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Nebraska Nurse - June 2018

Nebraska Nurse - June

Nebraska Nurse Sent to all Nebraska Nurses courtesy of the Nebraska Nurses Foundation in partnership with the Nebraska Nurses Association Quarterly circulation approximately 34,000 to all RNs, LPNs, and Student Nurses in Nebraska. Volume 51 • No. 2 June, July, August 2018 Nebraska Nurses Association Events Page 4 FEATURE ARTICLE President’s Column When Nurses Speak, Washington Listens Page 10 Page 5 In This Issue Inside the NNA NNA Omaha Metro Nurses’ Seeking Volunteers ... 2 NNA’s Director of State Affairs ................3 Nebraska Nurses Association Events. ...........4 Save the Date: Nebraska Nurses Charting the Future. ......................5 Nebraska Nurses Foundation 2019 NNF Project Grants Announced ...........7 Celebrate Nursing – Praise a Nurse Today!. .......8 Affiliate Organization News Nebraska Nurse Practitioners Update ...........9 American Nurses Association When Nurses Speak, Washington Listens ....... 10 ANA’s Case for Evidence-Based Nursing Staffing. .. 12 Anna Mackevicius, BSN, RN, PMP National Nurses Week begins annually on May 6 ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These are permanent dates that facilitate planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. Also in 1998, May 8 was designated National Student Nurses Day and since 2003, National School Nurse Day Anna Mackevicius is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year. In Nebraska, the NNA celebrated through a number of events across the state beginning in late April: Region 1 The Scottsbluff Area Mutual Interest Group along with the Panhandle AHEC and Regional West Hospital celebrated Nurses Week with a presentation, “Nurses Advocating from Everywhere.” The presenation was offered to nurses at two times, both were well attended. The Panhandle AHEC provided fun door prizes and Regional West provided refreshments and also hosted the fun event. Region 2 The Lincoln Area Mutual Interest Group held the Annual Celebrate Nursing event that included a poster presentation, dinner, and speakers on April 23. Area educators select the Celebrate Nursing for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their EBP projects or research. Speakers for the evening included Rita Hill, MSN, RN; Shelly Amsberry, MSN, RN; Molly Goodman, MSN, RN; and Farrah Rosentreader, MSN, RN. Many thanks to Lina Bostwick (MIG Chair), Jodi Nelson, Tonya Maloy, Linda Hardy, Jan Tubbs, and Christie Campbell Grossman for organizing this great event. Region 4 The Omaha Metro Area MIG hosted the annual Celebrate Nursing! Breakfast and Positive Image of Nursing awards on April 28. More than 120 nurses were honored at the breakfast. Linda Lazure PhD, RN – recent NNA Hall of Fame inductee – spoke to the group of about 200 attendees on her legacy as an ANA/NNA member. This event was organized by NNA member and Omaha MIG Chair Terry Anderson – thank you Terry! Look for information and pictures from these events in our next issue. Below is a bit of history of National Nurses Day/Week: 1953: Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made. 1954: “National Nurse Week” was observed from October 11–16. The year of the observance marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Representative Frances P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. A bill for a “National Nurse Week” was introduced in the 1955 Congress, but no action was taken. Congress discontinued its practice of joint resolutions for national weeks of various kinds. 1972: Again a resolution was presented by the House of Representatives for the President to proclaim “National Registered Nurse Day.” It did not occur. President’s Column continued on page 5 current resident or Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Princeton, MN Permit No. 14