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DEDICATION

The 2018 ASNA Annual Convention and House of Delegates is

dedicated to Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler

The 2018 Annual ASNA Convention is dedicated to Dr.

Bobbie Holt-Ragler. Dr. Holt-Ragler, or Bobbie as many

of us affectionately know her, has been a member of

the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) and

Mobile County Nurses Society since 1992. She has held

the position of Treasurer at both the local and state

level and is in her 10th year participating as a delegate

representing her district at ASNA Annual Conventions.

Her accolades include numerous awards for excellence

as a student, nurse, mentor, and leader. Bobbie has

been recognized by her peers in nursing many times

including the Lillian Holland Harvey Award, Sigma

Theta Tau President’s Award for Outstanding Service,

Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship, and the

Lillian B. Smith Award. In 1996 she wrote and produced

the American Nurses Association’s Convention and

Centennial Celebration Theme Song “A Nurse’s Tribute.”

Phillipians 2:4 states, Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of

others. Bobbie lives this verse daily. She is a member of the Greater Allenville A.O.H. in Whistler,

Alabama where she is involved in the ministry of music and Sunday School.

Her servant’s heart shows through in her community work in programs to bring recognition

and an end to domestic violence, advocating for the USA Center of Excellence for Healthy

Communities to eliminate health disparities, the American Cancer Society and American Heart

Association, and coaching elders at local libraries through the Matter of Balance program.

It is with great respect and affection we the nurses of the Alabama State Nurses Association

dedicate this 105th ASNA Annual Convention to Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler.

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SPONSORS

Auburn University School of Nursing – Platinum Sponsor *Keynote Address

Alacare Home Health & Hospice – Gold Sponsor *Awards Luncheon

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. – Gold Sponsor *Al Fresco Celebration Dinner

Tenet Healthcare – Gold Sponsor *Auction

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia – Bronze Sponsor *Board of Nursing Plenary

ASNA District 5 – *Opening Plenary

Association of Nigerians Montgomery – *Poster Sponsor

Southeast Health – *2018 Convention Bag Sponsor

EXHIBITORS

Air Methods, Inc.

Alabama Health Action Coalition

Alabama Organ Center

Auburn University at Montgomery

Chamberlain University

Children’s of Alabama

DCH Health System

Gideons International

Healthcare Learning Innovations

Tenet Healthcare

The Porter Agency of Farmers Insurance

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Troy University

UAB Medicine

USG eMajor/Columbus State University

Wexford Health Services

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ASNA’s 2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION

Contents

Sponsors and Exhibitors

________________________________________________________________________________________3

Welcome

_______________________________________________________________________________________ 11

General Information

_______________________________________________________________________________________ 15

Convention Agenda

_______________________________________________________________________________________ 19

Resolutions

_______________________________________________________________________________________20

Meet the Candidates

_______________________________________________________________________________________27

Parliamentary Information

_______________________________________________________________________________________35

Annual Reports

_______________________________________________________________________________________39

District Boundaries & Map

_______________________________________________________________________________________79

ASNA Bylaws

_______________________________________________________________________________________80

Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel - Map

_______________________________________________________________________________________96

ASNA Strategic Plan

_______________________________________________________________________________________97

Willing to Serve Form

______________________________________________________________________________________103

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Welcome Message from the President

Rebecca Huie, DNP, RN, ACNP, VHA-CM

Greetings Alabama Nurses! Welcome to the 2018 ASNA Annual Convention in Opelika, Alabama!

Our theme this year is “Caring for Others, Caring for Self.” As nurses, we are excellent at caring for

others. This comes natural to us but caring for ourselves may not be as easy. I struggle with work-life

balance and self-care. As seasons change in our lives; work, job, or family obligations may take away

time that we would normally dedicate to self-care. We work in a high stress environment, and stress can

increase cortisol levels and potentially lead to weight gain, fatigue, or other health issues. We will have

a health-conscious theme throughout the convention, so we hope this convention will be enjoyable and

invigorating for you. There are many fun activities planned. Make sure to visit the exhibits and the poster

presentations. We want to support vendors that help to make this convention a success, and the nurses

that take time to develop posters and share information with other nurses across the state. The most

valuable thing that I get out of the ASNA Annual Convention is the opportunity to network with nurses in

various healthcare settings and share ideas and knowledge. As nurses, we are life long learners and this

convention is a great opportunity to obtain knowledge and make new friends.

Each year, ASNA supports a community service project from the local area. This year, we will be taking

donations to support the ‘House of Ruth,’ which is a grass roots, non-profit organization that provides

temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We will be accepting donations

for the duration of the convention. This list is posted on our website and you can get information at the

registration desk.

We are extremely excited to have Governor Kay Ivey as a Keynote Speaker during the awards luncheon.

ASNA appreciates the Governor’s support of the nursing profession! A special ‘Thank you’ to Denise

Beadle, Chair of the Convention Planning Committee, ASNA Staff, and all members of this committee for

the hard work in making this convention possible.

On a bittersweet note, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for serving as your ASNA President for the

past two years. This has been such a wonderful experience to serve in this capacity and I will never forget

the overwhelming support that I have received from the ASNA staff and my close colleagues. Thank you

to all Alabama Nurses for all that you do to promote excellence in the most trusted profession. Enjoy the

convention!

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ASNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers

President ..................................................Rebecca Huie, DNP, ACNP

President Elect ..............................................Sarah Wilkinson, DNP, RN

Vice President ...................................Linda Gibson-Young, PHD, CRNP, FAANP

Secretary ................................................Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC

Treasurer .............................................. Wanda Spillers, DNP, RN, CCM

District Presidents

District 1 ................................................Donna Everette, MSN, BS, RN

District 2 .............................................. Jackie Williams, DNP, MSN, RN

District 3 ............................................... Debbie Litton, DNP, RN, MBA

District 4 ..............................................Jacqueline Smith, EdD, MSN, RN

District 5 ..............................................J. Wade Forehand, DNP, RN-BC

Commission on Professional Issues ............................Erica Elkins-Little, DNP, RN, Chair

Parliamentarian ....................................................Sue Morgan, PhD, RN

ASNA HEADQUARTERS STAFF

Executive Director ..........................................Dr. John C. Ziegler, MA, D. MIN

Director Leadership Services ................................. Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC

Continuing Education Coordinator .................................Katie Drake Speer, MSN, RN

Programs and Structural Unit Coordinator ................................April Bishop, BS, ASIT

Attorney ....................................................... Don Eddins, BS, MS, JD

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WELCOME TO ASNA CONVENTION 2018!

NURSES: Caring for others, caring for self

District 5 would like to welcome each of you to Convention 2018, held this year at the beautiful Grand

National Resort in Opelika! We have lined up an array of speakers, informative meetings, an exciting

live auction and other fun events, as well as delicious food to enjoy while you are here. Our community

project for District Five is the House of Ruth, and we elected to bring this forward as our service project

for this year’s convention. For the donations we have received, THANK YOU! Your selflessness in giving

brings hope and help to those in need.

As your Convention Chair, let me tell you … what a job! Bringing an event of this magnitude together in a

cohesive fashion is in no way the work of one person, but MANY. For my convention committee members

– thank you for your willingness to pitch in and make sure things are done. For my District 5 President (Dr.

Wade Forehand) and Vice-President (Dr. Linda Gibson-Young), thank you for your suggestions, prompting,

and support. Thank you seems pitifully inadequate. For the ASNA staff – Charlene, John, and April –

your support and endless ideas have made this task far lighter than it could be. To those not mentioned

by name, please know that I appreciate each one of you. No (wo)man is an island, and this convention

reflects the attention to detail, concern for others, and yes – the love – that each of you show every day in

what you do. Again, many thanks, and remember this:

You cannot fill from an empty cup. Taking time for yourself is not selfish, it gives you the ability and

strength to do the selfless work that you do. Take time for, and take care of, YOU.

Enjoy the convention!

Denise Beadle, BSN, RN

President-Elect, District 5

Convention Chair 2018

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ALABAMA STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS

1913-2018

1913 Miss Linna Denny

1915 Miss Margaret Hutton

1916 Miss LeMoyne Phares

1917 Miss Helen MacLean

1919 Miss Mary Denman

1920 Miss Eunice Ward

1921 Miss Eloise Schlund

1922 Miss Elizabeth LaForge

1923 Miss Bertha Clements

1924 Miss Margaret Murphy

1925 Miss Annie Mae Beddow

1930 Miss Mattie Houston

1932 Mrs. Opan C. Spiva

1933 Miss Annice Jackson

1935 Miss Celestine Pratt

1936 Mrs. Ossie Gannaway

1938 Mrs. Agnes Steele

1939 Miss Violet Marshall

1941 Miss Grace Holtzclaw

1943 Mrs. Ione Champlain

1945 Miss Pearl Barclay

1947 Miss Pearl Davis

1948 Miss Catherine Corley

1951 Mrs. Dorothy Britt

1952 Mrs. Kathryn Crossland

1956 Ms. Anne Meyer

1960 Dean Florence Hixon

1964 Miss Ann Flynn

1968 Mrs. Thelma Mitchell

1972 Sister Almeda Golson

1974 Dr. Margaret Milsap

1976 Ms. Linda Rubin

1978 Ms. Cynthia Rector

1980 Ms. Gwen Mitchell

1982 Dr. Rosemary Adams

1983 Ms. Martha Hearn

1984 Dr. Mable Lamb

1985 Dr. Norma Mobley

1986 Ms. Murlene Sides

1987 Dr. Janet Awtrey

1989 Dr. Norma Ferguson

1991 Ms. Joyce Chappelear

1993 Ms. Cynthia Jolley

1995 Dr. Juanzetta Flowers

1997 Ms. Ruth Harrell

1999 Ms. Charlotte Wynn

2001 Ms. Ruth Harrell

2003 Dr. Juanzetta Flowers

2005 Ms. Janet Donoghue

2007 Dr. Ruby Morrison

2009 Dr. Debbie Faulk

2011 Dr. Joyce Varner

2013 Dr. Arlene Morris

2015 Mr. Brian Buchmann

2017 Dr. Rebecca Huie

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CONVENTION GOALS/Outcome Measures

1. Explore at least two methods that nurses can utilize to be more proactive in the community at large.

2. Examine research conducted by Alabama nurses that can make a positive change in health care for

Alabama citizens.

3. Network with colleagues and exchange ideas that can improve your own practice of nursing.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CONVENTION

Additional Tickets for Events: Additional tickets for events will be available through pre-registration. Only

a limited number of tickets for these events will be available at the Convention site. PLEASE SUPPORT

THE CONVENTION BY ATTENDING PLANNED FUNCTIONS.

Room Changes: Room changes may be necessary! Any changes will be announced at the business

meetings and/or posted.

Breaks: We have several planned breaks. Some of these will be sponsored and recognition is printed in

the program and will be given at the break.

We will have the Awards Luncheon Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Continuing Education:

Thursday, October 4

4.5 ANCC

5.4 ABN

Friday, October 5

6.5 ANCC

7.8 ABN

Saturday, October 6 (Mabel Lamb Day)

4.5 ANCC

5.4 ABN

Pharmacology Hours Saturday, October 6

Tract I - Clinical Focus - 1.0

Tract 2 - Pharmacology - 5.4

Alabama State Nurses Association is an Approver Provider of Continuing Education in Nursing by the Mississippi

Nurses Foundation, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on

Accreditation.

Alabama Board of Nursing Provider Number ABN P0002 (valid until April 6, 2021)

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• BSN to DNP

• Post Graduate

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• Subspecialty options available

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University of South Alabama

High quality programs

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ASNA Annual Convention Disclosures

1. Attendees are expected to attend at least 90% of each session to receive continuing nursing education

credit for that session.

2. Attendees will be expected to evaluate at least ten (10) Posters to receive continuing nursing education

credit as follows: Convention Posters, Friday, October 2018 during exhibit times and lunch

3. All sessions will be evaluated separately on the ASNA web site. Deadline for evaluations will be

midnight, November 15, 2018

4. Certificates of Attendance will be generated electronically immediately following the completion of the

evaluation.

5. Nursing licensees will not be scanned. ASNA will place contact hours on the Board of Nursing

transcript based on sessions evaluated, no later than November 30, 2018.

6. All presenters and planners of the convention declare no conflict of interests. Presenters’ employment

settings will be announced at the start of each session.

7. The presence of products in the exhibit area does not imply endorsement by ASNA or ANCC.

8. ASNA has received no commercial support for this conference.

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Registration – Pre Function Area

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018

Opening Plenary: Dr. Amith Skandhan, “Importance of Self Care for Nurses” – Ampitheater

House Of Delegates (Session 1) – Ampitheater

Awards Luncheon Featuring Governor Kay Ivey – Grand National Ball Room

Plenary Session: Peggy Benson, MSN, RN, Executive Officer Alabama Board of Nursing,

“Board of Nursing Update” – Ampitheater

House of Delegates (Session 2) – Ampitheater

Network Time

Dinner and Auction – Grand National Ball Room

Breakfast – Grand National Ball Room

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018

Polls, Pick Up Auction Items – Polls – Grand National Ball Room/Auction Pickup Meeting Room I

Key Note Address, Dr. Terri Poe, “A Personal Leadership Journey” – Ampitheater

Exhibitors, Posters, Lunch – Grand National Ball Room

Leadership Academy Presentations – Ampitheater

House of Delegates (Session 3) – Ampitheater

Network Time

An Al Fresco Celebration Supper – Patio

Registration – Pre Function Area

Breakfast – Camellia

ASNA BOD Meeting – Meeting Room I

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018

MABLE LAMB CONTINUING EDUCATION DAY

Tract 1 – Clinical Focus – Grand National Ball Room

• Mass Causalities, Cynthia G. Berry, DNP, RN, CNE, COI

(Case Study from Field to Hospital)

• Behavioral Health Panel, Tuskegee University Nursing Faculty

(Opioids, Autism, Suicide, and Bullying)

• Ethics at the End of Life, Christy Daffron, DNP, RN

• Pathophysiology Applied at the Bedside, Tuskegee University Nursing Faculty

(Interpretation of Common Laboratory Tests and Chest Tubes: set up to maintenance)

Tract 2 – Pharmacology – Grand National Ball Room

• New Drugs, Drug Recalls & Adjusting to Constant Change,

Felicia Scott-Strickland, Phar. D.

• Pediatric Emergency Drugs and Special Needs of Children,

Tedra Smith, DNP, CRNP-PC, CNE

• Neonatal Pain Management and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS),

Mary Beth Bodin, DNP, RN

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RESOLUTIONS

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Improving the Physical and Mental Health Needs in

Alabama Prisons and Detention Centers

WHEREAS, Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) promotes quality health care as a human right for

all; and

WHEREAS, it is well known Alabama prisons are overcrowded and that mental health care for inmates has

been under the scrutiny of the Federal Court; and

WHEREAS, there is a separate population of incarcerated persons in Alabama, namely, immigrant

detainees under the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and

WHEREAS, it is of great concern to the nursing community that incarcerated persons under all jurisdictions

within the state have fair and humane access to quality healthcare; and

WHEREAS, it is disconcerting to hear reports of alleged lack of access to families and friends, lack of

interpreters, lack of outdoor recreation or access to fresh air and sunlight, inadequate physical and mental

health care, inadequate nutrition, sanitation, clean clothing and clean-living conditions; and

WHEREAS, ASNA supports efforts underway to improve healthcare for inmates, we also recognize that

lack of funding and resources inhibit the implementation of higher standards of care; be it therefore

RESOLVED, that ASNA monitor public information about healthcare conditions/services for incarcerated/

detained individuals in Alabama and use ASNA media to increase awareness of these issues in the nursing

community; and be it further

RESOLVED, that ASNA will seek to participate in forums, discussions and/or policy making committees

to advocate for improvements in the provision of quality physical and mental health care for men and

women in Alabama jails, prisons and detention centers.

Submitted by: Ethics and Human Rights Committee, Rosemarie Juergensen, RN, MSN and Bonnie Rausch,

RN, BSN, Co-Chairs

References:

Cason, Mike (2017). Alabama Prisons - State: Double mental health staff. Huntsville Times, Oct. 11, 2017. A1 and A6

Moench, Mallory (2018) Gadsden “black hole” for deportation cases. Inmates can languish in jail for years.

Huntsville Times, May 9, 2018. A3 LOCAL+ REGION – ETOWAH COUNTY

https://thebea.st/2sSLzlV?source=email&via=mobile

https://www.schr.org/files/post/files/HaleCountyAL.PDF

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Healthy Nurse Awareness Initiative

WHEREAS, the American Nurses Association (ANA) defines a healthy nurse as “one who actively focuses

on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual,

personal, and professional wellbeing” (ANA, n.d.a), and

WHEREAS, nurses are less healthy than the average American. Nurses are more likely to be overweight,

have higher levels of stress, and get less sleep (ANA, n.d.b), and

WHEREAS, nurses are role models for their patients, colleagues, families, and neighbors (ANA, n.d.b),

therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Commission on Professional Issues (COPI) committee will design Healthy Nurse

posters on the physical and psychosocial/mental health of the nurse; and be it further

RESOLVED, the COPI committee will write an article that the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA)

will publish in The Alabama Nurse to provide awareness of the issue, encourage nursing facilities across

the state to print and display Healthy Nurse posters, and supply a link to download and print Healthy

Nurse posters; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the ASNA will encourage each district to provide education regarding the healthy nurse

and each district would choose one physical and one psychosocial/mental health initiative to focus on for

the year.

Submitted by: COPI- Dr Erica Elkins-Little, Chair

References

American Nurses Association. (n.d.a). Healthy nurse, healthy nation. Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/

practice-policy/work-environment/health-safety/healthy-nurse-healthy-nation/

American Nurses Association. (n.d.b). What is the healthy nurse, healthy nation grand challenge? Retrieved from

http://www.healthynursehealthynation.org/

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Supporting Student Resilience in the

Nursing Classroom

Proposed by: Abby Grammer Horton, MSN, RN and Arlene Morris, MSN, Ed.D, RN

WHEREAS, the Alabama State Nurses Association has been among the first to respond to needs of our

nation through increasing awareness of nursing education needs and advocating for schools of nursing,

and

WHEREAS, national data trends reflect a growing concern on many college campuses about students’

ability to “bounce back” after difficult experiences and disappointments, and

WHEREAS, growing numbers of undergraduate nursing students and faculty (nearly 62%) report

experiencing academic incivility, and

WHEREAS, exposure to incivility may lead to a decrease in student participation in the classroom resulting

in failure, poor attrition, stress, anxiety, depression, and lack of self-esteem, and

WHEREAS, incivility which begins in the classroom has been shown to more frequently result in

professional nurses who are “uncivil,” which has been shown to contribute to nurse burnout and poor

patient outcomes; and

WHEREAS, ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements states that nurses are required

to “create an ethical environment and culture of civility and kindness, treating colleagues, co-workers,

employees, students, and others with dignity and respect,” and

WHEREAS, ANA states, “Best practice strategies based on evidence must be implemented to prevent

and mitigate incivility, bullying, and workplace violence; to promote the health, safety, and wellness of

registered nurses; and to ensure optimal outcomes across the health care continuum,” therefore may it be

RESOLVED, that the Alabama State Nurses Association advocates a course of action to institute a zerotolerance

policy on incivility within nursing and nursing education, through methods such as development

of a position paper with a follow-up article in The Alabama Nurse; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Alabama State Nurses Association advocates a course of action to develop, promote,

and implement teaching strategies through methods such as establishing a task force, perhaps inviting

representatives from other nursing association involved in nursing education (e. g. ACAPNEP, Alabama

League of Nurses, etc.). Strategies to be developed include those:

1.) that can be used to support student resilience while keeping academic standards high,

2.) that can be adopted into existing course assignments and classroom environments, as well as

within programs, departments, and institutions to effectively prepare students to be competent,

resilient, innovative problem-solvers.

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globalassets/docs/ana/ana-call-to-action--exploring-moral-resilience-final.pdf

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students fare? Session presented at the annual conference on the First-Year Experience of the National Resource

Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, San Antonio, TX.

Michael, K. D., Huelsman, T. J., Gerard, C., Gilligan, T. M., & Gustafson, M. R. (2006). Depression among college

students: Trends in prevalence and treatment seeking. Counseling and Clinical Psychology Journal, 3(2), 60-70.

Padgett, R. D., Johnson, M. P., & Pascarella, E. T. (2012). First-generation undergraduate students and the impacts of

the first year of college: Additional evidence. Journal of College Student Development, 53(2), 243-266.

Turner, J. E., & Husman, J. (2008). Emotional and cognitive self-regulation following academic shame. Journal of

Advanced Academics, 20(1), 138-173.

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MEET THE

CANDIDATES

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NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Alabama State Nurses Association’s (ASNA) nomination and election of Officers shall be conducted in

accordance with the current issue of Robert’s Rules of Order during the official meeting of the ASNA

House of Delegates (HOD).

1. NOMINATIONS

A. Nominations Committee

a. Nominations from the Nominations Committee shall be accomplished according to ASNA

Bylaws.

B. Nominations from the floor of the HOD shall be accomplished according to the current issue of

Robert’s Rules of Order.

2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

A. Elections will be by secret ballot.

B. Only credentialed delegates will be allowed to vote at the ASNA Convention. See ASNA website

(alabamanurses.org) under members only section for convention information.

COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

Abby Horton, MSN, RN

Dist: 2

Views of the Issues: Many complex issues are facing nurses, today. Among these issues

are the impact of the ACA implementation, scope of practice concerns for NPs, safety

standards, patient ratios/acuity levels, and much more. As a nurse educator, I see the

intersectionality of these issues first hand and how it impacts future nurses. It would be

privilege to serve on this committee!

Mary Walker, RN

Dist: 5

Views of the Issues: Long working hours and nurse to patient ratio. If elected to this

position I will work diligently to have laws put in place to prevent nurses from working

consecutive hours which leads to fatigue and possibly patient harm. I will also work

to ensure that the nurse to patient ratio would be one to four which would ensure that

the patient is receiving adequate care. This would allow the nurse to focus labs, patient’s response to

medications and educate the patient on their disease process. This could decrease readmissions and help

the patient to have a better quality of life.

Diane Young, MSN, RN

Dist: 5

Views of the Issues: I believe two of the most important issues are transition into practice

and retention. As a nurse educator, I receive feedback from former students who describe

feeling rushed into practice. Collaboration between academia and clinical practice is

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important in smoothing the transition and increasing nurse retention. With an aging nurse population,

finding ways to retain new nurses is vitally important.

Frederic Prosser, BSN, RN, CCRN

Dist: 3

Views of the Issues: Due to the dynamic state of healthcare, the challenges that nurses face

change at a rapid rate. While nurses face multiple issues, there are three key challenges

currently facing all nurses.

1. Balance. Nurses face a tremendous struggle between providing direct bedside patient care and

devoting their time to administrative activities such as excessive charting and the fulfillment of

institutional requirements.

2. Devotion to bedside nursing. Many healthcare institutions struggle with providing appropriate staff

to promote reasonable nurse-patient ratios. Much of this is due to many nurses not staying at the

bedside. Bedside nursing has become a training ground for other ventures rather than a career in

which one can develop, advance and bring professional fulfillment. We must transform the role

of the bedside nurse and offer clearer career pathways, advancement opportunities and benefits

which will attract nurses to the bedside for the long-term.

3. Violence in the workplace. Violence against healthcare providers is on the rise nationally. This

violence not only comes from patients but also occur among healthcare providers. We must

make a meaningful investment in emotional balance for nurses. Nurses must also be trained in

recognizing and dealing with dangerous healthcare situations.

After thirteen years as both a bedside nurse and a nurse manager, I have had direct experience with the

multiple challenges of nurses in various healthcare situations. I bring not only a strong perspective but also

progressive and innovative thinking that can help solve problems for nurses.

Douglas Stephens, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC

Dist: 3

Views of the Issues:

“Nursing Shortage”

Currently and in the future, we are faced with a nursing shortage. People are surviving

longer with chronic diseases. The healthcare system is being utilized at an increased rate, requiring more

nursing services. The nursing shortage will continue to lag behind despite an evolving healthcare system.

I would like to work with and support efforts to aid nursing development to help our expanding healthcare

system. To meet the demands placed on the profession of nursing, we need innovative concepts to

introduce potential students to nursing and retain in professional programs. I would like to devote our

attention to recruitment, development, and retention to the nursing profession with our many state offered

nursing education programs.

We are fortunate to have a state rich in nursing programs that provide a strong theoretical and clinical

foundation. I would like to work with a state task force dedicated to addressing the nursing shortage. I

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would like to open dialogue to stimulate innovative ideas and concepts in addressing nursing shortage

from an educational standpoint. We can re-evaluate acceptance and retention practices. Also, provide

alternatives for individuals not meeting criteria for acceptance and retention. Ultimately we want to ensure

safe and quality healthcare across our state. We can accomplish this by utilizing the Commission of

Professional Issues.

Doris Hartley, RN, PHCNS-BC

Dist: 3

Views of the Issues:

There is a disconnect or a cultural divide between the aging population and the younger

nursing generation. The issue is a gap in communication styles between the aging culture

that values verbal communication and one on one conversations and the younger nursing

generation that values the use of informatics and electronic exchange of information. What results from

this issue is often a lack of a trusting relationship between patient and nurse and the perception that the

nurse lacks compassion.

The ASNA could help bring awareness to the issue and help develop strategies to bridge the gap.

Tasha Jones, DNP, RN

Dist: 4

Views of the Issues: The most pressing issues facing nursing today according to Becker’s

2015 Hospital Review include workplace violence, workplace hazards, long working hours,

compensation, and short staffing. Any of these issues are important to address, however

for the purpose of this entry I will address workplace hazards. Workplace hazards greatly

influence nursing today either by physical injury and/or emotional hazards to nurses and patients alike.

Identifying and assessing hazards in the workplace which affect health care professionals are essential to

gaining positive outcomes and promoting the safety of health care workers and patients (ANMF, 2018).

Some of these hazards that need to be addressed are actual and potential exposure of blood borne

pathogens to staff, patients, and visitors. I would also like to incorporate professional development which

addresses positive mental health and well-being for staff.

References

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal (ANMF).(2018). Hazards in the workplace. Australian Nursing and

Midwifery Journal, (10), 26.

Kelly Blackwell, MSN, RN

Dist: 3

Views of the Issues: I believe the most pressing issue that impacts Alabama nurses is

the obvious neglect of healthcare facilities to take care of their nurses. The too common

occurrence of understaffing and lack of appropriate resources needed to prevent nurse

injury, fatigue and burnout are being increasingly tolerated by healthcare administrations

and/or corporations. Fixed staffing laws is not a financially viable option in a lower income state like

Alabama. The implementation of nurse driven staffing committees state-wide is a simple and cost-effective

answer to so many Alabama nurses afflicted with these issues.

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Cynthia Ward, DNP, MSN, RN, CCM-BC, Jonas Veteran’s Healthcare Scholar

Dist: 2

Views of the Issues: One of the most pressing issues involving nursing today is nurses

understanding the importance of health policy and advocacy in our profession. We have a

powerful voice and deserve a place at the table in healthcare reform decisions to advance

our practice and the welfare of the patients/significant others we serve. I can help ASNA

address these issues by educating members and potential members on the importance of our unified voice

to make positive changes in decisions that impact our profession. I love being a nurse and compassion has

always infiltrated my professional practice.

Cierra Ball, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Dist: 2

View of Issues: The healthcare industry is evolving rapidly with new innovations in

medicine and technology, aging population, and relentless societal health concerns. In

my tenure in nursing leadership, I have had firsthand experiences with making difficult

decisions that would affect the delivery of patient care services and the patients’ health

outcomes. As a nursing advocate, I have advocated on many occasions the impact of nursing on the rising

issues of today—opioid epidemic and suicide prevention. With my experience in mental health working

with Veterans, I strive to continue this path of raising awareness to mental health and how nurses are front

leaders that can make a change! I hope that you consider me to become a part of this dynamic team!

NOMINATING COMMITTEE (Districts 1, 2, and 3 only)

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Adrienne Curry, DNP

Dist: 3

Views of the Issues: The most pressing issues in nursing are short staffing, long work

hours, compensation, workplace safety/violence in the workplace. If re-elected. I will serve

wherever I am needed. I believe to improve these conditions a mindset has to be adapted

and cultivated.

I’m going to think outside the box here. First, nurses should be respected. If they are respected, they would

be adequately paid, they would be protected on their jobs against violence, they would be provided with

adequate staffing.

When nurses are respected, staffing would improve, nurse and patient satisfaction would increase, and

facilities would save money as a result of nurse turnover.

Chineda Hill, MSN, RN, CNL

Dist: 2

Views of the Issues:

The pressing issues currently impacting nursing are nurse shortage at the bedside and in

academia, long work hours, workplace violence, and increase in patient to nurse ratios.

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I am nominating myself to facilitate ASNA address these issues by continuing to advocate for safe quality

patient care and by being open and willing to understand the many challenges affecting the nursing

profession.

Kim Driggers, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Dist: 1

View of the Issues: There are a great number of issues that nurses are faced with today,

many are related to demands that are placed on their shoulders, such as working short

staffed, feeling the need to combine hospitality services with lifesaving procedures in order

to keep patient satisfaction scores high, providing safe nursing care while meeting the

metrics of rapid turn-a-round times, just to name a few. Nurses advocate for patients and their families.

Nurses set the example for other professions, for the past 16 years nurses have ranked number one as the

most trusted profession. Nurses, like moms, seem to take care of and advocate for everyone; but who

advocates for the nurse? I feel that the biggest issue faced by nurses not only in Alabama, but across the

nation, is a lack of advocacy. Many organizations claim to advocate for nurses, but the hard truth is, when

it comes right down to it nurses are on their own to fight for themselves.

PRESIDENT-ELECT/DELEGATE

Constance Hendricks, RN, PhD, FAAN

Dist: 5

Views of the Issues: When we consider nursing today, there are two prevalent concerns:

the emerging nursing shortage and the declined involvement of our nurses in their

professional organization. These are so intertwined, we must continue to produce qualified

competent nurses and it is imperative that they are infused with the imperative mandate to

become and remain involved in their professional organization.

My desire is to continue to promote nursing as a career choice and direct new nurses to set their sights

on the minimal attainment of a BSN. As that goal is manifested, the need to become engaged in the

professional organization becomes a connected appendage. Active engagement will foster a greater

appreciation and understanding for the active engagement in our professional organization.

If elected, I will be a great team member and work toward advancing ASNA within our state as well as

nationally. Having begun the journey some 30 years ago as the first nurse of color to have been elected

ASNA vice president and having served in several districts as a member & officer. I now seek to elevate

my service for the nurses in Alabama.

Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC, Current ASNA Board of Director Secretary

Dist: 3

View of Issues: Today, nurses are facing complex issues that require informed and strong

leaders. Some of the most pressing issues include: maintaining quality patient care, safe

work environments, and patient/ staff satisfaction. Staffing shortages, quality education, and

compensation, are also major concerns facing the nursing profession today.

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As the demand of healthcare continues to grow, there is a greater need for nursing to participate within

the policy arena. Alabama has over 100,000 nurses, and the nursing profession maintains the label as the

most trusted profession. Joining forces and strengthening bonds amongst leaders in all aspects of nursing

is crucial in addressing the issues of today. Presenting a united front is the first step in the right direction.

Leaders advocating through legislation provide a stronger voice protecting policy formation that directly

effects the profession and those we serve. We must promote improving access to care, better patient

outcomes, and workforce development. Strengthening the profession academically will foster greater

implementation of evidence-based care, securing nursing place at the table, and encouraging better

outcomes for patients and the profession. Finally it is our responsibility to mentor and groom new nurses

as they enter the profession. We must continue to build and maintain the foundation of integrity and

trust. As the professional voice for all Alabama registered nurses promoting excellence in nursing, ASNA

provides a prodigious platform for addressing these pressing issues affecting nurses today. There is power

in numbers!

Treasurer

Tasha Jones, DNP, RN

Dist: 4

Views of the Issues: The most pressing issues facing nursing today according to Becker’s

2015 Hospital Review include workplace violence, workplace hazards, long working hours,

compensation, and short staffing. Any of these issues are important to address, however

for the purpose of this entry I will address workplace hazards. Workplace hazards greatly

influence nursing today either by physical injury and/or emotional hazards to nurses and patients alike.

Identifying and assessing hazards in the workplace which affect health care professionals are essential to

gaining positive outcomes and promoting the safety of health care workers and patients (ANMF, 2018).

Some of these hazards that need to be addressed are actual and potential exposure of blood borne

pathogens to staff, patients, and visitors. I would also like to incorporate professional development which

addresses positive mental health and well-being for staff.

References

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal (ANMF).(2018). Hazards in the workplace. Australian Nursing and

Midwifery Journal, (10), 26.

Frankie Wallis, DNP, NP-C, COI, CHCM

Dist: 3

View of Issues: Work-Life Balance. To maintain a healthy work-life balance is challenging

for the nurse. Coupled with the challenges of today’s society, there are many competing

factors associated with the nursing career - patient advocacy issues, advanced education,

competency, professional commitments, community involvement, and the list goes on.

Although these elements are crucial to the nursing profession, the nurse must commit to their personal

attributes associated with their faith, health, personal well-being, family, and pleasure. Through ASNA,

I will continue to support education and awareness to fulfill ANA’s initiative of creating and maintaining

a balance and synergy of health, safety, and wellness which allows nurses to live to the fullest capacity

physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

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President-Elect/Delegate:

______Constance Hendricks (District 5)

______Lindsey Harris (District 3)

Preliminary Ballot for ASNA Convention

Candidates for 2018-2020

Write-in-candidate:___________________________

Treasurer:

______Tasha Jones (District 4)

______Frankie Wallis (District 3)

Write-in-candidate:___________________________

Commission on Professional Issues (Vote for 4)

______Kelly Blackwell (District 3)

______Doris Hartley (District 3)

______Abby Horton (District 2)

______Tasha Jones (District 4)

______Cynthia Ward (District 2)

______Diane Young (District 5)

______Douglas Stephens (District 3)

______Mary Walker (District 5)

______Frederic Prosser (District 3)

______Cierra Ball (District 2)

Write-in-candidate:___________________________

Nominating Committee (Vote for 3)

(Districts 1, 2, and 3)

______Kim Driggers (District 1)

______Chineda Hill (District 2)

______Adrienne Curry (District 3)

Write-in-candidate:___________________________

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Parliamentary Information

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised latest Edition is the parliamentary authority that shall govern

the Convention Business Meetings. The President, as the presiding officer, rules on all matters relative

to parliamentary law and procedures. The Parliamentarian serves only in an advisory capacity to the

presiding officer and members.

Members’ participation in the business sessions is governed by the Convention Policy.

The motions that follow are defined in terms of action a member may desire to propose. Rules governing

these motions are listed in the table.

A main motion introduces a subject for consideration as is stated: “I move that…

An amendment (primary) is a motion to modify the wording of a motion. The motion to amend may be

made in one of the following forms, determined by the action desired: “I move to amend by…

…striking (word(s), phrase, paragraph).

…inserting (word(s), phrase, paragraph).

…striking and inserting (words (s), phrase, paragraph).

…adding (word(s), phrase, paragraph at the end of a motion).

…substituting (paragraph or entire text of a resolution or main motion and inserting another that is

germane).”

An amendment to an amendment is a motion to modify the wording of the proposed amendment and is

made as follows: “I move to amend the amendment by…” The same forms for making an amendment are

applicable for making a secondary amendment.

The motion to commit or refer is generally used to send a pending motion (also called “the question”)

to a small group of selected persons – a committee, board, or cabinet, for example so that the question

may be studied and put in better condition for the assembly to consider. The motion is stated: “I move to

commit the question to…for further study.”

The motion to close debate (previous question), if seconded and approved by a two-thirds vote, stops

discussion and amendment on the pending question and is stated: “I move to call the previous question.”

A division of the assembly may be called by any one member if the president’s decision on a voice vote is

in question. The member proceeds to the microphone and states: “I call for a division of the house…” The

President then takes a standing vote.

A division of the question may be called when a pending motion relates to a single subject that contains

several parts, each capable of standing as a complete proposition. The parts can be separated and each

considered and voted on as a proposition. The parts can be separated and each considered and voted on

as a distinct question. The motion is stated: “I move to divide the question as follows…”

The motion to reconsider enables a majority of the assembly to bring back for further consideration a

motion that has already been voted. The purpose of reconsidering a vote is to permit a correction of hasty,

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ill-advised, or erroneous action; to take into account added information or a situation that has changed

since the vote was taken. The person making the motion must have voted on the prevailing side.

Parliamentary inquiry is a question directed to the presiding officer to obtain information on

parliamentary law or the rules of the organization as relevant to the business at hand. A member addresses

the President and states: “I rise to a point of parliamentary inquiry.”

Point of information is a request to the President or through the President to another officer or member,

for information relevant to the business at hand. The request is not related to parliamentary procedure. The

member addresses the chair and states: I rise to a point of information.”

The motion to appeal the decision of the President is made at the time the President makes a ruling. If it

is made by a member, and seconded by another member, the question is taken from the President and

vested in the membership for a final decision. The motion is stated: “I move to appeal the decision of the

President.”

Before a member can make a motion or address the assembly on any question, it is necessary that he or

she obtain the floor through recognition by the presiding officer. The member must:

rise and proceed to the microphone.

address the President by saying, “Madam President.”

await recognition.

give name and the district he or she is from.

state immediately the reason he or she has risen.

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STANDING RULES FOR

HOUSE OF DELEGATES

1. To be admitted to the meeting room, the individual must be wearing the registration badge.

2. To obtain the floor the person shall rise, approach the microphone, address the chairperson, give name

and district, upon recognition by the chair, person may speak.

3. No one may speak longer than two minutes at any given time without consent of the HOD granted by

a two-thirds vote without debate.

4. A member may speak no more than two times to the same question and may not speak the second

time until all others have been given the opportunity to speak.

5. Non Delegates may speak when all delegates have had the opportunity to speak.

6. In order to close debate on a motion or amendment to the motion a member must obtain the floor and

“call the question: or: move to close debate.”

a. This motion requires a second

b. This motion is not debatable

c. This motion cannot be amended

d. This motion requires a two-thirds affirmative vote to close debate

7. Debate on any resolution, motion, or amendment shall not exceed fifteen minutes without consent of

the HOD granted by a two-thirds vote without debate.

8. Motions must be in writing. Editorial changes to motions, resolutions, or amendments shall be

presented to the Secretary in writing.

9. Only an emergency resolution may be initially introduced on the floor of the House of Delegates. The

ASNA President will determine if the resolution meets the emergency criteria.

10. These Standing Rules may be suspended at any of the HOD meetings by a two-thirds vote.

11. These Standing Rules may be amended at any of the HOD meetings by a two-thirds vote with prior

notice.

12. These Standing Rules may be amended at any of the HOD meetings by a 99% vote without prior

notice.

13. Parliamentary procedure according to the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, and ASNA Bylaws

govern the HOD procedures. In some cases, the chair may ask for the will of the house to decide a

question, such as whether to extend debate beyond the allotted time.

14. Basic principles of parliamentary procedure assure that only one subject at a time may be addressed

and every member has equal rights.

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CONVENTION POLICY

I. Registration

a. Anyone may attend the Keynote Address and the Global Educational Endeavors Presentation, but

only registered attendees will receive CE credit.

b. A registration fee must be paid by each ASNA member attending the convention. This fee will

entitle the members to attend all meetings for which she/he is qualified.

c. AANS members must register and pay a registration fee. This fee will entitle the members to attend

all meetings for which she/he is qualified.

d. Nurses who are not members of this association may attend the convention with proof of registration.

e. All members must wear registration badges in order to be admitted to convention functions.

II. Delegate Credentialing

a. All elected delegates and alternates must be registered for the full convention.

b. When registering each delegate and alternate must present proof of current membership and

picture identification.

c. Delegate badges must be worn to all scheduled convention business meetings.

d. Delegates will be seated in the section reserved for the House of Delegates during the business meetings.

e. Only registered delegates are entitled to vote at the HOD business meetings.

f. It is the responsibility of the District Presidents to be sure that their elected delegates are registered.

If a District does not have the correct number of delegates registered the District President should

be sure that an alternate is registered.

III. Credential Committee Report

The Credential Committee will report the number of registered delegates after the opening ceremonies

and at the beginning of each HOD session. Supplementary reports may be given at the discretion of

the Chair/President.

IV. On The Floor Of The House Of Delegates

a. Recognition

Any member wishing to speak will:

(1) approach a microphone;

(2) be recognized by the Chair;

(3) address the Chair

(4) give name, District, status (delegate, non-delegate)

(5) state purpose (Point of Information, Point of Order, Point of Personal Privilege or Making a Motion

b. Motion

(1) Only Delegates may present motions and vote.

(2) Non-delegates may ask questions, speak to a motion, or take part in discussions after delegates

have had an opportunity to speak to the motion.

(3) Motions presented from the floor of HOD must be in writing on the appropriate form, signed

by the maker of the motion and the seconder, and presented to the Secretary.

(4) Motions or recommended action coming from a standing committee, ad hoc committee,

task force, district or county shall be presented to the Board of Directors (BOD) at the preconvention

meeting. Upon approval of the BOD the recommendation or action will be

presented to the HOD at the time designated by the Chair.

c. Debate

Rules for debate on any motion will be included in the Standing Rules for the HOD and be voted

on at the beginning of the first session of the HOD.

d. Communication

All cell phones and electronic devices must be set to silent mode during all official sessions and proceedings.

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OFFICERS’

REPORTS

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PRESIDENT

Rebecca Huie, ASNA President

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5/29/2018

6/6/2018

7/12/2018

6/17-18/2018

December, March,

July

Birmingham, Bessemer, Shoals,

and Anniston

• Guest Speaker at the Huntsville VA

Clinic

• Attended the UAB Nurses Night

Out event to recruit members

ASNA Membership Call

ASNA Convention planning call

ASNA Convention planning call

Participated in the BVAMC’s Women’s

Health Mini-residency

Writing article for AL Nurse

Ongoing meetings with ASNA Executive

Director and President-Elect

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PRESIDENT-ELECT

Sarah Wilkinson, DNP, RN

Welcome to the 2018 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention and WAR EAGLE!!! It has

been my honor and pleasure to represent Alabama’s nurses at the forefront of decision making both at the

state and national level. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you! Dr. Rebecca Huie has served us as an

exemplary model of leadership, and I am thankful for her vision and passion for nursing. She has worked

diligently to further the hard work of her predecessors in building ASNA’s image, function, and sphere of

influence. Thank you Dr. Huie! It has also been my privilege to work with the brilliant team comprising the

ASNA board, ASNA staff, and leaders from across the nation.

I have attended all ASNA board meetings and participated in several committee meetings and conference

calls with President Huie and Executive Director Zeigler. When Dr. Huie was not able to participate in

a quarterly conference call with President Cipriano of the American Nurses Association (ANA), I joined

the meeting on Dr. Huie’s behalf and represented the interest of Alabama’s nurses. Last November, I

attended the ANA’s Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. with Dr. Huie and Dr. Zeigler. In February, I

travelled to Montgomery for Nurses Day at the Capitol. I returned to Montgomery in April for the annual

ASNA FACES event. In June, I returned to Washington DC for the fourth consecutive year to attend ANA’s

Membership Assembly (MA). As a voting member of the Alabama delegation to MA, I participated in all

activities including ANA’s Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. We visited the offices of several of our Congressional

delegation from Alabama and met with their Chiefs of Staff to promote legislation supporting expansion

of practice for nurse practitioners to assist in the treatment of opioid addiction as well as the continued

federal funding of nursing education.

This year I chaired the committee for District 1’s CE event co-sponsored by Huntsville Hospital. By the

time you read this report, “The State of Mental Health,” will have already taken place and enlightened

dozens of nurses and citizens on the most common mental illnesses and addictions plaguing society,

including relevant and even controversial treatments. Mental illness and addiction, especially opioid

addiction, will continue to reside in the forefront of healthcare and nursing practice. We must endeavor

to advocate for greater access to healthcare for those suffering from mental illness and addiction while

also providing necessary education and support for the nurses providing care to these individuals. Whole

health for the patient must also extend to whole health for the nurse.

As I transition into the role of President during this convention, I look forward to collaborating with all of

you during the next two years in sustaining the ASNA mission which is to promote excellence in nursing!

Healthcare is a changing environment, and we must adapt to those changes with unity of voice and

professionalism while also advocating for evidence-based and full scope of practice. Together we can

influence policy and practice, but divided we will have no voice. Thank you for your support! Thank

you all for coming to the ASNA 2018 Annual Convention! I hope everyone is able to learn, network, and

collaborate for nursing!

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SECRETARY

Lindsey M. Harris, DNP, FNP-BC

ASNA Board of Directors Meeting: Attended Board of Director meetings in Montgomery, AL as well as

via conference (Zoom). Recorded minutes and summited to President Dr. Rebecca Huie

District #3: Attended/participated in District #3 meetings.

Other Activities:

President of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association. Activities include:

• Chief executive officer and the official representative of the chapter.

• Give administrative guidance and direction to the structure and programming of the chapter.

• Serve as chairman of the Board of Directors and preside over all official meetings of the chapter.

• Represent the chapter at the NBNA conference.

• Plan and coordinate monthly meetings and continuing education events.

• Coordinate and participate in community service events

ú Educate on healthcare

Secretary of Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama:

• Record and submit minutes.

• Policy Advocate: Involved in the legislative process that led to the passage of the Signature

Authority bill

Mentorship Chair of Lawrence Mood Jefferson Foundation:

• Mentoring girls and boys within foster care

ú Movie Night (gathering to get to know the students)

ú Vision Board (goals and aspirations for the school year)

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TREASURER

Wanda Spillers, DNP, RN, CCM

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your Treasurer. Each district demonstrates good

stewardship with the monies, as does our Alabama State Nurses Association, ASNA, staff. Thank you for

the opportunity to interact with other members of the ASNA Finance Committee, the Board of Directors,

and our amazing ASNA staff.

The ASNA budget continues to be sound. Our Executive Director has been successful in establishing the

Nurses Save Lives license plate which is now available to all nurses in Alabama. Continuing Education,

including the ASNA Leadership Academy, provides other opportunities to generate money for our

organization. The most direct increase remains the challenge to increase membership. The Membership

Committee continues to work hard to encourage nurses in Alabama to support their profession. The

Board of Directors examines expenditures of the ASNA and our staff could not be better stewards of our

finances. We are a fiscally sound affiliate at this time and will continue close scrutiny of all our financial

activities.

Congratulations to our districts as they promote our profession and the Alabama State Nurses Association!!

I would like to thank the Finance Committee and Dr. John Ziegler for ensuring the smooth running of the

financial aspects of ASNA. John continues to monitor our investments and explore new funding streams

to ensure the ASNA remains solvent. The ASNA staff continues to keep meticulous records of income and

expenses. The audit is always available for our membership to review. I wish to express my gratitude for

their availability and their financial expertise.

The Alabama State Nurses Association is YOUR organization for nursing in Alabama. Please contact the

ASNA office or the Treasurer for any concerns or questions regarding the financial status of the organization.

ASNA GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Lindsey M. Harris, DNP, FNP-BC

Resolutions for Annual Conference: Communicated with Secretaries of each District via email for

approval of four resolutions:

• Improving the Physical and Mental Health Needs in Alabama Prisons and Detention Centers

Submitted by: District #I Bonnie Rausch

• Healthy Nurse Awareness Initiative Submitted by COPI- Dr Erica Elkins-Little, Chair

• Supporting Student Resilience in the Nursing Classroom Submitted by: Abby Grammer Horton,

MSN, RN and Arlene Morris, MSN, Ed.D, RN

Approved by 3/4 (quorum) of committee members.

District Bylaws: Reviewed per request

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Commission on Professional Issues (COPI)

Erica Elkins-Little, DNP, RN, Chair

President

Feb 15 – COPI conference call to discuss what project the committee will undergo. The plan is to highlight

the Life Balance of the Nurse. This will be done with two posters (one on physical health and one on

mental health). The plan is to have the posters on the ASNA website to be downloaded and printed by

facilities and then posted in break areas. The plan is to have a resolution (deadline July 1) and an article

in The Alabama Nurse to bring awareness and attention to the topic. Future plans also in consideration-

Wellness Toolbox to be placed on the ASNA website.

April 30 – Barbara Neill, ASNA Leadership Academy participant joined the COPI committee to assist with

plan- aligns with her LA project on the life balance of the nurse.

May 1 – Sarah Watts stepped down as chairperson for COPI committee. Erica Elkins-Little assumed

position.

June 5 – Emailed committee members with ideas on posters and moving forward with the plan. Positive

responses from several members. I will be sending out a doodle poll this weekend asking for preferred

dates and times to schedule a conference call with the committee.

June 28 – COPI met the deadline for submitting a resolution to bring awareness to the issue of The

Healthy Nurse.

Progress to Date – COPI continues to work on the posters.

Looking Ahead – The plan is to have Barbara Neill present the Healthy Nurse initiative and COPI’s actions

as part of her Leadership Academy project at Convention. The article for The Alabama Nurse is planned

for an issue closer to convention time. The Healthy Nurse initiative is planned to continue after Convention

as Barbara Neill will work on devising a Tool Box for the Healthy Nurse to be accessible from the ASNA

website.

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DISTRICT 1

Donna Everett, RN, BS, MSN

President

Officers: President: Donna Everett, MSN, RN Meetings: 2nd Thursday

President-Elect: Jeanette Atkinson, MSN, RN

Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Dec

Vice President: Frederick Richardson, BSN, RN 6:00pm; Dowdle Ctr

Secretary: Bonnie Rausch, BSN, RN Huntsville Hospital

Treasurer: Brian Buchmann, MSN, RN, MBA

Accomplishments

Fall 2017

• Sixteen delegates and three Board of Directors officers attended the annual convention!

• District One President spoke to 200+ University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH) nursing students

regarding the professional benefits of ASNA membership.

• Participated in a recruitment fair at Calhoun Community College and University of Alabama,

Huntsville Colleges’ of Nursing. Representatives staffed a table with printed handouts on the

benefits of joining ASNA for soon to be nursing graduates.

• UAH senior nursing student, Frederick Richardson, recorded a video of president and vice

president welcoming new graduates to join ASNA. This video was placed on the senior nursing

student’s private Facebook page.

• The festive December district meeting was held at local restaurant with ASNA members and recent

nursing graduates attending.

• Actively participated in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. District One representative

Veronica Leftridge RN, MSN agreed to co-chair this committee and strive to meet the declarations

noted in the 2017 ASNA Diversity and Inclusion Resolution.

Winter 2018

• All nursing school deans in District One were contacted and encouraged to make plans to send as

many students as possible to the upcoming Nurses Day at the Capitol event in Montgomery.

• Vice President Jeanette Atkinson met with the liaison for the UAH Student Nurses Association.

• President Rebecca Huie, President-Elect Sarah Wilkinson, former state president Brian Buchmann

and district president attended a live announcement by Governor Kay Ivey held at Huntsville

Hospital on the new simulation lab to be constructed at Calhoun Community College.

Spring 2018

• Voted to sponsor full registration for a candidate to attend the Leadership Academy. Huntsville

Hospital donated $1000 for two additional nurses to attend.

• Members were emailed and encouraged to peruse legislative reports from the Executive Director

and resources posted on the ASNA web site to contact their representative regarding nursing issues.

Convention Planning Committee members continue to work on agenda and support for proposed

events.

• District One was represented at the Elizabeth Morris FACES event.

• Facebook and web pages continue to be developed.

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• President’s report of new, renewed, cancelled and expired members continue to receive follow-up

in an effort to support membership growth and retention.

• During Nurses Week, members manned a table in the Huntsville Hospital, Women & Children’s

Hospital and Madison Hospital cafeteria promoting ASNA. Five new members were recruited!

Prizes were awarded just for stopping by the display.

Summer 2018

• District bi-monthly meeting held with update on confirmation of CE conference speakers,

vendors solicited, brochure development and registration process. Duties and responsibilities

were discussed with members interested in serving as a delegate. Conference calls on convention

planning and preparation continue.

• Members solicited to attend the annual convention. The district contributes $125 towards each

eligible delegate’s convention registration fee.

• As one of the ASNA strategic goals calls for providing continuing professional development for

Alabama nurses, a half-day educational conference was held. The focus of this event addressed the

following two 2017 resolutions: “The Opioid Epidemic: How Can Nurses Play a Role in Addressing

this Issue?” and “Mental Health, Break the Silence.” Topics included staff safety, the state of mental

health, addiction and recovery, an approach to reducing opioid use, and legalities associated with

voluntary and involuntary commitment of the mentally ill patient.

• As of July 1, 2018, District One has experienced an 11% growth in membership this year!

• As of August 1, 2018, District One had 1,046 “Likes” on the Alabama State Nurses Association-

ASNA District 1 page!

District 1 continues to have representation on the following committees: Continuing Education,

Convention, Nominating, Finance, Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Awards, and Membership.

Rosemarie Juergensen, RN, MSN and Bonnie Rausch, RN, BSN serve as Co-Chairs of the Ethics & Human

Rights Committee. Azita Amiri, RN, PhD chairs the Environmental & Safety Task Force Commission;

Sarah Wilkinson, RN, BA, DNP will transition to State President; Sue Morgan, RN, PhD serves as State

Parliamentarian, and Brian Buchmann, RN, MBA, MSN sits on the Alabama Board of Nursing Nominations

Committee.

District One looks forward to a most successful 2018 ASNA Convention. This exciting event brings

networking, new friendships and a powerful opportunity to “inspire, innovate & influence nurses” (ANA

2018 Nurses Week)!

DISTRICT 2

Jackie C. Williams, DNP, RN, President

2017-2018 District 2 Officers:

President: Jackie C. Williams, DNP. RN

President-Elect: Mary Beth Bodin, DNP, CRNP

Vice-President: Abby Horton, MSN, RN

Secretary: Letrell Peoples, DNP, RN

Treasurer: Etta Felton, MSN, RN, PMHCNS

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Membership and Recruitment: District 2 members meet @ 6:00pm the first Tuesday or Thursday of every

month except for month of July. Half of the meetings are conducted via conference calls and the other

half in person at a local restaurant. Meetings at restaurants also serve as a fundraiser event. Recruitment

remains an ongoing process involving everyone. In 2018, an increase in membership was obtained.

Scholarships: District 2 has a separate account for scholarships and monies from fundraisers are deposited

in this account. Each year we are fortunate to present scholarships to nursing students who reside in

District 2 area and have completed less one year of school, demonstrated excellence in academia and

possess a critical need for financial assistance. In addition to scholarships, we supported the ASNA

Leadership Academy in 2017 and 2018.

Continuing Education (CE) Days: Members plan and coordinate two CE days a year. In November 2017,

the focus was on Opioid crisis and in June, the topic was centered around healthy nurses as caregivers

and the importance of improving their well-being.

Community Service Projects: Members are committed to being visible within the community and serve

as a key contributor to the community’s health promotion efforts. District 2 attends several walk-a-thons

for various health related initiatives such as cancer and heart diseases, Sickle Cell Diseases, and Caring

Days for diseases associated with impaired memory. In addition to walks, members prepared meals for

caregivers from Caring Days and for the Soup Kitchen.

Fundraisers: Members invested in several projects during 2017-2018 to support the scholarship endeavor.

A list of those projects are as follows: a. Flower Power, b. Belk Charity Sales Day, c. Pottery Grill gift cards,

d. restaurant fundraisers, and e. CE Days.

Social Media: District 2 hosts Facebook page and Wiki.

Citation of Excellence Award: In May and June 2018, District 2 members recognized seven nurses for

their excelling performance in their specialty areas. Those nurses were Lisa Bentley, BSN, RN, Essie Parker,

RN, MSN, CRNP, Abby Horton, MSN, RN, Betty Keys, PhD, RN, Mary Ann Kelley, PhD, RN, Norma

Cuellar, PhD, and Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN.

District 2 Newsletter: This is the first year a quarterly newsletter was designed and named ‘Chat Line.’

The purpose of the newsletter was to create another venue to communicate and interact with members

from the eleven-county area.

In closing: I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all District 2 members for their diligent and

enthusiastic efforts to ensure that District 2 was the epitome of excellence in achieving the ASNA goals

and objectives and in performing community service. I am honored and humbled to have served as your

President for 2017 and 2018 and look forward to passing the torch to President-elect Mary Beth Bodin. I

will always have the warmest and dearest memories in serving as your President. My thanks again to each

of you for all that we’ve accomplished in working together.

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DISTRICT 3

Officers:

President: Debra Litton, DNP, RN, MBA

President-Elect: Vacant

Vice-President: Vanessa Barlow, BSN, RN, MBA

Secretary: Vacant

Treasurer: Yvette Spencer, BSN, RN, MPPM

Debra Litton, DNP, RN, MBA

President

The work we must do in our districts is critical to the future of Alabama Nursing. All our members

contribute to the overall health of our patients, our nursing colleagues, and our association. We are at a

critical juncture in healthcare and what we do each and every day matters. As we conduct the business

of the ASNA Convention, keep in mind that our patients are counting on us to promote effective health

policy and professional practice. With each and every one of you supporting the ASNA’s mission and

strategic plan, our future looks bright.

Membership & Recruitment: Membership recruitment is active in District 3. We conducted numerous

recruitment fairs throughout nurse’s week. We also sponsored a Christmas Party hosted at Ellen

Buckner’s home. District members were asked to bring a prospective member and we shared great food

and fellowship. Special thanks to Dr. Buckner for opening her home to our members and providing a

welcoming experience.

District Business Meetings: We have face to face district business meetings every other month while also

providing conference call access. Topics discussed include; membership recruitment events, legislative

report, CEU, fundraising projects, service projects, and convention planning. We communicate with our

membership regularly through Facebook at ASNA District 3. We encourage you to like us on Facebook

and learn more about us.

Continuing Education: We partnered with Alacare Home Health and Hospice to sponsor a full day

continuing education offering in September called Nursing Education: the Continuum of Care. We had

presentations on Workplace Bullying, Suicide Prevention, Hepatitis C, an Active Shooter Training. The

CE was well attended and everyone had an enjoyable day of learning and networking. Special thanks to

Adrienne Curry for coordinating and working with Alacare to facilitate event.

Holiday Wish: AIDS Alabama’s Holiday Wish program provides gifts to children who are underserved due

to household income levels. District 3 members sponsored a 13 year old girl and donated every item on

her wish list. A special thanks to Debbie Litton for leading this service project.

Backpack Drive: Our desire is to be vigilant supporters of students and families in our communities.

Yvette Spencer reached out to members and spearheaded the largest backpack drive to date, backpacks

stuffed with school supplies was delivered to Hands On Birmingham in partnership with them to serve

underserved, homeless, and at-risk children in the community. A special thanks to Yvette Spencer for

continuing to lead effort with the community.

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Officers:

President: Dr. Jacqueline Smith

President-Elect: Ms. Brenda Woodmansee

Vice President: Dr. Callie Cheese

Secretary: Dr. Kimberly Jordan

Treasurer: Dr. Marilyn Sullivan

Parliamentarian: Mr. Tyler Sturdivant

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DISTRICT 4

Bridget Moore RNC-NIC, MBA, DNP, NEA-BC

Immediate Past-President

The members of District 4 have been busy this year and are looking forward to a wonderful convention! In

August 2018, we made a transition to the officers as listed above.

2017 ASNA FACES: Many members of District 4 attended the 2018 FACES in Montgomery. Additionally,

District 4 members had podium presentations in the education sessions:

• Dr. Lynn Chilton presented a Zika Virus Update.

• Dr. Alice Younce and Dr. Bridget Moore presented Elderly as a Culture: Reducing Health

Disparities Related to Increased Fall Risk.

We also want to congratulate Mr. Tyler Sturdivant, recipient of an ASNA scholarship to apply towards his

DNP courses.

GCONE Conference 2018: We are appreciative of Lovie McAboy and Dr. Erica Elkins-Little for serving as

ASNA District 4 representatives at an information/membership table at the GCONE Conference in Mobile.

They both are supportive of ASNA and are quick to help when assistance is needed.

Leadership Academy: District 4 has sponsored Mrs. Christina Baughn for the 2018 session of the

Leadership Academy.

Continuing Education events: Two free continuing education events were offered this year after regular

meetings. Ms. Brenda Woodmansee presented Depression in the Geriatric Population after our January

2018 meeting. Dr. Colleen Lynch presented Attitude Adjustments: Highlights of the AACN Baccalaureate

Conference after the February 2018 meeting.

Christmas party: A Christmas party was held at a local restaurant. Members brought items (house slippers,

coloring books, lotions, gowns, monetary donations, etc…) to support local nursing home residents who

may have limited visitors/resources this holiday season. Dr. Joyce Varner has faithfully coordinated the safe

delivery of the gift items for the last several years for District 4.

Citations of Nursing Excellence Celebration: This year Dr. Jacqueline Smith coordinated the Citations

of Nursing Excellence celebration. She worked tirelessly with Lovie McAboy, Brenda Woodmansee, and

the committee to send out nominations, review the nominations, get the citations, print programs, and

coordinate a beautiful event! The ceremony was held at a local library. Refreshments and fellowship

were enjoyed by all after the ceremony. Those nurses from District 4 who received Citations of Nursing

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Excellence in 2018 were: Mrs. Bobbie Wilson, Dr. Tochie Lofton, Suzanne McGill, Dr. Margaret Moore-

Nadler, Loletha Reeves and Timothy Wiggins.

Knit Shirts: District 4 ordered knit shirts to wear at events when representing the district. The intent was to

raise awareness of the organization while serving in the community.

Community Outreach:

• In addition to volunteering at events, the members of District 4 collected shoes (new or lightly used)

and hygiene items to share with the Homeless through an event sponsored by a local university.

• Kim Garrett, the Development Director of Victory Health Partners spoke at the January 2018 meeting.

• District 4 members sponsored a table at the Victory Health Partners fundraiser. This is a local

organization who provide medical services for those without health insurance.

Fundraisers: District 4 had a doughnut fundraiser late 2017/early 2018. Additionally, Dr. Elkins Little has

worked on a t-shirt fundraiser that is planned to start in the fall.

Among other news from the district, we have members of the district who are active locally and through

the state. Among the activities of members of the district are the following:

• Dr. Valorie Dearmon serves on the Alabama Board of Nursing.

• Dr. Jackie Lollar serves as the president of GCONE (Gulf Coast Organization of Nurse Executives).

• Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler is active in many community-based organizations including the Penelope

House, the American Cancer Society, and the University of South Alabama’s Center of Excellence

for Healthy Communities.

• Members of District 4 also volunteered to help at the GCONE’s conference, are active in the

Mobile County Nurses’ Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and other nursing-centric organizations.

• Mr. Tyler Sturdivant and Dr. Chondra Butler established a state-wide CNS organization to promote

the CNS role.

We are honored to have such wonderful District 4 colleagues actively participating in support of the

nursing profession.

DISTRICT 5

Jeffery Wade Forehand, PhDc, DNP, RN-BC, CNE

President

District 5 is excited to be the hosting district for the 2018 ASNA Convention. ASNA District 5 has actively

supported and enhanced efforts to increase and retain the membership throughout our district. District

officers have created an environment of open communication between the ASNA District 5 leadership

and constituents. For example, a Facebook Page specific for District 5 shares weekly information,

plus frequent email updates identify specific events or needs (Please make sure to join the Facebook

page, if you have not already done so). Additionally, District 5 has worked with Travis Parker (ASNA

Communication Liasion) to ensure that the District 5 ASNA webpage remains up to date. District officers

have also worked diligently in the area of recruitment of new members through local health systems and

area nursing programs. We have been working hard to target nursing students to highlight the benefits of

ASNA and ANA membership.

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COMMITTEE

REPORTS

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Continuing Nursing Education

Katie Drake-Speer, MSN, RN

The Continuing Nursing Education Committee is composed of two different units referred to as the

Approval and Provider Units. Both units meet separately and preform different functions for the

association. The members of these committees are also the Editorial Review Board for the Alabama Nurse.

The Approval Unit is responsible for the voluntary approval process as designated by the American Nurses

Association Credentialing Committee’s (ANCC) guidelines. The committee has the following members:

Mary Ann Austin

Virginia “Ginger” Collum

Susan Dashner

Angela Hammond

Bette Jane Jolly

Annitta Love

Terry Sturm

Delnora Bell

Dr. Carol Dabbs

Patricia Green

Dr. Alethea Hill

Betty Key

Casey Norris

Dr. Marilyn Sullivan

This past year they evaluated 190 Individual Activities during the October 2017 – August, 2018 year, for a

total of 1,201 contact hours. In addition ASNA has 34 Approved Providers. They are approved for a period

of three years and members of the committee rotate approving these applicants. Each year the Approval

Unit evaluates approximately 15 of these agencies.

The Provider Unit is responsible for all the development of ASNA education activities. The committee

is led by Dr. Gretchen McDaniel, Lead Nurse Planner and members of the committee include Bette

Jane Jolly and Drs. Mary Beth Bodin and Frankie Wallis. They not only develop activities but are also

responsible for review of all abstracts. This year they were responsible for developing six different

activities. Three were live activities and three were enduring and placed in the Alabama Nurse.

There is always room for more volunteers on the two committees; just let your District President know you

are interested. Committee members are chosen by the ASNA Districts.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE

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SPECIAL

COMMITTEE AND

TASK FORCE REPORTS

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AWARDS COMMITTEE

Tyler Sturdivant, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, SCRN, Chair

Awards Committee Members: Tyler Sturdivant, Chair, District 4; Dr. Casey Norris and Anca Whitehouse,

District 1 Representatives; Kim Inman Smith, District 2 Representative; Dr. Kathleen Ladner, District 3

Representative; and Lovie McAboy, District 4 Representative.

The Awards Committee has five major purposes:

• To publicize awards offered.

• To actively seek and solicit nominations for awards offered.

• To evaluate the nominees for each award and to select winners in each category.

• To plan and carry out the awards ceremony held during the Annual Convention.

• To review suggestions for new awards, develop criteria and guidelines, and make recommendations

to the ASNA Board of Directors.

The Awards Committee members are volunteers from the different districts of ASNA. The committee

members have evaluated each award assuring that each nominee met the requirements of the award. After

this process was complete, the committee used a scoring grid to determine the recipients of the awards.

The Awards Committee extends thanks to Charlene Roberson and April Bishop for their continued support

and assistance regarding this committee.

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Ethics and Human Rights Committee Annual Report

Rosemarie Juergensen, MSN, RN and Bonnie Rausch, BSN, RN, CLNC Co-Chairs

ANA has deemed 2018 as the year of Advocacy. Advocacy is the first pillar of the ASNA 2017-2018

vision as a main strategy. The Ethics and Human Rights Committee has spent time and effort to address

the growing problems of substandard physical and mental health care, including inadequate nutrition in

Alabama prisons and detention centers.

The following are Committee Goals:

1. Committee members have been encouraged to educate themselves about the prisons in their districts.

2. A resolution has been submitted to the Governance Committee for approval.

3. To present this resolution at the ASNA’s Annual Fall Convention for approval.

4. To have ASNA advocate for fair and humane access to quality health care in Alabama prisons.

5. For ASNA to use the Alabama Nurse and other publications to increase awareness of these issues in

the nursing community.

6. For ASNA to invite community leaders for a panel discussion to talk about the ongoing challenges and

needs in the prison system and have it as a CE-offering at the Fall Convention.

7. For ASNA to seek involvement in meetings, forums, and committees to identify ways to improve the

physical and mental health care in Alabama jails, prisons, and detention centers.

This will remain an ongoing project for the 2018-2019 year. We want to add on a project concerning the

treatment and health care including shackling of pregnant incarcerated women in Alabama’s prisons.

We thank all the members of the Ethics and Human Rights committee for their interest and participation in

this project:

Angela Hollingsworth, DNP, RN, CEN

Veronica Leftridge, MSN, MS, RN

Sue Morgan, PhD, MSN, CNS, GNP-CHPN

Denise Beadle, BSN, RN

Gwendolyn Lipscomb, MSN, RN

Arlene Morris, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Lisa Rhodes, CRNP

Shelicia Morton-Ford, MSN, RN

Cyndi Cortes, DrPH, MSN, MRE, CPNP-PC, CRRN, COI

Lovie McAboy, MSN, RN

Bridget Moore, DNP, RNC-NIC, MBA, MSN, NEA-BC

Marilyn Sullivan, DSN, RN, CPE, FCN

AD HOC: Rebecca Huie, DNP, ACNP

Sarah Wilkinson, DNP, RN

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Committee on Membership Report

Membership Committee meets quarterly via Zoom, Last July 2018

Currently preparing Goals for Fall 2018 prior to ASNA Fall Convention

Examined Committee on Membership responsibilities:

a. Devise ways and means of assisting districts that will promote active membership.

b. Assist in the development and dissemination of materials of ASNA in regard to membership

promotion and retention.

c. Promote development of organizational leaders at the district and state level.

Committee on Membership

Name District Email

Jeannette Atkinson 1, VP jeanette.atkinson@hhsys.org

Elaine Plank 1 plank@knology.net

Thutrang Nguyen 1 Thutrang365@gmail.com

Frederick Richardson 1 Fr0009@uah.edu

Mary Beth Bodin 2, president-elect sbodin2006@comcast.net

Abby Horton 2, VP Abby.horton@ua.edu

Jackie Williams 2 Jackiecwilliams12@gmail.com

Amy Southern 3 an_southern@yahoo.com

Calli Cheese 4 calliecheese@aol.com

Kimberly Jordan 4 kimberlyjordan@southalabama.edu

Tyler Sturdivant 4 tsturdivant@southalabama.edu

Heather Bland 5 hbbland@yahoo.com

Linda Gibson-Young 5, VP gibsolm@auburn.edu

2018 Progress re: Membership Drive

a. Identified top three reasons why ASNA/ANA benefits the nurse in Alabama

b. Two-page ASNA/ANA Value Price Flyer created and distributed for mass email delivering to:

i. Academic centers (sent June 2018, resend in Fall 2018)

ii. Health centers (send in Fall 2018)

c. Emailed all districts re: planned events- Each district now has a communication liaison to work with

Travis Parker.

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Issues discussed:

ASNA District-level experience is the hub for

all nurses in this state

Need to enhance community/collegiality

among district members

Need to inform students about ASNA District

activities and ASNA membership benefits to

overcome limited view of ASNA as benefit to

professional role

Membership and Retention

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Membership Discussion

Proposed actions:

Consider when we get a new member **highlighting on FB page.

Increase awareness of nurses in each district regarding

ASNA district contact persons, meeting times and

places by: 1) word of mouth from members. 2) keeping

District Facebook pages current 3) marketing to students

and 4) initiate a Membership Drive in 2018

1) Highlight new district members on District Facebook

page

1) Explore joint meetings between Districts and students

at SONs within each district 2) Inform students at SONs

of District and State Facebook pages and resources

Topic of a 2018 ASNA Leadership Academy project:

report to be presented at 2018 ASNA Convention

Students: Recommend partnering academics and students, Student view is limited: We need to educate

students. Joint meetings, Facebook page.

Current Leadership Academy project focused on membership and retention.

2018 Progress re: Membership Drive

a. Identified top three reasons why ASNA/ANA benefits the nurse in Alabama

b. Two-page ASNA/ANA Value Price Flyer created and distributed for mass email delivering to:

i. Academic centers (sent June 2018, resend in Fall 2018)

ii. Health centers (send in Fall 2018)

c. Emailed all districts re: planned events- Each district now has a communication liaison to work with

Travis Parker (ASNA Communications).

Current focus: to prepare goals for Fall 2018 prior to ASNA Fall Convention.

This committee is appreciative of the hard work by the committee members plus all state and district

membership.

Submitted by:

Linda Gibson-Young

ASNA Vice-President

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Environmental Task Force Committee Annual Report

Azita Amiri, PhD, RN, Chair

I, Dr. Azita Amiri (Chair), would like to thank members of Environmental Task Force committee, Jackie

Williams and Delphanie Stovall, for their contribution in the activities related to this committee. During

the previous year, the Environmental task force committee, ASNA, had one main subject, environmental

injustice and health disparities in Alabama and on its agenda. The followings are the accomplishments of

this committee:

1) Environmental injustice and health disparities in Uniontown and other underserved communities in

Alabama:

a. The committee is evolving a group of nurse advocates to be a voice for Environmental Justice

(EJ) communities in Alabama and meet legislators

b. ASNA members are planning to visit Uniontown in October and listen to the needs of the

citizens and see how nurses can help

2) The committee members are trying to find resources for running a free clinic in Uniontown

3) The committee is looking for the evidence regarding the effects of coal ash and spray fields on

disadvantaged communities’ health.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT

2018 ASNA HOUSE OF DELEGATES

John Ziegler, D. Min., MA, BS

The ASNA system of government prescribed by the bylaws insures that members elected to the office

of President-elect and President serve two-year terms in each of those positions. Consequently, when

receiving the gavel at the ASNA House of Delegates, the incoming president is prepared. It has been a

privilege to work with President Rebecca Huie in her capacity as president-elect and president. She has

led ASNA with integrity, vision and enthusiasm. She is a nurses’ nurse and highly respected both in the

state and nationally. As we approached the conclusion of her ASNA presidential term, she made the

decision to run for a national office at the American Nurses Association Membership Assembly in June.

There were over 25 candidates running for only three open slots. Dr. Huie received the largest number

of votes of all 25 candidates! She will serve in 2019 as vice-chair of the ANA Nominations and Elections

Committee and as chair in 2020. This is a testimony of ASNA’s progress and the confidence professionals

across the country have in Dr. Huie.

Like Rebecca Huie before her, our incoming ASNA president, Dr. Sarah Wilkinson served faithfully as

your president-elect for the past two years. She is prepared to lead ASNA in its mission to provide relevant

benefits to members and advocate for expanded opportunities within the profession as a whole.

In the 2017 HOD, ASNA’s vision was illustrated with the metaphor of a building with five large pillars

in front. The five pillars were labeled: ADVOCACY, MEMBERSHIP, VISIBILITY, COLLABORATION and

SERVICE. Correspondingly, I would like to summarize ASNA’s progress this year using these labels.

ADVOCACY

ASNA advocates for our members, nurses of all specialties and the profession as a whole. For our

members, we provide opportunities for networking, engagement with nurse leaders, member discounts

and privileges. We prioritize issues related to House of Delegate Resolutions, member survey input and

collaborations with ANA or nurse specialty organizations. Typically, the Alabama Legislature starts their

regular session early and ends the session as early as possible in an election year, such as 2018. Such

was the case in early January of this year. ASNA led the Alabama Coalition of Nursing organizations in

hosting Nurses Day at the Capitol. This year the educational sessions followed by the Capitol steps rally

was a huge success. In fact, we had the largest crowd ever with about 750 in attendance! Legislatively,

ASNA partnered with the Board of Nursing advocating for three bills that enhanced the board’s ability to

do their job. We also partnered with NPAA to promote the passage of a bill granting signing authority for

CRNPs on certain documents like death certificates and “handicap” auto tags. The session ended quickly

and Legislators went home to campaign. At ANA Membership Assembly in June, our team visited House

and Senate offices of the Alabama Delegation. We advocated for the Title VIII reauthorization act and safe

staffing standards. The Title VIII act passed the House and is now in the Senate.

MEMBERSHIP

ASNA continues to grow at a healthy pace. Much of this is related to good district leadership and the

harmonization of district social media and web platforms. Now, ASNA can communicate with members

statewide or with and through districts to people in those areas. We broke the 1,900 members ceiling

this year for the first time in decades. We are hopeful to reach 2,000 members before the end of 2018.

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To engage our members, ASNA has published periodic quick surveys on key issues through social media.

This has provided members with opportunities to personally weigh in on policy and practice issues facing

the profession. In the past two years, ASNA has grown in membership by almost 40%. Some of the best

membership benefits come through opportunities for personal interaction with other nurses in non-work

settings where they can discuss key issues and solutions openly. The Membership committee, led by Vice

President, Dr. Linda Gibson-Young has done a fine job in helping ASNA recruit and retain members. Our

positive growth is the fruit, to a large degree, of their good work.

VISIBILITY

ASNA wants nurses to understand that if they participate in their professional organization in greater

numbers, they can shape policy and legislation that nursing practice and quality patient care. How do

we spread the awareness of what ASNA does and its relevance to each participating member? Visibility.

We included “visibility” as a pillar because, for example, if a district has an event for award members and

their families…but no one knows about it…what have we accomplished. Consequently, we have tried on

a district and state level to make “VISIBLE” the work of ASNA so that people can understand what we do

and how those things contribute to our members and the profession.

For example, in the past two years we have set new attendance records at Nurses Day at the Capitol

and other ASNA events. Our on-line presence has almost doubled. ASNA Facebook followers grew from

4,500 in 2016 to over 8,500 in 2018. We are seeking opportunities to open a SPEAKER’S BUREAU so that

schools of nursing and other entities can have experts from ASNA present to their students/audiences. If

we all consider capturing images of even the smallest service projects, meetings or advocacy efforts in our

districts and making these VISIBLE through social media, this will help ASNA and nursing.

COLLABORATION

This is an area that is perhaps one of the most difficult and yet…one of the most rewarding efforts within our

vision. ASNA collaborates with a dozen organizations in sponsoring Nurses Day at the Capitol each year.

We also work with leaders from nurse specialty orgs in manning the Alabama Board of Nursing Nominating

Committee. ASNA past president’s chair this committee and leaders from designated nurse specialty orgs

participate in interviewing candidates for open slots on the ABN. Another area of collaboration includes

participation in organization/institution events as an exhibitor or a presenter. Frequently, we participate

with schools of nursing or nurse specialty groups at their meetings. During Nurses’ Week in May, ASNA

exhibits across the state at selected events in hospitals or public venues. Legislatively, ASNA works whenever

possible, with the ABN or nurse specialty groups to support legislation that we feel is beneficial to nurses or

quality patient care. Often these groups reciprocate with ASNA legislative initiatives.

SERVICE

The fifth pillar emphasizes ASNA’s commitment to serve individual nurses, the profession and the

community. Usually, resolutions adopted by the House of Delegates guide district and state projects

related to service. For example, the environmental committee has spearheaded efforts to bring to light

health hazards related to toxic waste and ground water, particularly in rural Alabama communities. Service

projects of each district have ranged from providing nursing scholarships and rewards to community

projects related to mental health or home healthcare. One of the most significant areas of service has been

the program entitled, “Healthy Nurse – Healthy Nation.” This program, developed by ANA, uses social

media to encourage participating nurses to live healthier lifestyles. Service, in essence, is one of the primary

reasons for ASNA’s existence and should remain “top of mind” in all our endeavors as an association.

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ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Don Eddins, BS, MS, JD, ASNA Attorney/Lobbyist

Legal protection and consultation are central to the Alabama State Nurses Association’s legal program.

Alabama’s Nurse Practice Act establishes procedures and parameters for the state’s registered nurses.

It’s designed to protect the public from subpar practice – a concept that Alabama’s RNs support

wholeheartedly. The public is ever-gaining respect and admiration for the jobs registered nurses perform.

With that respect comes accountability.

The Nurse Practice Act establishes a process under which RNs can become licensed and standards which

must be followed to maintain licensure. The Alabama Board of Nursing was established to administer the

act and a letter from the Board even hinting of a violation can strike fear in medical professionals. That’s

one reason the Alabama State Nurses Association’s legal program is so important.

First, ASNA helps nurses stay out of trouble with the Board by providing vital information that allows them to

avoid common pitfalls. Strict adherence to rules relating to paperwork is extremely important, for instance.

As part of the education program, ASNA holds risk management seminars conducted by the ASNA

attorney and staff members. Articles about pitfalls facing nurses, from a legal perspective, appear regularly

in the Alabama Nurse.

Yet even the most diligent and skilled nurse can make mistake and that’s why ASNA has set in place

a program to help its members in dealing with Board of Nursing inquiries. Nurses are subject to have

complaints filed against their licenses, regardless of whether they have done anything improper. The

complaint may come from the family of a patient who didn’t experience a quick recovery. Or as a result of

a mistake in paperwork. Or perhaps due to simple negligence on the part of the nurse.

Regardless of the type or source, if the Alabama Board of Nursing summons an ASNA member for any

complaint against his/her license, the ASNA attorney will accompany the member to the Board at no charge

to the nurse, provided that the nurse was a member of the ASNA when the act complained of occurred.

That’s peace of mind not enjoyed by nurses who are not ASNA members. Most often, the attorney has

dealt with a similar issue in the past and can work out a solution favorable to the member, negating the

need for an actual board hearing.

The ASNA attorney also consults with the ASNA executive director and staff about rules changes

proposed by the BON to ensure that the rules are in the best interest of registered nurses and the staff

works to change those deemed harmful before they are implemented.

The legal services program also does not end with licensure issues, but goes beyond dealings with the

Board of Nursing.

The plan allows ASNA members to consult with the ASNA attorney on any legal matter which the ASNA

attorney feels qualified to consult on – from employment issues to divorce, real estate, wills, etc. – an hour

a year at no cost to the member.

That consultation alone by an outside attorney may cost a non-member close to what the annual

membership dues run, especially under the new dues structure.

The legal services program is a vital part of ASNA’s package of benefits available only to ASNA members.

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LEADERSHIP

ACADEMY

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ASNA Leadership Academy 2018

Every Nurse A Leader!

The mission of the ASNA Leadership Academy is to create a community of effective nurse leaders. Our

vision is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders for the state of Alabama. Participants in the

Seventh ASNA Leadership Academy 2018 continue to increase the leadership and develop the talent of

Alabama Nurses. Mentors from previous years have worked with new participants from every District to

develop leadership skills and implement a leadership project. The Leadership Academy met in April as

part of FACES, in July, and participants will present their work in October at the ASNA Convention. The

2018 cohort nurse leaders:

Andrew Haiflich

Barbara Walker Neill

Christina Baughn

Christy Parmer

Cynthia Daly

Cynthia Ward

Frederick Richardson

Jennifer Humphries

Linda Gibson-Young

Morgan Webb

Philip Merritt

Sasha Harris

Sherwanna Wheeler

Tara F. Eslick

Thutrang “T” Nguyen

Past Leadership Academy participants and ASNA Members continue to volunteer to serve as mentors.

This year’s mentors include Abby Horton, Adrienne Curry, Arlene Morris, Brian Buchman, Bridget Moore,

Denise Beadle, Erica Little, Frankie Wallis, Julie Savage Jones, Mary Beth Bodin, Moniaree Jones, Rebecca

Huie, Shannon Polson, Tyler Sturdivant, Charlene Roberson, & Ellen Buckner.

In 2018, the Leadership Academy has a steering committee from across the state. The steering committee

includes; Dr. Ellen Buckner, Dr. Cindy Berry, Dr. Frankie Wallis, Dr. Julie Savage Jones, Dr. Erica Elkins-

Little, Dr. Arlene Morris, Dr. Mary Beth Bodin, and Ms. Charlene Roberson

This year’s participants are accomplishing great projects to promote nursing in our state. Topics include:

A Quality Improvement Project Using an Educational Outreach Program

Childhood Asthma in Alabama

Creating a Unit Atmosphere of Trust AND Excellence: Professional Portfolios

Digging for Retention

Early Placement of PICC lines and Early Removal of UVC to Reduce CLABSI in the NICU

Improving Bereavement Care in the ED

Improving Nursing Satisfaction within the current work environment

Increasing Access and Decreasing Barriers in Ambulatory Care

Journey to Preparedness: Engaging Students to Volunteer

Newborn Screening: Seeing The Forrest And The Trees

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Patient Education to Decreasing Readmissions for COPD

Promotion and Retention of ASNA Membership

The Healthy Nurse - Tools for Mind, Thought and Spirit Wellness

The Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on COPD Readmission

These collaborative projects involve care improvement, educational strategies, and promote networking,

community engagement, and health! These emerging leaders leave a legacy for others to follow as we join

as Alabama Nurses!

The July meeting welcomed new and returning speakers on leadership development and advocacy. Dr.

Lynda Wilson, former Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Center at UAB spoke on Nursing

Leadership to Promote Global and Planetary Health. Dr. Margaret Moore-Nadler from University of South

Alabama spoke on Creating Partnerships for the Homeless, and Drs. Berry & Wallis talked about engaging

your Strengths and Interprofessional Collaboration.

Participants were urged to attend one or more local or state board meetings. Participants were asked to go

to the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) website nursesonboardscoalition.org and register your boards

and intent to serve. Any board service is recognized, from local school board to national/international

organizations. We discussed ways a Leadership Academy Participant could attend the ANA convention

with ASNA delegates/observers.

LA alumni have been active in ASNA at the District and State level. Some new opportunities are on the

horizon for Leadership Academy Alumni to be involved in the statewide Alabama Health Action Coalition

(AL-HAC) and mentoring across ASNA Districts. There are increasing opportunities for nurse leaders to

make a difference!

Please join the ASNA Leadership Academy for the project presentations on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the

ASNA Convention.

Respectfully submitted, Ellen Buckner, Chair

2017 Leadership Academy Participants 2018 Leadership Academy Participants &

Past/Present Mentors

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Leadership Academy Projects

To be presented Friday, October 5, 2018

• Promotion and Retention of ASNA Membership, Frederick Richardson, BSN,RN

• Stop, Look, and Listen to the New Grad, Barbara Walker Neill, MSHA, BSN, RN, CMSRN

• Digging for Retention, Sasha Harris, MSN, RN-BC

• The Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on COPD Readmission, Dr. Christina Baughn

• Patient Education to Decreasing Readmissions for COPD, Sherwanna Wheeler, BSN, RN

• Creating a Unit Atmosphere of Trust AND Excellence: Developing, Implementing and Maintaining

Professional Portfolios, Patricia Morgan Webb, MS, BSN

• Developing Alabama’s First Trauma-Informed Community, Andrew Haiflich, MSN, RN

• Early Placement of PICC lines and Early Removal of UVC to Reduce CLABSI in the NICU,

Jennifer Humphries, MSN, CRNP, NNP-BC

• Improvement Bereavement Care in the ED, Phillip Merritt, BSN, RN

• Journey to Preparedness: Engaging Students to Volunteer, Thutrang Nguyen, BSN, RN

• Newborn Screening: Seeing the Forrest and the Trees, Tara F. Eslick, BSN, RN

• Improving Nursing Satisfaction Within the Current Work System, Cynthia Daly, BSN, RN

• Increasing Access and Decreasing Barriers in Ambulatory Care, Christy Palmer, BSN, RN

• Childhood Asthma in Alabama, Dr. Linda Gibson-Young

• A Quality Improvement Project Using an Educational Outreach Program to Expand, Dr. Cynthia Ward

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2018 Update:

• As of October 2017, AL-HAC completed four years of projects and deliverables related to two

consecutive two year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) State Implementation Program (SIP)

grants and their matching funds. Accomplishments include:

ú Promoted academic progression for nurses from LPN education through Doctorate education and

worked to minimize barriers to nursing education and foster seamless academic promotion at every

level of nursing education

ú Partnered with the West Central Alabama AHEC to sponsor the 2017 Summer Enrichment

Program—Never-ending Road to Discovering (N.E.R.D.) Summer Camp

ú Developed and fielded a comprehensive survey to measure diversity among all of Alabama’s

accredited, non-profit nursing institutions

ú

ú

Established a baseline for diversity in Alabama’s accredited, non-profit nursing institutions

Partnered with the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) to provide analysis and publish reports on

LPN and RN license renewal surveys (2012-2016)

*All reports available at al-hac.org

Looking Ahead:

• Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL) Jessica Hardy, MPH, DNP, RN, the director of the Office of

Women’s Health of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and consultant for the ADPH

Telehealth Network, and AL-HAC applied to expand PHNL project providing underserved minority

individuals with diabetes education in March 2018

ú Grant awarded April 19th. This project is made possible with support from the Robert Wood

Johnson Foundation.

• New partnership established with the Alabama Health Literacy Initiative (AHLI)

ú

AHLI’s mission is to support patient-centered educational opportunities, guide outreach activities,

and create partnerships to advance health literacy and improve health outcomes

Continued In-kind Support:

• AARP Alabama

• Alabama Education Council of Administrators of Professional Nursing Education Programs (ACAPNEP)

• Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA)

• Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives (AlaONE)

• Alabama State Board of Nursing

• Alacare Home Health and Hospice

• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

• Capstone College of Nursing, Alabama 80x20 Taskforce

• Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing

• Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama

• Samford College of Health and Sciences

• State of Alabama Association of Colleges of Nursing (SAACN)

• UAB School of Nursing

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The Alabama Health Action Coalition

is helping improve the quality of

healthcare in Alabama while making it

more cost-effective. We are comprised

of leaders from Alabama’s healthcare

and business industry, including nursing

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AWARDS

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Charlene Roberson Mentoring Award

Dr. Julie Savage Jones

Charlene Roberson has been involved in ASNA since 1985 and currently serves

as the Director of Leadership Services. Charlene possesses expert knowledge on

all things ASNA, and has touched the lives of all ASNA’s membership through

advertisement, questioning, fellowship, and mentorship.

To be awarded to a registered nurse who has demonstrated attributes of mentorship.

ASNA membership is not required.

1. Encourages peers in their practice of professional nursing

2. Acts as a role model to other healthcare professionals

3. Innovative in assisting/encouraging nurses in personal and professional development

Lillian B. Smith Award

Dr. Sue Morgan

Lillian B. Smith was the Executive Director of the Alabama State Nurses Association

from 1940 to 1968. She always gave above and beyond the call of duty for nurses

and nursing in Alabama. She was recognized and respected for her commitment to

improving health care in Alabama by other health care providers.

To be awarded to a member who has demonstrated long-term commitment to

ASNA and the nursing profession. This commitment demonstrates activities above and beyond usual

responsibilities at the local level.

1. Evidence of long term commitment to ASNA

ú Years of membership

ú ASNA activities

ú District, county and/or state level activities

2. Other professional activities

3. Community involvement

4. Other supporting documentation and comments

Outstanding New Member Award

Dr. Kimberly Jordan

To be awarded to a new member, defined as a person who has been an ASNA

member for two years or less.

1. Evidence of significant contributions to ASNA, district, and county

2. Other supporting documentation and comments

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Lillian Holland Harvey Award

Dr. Contance Smith Hendricks

Lillian Holland Harvey was a dynamic professional who promoted transcultural

relations by leading all of nursing forward. She started the first Baccalaureate School

of Nursing in Alabama.

To be awarded to a member who has made significant contributions in one or more

of the following areas: fostering transcultural relations, promoting advancement of

minority groups, and upgrading health care services to those who are culturally and economically

under-served.

1. Evidence of:

ú Fostering transcultural relations

ú Promoting advancement of minority groups

ú Upgrading health care services to those who are culturally and economically underserved

ú Professional involvement

ú Community involvement

2. Other supporting documentation and comments

Louise Barksdale Outstanding Nursing Practice Award

Ms. Essie J. Parker – District 2

Louise Barksdale gave her entire nursing career being a staff nurse. She not only committed her vast

energies to her patients and community, but also to her professional association, being active on the

local, state, and national level.

To be awarded to the outstanding exemplar recipient of ASNA Citation of Nursing Excellence

statewide.

Health Policy Award

Senator Cam Ward

To be awarded to an active member in the legislature or in an organization that

promotes health policy in the State of Alabama.

1. Evidence of involvement with or on behalf of nursing and/or health

2. Involvement related to nursing and/or health care in general

3. Other supporting documentation or comments

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Cindajo Overton Outstanding Nurse Educator Award

Dr. Leigh Minchew

Cindajo Overton made a tremendous contribution to nursing education. Her career

consisted of 10 years of bedside nursing and 26 years of nursing instruction at

Wallace Community College. Cindajo chose nursing education as she believed this

was the best way to have a greater impact on nursing. Cindajo was a member of

ASNA for 38 years and was active at the state, national, and local level.

To be awarded to a member who is an outstanding nurse educator in an academic or service setting.

1. Evidence of excellence in teaching in academic or service

2. Advances the science of nursing through clarifying, refining and/or expanding the knowledge base

of nursing

3. Promotes a theory base for nursing curricula

4. Influences scholarly development in nursing education and/or research

5. Innovative in assisting and encouraging student nurses in professional development

6. Contribute to the improvement of quality healthcare through the teaching process

7. Professional and community involvement

8. Publications and presentations

9. Other supporting documentation and comments

Outstanding Nursing Administrator Award Academe

Dr. Marsha Adams – District 1

To be awarded to an ASNA member who is employed in administration of a

health care organization or school/college of nursing and demonstrates outstanding

performance.

1. Demonstrates and encourages excellence in teaching or nursing care delivery

2. Advances the science of nursing through clarifying, refining and/or expanding

the knowledge base of nursing

3. Promotes a theory base for nursing practice and/or curricula

4. Supports the professional development of faculty/staff

5. Professional and community involvement

6. Provides innovative leadership to fulfill the mission of the organization

7. Other supporting documentation and comments

Outstanding Nursing Administrator

Award Service

Dr. Terri Poe – District 3

To be awarded to an ASNA member who is employed in administration of a

health care organization or school/college of nursing and demonstrates outstanding

performance.

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1. Demonstrates and encourages excellence in teaching or nursing care delivery

2. Advances the science of nursing through clarifying, refining and/or expanding the knowledge base

of nursing

3. Promotes a theory base for nursing practice and/or curricula

4. Supports the professional development of faculty/staff

5. Professional and community involvement

6. Provides innovative leadership to fulfill the mission of the organization

7. Other supporting documentation and comments

Outstanding Retired Nurse Award

Dr. Mary Beth Bodin – District 2

To be awarded to a member of ASNA who is retired from employment as a nurse

and has made significant contributions to nursing and health following retirement.

1. Evidence of long term commitment to ASNA

ú Contribution of nursing and ASNA

ú Contribution to politics in relationship to nursing

ú Community involvement

2. Other supporting documentation and comments

Outstanding Health Care Organization Award

Victory Health Partners – Mobile, AL

To be awarded to an organization that provides extraordinary

direct health care to patients.

1. Recognized for provision of quality care to patients

2. Promotes a positive image of nursing

3. Provides desirable working conditions for nurses

4. Promotes ethical and professional nursing practice

5. Recognizes nurses for their contributions to the organization and quality of patient care

6. Community involvement

Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award

Dr. Azita Amiri – District 1

To be awarded to an individual who actively supports ASNA and is directly

involved in promoting nursing and healthcare issues in the state of Alabama.

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Current Bylaws

Table of Contents

ARTICLE I. NAME, MISSION AND GOALS ...................................... 81

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP .................................................... 81

ARTICLE III. DUES .......................................................... 84

ARTICLE IV. DISTRICT NURSES ASSOCIATION .................................... 84

ARTICLE V. HOUSE OF DELEGATES ............................................ 86

ARTICLE VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS ........................................... 87

ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES ................................................... 90

ARTICLE VIII. COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONAL ISSUES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

ARTICLE IX. SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ........................................ 92

ARTICLE X. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS .................................... 93

ARTICLE XI. RELATIONSHIPS WITH AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION ............... 94

ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS .................................................. 94

ARTICLE XIII. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY ...................................... 95

ARTICLE XIV. FISCAL YEAR .................................................... 95

ARTICLE XV. OFFICIAL ORGANS ............................................... 95

ARTICLE XVI. DISPOSITION OF ASSETS .......................................... 95

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Article I.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Article II.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Name, Mission and Goals

Name

The name of this association shall be the Alabama State Nurses Association, hereinafter

Mission

ASNA is committed to promoting excellence in nursing.

Goals

The Goals of ASNA shall be to:

A. provide leadership for health policy and legislative activities.

B. be the voice of Alabama nurses for advocating professional practice.

C. professionalism in nursing.

D. advocate for an adequate nursing workforce.

E. evaluate organizational effectiveness, relevancy, and efficiency as an on-going process.

Membership

Composition

ASNA members shall be registered nurses, individuals and/or groups as specified by

these Bylaws and in ASNA policies. Membership shall be unrestricted consideration of

age, color, creed, disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion, or

sexual orientation.

Membership Types

A. ASNA/American Nurses Association (ANA), hereinafter referred to as full member

a. Definition

An individual who is a registered nurse and who elects to join ASNA/ANA in

accordance with provisions of this section.

b. Qualifications

1. A member may be one who has been granted a license to practice as a

registered nurse in at least one state, territory or possession of the US or is

otherwise entitled by law to practice. The person does not have a license

under suspension or revocation in any state, territory/ or possession of the US.

2. A member may be one who is a retired registered nurse. The person does

not have a license under suspension or revocation in any state, territory, or

possession of the US.

c. Responsibilities

1. Each individual shall pay dues established by the ASNA House of Delegates.

2. The dues shall be current.

3. Individuals shall abide by ANA Bylaws and Code of Ethics for Nurses.

d. Rights

ASNA/ANA members shall have the right to

1. receive an ASNA/ANA membership card, The American Nurse, American

Nurses Today and The Alabama Nurse.

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2. be a candidate for the ASNA and ANA elective or appointive positions in

accordance with the qualification set forth in the ASNA and ANA Bylaws

and/or applicable policies.

3. participate in election of representatives to ANA Membership Assembly,

delegates to the ASNA House of Delegates, and election of ASNA state and

district officers in accordance with ANA and ASNA Bylaws.

4. attend meetings of the ASNA House of Delegates and unrestricted ANA

activities.

5. affiliate with ASNA structural units in accordance with ASNA Bylaws.

6. serve on committees and task forces of ASNA.

7. submit written proposals, formal or informal, for consideration by ASNA and

ANA.

8. attend the Congress of the International Council of Nurses.

9. be accorded rights as provided for under common parliamentary or statutory

law including due process

B. ASNA member only

a. Definition

An individual who is a registered nurse and who elects to join ASNA in

accordance with provisions of this section.

b. Qualifications

1. A member may be one who has been granted a license to practice as a

registered nurse in at least one state, territory or possession of the US or

otherwise entitled by law to practice. The person does not have a license

under suspension or revocation in any state, territory or possession of the US.

2. Renewal is contingent upon licensure.

3. A member may be one who is a retired registered nurse. The person does

not have a license under suspension or revocation in any state, territory, or

possession of the US.

c. Responsibilities

1. Each individual shall pay dues established by the ASNA House of Delegates.

2. The dues shall be current.

3. ASNA individual members shall have the obligation to abide by ASNA

Bylaws, and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

d. Rights

ASNA members shall have the right to

1. receive an ASNA membership card and The Alabama Nurse.

2. be a candidate for the ASNA elective or appointive positions in accordance

with the qualification set forth in the ASNA Bylaws.

3. participate in the election of ASNA delegates to the ASNA House of

Delegates and state and district officers in accordance with the ASNA

Bylaws.

4. attend meetings of the ASNA House of Delegates.

5. affiliate with ASNA structural units in accordance with ASNA Bylaws.

6. serve on committees and task forces of ASNA.

7. submit written proposals, formal or informal, for consideration by ASNA.

8. be accorded rights as provided for under common parliamentary or statutory

law including due process.

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C. Organizational Affiliates

a. Definition

A professional organization that is committed to the mission and goals of ASNA.

b. Qualifications

1. An organization whose mission and goals are harmonious with those of

ASNA.

2. Has been granted the status of organizational affiliate status by the ASNA

Board of Directors. hereinafter referred to as ASNA Board.

c. Responsibilities

1. Each organization shall pay dues established by the ASNA Board.

2. Dues shall be current.

d. Rights

Each organizational affiliate shall be entitled to

1. One member participant who shall have voice but no vote in the ASNA

House of Delegates.

2. Make reports or presentations to the ASNA House of Delegates within its

area of expertise.

3. Submit names of registered nurses who are members of ASNA and qualified

for appointment to ASNA structural units committees and task forces.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Lifetime Membership

Honorary Lifetime Membership may be conferred by unanimous vote at the ASNA

Convention for registered nurses who have rendered distinguished service or valuable

assistance to the nursing profession, the name or names having been approved by the

Board. Honorary Lifetime Membership shall be conferred on no more than 2 persons at

any ASNA Convention.

Transfer of Membership

A. A member who moves out of Alabama may apply to ASNA for transfer to another

Constituent Member Association (CMA) without refund of dues.

B. A member of another CMA who moves to Alabama may transfer to ASNA without

further payment or refund of dues for the remainder of the membership year. The

request for transfer shall be signed by the CMA issuing the transfer.

C. A member may transfer from one district structural unit to another. Notification of

transfer shall be made to ASNA.

Disciplinary Action and Appeal

A. Cause for disciplinary action by ASNA against a member shall be limited to failure to

fulfill the obligations as cited in these Bylaws and /or other actions detrimental to the

mission and goals of ASNA and ANA.

B. Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with policies and

procedures established by the Board, which shall have final disciplinary authority

over members.

C. Depending on the severity of the violation, a member may be reprimanded,

removed from office, suspended from membership, or permanently expelled from

membership.

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D. A member may appeal any disciplinary action in accordance with procedures

adopted by the Board.

E. Any disciplinary action taken by another State Nurses Association (SNAs) against

one of its members shall be given full recognition and enforcement, provided such

action was taken in accordance with the disciplining SNAs Bylaws and disciplinary

procedures.

Article III. Dues

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Amount of Dues

Dues shall be established by the ASNA House of Delegates.

Notification of Change

A. Members shall be notified in writing or by electronic means of any proposal to

change the amount of dues at least 60 days prior to the meeting of the House of

Delegates at which the proposal is to be voted upon.

B. No money shall be refunded or additional monies collected when a change in dues

category occurs within the membership year.

Vote

A vote of two-thirds of the delegates present and voting shall be required to change the

dues assessment except when ANA dues are increased pursuant to Article XI.

Payment

A. Payment of dues shall be in accordance with ASNA policy. The membership

commitment shall be twelve (12) consecutive months from the time of initial

payment of dues regardless of payment plan utilized.

B. Members who qualify for one of the following categories may elect to pay fifty

percent (50%) of the annual dues:

1. nurses who are not employed.

2. registered nurses in full-time study.

3. graduates of basic nursing education programs for the first year membership

if the membership is initiated within six months of licensure to practice as a

registered nurse.

4. Nurses who are not earning more than the Social Security System allows.

C. Members 65 years of age or older who are not employed may elect to pay twentyfive

percent (25%) of the annual dues.

Article IV. District Nurses Association

Section 1.

Section 2.

Definition

The basic structural units are the District units.

Boundaries

Boundaries of structural units shall be defined by the House of Delegates. The boundaries may

be changed or new structural units created by a two-thirds vote of the House of Delegates.

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Section 4.

Section 5.

Section 6.

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Dues Reimbursement

Dues shall be reimbursed to Districts according to ASNA policy.

Responsibilities

A. Each district structural unit shall be governed by a District Board of Directors.

Composition of the District Board of Directors shall be determined by District

Bylaws.

B. Each District Board of Directors will provide for the election of district officers

to carry out the necessary functions so deemed by the District. The president or

designee of each District will be a member of the ASNA Board. The processes for

election and filling vacancies will be included in the District Bylaws.

C. District elections of officers shall take place at least 30 days prior to the annual

meeting of the House of Delegates.

D. A district structural unit will be composed of the counties as established by the

ASNA Board. Counties within District structural units may organize as a county

nurses society.

E. Each county society shall function as a part of its respective district structural unit

and elect a county chairperson who will represent the respective county on the

District Board of Directors.

F. Bylaws of each structural unit, whether District or County, will be filed with the

ASNA office. These Bylaws must be congruent with ASNA Bylaws.

Obligations

It shall be the obligation of each district structural unit of ASNA to

A. require that all members be members of ASNA.

B. send ASNA the names and addresses of all officers and other members of the Board

of Directors of the District structural unit immediately following their election or

appointment.

C. maintain Bylaws consistent with the Bylaws of ASNA.

D. confer with the Committee on Bylaws of ASNA before adopting any proposed

amendments to its Bylaws.

E. submit Form 990 to IRS if assets exceed $25,000.

F. submit a copy of approved meeting minutes.

Disqualifications

A. A structural unit which fails to comply with the requirements stated in these Bylaws

may be dissolved by a unanimous vote of the Board. Due notice shall be given

at least 3 months before the vote is taken and the structural unit shall have the

opportunity for a hearing with the Board.

B. Notification and redistribution of District membership and dissolution of accounts

shall be done in accordance with ASNA policy.

Reinstatement

A structural unit which has been disqualified may be reinstated by a unanimous vote of

the Board.

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Article V.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Section 6.

House of Delegates

Definition

The House of Delegates is the governing and official voting body of ASNA. The ASNA

House of Delegates promotes the profession through the creation of policy and positions

that support the purposes of ASNA.

Composition

A. Representation to the ASNA House of Delegates shall be based on the number of

District members in good standing at least 90 days preceding the annual convention,

plus the members of the Board.

B. Each district structural unit in good standing shall be entitled to one (1) delegate for

each 20 members or fraction thereof.

C. Delegates and alternates shall be elected by each district structural unit.

D. ASNA shall notify each district structural unit of the number of delegates to which it

is entitled at least 90 days preceding the annual convention and 30 days preceding a

special meeting.

E. Vacancies shall be filled only by elected alternates.

F. The ASNA House of Delegates shall also include the following who shall have

courtesy seats without vote unless a duly elected delegate:

1. the past presidents of ASNA;

2. a representative of the Alabama Board of Nursing;

3. a representative from the Alabama Association of Nursing Students;

4. one registered nurse representative from each organizational affiliate.

5. one LPN representative from each LPN Association.

Credentials

All delegates shall present a picture ID and current ASNA membership card at the time

of registration at the annual convention.

Authority

The ASNA House of Delegates shall:

A. determine association policies and positions according to ASNA Bylaws.

B. delegate authority and define accountability for the implementation of ASNA Bylaws

policies and positions.

Responsibilities

The ASNA House of Delegates shall:

A. establish rules of procedure for meetings of the ASNA House of Delegates.

B. adopt the Bylaws.

C. elect officers and Nominating Committee members.

D. establish the policies of ASNA.

Quorum

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members of the Board, one of whom shall be the president or president-elect, and 50%

of the allocated number of delegates representing a majority of district structural units.

Section 7.

Section 8.

Meetings

A. Annual Meetings

1. The House of Delegates shall meet annually.

2. The Board shall determine time and place of meetings.

3. Notices of the annual meeting shall be provided at least sixty (60) days in

advance.

B. Special Meetings

A special meeting of the ASNA House of Delegates may be called by a two-thirds

vote of the Board or shall be called by the president upon the written request of a

majority of the districts.

Order of Business

The Order of Business of each annual convention of this association shall be in

accordance with an agenda adopted at the beginning of the convention.

Article VI. Board of Directors

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Definition

The Board of Directors is composed of elected officers and other individuals as

designated in the ASNA Bylaws.

Composition

A. The Board shall consist of the elected officers of ASNA, presidents of district

structural units, and chairpersons of commissions, committees/task force(s) and one

new graduate.

B. The officers of ASNA shall be president, president-elect, vice president, secretary,

treasurer and parlimentarian who shall be present with no vote.

C. The Executive Director shall be present with no vote.

D. The Alabama Association of Nursing Students’ (AANS) President or designee shall be

present with no vote.

Authority

When the House of Delegates is not in session, the Board shall have the authority

delegated to it by the House of Delegates, including the duty and power of acting for

the membership in the intervals between meetings of the House of Delegates, and other

duties and powers as defined in these Bylaws.

Accountability

The Board shall report and be accountable to the House of Delegates.

Responsibilities

The Board shall:

A. exercise the corporate responsibility and fiduciary duties of the association consistent

with applicable provisions of law.

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B. transact the business of the association in the interim between annual conventions.

C. establish major administrative policies governing the affairs of the association.

D. provide for the maintenance of state headquarters, including the determination of

which persons are to be bonded.

E. appoint, define the authority and responsibilities of, and annually review the

performance of the executive director.

F. appoint and fill vacancies of standing committee members, considering geographic

distribution, and chairpersons not otherwise provided for in these Bylaws.

G. provide for the establishment and dissolution of structural units and special interest

groups in accordance with these.

H. appoint a consultant to Alabama Association of Nursing Students.

I. submit to the Governor of Alabama a list of at least two nominees for each RN

vacancy on the Board of Nursing.

J. confer organizational affiliation status on nursing associations meeting established

qualifications.

K. provide a liaison to the districts.

L. foster collaborative relationship, communication and support to the districts,

individual members, and other Constituent Members

M. assume other duties as provided for elsewhere in these Bylaws and by the House of

Delegates.

Section 6.

Section 7.

Section 8.

Term of Office

A. The term of office for all Board members shall commence at the adjournment of the

annual convention at which they are duly elected and shall continue for one term or

until their successors are elected.

B. The Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary may serve no more than 2 consecutive

terms in the same office. The president and president-elect are limited to one term.

An officer or any other member of the Board who has served more than half a term

shall be deemed to have served a full term in that office. All officers shall have a

2-year term.

C. No member of the Board shall be eligible to serve more than 8 consecutive years.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve on the Board, a person shall:

A. hold current membership in ASNA.

B. hold current membership in ANA (officers).

C. not concurrently serve as an officer or director of another organization if such

participation might result in a conflict of interest with ASNA.

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy:

A. in the office of the president, the president-elect shall succeed to the office of the

president. In addition to serving the unexpired term, this individual shall continue in

the office of the president for the term to which the president-elect was elected.

B. in the office of president-elect due to a succession to the office of president, the

office shall remain vacant until the next annual election. In the event of a vacancy in

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the office of the president-elect for any other reason, the office shall remain vacant

until the next annual election.

C. in another office, the Board shall fill the vacancy by appointment until the next

annual election when such vacancy shall be filled by election. Where applicable,

such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.

Section 9.

Section 10.

Duties of Officers

A. The president shall be chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee. In

addition, the president shall:

1. serve as the official representative and spokesperson on matters of policy and

positions.

2. serve as an ex officio member of all committees, except the Committee on

Nominations.

3. serve as representative at meetings of the ANA Membership Assembly, and other

special meetings called by the ANA.

4. prepare, review, revise, and/or evaluate the strategic plan as needed.

5. appoint a Parliamentarian

B. The president-elect shall:

1. assume the duties of the president in his/her absence.

2. serve as a representative to the ANA Membership Assembly.

3. serve as a liaison to the districts.

C. The vice president shall:

1. assume the duties of the president in the absence of the president or the

president-elect. For example, serve as the ANA Membership Assembly

Representative in the absence of the president or the president-elect.

2. serve as chairperson of the Committee on Membership.

D. The secretary shall:

1. keep minutes of the House of Delegates, the Executive Committee and Board

meetings.

2. serve as chairperson of the Committee on Governance.

E. The treasurer shall:

1. be responsible for monitoring the fiscal affairs of the association and shall

provide reports and interpretation of ASNA’s fiscal condition to the House of

Delegates, the Board, and the membership.

2. serve as chairperson of the Committee on Finance.

F. The parliamentarian shall:

1. serve as the parliamentary authority representative to ASNA

2. be responsible for monitoring elections of ASNA officers, ballots, tellers and

records of the election.

Executive Committee

The executive committee of the Board shall be composed of the officers, and have all

administrative powers of the Board to transact business between Board meetings and

shall serve as the personnel committee of the association.

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Section 12.

Section 13.

Section 14.

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Executive Director

A. The Board shall delegate to the executive director, as the chief executive officer, the

authority to manage the association according to policies established by the ASNA

House of Delegates and the Board.

B. The executive director shall be accountable to the Board.

C. The executive director shall employ, direct, promote, and terminate staff of the

association.

D. The executive director may represent the association and serve as spokesperson on

matters of established policy and positions.

Meetings

A. Regularly scheduled meetings of the Board shall be four (4) times a year or as

determined by action of the Board

B. Special meetings of the Board may be called at the president’s discretion with 5

days notice to each member of the Board and shall be called by the president in like

manner upon the written request of not less than two-thirds of the structural units or

5 members of the Board.

C. Business requiring immediate action by the Board may be conducted by mail or

other media. Such action shall be reported at the next regular meeting of the Board.

D. Absence of elected officers from two (2) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings

of the Board in one year shall be cause for declaring a vacancy in the position. The

year is defined as the first Board meeting through convention.

Quorum

A majority of the Board, including the president or president-elect, shall constitute a

quorum at any meeting of the Board.

Removal of Elected Officials

A. A vote for removal of an elected official shall be held when called for by a twothirds

(2/3) vote of the Board or upon written request of a majority of structural units.

B. An elected official may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board whenever

such action is deemed to be in the best interest of the association.

Article VII. Committees

Section 1.

Section 2.

Definitions:

There shall be standing committees of ASNA as followers: Committee on Governance,

Committee on Membership, Committee on Nominations, Committee on Finance, and

Committee on Continuing Education. In addition there shall be Special Committees such

as Ethics and Human Rights, Legislative, Awards, Convention and /or other committees

appointed by and accountable to the Board of Directors. A standing committee is one

that is essential to the day to day operation of the association. Special committees

provide guidance and direction for policy formation of the association.

Composition

A. The Committee on Governance and Committee on Finance shall be composed of at

least three members appointed by the Board.

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B. The Committee on Nominations is composed of one member from each district.

C. The Committee on Membership and Committee on Continuing Education shall be

composed of members who wish to volunteer and meet established criteria.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Term of Membership

A. Members of standing committees, except for the Committee on Nominations and

Committee on Continuing Education, shall be appointed by the Board following

each annual meeting to serve until the next annual meeting or until their respective

successors are appointed.

B. Members of the Committee on Governance and Committee on Finance shall be

appointed by the Board following the annual meeting to serve until the next meeting

or until their respective successors are appointed.

C. Members of the Committee on Nominations shall be elected for a two (2) year term.

A vacancy shall be filled by an appointment by the Board.

D. The term of membership on the Committee on Continuing Education shall be

determined by each District Board of Directors.

Accountability

A. Standing Committees

1. Committee on Governance, Chaired by Secretary of ASNA, shall:

a. suggest, receive and prepare proposed amendment to the Bylaws of this

association; report them to the Board and submit them to the House of

Delegates for approval.

b. review the Bylaws of each district and advise changes in order to assure

conformity with the Bylaws of this association.

c. initiate, review, and prepare resolutions for presentation to the Board and/or

House of Delegates.

2. Committee on Membership, Chaired by the Vice President, shall:

a. devise ways and means of assisting districts that will promote active

membership.

b. assist in the development and dissemination of materials of ASNA in regard

to membership promotion and retention.

c. promote development of organizational leaders at the district and state level.

3. Committee on Nominations, Chair appointed by Board, shall:

a. submit the proposed slate of nominees to the Board for approval.

b. develop and implement criteria for solicitation and selection of nominees for

ASNA.

c. identify and solicit proposed nominees for ANA committee vacancies.

4. Committee on Finance, Chaired by the Treasurer, shall:

a. prepare and submit the annual budget to the Board for approval.

b. advise the Board as to income, investments, and expenditure of association

funds.

c. oversee the process of the funds request policy.

5. Committee on Continuing Education, Chair selected by the committee members

shall:

a. promote opportunities for the continuing professional development of nurses.

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b. follow ANCC guidelines and The Alabama Board of Nursing standards in

implementing the ASNA Continuing Education program.

B. Special Committees shall assume duties and responsibilities assigned by the Board.

Article VIII. Commission of Professional Issues

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Definition

An organized deliberative body which responds to professional nursing practice issues

essential to the purpose of ASNA.

Membership

The Commission on Professional Issues (COPI) shall consist of 8 members, elected

by the membership. The chairperson shall be appointed by the Board. Election of

Commission members shall be for a two-year term. Members are not allowed to serve

consecutive terms.

Accountability

The Commission is accountable to the Board and reports to the ASNA House of

Delegates.

Responsibilities

The Commission on Professional Issues shall:

A. develop policy alternatives essential to the purpose of ASNA and submit

recommendations to the Board.

B. provide for dissemination of information.

Vacancies

A. Absence from two consecutive meetings of the Commission shall be cause for

declaring a vacancy in that position.

B. A vacancy in the Commission shall be filled by the Board.

Article IX. Special Interest Groups

Section 1.

Section 2.

Definition

A Special Interest Group is a unit through which members of ASNA participate in the

improvement or advancement of the profession in an area of nursing practice or interest.

Special Interest Groups are established by and accountable to the Board.

Membership

A. Members of Special Interest Groups shall consist of persons with a common special

interest, issue, practice area or specialty.

B. Special Interest Groups shall be established by the Board upon evidence of a need

and interest of members in a particular area.

C. Any member of ASNA may affiliate with one or more Special Interest Groups upon

meeting eligibility requirements.

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Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Article X.

Section 1.

Section 2.

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Responsibilities: Each Special Interest Group shall:

A. provide opportunities for exchange of information, professional support,

collaboration and professional growth and leadership development.

B. develop standards, positions, and policies.

C. provide for dissemination of information.

D. establish eligibility requirements.

E. have elected officers and current Bylaws.

Any active Special Interest Groups may petition the Board for a seat on the Board.

Special Interest Groups may be dissolved by the Board when there is no longer evidence

of need.

Nominations and Elections

Nominations

A. Candidates for office shall meet established qualifications and shall consent to serve

if elected.

B. Individual members of ASNA shall be considered eligible for only one elective office

in ASNA at any one time.

C. An individual member of ASNA who meets the established qualifications for an

elective office may declare as a candidate by contacting the Nominating Committee.

D. The slate of candidates shall be published and distributed to all members at least 30

days prior to the annual meeting.

E. Nominations shall be accepted from the floor of the House of Delegates.

Elections

A. Elections shall be held annually following the approved schedule.

B. The president-elect and the treasurer shall be elected in even years; the vice

president and secretary shall be elected in odd years.

C. Election for officers, Nominating Committee, Commission on Professional Issues shall

be held at ASNA’s House of Delegates in accordance with policy.

D. Only elected ASNA delegates may vote at the ASNA HOD.

E. Ballots, whether electronic or manual, shall be tabulated by tellers at the House of

Delegates.

F. The plurality of votes cast by those entitled to vote and voting shall constitute an

election. In case of a tie, the choice shall be determined by lot at the convention.

G. Any challenge to the election shall be filed with the secretary within 30 days after

the results are announced.

H. All ballots and records of the election shall be destroyed after the time for challenge

has expired.

I. The term of office shall begin at the adjournment of ASNA House of Delegates.

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Article XI. Relationships with American Nurses Association

Section 1.

Section 2.

Membership

A. ASNA shall be bound by the obligation to pay dues to the ANA pursuant to the ANA

Bylaws and Membership Assembly policy until such time as 2/3 of the entire CMA

membership votes to disaffiliate from ANA. “CMA membership,” for these purposes,

is defined as individual members of the CMA who have ANA rights and privileges

of membership as a result of their CMA membership. The vote may occur by mail or

electronic ballot, with appropriate notice and procedures to protect the integrity and

validity of the vote. Any ANA dues increase shall be passed on to full ANA/ASNA

members.

B. Full members of ASNA shall continue to have all rights of membership provided

in the ANA Bylaws until such time as 2/3 of the entire CMA membership votes to

disaffiliate from the ANA. “CMA membership,” for these purposes, is defined as

individual members of the CMA who have ANA rights and privileges of membership

as a result of their CMA membership. The vote may occur by mail or electronic

ballot, with appropriate notice and procedures to protect the integrity and validity of

the vote.

Representation

A. Membership Assembly

1. ASNA is entitled to representation at regular and special meetings of the ANA

Membership Assembly in accordance with ANA Bylaws and policy.

2. Election of representatives:

a. Representatives and alternates ANAs Membership Assembly shall be ASNA/

ANA members in good standing.

b. Election of ANA Membership Assembly representatives and alternates will be

accomplished according to ASNA policy and procedure.

c. Representatives and alternate shall be elected for a 2-year term or until a

successor is elected.

d. Vacancies shall be filled with alternates elected from the elected ASNA

Executive Board.

e. The president and president-elect of this association shall be delegates.

Article XII. Amendments

Section 1.

Amendments with Notice

A. Amendments proposed by the Committee on Governance and approved by the

Board for action by the House of Delegates shall be finalized before the date of the

annual meeting and shall be distributed with the official notification of the meeting

the House of Delegates.

B. These Bylaws may be amended with prior notice at an annual or special meeting of

the House of Delegates by a two-thirds vote of the accredited delegates present.

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Amendments without Notice

These Bylaws may be amended without prior notice at an annual or special meeting of

the House of Delegates by 99 percent of the accredited delegates present.

Article XIII. Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised governs this association in all parliamentary situations that are not

provided for in the law or in the charter, Bylaws, or adopted rules of ASNA.

Article XIV. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of this association shall be the calendar year.

Article XV. Official Organs

The American Nurse, The Alabama Nurse, and The American Nurse Today shall be the official organs of

this association.

Article XVI. Disposition of Assets

No person shall possess any property right in or to the property or asset of the corporation. Upon

dissolution of the corporation and after all obligations are satisfied, all assets shall be distributed to an

eleemosynary corporation or non-profit business so designated by the Board at the time of disposition.

6/15/88

Amended 10/93 Amended 10/00 Amended 09/06 Amended 10/13

Amended 10/96 Amended 09/01 Amended 10/09 Amended 10/15

Amended 10/97 Amended 09/02 Amended 10/10

Amended 10/98 Amended 09/04 Amended 10/11

Current ASNA Bylaws – Reviewed and Accepted 2016, 2017

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SESSION NOTES

How would you rate the usefulness of this session?

Please use the scale where 1 = “not at all useful” and 5 = “very useful”

ASNA Convention – Thursday, October 4, 2018

Opening Plenary

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Afternoon Plenary – ABN Updates

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ASNA Convention – Friday, October 5, 2018

Keynote

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Leadership Academy

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Posters

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Mabel Lamb Continuing Education Day - Saturday, October 6, 2018

Clinical Focus

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Pharmacology Update

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Call for Abstracts

Elizabeth Morris Annual Clinical Sessions – FACES ‘19

Requested Topics

• Issues reflecting the future of Nursing

• Innovations in Nursing Care

• National or Global Issues/Initiatives

• Research

Oral and Poster Presentations

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Montgomery, Alabama

Abstract accepted on line only at www.alabamanurses.org

Presentation Requirements

• Poster presentations are accepted for easel or table top

• Abstracts completed on line do not need to be mailed

• Individuals accepted for presentation are expected to register for conference at a reduced rate

• At least one Poster presenter must be present/registered to present

Deadline for Submission: December 14, 2018

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Serve on an ASNA Committee for 2018-2019

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BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER

If you are willing to serve, please indicate your choice(s) on this form and return it to your District

President.

STANDING COMMITTEES

________Committee on Governance

________Committee on Membership

________Committee on Finance

________Committee on Continuing Education*

________Environmental Health & Safety Task Force

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

_________Committee on Awards

_________Committee on Convention

_________Committee on Ethics & Human Rights

_________Committee on Legislative

* Appointed by each District Board of Directors

Name________________________________________________________

Credentials_____________________________________ District________________________________

Address________________________________________________________________________________

City, State & Zip________________________________________________________________________

Home Phone____________________________ Work Phone___________________________________

Fax:_____________________________________ E-mail:________________________________________

Meetings may be held at the ASNA office, virtual (online) or by telephone conference.

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Available Positions for the 2019 Ballot

If you are willing to have your name placed on the ballot for any of the offices listed below, please

fill out this form and leave it at the Convention Registration Desk, or mail to: Alabama State Nurses

Association, 360 North Hull Street, Montgomery, ALA 36104-3658.

[ ] Vice President

[ ] Secretary

[ ] Commission on Professional Issues (4 needed)

[ ] Nominations Committee (2 needed, Districts 4 & 5)

Name____________________________________________________________ District #_____________

Address___________________________________________ Phone: (w)_____________________________

_________________________________________________ Phone: (h)_____________________________

_________________________________________________ E-mail________________________________

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