. Would you like to learn more about us, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alabama-

State-Nurses-Association-ASNA-District-3/1413685295566474. We are excited about the upcoming convention and

look forward to seeing you at the beach! Don’t forget your silent auction and wish list items for the House of Ruth.

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District 4

Erica Elkins-Little, MSN, RN

President

Strategic Plan Goal for District 4: Resolution on Domestic Violence (Submitted by Carthenia Jefferson, JD. RN, and

Lindsey Harris, MSN, FNP-BD). The 2015 Convention plans will help meet this strategic plan. Collection items for

the convention will be items needed for the domestic violence shelters and will be donated to the shelters. The

convention will be dedicated to all victims of domestic violence. Key note speaker, Diane Bentley will address the

issue of domestic violence.

Officers this past year were:

President – Erica Elkins-Little

President-Elect – Bridget Moore

Vice President – Leigh Minchew

Secretary – Carolyn Thomas

Treasurer – Brenda Woodmansee

Parliamentarian – Marilyn Sullivan

Chaplain – Bobbie Holt-Ragler

District 4 sponsored Misty Guy and Jacqueline Smith to the 2015 Leadership Academy.

District 4 activities:

• October 2014 – District 4 was recognized for their HOD “Going into the Future at the Beach in 2015

themed table decorations and highest percentage of new members.

• December 8, 2014 – Holiday Party held at LAP’s on the Causeway. Many members and a few visitors

attended.

• February 23, 2015 – Business meeting

• April 14, 2015 – FACES in Montgomery

• May 11, 2015 – Jefferson Davis Community College Pinning Ceremony- spoke to graduates about joining

ASNA.

• May 21, 2015 – District 4 Nurse Recognition Ceremony. We recognized and honored four nurses; Casie

Crawford, Kimberly Jordan, Lisa Forsberg, and Rene Sprague. Brief business meeting followed ceremony.

• August 24, 2015 – Business meeting planned.

• September 28, 2015 – Business meeting planned.

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The Officers currently serving District 5 are as follows:

President, Tammy Smith

President Elect, Dan Cumbie

Vice President, Debbie Faulk

Secretary, Cam Hamilton

Treasurer, Maggie Antoine

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DISTRICT 5

Tammy Smith, RNC-OB, MSN

President

District 5 kicked off 2015 focusing on the Nurses Save Lives car tag campaign this year. Our other focus became

promoting Resolution #3 Domestic Violence. We held our first meeting of the year at Flower’s Hospital in Dothan.

Lunch was provided by Flowers hospital. Lisa Smith, MS, LPC Clinical Director of Exchange Center for Child Abuse

Prevention, gave a wonderful presentation focusing on Domestic Violence. District members present at our meeting

voted to move forward with a fund raiser for The House of Ruth. We have had approximately 500 items donated to

include clothing, shampoo, gift cards, and house hold supplies. This project will support 9 counties within District 5.

Our District 5 members met again in Montgomery and had a great presentation focusing on Obesity awareness. Our

ASNA President Brian Buchmann and District President 1 Sarah Wilkinson joined us for this topic.

Several of our District 5 members loaded up and drove to Montgomery to participate in the 2015 Nurses Day at the

Capitol. It was a great event and a great way to support all the nurses across Alabama.

We have several District 5 members that kicked off the 2015 ASNA Leadership Academy. We can’t wait to see them

present their final project at the 2015 Convention.

We have had many District 5 members serve in leadership roles this year. Jan Wynn, MSN served as Chair of the

ASNA Awards Committee this year. We are very proud of the work she and her team have done streamlining the

Awards process. They developed a structured process to conduct business via teleconference calls for the Awards

Committee. The new Awards Selection process includes timeline submission, scoring and selection criteria. We are

also excited that Jan has agreed to Co-Chair the ASNA Leadership Academy next year! Diane Buntyn, MSN, RN-BC,

OCN, ASNA Vice-President chaired the ASNA Membership Committee this year. Their group has been very busy

tackling ways to increase our ASNA membership. We have a new membership committee chaired by our President

Elect, Dan Cumbie and have a positive outlook that this committee will do a wonderful job increasing membership

throughout our 19 counties. We have so many exciting things happening with District 5 members.

Upcoming plans for District 5 include a Nursing Scholarship award and elections for each of the District 5 office seats.

Thanks to each of our members for all of the work you have done so far this year. It is your commitment to ASNA

District 5 that has made this a very productive and very exciting year!

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STANDING

COMMITTEE

REPORTS

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CONTINUING NURSING EDUCATION

Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC

Many, many thanks to all the members of the Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Committee. The Committee is

divided into two sections – the Approver and the Provider Units. In addition to working on the two committees each

member is also a member of the Alabama Nurse editorial review board.

The Approver is made up of the following individuals: Ginger Collum, Nurse Peer Review Leader (chair), Dr. Gennifer

Baker, Dr. Carol Dabbs, Dr. Sue Morgan, Gayle Stinnett, Jill Stokley, Dr. Mardell Davis, Bette Jane Jolly, Joan Walker,

Dr. Alethea Hill, Terry Strum, Dr. Marilyn Sullivan, Dr. Alice Younce, Maggie Antoine, Mary Ann Austin, Delnora Bell,

and Marilyn Whiting. Their role is to review all activities according to the ANCC criteria. And this year they have

reviewed 67 different activities, and 9 Approved Providers. This formed a total of 301 contact hours of CNE and 2149

participants attended ASNA approved individual activities.

The Provider Unit is responsible for planning all ASNA CNE activities and approving all abstracts accepted for CNE

activities. This is accomplished by Dr. Gretchen McDaniel, Lead Nurse Planner (chair), Bette Jane Jolly, and Dr. Mary

Beth Boden. This year they planned 5 on site activities and 8 enduring (independent study) activities. ASNA has

provided contact hours for almost 1000 individuals.

The welcome mat is out. We can always need more committees members.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE

Debbie Litton, DNP, MSN, MBA, Chair

STATEMENT OF ASSETS, LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

MODIFIED CASH BASIS

December 31, 2014 and 2013

ASSETS

2014 2013

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents $36,085 $38.948

TOTAL CURRENT ASSESTS 36,085 38,948

INVESTMENTS 205,209 192,814

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT AT COST -0- -0-

TOTAL ASSETS $241,294 $231,762

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

Current Liabilities

Payroll taxes payable $1,215 $ 1,257

Custodial funds 55,806 56,759

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 57,021 58,016

NET ASSETS 184,273 173,746

$241,294 $231,762

Revenues

Membership dues $178,841 $189,249

Continuing Education 64,094 60,139

Convention 45,064 49,045

Royalties and endorsements 5,111 2,502

Special Projects -0-

Interest and dividend income 11,648 10,926

Unrealized gain on investments 6,854 -

311,612 311,861

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Expenses

Administrative expenses 172,647 67,463

Convention expenses 33,605 45,209

Operating expenses 37,091 36,789

General expenses 15,609 15,975

Professional expenses 2,237 2,175

Program expenses 35,300 33,805

Realized loss on investments 4,596 227

Unrealized gain on investments 9,192

301,085 310,835

EXCESS OF REVENUES

COLLECTED OVER EXPENSES PAID 10,527 1,026

NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR 173,746 172,720

NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $184,273 $173,746

Nominating Committee

5 – Debbie Faulk - Chair - dfaulk@aum.edu

4 – Bobbie Holt-Ragler - Holttwin02@comcast.net

1 – Gayle Stinnett - gayle.stinnett@hhsys.org

2 – Patricia Green - ptgreen1@att.net

3 – Rebecca Huie - rhuiern@yahoo.com

AD-HOC: Brian Buchmann

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Debbie Faulk, PhD, RN, Chair

AVAILABLE POSITIONS FOR THE 2015 BALLOT

[ ] Vice President – Carthenia Jefferson, BSN, RN, CNN, JD, ESQ

[ ] Secretary –

[ ] Commission on Professional Issues (4 needed) – Cam Hamilton, PhD, RN, CNE

D 5- Cassandra Ford, PhD, RN, FHA

[ ] Nominations Committee ( 2 needed, Districts 4 and 5) – Lovie McAvoy D 4, MSN, RNC

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SPECIAL

COMMITTEES AND

TASK FORCE

REPORTS

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CONVENTION COMMITTEE

The Convention Committee has met monthly (and sometimes more often for special concerns) to plan this year’s

convention. The entire aim was to plan a fun filled experience where learning takes place as well as having ‘fun in the

sun’! Kudos to all the committee members Bobbie Holt-Ragler, Co Chair, Brian Buchmann, Lovie McAboy, Christopher

Rhodes, Yvette Spencer, Bridgett Moore, Rebecca Huie, Cyndy Henderson, Brenda Woodmanssee, Erica Elkins-Little,

Lindsey Harris, Charly Murphree, Mary Harris, Joyce Varner, Colin Tomlin, Debra Litton, Latoya Carstarphen, Anita

King, John Ziegler, and Charlene Roberson. The activities have all been selected to coincide with the convention

aims to have a less stressful time in a beautiful learning environment. Feel free to contact any convention planning

committee member for special assistance during the convention. They will be identified by visors.

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Diane Buntyn MSN, RN-BC, OCN, Chair

The main goal for the membership committee this year was to increase membership. As noted on the American

Nurses Association (ANA) website: Membership in ANA and the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA)

makes a powerful statement about you. It shows employers, colleagues and patients your commitment to

nursing. Membership identifies you as a nurse who is serious about the profession as well as purposeful

about staying informed, educated and involved. When you become an ANA and ASNA member, you

join with nurses across the country, and in your state speaking with one strong voice on behalf of your

profession and your patients.

There are many benefits to membership. One of them helps the nurse develop professionally, such as an Online CE

Library, ANA and ASNA Meetings and Conferences, Nursing Webinars. We can also stay up-to-date on the news and

issues affecting nursing via journals and publications. Take time to explore the ANA and ASNA website for a complete

listing of benefits.

ASNA is a strong advocate for Alabama Nurses. Local lobbying on issues important to nursing and healthcare is

ongoing and ASNA monitors and responds to these issues as they arise. ASNA protects and safeguards the Nurse

Practice Act and this is one of their most important jobs.

As a member, help influence decisions by participating with ASNA. This can be accomplished by joining one of the

many committee and boards that are shaping the direction of the association and the profession. Take part in grass

roots advocacy efforts that let our local elected officials hear your commitment on issues important to nursing.

Alabama has over 67,000 Registered Nurses, 17,000 LPN’s and 4,500 Advanced Practice Nurses. This is a total of over

88,500. In July ANA reported Alabama had 1,281 members. So, only 1.4% of nurses in Alabama are members of ANA.

In May we had 1376 members in ASNA, which equates to 1.5%. We can do better that this. We want to encourage

all members to help recruit new members. We encourage all Districts to help make membership meaningful.

The membership committee has developed an action plan to recruit and retain members. We will continue to work

this action plan and add other ideas to it has they become apparent. If you have ideas to help recruit new members

we want to hear them. Please send any ideas to any District President or Vice President. The Vice Presidents for each

district are also part of the membership committee:

• District 1, Carole Dabbs, PhD, RN – drdabbs@hotmail.com

• District 2, Abby Grammer Horton, MSN,RN – abbyhorton@gmail.com

• District 3, Vanessa Barlow, MBA,BSN,RN – vbarlow9@aol.com

• District 4, Leigh Minchew, DNP,RN,WHNP-BC – lminchew@usouthal.edu

• District 5, Debbie Faulk, MSN,RN – dfaulk@aum.edu

• Please share your ideas with these members or myself, Diane Buntyn dbuntyn@samc.org

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AWARDS COMMITTEE

Jan Wynn, RN-BC, MSN, Chair

Committee Members

Veronica Leftridge-District 1

Dr. Ann Kelly-District 2

Dr. Jackie Williams-District 2

Carthenia Jeffereson-District 3

Christopher Rhodes- District 3

Dr. Bridget Moore-District 4

Alethia Hill-District 4

Ann Spradley-District 5

Sola Popoola-District 5

AD HOC

Brian Buchmann, BSN, RN, MBA-President ASNA

Rebecca Huie, DNP, ACNP, VHA-CM

The Awards Committee was charged with accepting nominations for the following awards:

AWARDS

Lillian B. Smith Award

D.O. McClusky Award

Outstanding Non-Member Award

Outstanding New Member Award

Lillian Holland Harvey Award

Louise Barksdale Outstanding Nursing Practice Award

Legislator Award

Cindajo Overton Outstanding Nurse Educator Award-Clinical and Service

Outstanding Nursing Administrator Award Academe or Service

Outstanding Retired Nurse Award

Outstanding Health Care Organization Award

The nomination deadline was August 17, 2015. An email was sent to all division presidents asking for nominations.

After the deadline, the nominations were received by Jan Wynn and a copy of all nominations was forwarded to the

ASNA office.

Once all nominations had been submitted to the ASNA office, all committee members were sent copies of the

nominations, with supporting documentation via e-mail. The committee was asked to review the nominations and

supporting documentation to assure they met ASNA’s criteria for the award. After making this determination, the

awards committee scored the nominations according to the approved scoring criteria. Once the winning nominations

were confirmed with the members of the committee, the winning nominations were submitted to the ASNA office.

The committee’s slate for the convention will be to assist with the presentation of awards.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ASNA office staff for their continued guidance and support during

this process.

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REPORTS

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

John Ziegler, D. Min., MA, BS

It has been my privilege to serve as your Executive Director since December 2012. The enthusiasm of our members

and leaders for the advancement of nursing continues to inspire me to do my very best for ASNA. At convention

we conduct association business, establish priorities, present awards and network with other professionals. Having

our 102nd Annual ASNA Convention at the beach (for the first time) provides a great atmosphere for professional

interaction, fellowship and fun!

In his Convention President’s Report, published in this program, Brian Buchmann has done such an excellent job

describing ASNA’s 2015 goals and achievements, that a traditional “Year in Review Report” by the Executive Director

would be redundant. In spite of some overlap, I think it is beneficial to add my perspective of the year under four

major topics. Following every annual convention, the staff spends a generous amount of time on follow-up. As

Executive Director (ED), I participate in these efforts as well. Soon, however, my attention returns to membership

recruitment and retention, impending legislative issues, future ASNA events and finances. These four topics

encapsulate the year - membership, legislative, events and finances.

MEMBERSHIP:

ASNA membership has grown by approximately 8% in the last 12 months. President Buchmann has made

membership his number one priority. His enthusiasm, along with that of our district leaders, has been the major

catalyst for growth. He has issued a 15 in 15 Challenge, encouraging districts to help us top 1500 members in the

year 2015! In our marketing we have worked to help members understand their benefits, stay connected and informed

about issues relevant to their practice. Almost everyone is living out of the palm of his or her hand these days. Cell

phone alerts, Facebook posts and access to member information are a must for any successful association. We will

continue to improve our web and social media presence. Speaking of Facebook, our “Likes” more than doubled in

2015. And, more than 40,000 people opened a single Facebook post about the nurse tag deadline! We have no doubt

that helped us reach the tag goal by April 30.

Our 2015 membership committee has presented a number of good ideas about recruitment and retention of members.

The common threads that run through the best ideas are:

1. Person to person recruitment beats any form of advertisement.

2. Person to person invitations to meetings or socials beat any form of announcement.

3. People who are engaged tend to stay and people who are ignored tend to leave.

4. People need to see that ASNA/ANA benefits such as fast information, networking, discounts, legislative

advocacy and professional development - exceed dues!

LEGISLATIVE:

There were 1210 bills introduced in this year’s Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. A number of these related

to healthcare and issues that concern most nurses. ASNA is the only organization that has registered lobbyists

(myself and Don Eddins) representing nurses of all specialties and settings of care. On a daily basis, we monitor bills of

concern. For a detailed description of these bills of concern, go to our website at alabamanurses.org and search for the

Executive Director Legislative Report dated 6-18-15. An overview of the regular and special sessions is more suitable

for the convention publication. One bill, however, deserves mentioning. Senate Bill 234 would have changed the

composition of the Alabama Board of Nursing and excluded ASNA from serving as facilitator for the ABN nominating

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committee. President Buchmann and I worked with the ABN and other nurse specialty organization leaders to change

the original language in the Bill to a more balanced approach. Even after those efforts, ASNA had strong concerns

about fairness in the changes and the consequences of changing the Nurse Practice Act.

The Alabama Legislature is currently comprised of a “super majority” from one party. Yet, they adjourned from their

regular session without passing the budgets...their number one priority. Therefore, the governor called a special session

in July/August. You know the news by now that the Legislature failed to pass the budget in the first special session.

The governor will call another special as they have a constitutional obligation to pass a budget by October 1.

Legislators have known since at least 2012 that a General Fund crisis was coming. In 2012 they borrowed $437 million

from the state’s savings account for a three-year period hoping to prop up the General Fund. They knew that money

was going to run out in 2015. The truth is this. Alabama is broke! The General Fund needs additional revenue streams.

It takes almost all of the General Fund to pay for Medicaid, prisons and mental health. With the cuts, the Mental

Health Department estimated they would have to put more than 20,000 people on the street. Shameful. At the end

of the first special session, Medicaid had a 170 million cut in state dollars and with the federal match that amounts to

more than $400 million in cuts. This would be devastating to providers and patients, particularly in rural parts of the

state. ASNA has fought hard for appropriate funding for Medicaid and other healthcare services. If our state’s 90,000

nurses would shout…they should listen!

FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO WATCH:

H.R. 1342/S. 578 – Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act 2015 – Amends Medicare Law to allow APRNs to

sign Medicare patients home health plans and certify them to be eligible for home health services.

H.R. 1247 – The Improving Veterans Access to Care Act – Would grant full practice authority to CRNP’s, CRNA’s,

CNS’s and CNM’s for the Veterans Health Administration.

EVENTS:

During the year, ASNA initiates and/or participates in numerous events through District meetings, ASNA committees,

state/national health committees, Leadership Academy, educational opportunities and speaking engagements. The

central office staff spends a great amount of time facilitating/participating in the key ASNA annual events. In calendar

order they are: Nurses Day at the Capitol, FACES, Nurses Week, ANA Membership Assembly and Congressional

Lobby Day, ASNA annual convention, Leadership Academy and ASNA quarterly Board meetings. The ASNA staff also

facilitates and hosts the annual meeting of the Alabama Board of Nursing Nominating Committee. The Committee

meets at ASNA and interviews candidates for the Governor’s appointments to open slots on the ABN.

2015 has been a banner year for ASNA events. Nurses Day at the Capitol, a collaborative effort with the Alabama

Coalition of Nursing Organizations, had overflow crowd attendance with a strong educational component. Governor

Bentley and key Legislators made remarks. FACES also had a great crowd with exceptional presenters. During Nurses

Week, ASNA exhibited at UAB and President Buchmann was the featured speaker at the Birmingham VA Hospital

Award Ceremony. At the July ANA Membership Assembly in Washington DC, ASNA had six attendees, with two

candidates for national office/committee post. A 24-year-old ASNA member campaigned for a highly contested

position on the ANA Nominations and Elections Committee. As recipient of the most votes, he will serve as Vice-

Chair in January and as Chair the following year! On Lobby Day, the ASNA group divided into two teams and visited

almost all of the Alabama Congressional and Senate officials. The finale event is our 102nd Annual Convention.

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Participants will conduct business, have fun in the sun and enjoy an outdoor reception on the beach plaza with a

steel drum band!

FINANCES:

We must end the calendar year on a sound financial note. Each quarter, we submit a financial report (through the

Treasurer) to the ASNA Board. Financially, we are on track with our projections for 2015. As always, the profit or loss

from convention ultimately determines how well we cross the finish line on January 30.

To effectively operate and expand our impact it is important for ASNA to develop non-dues revenue streams. This

year, we scored a big one! On April 30, 2015, ASNA passed the 1,000 pre-order car tag requirement and the nurse

license plate became a perpetual reality. The revenue from tag sales go to the Alabama Nurse Foundation, a 501 c-3

non-profit corporation set up by ASNA in 1996. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to provide scholarships,

raise awareness of key issues in the nursing profession and provide educational opportunities that promote excellence

in nursing. An appropriate portion of ASNA’s work in these areas may be “billed” to the Foundation. The payment

to ASNA, based on a percentage of staff time and ANF related expenses, will be documented and approved by the

Foundation Board and the ASNA Board. Consequently, the ANF and ASNA will be able to expand their respective

missions with this new revenue stream.

DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP SERVICES

Charlene Roberson MEd, RN-BC

This past year has been exciting in the life of ASNA. Several really positive aspects involve the growth in membership,

ongoing revisions to the web page, enhanced utilization of social media, and finally obtaining the car tag. All have

proven to provide challenges but also many new opportunities. Our constant goal is to spread the message about

how the organization benefits nursing. We have implemented operationalizing components of the 2014 Resolutions

into the Strategic Plan as always and have also enhanced incorporating these into the life at the District level. This

has enhanced ASNA members’ involvement in the workings of the organization; thus helping to solidify the modified

federation model on which ASNA operates. The next year under our president Brian Buchmann proves to be bigger

and better for ASNA.

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ASNA ATTORNEY/LOBBYIST

Don Eddins, BS, MS, JD

Imagine a program which provides legal services free of charge if a member has to go before her licensure agency on

any employment matter.

That’s the heart of the ASNA Legal Services program – although it much more than that. It involves providing advice

to keep nurses out of trouble and free legal consultations on employment and other matters. And lobbying and

education services.

But the component that is especially comforting to nurses relates to representation before the Alabama Board of

Nursing. If any ASNA member is summoned before the Board of Nursing on any licensure matter, the ASNA attorney

will represent the member on the licensure issue – free of charge. The program is for all nurses who were members of

ASNA when the action prompting the Board investigation occurred.

Even the most skilled and experienced nurses are subject to have complaints filed against their licenses, regardless of

whether they have broken any rules or been guilty of a practice violation. The complaint may come from the family of

a patient who didn’t experience a quick recovery. Or as a result of a mistake on paperwork. Or perhaps due to simple

negligence on the part of the nurse.

Whatever the genesis of the complaint, an ASNA member has the peace of mind of knowing that he/she will be

represented the Association’s attorney during the course of the inquiry.

The ASNA legal program also allows Association members to consult with the ASNA attorney on any legal matter –

from employment issues to divorce, real estate, wills, etc. – once a year at no cost to the member.

The ASNA Legal Department also is deeply involved in the Association’s lobbying effort with ASNA attorney Don

Eddins serving as an Association lobbyist. Other Association leaders, such as Executive Director John Ziegler, Director

of Leadership Charlene Roberson and ASNA President Brian Buchmann, also are heavily involved in lobby effort.

In recent legislative sessions, ASNA has pushed through legislation making it a felony offense to assault a nurse on the

job and a bill to help train more nursing faculty so that nursing schools can accept more qualified students.

While proposing and supporting legislation which benefits registered nurses, ASNA actively opposes bills which

would be harmful to or diminish the status of the profession. The defensive vigilance is at least as important as the

proactive push for beneficial legislation.

Another key element of the legal program is education. The ASNA attorney and other Association leaders conduct risk

management seminars on the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of the Alabama Nurse Practice Act.

Legal representation, lobbying, education. They are all part of an active ASNA legal program.

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LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

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LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Ellen Buckner, DSN, RN, CNE, Marilyn Rhodes, EdD, RN, MSN, CNM, Co-Chairs

Every Nurse A Leader!

The mission of the ASNA Leadership Academy is to create a community of effective nurse leaders. Our vision is to

prepare the next generation of nurse leaders for the state of Alabama. Participants in the Fourth ASNA Leadership

Academy 2015 continue to increase the leadership and develop the talent of Alabama Nurses. Mentors from previous

years have worked with new participants from every District to develop leadership skills and implement a leadership

project. The Leadership Academy met in April as part of FACES, in July, and participants will present their work in

October at the ASNA Convention. The 2015 cohort nurse leaders:

Angela MacKay

Misty Guy

Amy Beasley

Shelicia Ford

Mary Ann Kelley

Tecie Fletcher Haller

Elizabeth Adams

Rebecca Kinnebrew

Jacqueline Smith

Karry Clark

Christopher Rhodes

This year’s participants are accomplishing great projects to promote nursing in our state. Projects include promoting

academic honesty in nursing programs, promoting membership in ASNA early in nursing careers, establishing RNrun

community clinics, helping minority populations succeed in education, medication reconciliation, and improving

healthcare of adolescents and the elderly.

The July meeting welcomed returning speakers Dr. Michael Grumelli, who spoke on interagency leadership and Dr.

Linda Roussel who concluded the meeting with an inspiring talk on how to get involved in leadership and succeed as

a board member. The energy of the group was contagious – as participants reported on the progress of their efforts.

Now mentors to current participants, graduates of the program are leading amazing projects in our state. Dr. Cindy

Berry ’12 coordinates education on disaster training at Samford University. While writing her dissertation, Julie

Jones ’12 created the Alabama Chapter of the National Tourette’s Syndrome organization, published in the national

newsletter and helps families facing this misunderstood diagnosis. Maggie Antoine ’12 has been named Ms. Senior

Macon County! She founded the community garden in Tuskegee to help curb obesity in children. Chris Rhodes ’15

was elected to the American Nurses Association Nominating Committee in July. Thanks to additional mentors Arlene

Morris, Bridget Moore, Wanda Spillers, Brian Buchmann, Jan Wynn, Frankie Wallis, Ann Spradley, and Charlene

Roberson.

Please join the ASNA Leadership Academy for the project presentations on October 1, 2015 at the ASNA Convention.

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Serve on an ASNA Committee for 2015-2016

If you are willing to serve, please indicate your choice(s) on this

form and return it to your District President.

STANDING COMMITTEES

________Committee on Governance

________Committee on Membership

________Committee on Finance

*_______Committee on Continuing Education

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

_________Committee on Awards

_________Committee on Convention

_________Committee on Ethics & Human Rights

_________Committee on Legislative

Environmental Health & Safety Task Force

* Appointed by each District Board of Directors

Name________________________________________________________ Credentials________________

Address________________________________________________________________________________

City, State & Zip________________________________________________________________________

Home Phone______________________________ Work Phone___________________________________

Fax:_____________________________________ e-mail:________________________________________

District________________

Meetings may be held at the ASNA office, virtual (online) or by telephone conference.

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2014 Bylaws

Table of Contents

Article I. Name, Mission and Goals. ................................................. 2

Article II. Membership. ........................................................... 2

Article III. Dues. ................................................................. 5

Article IV. District Nurses Association. ............................................... 5

Article V. House of Delegates. ...................................................... 7

Article VI. Board of Directors. ....................................................... 8

Article VII. Committees ............................................................11

Article VIII. Commission on Professional Issues. .........................................13

Article IX. Special Interest Groups ...................................................13

Article X. Nominations and Elections ................................................14

Article XI. Relationships with American Nurses Association ............................15

Article XII. Amendments ...........................................................15

Article XIII. Parliamentary Authority ..................................................16

Article XIV. Fiscal Year. .............................................................16

Article XV. Official Organs. .........................................................16

Article XVI. Disposition of Assets. ....................................................16

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Article I.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Name, Mission and Goals

Name

The name of this association shall be the Alabama State Nurses Association, hereinafter

Mission

ASNA is committed to promoting excellence in nursing.

Goals

The Goals of ASNA shall be to:

A. provide leadership for health policy and legislative activities.

B. be the voice of Alabama nurses for advocating professional practice.

C. professionalism in nursing.

D. advocate for an adequate nursing workforce.

E. evaluate organizational effectiveness, relevancy, and efficiency as an on-going process.

Article II.

Section 1.

Membership

Composition

ASNA members shall be registered nurses, individuals and/or groups as specified by these Bylaws

and in ASNA policies. Membership shall be unrestricted consideration of age, color, creed,

disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Section 2.

Membership Types

A. ASNA/American Nurses Association (ANA), hereinafter referred to as full member

a. Definition

An individual who is a registered nurse and who elects to join ASNA/ANA in accordance

with provisions of this section.

b. Qualifications

1. A member may be one who has been granted a license to practice as a registered

nurse in at least one state, territory or possession of the US or is otherwise entitled by

law to practice. The person does not have a license under suspension or revocation in

any state, territory/ or possession of the US.

2. A member may be one who is a retired registered nurse. The person does not have a

license under suspension or revocation in any state, territory, or possession of the US.

c. Responsibilities

1. Each individual shall pay dues established by the ASNA House of Delegates.

2. The dues shall be current.

3. Individuals shall abide by ANA Bylaws and Code of Ethics for Nurses.

d. Rights

ASNA/ANA members shall have the right to

1. receive an ASNA/ANA membership card,

The American Nurse, See box right, and

The Alabama Nurse.

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2. be a candidate for the ASNA and ANA elective or appointive positions in accordance

with the qualification set forth in the ASNA and ANA Bylaws and/or applicable

policies.

3. participate in election of representatives to ANA Membership Assembly, delegates

to the ASNA House of Delegates, and election of ASNA state and district officers in

accordance with ANA and ASNA Bylaws.

4. attend meetings of the ASNA House of Delegates and unrestricted ANA activities.

5. affiliate with ASNA structural units in accordance with ASNA Bylaws.

6. serve on committees and task forces of ASNA.

7. submit written proposals, formal or informal, for consideration by ASNA and ANA.

8. attend the Congress of the International Council of Nurses.

9. be accorded rights as provided for under common parliamentary or statutory law

including due process

B. ASNA member only

a. Definition

An individual who is a registered nurse and who elects to join ASNA in accordance with

provisions of this section.

b. Qualifications

1. A member may be one who has been granted a license to practice as a registered

nurse in at least one state, territory or possession of the US or otherwise entitled by

law to practice. The person does not have a license under suspension or revocation in

any state, territory or possession of the US.

2. Renewal is contingent upon licensure.

3. A member may be one who is a retired registered nurse. The person does not have a

license under suspension or revocation in any state, territory, or possession of the US.

c. Responsibilities

1. Each individual shall pay dues established by the ASNA House of Delegates.

2. The dues shall be current.

3. ASNA individual members shall have the obligation to abide by ASNA Bylaws, and the

ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

d. Rights

ASNA members shall have the right to

1. receive an ASNA membership card and The Alabama Nurse.

2. be a candidate for the ASNA elective or appointive positions in accordance with the

qualification set forth in the ASNA Bylaws.

3. participate in the election of ASNA delegates to the ASNA House of Delegates and

state and district officers in accordance with the ASNA Bylaws.

4. attend meetings of the ASNA House of Delegates.

5. affiliate with ASNA structural units in accordance with ASNA Bylaws.

6. serve on committees and task forces of ASNA.

7. submit written proposals, formal or informal, for consideration by ASNA.

8. be accorded rights as provided for under common parliamentary or statutory law

including due process.

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C. Organizational Affiliates

a. Definition

A professional organization that is committed to the mission and goals of ASNA.

b. Qualifications

1. An organization whose mission and goals are harmonious with those of ASNA.

2. Has been granted the status of organizational affiliate status by the ASNA Board of

Directors hereinafter referred to as ASNA Board.

c. Responsibilities

1. Each organization shall pay dues established by the ASNA Board.

2. Dues shall be current.

d. Rights

Each organizational affiliate shall be entitled to

1. One member participant who shall have voice but no vote in the ASNA House of

Delegates.

2. Make reports or presentations to the ASNA House of Delegates within its area of

expertise.

3. Submit names of registered nurses who are members of ASNA and qualified for

appointment to ASNA structural units committees and task forces.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Lifetime Membership

Honorary Lifetime Membership may be conferred by unanimous vote at the ASNA Convention on

registered nurses who have rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to the nursing

profession, the name or names having been approved by the Board. Honorary Lifetime

Membership shall be conferred on no more than 2 persons at any ASNA Convention.

Transfer of Membership

A. A member who moves out of Alabama may apply to ASNA for transfer to another

Constituent Member Association (CMA) without refund of dues.

B. A member of another CMA who moves to Alabama may transfer to ASNA without further

payment or refund of dues for the remainder of the membership year. The request for transfer

shall be signed by the CMA issuing the transfer.

C. A member may transfer from one district structural unit to another. Notification of transfer

shall be made to ASNA.

Disciplinary Action and Appeal

A. Cause for disciplinary action by ASNA against a member shall be limited to failure to fulfill the

obligations as cited in these Bylaws and /or other actions detrimental to the mission and goals

of ASNA and ANA.

B. Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with policies and procedures

established by the Board, which shall have final disciplinary authority over members.

C. Depending on the severity of the violation, a member may be reprimanded, removed from

office, suspended from membership, or permanently expelled from membership.

D. A member may appeal any disciplinary action in accordance with procedures adopted by the

Board.

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E. Any disciplinary action taken by another State Nurses Association (SNAs) against one of its

members shall be given full recognition and enforcement, provided such action was taken in

accordance with the disciplining SNAs Bylaws and disciplinary procedures.

Article III. Dues

Section 1.

Section 2.

Amount of Dues

Dues shall be established by the ASNA House of Delegates.

Notification of Change

A. Members shall be notified in writing or by electronic means of any proposal to change the

amount of dues at least 60 days prior to the meeting of the House of Delegates at which the

proposal is to be voted upon.

B. No money shall be refunded or additional monies collected when a change in dues category

occurs within the membership year.

Section 3.

Vote

A vote of two-thirds of the delegates present and voting

shall be required to change the dues assessment except

when ANA dues are increased pursuant to

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Article XI. (ANA recommended

change from XII to XI).

Section 4.

Payment

A. Payment of dues shall be in accordance with ASNA policy. The membership commitment

shall be twelve (12) consecutive months from the time of initial payment of dues regardless of

payment plan utilized.

B. Members who qualify for one of the following categories may elect to pay fifty percent (50%)

of the annual dues:

1. nurses who are not employed.

2. registered nurses in full-time study.

3. graduates of basic nursing education programs for the first year membership if the

membership is initiated within six months of licensure to practice as a registered nurse.

4. Nurses who are not earning more than the Social Security System allows.

C. Members 65 years of age or older who are not employed may elect to pay twenty-five percent

(25%) of the annual dues.

Article IV. District Nurses Association

Section 1.

Definition

The basic structural units are the District units.

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Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Section 6.

Section 7.

Boundaries

Boundaries of structural units shall be defined by the House of Delegates. The boundaries may be

changed or new structural units created by a two-thirds vote of the House of Delegates.

Dues Reimbursement

Dues shall be reimbursed to Districts according to ASNA policy.

Responsibilities

A. Each district structural unit shall be governed by a District Board of Directors. Composition of

the District Board of Directors shall be determined by District Bylaws.

B. Each District Board of Directors will provide for the election of district officers to carry out

the necessary functions so deemed by the District. The president or designee of each District

will be a member of the ASNA Board. The processes for election and filling vacancies will be

included in the District Bylaws.

C. District elections of officers shall take place at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the

House of Delegates.

D. A district structural unit will be composed of the counties as established by the ASNA Board.

Counties within District structural units may organize as a county nurses society.

E. Each county society shall function as a part of its respective district structural unit and elect

a county chairperson who will represent the respective county on the District Board of

Directors.

F. Bylaws of each structural unit, whether District or County, will be filed with the ASNA office.

These Bylaws must be congruent with ASNA Bylaws.

Obligations

It shall be the obligation of each district structural unit of ASNA to

A. require that all members be members of ASNA.

B. send ASNA the names and addresses of all officers and other members of the Board of

Directors of the District structural unit immediately following their election or appointment.

C. maintain Bylaws consistent with the Bylaws of ASNA.

D. confer with the Committee on Bylaws of ASNA before adopting any proposed amendments

to its Bylaws.

E. submit Form 990 to IRS if assets exceed $25,000.

F. submit a copy of approved meeting minutes.

Disqualifications

A. A structural unit which fails to comply with the requirements stated in these Bylaws may

be dissolved by a unanimous vote of the Board. Due notice shall be given at least 3 months

before the vote is taken and the structural unit shall have the opportunity for a hearing with

the Board.

B. Notification and redistribution of District membership and dissolution of accounts shall be

done in accordance with ASNA policy.

Reinstatement

A structural unit which has been disqualified may be reinstated by a unanimous vote of the Board.

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Article V.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

House of Delegates

Definition

The House of Delegates is the governing and official voting body of ASNA. The ASNA House of

Delegates promotes the profession through the creation of policy and positions that support the

purposes of ASNA.

Composition

A. Representation to the ASNA House of Delegates shall be based on the number of District

members in good standing at least 90 days preceding the annual convention, plus the

members of the Board.

B. Each district structural unit in good standing shall be entitled to one (1) delegate for each 20

members or fraction thereof.

C. Delegates and alternates shall be elected by each district structural unit.

D. ASNA shall notify each district structural unit of the number of delegates to which it is

entitled at least 90 days preceding the annual convention and 30 days preceding a special

meeting.

E. Vacancies shall be filled only by elected alternates.

F. The ASNA House of Delegates shall also include the following who shall have courtesy seats

without vote unless a duly elected delegate:

1. the past presidents of ASNA;

2. a representative of the Alabama Board of Nursing;

3. a representative from the Alabama Association of Nursing Students;

4. one registered nurse representative from each organizational affiliate.

5. one LPN representative from each LPN Association.

Credentials

All delegates shall present a picture ID and current ASNA membership card at the time of

registration at the annual convention.

Authority

The ASNA House of Delegates shall:

A. determine association policies and positions according to ASNA Bylaws.

B. delegate authority and define accountability for the implementation of ASNA Bylaws policies

and positions.

Section 5.

Responsibilities

The ASNA House of Delegates shall:

A. establish rules of procedure for meetings of the ASNA House of Delegates.

B. adopt the Bylaws.

C. elect officers and Nominating Committee members.

D. establish the policies of ASNA.

E. See textbox right

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Section 6.

Section 7.

Section 8.

Quorum

A quorum for the transaction of business of the House of Delegates shall consist of five members

of the Board, one of whom shall be the president or president-elect, and 50% of the allocated

number of delegates representing a majority of district structural units.

Meetings

A. Annual Meetings

1. The House of Delegates shall meet annually.

2. The Board shall determine time and place of meetings.

3. Notices of the annual meeting shall be provided at least sixty (60) days in advance.

B. Special Meetings

A special meeting of the ASNA House of Delegates may be called by a two-thirds vote of

the Board or shall be called by the president upon the written request of a majority of the

districts.

Order of Business

The Order of Business of each annual convention of this association shall be in accordance with

an agenda adopted at the beginning of the convention.

Article VI. Board of Directors

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Definition

The Board of Directors is composed of elected officers and other individuals as designated in the

ASNA Bylaws.

Composition

A. The Board shall consist of the elected officers of ASNA, presidents of district structural units,

and chairpersons of commissions, committees/task force(s) and one new graduate.

B. The officers of ASNA shall be president, president-elect, vice president, secretary and

treasurer.

C. The Executive Director shall be present with no vote.

D. The Alabama Association of Nursing Students’ (AANS) President or designee shall be present

with no vote.

Authority

When the House of Delegates is not in session, the Board shall have the authority delegated to

it by the House of Delegates, including the duty and power of acting for the membership in

the intervals between meetings of the House of Delegates, and other duties and powers as

defined in these Bylaws.

Accountability

The Board shall report and be accountable to the House of Delegates.

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Section 5.

Section 6.

Section 7.

Responsibilities

The Board shall:

A. exercise the corporate responsibility and fiduciary duties of the association consistent with

applicable provisions of law.

B. transact the business of the association in the interim between annual conventions.

C. establish major administrative policies governing the affairs of the association.

D. provide for the maintenance of state headquarters, including the determination of which

persons are to be bonded.

E. appoint, define the authority and responsibilities of, and annually review the performance of

the executive director.

F. appoint and fill vacancies of standing committee members, considering geographic

distribution, and chairpersons not otherwise provided for in these Bylaws.

G. provide for the establishment and dissolution of structural units and special interest groups in

accordance with these.

H. appoint a consultant to Alabama Association of Nursing Students.

I. submit to the Governor of Alabama a list of at least two nominees for each RN vacancy on

the Board of Nursing.

J. confer organizational affiliation status on nursing associations meeting established

qualifications.

K. provide a liaison to the districts.

L. foster collaborative relationship, communication and support to the districts, individual

members, and other Constituent Members

M. assume other duties as provided for elsewhere in these Bylaws and by the House of

Delegates.

Term of Office

A. The term of office for all Board members shall commence at the adjournment of the annual

convention at which they are duly elected and shall continue for one term or until their

successors are elected.

B. The Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary may serve no more than 2 consecutive terms in

the same office. The president and president-elect are limited to one term. An officer or any

other member of the Board who has served more than half a term shall be deemed to have

served a full term in that office. All officers shall have a 2-year term.

C. No member of the Board shall be eligible to serve more than 8 consecutive years.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve on the Board, a person shall:

A. hold current membership in ASNA.

B. hold current membership in ANA (officers).

C. not concurrently serve as an officer or director of another organization if such participation

might result in a conflict of interest with ASNA.

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Section 8.

Section 9.

Section 10.

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy:

A. in the office of the president, the president-elect shall succeed to the office of the president.

In addition to serving the unexpired term, this individual shall continue in the office of the

president for the term to which the president-elect was elected.

B. in the office of president-elect due to a succession to the office of president, the office shall

remain vacant until the next annual election. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the

president-elect for any other reason, the office shall remain vacant until the next annual

election.

C. in another office, the Board shall fill the vacancy by appointment until the next annual

election when such vacancy shall be filled by election. Where applicable, such vacancy shall

be filled for the unexpired term.

Duties of Officers

A. The president shall be chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee. In addition, the

president shall:

1. serve as the official representative and spokesperson on matters of policy and positions.

2. serve as an ex officio member of all committees, except the Committee on Nominations.

3. serve as representative at meetings of the ANA Membership

Assembly, ANA House of Delegates and other special

meetings called by the ANA.

4. prepare, review, revise, and/or evaluate the strategic plan as needed.

B. The president-elect shall:

1. assume the duties of the president in his/her absence.

2. serve as a representative to the ANA Membership Assembly.

3. serve as a liaison to the districts.

C. The vice president shall:

1. assume the duties of the president in the absence

of the president and the president-elect,

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2. serve as chairperson of the Committee

on Membership.

D. The secretary shall:

ANA recommended to

remove

(ANA recommended adding)

“except serve as the ANA

Membership assembly

Representative, unless elected as

an alternate.”

1. keep minutes of the House of Delegates, the Executive Committee and Board meetings.

2. serve as chairperson of the Committee on Governance.

E. The treasurer shall:

1. be responsible for monitoring the fiscal affairs of the association and shall provide reports

and interpretation of ASNA’s fiscal condition to the House of Delegates, the Board, and

the membership.

2. serve as chairperson of the Committee on Finance.

Executive Committee

The executive committee of the Board shall be composed of the officers, and have all

administrative powers of the Board to transact business between Board meetings and shall serve

as the personnel committee of the association.

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Section 11.

Section 12.

Section 13.

Section 14.

Executive Director

A. The Board shall delegate to the executive director, as the chief executive officer, the authority

to manage the association according to policies established by the ASNA House of Delegates

and the Board.

B. The executive director shall be accountable to the Board.

C. The executive director shall employ, direct, promote, and terminate staff of the association.

D. The executive director may represent the association and serve as spokesperson on matters of

established policy and positions.

Meetings

A. Regularly scheduled meetings of the Board shall be four (4) times a year or as determined by

action of the Board

B. Special meetings of the Board may be called at the president’s discretion with 5 days notice

to each member of the Board and shall be called by the president in like manner upon the

written request of not less than two-thirds of the structural units or 5 members of the Board.

C. Business requiring immediate action by the Board may be conducted by mail or other media.

Such action shall be reported at the next regular meeting of the Board.

D. Absence of elected officers from two (2) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings of the

Board in one year shall be cause for declaring a vacancy in the position. The year is defined as

the first Board meeting through convention.

Quorum

A majority of the Board, including the president or president-elect, shall constitute a quorum at

any meeting of the Board.

Removal of Elected Officials

A. A vote for removal of an elected official shall be held when called for by a two-thirds (2/3)

vote of the Board or upon written request of a majority of structural units.

B. An elected official may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board whenever such

action is deemed to be in the best interest of the association.

Article VII. Committees

Section 1.

Definitions:

There shall be standing committees of ASNA as followers: Committee on Governance,

Committee on Membership, Committee on Nominations, Committee on Finance, and Committee

on Continuing Education. In addition there shall be Special Committees such as Ethics and

Human Rights, Legislative, Awards, Convention and /or other committees appointed by and

accountable to the Board of Directors. A standing committee is one that is essential to the day to

day operation of the association. Special committees provide guidance and direction for policy

formation of the association.

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Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Composition

A. The Committee on Governance and Committee on Finance shall be composed of at least

three members appointed by the Board.

B. The Committee on Nominations is composed of one member from each district.

C. The Committee on Membership and Committee on Continuing Education shall be composed

of members who wish to volunteer and meet established criteria.

Term of Membership

A. Members of standing committees, except for the Committee on Nominations and Committee

on Continuing Education, shall be appointed by the Board following each annual meeting to

serve until the next annual meeting or until their respective successors are appointed.

B. Members of the Committee on Governance and Committee on Finance shall be appointed

by the Board following the annual meeting to serve until the next meeting or until their

respective successors are appointed.

C. Members of the Committee on Nominations shall be elected for a two (2) year term. A

vacancy shall be filled by an appointment by the Board.

D. The term of membership on the Committee on Continuing Education shall be determined by

each District Board of Directors.

Accountability

A. Standing Committees

1. Committee on Governance, Chaired by Secretary of ASNA, shall:

a. suggest, receive and prepare proposed amendment to the Bylaws of this association;

report them to the Board and submit them to the House of Delegates for approval.

b. review the Bylaws of each district and advise changes in order to assure conformity

with the Bylaws of this association.

c. initiate, review, and prepare resolutions for presentation to the Board and/or House of

Delegates.

2. Committee on Membership, Chaired by the Vice President, shall:

a. devise ways and means of assisting districts that will promote active membership.

b. assist in the development and dissemination of materials of ASNA in regard to

membership promotion and retention.

c. promote development of organizational leaders at the district and state level.

3. Committee on Nominations, Chair appointed by Board, shall:

a. submit the proposed slate of nominees to the Board for approval.

b. develop and implement criteria for solicitation and selection of nominees.

4. Committee on Finance, Chaired by the Treasurer, shall:

a. prepare and submit the annual budget to the Board for approval.

b. advise the Board as to income, investments, and expenditure of association funds.

c. oversee the process of the funds request policy.

5. Committee on Continuing Education, Chair selected by the committee members shall:

a. promote opportunities for the continuing professional development of nurses.

b. follow ANCC guidelines and The Alabama Board of Nursing standards in

implementing the ASNA Continuing Education program.

B. Special Committees shall assume duties and responsibilities assigned by the Board.

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Article VIII. Commission on Professional Issues

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Definition

An organized deliberative body which responds to professional nursing practice issues essential

to the purpose of ASNA.

Membership

The Commission on Professional Issues (COPI) shall consist of 8 members, elected by the

membership. The chairperson shall be appointed by the Board. Election of Commission members

shall be for a two-year term. Members are not allowed to serve consecutive terms.

Accountability

The Commission is accountable to the Board and reports to the ASNA House of Delegates.

Responsibilities

The Commission on Professional Issues shall:

A. develop policy alternatives essential to the purpose of ASNA and submit recommendations to

the Board.

B. provide for dissemination of information.

Vacancies

A. Absence from two consecutive meetings of the Commission shall be cause for declaring a

vacancy in that position.

B. A vacancy in the Commission shall be filled by the Board.

Article IX. Special Interest Groups

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Definition

A Special Interest Group is a unit through which members of ASNA participate in the

improvement or advancement of the profession in an area of nursing practice or interest. Special

Interest Groups are established by and accountable to the Board.

Membership

A. Members of Special Interest Groups shall consist of persons with a common special interest,

issue, practice area or specialty.

B. Special Interest Groups shall be established by the Board upon evidence of a need and interest

of members in a particular area.

C. Any member of ASNA may affiliate with one or more Special Interest Groups upon meeting

eligibility requirements.

Responsibilities: Each Special Interest Group shall:

A. provide opportunities for exchange of information, professional support, collaboration and

professional growth and leadership development.

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B. develop standards, positions, and policies.

C. provide for dissemination of information.

D. establish eligibility requirements.

E. have elected officers and current Bylaws.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Any active Special Interest Groups may petition the Board for a seat on the Board.

Special Interest Groups may be dissolved by the Board when there is no longer

evidence of need.

Article X. Nominations and Elections

Section 1.

Section 2.

Nominations

A. Candidates for office shall meet established qualifications and shall consent to serve if elected.

B. Individual members of ASNA shall be considered eligible for only one elective office in ASNA

at any one time.

C. An individual member of ASNA who meets the established qualifications for an elective office

may declare as a candidate by contacting the Nominating Committee.

D. The slate of candidates shall be published and distributed to all members at least 30 days prior

to the annual meeting.

E. Nominations shall be accepted from the floor of the

House of Delegates.

F. See textbox right

Elections

A. Elections shall be held annually following the approved schedule.

B. The president-elect and the treasurer shall be elected in even years; the vice president and

secretary shall be elected in odd years.

C. Election for officers, Nominating Committee, Commission on Professional Issues shall be held

at ASNA’s House of Delegates in accordance with policy.

D. Only elected ASNA delegates may vote at the ASNA HOD.

E. See textbox right

F. Ballots, whether electronic or manual, shall be tabulated

by tellers at the House of Delegates.

G. The plurality of votes cast by those entitled to vote and

voting shall constitute an election. In case of a tie, the

choice shall be determined by lot at the convention.

Only ANA/ASNA Delegates can vote for the President

and President-Elect and the alternate Representatives

for the ANA Membership Assembly.

Only ANA/ASNA Delegates

can vote for the President and

President-Elect and the alternate

Representatives for the ANA

Membership Assembly.

H. Any challenge to the election shall be filed with the secretary within 30 days after the results

are announced.

I. All ballots and records of the election shall be destroyed after the time for challenge has

expired.

J. The term of office shall begin at the adjournment of ASNA House of Delegates.

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Article XI. Relationships with American Nurses Association

Section 1.

Section 2.

Membership

a. ASNA shall be bound by the obligation to pay dues to the ANA pursuant to the ANA Bylaws

and Membership Assembly policy until such time as 2/3 of the entire CMA membership votes

to disaffiliate from ANA. “CMA membership,” for these purposes, is defined as individual

members of the CMA who have ANA rights and privileges of membership as a result of their

CMA membership. The vote may occur by mail or electronic ballot, with appropriate notice

and procedures to protect the integrity and validity of the vote. Any ANA dues increase shall

be passed on to full ANA/ASNA members.

b. Full members of ASNA shall continue to have all rights of membership provided in the ANA

Bylaws until such time as 2/3 of the entire CMA membership votes to disaffiliate from the

ANA. “CMA membership,” for these purposes, is defined as individual members of the CMA

who have ANA rights and privileges of membership as a result of their CMA membership.

The vote may occur by mail or electronic ballot, with appropriate notice and procedures to

protect the integrity and validity of the vote.

Representation

A. Membership Assembly

1. ASNA is entitled to representation at regular and special meetings of the ANA

Membership Assembly in accordance with ANA Bylaws and policy.

2. Election of delegates representatives:

a. Representatives and alternates ANAs Membership

Assembly shall be ASNA/ANA members in good standing.

ANA recommends

change

b. Election of ANA Membership Assembly representatives and alternates will be

accomplished according to ASNA policy and procedure.

c. Representatives and alternate to shall be elected for a 2-year term or until a successor

is elected.

d. Vacancies shall be filled with alternates elected from the elected ASNA Executive

Board.

e. The president and president-elect of this association shall be delegates.

Article XII. Amendments

Section 1.

Amendments with Notice

A. Amendments proposed by the Committee on Governance and approved by the Board for

action by the House of Delegates shall be finalized before the date of the annual meeting and

shall be distributed with the official notification of the meeting the House of Delegates.

B. These Bylaws may be amended with prior notice at an annual or special meeting of the House

of Delegates by a two-thirds vote of the accredited delegates present.

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Section 2.

Amendments without Notice

These Bylaws may be amended without prior notice at an annual or special meeting of the House

of Delegates by 99 percent of the accredited delegates present.

Article XIII. Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised governs this association in all parliamentary situations that are not

provided for in the law or in the charter, Bylaws, or adopted rules of ASNA.

Article XIV. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of this association shall be the calendar year.

Article XV.

Official Organs

The American Nurse, The Alabama Nurse, and The American Nurse Today shall be the official organs of this

association.

Article XVI. Disposition of Assets

No person shall possess any property right in or to the property or asset of the corporation. Upon dissolution of

the corporation and after all obligations are satisfied, all assets shall be distributed to an eleemosynary corporation

or non-profit business so designated by the Board at the time of disposition.

6/15/88

Amended 10/93 Amended 10/98 Amended 09/02 Amended 10/09

Amended 10/96 Amended 10/00 Amended 09/04 Amended 10/10

Amended 10/97 Amended 09/01 Amended 09/06 Amended 10/11

Amended 09/09 Amended 10/13

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS FOR THE 2016 BALLOT

If you are willing to have your name placed on the ballot for any of the offices listed below, please fill out

this form and leave it at the Convention Registration Desk, or mail to: Alabama State Nurses Association,

360 North Hull Street, Montgomery, ALA 36104-3658.

[ ] President-Elect/Delegate

[ ] Treasurer

[ ] Commission on Professional Issues (4 needed)

[ ] Nominations Committee (3 needed, Districts 1, 2 and 3)

Name__________________________________________ District #________________________________

Address_________________________________________ Phone: (w)______________________________

______________________________________________ Phone: (h)_______________________________

______________________________________________ E-mail__________________________________

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For almost 90 years, when the people of

West Alabama needed health care, they

turned to the DCH Health System.

You could be a part of the team of

professionals at DCH Regional Medical

Center, home to the region’s trauma center

and a Cancer Center affiliated with MD

Anderson Physicians Network®. The team

at Northport Medical Center offers a full

range of services, as well as inpatient

rehabilitation and psychiatric services. And

Fayette Medical Center is among the toprated

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It’s a good feeling to know you’re caring

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Employment Opportunities

Come see what

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Applications are currently being accepted

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Home Health Visit Nurse / RN

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ACCU

Cardiac / Med Surg

Emergency

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North Harbor (Psych)

Nursing Resource Team

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We’re one health system, with three primary health care

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DCH Health System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Northport Medical Center, Northport, Ala.

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DSI Renal is a leading provider of dialysis services in

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Persons with renal (kidney) disease who are in need of

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ASNA Convention ~ Fun on the Water

Boat Schedule

Shrimp

Blalock Seafood will make shrimp available to Convention attendees at a reduced rate. Bring a cooler, or they are

available for sale through Blalock Seafood. Sizes are Medium ($11.95/lb), Large ($13.95/lb), and Jumbo ($15.96/lb);

heads removed. Pricing will be available at the registration desk.

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