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South Dakota Nurse - March 2018

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Page 4 South Dakota Nurse March, April, May 2018 South Dakota Nurses Return to the Capital City The 43rd Annual Nurses Day at the Legislature (NDL) was held in Pierre February 5-6, 2018 with over 200 nurses and nursing students from across the state in attendance. The first day of the NDL was held in Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center. The kickoff for the event was a luncheon. South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard spoke to open the luncheon. During lunch, Carrie Clausen Hansen, Chair of the Government Relations Committee (GRC), and Brittany Novotny, SDNA Lobbyist, provided an overview of SDNA’s Health Policy Agenda, the legislative priorities for 2017. The session included information on how a bill becomes a law, testifying before a legislative committee, becoming a politically active nurse and effective lobbying strategies. The SDNA Nurses Strategic Action Team (N-STAT) then provided an update on federal legislation. The lunch concluded with updates from Kim Malsam- Rysdon, Secretary of the Department of Health, and Sarah Aker, Department of Social Services. Following the luncheon, all attendees went to the Capitol building to be recognized by both the Senate and House of Representatives. Next, all attendees returned to Ramkota Hotel for the 2018 Legislative Update. Carrie Clausen Hansen and Brittany Novotny gave updates. The day concluded with a Legislative Chili Social where attendees worked hard to educate legislators on several important issues to nurses in South Dakota. This session was well attended by legislators, nurses and nursing students. Tuesday morning began bright and early, and many attended committee hearings throughout the morning. The day concluded with a group picture with Governor Daugaard on the Capitol stairs. Nurses Day at the Legislature provided attendees with valuable knowledge about the legislative process and SDNA’s 2018 legislative agenda. It also provided nurses and nursing students an opportunity to network with colleagues and friends. Plans are already underway for the 2019 Nurses Day at the Legislature. We hope to see you there! The SDNA gives special thanks to its NDL 2018 sponsors: University of South Dakota Nursing, South Dakota State University Nursing, South Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives, South Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota. GRC Legislative Report Brittany Novotny, JD, MBA Nurses are the heart of our mission. When you join Avera, your career opportunities are endless • Leadership opportunities • Award-winning facilities • Innovative technology • Continuing education Nursing opportunities in a variety of settings, including: This article is due mid-January to meet the deadline for the March edition of the South Dakota Nurse, so I’ve kept the content brief and generic. The Government Relations Committee (GRC) consists of a geographic representation of politically active nurses from across the state. The primary functions of GRC include: studying the need for legislative action; reviewing proposed federal, state and local legislation to determine the impact on nursing and overall health in SD; identifying possible legislative priorities consistent with SDNA’s Legislative Agenda and advising the Board of Directors on legislative matters. The five basic tenants of the SDNA Legislative Agenda are to support: professional nursing practice, access to quality and affordable health care, public health, occupational and environmental health, and human rights. The full version of the Legislative Agenda can be found on the SDNA website www.sdnurses.org. Legislative Updates were e-mailed out to membership weekly during the legislative session. We hope you found these updates helpful and informative. Thank you to everybody that responded to our Action Alerts. Legislators appreciate hearing from their constituents and we appreciate you taking the time to represent the nursing profession. Hospitals and Clinics Long-term care and home health (Avera@Home) Telemedicine (Avera eCARE) Avera is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity JOIN OUR TEAM! Learn more about our career opportunities at Avera.org/careers Cherry County Hospital SEEKING Full-Time Cardiac Rehab Nurse and RNs We offer a competitive wage and benefit package. Contact Kathryn Renning, DON Phone 402-376-2525 Fax 402-376-1627 Email krenning@cchospital.net Mail Cherry County Hospital 510 North Green St., PO Box 410 Valentine, NE 69201 http://www.visitvalentine.org http://cherrycountyhospital. org/getpage.php?name=index

March, April, May 2018 South Dakota Nurse Page 5 District News District 1, 2, 3 News Districts 1, 2, & 3 met on November 14, 2017 at Rapid City Regional Hospital for a business meeting and the annual “Dessert and Hors d’oeuvres” with the Legislators. There were 15 members present and seven legislators joined us for discussion of both a review of 2017 legislation and a preview of proposed bills for the 2018 session. The meeting on January 9, 2018 was held at Minerva’s Restaurant in Rapid City where the election of new officers was held. Congratulations to the newly elected district officers for 2018-2020. President – Michelle Salazar Vice President – Carla Texel GRC Chair – Jeri Culbertson Membership Chair – Leslie Wilkinson Nominations Chair – Carman Timmerman I would like to offer a sincere thank you to the officers who served in these capacities the previous two years. Linda De Long Past President Districts 1, 2, & 3 District 4 Excitement is growing with anticipation as a widely acclaimed national speaker will be coming March 19, 2018 for the 24th Annual Research Day in the Strode Activity Center located on the Presentation College campus in Aberdeen. Barbara Bancroft RN, MSN, PNP, is noted for her humorous, entertaining and information packed seminars. She is author of the books Medical Minutiae, An Apple a Day – the ABC’s of Diet and Disease and Live a Little, Laugh a Lot. Many people can conduct health seminars, or write books on health, but very few can make them both thoroughly informative and entertaining. Barb Bancroft makes complex health topics easily understandable, appealing and hilarious. See more about Barbara on her website http://www. barbbancroft.com/index.htm and see her on YouTube for a Barbara Bancroft demo. To register for the event please e-mail drmargie. washnok@presentation.edu. $30 Rho Xi Member, $35 Non-Members, $15 Students, $15 Webinar, RSVP by March 12, 2018. Cost includes 5.8 hr CEU’s from Montana Nurses Association Sponsorship provided by South Dakota Board of Nursing Workforce, Rho Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and Sanford Health. Marlys Volzke, District 4 President District 8/9 News Sun is shining today after way too much cloudy, windy, extremely cold weather. Hope that all of you nurses driving into work at “dark:30” haven’t had any car problems. Things feel worse when it’s black and cold outside. Our November and December meetings were full of planning for the Annual Convention. There has been some great ideas coming from the membership! We are looking forward to hosting all of you at Convention 2018. Our December meeting was at the home of Roberta Olson. Thanks to her for opening her house to us for a Christmas potluck. Details will be finalized shortly on an addition to the convention. We hope to be able to have a Nursing Poster presentation. Watch for details in the future for the actual title, requirements, prize money, etc. Our officers for 2018 remained the same after the election was completed. We have a great team! Eileen Bruner-Halverson, President, Tom Stenvig, VP, Lois Tschetter, Sec, Roberta Olson, Assistant to Pres/ Projects Manager Sincerely, Eileen Bruner-Halverson, President District 10 We are beginning the planning meetings for our annual Spring Workshop. Our last meeting was January 9 with 4 members present. It was a great time of planning and networking. From your left to right are: Taylor Rehfeldt, Marie Cissell, Julie Dangel and Vicky Buhr. We meet at CJ Calloway’s, as a rule, on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 PM. All are welcome even if you are not a member we would love to have more nurses join in the planning and networking. Respectfully submitted, Julie Dangel District 10 President District 11 District 11 has had a couple of meetings “postconvention” and have had some interesting programs. On Monday, October 30, 2017, District 11 facilitated a fundraiser for the Servant Hearts Clinic, the free clinic in Yankton at the local Pizza Ranch®. The members, as well as several local student nurses helped bus tables, etc., and collected all the tips from this busy evening. One of the managers informed me that “there are buses full of people” who had come to eat and I informed her that they were students from SDSU who were in Yankton for their psych clinical experiences at SDHSC! These student nurses contributed by eating at the Pizza Ranch after a long drive and then clinical day! One student nurse referred to eating the pizza buffet as a “a ‘win-win’ situation!” (I heartily agreed!) District 11 was able to contribute $593.38 to the Servant Heart Clinic from this evening’s activity! After the Fundraiser, we heard from Franni Kieffer, the Director of the Servant Heart Clinic, about how it is run and thanked us for the activity. We followed her presentation with our October district meeting. One important part of this month’s business was giving Sandi Isburg her award for being inducted into the SDNA Hall of Fame. Sandi Isburg, RN, MSN receiving her plaque stating her induction into the SDNA Hall of Fame. On December 5, District 11 hosted a speaker on marijuana in South Dakota, Gerry Ebel, Licensed Addictions Counselor. Gerry has a vast amount of knowledge and presently serves as the Director of Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services Outpatient and Inpatient Drug Treatment Center in the Benedictine Center on the Avera Sacred Heart Campus. Many attendees said they “learned so much” from Gerry’s presentation. During this meeting, District 11 members Christmas for the Human Services Center patients which were delivered to the hospital for distribution. Two large carloads of gifts were taken to the SDHSC Activities Center to help make the patients’ Christmas merrier. On January 30, 2018, our group will hear a presentation on the dangers of Opioid addiction at Mt Marty College in the Scholastic Learning Center. With all the media on this topic, this promises to be interesting for all! Kathy Jorgensen District 11 President WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA WORK. LIVE. PLAY. HERE. IN THE BEAUTIFUL BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA EOE/Vet/Disability Health Care Career Opportunities in RAPID CITY | CUSTER | LEAD-DEADWOOD SPEARFISH | STURGIS regionalhealth.org/careers