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Annual Report 2016

Mission Statement:

To serve and support all Registered Nurses through

professional development, advocacy and the

promotion of excellence in every area of professional

nursing practice.

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Table of Contents

Message from the FNA President ........................................................... 3

The 2016-2017 FNA Board. ................................................................ 7

Message from the Executive Director. ....................................................... 9

The FNA Staff. ......................................................................... 13

Focus on the FNA Regions ............................................................... 15

Special Interest Groups (SIGs). ............................................................ 17

Historic 2016 Final Legislative Report. ..................................................... 21

Florida Nurses Foundation ............................................................... 31

Florida Nurses Political Action Committee (FN-PAC). ......................................... 37

Labor and Employee Relations Council (LERC). .............................................. 39

Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC). ....................................................... 41

QUIN Council. ......................................................................... .42

Nightingale Tribute 2016. ................................................................ 45

Dates to Remember. ..................................................................... 46

Acknowledgements. .................................................................... 47


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Message from the FNA President

FNA is the professional organization for all Registered Nurses in Florida in every area of practice. Our

newsletter reaches 272,000 RNs and students on a quarterly basis, serving as the voice for Florida’s

nurses. We are nurses supporting nurses, which underscores for me how much nurses, working together,

are essential for the health of Floridians.

Serving with the current FNA Board and the Orlando headquarters staff is an absolute privilege. After

being inducted at the 2015 Membership Assembly September 2015, the Board met to develop strategies

to address the FNA goals (See insert). We took

2016-2018 Goals and Priorities

1. Maintain a strong nursing organization

in Florida to provide relevant services

and value.

2. Enhance public understanding of the

roles and responsibilities of registered

nurses to improve health in local

communities and across the state.

3. Serve as the essential resource for career

development for Florida’s registered


4. Advance a legislative platform that

protects and enhances the ability of all

registered nurses to practice to the full

extent of their education and experience.

5. Build organizational relationships

to advance nursing and healthcare


6. Maintain a strong organizational

structure that advances nursing.

an aggressive approach to region development by

delaying the full Membership Assembly until 2017

and enhancing local face-to-face gatherings. We began

meeting by video in order to save time and expenses,

and we added a new graduate Board member to

become the voice for Millennials in our meetings.

Our concerns are those of nurses statewide, and we

want to see solutions to staffing, workplace violence,

and other critical issues nurses face every day.

After 22 years of legislative efforts, the bill to allow

nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances

passed as the Barbara Lumpkin Act, bearing the

name of FNA’s tireless member and former lobbyist.

Full practice authority continues to be a critical need

for all nurses and especially for RNs whose critical

thinking is so often under-estimated.

I read many years ago that the health of a community

is directly proportional to the number of nurses who

live in that community. To that end, FNA is engaged

with the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) so that

the wisdom of nurses can lead change that promotes

organizational and community health. We are offering the Barbara Lumpkin Institute around the state to

help nurses gain foundational education about effective participation on boards.

FNA desires to collaborate and build partnerships with like-minded organizations. We have published

information from the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society and worked with the Community

Health Worker Coalition. FNA enjoys a continuing partnership with the Florida Center for Nursing,

the Florida Board of Nursing, the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses, the Florida Nursing

Students Association, and the Florida Intervention Project for Nurses. FNA, through the efforts of Ed

Briggs, DNP, ARNP, immediate past president of FNA, has developed the QUIN (Quality and Unity in

Nursing) website to provide information for making wise decisions about nursing schools in Florida

(choosewithcare.education). In addition, he continually updates FNA4Action with relevant information

regarding candidates and issues (www.floridanurse.org/Resources/documents/FNA4Action.pdf).

In this report, you will find the following:

• Identification of the FNA Board and the FNA office support,

• Information about the FNA regions. Individual region reports appear in The Florida Nurse,

• A description of the Special Interest Groups,

• A review of the historic 2016 legislative session by Alisa LaPolt,

• The 2017 FNA Legislative Platform and a review of Advocacy Days 2016,

• Information from the affiliate organizations (Florida Nurses Foundation, the Florida Nurses

Political Action Committee, and the Labor and Employee Relations Council),

• Information about the Nurses on Board Coalition, the QUIN Council, the Florida Coalition of

Advanced Practice Nurses, and the Intervention Project for Nurses,


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• Highlights of 2016,

• The Nightingale Tribute to FNA colleagues who have died this past year, and

• Upcoming events.

FNA is a membership organization, which means that support from dues-paying individuals is the

lifeblood of its existence. Sometimes, I’m concerned that because all RNs in Florida receive our

newsletter they may think they are members; not so. Financially we constantly pay attention to expenses

and seek creative approaches to provide services. We engage and encourage nurses into a vibrant career

of opportunity. We will prevail on the behalf of Florida’s nurses.


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The 2016-2017 FNA Board

Leah Kinnaird, EdD, RN,


Barbara Russell,


Vice President

Janegale Boyd, RN,


Ann-Lynn Denker,

PhD, ARNP, Treasurer

Jill Tahmooressi,



Marion Meyash, PhD, RN,

Northwest Region

Doreen Perez,


Northeast Region

Marsha Martin, RN,

North Central Region

Jan Hess,


East Central Region

Lisa Fussell, RN, BSN,

West Central Region

Debbie Hogan,


Southeast Region

Theresa Morrison,


Southwest Region

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Message from the Executive Director

The Florida Nurses Association prides itself on continually evolving to meets

the needs of the members as well as the nurses in Florida. Over the years, the

organizational structure has been transformed several times due to the vision

of forward-thinking members who sought to create the best association for all

members. The current regional structure, initiated in 2009, has presented both

successes and challenges and the board continues to evaluate the progress while

creating new programs and opportunities.

Each region has been successful in creating events of varying sizes and levels of

engagement. One of the challenges has been Florida’s expansive geography and

the size of the individual regions. Some regional leaders have enlisted the help of

local members to help plan events in different counties or different areas of the

regions. We hope that more members will take advantage of the opportunity to engage local colleagues by

utilizing our small grants which are meant to stimulate local activities.

As you will see in this report, four Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) remain active after the initiation of the

current structure. Special Interest Groups also have availability of some funding for activities that may

be accessed by a funds request to headquarters. There is also the opportunity for these groups to hold

educational seminars and webinars on topics of interest with approval from the Region Director and

Executive Director.

Working with Florida nursing organizations within QUIN Council allows the association to be informed

about issues across the continuum of nursing from education to specific specialties or areas of practice.

Additionally, our presence at the meetings of the Florida deans and directors through the Florida

Association (FACN) of Colleges of Nursing and the Florida Council of Nursing Education Administrators

(FCNEA) helps us to keep abreast of current issues in nursing education.

Additionally, this year, the QUIN Council adopted a theme of Embracing a Culture of Safety. This

theme includes initiatives or promotion of the following concepts: Eliminating violence in nursing,

Uniting nursing’s voice, Supporting a healthy workforce, Making safe staffing a priority and Promoting

ergonomics and safe lifting. Each organization was encouraged to include one of more of these issues in

their programs or agendas for the next year.

Our structural units add strength to our influence in the nursing community. The Florida Nurses

Foundation has awarded over $300,000 in grants and scholarships over the last 33 years. Through our

Florida Nurses Political Action Committee candidates continue to actively seek our endorsement during

election years. Legislators and other policy makers often call on FNA as a resource for information on

nursing and healthcare.

In keeping with current trends we have developed a strong social media presence and members as well

as other supporters, have helped to enhance our visibility in the community. It was gratifying to see

multiple legislators posting on both the FNA Facebook page (Facebook.com/FloridaNursesAssociation)

and on Twitter (twitter.com/FLNurses). You can help to boost our visibility by “liking” our Facebook

page and “following” us on Twitter.

In various surveys, members have shared that their primary reason for joining is legislative advocacy

and networking. We continually work to enhance our programs through both member and leader

feedback. To that end, we have redesigned our Advocacy Days to be more “participant-friendly” by

providing pre-conference webinars and on-site “tour guides” to help navigate the capitol. Our legislative

updates during session and throughout the year continue to keep members connected to our health

policy advocacy.

As a small staff association, we are presented with many challenges in serving the membership. I would

like to recognize the dedicated FNA staff members for their flexibility and willingness to stretch their


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time and talents. We welcome your feedback and suggestions throughout the year, as we feel the work of

the staff is a partnership with the members to create a better association.

And finally, a huge thank you to the members who make it all possible. You are the heart and soul of the

association and nothing could be achieved without your hard work, creative ideas and dedication over

the 116 year evolution of the Florida Nurses Association.

In Caring,

Willa Hill Fuller, RN


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The FNA Staff

Willa Fuller, BSN, RN

Executive Director

Vicki Sumagpang, MSN, RN

Director of Programs and

Member Engagement

Jeanie M. Demshar, Esq.

Director of Labor Relations and

Legislative Affairs

Tunala Connell

Membership and Finance


Bibi Lowton

Labor Relations and

Legislative Affairs


Leslie Homsted


Coordinator and

Programs Specialist

Carol Broomfield

Executive Assistant


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Focus on the FNA Regions

FNA was restructured in 2009 from thirty local districts

into eight regions, led by region directors. One of the

initial actions of FNA Board in November 2015 was to

focus on region development to address Goals #1 and

#6. Each elected region director has the authority to

identify needs and create services that fit the region’s

geographical uniqueness.

The commonality across regions is the desire to build

membership through face-to-face networking and

continuing education. Nurses submit abstracts and

present poster presentations and research/evidencebased

practice projects at the regional gatherings. In

this way, FNA is offering a local and convenient venue

for organizations that are on the journey to Magnet®


Most regions are offering legislative candidate forums,

whereby nurses see firsthand what the issues are and the

positions held by those running for state office. Nurses

are encouraged to attend local delegation meetings and

legislative events close to home.

Some regions offer special events during Nurses Week (always around May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s

birthday). It is not unusual to have sell out social and promotional events with professional ball teams,

such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Orlando City Soccer Club, and Miami Marlins.

A critical direction in each region is finding and supporting nurses who want to be leaders within FNA

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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

All FNA members are eligible to join Special Interest Groups which regularly meet by

conference call and plan activities based on their interests.

Health Policy Special Interest Group (HP-SIG)

C. Vicki Framil, DNP, ARNP-C, Facilitator

Mission Statement: The HP-SIG is FNA’s leader of grassroots initiatives for

public policy change that enhances the health and well-being of all Floridians. It

encourages and supports all nurses to become engaged in the policy and legislative

process to improve the health status of our communities and the practice and

working environments of nurses.

The interest in health policy among FNA members is obvious because there

are more than 300 members who have signed on; fortunately, not that many try

to get onto the monthly conference calls. The HP-SIG offers regular webinars,

including Media training, Navigating the FNA4ACTION PACKET, and Preparation

for Advocacy Days. The FNA lobbyist, Alisa LaPolt, provides legislative updates

during the conference calls. Those on the calls discuss priorities and move

recommendations forward for the Board’s consideration. Most recently the HP-SIG has provided insight

into the 2017 FNA legislative platform, reviewing issues about gun safety and medical marijuana.

Ethics Special Interest Group

Jean Davis, EdD, DNP, HCRM, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC, Facilitator

The Ethics SIG provides a venue for FNA member and students to discuss ethics

related to nursing practice. Legislation with ethical implications, such as the

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) proposal and nurses’

rights to practice to the full extent of their education-based ability have led to

lively discussions and prompted individual actions.

The rights to nursing care of incarcerated patients and the system for providing

that care in Florida have been considered vis-a-vis their ethical implications.

The SIG has also debated the ANA position on capital punishment as brought to

us from the national level. Educational practice especially in regard to students’

clinical experiences, and civility in the practice setting have been “hot topics” on

every Ethics SIG conference call again this year.

Research Special Interest Group

Lois Marshall, PhD, RN, Facilitator

The Research SIG has held a conference in 2015 and 2016 with both podium and

poster presentations. The response has been encouraging and the goals are to allow

opportunities for both experienced and novice researchers to present their work

and to expose bedside nurses to research that can enhance their practice.

The SIG reviews all research submitted to FNA before dissemination. Studies

must have IRB approval before consideration. Members of this SIG also review

Florida Nurses Foundation Research Grants.


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Clinical Nurse Specialist SIG

Theresa Morrison, PhD, CNS-BC, Facilitator

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The CNS SIG was formed to address the needs of the Clinical Nurse Specialists

in Florida. FNA worked to get title protection for Clinical Nurse Specialists in

2005 and continues to work on the definition of the role in the Nurse Practice

Act. The members of the SIG submitted a Reference Proposal to the 2014 and

2015 Membership Assemblies which passed at the latter meeting. The SIG meets

monthly by conference call to address scope of practice concerns and has joined

with a state-wide group to further articulate the valuable contribution CNSes make

when allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and experience.

Further clarification is needed in law to allow CNSes to practice to the extent they

do in other states. This SIG continues to work diligently on this issue, which has

been included in the FNA Legislative Platform.


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The Historic 2016 Final Legislative Report

Alisa LaPolt, FNA Lobbyist

The game-winning touchdown. The bride and groom saying “I do.” The first steps

taken by an infant. These are all moments we want to remember, a task made

easier when captured by video. As a professional lobbyist, the moment I hoped to

preserve was passage of legislation in which I played a part. Legislation that would

make a difference in the lives of people for years to come.

That opportunity came Friday, the last day of the 2016 legislative session, with

passage of HB 423. This legislation had been pursued by the nursing profession for

22 years to allow advanced practice nurses to prescribe controlled substances. As

I sat in the gallery of the Florida House, I hit the “record” button. “This is it,” I say

simultaneously with my colleague Chris Floyd, lobbyist for the Florida Association

of Advanced Practice Nurses (FLAANP). The House clerk announces the vote:

“One hundred and seventeen yays, one nay.”

I have watched the video no less than 10 times in three days, and posted it on Facebook. Yet, there is so

much more it doesn’t show:

• The 21 legislative sessions that similar language was filed, mostly by the FNA and its lobbyists

Barbara Lumpkin, Bob Levy, and Anna Small.

• The multimillion-dollar fundraising efforts by organized medicine to paint ARNPs as “quacks”

and sway lawmakers to oppose our efforts.

• A 2013 meeting with me, Bob, and Rep. Richard Corcoran about the cost-effectiveness of ARNP

prescribing. Rep. Corcoran asked for supporting studies, and Bob loaded him up with documents.

The next year, the House filed legislation calling for independent practice by ARNPs.

• The emergence of Sen. Denise Grimsley, a registered nurse, and Rep. Cary Pigman, a physician, as

key players in the fight for prescribing rights.

• Campaign walks and other efforts by the FLAANP, FNA, and others to get nurse-friendly

lawmakers elected.

• Growing support from members of House leadership, due in large part to relationships fostered by

the Florida Nurse Practitioners Network (FNPN) and other nursing organizations.

• Backing from AARP, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida, Florida

TaxWatch, the nursing home industry, and others.

• A surge of support and resources by Phillis Oeters of Baptist Health South Florida and the Florida

Hospital Association (FHA).

• A key partnership with the Florida Association of Physician Assistants, under the guidance

of lobbyist Corinne Mixon. They, too, were seeking authorization for controlled substance


• More than 100 visits to lawmakers at the state Capitol by members of the Florida Association of

Nurse Anesthetists. Some visits coincided with FNA’s Advocacy Days, where members similarly

lobbied lawmakers on ARNP prescribing.


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• Hundreds of phone calls made by members of FNA and other groups to the office of Senate

President Andy Gardiner, who was under pressure to block HB 423.

In the video, my shaky hands pan over to colleagues Martha DeCastro of FHA and FNPN lobbyist

Allison Carvajal. Throughout the day they, along with Corrine had feverishly texted lawmakers to stay

on top of HB 423 as it bounced back with amendments between the House and Senate. I captured the

moment they hugged Barbara, who had moments earlier watched the Florida Legislature rename HB 423

as the “Barbara Lumpkin Act.”

In time, the video will become lost in the archives of Facebook. But the work of a great team of

organizations and the Florida Legislature on behalf of patients will sustain for years to come.

Alisa Lapolt with Barbara


(Pictured L-R) Alisa Lapolt, FNA, Representative Cary Pigman,

MD, Senator Denise Grimsley, RN, Martha DeCastro,

Vice President for Nursing, Florida Hospital Association,

Chris Floyd, Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners,

Barbara Lumpkin. Not Pictured: Allison Caravajal, Florida Nurse

Practitioner Network.


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2017 Legislative Platform

Protect and enhance the ability of Registered Nurses (RNs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSes) and

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) to practice to the full extent of their education and


• Support legislation that allows all nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and

training in all practice environments, including telehealth.

• Support legislation that removes unnecessary nurse practitioner collaborative practice agreements

and removes physician-nurse practitioner supervisory language from the nurse practice act.

• Support legislation that addresses prescriptive and billing authority for the CNS to align with

other Florida advanced practice nurse roles.

• Support legislation that would provide universal signature authority for all advanced practice nurses.

Support efforts to protect the rights, jobs, wages, pensions, health care coverage, and other benefits of

our state-employed health care professionals.

Support safe practice environments for all nurses and our patients.

• Support legislation that provides meaningful information to users of health care about staffing and

nursing resources in health care facilities.

• Promote legislation that protects healthcare workers against workplace violence, including efforts

to enhance penalties against those who commit such crimes.

Protect and promote health-related initiatives that protect the physical and mental health of Florida’s


• Support legislation that allows Florida to accept federal funding to make healthcare available to

more Floridians.

• Support sustained funding and utilization of the controlled substances prescription monitoring


• Support legislative efforts and promote adequate funding to strengthen the public health system,

improve access to care or promote healthy lifestyles.

• Support legislation that helps to create a multi-disciplinary, patient-centered model of healthcare


• Support legislation that provides comprehensive end-of-life planning and care.

• Pursue a pilot study to evaluate innovative and comprehensive school health services that include

access to health care provided by an RN.

• Actively support patients’ rights to legally and safely utilize marijuana for symptom management

and health care practitioners’ efforts to promote quality of life for patients needing such therapy.

• Pursue legislation that would require as mandatory education at least a 2.0 hour CEU education in

infection prevention and emerging diseases training. This will be required each biennium for all


• Support meaningful legislation for gun control.

Promote legislation, policies and strategies that help to meet Florida’s nurse workforce needs.

• Support efforts to attract and retain more nurses into nursing education.

• Support efforts that encourage nurses to advance their academic education.

• Promote programs that support improved transition to practice for new graduates and transition in

practice for experienced nurses.

• Promote the requirement for national accreditation of nursing education institutions in Florida.

Preserve efforts to research and inform employers, the public, and policymakers about the nursing

workforce needs of our state by pursuing funding for the Florida Center for Nursing.


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Advocacy Days

In 2016 the Legislative Session began in January, and FNA was there in Tallahassee for its annual

Advocacy Days. Over 200 nurses and nursing students met for an educational session and then

descended on the Capitol to share the FNA agenda with their local legislators.

FNA has an annual format for Advocacy Days which begins with a luncheon on the 22nd floor of the

Capitol building. Often legislators and other policy makers come to speak at the luncheon. Nurses are

then arranged in groups and led through the Senate and House buildings to visit legislators from their

local districts. Some legislators are very welcoming, even making signs to acknowledge the presence of

nurses on “The Hill.” In 2016 nurses shared talking points on Controlled Substance Prescribing, Safe

Staffing, Workplace Violence, Baker Act, State Employees salaries and benefits and funding for the

Florida Center for Nursing.

In the evening, the nurses convene at the Governor’s Club for a reception with legislators and other

officials. In the social setting Senators and Representatives come face-to-face with nurses to talk

informally about current healthcare issues.

For the past four years, Bob Levy and Associates have coordinated legislative appointments and provided

interns to help members navigate the Capital offices. Lobbyist Alisa LaPolt has held webinars prior to the

Advocacy Days to help prepare participants for this very interactive conference.

Special thanks to Jose Diaz of Robert Levy and

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Members and students attend education sessions at the

2016 Advocacy Days, January 19-20 in Tallahassee.

FNA Lobbyist Alisa Lapolt keeps

attendees on track and helps

them to navigate the Capital.

Recent graduate Terry Tokash with Carole

Amole and Joan Castleman,

FNSA Consultants.

Former legislator and current FNA President-Elect

Janegale Boyd mentors the next generation of

advocates at the Annual Legislative Reception.

Nurses and nursing students visited with legislators

from across the state.

Barbara Lumpkin Institute Scholarship

Recipients with FNA President

Dr. Leah Kinnaird.


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Florida Nurses Foundation

The current FNF leaders have continued

the legacy of philanthropy, established in 1983,

by overseeing the Grants and Scholarship Program of FNA.

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FAAN, President

Jaibun Earp, PhD, ARNP,

Vice President

Regina Mirabella,

MSN, RN, Secretary

Germina Rio, DNSc, CPH,



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George Byron Smith,


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2015 Scholarship and Grant Awardees

• District 4 Florida Nurses Scholarship

o Willamina Folks, University of South Florida

• Undine Sams Scholarship

o Deborah Walker, University of Florida

• Mary York Scholarship

o Eric Hutto, University of South Florida

o Joanna McLaughlin, University of Florida

• District 46 Olive Ramsey Scholarship

o Alyssa King, University of South Florida

o Mary Vencill, University of South Florida

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o Leslie McHugh, University of South Florida

• Nina Brookins (District 5 Charitable Trust)


o Erica Blanco, University of Miami

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o Alexa Bobelis, University of South Florida

• District 6 (formerly District 18) Generic Scholarship Fund

o Nia Spicer, South University, WPB Campus

o Lisa Upright, Florida Southwestern State College

o Donna Bean, University of Miami

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o Ayse Kaltsas, Florida Atlantic University

o Christine Moffa, Florida Atlantic University

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o Megan Wong, Florida Southwestern State College

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o Marie Smith, University of Florida

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o Beatrice Maldonado, Daytona State College

o Rebeca Siguenza, University of Florida

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o Taylor Peabody, University of Florida

• District 8 Charlotte Anzalone Scholarship

o Sharon Thomas, University of Central Florida

• District 21 Louise Fiske Memorial Scholarship

o Jennifer Peterson, Florida Atlantic University

• Eleanor Bindrum (District 5 Charitable Trust) Scholarship

o Ekaterina Turk, Florida International University

• District 14 Marcy Klosterman Scholarship

o Katina Wilson, University of South Florida

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• Connie Dorry Memorial Fund Scholarship

o Stephanie Hernandez, Florida International University

• Kay Fullwood NE FL Geriatric Nursing Scholarship

o Michael Adalia, University of Florida

• Agnes Naughton RN-BSN Fund

o Laurel Preisendanz, University of South Florida

• Martha Russell (District 4) Gerontological Fund

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• Edna Hicks Research Fund

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Florida Nurses Political

Action Committee (FN-PAC)

Bonnie Sklaren, ARNP


Carole Amole, MSN, RN


Laura Bailey, ARNP


Barbara Lumpkin, RN


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Darlene Fritsma, ARNP


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Not Pictured: Katherine Molinet

Nigam Reddy, FNSA Liaison


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The Florida Nurses Political Action Committee (FN-PAC) was organized to elect political candidates or

to advance the outcome of a political issue or legislation to benefit nursing and healthcare. The Board

of Trustees is appointed to carry out the mission of the PAC. In election years, the PAC interviews

candidates based on FNA’s legislative agenda and selects which candidates to endorse. Any FNA member

in good standing can serve on the PAC. Trustees serve two year terms and can be reappointed. The PAC

is funded by donations from the members of the Florida Nurses Association.

FN-PAC also seeks to educate nurses on the importance of involvement in political campaigns and

the development of relationships with legislators. Nurses are encouraged to meet with legislators after

session to educate them about nursing and the FNA Legislative Platform.

FN-PAC sends out questionnaires to candidates to learn their opinions about issues consistent with

the FNA legislative agenda. Their answers are compiled and distributed to the PAC trustees for review.

The candidates are invited to participate in an interview with the PAC trustees. Some candidates are

endorsed with a donation from the PAC, and others are endorsed with a letter only.

The FNA endorsements are sought after by candidates, who then enthusiastically publicize an

endorsement from FNA. The PAC is funded from an additional dues check-off, and we also seek

additional donations from FNA members.

FN-PAC Meeting – August 2016

Laura Bailey, Trustee and Bonnie Sklaren,

FN-PAC Chair

Carol Amole, Alisa Lapolt, Jose Diaz, and

Samantha Laurel, Bob Levy and Associates


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Labor and Employee Relations Council


Local 713

Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville

Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital, Rockledge

Professional Health Care Unit, State Unit

Florida State University, University Health Services, Tallahassee

Florida International University, Coral Gables

Deborah Hogan, Chair of LERC, President, Professional Healthcare Unit

Marsha Martin President, Shands University of Florida

Marcia Stroud President, Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital

Alice Laxton- University Health Services (Tallahassee)

Susana Guerra- Florida International University

Jeanie Demshar, Esq. – Director of Professional Practice Advocacy and Labor Relations

The FNA Labor and Employment Relations Council (LERC) is a leadership forum comprised of the

certified bargaining unit presidents. The Council speaks for the bargaining units’ memberships in labor

relations matters. LERC brings all of the FNA units together to make decisions that will strengthen

membership. The different bargaining units have all been through change and challenges and are ready

for the future!

LERC has been affiliated with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) since

July 2013 to increase membership in each bargaining unit. Membership drives have been held across

Florida. Each unit has its own website and Facebook page.

This past year saw a lot of activity. The Professional Health Care Unit (state unit) took center stage, as the

State government has made and continues to make every effort to downsize the workforce and minimize

the workplace benefits of our State unit members. Debbie Hogan and Jeanie Demshar have led the effort

to support the state employees.

The FNA’s two-year contract with the State of Florida expires on June 30, 2017. The parties recently

completed the 2016 reopener and ratified the changes to the contract. During the reopener, the parties

reached legislative impasse on the wage and on-call articles. Job security provisions, which are so

critically important for public employees, were retained. The unit’s goal is to increase membership

before negotiating with the state in 2016 and 2017 for a successor contract.

The Shands Unit is doing well. There has been an increase in membership, and the existing contract is

effective through April 2017 with reopeners each year. The parties recently met for the 2016 reopener,

and the changes to the contract were ratified by the membership. The changes included a $.25/hour

across the board increase for all nurses in the unit, an increase in tuition reimbursement, an increase

of $2.00/hour for float nurses, and an increase from $41.20/hour to $42.70/hour for nurses working at

the top of the pay scale. Over the last year, the parties have also reached agreements where the hospital

voluntarily recognized the FNA as the exclusive representative of nurses employed in five different units

(not previously represented by the FNA). The unit has its own website and Facebook page which has

been very effective in communicating with members. Elections for new officers will occur in 2016. We

will begin negotiations for a new contract in 2017.

The Wuesthoff unit is also doing well, and we have seen an increase in membership in that unit. The

existing contract is effective through February 2017 and does not contain a reopener. However, the


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parties recently reached an agreement to extend the existing contract through February 2019 with a

reopener in 2017 to address non-economic issues. Also in the agreement is an adjustment in the wage

scale, increasing the range of wages and providing for performance pay increases in 2017 and 2018.

Simultaneous with this agreement, the hospital announced, with notification to an agreement by the

FNA, a market adjustment for all RNs in the unit. Members in the unit were allowed to receive this

market adjustment only because the parties’ agreement provides that the hospital may implement market

adjustments with notification to the union. Without this bargained for language, the hospital would

have been required to negotiate the adjustment at the reopening of the contract in 2017, and immediate

pay raises would not have been possible. The bargaining unit has been urging the hospital to implement

market adjustments over the last two years during quarterly labor management meetings.

The FNA’s contract with the University Health Services at the Florida State University is effective

through June 2017. The parties recently met for the 2016 reopener, and the changes to the contract

were ratified by the membership. Changes included an across the board increase of 1.5% for all nurses

in bargaining unit, an increase in merit pay increases for employees receiving above or exemplary

performance ratings, and market adjustments for all ARNP’s in the unit. Elections for new officers will

be held in 2016. We will begin negotiations for a new contract in 2017.

The FNA’s contract with the Florida International University in Coral Gables is effective through 2017.

The parties recently renegotiated existing layoff language, resulting in more favorable language for the

nurses facing a workforce reduction. We will begin negotiations for a new contract in 2017.


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Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC)

As a result of the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing:

Leading Change, Advancing Health, a coalition of nursing and other

organizations was formed to achieve the goal of placing 10,000 nurses

on decision-making boards by 2020. The American Nurses Association

and the state workforce coalitions are leading the effort. As of the end of

August, 2016, there were 2,256 nurses who have signed onto the website

as currently on boards that are defined by the Coalition.

The NOBC uses a specific definition of a board which includes

corporate, government, non-profit, advisory, and governance boards,

commissions, panels or task forces.

FNA is collaborating with the Florida Center for Nursing’s Florida Action Coalition to develop a strategy

to collect the metrics associated with the campaign in Florida. Based on the population of Florida, the

goal is 600+ nurses on boards. To be successful, FNA region directors will be working within their

regions to identify hospitals and community healthcare organizations that can benefit from the addition

of a nurse or nurses to their governing boards.

More information is available about NOBC at www.nursesonboardscoalition.org/.

The FNA was instrumental in the establishment of the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) in order

to support nurses who are experiencing issues with addiction. IPN is one of the most successful peer

assistance programs in the country and we continue to support their educational conference as well as

other initiatives and programs. IPN allows nurses with addiction to complete treatment while not losing

their nurses license. In addition, IPN offers Fit to Perform Workshops, which assist employers who want

to work with nurses who are enrolled in IPN.

The FNA continues to support the IPN concept of nurses supporting nurses while also being committed

to protecting the public.

Mark your calendar for the IPN/FNA Conference on May 4-5, 2017 at the World Golf Village in

St. Augustine.


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QUIN Council (Quality and Unity in Nursing)

FNA is a founding member of the QUIN

Council, which consists of 21 state level nursing

organizations. In 2016, with the proliferation of

nursing schools, significant attrition rates, and

plummeting NCLEX scores, QUIN created a website

which contains valuable information for those

seeking information regarding nursing education.

QUIN council has attended the Florida Association

of School Counselors Conference as an exhibitor

to disseminate informational brochures to share

with students who are interested in the nursing

profession. In 2016, QUIN developed this theme:

Embracing a Culture of Safety, which includes

these concepts:

• Eliminating violence against nurses,

• Uniting Nursing’s Voice,

• Supporting a Healthy Workforce (eradicating all forms of violence against nurses),

• Making Safe Staffing a Priority, and

• Promoting Ergonomics and Safe Lifting Practices.

Each organization was encouraged to take the ideas back to their organizations for inclusion in their

programs and initiatives.


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The Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses (FLCAPN) is comprised of Florida advanced practice

nursing organizations that collaborate in the best interest of the advanced practice community. The

Coalition demonstrated a united approach to prescribing authority and the decades-long opposition from

the Florida Medical Association.

Through the diligent work of nurses practitioners over many years, the bill was named the Barbara

Lumpkin Controlled Substance Prescribing Act and was passed dramatically at the end of the 2016

legislative session and was ultimately signed into law by Governor Scott. Florida is no longer the

outlier...the only state in the US that prevented patients from having the responsiveness to manage their

healthcare conditions with much needed medications.

The Coalition meets Quarterly in different locations of the state, and leadership is rotated among the

groups. FLCAPN is an essential and unified partnership which culminated in a successful outcome in

2016, after many years of working together to increase patient access to care and reduce barriers to nurse

practitioner practice.


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Highlights of 2016

These awards were presented at the June meeting of the American Nurses Association:

• Patricia Messmer, PhD, RN, FAAN was inducted into ANA Hall of Fame. This prestigious award

recognizes an individual’s lifelong commitment to the field of nursing and its impact on the health

and/or social history of the U.S.

• John Lowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANA Honorary Award - Luther Christman Award recognizes the

contributions that an individual man in nursing has made to the profession of nursing.

• The Barbara Lumpkin Prescribing Act was passed this year on March 11, 2016 0 the last hours of

the legislative session ending a 22 year journey toward this goal.

• Launching of our public awareness campaign aimed at creating awareness of the prevalence of

violence against nurses in the workplace. Dubbed “Take the Scare out of Care,” the press release

and social media campaign garnered media attention in the form of several newspaper and

television interviews. This campaign will continue.

• Adoption of a new logo that was designed by ANA to rebrand and create new energy representing

the transformation of the organization.

• Development and continual updating and revisions to the FNA4Action publication, available at


• ANA presented a resolution at the conclusion of the Membership Assembly in June addressing gun

violence in the US. Orlando was highlighted in the wake of the PULSE nightclub shootings.

• This marks the 4th and most successful year of the Florida Nurses Leadership Acadamy which

was initiated to identify and mentor future nursing leaders within the association. Denise

McNulty has worded to refine the program and this year we congratulate Associates: Sallie

Alvarez, John Michael Bruewer, Caryn Lynn Carter, and Rebecca Falanga. Special appreciation

goes to mentors Leah Kinnaird, Patricia Posey-Goodwin, Sue Hartranft and Edward Briggs. Each

mentee will receive a certificate and a pin upon completion of the required activities.


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The Nightingale Tribute honors FNA Members who have crossed over in the past year.

This year we also recognize, Bob Levy, Honorary Nurse and FNA Lobbyist.

She (He) Was There

♥ When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, She (He) was there.

♥ In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, She (He) was there.

♥ When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member of friend, She (He) was there.

♥ At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained, She (He) was there.

♥ When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind, She (He) was there.

♥ When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed, She (He) was there.

♥ In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of chocolates, She (He) was there.

♥ To witness humanity,—its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, She (He) was there.

♥ To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope, She (He) was there.

♥ And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side, She (He) is there.

©2004 Duane Jaeger, RN, MSN

Nightingale Tribute 2016

Barbara Thoman-Curtis,


Linda A. Howe,


Judith Labaie Verney,


Robert M. Levy,

Honorary Nurse


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Dates to Remember

Special Called Membership Assembly

November 5, 2017

Orlando (TBA)

Advocacy Days 2017

March 15-16, 2017

Marriott Residence Inn

Tallahassee, FL

IPN/FNA Conference

May 4-5

World Golf Village

St. Augustine, FL

Barbara Lumpkin Institute Symposium

June 10, 2017

Leu Gardens

Orlando, FL

Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference

July 15, 2017

Leu Gardens

Orlando, FL

2017 Membership Assembly

September 29-30, 2017

Naples Grande Resort

Naples, FL

2020 - the goal is 10,000 nurses on boards nationally to increase nursing influence across the country.


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“Success without contribution, responsibility and a meaningful path has no real value.” ~ Joseph Rain

Theresa Morrison – FNA Representative - Florida Cancer Control Board

Sue Hartranft – Representative- Florida Action Coalition

Vicki Stone-Gale – ARNP Prescribing Formulary Committee - FNA Representative,

Florida Center for Nursing

Ed Briggs – FNA Representative-Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses

Web designer - http://choosewithcare.education

Creator - FNA4Action Packet and website at http://fna4action.com

Marti Hanuschik – Program Coordinator - East Central Region - Orange County

Willie Spaulding – Program Coordinator - East Central Region - Brevard County

Florida Nurses Leadership Academy Mentors and Volunteers

• Mavra Kear

• Ed Briggs

LERC Leadership

• Marsha Martin, President- Shands-UF

• Marcia Stroud, President- Wuesthoff

• Debbie Hogan, President- Professional Nurses Unit (State)- LERC Chair

• Alice Laxton, Florida International University

• Susana Guerra, Florida State University

Northeast Region/East Central Region Education Support Team

o Kay Fullwood

o Gloria Milan

o Palma Iacovitti

o Janice Hess

South Region Symposium Leadership Council – Alina Diaz-Cruz, MSN, RN, Peggy Davis, DHSc, MSN,

MEd, RN, South Region FNA Chair Program, Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, Marie Etienne, DNP, ARNP,

PLNC, Sheree Mundy, MSN, BSc, ARNP, Steadley Foster, MSN/Ed., FNP, Debra Hain, PhD, ARNP, AGNP-

BC, FAANP, South Region FNA Legislative Liaison, Lolita McCarthy, PhD, MBA-HCM, RN, Patricia R.

Messmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Chair The Nurses Charitable Trust & Chair Florida Nurses Foundation,

Elizabeth Olafson, MSN, MSEd, RN-BC, Barbara Russell, BSHSA, MPH, RN, CIC Vice President FNA,

Karen Sinclair, MSN, MBA, RN, Ferrona Beason, Jill Tahmooressi, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, NCSN, South

Region Activity Manager & Secretary FNA, Maxine Jacobowitz, BSN, RN, CPN South Region Chair of

Gifts, Retired Honorary Gene Majka, MS, ARNP, photographer.

South Region HP-Sig Liaison

• Marie Etienne

North Central Region Conference Support

• Marsha Martin

• Janegale Boyd-2016

• Claydell Horne-2010-2015

• Goldie Fralick- 2010-2015

• Judy Crager- 2010-2015

FNSA State Consultants

• Kathleen Cappo

• Randy Jackson

• Susan Rivers

Faculty Role Models/Star Recruiters

• Rosanne G. Sonshine

• Kathleen Cappo

• Linda Howe

• Carole Blakeman

• Katie Kiger-Kreslein

• Marie Etienne

• Debra Pate


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Join us at the Naples Grande in 2017!


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