2019 NV Nurses Association Yearbook

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NNA Meeting of the Members

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2019 NNA Convention:

Inclusivity in Nursing

Saturday, September 14, 2019


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2019

Table of Contents

NNA Mission, Goals & Objectives........................................................................................................................................3

Annual Meeting Agenda...........................................................................................................................................................5

NNA Board of Directors........................................................................................................................................................8

Annual Meeting General Information...................................................................................................................................9

Report of President..................................................................................................................................................................11

2019 NNA Convention: Inclusivity in Nursing...................................................................................................................13

District 1 – President Report................................................................................................................................................19

Report – Committee on Nominations...........................................................................................................................20

Report – Environmental Health.......................................................................................................................................21

Report – Membership........................................................................................................................................................24

Nevada Nurses Foundation....................................................................................................................................................26

NNA Legislative Committee..................................................................................................................................................38

The Nightingale Tribute Reading............................................................................................................................................39

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• Prerequisites available online

• Certified cosmetic injectable instructors

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• FDA approved Dermal Fillers cosmetic

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• Hands on training 8 hrs. Theory and

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NNA Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission

The Nevada Nurses Association promotes professional nursing practice through continuing education,

community service, nursing leadership, and legislative activities to advocate for improved health and highquality

health care for citizens of Nevada.

Goals

• Promote and uphold excellence and integrity for the profession of nursing.

• Educate and advocate for accessible, affordable, quality health care for clients/consumers.

• Monitor the evolving role of the professional nurse.

Objectives

• Sustain a leadership role that actively supports individual nurses in their professional practice.

• Educate nurses about professional practice advocacy.

• Provide a proactive presence in legislative and regulatory activities for health related issues.

• Participate with consumers and health care groups in establishing health care policy.

• Encourage, promote, and support political candidates who demonstrated support of the mission, goals and

objectives of the Nevada Nurses Association.

• Be Strong, proactive presence in working with local, state, and national regulatory agencies involved in

healthcare.

• Collaborate with programs of higher education for nurses to enhance the image and integrity of the

profession.

• Promote nursing as a career option for men, women, and minorities targeting the elementary, secondary,

and postsecondary education settings.

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AGENDA FOR ANNUAL MEETING

Saturday, September 14, 2019

4:30- 5:30 p.m.

Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Shadow Lane Campus – Bldg. B

1001 Shadow Lane

Las Vegas, NV

Call to Order

Welcome & Opening Statements & Announcements

Officers Reports

Mary Bondmass, PhD, RN, CNE

President

Nicola Aaker, MSN, MPH, RN

Vice President

Glenn Hagerstrom, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE Treasurer

Rochelle Walsh, DNP, RN, PCCN

Secretary

Peggy Lee, BSN, RN

Director at Large

Amie Ruckman, MSN, RN

Director at Large

Christa Secord, MSN, FNP-BC

Director at Large

Darlene Bujold, BSN, RN President, District 1

Ruth Politi, PhD, RN President, District 3

Committee Reports

Election Results

Bernadette M. Longo, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CLN, FAAN

Nominations Committee Chair

Officer Installation Ceremony

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Nurses Day at the Legislature

“Advocacy: The Power of Nursing”

February 26, 2019

Photo credit to Dave Tyrell,

BSN, RN (Past NNA President)

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Nurses Day at the Legislature

“Advocacy: The Power of Nursing”

February 26, 2019

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NNA Board of Directors 2019

President

Mary Bondmass, PhD,

RN, CNE, MSN, BSN

2018-2020

Vice - President

Nicki Aaker, MSN, MPH, RN,

CNOR, PHCNS-BC

2018-2020

Secretary

Rochelle Walsh,

DNP, RN, PCCN

2017-2019

Treasurer

Glenn Hagerstrom, PhD,

APRN, FNP-BC, CNE

2018-2020

Director at Large

Christa Secord, MSN, FNP-BC

2018-2020

Director at Large

Peggy Lee, BSN, RN

2017-2019

Director at Large

Amie Ruckman, MSN, RN

2017-2020

Legislative Committee

Chair

Donna Miller, RN/EMSRN,

CMTE

2018-

District 1 President

Darlene Bujold, BSN, RN

2017-2019

District 3 President

Ruth Politi, PhD, RN

2017-2019

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General Information

Nevada Nurses Association

Notice of Annual Meeting of the Nevada Nurses Association Members

To the Members of the Nevada Nurses Association:

Please be advised that the regular annual meeting of the members of the Nevada Nurses Association

will be held 4:30-5:30 pm, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at:

Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Shadow Lane Campus—Bldg B

1001 Shadow Lane, LV 89106

Proposed Standing Rules for the NNA Meeting of the Members

Rule 1.

Only NNA members may vote; the member must show ID during registration

Rule 2.

To obtain the floor, a member may raise hand or rise and be recognized by the chairperson. Member gives his/her name and city

prior to speaking.

Rule 3.

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. Each speech may be no longer than three minutes.

Rule 4.

All main motions and amendments to the motion, except those of a routine nature, shall be in writing, signed by the maker, and shall

be sent at once to the secretary. Members may propose motions. Voting may be by voice vote or colored card as designated by

chairperson (Green-yes, red-no)

Rule 5.

Any substantive resolution, not of an emergency nature, must receive an affirmative 3/4 vote for consideration and a 2/3 vote for

adoption by the members attending the meeting.

Rule 6.

Debate on each proposed resolution, motion, or position statement shall be limited to 20 minutes.

This may be extended by chairperson.

Rule 7.

Members shall act only on the resolve portion of a resolution and the recommendation portion of reports. Clarification regarding

intent and meaning of the resolution and recommendation shall be handled according to procedure.

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President’s Report

Respectfully submitted by

Mary Bondmass, Ph.D., RN, CNE

President, Nevada Nurses Association

At the annual meeting of the Nevada Nurses Association (NNA) on September

22, 2018, I was sworn in as the NNA President. Since that time, I have had the

opportunity to work with several dedicated colleagues to lead our organization.

I would like to recognize and thank the NNA's Board of Directors, Committee

members, NNA's immediate past president, and our Executive Director for their

service. A general overview of NNA’s activities from October 2018 through

September 2019 is presented below; specific details are covered from the other

NNA Board and Committee members' reports in this Yearbook.

Mary Bondmass

In October 2018, NNA was a proud supporter of the Nevada Nurses

Foundation's (NNF) fund-raising gala Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada held in Sparks. The NNF is an

autonomous arm of NNA and is run entirely by volunteers to provide scholarships and grants to Nevada

nurses, as well as to recognize Nevada’s nurse leaders for their service to the profession. Nearly all of NNA’s

Board of Directors participated in some way to make the gala the success that it was. This year's celebration

will be on October 12, 2019, in Las Vegas, and the NNA is again actively involved in supporting and planning

the event. Another successful NNF event, the Big Hat High Tea, held on June 1, 2019, at the Governor's

mansion in Carson City, was also supported by NNA.

The Nevada state government was in session from February through June 2019, and NNA was involved

throughout that time including our sponsored event, Nurses Day at the Legislature, on February 26, 2019.

Throughout the legislative session, activities were continually monitored by our lobbyist to keep us aware of

any proposed bills that might affect Nursing. Our lobbyist met monthly with our larger Legislative Committee

and weekly with a smaller steering taskforce during the session to advise us on pending legislative issues;

letters of support or opposition from NNA were provided and became part of the historical record as

needed. Details on bills affecting Nursing are provided in the Legislative Committee report in this issue of the

Yearbook.

While the legislative session was the primary NNA focus during 2019, other activities were ongoing. The

NNA by-laws were revised and sent to our parent organization, the American Nurses Association (ANA),

for approval; NNA’s policies and procedure manual was also in review and revised in 2019. Two delegates

from NNA were sent to the ANA convention in Washington DC in June, wherein national nursing issues

were voted on. Also in 2019, mechanisms for engaging LPNs in NNA were instituted as well as an innovative

program of institutional group-membership rates was piloted. Additionally, the NNA begun a mentoring

program with the Nevada Nursing Student Association (NNSA) wherein students and recent nursing

graduates are paired with a seasoned NNA Board member for a year of learning while participating in NNA

activities. Last but not least of NNA’s activities in 2019, includes the convention which was collaboratively

planned with NNF and the NNSA.

It has been an eventful and successful year for NNA, and I am honored to have served with my NNA

colleagues to have been a part of it. I look forward to 2020 and encourage others to join in the planning and

participation of any NNA activities in the coming year.

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2019 NNA Convention: Inclusivity in Nursing

in collaboration with the

Nevada Nurses Foundation and the Nevada Nursing Student Association

Featuring Continuing Education, Plenary & Break-out Sessions, Posters, Vendors, Raffle Prizes and Networking!!

Day/Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time: 07:30 – 17:30

Location:

Fees:

*Agenda

Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

1001 Shadow Lane – Building B

Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

$100 (Non-NNA members)

$90 (NNA members and New RNs < 3 months as RN

$30 (undergraduate students)

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast/Posters/Vendors

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome

08:45 – 10:00 Opening Plenary

10:00 – 10:30 Raffle/Break/Posters/Vendors

10:30 – 11:45 Breakout sessions

11:45 – 13:00 Raffle/ Lunch/Posters/Vendors

13:00 – 14:15 Breakout sessions

14:15 – 15:00 Break/Vendors/Raffle

15:00 – 16:15 Closing Plenary

16:15 – 16:30 Closing Remarks/Raffle

16:30 – 17:30 NNA Meeting

*Agenda is tentative and subject to slight changes

6 Continuing Education Hours will be awarded for full attendance & completion of program evaluation

Visit NNA at nvnurses.org to register!

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NNA Convention: Opening Plenary Speaker

Lisa M. Meeks, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor

Institute for Health Policy and Innovation

Department of Family Medicine

University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Lisa M. Meeks is an expert in disabilities in education. As an administrative

leader and researcher, Meeks has co-authored several articles and books on

the subject of disability in medical education, helping to inform policy and best

practice in the area of disability services. She also consults with leading health

science programs, colleges, and universities on a myriad of disability related issues.

Lisa M. Meeks

Dr. Meeks is the co-founder and current President of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science

and Medical Education, co-developer of both the AAMC Disability Webinar Series and the UCSF Disability

Training Series for Faculty and Administrators, co-editor and author of the seminal text on disability in health

science The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education

and co-PI and lead author of the AAMC Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education:

Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities and co-creator of the social media campaign

#DocsWithDisabilities

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NNA Convention: Closing Plenary Speaker

Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Cynthia Clark is an award-winning, tenured Professor, Professor Emeritus,

and Strategic Nursing Advisor for ATI Nursing Education. As a clinician, she

specialized in adolescent mental health, substance abuse intervention and

recovery, and violence prevention. She is the Founder of Civility Matters and a

leading expert in fostering civility and healthy work environments. Her pioneering

work on fostering civility has brought national and international attention to

the controversial issues of incivility in academic and work environments. Her

theory-driven interventions, empirical measurements, theoretical models, and

reflective assessments provide best practices to foster civility and healthy work

environments around the globe.

Cynthia Clark

Dr. Clark serves as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Academy

of Nursing Education, and co-chaired the American Nurses Association Professional Panel on Incivility,

Bullying, and Workplace Violence. She is a prolific researcher, presenter, author; and professional blogger. Her

presentations number in the hundreds and her publications have appeared in a broad range of peer-reviewed

and open-access venues. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and service awards; including

the Most Inspirational Professor Award, the International Community-Campus Partnership for Health Award,

and the prestigious Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education, awarded by Sigma Theta Tau

International. Her book, “Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education,” received 1st place honors as

the 2013 AJN Book of the Year. The 2nd edition is now available and a must-read for all educators and health

care professionals.

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Professional Development

By Nicki Aaker, MSN, RN

CEU opportunities are available to Nevada Nurses Association members free of

charge. There are two online courses along with a variety of in person courses.

Visit the website, www.nvnursing.org, to learn about upcoming courses available

to you in your area. NNA is always looking for more courses to offer our

members so if you have a course you developed and would like to share it with

nurses, please contact Nicki Aaker at naaker@aol.com or 775-843-8198.

During July 2018 – May 2019, the following CEU opportunities were offered to

Nevada Nurses Association members free of charge:

• Bioterrorism* - 4.0 CEUs –Narrated PowerPoint course on the NNA

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website

• Diabetes and Insulin - 1.0 CEU, (NNA District #1), Presented by Dr. Jean Lyon

• Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - 1.5 CEUs, course on the NNA website,

Developed and presented by Catherine S. Wade, M.S., M.S.N., R.N., P.H.N., L.A.D.C.-P.C.

• Forensic Nursing: Roles, Settings, Patients, and Essential Collaborations - 1.0 CEUs, (Annual

Meeting), Presented by Rachell A. Ekroos, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, AFN-BC, DF-IAFN, FAAN

• Rural Healthcare Symposium - 7.5 CEUs, (Elko)

o The Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency; Trends, Patterns, and Implication for Your Practice

– Terry Kerns, PhD, MSN

o Las Vegas Disaster Lessons Learned – Chris Lake, Nevada Hospital Hospital

o Psychological 1st Aid/Stress Management After Disasters – Danel Lipparelli, LSW

o Pediatric Sepsis – Scott Lamprecht, DNP, APRN

o Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Scott Lamprecht, DNP, APRN

o Starting the Conversation: End of Life Discussions, Understanding Care Options, and Nevada

POLST – Julie Wagner, PhD, MSN, RN

o SANE Nursing – Norah Lusk, BSN, RN

o Stop the Bleed Basic and Train the Trainers – Carol Bottorf, RN

• safeTALK - 3.0 CEUs – State of Nevada, Office of Suicide Prevention

o This course is offered throughout the state and Nursing CEUs will be offered for all classes

conducted by the State of Nevada, Office of Suicide Prevention – when registering and

signing in, let the instructor know you want Nursing CEUs

• Understanding Your Responsibility When Accepting a Patient Assignment - 1.0 CEU, (NNA

District #3), Presented by Beth Hock, RN, MSA, NE-BC, FACHE

*Nurses in Nevada have a licensure requirement to take a one-time four (4) hour educational course “relating to consequences

of an act of terrorism that involves the use of a weapon of mass destruction” (NRS 632.343). NNA offers a course that fulfills

this requirement and is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. This course was updated and is now narrated with quiz

questions throughout the course. Once this post test is passed, the CEU Certificate is printed immediately. As an additional benefit,

nurses will be able to retrieve their certificate electronically if lost.

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NNA District 1: Continues to Provide Educational and

Networking Opportunities to its Members.

Darlene C. Bujold BSN, RN, MSHI

NNA District 1 President

District 1 President Article

It’s been an active time for District 1 members. On August 2nd, a breakfast

meeting was held in Reno at the Black Bear Diner where attendees were

presented with an enlightening discourse on the strides being made in diabetes

management. Dr. Jean Lyon, PhD, APRN and nurse educator presented this topic.

Heidi Johnson,

DNP

The Rural Health Symposium hosted by the NNA Rural Nursing

Committee was held on August 18, 2018. Heartfelt thanks go out

to Heidi Johnson, DNP and all those who participated in planning

and organizing a successful CEU event. Heidi was able to secure

the campus theater at Great Basin College in Elko, which provided

attendees with a perfect venue.

The day began with a riveting presentation from Dr. Terry Kerns,

who is the current substance abuse/law enforcement coordinator

for the NV Attorney General’s Office. She spoke on the topic of the

opioid crisis as a public health emergency, and how it impacts our practice. Attendees

were also provided with a train-the-trainer’s course on the “Stop the Bleed” initiative

by an American Medical Response (AMR) team from Flying ICU, of Las Vegas.

Darlene C. Bujold

“Stop the Bleed”

Presentation

Dr. Scott Lamprecht, DNP, APRN engaged, entertained and educated the crowd on the topics of Sepsis and

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the pediatric population. Disaster management and preparedness were discussed

by both Chris Lake from the Nevada Hospital Association relating to the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, and

Danel Lipparelly, LSW from the Red Cross, who shared her experiences in “Psychological 1st Aid/Stress

Management” after disasters. Dr. Julie Wagner, PhD, MSN, RN was able to instruct attendees on “Starting the

Conversation: End of Life Discussion, Understanding Care Options and Nevada POLST.” SANE Nurse Norah

Lusk, BSN, RN provided an impactful discussion and provided the opportunity for members to “Take the

Pledge” to “Start by Believing” (when someone reports they were raped or sexually assaulted).

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Committee on Nominations

By Committee Chair:

Bernadette M. Longo, PhD, RN, CNL, PHNA-BC, FAAN

“Service is part of every nurse’s role to advance our

profession and improve health for all!”

NNA’s 2019 Election brought forth some exceptional candidates. The pool of

nurse candidates was highly qualified, experienced with the issues facing frontline

nursing, and passionate about our discipline. These candidates represented the

vast geography of our state, as well as professional experiences from frontline

nursing to academic roles. All were visionaries, and all were willing to serve! NNA

is grateful to have had them willing to step forward to carry out our mission.

Bernadette M. Longo

NNA as an organization has been growing in our presence at the legislature and in day-to-day activities that

advocate for nurses and citizens across the Silver State. NNA’s mission is to “advance and uphold excellence,

integrity, and autonomy in the practice of nursing, and to advocate for accessible, quality health care for all.” Serving

on an NNA board allows a nurse to actively play a part in providing input, give recommendations, and lead

activities that impact nursing practice and health care.

This year’s “Committee on Nominations” were provided the opportunity to create a structure for future

candidacy and elections that would shape the future of our organization.

Some highlights of this year’s Nominations Committee:

• The “Policy & Procedure for Nominations” & “"Call to Serve" were updated for use by future

committees.

• Advertisements were sent out to all NNA Members encouraging them to be a candidate. The ads

featured State Director Peggy Lee "Board Service is Rewarding" and former NNA President Dave Tyrell

"Be at the table - not on the menu.”

• Emails were sent out to each expiring NNA Board member thanking them for their service and having

them consider reapplying as candidates.

• Emails of the “Call to Serve” were sent out to all of Nevada's schools of nursing.

• Periodic posts about nominations were displayed on NNA’s Facebook page.

• Emails were sent to all directors of nursing for northern Nevada hospitals,

STEP FORWARD & SERVE

and the cities of Lovelock, Winnemucca, Fallon, and Gardnerville to inform

them of the opportunity for service with NNA.

• Overall informal efforts were made by NNA Board members to share the

opportunity to serve.

For 2020 - please consider stepping forward and run as a candidate for a board

position – YOU can make a difference for nursing and healthcare in Nevada!

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NNA’s Environmental Health Committee

By Committee Chair:

Bernadette M. Longo, PhD, RN, CNL, PHNA-BC, FAAN

It’s hard to believe that the Environmental Health Committee celebrates our 6th

year anniversary! Despite daily reminders of a changing climate and the role of the

environment to human health, NNA is still only one of a handful of state nursing

organizations hosting such a committee. The goals of the committee include: (1)

educating nurses on ANA's Principles of Environmental Health, (2) informing

nurses, in an unbiased manner, on a variety of issues affecting our state as selected

from national-level initiatives, (3) disseminating knowledge via RNInformation, and

(4) representing NNA on state/national events or initiatives for environmental

health.

Bernadette M. Longo

Nightingale’s Environmental Theory prompts the nurse to alter the environment in order to affect change in

patient/population health. As nurses in Nevada, we advocate for healthy environments from the bedside to our

entire planet. We understand the role of clean air and water, safe provisions, a healthy biome of flora and fauna,

an ecosystem of safe human/animal interactions, and the importance to minimize exposures to toxins. Nevada

is home to naturally occurring and anthropogenic events that can challenge population health: earthquakes,

radon gas, ozone and particle air pollution, wildfires, and animal/vector-borne illnesses.

Topics addressed & activities this year included:

• Proclamation of January as “Radon Testing Awareness Month”

• Reporting of animal bites (collaborated with Carson City Health and Human Services)

• Evidence of the health benefits from outdoor “nature” activities

• Update on lead poisoning with information on newly recognized sources, and Nevada’s need for

improved pediatric testing

• State of the Air across Nevada (collaborated with American Lung Association of Nevada)

• Dr. Longo represented nursing for a deployment of the U.S. Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group to the

eruption at Kilauea volcano in Hawai`i.

In 2020, a new Continuing Education on the principals of environmental health will be released with free CEUs

to NNA members. The committee is welcoming new members, please contact NNA’s Director.

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Pre-Event Dinner for NDAL

Dinner was held at La Posada Real in

Carson City.

Photo credit to Dave Tyrell, BSN, RN

(Past NNA President)

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Pre-Event Dinner for NDAL

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NNA Membership

Peggy Lee, BSN, RN - Chair

The Nevada Nurses Association (NNA)

Membership Committee has been working very

hard at recruiting and retaining NNA members.

In collaboration with NNA’s District 3 we were

able to host one of many more to come event

on safe staffing and the responsibilities of a

nurse when it comes to staffing. NNA members

discussed the challenges they have faced and were

given the opportunity to

Peggy Lee

seek advice from hospital

administrators. NNA was also fortunate to have nursing

students present for our first ever “Sip and Learn” and

they were just as enthusiastic as the nurses present to

help make a positive change in nursing.

Beth Hock presenting at the “Sip and Learn”

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NNA Membership

The Membership Committee was also fortunate

to attend the Nevada State College Student Mixer.

The number of new grad nurses signing up for NNA

continues to grow and NNA is constantly looking for

ways to support this new group of nurses joining the

world of nursing. Many of our members participate

in the American Nurses Association (ANA) online

community for Early Career nurses where they can

find additional support for the adjustment of going

from a student to new nurse. As the relationship with

the student nursing associations and NNA continues

to grow, NNA hopes to see the continued increase in

nursing leaders and plan to provide many networking

opportunities.

As always it has been a pleasure to serve as the chair

for the NNA Membership Committee and I encourage

each of you to get involved and ask that you encourage

your colleagues to help move the profession of nursing

forward.

Dave Tyrell, Past NNA President; Pam Cipriano,

Past ANA President, and Peggy Lee, NNA

Darlene Bujold, D1 President; Janet Haebler, ANA and

Peggy Lee, NNA at ANAI.

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Thank you for an incredible year 2018 has been for the Nevada Nurses Foundation (NNF)! The NNF is

the charitable and philanthropic arm of the Nevada Nurses Association (NNA). In October 2014, the NNF

became a federally recognized 501(c)(3) and is committed to carrying out the mission of increasing access

of quality health care to Nevada citizens by promoting the professional development of nursing through

scholarships, grants, and recognition. The NNF values shape who we are and what we do.

Nevada Nurses Foundation Values:

• Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

• Collaboration: the action of working with others to produce or create something.

• Quality: a distinctive degree of excellence; high standard or condition.

• Stewardship: the action of being fiscally responsible.

The NNF awarded $12,000.00 in scholarships in 2015. We are pleased to say that since our fruition, over

$95,500 has been awarded to 89 scholarship and three grant recipients throughout Nevada! I applaud all of

the applicants for the work they are doing and have yet to accomplish! The hard work and dedication from

our committed Executive Board, Advisory Board and the many volunteers who have donated their time, talent

and charitable donations is very much appreciated. Thank you to everyone who supports the Nevada Nurses

Foundation and follows us on social media. If you would like to make a genuine difference in Nevada and align

with the NNF mission, please email your inquiries to info@NVNursesFoundation.org or call 775-560-1118.

As the NNF progresses and grows, the vision expands. The NNF is successful in meeting the 2018 goals.

We hope to award all qualified applicants a scholarship or grant and recognize all nurses and rising star

student nurses who lead, advocate, and provide quality healthcare in Nevada. The NNF would like to sponsor

endowments at all Nevada Nursing Educational Institutions and support more programs, projects and

research aimed at increasing access of quality health care for our Nevada community.

Mark your calendar! Scholarships are awarded twice a year. Applications are online and open for the full

month of February and August. They are redacted to eliminate personal identifiers before evaluators from

Nevada and other states judge the applications. After license and NNA membership verification is complete,

the applicants are notified of the results and recognized at the following NNF fundraising event. The NNF

awards 16 scholarships, eight in the spring and fall. The categories are:

• Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

• Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

• Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to Registered Nurse (RN)

• Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN)

• Pre-licensure to Nursing (ADN or BSN)

• Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)

• Master of Nursing Degree (MSN)

• Doctor of Nursing Degree (DNP, PhD)

• Numerous named legacy scholarships

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Congratulations to the 2018 Nevada Nurses Foundation scholarship recipients!

Spring 2018

Lorin-Pierre Andre, NNF Pre-licensure to nursing, Nevada State College

Joel Fairfield, NNF RN2BSN, Great Basin College

Katylynn Hymas, NNF MSN, University of Nevada, Reno

Jennifer Lewis, NNF CNA2RN, Great Basin College

Vimal Patel, Betty Razor Scholarship, Nevada State College

Melissa Washabaugh, NNA District 1 Scholarship, University of Nevada, Reno

Jaime Young, NNF Doctorate, University of Nevada, Reno

Fall 2018

Jocelyn Allen, NNF Doctorate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jennifer Brown, Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship by Carson Tahoe Health, Nevada State College

Darlene Bujold, Elizabeth and John Fildes Scholarship, ANAI

Monique Chouquer, Praus & Choe Scholarship, Nevada State College

Brian Dankowski, Walt and Inez Russell Scholarship Fund, University of Nevada, Reno

Maria D’Errico, NNF Doctorate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kristin Karmann, Maude Arnold & Ethel Ann Lewis Scholarship by Martha Drohobyczer

Marcy Matys, NNF LPN2RN, Great Basin College

JoAnne McCready, NNF RN2BSN, Nevada State College

Felicia Nazareno, NNF CNA2RN, Nevada State College

Sherry Stofko, NNF MSN, Western Governors University

Sarah Thompson, NNF Pre-licensure to nursing, University of Nevada, Reno

Legacy Scholarships are created on behalf of an individual or organization who then selects the name of the

scholarship, amount of the award, and required criteria. The scholarship can be an annual donation, one time

donation, or through an endowment. Creating a Legacy Scholarship is a wonderful way to honor a loved one,

support a specialty in nursing or vulnerable population, give back to nursing and impact the delivery of quality

care in Nevada. Thank you to the NNF Legacy Scholarship sponsors:

2018 Legacy Scholarships

• Arthur L. Davis Publishing Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Stephen and Elizabeth Miller

• NNA District 1 Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Nevada Nurses Association

• Optum Health Scholarship, $1,000 (two scholarships); donated by Optum Health

• Walt and Inez Russell Scholarship, $500; donated by Robert Russell

• Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Carson Tahoe Health

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2019 Legacy Scholarships

• Patricia Herlihy Alfsonso Nursing Scholarship, donated by family & friends of Pat Alfonso

• Praus & Choe Scholarships, $1,000; donated by Teresa Praus, APRN, & Dr. Ian Choe

• Margaret Curley Endowed Nursing Scholarship, donated by friends & family of Margaret Curley

• Lauren Nicole Delameter Nursing Scholarship, donated by family & friends of Lauren

Delameter, Emergency Nurse

• Nevada Nurses Association, $1,000; donated by Nevada Nurses Association

• Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Carson Tahoe Health

• Kurt Patterson Scholarship Grant, $1,000; donated by Dr. Andal Foundation

The Nevada Nurses Foundation accepts donations to specific scholarship funds. If you would like to

contribute to an established fund or create a new fund, you may do so by visiting the website at https://

nvnursesfoundation.org/Donations/, calling 775-560-1118 or mailing a check to the Nevada Nurses

Foundation, P.O. Box 34047, Reno, Nevada 89533. When creating a new fund, you get to name it and set

the criteria. Once the scholarship reaches the desired amount, the scholarship is awarded. Growing Legacy

Scholarships open for your contribution:

• Pat Alfonso Scholarship

• Jami-Sue Coleman Scholarship (Awarded to a nurse enrolled in a PhD program)

• Margaret Curley (NNA membership required)

• Lauren Delameter, MSN, RN

• Deloris Middlebrooks Legacy of Nursing Scholars Fund

• Betty Razor Scholarship

• Rural & Frontier Nursing Scholarship (Rural/Frontier residence/employment required)

• Walt & Inez Russell Nursing Scholarship Fund (Rural nurse requirement)

An endowment is a donation of $10,000 or property to the Nevada Nurses

Foundation, which uses the subsequent investment income for a scholarship,

grant, or in ways proposed by the donor.

After being an annual Legacy Scholarship Sponsor for several years, Dr. John and

Debra Scott established the first NNF endowed nursing scholarship in 2017. An

endowed scholarship is a gift that keeps on giving never losing the integrity of the

original gift! With a substantial contribution of $10,000 or more, the endowment

is awarded after reaching sufficient growth. Thank you for creating the Dr. John

and Debra Scott Endowed Nursing Scholarship fund and placing your trust in the

Nevada Nurses Foundation!

Debra Scott and

Dr. John Scott

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Nevada Nurses Foundation Fallen Stars

“Nursing is a calling, a way of life and service profession that cannot be lived in isolation. Nurses rely on each

other for the synergistic effect of teamwork in our efforts of care giving. It is appropriate that we honor our

colleagues during their career and also at the end of life’s journey” adapted from Jaeger, 2003.

In 2018, Nurses throughout the world began grieving the loss of Mrs.

Margaret Curley, BSN, RN. She was the Nevada Nurses Foundation,

Co-Founder and NNA/NNF Liaison, 2018 Shining Stars of Nursing

in Nevada Distinguished Nurse Leader with Lifetime Achievement

Award winner and Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement, Nevada

Nurses Association, District 1 Leader recipient. Ian Curley, her loving

husband, created the Margaret Curley, Endowed Nursing Scholarship

fund in memory of her remarkable impact to Nevada nursing. Margaret

emulated leadership, advocacy, professionalism, integrity, innovation,

inclusivity, and involvement. Among many of her achievements, Margaret

was the past Executive Director of the Nevada Nurses Association, just retiring months before her passing.

Margaret will be remembered as a loving, kind, and influential woman, friend, and leader.

The Lauren Nicole Delameter Nursing Scholarship fund in the memory of Lauren

was created in 2019. She graduated from Carrington College with her nursing degree

and Orvis School of Nursing with her RN to BSN and Masters in Nursing in the Nurse

Practitioner track. Lauren became a certified emergency room nurse. This amazing young

woman was a strong advocate for advanced education in nursing and was an inspiration to

all her peers to pursue higher levels of nursing education. She accomplished much in such a

short amount of time. She always promoted excellence in nursing practice through being a

strong patient advocate, hard work, and education on all levels of nursing practice.

Pat Alfonso, MSN, RN, was born in Los Angeles in 1925. Although she wanted to attend

college, in 1943 women seeking formal higher education was not encouraged. Instead, she

learned to type and take shorthand and worked as a secretary for the Hancock Engineering

department at USC, where she met her future husband, Charles C. Alfonso. They were

married in 1947 and had five children during their 25-year marriage. After his untimely

death, Pat fulfilled her dream of furthering her education and earned her Bachelor of

Science from Mt. Saint Mary's College just before turning 50 years old. She went on to earn

a Master of Nursing from UCLA in 1977.

Pat spent over a decade as a director of nursing in various California hospitals before transitioning to

Northern Nevada to teach psychology at UNR's Orvis School of Nursing. While in Reno, Pat obtained her

APN credentials and served the mental health community of Northern Nevada through private practice,

teaching at various local colleges, and serving on the Nevada State Nursing Board. When she retired at age 80,

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she had served the mental health community in Northern Nevada for over 15 years. As her health declined,

nurses and caregivers — many her own former students — stepped up to offer exemplary care and support.

The gratitude and respect shown to Pat in her final days allowed her to pass from this life with dignity and

peace. Her legacy lives on in her students as they continue to care for others.

The Foundation established the Jami-Sue Coleman Scholarship Fund in memory of a

truly remarkable Nevada nurse, missionary, and nursing instructor. In addition to her LPN and

RN certifications, Jami-Sue held a number of degrees, including BSN, two masters’ degrees, and

a PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She worked at Carson

Tahoe Hospital and Saint Mary's Medical Center in Nevada in a wide variety of departments,

but particularly enjoyed caring for children at Saint Mary's. She spent five years as a nurse

missionary working with the poor in Papua New Guinea, the Himalayas, and Turkey.

Her interests turned to nursing education, and she generously funded the Jami-Sue Coleman Scholarship in

2016 and 2017 administered by the Nevada Nurses Foundation. Please consider a donation to continue a

yearly scholarship in her name targeted toward students pursuing a doctorate in nursing.

The Dr. Deloris Middlebrooks Legacy of Nursing Scholars Fund was created to honor

an icon in Nevada nursing, receiving her PhD in Education from the University of Nevada, Las

Vegas in 1985. She graduated with a Diploma from the Evangelical Hospital School Nursing in

1956 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from State University Iowa in 1958. She received a

Master of Science in Nursing at the University California, San Francisco in 1960.

Career: Instructor, coordinator, Nevada Eastern State Hospital School Practical Nursing, Sparks, 1963-

1966; staff nurse, St. Mary's Hospital, Reno, 1968; instructor, coordinator, Reno VA School Practical Nursing,

1968-1972; instr. coordinator health occupations, Wooster High School, 1972-1973; nursing faculty, Truckee

Meadows Community College, 1973-1994; retired, Truckee Meadows Community College, 1994; intermittent

staff nurse, Veterans Administration Hospital., 1984-1986; instructor, review course, Stanley Kaplan Ednl.

Center, 1987-1989; clinical nursing faculty, Western Nevada Community College, Carson City, 1987; clinical

nursing faculty, Northern Nevada Community College, Elko, 1979-1993; guest associate professor nursing,

Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho., 1989. Consultant Irish Board Nursing, Dublin, Ireland, 1985.

Two weeks prior to her passing, I had the pleasure of visiting with Dr. Middlebrooks and privilege of telling

her a legacy fund in her name was created. She was humbled, honored and delighted, however, said “I don’t

deserve such a wonderful recognition.” She said she was planning on creating a scholarship but due to her

circumstances was unable to do so. She had previously attended the Big Hat High Tea and although she

couldn’t enjoy the delicious treats again, wanted me to share the menu with her as she savored the memory.

What an honor to know such an incredible woman, nurse, and educator. This fund will be used to further the

Foundation's mission to promote professional development of nurses. Please consider a donation to help raise

funds on her behalf.

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The “Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada” was an incredible GALA! Held in the Celebrity Showroom inside the

Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada. Nevada students, nurses, certified nursing assistants and licensed practical

nurses received recognition for sitting on a board, advancing their nursing degree, obtaining certification in

their practice, and contributing to increasing access to quality healthcare.

Volunteer nursing students shining on the red carpet!

Dean for Orvis School of Nursing: Deb Thomas; 2017

NNF Distinguished Nurse Leader winner: Patsy

Ruchala; 50 under 50 winner Dr. Wei-Chen Tung

Congratulations, Anna Anders, Carson Tahoe Health’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice

President for winning the 2018 Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada People’s Choice CNO/

DON Award! Anna holds her award and stands with her Carson Tahoe Health team!

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50 Under 50! Fifty Nevada Nurse Leaders

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2018 “Over the Rainbow” Big Hat High Tea fundraiser, held at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion was on

Saturday, April 7, 2018 was an amazing event with many scholarship recipients and sponsors in attendance. The

room was transformed by Through a Child’s Eyes Foundation. Thank you to the Bakery Gallery for not only

serving an amazing array of delicious food but also donating a Tea for Ten as a silent auction gift. Carson Tahoe

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Health and Anna Anders, thank you, for being a Ruby Level Event Sponsor! Thank you to Nevada’s attorney

General, Adam Laxalt and his beautiful family for attending the tea and showing your support. Carson City

Sheriff Kenny Furlong attended the tea in 2017 and 2018 and recognizes nurses for their commitment to

ensuring the health and safety of others. Thank you to Rev. Dr. Denise Ogletree McGuinn for blessing the

tea and Dave Tyrell for promoting advocacy in nursing. Thank you to the wonderful tea volunteers: Courtney

Curcio, Heidi Costello, Rocio Cruz, Beverly DePaz, Ashleigh Doherty, Megan Geisinger, Erika Hahn, Bethany

Hernandez, Jessica Imlach, Morgan Leu, Jamie Merjano, Emily McEnulty, Alyx Olguin, Valerie Perez, Jessica

Richard, Kara Rodota, Sarah Thompson, and Alyssa Wilson. Many thanks to our amazing Big Hat High Tea

volunteers: Nicki Aaker, Karen Bearer, Darlene Bujold, Rocio Cruz, Courtney Cursio, Ian and Margaret Curley,

Beverly DePaz, Kelly Farley, Glenn Hagerstrom, Heidi Johnston, Vicky Lang Catlin, Madelon Lawson, Denise

Ogletree McGuinn, Alyx, Bruce, Daniel, and Sandy Olguin, Dave Owens, Carolyn and Lyle Pritchett, Linda

Saunders, Shelley Martin, Dave Tyrell, Val Wedler, and Julie Wagner.

Thank you to the Nevada Nurses Foundation Board of Directors, Advisory Board, event planning teams,

entertainers, and sponsors. The success of the Foundation relies on you! Without you, the NNF would not be

able to influence the delivery of quality healthcare and award scholarships, grants, and recognitions.

• President and Chief Executive Officer: Sandra M. Olguin, DNP, MSN, RN

• Vice President: Denise Ogletree McGuinn, APRN, FNP, RN, D. Minn.

• Chief Financial Officer: Glenn Hagerstrom, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE

• Secretary: Heidi Johnston, DNP, RN, CNE

• Director and Scholarship and Grant Recipient Liaison: Dave Tyrell, BSN, RN

• Director and Community Outreach Coordinator: Karen Bearer, MA Ed, BSN, RN

Advisory Board

• Nicki Aaker, MSN, RN

• Mary Bemker, PhD, MSN, RN, CADC, LPCC

• Greg Bermeosolo, BSN, RN

• Mary Bondmass, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE

• Darlene Bujold, MSHI, BSN, RN

• Judi Carrion, EdD, MSN-Ed MSHS, RN, CNOR

• Vicky Lang Catlin, MSN-Ed, RN, CLE, CNE

• Rocio Cruz, BSN, RN

• Ian Curley, BA

• Maria D’Errico, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, RN

• Rhone D’Errico, DNP, MSN, PMHNP, RN

• Kelly Farley, MS

• Justin Federico

• DJ Henderson, RN

• Shelley Martin, BPH, BSN, RN

• Jennifer McCarthy, DNP, PMHNP, RN

• Mark Miller

• Arvin Operario, MBA, BSN, RN

• Dave Owens

• Lyle Pritchett, MS, BS

• Leonel Sanchez

• Linda Saunders, MSN, RN

• Elizabeth Solomon, MSN, RN

• Julie Wagner, PhD, MSN, RN

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2019

The “Crowns and Tiaras” Big Hat High Tea will be held on June 1, 2019 at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion.

The Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada Awards Gala

held in Las Vegas at the Blind Center of Nevada on

October 12, 2019. (See page 36)

It takes a village to plan and produce amazing

events! Please consider how you can help! Here are

a few ways you can support the NNF and make a

difference:

• Participate in event planning

• Share your resources

• Volunteer at an event

• Join the Advisory Board

• Donate your talent, time, or gift

• Make a charitable donation

• Lead a fundraising event

• Be a corporate sponsor

• Promote the Foundation

• Follow us on Social Media (Facebook,

Twitter, and Instagram)

• Apply for a nursing scholarship or

grant

Thank you and have great days,

Sandy

Sandra M. Olguin, DNP, MSN, RN

President, Chief Executive Officer

Nevada Nurses Foundation

P.O. Box 34047

Reno, Nevada 89533

O: 775-560-1118

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NNF Financial Report

Dr. Glenn Hagerstrom, NNF Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer:

The Nevada Nurses Foundation had a very productive year in 2018. The NNF

received approximately $11,000 in donations specifically for scholarships and

$1,670 in other donations in 2018. Approximately $44,800 was earned from

fundraising events such as the “Over the Rainbow” Big Hat High Tea and the

Shining Stars of Nursing dinner. These amounts demonstrate that only 22% of our

revenue for the year came from donations whereas 78% of our revenue came

from our own fundraising efforts. The Foundation awarded a total of $18,908.16

in scholarships and grants in 2018, which represented 73% of the total expenses

for the year. The remainder of our expenses were for operational and fundraising

event costs. The Foundation spent 3% for marketing. With your support, we look

forward to another successful year in 2019.

Dr. Glenn Hagerstrom

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NNA Legislative Committee

In the spirit of our 2019 Nurses Day at the

Legislature theme, “Advocacy – the Power of

Nursing,” the NNA Legislative Committee embodies

this ideal through empowering individual nurses

to share their knowledge with policymakers to

proactively achieve legislative change for patients and

our nursing-peers alike.

Legislative advocacy is a process that takes time.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made an

indelible impact on nursing advocacy as evidence

that change is possible at a national level. Now that

there is encompassing legislative language about our

healthcare system in federal law, nurse leaders must

advocate for amendments to the ACA language to

Amie Ruckman, MSN,

RN – Northern Nevada

Legislative Co-Chair

Donna Miller, RN/EMSRN,

CMTE – Southern Nevada

Legislative Co-Chair

move it from theory to practice that is truly practicable. We need nurses to engage in the legislative process

to affect positive and lasting change in healthcare, at both the local and the national levels.

The Legislative Committee invites all NNA members to join us in the legislative process even if you are not

on the committee. We encourage you to contact your legislator(s) and provide them with your healthcare

expertise and nursing knowledge. Most legislators are part-time and do not have a healthcare background.

They really appreciate their nursing constituents acting as a resource on these healthcare bills. Please see the

NNA website for details on how to contact your legislator.

Some key points to know and understand about the NNA Legislative Committee and the Nevada Legislature:

• Nevada has biennial legislative sessions that last from January to June in odd years.

• NNA does not endorse candidates for office.

• NNA is a respected authority on legislative issues that affect nursing, our profession, public health, and

patient care.

• NNA pays and utilizes a lobbyist firm, year-round, to guide us and provide direction and strategies for

our legislative efforts.

• The Legislative Committee meets monthly throughout the year and weekly when the legislature is in

session from January to June.

• The committee meets by teleconference at no additional cost to the members.

• Every other year, when the legislature is in session, the Nevada Nurses Association in conjunction with

the legislature hosts a day for the nurses to come to the capitol For many nurses and students this

is a new experience: sitting with their legislator during the session, attending a legislative committee

hearing, seeing and hearing testimony and presentations from our peers.

The Legislative Committee welcomes new members and fostering legislative advocacy in all nurses. You can

make a difference! Please contact us via the information on our NNA’s website.

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The Nightingale Tribute Reading

Nursing is a calling, a lifestyle, a way of living. Nurses here today honor our

colleague Margaret Curley who is no longer with us and their life as a nurse.

Margaret Curley is not remembered by her many years as a nurse, but by the

difference she made during those years by stepping into people’s lives, by special

moments.

She Was There

When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed,

She was there.

In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life,

She was there.

When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member of friend,

She was there.

At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained,

She was there.

When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind,

She was there.

When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed,

She was there.

In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of chocolates,

She was there.

To witness humanity,—its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment,

She was there.

To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope,

She was there

And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side,

She is there.

Margaret Curley

December 31, 1947 –

November 28, 2018

This Photo by Unknown

Author is licensed under CC

BY-SA-NC

Margaret Curley, we honor you this day and present this white rose and

light this candle to symbolize our honor and appreciation for being our nurse

colleague.

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Thank you, Nurses of Nevada!

The time, commitment and compassion you give daily

does not go unnoticed. While you may not hear the

words “Thank You,” know that what you do

every day is important.

To the Nevada Nurses Association (NNA) members

who have dedicated precious time and talent to the

NNA as an officer, committee member or chair or

who stepped up to help at any time, thank you.

Your ideas, input and enthusiasm have assisted in

making NNA an organization to be proud of.

Nevada Nurses Association

PO Box 34660

Reno, NV 89533

(775) 747-2333

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Thank You

To Our Everyday Heroes

The Nurses & Donors Who Make

The Gift of Life Possible

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855.683.6667

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procurement organization. Our primary function is to coordinate, recover and

allocate lifesaving organs and healing tissues and corneas for transplantation

and research on behalf of our heroic donors.

Visit: www.nvdonor.org


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