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Utah Nurse - August 2018

Utah Nurse - August

The Official Publication of the Utah Nurses Association Many Roles. One Profession. UTAH NURSE Volume 27 • Number 3 August, September, October 2018 Inside Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 33,000 RNs and LPNs in Utah. UNA's New Executive Director Liz Close, PhD, RN Page 6 The Nursing Now campaign launches Page 11 www.utnurse.org Check the UNA Website After August 1st Detailed Agendas & Registration Information The Utah Nurses Association Annual Education and Advocacy Conference is Thursday & Friday, September 27th & 28th, 2018 at the SLCC Miller Conference Center, 9750 S 300 W, Sandy, UT 84070 Legislators, in addition to healthcare policy experts, clinicians, researchers and educators attend to speak, teach and advise regarding healthcare issues of vital concern to nurses in Utah and across the nation. This is your opportunity to be inspired, to learn about innovations in nursing and make your mark on your world with your influence. Advocacy Day is September 27th! Come and prepare yourself to be a stronger advocate for your patients and for your community. www.utnurse.org The Utah Nurses Association Mission Statement: The mission of the UNA is to advocate, educate, and be a voice for all nurses in Utah both individually and as a whole by promoting and facilitating the roles and functions of nurses in all areas of employment and in all aspects of professional practice. Attention UNA Members You can now find us on Facebook. Just search Utah Nurses Association and look for the page with the UNA logo. We will be posting updates for upcoming events and information on conventions in our blog. This year’s Advocacy Day will address substance abuse, a major health issue in our state. Utah leads the country in deaths from overdoses and we, as nurses, need to learn how we can fight this growing epidemic. Advocacy Day will open with presentations by clinical content experts on best practices in addressing acute pain, chronic pain and the reality of overdoses. Speakers will join for a panel discussion exploring where nurses fit into the equation. Once we know the facts we can educate and act responsibly. The day will start with providing the opportunity to try new skills such as developing a position statement, articulating an elevator speech, writing to legislators and techniques for testifying on issues before the legislature or government departments. The afternoon schedule will include a Policy Café in which participants will examine current issues in detail and learn techniques of advocacy. What DO you do when you hear there is a public comment open for YOUR input? Come to Advocacy Day. Build your advocacy skills. We look forward to working with you. current resident or Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 Content 3 From the Editor 3 From the Membership Committee 4 Announcing the 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award for Utah 5 "Musing of Caring" Self-Reflective Moments by Nurses 6 Introducing...Liz Close, PhD, RN 7 ANA Announces National Awards Recipients 8 Career Sphere 9 Fall Prevention Resources 10 GRC Committee Reports 11 The Nursing Now campaign launches 11 Nurses on the National Front 12 Patient violence: It's not all in a day's work 14 Opportunity to Improve HIV Care in Utah