Ohio Nurse - July 2018


Volume 11 | Number 3 | July 2018

Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 200,000

Registered Nurses in Ohio.

Protect Our Title

Page 4

What’s inside this issue?


Page 5

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!

Tiffany Bukoffsky,


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, mhoman@ohnurses.org

or visit http://bit.ly/100GreatOhioNurses​.

The 100 Great Ohio Nurses will be featured in the April 2019 issue.

Take action:

• 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

#ShareYourStory...................... 5

Member Benefits ..................... 7

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are not intended as legal or medical advice

and should not be used in lieu of such advice.

For specific legal advice, readers should

contact their legal counsel.

2017-2019 Ohio Nurses Foundation

Board of Directors


Susan Stocker


Shelly Malberti


Janet Timmons


Joyce Powell


Davina Gosnell

Judith Kimchi-Woods

Nancy McManus

Barbara Welch

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As I made the three hour

drive home from the Nurses

Choice Luncheon on April

27th, I had time to reflect on

the event.

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.

Susan Stocker,

ONF Chair

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



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• MSN, Nursing, Case Western Reserve


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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

a nurse.

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

from you.

Our title of ‘nurse’ is in danger of being

diluted. We must show that this is NOT OK with

Ohio’s nurses.

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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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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