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The Oklahoma Nurse - June 2018

The Oklahoma Nurse - June

THE OKLAHOMA NURSE The Official Publication of the Oklahoma Nurses Association Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 66,000 Registered Nurses and LPNs in Oklahoma Volume 6322 • Number 2 June 2018 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE As I am writing this, winter is having a last blast despite this week being spring and Easter – an April fools on us? This week is also the historic Oklahoma Teacher Walkout. As always, it will be interesting to see the outcomes of our lobbying, discussions with lawmakers, and emphasizing the health needs of Oklahoma. Do Joyce Van Nostrand respond to the email Alerts that inform about various bills and may ask that you contact your legislators. Your nursing input can educate and definitely influence decisions! And many thanks to all those who were Nurse of the Day. Before going much further, I want to take a minute to talk about our nursing leaders and retirees. In March we learned that Katherine Adcock Choate, ONA President 1990-1994, passed away. She successfully led nursing and the Association for four years! On the flip side, a friend and I recently reconnected with a retired nurse educator whom we taught with in the late 80s. It was so rewarding to initially “catch up” and then make plans for the future. These events caused me to think about an often lost or diminished resource – our retired nurses and leaders. They still have so much to offer in terms of continued involvement and mentoring. Think about the possibilities of their potential roles in chapter building, political influence, limited taskforce work, or new leader development. I encourage you to think about your involvement with our “vintage” nurse retirees? The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Challenge (HNHN) continues. Spring is a good time to review your personal goals and realistic plan to reach those goals/sub goals. The recent HNHN Partner Newsletters introduced two new challenges. The “Put the Brakes on the Drive Thru Challenge” began on March 26. This is a 7 day challenge for you to use to assess your current habits and start substituting healthier convenience foods. The “Step It Up in 10 Challenge” for April focuses on increasing your daily step count over 10 days. Join me in adding these challenges to your HNHN review. ANA’s website,, has been redesigned and reorganized! I encourage you to explore the various headings and subheadings. For example, HNHN is under Practice and Policy. Under Education and Events, sign up for the FREE CE Webinar “Emerging Technology and its Impact on Nursing Practice” offered on May 9th during National Nurses Week. Registration closes May 8th; however, you can access it 24/7 until Dec 31. This reminds me that one of your many ANA/ONA member benefits is four free CE webinars in 2018. Have you signed up for them? Not a member? Might be a good time to change that! Check out all the headings under Membership. Just as last year was officially the HNHN year, 2018 has been named the Year of Advocacy. The theme for National Nurses Week fits well: Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence. I hope that you are celebrating your colleagues and yourself this week! Advocacy is also the focus of our 2018 Annual Convention. This is such an exciting year! Lastly, let’s talk chapters, Thanks again to the Membership Committee for developing the necessary tools linked to the ONA website. Thus far, only Green Country Chapter in Region 3 exists. Members decided to focus on education and community involvement. Their recent Opioid Conference reflected both these foci. Chapters should and will differ, depending on the chapter members and their interests. Frequency and site of meetings will also differ. So what is needed for new chapter development? You! Or rather a few nurses sharing similar interests and wanting to further network. Need help getting started? Contact ONA! There are board members, staff, and chapter members willing to work with you. Wouldn’t it be great to see new chapters in each region by convention time? Registration Now Open current resident or Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 INSIDE CEO Report. ....................... 3 Emerging Nurses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Humor Opens Nursing Spaces. ........ 5 Leadership Clutter .................. 6 Eighteen Years and What's Changed?. .. 7 2018 ONA Annual Convention. ........ 8 Nominations Open for the Annual ONA Nursing Awards. .................... 9 When Nurses Speak, Washington Listens.. 10 Membership. ..................... 11