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Florida Nurse - June 2017

Florida Nurse - June

OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE FLORIDA NURSES FOUNDATION Volume 65 • No. 2 CIRCULATION 290,000 TO EVERY REGISTERED NURSE & NURSING STUDENT IN FLORIDA June 2017 Mission Statement Serve and support all Registered Nurses through professional development, advocacy and the promotion of excellence in every area of professional nursing practice. FNA does not endorse advertised products, services, or companies, nor any claims made in paid advertisements. The Florida Nurse is proudly brought to you by FNA dues paying members. President’s Message An Open Letter to My Family Leah Kinnaird, EdD, RN Thank you the support you’ve given me through the years. Thank you for helping me financially, talking me out of quitting school, attending my graduation, and encouraging me along the way. I’m writing now because, every now and then, something happens that lights a fire in me to tell you the inside story of what it means to be a nurse. I know you value me and my peers for our honesty and ethical standards and for our reputation for caring. You may not recall how hard it was for me to become a nurse. I was pretty naive...clueless about how much I would have to study, almost flunking physics. I had a well-rounded education that has prepared me for life’s situations. I’m so glad I’m a nurse. So when Jimmy Kimmel went public with the announcement that a nurse diagnosed an irregularity with his newborn’s heart, I was struck by the attention brought to nursing. Often nurses are the behind-thescenes lifesavers. Baby Kimmel’s type of situation is repeated countless times in newborn settings, medical surgical units, ICUs, health departments, homes, schools, and outpatient clinics. It makes me want to speak openly about the difference a nurse can make in anyone’s life. I’ve had the good fortune to meet countless nurses in all kinds of settings. I see them as my peers. We recently celebrated Nurses Week on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. Did you know that since 1921, hospitals nationally have associated their celebrations with her birthday? Nightingale is not only the founder of our profession, but a hero in health care for revolutionizing hospital operations based on data she collected. I didn’t know that nurses would be expected to be researchers, but I understand it is part of the Nightingale heritage. What I want to stress is that the nurses I know are “thinkers.” In order to provide good care, they must have the intellectual capacity to know what actions to take, whether in acute or chronic cases. They know the medications you take...the risks, interactions, complications. They witness how you respond to them and react appropriately. They are technically competent to manage the medical equipment you require. They speak up for you. [That’s something that’s President’s Message continued on page 9 current resident or Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Princeton, MN Permit No. 14 Inside this Issue President’s Message. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Florida Nurses Leadership Academy .............12 Notes from the Executive Director ................2 Student Forum .............................13 Are You Ready to be an Advocate? ...............3 Region News ............................14-15 2017 FNA Candidate Biographies and Statements ...4 Nursing Community .........................16 2017 Membership Assembly ....................7 QUIN Council ..............................17 Legislative Update ..........................10 Members in the News ........................18 Focus on Recent Graduates ...................11 2017 FNA Advocacy Days .....................19