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ANA Maine Journal - August 2018

ANA Maine Journal - August

ANA-MAINE JOURNAL The Newsletter of the American Nurses Association–Maine Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 25,000 RNs and LPNs in Maine. Summer 2018 President’s Message "Be Kind whenever possible. It is always possible." --the 14th Dalai Lama Hello and Welcome to the Summer edition of our Nursing Journal. I hope all of you are enjoying this lovely summer season! At ANA-MAINE, we have been in continuous motion. We hoped to have a slower, easier start to summer but just as the season turned, our nation was riveted to news of human rights violations occurring at our southern border with Mexico. Reports of asylum seekers experiencing forcible separation from their children at points of entry at our southern border could not be ignored by Nurses. Our Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements, Provision 8 (ANA, 2015) calls on nurses to always act to preserve and protect human rights with particular attention to preserving the human rights of vulnerable groups such as the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the mentally ill, prisoners, refugees, women, children, and socially stigmatized groups. ANA-Maine was among the first of the state nurses associations to immediately respond to these violations via letter and social media. We reached over 1000 nurses via social media and responses are still drifting in. ANA President Pam Cipriano’s statement received national support, including appearances on CNN and local Washington DC news channels. The timing of this crisis coincided with our visit to Washington DC to attend the ANA Membership Assembly and Capitol Hill to meet with our congressional delegate. This year's Membership Assembly was attended by over 300 nurses representing 45 states. Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, was elected the first male President of ANA. ANA- Maine was amongst the states who proudly cast their vote for Ernest. The voices of the nurses were strong as they walked the hill to meet with congressional delegates to dialogue and influence healthcare and humanitarian issues. Our opinions were welcomed by each senator and congressperson as we advocated support of issues including funding for opioid abuse; gun violence research; legislative support for safe staffing; a swift response to end human rights violations at our southern borders; recognition of the increase in nurse violence with attention to #end nurse abuse campaign. ANA joined other national nurse organizations commending the passage of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a Bill that intends to attack the opioid crisis on multiple fronts including extending the prescribing authority and privileges to nurse practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Nurse Midwives to prescribe medical-assistedtreatment (MAT), Recovery and Prevention services. It is nomination time at ANA-Maine! This year, the board of directors needs to fill the secretary and three director seats. You should have received the call for nomination email by now. Please take a few minutes to nominate yourself or a colleague to share your expertise! Information may also be found on our new and improved website – www.anamaine.org ANA-ME Hosts the Eastern Seaboard Regional Executive Conference at the ANA Assembly Jean Dyer, PhD, MSN, BSN, CNE Executive Director, ANA-ME This year, ANA-Maine was pleased to host the Eastern Seaboard Regional Executive Conference (ESREC) as a component of the ANA Assembly meeting that took place from June 21-23, 2018. The conference provided meeting time for eleven states in the Eastern seaboard region of the United States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Present at the meeting were the Presidents and Executive Directors of their constituent states. The ESREC philosophy statement identifies the following: ESREC is a voluntary coalition of constituent state nurses’ associations’ leadership representatives formed to protect and enhance corporate autonomy of the ANA involved nurse associations. This regional forum provides the opportunity for leadership representatives to promote collegiality, cohesiveness, and cooperation and works to promote and protect the role of nursing and the professional association. Some of the issues on the agenda for the ESREC meeting were 1. The effect of products and website marketing strategies implemented by ANA on the effectiveness of ANA constituent states’ product sales and website marketing strategies and 2. The future direction of ESREC. ANA leadership: President Pamela Cipriano and CEO Loressa Cole addressed those present about the new vision for ANA and its partnership with the constituent states. Carol Stevens, Chair of the ANA Leadership Council also spoke. She informed the state representatives of the purpose of the Council and encouraged those interested to provide input to the Council to improve communication between ANA and the states. In addition, multiple candidates running for various offices in the ANA enterprise made themselves available to those present in a Q & A session and the end of the meeting. The state of Massachusetts will host the ESREC meeting at the 2019 ANA Assembly. current resident or Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 Index ME Medical Examiners National Recognition. .. 2 Consumers for Affordable Health Care Sigma Theta Tau adds ME Medical Center to its Charter ................... 5 Heroes Awards ....................... 3 Annual Nurses Day Tea. .................. 5 Health Care as a Right. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 ANA Issue Brief. ...................... 7-9 Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Zeta Opioid Misuse in ME. ................ 10-11 Scholarship Essays. .................... 4 An Act Regarding the Dispensing of Naloxone OMNE/ANA-ME Annual Meeting. .......... 5 Hydrochloride by Pharmacists. ........... 11