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Maryland Nurse - August 2018

Maryland Nurse - August

The MARYLAND Nurse News and Journal The Official Publication of the Maryland Nurses Association A State Nurses Association, Representing Maryland’s Professional Nurses Since 1904. District 2 News Page 12 Volume 19 • Issue 4 August, September, October 2018 Circulation 89,000 to all Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Student Nurses in Maryland Executive Director’s Message Inside this Issue... current resident or The Retirement of an Icon Page 17 University of Maryland SON. .................. 3-5 Johns Hopkins SON News ................... 6-7 Baltimore City Community College SON . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ANA Membership Assembly. ................. 8-9 MNA 115th Annual Convention. ............. 10-11 2018 MNA Annual Awards. ...................11 District News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-13 Challenges of Long Term Care .................14 The Philippine Nurses Association of America Honors Two MD Healthcare Leaders ...........15 Nurses Week Update. .......................16 The Retirement of an Icon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 2018 Proposed Amendments to the October 2016 MNA Bylaws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Exploring Breast Cancer Risks & Deterrents to Interventions Among Women of Color ....... 18-19 Message from the Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Meet the Matchmakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Membership ........................... 22-23 Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 Greetings and Salutations! It is an honor to be addressing you as MNA’s new Executive Director. I began serving in this position on May 21, 2018 under Ed Suddath’s tutelage to ensure a smooth transition between Executive Directors. I want to personally thank Ed for his dedication and service over the past ten and a half years as MNA’s Executive Director. We will miss his Jennifer Arigo, Executive Director, MNA dedication, unparalleled work ethic, and quick-witted sense of humor and wish him all the best as he enjoys his retirement. As your Executive Director, I bring 22 years of Association management experience, the majority of which has been with leading healthcare associations in the Washington DC area, such as the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the National Medical Association (NMA), and most recently the Association of Community Cancers (ACCC). I also served as the Associate Director of Constituent Relations and the Executive Director of the Individual Membership Division for the American Nurses Association (ANA). Therefore, I am familiar with the issues that nurses face in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment and want to ensure that MNA is meeting your needs as your professional association. I am open to ideas on how we can improve our services and be your one stop shop to fulfill your needs. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions or to introduce yourself at jarigo@ or by phone at (443) 334-5110, ext. 3. I had the pleasure of attending ANA’s Membership Assembly June 22-23 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., alongside our esteemed President, Mary Kay DeMarco, PhD, RN, CNE, Immediate Past President, Kathy Ogle, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Treasurer, Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, RN, MSN, CRNP, AOCNP (R), Past President, Rosemary Mortimer, RN, MS, MSEd, CCBE, and Committee on Bylaws and Policies Chair, Linda Stierle, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. I also attended ANA’s Lobby Day on June 21st where MNA’s large constituency met with legislative office staff from Senator Chris Van Hollen (D), Senator Ben Cardin (D), and Representative John Sarbanes. We asked for their support on H.R. 6 (to provide for opioid use disorder prevention, recovery, and treatment, and for other purposes), Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (S.1109/ H.R. 959), The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 5052/S. 2446), Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 445/ H.R. 1825) and the Gun Violence Research Act (H.R. 1478). Over the next several months, my goal is to make improvements to MNA’s services and determine how we as an organization can improve upon our processes and operate as a business. One of my first recommendations to the MNA Board of Directors was to conduct our elections electronically. I have used this method with ANA’s individual membership division (IMD) elections. It was not only simple and easy to follow for the membership, but it also increased the voter participation. By selecting this innovative method, it will bring a cost savings to MNA. Elections will take place at the end of Augustearly September, so be sure to check your inbox in the coming weeks on how to cast your vote. MNA is busily preparing for its 115th Annual Convention, 2018 Year of Advocacy at the Bedside and Beyond. The convention will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Martin’s West in Baltimore, MD. We are honored to have Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, as our keynote speaker. The preliminary convention schedule is included in this edition along with the registration form. Registration is available online at MNA’s website ( I look forward to seeing each and every one of you there! SAVE THE DATE