Volume 11 | Number 3 | July 2018
Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 200,000
Registered Nurses in Ohio.
Protect Our Title
What’s inside this issue?
Safe Staffing Success!
House Bill 456 passed
the House floor with an
overwhelming number of
“Yes” votes. In addition to
the many “Yes” votes, the bill
gained many new influential
co-sponsors, now totaling
32 representatives. The bill
- which would make Ohio
the 19th state to prohibit
nurse mandatory overtime
- is another step closer to
increasing safe nurse staffing
in our state!
Where are we now?
Now the bill heads to the Senate where it will
go through a similar process as it did in the House
of Representatives. HB 456 will be assigned to
a Senate committee – most likely the Senate
Health, Human Services, & Medicaid Committee,
chaired by Senator David Burke. The committee
will hold several hearings where the bill’s sponsor,
Representative Robert Sprague, will provide
testimony to the committee of what the bill aims
to achieve. Additional hearings will be held where
proponents and opponents have the opportunity to
provide testimony on why they support or oppose HB
456. If the bill has majority support after successive
hearings, it will be voted on. Once HB 456 is
favorably voted out of the Senate Committee, it will
head to the Senate floor for a full Senate vote. If
any changes are made to the bill during the Senate
process, it will go back to the House for concurrence.
After HB 456 passes both chambers, it will be sent
to the Governor for a signature. The new law will be
filed with the Secretary of State for final enrollment
and will become effective 91 days after the filing.
Do you know an outstanding nurse?
Nominate a nurse for 100 Great Ohio Nurses!
For more information, contact Molly at 614-448-1041, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://bit.ly/100GreatOhioNurses.
The 100 Great Ohio Nurses will be featured in the April 2019 issue.
• Visit ONA’s new Ohio Nurses’ Action Center to
thank the Representatives who voted YES on
HB 456 – https://p2a.co/s4KjTLl
• Send in a testimonial for how the passage of
HB 456 will change your life by visiting ONA’s
Staffing page – www.ohnurses.org/staffing
• Attend ONA’s Advocacy Academy to learn
about how to advocate for patients and our
profession. Get trained as a Legislative
Ambassador and connect with legislators
at the grassroots level to speak up for safe,
quality care! Contact Lisa Walker at lwalker@
ohnurses.org if interested.
Tiffany Bukoffsky, BSN, RN, Director of Health
policy and Nursing practice for the Ohio Nurses
Association. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from
Ohio University, a Bachelor of Science degree in
Nursing from Mt. Carmel and is currently working on
her Executive Master of Health Administration from
The George Washington University. She has presented
at numerous conferences including, the National
Art Education Association Conference, the Ohio Art
Education Association Conference, the Wyoming
Nurses Association 2016 Nurses Day at the Legislature,
the ANA Capitol Hill Day, as well as many ONA
events. Tiffany worked as a legislative intern for State
Representative Michael Stinziano on healthcare-related
bill proposals. She has given multiple presentations
to nursing students and nurses across the state on
the legislative process, current legislation that effects
nursing, how to be a successful advocate for nursing,
the Affordable Care Act and Insurance Marketplace,
using social media to effectively communicate with
legislators and a slew of Category A presentations.
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Inside this Issue
Message from ONF Chair ............... 3
The Nurse Wellness Conference .......... 5
Protect Our Title...................... 4
Is This Education Legit? How to Find
Get Your Nursing License Plate!........... 4
Quality Continuing Education........... 6
Join ONA Online or From Your Phone....... 5
Get More at CE4Nurses................. 6
Member Benefits ..................... 7
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MESSAGE FROM ONF CHAIR
As I made the three hour
drive home from the Nurses
Choice Luncheon on April
27th, I had time to reflect on
The morning was spent
bidding on auction items,
visiting the poster sessions
and enjoying time to catch up
with colleagues. Some of us
laughed about the fact that we
are now the “oldsters” and how
good it was to see so many
new faces at the event. I don’t
know where the years have gone.
The noon hour brought more networking over
lunch and then the introduction of the keynote
speaker. I must admit I am not a huge fan of
motivational speakers but I thought Amy Dee
knocked it out of the park. Her humor and contagious
laugh lightened up a very important message,
brought to us by Wayne Dyer, “if you change the way
you look at things, the things you look at change.”
For me, however, the highlight of the day was
Davina Gosnell receiving the Gingy Harshey-Meade
award for leadership. No one is more deserving of
this recognition than Davina. Davina is a nurse (first
and foremost), an educator, administrator and leader
who has consistently supported ONA and ONF. I
think the terms “role model” and “mentor” frequently
get used too often but not always appropriately. But
in this case, both descriptors fit.
For those who’ve admired her from afar, Davina
has certainly been a role model. For those who
have been fortunate enough to have had a closer
relationship with Davina, she’s been a guide, a
counselor and an advisor. Dyer’s quote again comes
to mind. Davina is someone who has always been
able to keep things in perspective and remain humble
and giving of her time, talent and resources.
The program concluded with the presentation of
the scholarships and funding for nursing research.
I was fortunate to meet the recipients. I would say
each and every one was passionate about being a
nurse and so very grateful to ONF for the financial
support they provided.
Whether you were there to celebrate and witness
firsthand the difference ONF makes or not, it’s never
too late to make a gift to ONF. In closing, I ask you
to spend some time reflecting on the way you look at
things and perhaps the things you look at will change.
The Ohio Nurses Foundation will be meeting
in late June to determine our strategic agenda for
the coming year. If you have ideas about how we
can enhance our annual celebration of nurses and
nursing, please email and let us know. Before I close,
I want to thank the staff, especially Molly Homan, for
all of the time and effort put into planning the event.
As soon as we select the date for next year’s Nurses
Choice luncheon, we will announce it so you can
mark your calendar.
Appointed in 2001, Dr. Susan Stocker is the
Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of Kent State
University at Ashtabula. She holds the rank of
Associate Professor at Kent State University and is
the longest standing dean at Kent State University.
In addition to her duties on the Ashtabula Campus,
Stocker currently serves as the Interim Dean and
Chief Administrative Officer of Kent State University
at Geauga, located in Burton, Ohio, and Kent State’s
Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg.
Stocker led the capital campaign that raised $6
million dollars locally to help finance the Robert S.
Morrison Health and Science Building (now Robert
S. Morrison Hall). The state-of-the-art learning facility
opened its doors to students in August 2009.
During her career as a registered nurse and
educator, Stocker has served in a number of
leadership capacities. She served as the President
of the Ohio Nurses Association from 1997-2001 and
was appointed to the Ashtabula County Medical
Center Board of Trustees where she is currently the
Susan Stocker was also acknowledged as the
2016 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of
her contributions to the field of nursing and nursing
• PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State
• MSN, Nursing, Case Western Reserve
• BSN, Nursing, Villa Maria College
• AAS, Nursing, Kent State University at Ashtabula
• AAS, Medical Laboratory Technology, Trocaire
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House Bill 501 Aims to Change Vet Tech to Vet Nurse.
Tell Legislators this is Unacceptable – We Must Protect Our Title.
ONA provided comment and gave opponent
testimony to the House Agriculture and Rural
Development Committee about House Bill 501 - a bill
that wants to change the title Veterinary Technician
to Veterinary Nurse.
ONA argued that the term nurse is legally
defined as caring for humans, and that no other
person or profession may insinuate they practice as
Our testimony delayed the committee vote, which
means we need to act now. The chair and committee
need educated on why we cannot allow other
professions to adopt “nurse,” and they need to hear
Our title of ‘nurse’ is in danger of being
diluted. We must show that this is NOT OK with
While we support Veterinary Technicians’ desire to
enhance their training and skills, we do NOT support
their adoption of the word nurse. Take action today!
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Is This Education Legit? How to Find Quality Continuing Education
Jessica Dzubak, BSN, RN
As nurses, we know that education will always be a
part of our lives. But not all education is created equal.
Education is what moves us forward, as both a
profession and as professionals. It is critically important
that healthcare professionals remain current with
trends, research, and patient safety initiatives. Without
receiving quality education, nurses cannot practice
to the best of their ability. Such a high emphasis is
placed on attending the best, accredited nursing
schools, but what about after the NCLEX? Professional
development and education is just as important, if not
more important, than pre-licensure courses.
So where does Continuing Education, CE, come
• Approvers and Providers. When you take
a class or attend a conference, you should
feel confident you are receiving the best
information available. The CE department at
ONA is accredited as both an approver and
provider of CE by ANCC, or American Nurses
Credentialing Center. ANCC is the premier
international accreditation body for continuing
nursing education. ANCC is part of the ANA
enterprise in Washington, DC (where ONA’s
own Joe Hauser now works!).
As an approver, we review individual CE
applications from around the world. We also
review and approve organizations wishing to
be approved as provider units, giving them the
ability to plan and implement their own activities
for a three-year period under our guidance.
We have a CE Council of dedicated volunteers
who assist us with these detailed reviews. Our
passion is ensuring that Ohio’s nurses, and other
nurses throughout the country and the world are
receiving the quality education they deserve.
As a provider, ONA creates and presents CE
conferences, events, independent studies, and
webinars, just to name a few. ONA has gone
through the application process with ANCC
and been accredited to award contact hours
to participants for activities that have been
designed using evidence-based criteria (which
all of ours are!).
What should you look for in CE?
• Is the provider accredited or approved to offer
the activity? Well, what’s accreditation besides
a big word? There is actually a lot of behind
the scenes work involved in creating continuing
nursing and medical education. There are
entire organizations, groups, and committees
that work diligently to ensure the education that
is being put out there is, well, legit. There are
certain criteria that must be followed for the
provider of the education to be accredited or
approved within the ANCC system. This means
that the education you are receiving is of the
highest quality, is guided by a qualified nurse
planner, and is based on the most current,
accurate, and evidence-based information.
So how do you know if your educational
provider is accredited or approved? Check
your disclosures. If the approver and/
or provider is accredited, there will be a
statement on advertising materials for the
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individuals for the Director of the Nursing Program.
Master’s Degree in Nursing required with at least five years of experience in the
practice of nursing as a registered nurse, two of which have been as a faculty member
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daily divisional operations, budget management and program coordination desired.
Demonstrated leadership skills desired.
For more information, please visit http://www.terra.edu/jobs
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activity. Additionally, there should be several
disclosures provided to you in written form prior
to the education starting. These disclosures
should inform learners of things like conflict of
interest, criteria to receive contact hours, and
the appropriate approval statement.
• What does accreditation look at? A lot of
factors go into a CE activity. Identifying specific
opportunities for practice improvement,
sharing of best practices, use of current and
professional references, presentations by
qualified, unbiased presenters and content
experts, and absence of promotion are all
important factors that activity planners will
consider. Approvers worry about things like
conflict of interest and commercial support, so
that you as the learner don’t have to!
• It’s not just about the contact hours. The
medical field is always changing. The purpose
of continuing education is to keep us apprised
of what the latest and greatest evidence
is. Without education, how do we grow as
healthcare providers? It isn’t just about having
a collection of certificates, but about gaining the
knowledge that develops you as a professional.
• Outcomes, not just objectives. Quality,
approved continuing education activities must
have a learning outcome. This outcome is the
“out the door” goal you as the educator want
your learners to know or be able to do. Having
a realistic and measurable outcome is a way
to evaluate the effectiveness of the activity.
It’s not enough to just present great content,
but educators need to know if learning actually
occurred! Education has come a long way from
lengthy PowerPoint presentations and lectures.
With modern technology, there are plenty
of exciting ways to engage learners and all
educators should be taking advantage of them.
• The world of nursing education and professional
development is growing. Nursing professional
development is a specialty practice, with
certification available. For more info, visit
the Association for Nursing Professional
Development at www.anpd.org.
Meet your new CE Team
Director of Continuing Education,
Kelli Schweitzer, MSN, RN
Nurse Planner, Jessica Dzubak, BSN, RN
CE Specialist, Sandy Swearingen
Jessica is a Nurse Planner with ONA and former
emergency nurse. She is a freelance writer for
various media outlets including American Nurse
Today and Nurse Guidance. Jessica is a graduate
of Ohio University and is currently in the graduate
nursing program at Capella University.
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