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South Dakota Nurse - March 2018

South Dakota Nurse - March

South Dakota NURSE THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA NURSES ASSOCIATION Vol. 9 • Number 1 Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 19,000 Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses in South Dakota MARCH 2018 President’s Message Margie Washnok President, South Dakota Nurses Association I would like to welcome all new members to SDNA. We are excited to have you join. I would like to encourage each member to bring a new member to the SDNA Convention that will be held in Brookings, October 7 & 8, 2018. Healthy Nurse was the theme for each month in 2017, which we are encouraged to Margie Washnok continue practicing the healthy interventions to maintain our health, so we can assist our patients to maintain healthy lives. I urge each of you to continue with your activities of walking/running, exercising, nutritional foods, rest, family time, etc. to be healthy nurses. ANA is planning new quarterly themes for 2018. January – March is “Nurses Advocation Locally.” Some of the methods we can achieve advocating is by enhancing workplace safety policies that address staffing, workplace violence, safe patient handling and mobility. Other ideas are to represent our patients/ families, consumers, and the profession’s interest by serving on committees, councils, boards, etc. in the community. In April – June 2018 the theme is “Nurses Influencing Elected Officials and other Key Decision Makers.” We can accomplish this by arranging face to face meetings or telephone calls with elected officials in our communities (local, state, and US), by providing them with facts about bills and other information that affect consumers and nurses. We can begin this by attending Nurses Day at the Legislature in February 2018, and continuing to connect with local, state, and US elected officials. We must provide the facts for our legislators, so they understand why we are suggesting they vote in favor or against a bill. July – September the theme is “Nurses Get out the Vote.” During this time, we can highlight nurses by leveraging our position as the most trusted profession to impact policy changes and 2018 campaigns. Nurses need to think about and run for office in their communities, at the state, and/or national level. It is also important for nurses to have positive relationships with elected officials from their communities, so when bills are being introduced, they will come to us for feedback, facts, and other information related to the bill. We will end 2018 October – December with “Global Impact and Making Every Year a Year of Advocacy.” During these months we should highlight nurses who have had an impact on our community, state, or at the US/Federal level. During this time will be election of new officials, which can impact the profession of nursing and the people we care for. I encourage nurses to think about, and put into action how each can be an advocate and have a global impact. It is important for us to continue to advocate for all, support the information that we provide to patients/families/communities and legislators with facts. Please Save the Dates 2018 South Dakota Nurses Association Annual Convention Healthy Families, Healthy Clients, Healthy Nurses Sunday, October 7, 2018 & Monday, October 8, 2018 Days Inn and Convention Center Brookings, South Dakota Please mark your calendars today for the annual South Dakota Nurses Association’s Convention where you will have the opportunity to hear from nursing leaders and clinical experts on leadership, clinical and self-care topics. The convention also provides you an opportunity to network and build professional relationships with nurses from throughout South Dakota. current resident or Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 Index SDNA Board of Directors ....................2 Becoming a Change Maker ..................3 South Dakota Nurses Return to the Capital City ....4 GRC Legislative Report .....................4 District News .............................5 USD Student Nurses Make Pillows to Protect Port-a-cath Sites Under Shoulder Strap of Seat Belts for Cancer Patients ...............6 SDNA 2018 Calendar of Events ...............7 PAC Report ...............................7 Career Sphere: From the bedside to the boardroom: Are you ready to serve? ........8-9 Welcome New Members .................... 10 SDNA Membership Application .............. 10 SDNF Donors ............................ 11 2018 National Sample Survey of RNs. . . . . . . . . . 11