2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Yearbook


2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention


The 2019 ASNA Annual Convention and House of Delegates is

dedicated to Dr. Ellen B. Buckner, Ph.D., RN, CNE, AE-C, FNAP

Dr. Ellen Buckner is the epitome of leadership for Alabama nurses

and beyond. She has been a part of the Alabama State Nurses

Association’s Leadership Academy since its inception in 2012.

This academy has had a positive impact on building leaders for

the Alabama State Nurses Association, including the current

president, president-elect, immediate past president, and many

district presidents. Three of the current Leadership Academy

steering committee members were also past participants. Two

of the alumni went on to be elected to national offices with the

American Nurses Association. Many participants have published

articles in The Alabama Nurse.

For 2018-19, Dr. Buckner served as President of ASNA District 3.

Teamwork, planning and collaboration are ideals that were put into action

under her leadership. Consequently, District 3 had a banner year in service, membership growth and


Dr. Buckner has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has presented on local, state,

national, and international levels. Her scholarly work focuses on honors education, interprofessional

education, and application of the Roy Adaptation Model. Of note, most of her presentations and

articles have been completed with a team. This fact exemplifies the enduring teamwork qualities she

consistently promotes.

Dr. Buckner has received numerous awards. Her honors include the following:

• Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, Nursing Academy, National Academies of Practice, 2019

• Faculty Excellence in Scholarship, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, 2015

• Cindajo Overton Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, Alabama State Nurses Association, 2015

• NASN/ANF Scholar, National Association of School Nurses/American Nurses Foundation, 2010

• 60 Visionary Leaders, UAB School of Nursing Alumni Association, 2010

• Ellen Gregg Ingalls Lifetime Achievement in Teaching, UAB National Alumni Association, 2005

Dr. Buckner has served in a faculty role for UAB School of Nursing and University of South Alabama,

where she retired with rank of Professor. She developed nursing honors tracks at both institutions and

has consulted with New York University and Texas Women’s University on development of a nursing

honors program. She currently is a Professor of Nursing for Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Dr.

Buckner is involved in her community as a member of Highlands United Methodist Church and Chair

of the Alabama Academy of Science’s Gorgas Scholarship program for high school seniors.


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2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

Preliminary Sponsors

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. – Gold Sponsor

University of South Alabama College of Nursing – Gold Sponsor

Gulf Coast Organization of Nurse Leaders – Friend

Preliminary Exhibitors

Altapointe Health


Auburn University School of Nursing

Auburn University Montgomery School of Nursing

Brookwood Baptist Health

Comfort Care Hospice & Comfort Care Home Health

DCH Health System

Grand Canyon University

Learning House - A Wiley Brand

Legacy of Hope

Ochsner Health System


Springhill Medical Center

The Gideons International

The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing

Troy University School of Nursing

Wexford Health Sources, Inc.

The participation of Exhibitors and Sponsors are foundational to ASNA’s ability to host our annual

Convention and House of Delegates.

Please visit their exhibits and express your appreciation for their support.


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2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention



Sponsors and Exhibitors




General Information

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Convention Agenda

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Meet the Candidates

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Parliamentary Information


Annual Reports

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District Boundaries & Map


ASNA Bylaws


ASNA Strategic Plan


Consent to Serve Form


Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel – Map

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Welcome Message from the President

Sarah Wilkinson-

Buchmann, DNP, RN

Welcome to the Alabama State Nurses Association’s 2019 Annual

Convention at The Grand Hotel in beautiful Point Clear, Alabama! To the

Board of Directors, House of Delegates, members, and guests, this week’s

activities include governance, education, networking with colleagues

and friends, and free time, yes, free time! You and yours will have ample

opportunities to enjoy the fabulous amenities of this resort, as well as

those unique to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. So on behalf of the Convention

Committee, District Four, and the staff of ASNA, enjoy the convention

and all that this historic resort has to offer!

Yours truly,

Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann, DNP, RN

President, Alabama State Nurses Association


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President ..........................................Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann, DNP, RN

President Elect ............................................Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC

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

Secretary ................................................ Donna Everett, MSN, BS, RN

Treasurer .................................................. Frankie Wallis, DNP, NP-C

District Presidents

District 1 .................................................Jeanette Atkinson, MSN, RN

District 2 ........................................Mary Beth Bodin, DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC

District 3 ........................................... Ellen Buckner, PhD, RN, CNE, AE-C

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

District 5 ................................ Linda Gibson-Young, PhD, CRNP, FAANP (Interim)

Commission on Professional Issues ...................

Jay Prosser, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC – Chair

Recent Grad Liaison .........................................Frederick Richardson, BSN, RN

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


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

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

Continuing Education Coordinator ..........................Virginia (Ginger) Collum, MSN/Ed, RN

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

Attorney ....................................................... Jon D. Barganier, Sr., JD


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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

2019 Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann


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2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

Convention Learning Outcomes

1. Examine how nursing science is being applied to the practice of nursing in Leadership Academy


2. Advance the practice of nursing through the application of skill sets which support the health of our

community and patients.


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


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.

Contact Hours:

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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 six (6) posters per poster session to receive continuing

nursing education credit as follows: Posters are available Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 1830-

2030 and Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 0800-1130.

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

midnight, October 1, 2019.

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


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 October 15, 2019.

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

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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Resolution: Supporting Medicaid Expansion in Alabama

WHEREAS Alabama Nurses know the needs of the individual patients who we see. We see the

difficulties experienced by families. We feel powerless to effect change in insurance coverage or revenue

streams in our own hospitals or those in rural parts of the state.

WHEREAS With expansion of Medicaid in Alabama there will be fewer persons falling through the

cracks in the system. There will be more funding for rural hospitals and indeed all hospitals. With more

funding there may be better resources for staffing or practice innovations which in turn would increase

quality, safety, and efficiency of care. There will be a boost to Alabama’s healthcare and economy.

WHEREAS Numerous Alabama healthcare partners support Medicaid expansion: The Alabama Hospital

Association (alaha.org) estimates that the additional funds would bring in more than $11 billion over four

years. In addition there would be another $316 billion in savings to state-paid services (AlaHA, 2019).

WHEREAS The Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in their legislative advocacy

2019 agenda supports the expansion of Medicaid and funding of Medicaid and CHIP. They cite studies

done by Alabama universities on the impact as providing healthcare access to 300,000 Alabamians and

creating 30,000 jobs. Most importantly, they state the children would have better outcomes, specifically

in infant mortality which decreased in expansion states. Protection of funding for Medicaid and CHIP

coverage is a permanent priority of the Alabama Chapter-AAP (AlAAP, 2019).

WHEREAS The Medical Association of State of Alabama (alabamamedicine.org) lists Medicaid Expansion

on its 2019 State Legislative Agenda (MASA, 2019).

WHEREAS Thirteen rural Alabama hospitals have closed in recent years and many Alabama state

legislators recognize the significance of Medicaid expansion to save our rural hospitals. When the Alabama

Hospital Association’s president announced closure of Georgiana Medical Center, he stated it is just another

indicator of an untenable situation the costs to hospitals of providing healthcare without enough money

being paid back. The situation has been described as hospitals “dying” and “on life support (Thornton,


WHEREAS Infant mortality rates have dropped in states that have expanded Medicaid and have risen

in those that have not. Fourteen states have not expanded Medicaid, and those that expanded Medicaid

saw a reduction in infant mortality – from 5.9 to 5.6 deaths per 100,000, while the rate slighty rose in

nonexpansion states – from 6.4 to 6.5 deaths per 100,000 (Quinn, 2019). Alabama’s infant mortality rate

of 9.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 is higher than the 8.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in

2015 (ADPH, 2019).

WHEREAS Medicaid Expansion and its effect should be a priority for ASNA’s legislative agenda;

therefore be it

RESOLVED That Alabama’s State and Federal delegations be invited to contribute to a fair debate on

this and related critical issues including Medicaid Expansion and/or other topics related to Alabama rural

hospitals and infant mortality.


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RESOLVED ASNA supports Medicaid Expansion, and will inform its members of the status of Medicaid

Expansion in Alabama and the pros and cons, if appropriate of various proposals that are considerations of

the Alabama Legislature,

RESOLVED That Alabama nurses be encouraged to write their state representatives, senators and

Alabama Governor Ivey and tell them their stories of Alabamians who would have benefitted from

Medicaid expansion, of rural hospitals across our state and the good work they do, and ask them to support

Medicaid Expansion in Alabama;

RESOLVED That the delegates of the ASNA State Convention encourage all Alabama nurses to be

informed, exercise their civic responsibility, and speak from your heart in letters and public forums in your

unique role as an Alabama Nurse!

Submitted June 13, 2019 by District 3 ASNA and Ellen Buckner PhD, RN, CNE, AE-C, FNAP ASNA District

3, President


Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics [AlAAP] (2019). 2019 Alabama Chapter-AAP Legislative Agenda

and Priorities. Retrieved from https://www.alaap.org/legislative-advocacy-tools.

Alabama Department of Public Health [ADPH] (2019). Infant mortality. Retrieved from


Alabama Hospital Association [AlaHA](2019). Reports build strong case for Medicaid Expansion in Alabama.

Retrieved from https://www.alaha.org/medicaid/medicaid-expansion-alhealthmatters/ and https://www.alaha.


Medical Association of the State of Alabama [MASA] (2019). 2019 State Agenda. Retrieved from https://


Quinn, M. (2019). Report: Babies are more likely to die in states that didn’t expand Medicaid. Retrieved from https://


Thornton, W. (2019). Hospital closing highlights problems of rural healthcare. AL.com. Retrieved from https://www.



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Improving the Healthcare Provided

to the LGTBQ+ Community


Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) promotes access to health care for all; and

WHEREAS Literature suggests that LGTBQ+ persons have significant health disparities as compared to

heterosexuals (Fredriksen-Goldsen et al., 2014); and

WHEREAS The health and well-being of communities and the individuals within them benefit from

biological health care, social and environmental health; and

WHEREAS ASNA recognizes that, like all people LGBTQ+ patients should be able to receive healthcare

that is free from discrimination; and

WHEREAS Studies have shown the lack of awareness and education regarding the delivery of healthcare

to the LGTBQ+ community is due to the shortage of health care providers who are knowledgeable and

culturally competent in the health of LGBTQ+ members (Hafeez, Zeshan, Tahir, Jahan, & Naveed, 2017);


WHEREAS Increasing knowledge and education in this area should improve nurses’ LGTBQ+ cultural

competencies, inclusion of more LGBTQ+ content in nursing curricula, enhance resource allocation to

nursing research, education, and services; and

WHEREAS It is commemorating with ASNA’s mission to raise awareness and improve culturally

competent care to all people; and be it therefore

RESOLVED The Alabama State Nurses Association will continue to promote a culture of professional

respect and equality within the organization and to the extent possible the entire nursing profession; and be

it therefore

RESOLVED The Alabama State Nurses Association will continue to oppose discrimination of any kind in

the professional healthcare community; be it therefore

RESOLVED The Alabama State Nurses Association will include questions in its survey of members to

determine awareness of social and health issues regarding the LGTBQ+ community; be it therefore

RESOLVED The Alabama State Nurses Association will increase awareness of social and health issues

among their members and society through its media, publications, and continuing nursing education

endeavors regarding disparities faced in medical care among LGTBQ+ members; be it therefore


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RESOLVED The Alabama State Nurses Association will monitor and encourage the Alabama Board of

Nursing to provide culturally sensitive information on LGTBQ+ issues into online content.

Submitted by: Skylar L. Moore, DNP, CRNP


Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Simoni, J. M., Kim, H. J., Lehavot, K., Walters, K. L., Yang, J., ... & Muraco, A. (2014). The

health equity promotion model: Reconceptualization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health

disparities. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(6), 653.

Hafeez, H., Zeshan, M., Tahir, M. A., Jahan, N., & Naveed, S. (2017). Health care disparities among lesbian, gay,

bisexual, and transgender youth: a literature review. Cureus, 9(4).


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2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention


Tonia Butler, DNP, FNP-BC

District: 1

Views of the Issues: I think one of the most pressing issues impacting nursing today is

the nursing shortage. If elected, I would hope to keep this and other pressing issues at

the forefront of our discussion by staying current, researching and networking to assist in

making recommendations while seeking viable solutions to our current Educational and

Healthcare systems.

Wanda Hicks, DNP, FNP-BC

District: 4

Views of the Issues: The most pressing issues that impact nursing today is membership. We

are lacking new members and the ability to retain our current members because of the lack

of knowledge that nurses have concerning the role and the importance of being a member

of the Alabama State Nurses Association. We need to bring in the young and vibrant

nurses and mentor them to elevate Nursing to the next level of excellence. I have made it to the top of my

career and I love my profession. I am committed to Nursing Advocacy; Political Action; Mentorship and

Membership! Becoming the Vice President of ASNA is a big responsibility and I am up for the challenge.


Frederick Richardson

District: 3

Views of the Issues: The most pressing issue facing nursing today is the lack of unity

amongst nurses; this issue is very relevant for Alabama nurses today. My goal is simple:

reflect on the great history of ASNA, while bringing new and inspirational ideas to increase

unity and collaboration among nurses through membership in ASNA.

Sharon Engle, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

District: 4

View of the Issues: There are several pressing issues affecting nursing care in Alabama. The

most impactful being the lack of bedside nurses to fill vacant positions; a direct result of

lack of nursing educators. In addition, the healthcare systems in Alabama are not prepared

to care for the disabled veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome or other

mentally ill patients in our state. As part of ASNA, I feel I can facilitate conversations with healthcare

leaders and state legislators to educate them on the impact of these issues in our state. As a leader in

ASNA I can be a voice for the voiceless, speaking for many Alabamians without access to healthcare.


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Ronald Bolen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, NR-P

District: 1

View of the Issues: Safety at work is the most pressing issue. Bullying, lateral violence, and

safe work environments impact nurses daily. ASNA can collect specific data for Alabama

nurses who face these issues and bring to the public’s awareness, provide direct access

to resources to educate and make all work areas safe. We can also schedule public interviews and enact

more legislation to protect nurses at their workplace.

Jaenelle Grace, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

District: 1

View of the Issues: Compassion Fatigue is a combination of stress related to traumatic events,

frustration, and feelings of burnout. It’s one of the most pressing issues impacting nursing today.

Nurses are expected to meet increasing work demands while compassionately caring for

patients. Work related stressors act as a barrier to compassionate care and put nurses at risk for

physical, spiritual, and emotional exhaustion. Compassion fatigue leads to staff turnover, low productivity, and

increasing costs. At UAB, sign on bonuses up to $8,000 are now being offered in an attempt to retain nurses.

As a current psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board certified medical-surgical nurse, I see first-hand

the negative mental health consequences of nursing. I plan to address these issues by advocating for the following:

1. Mandatory lunch breaks. In accordance with Alabama law, Huntsville Hospital nurses do not get a

mandatory lunch break.

2. Mindfulness breaks and mental health education to nurses. Research supports the use of mindfulness

meditation breaks. As part of my DNP quality improvement project, I am implementing mindfulness

meditation breaks on an inpatient psychiatric unit.

3. Employers to offer eight hours minimum PTO for full time nurses per two week pay period. As an

employee of Wexford, we are only allotted four hours of PTO per two weeks, which is inclusive of sick

time and not sufficient.

4. Adequate nurse to patient staffing ratio

Rhonda Gonzalez, MSN, RN

District: 2

View of the Issues: One pressing issue affecting nurses today is the overwhelming stress in

the profession. From staffing shortages and seemingly sicker patients to long work hours,

typically a minimum of 12-hour days, nurses are stressed. To prevent nurse burnout and

increase retention of these nurses, facilities must become aware of the importance of stress

management for their nurses. The number one way to address this issue is to make health care facilities

aware of this issue and suggest implementation methods that they may utilize to “take care” of their

nurses. From offering a more flexible schedule to discounted or free gym memberships, the self-care of the

nurses should be priority. Also, potential to survey the nurses to see exactly what their particular stressors

are at work will allow for the ASNA to address particular issues within the state. If Alabama healthcare

facilities will help “take care” of their nurses, the workforce may be strengthened and nurses can be

retained in a facility. If a nurse is happy where they are working, chances are they will stay. Helping to

manage their stress is one factor that may increase their happiness, thus, increasing retention.


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Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

District: 3

View of the Issues: The most pressing issue impacting nursing today is the condition

of hospital-based nursing. Nurses are often working short-staffed and the turnover is

high. Many nurses find hospital nursing too difficult because of the excessive workloads,

insufficient staffing, high patient acuity, and shift work. Research (mine and others) have

shown that favorable professional practice environments – which include adequate staffing and resources –

are the keys to positive patient and nurse outcomes, yet this aspect of hospital nursing is often overlooked

by hospital and health system leaders. We need to make hospital nursing more appealing to nurses if

we are to curb the exodus of nurses out of inpatient settings. I have been studying professional practice

environments, staffing, shift work and patient and nurse outcomes for nearly two decades and I know

what works. I want to help translate this knowledge to make AL hospitals better places for nurses to work.

Tracey Dick, MSN, RN, CNE, COI

District: 3

View of the Issues: There are multiple pressing issues facing the nursing workforce today.

For the purposes of this condensed summary, the issues to be highlighted are boomers and

burnout. A historical review of nursing workforce supply numbers reveals a cyclical history

in the United States of nursing supply and demand imbalances. Upcoming retirements

of baby boomer nursing professionals could create a large nursing shortage if the incoming supply is not

enough to exceed the workforce outflow (Buerhaus, Skinner, Auerbach, & Staiger, 2017).

There are high levels of burnout reported among nurses providing direct care in hospitals. Burnout

syndrome is more prevalent among younger nurses (Paul et al., 2017). Consequences of burnout include

higher turnover rates, poor job performance, and threats to patient safety. High turnover rates among

younger nurses can have a significant impact on future nurse supply.

Addressing professional issues requires research-based data, actionable plans, and effective

communication. My passion for addressing nursing workforce issues is evident in my current PhD

dissertation research which investigates Alabama’s nursing workforce supply and demand. I believe my

experience supports my desire to serve on ASNA’s Commission on Professional Issues.

Buerhaus, P. I., Skinner, L. E., Auerbach, D. I., & Staiger, D. O. (2017). Four challenges facing the nursing workforce

in the United States. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 8, 40-46. doi:10.1016/S2155-8256(17)30097-2

Paul, D. P., Bakhamis, L., Smith, H., & Coustasse, A. (2017, September). An American epidemic: Burnout syndrome

in hospital nurses. Presented at the 2017 Academy of Business Research Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. Retrieved

from https://mds.marshall.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1186&


Cynthia Laforney, MSN, RN

District: 5

View of the Issues: Workplace autonomy for Nurses


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Christy Lewis, MSN, RN, CCM

District: 5

View of the Issues: I feel it is crucial to the longevity of nurses to have staff ratios

reviewed and in many settings adjusted to ensure nurses are able to provide the

highest quality of care. I know the importance of workplace safety and am proud of the

advancements that have evolved in the past year this is an issue I would like to continue to watch and if

needed revise in the future.


Wanda Hicks, DNP, FNP-BC

District: 4

View of the Issues: The most pressing issues impacting nursing today lack of interest in

nurse advocacy; political action; mentorship and membership. These are the four pillars of

the ASNA and if elected to the nominating committee, I will be instrumental in working to

help nominate nurse leaders to assist to elevate our profession to the next level!

Lovie McAboy, MSN, BSN, RN

District: 4

View of the Issues: Plan to provide qualified candidates to run for office because I have

been a member of ASNA for numbers of years. Positions previously held: president of

Mobile County Nurses Society, District President, President of ASNA Ethnic and Human

Rights Committee, member of the Award Committee, and served as a delegate to a number

of state conventions.

Lynn Brown, DNP, RN-BC, CNE

District: 5

View of the Issues: I am willing to serve on the nominating committee representing

district 5. This past year, I have served as chairperson. If reelected, I would like to serve

as a committee member and resource. I believe it is important to have a robust ballot and

inform ASNA members about candidates to move our organization forward.


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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).


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.


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.

Preliminary Ballot for ASNA Convention

Candidates for 2019-2020

Vice President:

___ Tonia Butler, DNP, FNP-BC (District 1)

___ Wanda Hicks, DNP, FNP-BC (District 4)

___ Frederick Richardson, BSN, RN (District 3)

Write-in candidate:_____________________________________


___ Sharon Engle, MSN, RN, CCRN-K (District 4)

Write-in candidate:_____________________________________

Commission on Professional Issues (Vote for 4)

___ Ronald Bolen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, NR-P (District 1)

___ Jaenelle Grace, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC (District 1)

___ Rhonda Gonzalez, MSN, RN (District 2)

___ Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN (District 3)

___ Tracey Dick, MSN, RN, CNE, COI (District 3)

___ Cynthia Laforney, MSN, RN (District 5)

___ Christy Lewis, MSN, RN, CCM (District 5)

Write-in candidate:_____________________________________

Nominating Committee (Vote for 2)

(Districts 4 & 5 – two needed, one from each district)

___ Wanda Hicks, DNP, FNP-BC (District 4)

___ Lovie McAboy, MSN, RN (District 4)

___ Lynn G. Brown, DNP, RN-BC, CNE (District 5)

Write-in candidate: _____________________________________


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POSTERS - Presented Wednesday, September 4

Recognizing the Deteriorating Sepsis Patient: Challenges Nurses Face – Valarie Thomas, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Barriers to Healthy Sleep in Children – Leigh Minchew DNP, RN, WHNP-C, PMHNP-BC, Sharon Fruh,

PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Rebecca Graves, PhD, RN, NP-C, and Sonia Smith, DNP, RN, PCNP-BC

The Cove: The Art and Science of Specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Applied to Extremely Low

Birthweight Preterm Infants in a Small Baby Unit – Lisa Gore, MSN, NNP, Cathy McCurley, BSN, RN, and

Bridget Moore, DNP, RNC-NIC

Welcome to the Carnival – Where Neuroprotection is Center Stage! – Tamela Pope, BSN, RNC-NIC, Katie

Allison, BSN, RN, Meghan Amerson, MCD, CCC-SLP, Margiean Burks, OTR/L, Connie Cushing, PT, DPT,

Missy Kemp, AuD, CCC-A, Lynn Larkey, OTR/L, Jenny Mizzell, RN, IBCLC, Kristine Plyler, MS, PT, Jeanette

Twa, RDN, LDN, IBCLC, Jennifer Wolf, OTR/L, and Brittany Yeager, BSN, RNC-NIC

Enhancing Education Quality in the Acute Dialysis Setting – Wesley Gowers, RN, & Kelley Noll, PhD, RN,


Delayed Cord Clamping: Standard of Care? – Kathryn Lee, RN & Katilya Ware, PhD, RN

The Opioid Epidemic Related to Critical Care Pain Management – Olivia Joseph, BSN, RN, & Katilya Ware,


An Intervention to Reduce Emergency Department Readmission – Kelsey Steffen, MSN, CRNP & Katilya

Ware, PhD, RN

Developing and Electronic Tracking Mechanism to Monitor Compliance with Pain Assessment and

Reassessment – Sola Aina-Moshood, PhD, MSN, RN-BC

Is the Use of Risperdal (Invega Sustenna) Cost Effective When Compared with Haldol Deaconante

Injections in Managing Schizophrenic Conditions in Veteran Populations – Agibail Owolabi, MSN, BSN, RN

Getting Your Bounce Back – Interventions & Dissemination for Compassion Fatigue – Lynnette Djonret-Hall,


Exploring Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Veteran – Lynnette Djonret-Hall, DNP, RN


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POSTERS - Presented Thursday, September 5

Generational Preferences in the Nursing Work Environment: A Dimensional Analysis – Caitlin Campbell,


Predicting Self-reported Medication Administration Errors from Nurse Characteristics and Nurse Burnout

among Alabama Nurses – Aoyjai Prapanjaroensin, PhD, BSN

Competency Validation: Changing to the Wright Way – Marjorie McCaskey, DNP, RN-BC, CPHQ & Alyssa

Cooper, MSN, RN-BC

Meeting a Health Care Need for the Uninsured in Alabama – Sherri Chatman, DNP, FNP-BC, COI & Mary

Annette Hess, PhD, FNP-BC, CNS, COI

Preceptor Faculty Advisor: The Heart and Soul of Undergraduate Preceptorship Support – Tanya Johnson,

MSN, RN, NE-BC, Lynn G. Brown, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, and Ann W. Lambert, MSN, BSN, CRNP,


Nursing Workforce and Patient Safety in Alabama Hospitals – Christopher Jones & Bethany Pittman

Preparing for a Successful Preceptorship: A Toolkit on Precepting Nurse Practitioner Students – Kimberly

Wilson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC & Annette Hess, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Determining the Association between the Nursing Work Environment and Nurse-report Bullying in

Alabama Hospitals – Colleen A Nusiewicz, BSN, RN, PhD student

Limited English Proficiency and Hospital Readmission – Lillian Keith, BSN, RN & Katilya Ware, PhD, RN

Career Beyond the Paycheck: Increasing Nursing Advocacy and ASNA Membership in Correctional

Nurses – Krystal Lockett, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC, AGNP-C, DNP student

Faculty-Librarian Collaboration in an Online Graduate Nursing Program: A Case Study – Jo Ann A. Otts,

DNP, RN, NEA-BC and Clista Clanton, MSLS

The Preception of Nurses: The Influence of Leadership on Nurse Job Satisfaction and Nurse Work

Engagement Experienced during Organizational Change – Lionel Player, Jr., BS, BBA, MSN, RN


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Parliamentary Information

Robert’s Rules of Order, Current 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’ 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


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


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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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


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


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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2019 House of Delegates Schedule

House of Delegates I

8:30-10:00 am

Opening Ceremony (pledge & welcome from D4 Pres & Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler)

Report of Credentials Committee

Pres. Report

ED Report

House of Delegates II

Noon-1:30 pm

Report of Credential Committee

Reports if in addition to written report on convention book

Resolutions Discussion

New Business

Introduction of Candidates & final ballot

House of Delegates III

8:45-10:00 am

Report of Credentials Committee

Memorial Service

Report of Tellers

Adoption of 2019 Resolutions

New Business

2020 Convention

Installation of officers


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I. Registration

a. Anyone may attend the Plenary Sessions, 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. Nurses who are not members of this association may attend the convention with proof of registration.

d. 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 picture identification and proof of

membership will be validated on site.

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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Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann, DNP, RN

Welcome to the 2019 Alabama State Nurses Association’s (ASNA) Annual Convention! 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. It has also been my privilege to work with the brilliant team comprising the ASNA board,

ASNA staff, and leaders from across the state and nation. I am thankful for the vision and passion of my

predecessors and mentors and have worked diligently to continue the work of building ASNA’s image,

function, and sphere of influence. I’d like to now share with you just some of the highlights from this year.

Immediately following last year’s convention, goals for the 2018 legislative session were set. Collaboration

with the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) and our support of the compact licensure bill resulted in

historic changes. Alabama’s nurses will have the opportunity to seamlessly transition in and out of

Alabama to practice in other compact states while also allowing nurses with compact licenses from other

states to offer nursing support in Alabama. I am grateful to have represented ASNA during this milestone

achievement for nursing. Another win for Alabama’s nurses is the passing of ASNA’s Joint Resolution which

strongly supports the posting of signage in healthcare facilities stating that it is a felony in Alabama to

strike a healthcare worker. I, along with Dr. Ziegler and other leaders throughout our organization, worked

tirelessly to gain support for this legislation.

My efforts have not all been focused on state legislation though. Last November, Dr. Ziegler and I

represented Alabama at the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Leadership Summit in Washington,

DC. I challenged ANA to consider a different approach to political interests by providing America’s

nurses with a non-biased information on candidates and their position on the issues rather than endorsing

one candidate over another thus risking the satisfaction and trust of members of the opposing party. I

likened this approach to nurses providing information to patients which allows them to make informed

decisions about their healthcare, so shouldn’t ANA do the same with its members? I am pleased to say

that at Membership Assembly (MA) in June, my previous statements had helped influence the Professional

Policy Committee’s final recommendation to ANA, as indicated by the committee chair, thus leading to

a landslide vote of the assembly to rescind the previous policy on presidential endorsement and instead

implement an approach of engagement (the ASNA BOD likewise voted to align with ANA’s new approach

at the July 13, 2019, meeting). 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 Chiefs of Staff, as well as Representative Martha Roby and Senator

Doug Jones to promote legislation (a) supporting a change in Medicare language which will allow nurse

practitioners to sign home health orders, (b) continued federal funding of Title VIII to support nursing

education, and (c) improved safety for nurses in healthcare facilities with emphasis on current OSHA

standards for quality and additional safety resources for nurses.

I travelled to Montgomery for Nurses Day at the Capitol again this year and returned to Montgomery in

April for the annual ASNA FACES event. Nurses Day at the Capitol was attended by the largest number

of nurses and student nurses ever. I had the privilege of introducing Governor Ivey who spoke to an

enthusiastic crowd. After all, Nurses Vote! FACES was once again a success with numerous opportunities

for continuing education (CE) and poster presentations. If you have not attended either of these events, you

are missing out! Consider joining us in 2020!


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As I continue my term as President, I look forward to collaborating with all of you 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 nurses and evidencebased

practice to promote optimal outcomes for our patients. 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’s 2019

Annual Convention! I hope everyone is able to learn, network, and collaborate for nursing!


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Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC

It has been a great year for Nursing in Alabama:

• Effective January 2020, Alabama will enter the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact.

• Joint Resolution with the Alabama House and Senate to place signs in common and waiting areas

stating “It is a FELONY to strike a nurse.”

Alabama State Nurses Association also continues to lobby for improved access to health care and

scholarship repayment for APRN’s to work in rural areas.

Thank you Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann and Staff for your leadership!

ASNA President-Elect:

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

via conference (Zoom).

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

ANA Membership Assembly: Networking, lobbying, and educating Congressional leaders on nursing/

healthcare issues.

Speaking Engagements: Title: Professionalism in Nursing!

Nurses Day at the Capitol


Augmenting Roles:

Immediate Past President of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association

• Immediate Past President


Serve as a mentor for the current President

• Coordinate Hands Only CPR with Birmingham City Council Councilman Steven Hoyt


Taught six Elementary Schools Hands on CPR

• Work District #4 Councilman William Parker


Community Health consultant

Secretary of Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama:

• Record and submit minutes to NPAA Board of Directors

• Participate on the Legislative Committee

• Networking and lobbying at Business Council of Alabama

Mentorship Chair of Lawrence Mond Jefferson Foundation:

• Mentoring girls and boys within foster care


Member/Financial supporter


Vision Board (goals and aspirations for the school year)


Linda Gibson-Young, PhD, CRNP, FAANP

See Report Page 58 ASNA Committee on Membership


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Donna Everett, BS, MSN, RN


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Frankie Wallis, DNP, NP-C

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your treasurer. The day-to-day operations of ASNA

rest on the shoulders of the Executive Director and ASNA Staff. The finances are monitored quarterly by

the board and annually by the House of Delegates. Additional accountability is insured via contracted

services with a professional accounting firm. The following is an overview about how finances are

managed at ASNA. As an independent affiliate of the American Nurses Association, ASNA utilizes

ANA’s centralized billing service for membership dues. Members pay through a portal set up in the

ANA accounting system and each month an electronic deposit is made to the ASNA bank account in

Montgomery. Other transactions related to income or expenses are managed by the ASNA Executive

Director and through contracted services of Car, Riggs and Ingram, a long-standing Montgomery

accounting firm. ASNA has two CRI accountants assigned to our association. One of these accountants

comes into the ASNA office one day a week to process invoices, pay bills, do payroll, taxes, etc. ASNA

receives three financial reports from CRI. First, is the general ledger report that records the status of our

assets, liabilities and the net gain or loss. Second is a transaction journal that records every income and

expense item in its designated account (line-item) category. Third, we receive an extensive profit and

loss statement that compares every line item to the previous years income/expense year to date. ASNA

consolidates data from these lengthy reports and presents an income/expense year to date budget report

to the board for each quarterly board meeting. CRI also compiles quarterly and annual tax reports. These

reports are reviewed and signed by the ASNA Executive Director and filed with the state and federal

agencies. At the end of each calendar year, CRI conducts an audit and creates the annual asset and

liability report that is presented to the ASNA House of Delegates in the Delegate Convention Book. This is

a calendar year report. That is why at our fall convention, delegates receive the report from the previous

calendar year.

District funds have designated income and expense accounts within the ASNA system. Each district

treasurer and president receive a record of their transactions for income and expenses along with their

remaining balance in their monthly presidents’ reports from the central office. ASNA receives notice

monthly from ANA of the portion of the overall membership dues that are assigned to each district. This

money is automatically spread to the district accounts when the dues deposit is received from ANA.

When districts have fund-raisers those checks/payments go directly into their district accounts. When

districts have expenses they may send in a check request or use a reimbursement form if a responsible

member has already incurred the expense. Expenses are recorded in the precise districts account.

In addition to these professional efforts and safeguards, our ASNA By-laws assign budget oversight to the

Finance Committee of the ASNA board. The Finance Committee consists of the Treasurer and at least

three officers appointed by the board for a term of one year. This year, the board has designated the

Treasurer and the five district treasurers as members of the committee. Of course, the Executive Director

works with the committee to supply them with records and assist them in determining the budget for the

coming year.

The ASNA budget continues to be sound. We are looking into new ways to generate non-dues revenue.

However, the most dependable source of income comes through growth in membership. As someone

once said…in a vibrant organization - everyone is on the membership committee. I hope that you see

yourself in that light. Let’s stay strong together!


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Jay Prosser MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC

The Commission on Professional Issues works to both advocate and address issues which impact nursing

practice within the State of Alabama. COPI has worked on the following projects this year:

Medication Re-packing Law. This year saw both the Alabama Pharmacy Board and the Alabama Board

of Nursing approved home-health and hospice nurses removing medication from prescription bottles and

placing them in other distribution containers. This has been a long-standing effort by COPI as well as other

ASNA committees.

Joint Resolution Against Nurse Violence. COPI supported HJR37, a joint resolution which posted a

warning in clinical waiting areas that assaulting a nurse is a felony.

Enhance Nurse Licensure Compact in Alabama. COPI encouraged its members and other nurses to

contact their legislators in support of making Alabama a Compact state.

Violence Against Nurses. Recognizing that violence against nurses is a growing issue, COPI made this a

key issue in 2019. Members of the committee reached out through social media as well as other means

and heard stories of Alabama nurses and their struggles against violence. COPI continues to make this a

priority moving forward.

Lateral Violence. COPI is involved in researching and advocating for healthier work environments in our

state. This includes reducing lateral violence against nurses (i.e. bullying). COPI is making healthier work

environments a key issue moving into next year.

Professional Panel. COPI is supporting this year’s professional panel at Convention. This panel will address

key issues that affect quality nursing practice within the state.

Legislative Issues. COPI continues to offer support for various legislative issues that affect nursing practice

in our state and will work to bring these issues to the forefront.


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Jeanette Atkinson, MSN, RN



President: Jeanette Atkinson, MSN, RN

President-Elect, Vice President: Frederick Richardson, BSN, RN

Secretary: Bonnie Rausch, BSN, RN, CLNC

Treasurer: Brian Buchmann, MSN, MBA, RN

ASNA District 1 has had a productive year and we are looking forward to attending the 2019 ASNA Convention!

This past year has been focused on increasing membership, improving visibility on social media, and collaborating

with nursing students in North Alabama. District 1 members continue to actively participate in District 1 events,

ASNA committees, and leadership projects.

October 2018: ASNA District 1 delegates and Board of Directors officers attended the 2018 ASNA Convention.

November 2018: Jeanette Atkinson and Frederick Richardson met with the president and faculty advisor of the

Alabama Association of Nursing Students (AANS) to collaborate and discuss upcoming student events and needs.

December 2018: ASNA District 1 members and guests enjoyed the December meeting where a holiday social

was held at a local restaurant.

February 2019: District 1 members attended Nurses Day at the Capitol.

March 2019: Several ASNA District 1 members participated in the district’s first student mock interview

event. Nursing students from UAH and Oakwood were able to network, practice interviewing skills, and

learn more about ASNA. Huntsville Hospital Human Resources representatives were also in attendance to

answer student questions. District 1 is looking forward to hosting more student mock interviews in 2020.

April 2019: District 1 sponsored 2019 ASNA Leadership Academy participation for members Kim Driggers

and Raye Rodgers. Several District 1 members attended FACES 2019. The April 11th district meeting was

well attended by members and nursing students from Northwest-Shoal Community College and UAH.

District 1 recognized members who were awarded ASNA Scholarships.

May 2019: ASNA District 1 representatives set up information tables at Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville

Hospital W&C during Nurses Week 2019. ASNA membership benefits and legislative updates/topics

were discussed including the enhanced nurse licensure compact & the signage related to the assault of a

healthcare worker is a felony.

June 2019: ASNA District 1 presented ASNA Citations of Excellence Awards to five nurses that were

recognized by their co-workers, peers, and supervisors.

July 2019: ASNA District 1 will host social events on months between district meetings. The first District 1

social scheduled was an evening of music and family fun at Concerts in the Park.


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August 2019: ASNA District 1 hosted a CE event “Healthy Nurse 2020”. Topics included nutrition,

avoiding burnout, de-escalation techniques, work related injuries, & obesity. The event was also offered

to undergraduate nursing students for only $5. A district meeting followed the CE event and focused on

preparing for convention.


Mary Beth Bodin, DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC


2019-2020 District 2 Officers


Mary Beth Bodin, DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC

President-Elect: Jennifer Humphries, DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC

Vice President: Chris Forbes, DNP, RN


Letrell Peoples, DNP, RN


Etta Felton, MSN, RN, PMHCNS

Membership and Recruitment: District 2 Membership Meetings are held every other month according to our

published Calendar of events. We alternate between face-to-face and Conference Calls. The BOD meets prior to

the Membership Meetings and are open to any members who would like to attend.

The District Vice President, Dr. Chris Forbes is Chair of the District’s Membership Committee and in on the State

Membership Committee. Dr. Forbes has established a report with several local Schools of Nursing beginning with

his employer. As President, Dr. Bodin assists with recruitment. At this time, District 2 is down a few members from

prior years, but we expect to gain as a result of current efforts.

Scholarships: District 2 continues to sponsor fundraisers to fund scholarships. In 2018, we sponsored four

scholarships. We are holding scholarships for 2019 in hopes of being able to continue in the trend we have

established. Scholarships are based on established criteria and are awarded based on monies available in our

separate scholarship fund. We are continuing to support the Leadership Academy by sponsoring a deserving

member each year. We have found that our LA graduates continue to demonstrate the objectives of the academy.

Fundraisers for 2019: Belk Charity Day ticket sales, Pottery Grill gift card sales, restaurant fundraisers, and


Continuing Education (CE) Days: District 2 continues to plan and coordinate one or two CE activities for our

district nurses. The Spring 2019 CE Day was focused again on the Healthy Nurse: The Art and Joy of Nursing.

Community Service Projects: District 2 members are proud to be a part of the community and continue to

contribute to local efforts to promote health. In addition to joining health related initiatives on an annual basis,

members volunteer at the Tuscaloosa Soup Kitchen in the Fall where we prepare and serve meals.

Social Media: District 2 continues to have an active Facebook Page and uses a Wiki for communication. Our

Quarterly Newsletter continues to be well-received. It is sent to members via email and posted on our Web Page.

Nurses Week Celebration: District 2 held a Reception for Nurses Week on May 9th, 2019 at East McFarland

Baptist Church, in Tuscaloosa. Approximately 25 people were in attendance. The event was streamed live on

Facebook Live. Citation of Excellence awards were presented to the following nurses:


Dr. Kristi Acker

Robin Birchfield

Patricia Duren

Danielle Junkin

Jennifer Massengale

Dr. Mercy Mumba

Summer Parris

Andrea Stringfellow

Dr. Johnny Tice

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President’s Message: I wish to thank the BOD for all the guidance in beginning this journey as President of District

2. Immediate past-president, Dr. Jackie Williams, has been invaluable in guiding me in a forward direction. What

would I have done without Charlene and April? Thank you both so much. I will get better!!


District 3 has been actively involved in recognizing the work of nurses, supporting needed legislation, and

connecting members! Your voice matters! Highlights from the year include:

Strategic Planning: A leadership team of 16 District 3 members met on November 3, 2018, and brainstormed

ideas in six topical areas and then identified priorities and created a timeline for the year. Below are the top


• Membership: Focus on a Frontline nurse emphasis; Connect through Facebook.

• Education/CEUs: Develop speaker’s bureau (Database of speakers and topics)

• Students: Initiate activities of career fair and run to emphasize “Healthy Nurse!”

• Service/Awards: Recognize Citation of Excellence Awards from area; Backpacks, others.

Membership & Recruitment: Membership has grown substantially in 2018-2019 with current members at 737, up

from 680 in November 2018, an increase of 8.4%. Recruitment is active in District 3 with members participating

in numerous recruitment fairs throughout nurse’s week. We actively participate in social media with “boosts” on

Facebook, reaching 18,000 nurses!

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

conference call and internet access. Speakers have been recorded and posted on the ASNA District 3 Webpage.

Speakers have included Dr. Kathleen Ladner, Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC) on nursing leadership,

and Dr. Pat Patrician, UAB, on Alabama Nursing Workforce Study. In April 2019 we held a Webinar Meeting

Online originating at Jacksonville State University: “Our New Normal at JSU Nursing: Hope and Recovery” by Dr.

Phyllis Waites, faculty, and Ms. Shanteia Beavers, student.

Publicity: Top Posts 2018-2019

# Times Seen

NOMINATE AN AMAZING NURSE for Citation of Excellence (Feb, Mar. 2019) 6284

District 3 is looking for delegates for the ASNA 2019 Convention (June 2019) 4629


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Join ASNA! 1. Great Nurse Leaders 2.Awards and scholarships. 3. Fun 4. Mentors

5. Affordable-$15 a month (ANA & ASNA) (Anytime!) 3844

ASNA District 3 CE Day at Alacare Home Health and Hospice (October 2018) 3216

District 3 Strategic Planning Meeting (Nov, 2018) 3215

Blazer’s Nurse’s Night Out! (Basketball) (Feb, 2019) 2730

NURSE tag – Got Yours? Oct. is car tag renewal mo. (Oct, 2018) 2674

Calling all Nursing Students—Career Fair with Area Hospitals (Feb, 2019) 1129

Fun, fellowship and FOOD at ASNA District 3 Christmas party! (Dec, 2018) 382

Name the Newsletter! Post a clever name in Comments! (Jan, 2019) 296

Come join us!

Respectfully submitted, Ellen Buckner PhD, RN, CNE, AE-C, FNAP, President


Dr. Jacqueline C. Smith, President ASNA District 4

Greetings to all convention officers, delegates, guests, and members at large. District 4 has had a year filled with

opportunities and action. We are excited to be the host district for the 2019 Convention and we trust that everyone

will be inspired to keep working to impact the lives of individuals we encounter in our State, districts, and

communities. The chosen theme for this year’s convention, The Art and Science of Nursing, has already set the

tone for what we can expect to experience. We know that during our time of convening and collaborating we will

be enriched from having shared this impactful event.

The year began with district four’s newly elected President, Dr. Jacqueline C. Smith, meeting with officers to

map the course of direction for our group. After receiving a charge from the newly installed State President, Dr.

Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann, we were very excited and enthusiastically looked forward to being of service to the

members of our district. Plans were made to continue reaching out to active and non-active members to support

the association with regular attendance at planned events and to increase our membership.

In November 2018 the district met in the event room at The University of South Alabama Medical Center and

determined end-of-year activities. Angela Duffy, RN, the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, welcomed us to the

facility. Brenda Woodmansee, the President Elect of District 4, sponsored refreshments.

The Annual Christmas party was held on December 10, 2018 during which time members of the district enjoyed

a wonderful fellowship. In addition, household goods, appliances and other requested items were collected

and donated to Penelope House, a local agency that assists women and children who are victims of domestic


The New Year, 2019, started with the District continual efforts to reach out to members who were non-active. The

first meeting of 2019 was held at Franklin Primary Hadley’s Medical Center and was hosted by Dr. Wanda Hicks.


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The group was treated to a presentation on XDFLUZA by Ms. Dawn Lee, who also

sponsored an enjoyable meal for all in attendance.

During the month of February, several members from District 4 attended “Nurses

Day at the Capitol” where they were enlightened on educational topics impacting

nurses and future nurses. Some members also participated in local “Go Red’ events

sponsored by the American Heart Association. The district meeting for this month was

held at Bishop State Community College on the Baker Gaines Central Campus. Dr.

Jacqueline Smith hosted this meeting and all attendees received hearty treats.

Dr. Jacqueline Smith, Dr. Shanda Bishop, and Dr. Wanda Hicks attending

Nurses Day at the Capitol, February 6, 2019

Wintzell’s Oyster House was the setting selected for the meeting in March. During this

meeting Dr. Wanda Hicks was selected as Vice-President following the resignation

of Dr. Callie Cheese. We expressed our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Cheese for her

services rendered to the district. This month proved to be a very busy month with

members supporting several community events including the following: Mobile Kidney

Walk sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and The Chocolate Festival

sponsored by Penelope House.

The district continued along the same line during the month of April by supporting

the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk, Mystery Theater Dinner, the

Parkinson’s Walk, and FACES. Our district sponsored Krystal Lockett this year at the

Leadership Academy.

Dr. Wanda Hicks, Tyler Sturdivant, and Dr. Kimberly Jordan at FACES 2019

One of the highlights for this year was the annual ASNA Citation of Nursing Excellence Award Ceremony held

on May 13th. Lovie Dickinson served as chairperson for this event and was assisted by Brenda Woodmansee

and Dr. Tasha Jones. The setting was the Toulminville Branch of the Mobile Public Library. This event received an

exceptional attendance with an array of award recipients.

District 4, 2019 ASNA Citation of Excellence Award recipients along with President-elect, Brenda

Woodmansee, Chaplain, Tyler Strudivant, and President, Dr. Jacqueline Smith


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The scholarship committee awarded two scholarships in the amount of $500.00 to two nursing students. Brenda

Woodmansee and other committee members worked many hours to establish the scholarship criteria and to

ensure that funds were distributed to qualified applicants.

Dr. Wanda Hicks and other members of the Legislative Committee have met throughout this year to assist with

lobbying senators and representatives in an effort to obtain support in passing laws governing nurse practice

and health policies that impact citizens throughout the State of Alabama. We celebrate the achievements of this

committee knowing that as a united group, the voices of nurses can profoundly impact issues locally, regionally,

and nationally.

The most recent District 4 meeting was held at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Downtown Mobile. The main focus at

this time is our annual convention, which will be hosted by District 4. The Convention Committee Chairperson,

Dr. Bobbie-Holt Ragler, has expressed a desire to make this year’s convention unique and memorable. Numerous

conference calls have been conducted in an effort to foster communication and collaboration among the districts.

We are eagerly anticipating the convention and the various activities, speakers, seminars, and sessions that have

been planned. We hope to see everyone at the venue and we know that you will enjoy being on the Gulf Coast.


Linda Gibson-Young, Acting President


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Continuing Nursing Education

Virginia “Ginger” Collum, MSN/Ed, RN, Continuing Education Coordinator, ASNA

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

Approval and Provider Units. Both units meet separately and perform 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:

Dr. Sola Aina-Moshood

Mary Ann Austin

Delnora Bell

Dr. Carol Dabbs

Dr. Debbie Faulk

Patricia Green

Bette Jane Jolly

Betty Key

Annitta Love

Amy Morris

Dr. Arlene Morris

Dr. Cordelia Nnedu

Casey Norris

Dr. Terry Sturm

Dr. Marilyn Sullivan

Dr. Marilyn Whiting

This past year they evaluated 190 Individual Activities during the October 2018 – August, 2019 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 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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ASNA Committee on Membership

Linda Gibson-Young, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, ASNA Vice-President July, 2019

ASNA Committee on Membership meets quarterly via Zoom – last meeting May 2019. Meeting attendees

include District Vice-Presidents and ad hoc members.

This year, we examined the Committee on Membership responsibilities to:

a. Explore thoughts to promote active membership.

b. Disseminate materials to strengthen membership promotion and retention.

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

Active participation from four of five districts. Working with team to identify best approach for meetings.

Conversation focused on new membership, retention, and

Membership Discussion


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

Proposed actions:

Increase awareness of nurses in each district

regarding ASNA district contact persons, meeting

times and places by: 1) word of mouth from

members 2) District Facebook pages 3) market to

students 4) improve communication with districts

Highlight new district members

1) Explore joint meetings between Districts and

nursing students/faculty within each district 2)

Inform students of District and State Facebook

pages and resources

2018 ASNA Leadership Academy project:

discussed outcomes, observed videos

produced by F. Richardson.

2019 Progress

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

ii. Health centers

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

Parker (ASNA Communications).

Current focus: to prepare goals for Fall 2019 prior to ASNA Fall Convention. Table to distribute information to

members, consider mass marketing after convention

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


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Awards Committee

Kim Inman Smith, MSN, RN, Chair

Awards Committee Members: Kim Inman Smith, Chair, District 2; Anca Whitehouse, District 1

Representative; Dr. Cynthia Daly and Dr. Kathleen Ladner, District 3 Representatives, Tyler Sturdivant,

District 4 Representative. AD HOC members were Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann and Lindsey Harris.

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, communicating

primarily by email. 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.


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Ethics & Human Rights Committee

Co-Chairs: Rosemarie Juergensen, MSN, RN

Bonnie Rausch, BSN, RN, CLNC

The Ethics and Human Rights Committee has chosen to continue to address the growing problems of

substandard physical and mental health care, including inadequate nutrition in Alabama prisons and

detention centers. The committee had conference calls in February, May and scheduled another one for July

The following are Committee Goals:

1. Committee members have researched and shared information about the prisons in their districts.

2. Work is in progress to use The Alabama Nurse and other publications to increase awareness of these

issues in the nursing community.

3. The committee is preparing to meet with prison representatives, i.e. NPs, wardens to collaborate with

prison systems in the state.

4. Plan to tour prisons. Built report with prisons. Connect with NPs in the prisons. Invite to join ASNA

and E&HRC. Put together a need assessment; make a list of items which specific prisons need; have

subgroups in the committee, who will deal with specific needs in the prisons.

5. The special project concerning the treatment and health care including shackling of pregnant

incarcerated women in Alabama’s prisons will still need to be investigated.

We thank all the members of the Ethics & Human Rights committee for their interest and lively

participation in this project:

Denise Beadle, BSN, RN

Cyndi Cortes, Dr.PH, MSN, MRF, CPNP-PC, CRRN, COI

Tara Eslick, BSN, RN

Janelle Grace, CRNP

Octavia Ingram, CRNP

Vanessa Johnson, RN, MHADON

Krystal Lockett, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC, NP-C

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

Shelicia Morton-Ford, RN

Lovie McAboy, MSN, RN

Arlene Morris, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Shahla Poursaied, CRNP

Cheri Rodgers-Norman, RN

Lisa Rhodes, RN

Tremaine Robinson, LPN

Regina ”Raye” Rodgers, RN

Joy Whatley, RN JD

AD HOC: Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann, DNP, RN

Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC

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Executive Director 2019 House of Delegates Report

John Ziegler, D. Min. MA

We left last year’s convention in Auburn/Opelika, on a high note. It had been a good year for ASNA.

Membership had continued to grow. The Governor was our keynote speaker, awards were presented to

worthy recipients, and in various venues – issues were discussed that were relevant to the profession and

to our organization. Equally important were the networking opportunities around good food, fun and

fellowship. Since then, ASNA has launched new initiatives and seen other goals in our strategic plan come

into fruition!

As we “Celebrate the Art and Science of Nursing” at this year’s Convention/House of Delegates, we gather

to learn, be inspired and set a course for the future. I cannot think of a better location to do our business

and enjoy each other than the Grand Hotel at beautiful Point Clear, Alabama. The ASNA Convention

Committee, Board and ASNA staff have done a wonderful job in preparing an agenda that is rich in

content with ample time to fellowship, enjoy the amenities of the resort and visit the charming town of

Fairhope, Alabama.

In this report, I purpose to present a succinct, but significant overview of the past 12 months. Shortly after

last year’s HOD, our president, Sarah Wilkinson, changed her name to Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann! As

most of you know, she and ASNA past president, Brian Buchmann were married. That’s a great way to

begin a new presidency…marry a past president!! Our ASNA Board had several other new officers who all

have done a fine job. The following accomplishments are the results of ASNA staff, officers and members

working together to promote excellence in nursing.


Recruitment, assimilation, engagement and retention are terms often used to measure the effectiveness of

membership efforts. ASNA continues to grow in acquiring new members (the front door) and continues

to struggle to shrink the cancellation list (the back door). The key to narrowing the back door is found

in the two middle terms – assimilation and engagement. When people join an organization and they

do not make personal connections or identify with a significant cause supported by their membership,

they feel disconnected and insignificant. Facebook, emails and other social media communications are

NO substitute for personal connections. Having said that, I am happy to report that ASNA’s membership

committee, district presidents and President Wilkinson-Buchmann have used our “media” more

effectively than ever. Our goal of branding our five district FB pages under one professional template was

accomplished for the first time. Leaders can now communicate via mass email and/or on their district FB

pages directly to their constituents! Our web master, Travis Parker, has worked with districts to publish

their meetings, projects and highlight awards and relevant nursing news. This is an ongoing effort, but

the foundation is laid and we need to build on it. District membership comparisons and membership

resources are available on the ASNA website through the “leadership” portal at the bottom of the home



In recent survey, our members cited “advocacy” as the main benefit they receive from ASNA. Members

are seeing ASNA more and more as a megaphone for their voice as individuals or as an organization

that can speak on their behalf regarding issues that impact their practice and the profession. Nurses Day

at the Capitol, for many, is the first glimpse of this fact. This year’s event was graced by remarks from


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the Governor and several legislators and attendance set a new record of over 700. Our president, Sarah

Wilkinson-Buchmann spoke at the rally and our president-elect, Lindsey Harris spoke to hundreds on the

topic of “professionalism in nursing.”

In response to resolutions from recent ASNA conventions, we were able to have the Secretary of the

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency speak at FACES on the subject of “human trafficking.” Hal Taylor, the

state’s chief law enforcement officer, and his staff have started the Alabama Fusion Center – a one phonecall

resource for people, like nurses, to call when they encounter possible trafficking. The confidential

service “fuses” information from many sources, investigates and conducts coordinated interventions, if

warranted. Additionally, the ASNA Executive Director was recently appointed to serve on the Alabama

Health Care Human Trafficking Training Program Commission (created by HJR244 in 2019).

Legislatively, we saw the culmination of several years of work in supporting the passage of the Enhanced

Nurse Licensure Compact bill and joint resolution HJR37 (sponsored by Representative April Weaver)

related to the Felony status of attacking a nurse. These and other bills are featured in the ED’s 2019

Legislative Report which is available on the ASNA website. Regarding advocacy at the federal level,

ASNA officers and ED visited all of Alabama’s legislative delegation in Washington, DC at the ANA “Day

on the Hill.” Title VIII funding, safe staffing, full scope of practice and reasonable Medicaid expansion

were among the topics discussed with our elected officials. We also expressed concerns over access to

healthcare in underserved rural counties, the floundering mental health system and the need for more

humane conditions in Alabama jails, prisons and detention centers.


A focus of ASNA’s strategic plan includes collaboration with other nursing and health care stakeholders.

Our environmental committee worked in conjunction with the University of Alabama in Huntsville

regarding ground water pollution in Uniontown, Alabama. Lab tests raised concerns over water table

pollution from a nearby plant that had, at best, suspect disposal methods. The Alabama Coalition of

Nursing Organizations participated in the planning and success of Nurses Day at the Capitol. ASNA

worked with the Alabama Health Action Coalition to promote Health Literacy and other workforce

improvement projects. ASNA was at the table with the Alabama Board of Nursing when their leadership

finalized their strategy regarding the Enhanced Compact Licensure State Legislation. We wrote letters of

support for their bill and for a bill supporting the work of nurse anesthetis. ASNA supported home health

and school nurse in legislation that involved transportation liability and more funding for schools to hire


When the Alabama Board of Nursing has open positions, ASNA by statute, is the facilitating organization

that assembles an ABN Nominating Committee, advertises the open position(s), processes applications

and hosts the interview day for candidates at the ASNA office. In 2019, three slots will be filled. Last, but

not least, ASNA will serve as the facilitating organization for the establishment of the Alabama Advanced

Practice Consensus Council. The ASNA president will serve as chair and leaders of APRN groups,

stakeholders such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the ABN, the Alabama Hospital Association, ADPH and other

organizations will be invited to participate. The goal will be to present a consensus model for legislation/

policy changes necessary to bring Alabama in line with full-scope models in other states.


As one of the pillars in our strategic plan, “visibility” should not be “overlooked!” Many organizations

are working away…and their members are in the dark about what is being accomplished. ASNA added


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“visibility” as measure of our success for exactly that reason. We want to make an impact, change what we

can change, influence policy-legislation and promote excellence in nursing. If the nursing community and

in particular, our members are unaware of ASNA’s work then how can we expect to be seen as relevant?

In 2019, ASNA was more “visible” than in many decades. Our website had over 8,000 distinct visitors,

the central office FB and district FB posts were widely seen, ASNA participated in/sponsored numerous

events. Citation of Excellence awards were presented in multiple settings and publicized widely. During

Nurses Week, we had display tables in hospitals for day and night shifts across the state. ASNA leaders

were interviewed on TV in Huntsville, Birmingham and in Montgomery and served as featured speakers

for professional organizations and schools of nursing. One of our members, “Nurse Fred” voluntarily

created a series of interviews for video presentations on our website and Facebook. A good number of

ASNA members served on boards and counsels of both professional and community organizations.


Technically, the Alabama Nurses Foundation is separate from ASNA. It is its own corporation and has

its own Board. However, it is an important partner in ASNA’s mission. This year, the ANF disseminated

over $30,000 in scholarships and community grants. The income stream for the ANF comes mainly from

the ASNA convention auction, nurse car tags and private gifts. We are working to raise awareness of

additional giving opportunities such as endowed gifts (include ANF in your will), fundraisers and corporate

gifts. ASNA’s finances continue to be healthy. Membership growth, bringing value to our base and good

stewardship are key components of a healthy organization. As always, I would like to express my gratitude

for the privilege to serve the most trusted professionals…nurses.

Respectfully submitted,

John Ziegler

Executive Director

Director of Leadership Services

Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC

The 2019 focus has been ongoing enhancement of our web page. An effort has been made to include

more clinical information as well as additional relevant general information. Enhancement of the

Dashboard has included providing additional information for the ASNA leadership. I have really had less

‘hands on’ with the Approval Unit’s day to day operations and have functioned in an oversite capacity.

This did not preclude daily involvement with FACES and the Annual Convention. My latest activity has

been to convert the office Board Room from a meeting room into a true Board Room. Come to the office

and see how we have improved the facility. 2020 promises to be a great year for growing our brand and

serving the nurses in Alabama.


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ASNA Legal Report

Jon D. Barganier, J. D.

Don Eddins, ASNA’s former Legal Counsel, now retired, prepared last year’s annual report and considering

Don’s legal expertise and long experience with ASNA, his report can hardly be improved upon by me.

Thus, the remainder of this report is mostly Don’s work and I only offer a tweak or two to reflect my own

thoughts as I go forward in that role. I might add, Don left big shoes to fill.

Legal protection and consultation are central to the Alabama State NursesAssociation’s Legal Program but

it is not comprehensive. Our hope is to help keep you out of trouble more than get you out of trouble. A

comprehensive program would include a large staff of full-time attorneys who did nothing but this work.

Unfortunately, that kind of comprehensive program is not within our grasp today. Sadly, it could be but we

are limited by the support we are provided by the profession. I know I am preaching to the choir when

I say that because you are probably a member who supports this organization. Unfortunately, many of

Alabama’s professional nurses do not and that is why ASNA is limited in its abilities. Now, off the soap box

and on to the Legal Program we do provide which is still significant and consequential.

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

It is 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 (BON) was established to

administer the act and a letter from the BON even hinting of a violation can strike fear in nurses. That is

one reason the Alabama State NursesAssociation’s Legal Program is so important.

First, ASNA helps nurses stay out of trouble with the BON by providing vital information that allows

them to avoid common pitfalls. Strict adherence to rules relating to paperwork is extremely important, for


As part of the education program, ASNA holds risk management seminars conducted by the ASNA Legal

Counsel and staff members. Articles about pitfalls facing nurses, from a legal perspective, appear regularly

in The Alabama Nurse.

Unfortunately, even the most diligent and skilled nurse can make mistakes and that is why ASNA has set in

place a program to help its members in dealing with BON 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 did not 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.

In such an event, ASNA’s Legal Counsel is there to consult with the nurse in question and help them

proceed down that road to resolution without charge. Sometimes that means the Legal Counsel directly

provides help to the nurse; other times, it may require outside legal counsel.


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The ASNA Legal Counsel 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 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 Legal Counsel on any legal matter on

which the ASNA Legal Counsel feels qualified to consult – including employment issues – an hour a year

at no cost to the member.

That consultation alone by an outside attorney may cost a non-member hundreds of dollars.

The Legal Program is a vital part of ASNA’s package of benefits and available only to ASNA members.


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ASNA Leadership Academy 2019 Mentors

Brian Buchmann, MSN, MBA, RN

Medicine Unit Director

Huntsville Hospital Health System

Huntsville, AL


Brian Buchmann, RN, MSN, MBA has 28 years of experience in clinical nursing practice, nursing

education, and administration. He currently works at Huntsville Hospital as the Family Practice & General

Medicine Unit Director. Buchmann serves on several ASNA/ANA committees, was ASNA President 2014-

2016, and served on the Governor’s Task Force to Improve Healthcare in Alabama.

Ellen Buckner PhD, RN, CNE, AE-C, FNAP


Samford University

Birmingham, AL


Dr. Ellen Buckner PhD, RN, CNE, AE-C, FNAP, is Professor of Nursing in the Ida Moffett School of

Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Her most recent

work is interprofessional asthma self-management education in middle school students. She is a Certified

Nurse Educator and Certified Asthma Educator. In 2019 she was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the

National Academies of Practice (FNAP).

Adrienne Curry DNP, RN

Case Manager

Home Based Primary Care

VA Medical Center

Birmingham, AL


Dr. Adrienne L. Curry, DNP, RN has been a nurse since 2004, first earning her Associates degree from

Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, then her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Samford University

in 2005 and 2008. She completed her education by earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the

University of Alabama in 2012. Curry has been employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital

for the past 25 years with a primary focus in Med-Surg nursing. Currently she is a case manager in the

VA Home Based Primary Care. She is also retired from the US Air Force where she was a Reservist in the

Aeromedical Evacuation Unit at Maxwell Air Force Base.


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Cynthia Daly, BSN, RN

Nursing Practice Congress Chair

UAB Health System

Birmingham, AL


Cynthia Daly, BSN has been a nurse at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital for the past

nine years. She is currently an Assistant Nurse Manager on the Thoracic Surgery Units. Daly has served

on UAB’s Nursing Practice Congress for several years and has been the Chair the past two years. She has

been involved in many PACTS that have led to practice change. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the

University of Alabama in Huntsville and is currently enrolled in the MSN program focusing on the Clinical

Nurse Leader Track at UAB. She was a participant of the ASNA Leadership Academy 2018.

Andrew Haiflich, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager

Trauma Program

USA Health System

Mobile, AL


Andrew Haiflich attended the University of South Alabama, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree

in Finance. He went on to obtain his BSN through USA’s accelerated Nursing program, and finished his MSN

in Executive Nursing Administration in 2016. He worked in the STICU for five years prior to becoming the

Director of Trauma Services at University Hospital.

Abby Horton, MSN, RN

Nursing Instructor

Capstone College of Nursing

Tuscaloosa, AL


Abby Grammer Horton is a full-time instructor at the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN). She is currently

enrolled in the Nurse Educator Doctoral Program at The University of Alabama. Horton is active in the

Alabama State Nurses Association at both the state and district level. She currently serves as the District II

vice-president and is the immediate past president of the district. She is also the 2013 recipient of the ASNA

New Member Excellence Award.


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Rebecca Huie DNP, RN, ACNP, VHA-CM

Director of Primary Care

VA Medical Center

Birmingham, AL


Rebecca Huie, a three-time graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing

is director of primary care for the Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC), where she provides oversight

to nine community-based outpatient clinics located across north central Alabama. She serves as the new

president of the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA).

Julie S. Jones, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Nursing Instructor

Jefferson State Junior College

Clanton Campus


Julie Savage Jones graduated from Auburn University with a BSN in 1991, The University of Alabama with

a MSN in Case Management for Rural Populations in 2003 and earned a Doctor of Education degree in

Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators in 2016. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years and has

worked as a full time nurse educator for 12 years. Jones currently serves as a Nursing Instructor in the ADN

program at Jefferson State Community College in Clanton.

Moniaree Jones, Ed.D., M.S.N., CCM, COHN-S

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Samford University

Birmingham, AL


Moniaree Parker Jones serves as assistant professor of nursing at Samford University's Ida Moffett School of

Nursing and part-time legal nurse consultant. Prior to assuming her current positions, she worked as assistant

professor at Auburn University at Montgomery, a legal nurse consultant, a case manager and an occupational

health nurse in a large commodities chemical plant in Louisiana. She is a published journal and book chapter

author with her latest publication on The Lived Experience of Chronic Pain In Nurse Educators. She is also a

frequent lecturer and guest speaker.


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Philip Merrit, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

University of South Alabama

Health System

Mobile, AL


Philip Merritt, RN, BSN, CEN, TCRN has been an Emergency Department Nurse with University of South

Alabama Health University Hospital for the past 16 years. He is a member of the Alabama State Nurses

Association, Society of Trauma Nurses and Emergency Nurses Association. He was selected as the Society of

Trauma Nurses 2018 EAST Nurse Fellow.

Arlene Morris MSN, EdD, CNE

Retired professor

UAB School of Nursing

Montgomery, AL


Arlene Morris, MSN, EdD, CNE, and ASNA member since 1993, has served at district and state levels, and

is a previous ASNA president. She has served on several ANA Professional Issues Panels, two terms on the

NLN Public Policy Committee, and the Alabama Public Health Planning committee. A nurse educator for 25

years, she retired as Professor of Nursing from Auburn University, Montgomery.

Barbara Walker Neill, MSHA, BSN, RN, CMSRN

House Supervisor

Grandview Medical Center


Barbara Walker Neill considers it a blessing to be a BSN Registered Nurse. As a MSHA, she taught better

perspectives supporting patient care and leadership. Her nursing and leadership experiences include critical

care, cardiology, dialysis, medical-surgical, wound care and perioperative nursing. Today, she serves with

integrity, honesty, grace, wisdom and patience, ever mindful of this treasure. I get to make a difference as a


Charlene Roberson, MEd, RN-BC

Director of Leadership Services

Alabama State Nurses Association

Montgomery, Alabama 36104-3658


Charlene Roberson has been a member of the Leadership Steering Committee since its inception and works

as the Director of Leadership Development at ASNA. Her role in the Leadership Academy is mentoring,

logistical support and curriculum development. She maintains certifications in both Nursing Professional

Development and Psy/Mental Health.


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Frank Wallis DNP, NP-C

Director of Emergency Services

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL


Frankie Wallis earned his MSN at Jacksonville State University with a concentration in Community Health

and Leadership. He later completed the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program and the Doctor of Nursing

Practice program at Samford University. Post-doctoral, he completed his Fellowship in Interprofessional

Practice as well as his certificate in Healthcare Management. Currently, Wallis is the Sr. Director of

Emergency Services at University Hospital in Birmingham, AL. His extensive experience includes emergency

care, ICU, trauma, psychiatry/behavioral health, Cath lab, nursing administration, and education. He is cochair

of the ASNA Leadership Academy.

Brenda Woodmansee DNP, RN

Nursing Instructor

University of South Alabama

Mobile, AL


Brenda Woodmansee earned her MSN and BSN from the University of South Alabama and her ADN from

Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College. Her interests are adult health nursing and research. She has received

both the ASNA Louise Barksdale Practice Award and the ASNA Citation of Excellence.


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ASNA Leadership Academy 2019 Participants

Sola Aina-Moshood

Tuskegee University

School of Nursing and Allied Health

2026 Sara St

Auburn, AL 36832


Sola Aina-Moshood earned her Ph.D from Auburn University. She received the Holmes Scholars Award,

an educational mentoring support system for young African American students aspiring academia and

the Dr. Lauranne Sam’s scholarship from the National Black Nurses Association. She completed a oneyear

post-doctoral Health Disparities Research Training Program at UAB. Aina-Popoola began teaching

at Tuskegee University School of Nursing and Allied Health in August 2011. She advanced to the post of

Interim Health Science Director in August 2018. She is the recipient of a Research Center for Minority

Institutions (RCMI) grant. Her research focus is diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2). In 2017, Aina-Popoola, was

recognized and received Tuskegee University Outstanding Researcher Award for the School of Nursing

and Allied Health. Aina-Popoola is an ANCC Board Certified Medical Surgical Nurse and is actively

involved in community participatory works.

Rebecca Daugherty

University of Alabama at Birmingham

School of Nursing


Rebecca Daugherty obtained her BSN from Baylor University in 2007 and MSN in nursing education from

UAB in 2014. She has been a bedside RN at UAB Hospital for 11 years where she has served as a charge

nurse and preceptor. Daugherty has been an adjunct clinical instructor for UAB School of Nursing for a

year. She has presented poster presentations at the National Evidence-Based Practice Conference as well

as the QSEN Conference.

Kim Driggers

Crestwood Medical Center

Emergency Department

304 Curtis Drive SE

Huntsville, AL 35803


Kim Driggers earned her Master’s Degree from Perdue University-Global. She is an Emergency Room

Nurse Practitioner and volunteer for the North Alabama Medical Reserve Corp. Prior to becoming an

NP, Driggers was an emergency room nurse for 15 years, L&D nurse for four years and held various

other positions in the medical field for the past 35 years. Driggers is a member of The Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her hobbies include spending time with family; “beach-bumming,” camping,

hiking, swimming, spontaneous road trips and family history. She is a wife of one, mother of four and

grandmother of 11.5.


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Christopher Forbes

Jeff State Community College

Clanton Campus

Nursing Chair

189 Kentwood Drive

Alabaster, AL 35007


Chris Forbes graduated from Samford University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, Nurse

Educator Concentration. He is currently the Campus Chair of Nursing at Jefferson State Community

College in Clanton, AL and a member of ASNA, District 2. He has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years

and has practiced within the areas of critical care, telemetry and psychiatry. Originally hailing from Pride,

Louisiana, Forbes’ research interests have been greatly influenced by the nursing profession’s impact in

rural communities. He currently resides in Alabaster, AL with his wife, Annette and two sons, Nathan and


James Hardin

Alabama Department of Health

East Central Division

860 Moore's Mill Drive

Auburn, Alabama 36830


James Hardin earned the ASN from Troy State University, the BSN from Jacksonville State University and

the MSc International Management of Health Systems from the University of Liverpool. He currently serves

as the District Nurse Administrator of Home Care for the Alabama Department of Public Health. Over

the last 25 years as a Registered Nurse, he has worked in nearly every healthcare setting, in a clinical,

educational, or administrative role.

Erica Kierce

Auburn University School of Nursing

Assistant Clinical Professor

323 Yukon Drive

Auburn, AL 36832


Erica Kierce earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at Vanderbilt University and her Psychiatric

Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner Degree at UAB. She has been a nurse for over a decade and a faculty

member at Auburn University since 2015. She maintains clinical practice in both inpatient and outpatient

settings with a focus on child and adolescent mental health. Kierce is also a consultant with the Alabama

Psychiatric Medication Review Team, a collaborative effort to decrease psychotropic medication overuse

by children in foster care.


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Krystal Lockett

University of South Alabama

6424 Hampton Park Ct

Mobile, AL 36608


Krystal Lockett graduated from Auburn University with a Biomedical Sciences Degree and later at the

University of South Alabama with a BA in Spanish, BSN, and MSN-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care

Nurse Practitioner degrees. She is a passionate nurse practitioner for Wexford Health, a community health

advocate, entrepreneur, avid traveler, dedicated Spanish language learner, and lifelong dancer. She is the

owner of PureVine Healthcare (formerly Reliable Sitting Service) and founder of the PureVine Foundation.

A Daphne, AL native, Lockett currently resides in Mobile, AL. She was featured in Mobile's "Visit Mobile"

commercial, selected as the 2017 class of Mobile Bay's 40 under 40, and selected as a fellow for the Gulf

States Health Policy Coalition. She is currently working on her DNP and sub-specialties at the University

of South Alabama.

Skylar Moore

Auburn University School of Nursing

710 South Donahue Drive

Office 2225

Auburn, AL 36849


Skylar Moore graduated from Northeast Alabama Community College with her ADN/RN in 2008,

Jacksonville State University in 2010 with her BSN, Troy University in 2012 with her MSN/FNP and

2018 with her DNP. She has been a registered nurse since 2008 and has worked her entire career either

at bedside or in a clinic at East Alabama Medical Center. She is currently a full time assistant clinical

professor at Auburn University School of Nursing in their Family Nurse Practitioner program and works

her clinical practice day at the Auburn University Medical Clinic where she has been a family nurse

practitioner since 2013. Moore’s topics of interest/research include online learning for nurse practitioner

students, care of the LGTBQ population, and college health.

Regina "Raye" Rodgers

Huntsville VA CBOC

2241 County Road 319

Moulton, Alabama 35650


Regina “Raye” Rodgers is a registered nurse, currently pursuing her BSN at the University of North Alabama. She is

employed at the Huntsville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, where she works as a RN Care Coordinator

in the Mental Health department. Rodgers’ hobbies include photography and studying holistic medicine practices.

She is a wife, mother and grandmother.


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Britney Swann

St. Vincent's East Emergency Department

610 King Valley Circle

Pelham Al 35124


Britney Swann received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Berra College in 2008. She is currently a Staff

Nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Vincent’s East in Birmingham, AL. Her goal is to be more involved in

her unit and also working towards being a flight nurse.

Katilya Ware

Auburn University School of Nursing

Assistant Professor

P.O. Box 4145

Opelika, AL 36803


Katilya Ware currently serves as the District 5 Secretary for the Alabama State Nurses Association. She is an

Assistant Professor at Auburn University School of Nursing and works on a per diem basis in the emergency

department at a local hospital. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with a Doctor of Philosophy

in Instructional Leadership. Ware also holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degree from Jacksonville

State University. She has participated in several presentations both podium and poster on the state and national

level. Her current research focus is related to medication noncompliance in patients with hypertension.

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Incorporating Video Orientation on the Outpatient Clinical Decision Unit:

An Integrative Approach

Rebecca Daugherty, MSN, RN-BC

Remember your first day on your first nursing job? Embarking on your new job can be anxiety provoking

especially for new graduate nurses. In order to combat this uneasiness as well as increase enthusiasm

becoming part of the team an innovative approach was proposed. One unique tactic presented was the

incorporation of a welcome video which would be uploaded to the new hire’s checklist on the learning

management system. In this video, unit leadership would share their vision for the unit and describe the

culture. The video would also include a tour of the unit along with staff interviews. Each new hire would be

given a bag of professional swag.

Preliminary data for this project will be collected through Survey Monkey from nurses hired within the last

year. This will evaluate the current unit orientation process. The project will use resources from the marketing

department. Change is continuous in the hospital setting. These techniques are currently in the development

stage. Within the next three months, the video will be created and uploaded onto the learning management

system. The goal of this project is to decrease anxiety of new hire nurses and spark enthusiasm for joining the

team. The project will be evaluated using a post intervention Survey Monkey

The Economic Impact of Registered Nurses Within Chilton County Alabama

Christopher Forbes, DNP, RN

Purpose: According to the U.S. Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card (2012), the shortage of registered

nurses is expected to continue throughout 2030. Based on this phenomenon, a career as a registered nurse

provides ample opportunities to improve quality of life measures, especially for those nurses who live in

rural communities. The purpose of this project is to illustrate the financial implications of nurses who go on

to complete an associate degree program in nursing at a local community college within Chilton County,


Subjects, Design and Methods: A custom questionnaire was created thru www.surveymonkey.com and

forwarded to 154 community college nursing graduates who graduated between 2013 and 2019. This

questionnaire was forwarded thru social media outlets with a total of 58 respondents.

Results: A total of 51.7% of respondents indicated that they were living in Chilton County while attending

nursing school. A slightly lower percentage, 47.4%, indicated that they continued to reside within Chilton

County as they currently engaged in nursing practice.

Limitations: The associate degree in nursing program has only existed within this community college since

2012. Resulting data was limited to the number of respondents who currently engage in the use of social

media for the purposes of maintaining communication with their previous graduate nursing cohort.

Implications for Practice: Preliminary indications illustrate that a significant number of nurses who live within


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Chilton County prior to graduation, wish to continue to reside within the county following graduation. With

the introduction of a nursing salary within these households, practicing nurses within Chilton County have

the ability to make a significant financial impact within their prospective communities.

Making a Seat at the Table:

The Importance of Organizational Goal Alignment

James Hardin, MSc, BSN, RN

During organizational planning for both large and small organizations, the inclusion of nurse lead

departments are often lacking. Not only does the lack of nursing involvement potentially isolate departments,

it also diminishes organizational capacity and may lead to missed care opportunities. This project focuses on

the limited impact Home Care played in the interventions developed to meet the long term goals for Public

Health. By using the previously completed goals as a template, Home Care interventions were developed

to support and enhance current interventions to improve patient outcomes. By utilizing existing goals, the

direction was to unify departments rather than compete with other resources. The ongoing goal of the

project is to positively impact patient outcomes, improve organizational capacity, and promote increased

nursing involvement in interdepartmental committees and initiatives.

The Five “Ds” of Deprescribing: A Structured Approach to Decreasing or

Eliminating Psychotropic Medications

Erica D. Kierce, DNP, PMHNP, PMHS

The complex nature of treating mental illness with medication through a trial and error process can

unintentionally lead to polypharmacy and unsafe medication strategies. Although providers may recognize

a need to decrease or eliminate psychotropic medications, it can be difficult to know where to start the

deprescribing process. This structured approach to deprescribing offers guidance to the practitioner for

reducing or eliminating medications through the “5 Ds Approach.” This approach addresses medication

changes by considering dangerous medications, duplicate medications, dosages outside of approved ranges,

medications with a deficient response, and medications the patient desires to reduce or eliminate.

Career Beyond the Paycheck: Increasing Nursing Advocacy and ASNA

Membership in Correctional Nurses

Krystal Lockett, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC, AGNP-C

The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) is working on a resolution to improve the physical and mental

healthcare needs in Alabama prisons and detention centers. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (2018) states that

there are 1.5 million federal and state prisoners in the United States. The Alabama Department of Corrections

(ADOC) reported that there were 27,803 jurisdictional prisoners in 2017. ASNA values ethical and quality

care for all. Incarcerated individuals are challenged with many of the same chronic diseases affecting

the general population along with environment specific risks including substance abuse, skin infections,

hepatitis C, type two diabetes, and mental illnesses. Correctional nursing professionals are on the frontlines

in managing illness and providing care to this population. Their insight is critical in prioritizing needs and

implementing quality improvement initiatives. The purpose of this project is to increase nursing advocacy in

corrections, unify correctional nursing professionals, and encourage ASNA membership in each of the major

correctional facilities in the state of Alabama.


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LGBTQ+ Health Care: Minimizing Disparity Through Education

Skylar Moore, DNP, CRNP

Literature suggests that LGTBQ+ persons have significant health disparities as compared to heterosexuals

(Fredriksen-Goldsen et al., 2014). Also, studies have shown the lack of awareness and education regarding

the delivery of health care to the LGTBQ+ community is due to the shortage of health care providers who

are knowledgeable and culturally competent in the health of LGBTQ+ members (Hafeez, Zeshan, Tahir,

Jahan, & Naveed, 2017). Health care providers should be knowledgeable of the disparities related to the

LGTBQ population. If healthcare providers aren’t knowledgeable of these disparities or do not recognize

these disparities, then patients may go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Improper diagnosis and treatment

can lead to patient frustration plus increased time and financial burdens in seeking other healthcare

opinions, treatments, and recommendations; some patients may avoid health care all together. To meet this

challenge of addressing culturally competent care of LGTBQ persons, two avenues should be pursued by

the healthcare provider-educator. Healthcare provider-educators should encourage and promote the pursuit

of healthcare careers by individuals of the LGTBQ+ community as a mechanism to increase awareness,

knowledge, and access available to the patient of culture and ethnicity. Healthcare provider-educators should

also encourage and promote the pursuit of knowledge, skills, and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of

disorders more common to those of the LGTBQ+ community. Nurses and nursing students should be given

clinical opportunities to give culturally competent health care of LGTBQ+ persons, professional development

opportunities, research/practice opportunities to develop and review illustrated guides/texts, and other

opportunities to share and collaborate with one another to increase the knowledge base and expertise.

Increasing knowledge and education in this area will (a) improve nurses’ use of language related to LGTBQ+

and cultural competencies, (b) provide more LGBTQ+ content in nursing curricula, and (c) enhance resources

allocated to nursing research, education, and services regarding LGBTQ+.

Developing an Electronic Tracking Mechanism to Monitor

Compliance With Pain Assessment and Reassessment

Sola Aina-Meshood, PhD, MSN, RN

Encounter is a detail data generated by health care providers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

The electronic tracking database will capture clinical conditions, services, and items provided to patients.

Database encounter is utilized to record relevant patient characteristics such as pain; as well as treatment

and outcome data. In addition, large quantities of organized data can be used to analyze patient populations,

characteristic, symptoms and evaluate responses to pain management. Quality management is essential in

the current health care environment. Quality management in an organization ensures the compliance with

organizational procedures, standards and specifications, assures customer requirements and assures that

these are met. The purpose of this project is to develop a tracking mechanism to monitor compliance with

pain assessment and reassessment. Clinical note on pain documentation during admission and discharge

of patients will be retrieved from an encounter to monitor compliance with organizational standards and

credentialing. A pilot test of the data base will identify the burden of the data collection, the accuracy and

completeness of the data and its overall usability in the everyday practice. Appraising the strength and

weakness in the design and function will support improving the electronic database documentation of pain

assessment and reassessment as a tool for quality management and research.


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Exploring a New Model for Utilizing a Nurse Practitioner in the

Emergency Department Triage

Kim A. Driggers, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

The purpose of this project is to determine the efficiency of a newly developed model of utilizing a Nurse

Practitioner (NP) in triage to decrease negative outcomes, left without being seen (LWBS), left without

treatment (LWOT), length of stay (LOS) as well as increase patient satisfaction. The Center for Medicare

and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program determines metrics hospitals

are required to follow in order to be reimbursed, several of those metrics involve ED throughput and patient

satisfaction surveys, the NP in triage is designed to meet those metrics. Two of the more important metrics

are, door to triage and door to provider. Meeting these metrics assures critical patients are seen in a timely

manner. Door to triage is to be done within ten minutes of patient arrival and door to provider within

30 minutes. The NP assists the RN with the triage, which helps meet both the door to triage and door

to provider metrics. Since the NP is in triage the patient is medically screened by a provider within 5-10

minutes of arriving. With the medical screening process complete, patient care can begin. Patients are

placed in a sub-waiting area once the triage process is complete. The NP and RN round in this sub-waiting

area, keeping patients updated, if a patient is still in the sub-waiting area once their test results are complete,

the NP can review the results and determine if the patient can see a physician in a quick turn-around room

or needs more testing or treatment. The NP and RN will round on the patients in the sub-waiting area,

keeping them informed of their test results, bed availability, deliver blankets if needed. The NP and RN will

also use their customer service skills so the patients will feel of their importance. The main importance of the

NP in triage is to make the patient feel as if they are the most important person in the hospital. Being kind

and giving patients care they need or feel they need, helps bring up patient satisfaction scores.

Learning to Hear a Silent Scream… Suicide: Warning Signs and Resources

Regina “Raye” Rogers, RN

The purpose of this presentation, is to educate the public about the warning signs of suicide and some of

the available resources in the North Alabama area. The goal is assist individuals to recognize early suicide

warning signs and to know where to go, or who to contact for help, if they or a loved one need to speak

with someone. Methods used to create this presentation included the following: input from mental health

providers and psychiatrists in the local community, information obtained from public resources, such as

the Alabama Department of Mental Health and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and direct

conversations from individuals who have attempted suicide.

Factors Affecting Burnout and Stress in the Emergency Department

Britney Swann, BSN, RN, CCRN

Purpose: Burnout and staff turnover are well-researched issues within nursing and no work environment is

immune to these challenges. This project set out to determine the individual factors within one Emergency

Department (ED) that affected the staff’s feeling of burnout and stress, and how they affect the components

of the healthy work environment. Staff self-reported their own feelings and perceptions and then a team of

interdisciplinary staff was formed to help address the areas identified. Staff will be re-surveyed in six months

to determine if the interventions have worked to decrease feelings of stress and burnout and to determine if

the work environment was perceived as more healthy.


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Design: Staff were asked to voluntarily self-report on current feelings to determine how individuals perceive

the state of their work environment, and their honest feedback on personal stress and burnout. The Healthy

Work Environment (HWE) survey designed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and

the Maslach Burnout Questionnaire were the two surveys utilized in this project.

Methods: Email sent out to staff for anonymous participation in HWE survey at their convenience during a three

week period in June 2019. Step two, the Maslach survey, was distributed in person the first two weeks of July

2019 within the department. Each survey was anonymous and each respondent only identified their role.

Results: In total, 21 people responded to the healthy work environment survey and 22 people did the

Maslach burnout survey. Each survey was sent out to all staff, RNs, NPs, EMTs, PCTs, and unit secretaries.

A good mixture of all types of staff members responded, allowing a more robust view of overall satisfaction

within the department.

Limitations: Involvement of staff was voluntary so some staff were reluctant to self-report on these two surveys.

Implications for Practice: High rates of burnout are well documented among nurses and ancillary personnel

caring for patients in the ED. By providing opportunities for staff to decompress and deal with stress and

trauma we can help care for current staff, increasing the likelihood they will foster a more healthy work

environment and want to stay in their current role, thus decreasing departmental turnover.

Exploring Social Determinant Impact on Nurse Advance Degree Attainment

Katilya Ware, PhD, RN

The National Academy of Medicine had a 2020 goal to increase the proportion of baccalaureate and

graduate-prepared nurses to achieve better access for patients. Educational preparation at the baccalaureate

degree or higher prepares registered nurses for greater professional responsibility and more complex practice

(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013). Schools of nursing are reporting increased enrollment, especially

enrollment of students from underrepresented groups in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

However, graduation data reported suggests that schools of nursing are not retaining a significant number

of students enrolled in graduate nursing programs. In 2016, approximately 15.7% of nurses in Alabama

reported a master’s degree as their highest level of education, 2.2% reported a Doctor of Nursing Practice,

6.5% reported a Doctor of Philosophy as their highest degree in nursing. In addition, 1.5% reported their

highest level of education as a Doctoral Degree in a field other than nursing and 0.3% reported having a

master’s degree in a field other than nursing. However, 52.1% of data related to the highest level of education

obtained by nurses in Alabama is unknown.

Several factors can impact an individual’s decision to attend college. Even though several benefits are

associated with obtaining a college degree, various circumstances hinder enrollment and completion of a

college education (Healthy People 2020). Factors can include race, ethnicity, social class, gender, education,

economic stability, housing, and support systems. This study will examine economic and social conditions

that impact a nurse’s decision to obtain an advanced degree.

A questionnaire developed using the Healthy People 2020 “place-based” organizing framework as a guide

will be administered to nurses from various nursing organizations in Alabama. The target population will

consist of practicing nurses with and without graduate nursing degrees attending the 2019 Alabama State

Nurses Association Convention in Point Clear, Alabama. At this time preliminary data will be obtained. Data

will be analyzed using descriptive statistics for closed ended questions and identification of themes for open

ended questions. Data will be presented at an upcoming conference.


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Outstanding New Member

Dr. Chris Forbes

Representative April Weaver

Outstanding Advocate

Dr. Cynthia Henderson

DO McClusky

Kimberly Barnes-Ayers

Lillian B. Smith

Dr. Adrienne Curry

Lillian Holland Harvey

Dr. Linda Gibson Young

Charlene Roberson

Michael Lovelace, RN, CEN, CFRN,


Cindajo Overton

Dr. Lynn Brown


Retired Nurse

Deborah Thredford-Zimmerman

Outstanding Nurse

Administrator, Academe

Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Academic

Health Policy

Senator Greg Reed

Outstanding Nurse

Administrator, Service

Dr. Frankie Wallis


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Current Bylaws

Table of Contents

ARTICLE I. NAME, MISSION AND GOALS ...................................... 86

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP .................................................... 86

ARTICLE III. DUES .......................................................... 89

ARTICLE IV. DISTRICT NURSES ASSOCIATION .................................... 89

ARTICLE V. HOUSE OF DELEGATES ............................................ 91

ARTICLE VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS ........................................... 92

ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES ................................................... 95

ARTICLE VIII. COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONAL ISSUES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

ARTICLE IX. SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ........................................ 97

ARTICLE X. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS .................................... 98


ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS .................................................. 99

ARTICLE XIII. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY ..................................... 100

ARTICLE XIV. FISCAL YEAR ................................................... 100

ARTICLE XV. OFFICIAL ORGANS .............................................. 100

ARTICLE XVI. DISPOSITION OF ASSETS ......................................... 100


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Article I.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Article II.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Name, Mission and Goals


The name of this association shall be the Alabama State Nurses Association, hereinafter


ASNA is committed to promoting excellence in nursing.


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.



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


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


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


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


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 two 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,

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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


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.


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.


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.


The basic structural units are the District units.


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.


Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Section 6.

Section 7.

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Dues Reimbursement

Dues shall be reimbursed to Districts according to ASNA policy.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


All delegates shall present a picture ID and current ASNA membership card at the time

of registration at the annual convention.


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.


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.


A quorum for the transaction of business of the House of Delegates shall consist of five


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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.


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


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.


The Board of Directors is composed of elected officers and other individuals as

designated in the ASNA Bylaws.


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.


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.


The Board shall report and be accountable to the House of Delegates.


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


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


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 two

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 eight consecutive



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.


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


2. serve as an ex officio member of all committees, except the Committee on


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


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.


Section 11.

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


D. The executive director may represent the association and serve as spokesperson on

matters of established policy and positions.


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 five

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

five 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


c. oversee the process of the funds request policy.

5. Committee on Continuing Education, Chair selected by the committee members


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.


An organized deliberative body which responds to professional nursing practice issues

essential to the purpose of ASNA.


The Commission on Professional Issues (COPI) shall consist of eight 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.


The Commission is accountable to the Board and reports to the ASNA House of



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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Section 2.

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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.


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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Reviewed and accepted 2019 BOD Meeting


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Call for Abstracts

Elizabeth Morris Annual Clinical Sessions – FACES ‘20

Oral and Poster Presentations

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Montgomery, Alabama

Requested Topics

• Issues reflecting the future of Nursing

• Innovations in Nursing Care

• National or Global Issues/Initiatives

• Research

Abstract accepted online at www.alabamanurses.org

Presentation Requirements

• Poster presentations are accepted for easel or table top ONLY

• 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 15, 2019

Submissions accepted online only

2020 ASNA Annual Convention

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Bryant Conference Center

September 23-25, 2020


2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention


Serve on an ASNA Committee for 2019-2020

If you are willing to serve, please indicate your choice(s) on this form and return it to your District



________Committee on Governance

________Committee on Membership

________Committee on Finance

________Committee on Continuing Education*

________Environmental Health & Safety Task Force


_________Committee on Awards

_________Committee on Convention

_________Committee on Ethics & Human Rights

_________Committee on Legislative

* Appointed by each District Board of Directors


Credentials_____________________________________ District________________________________


City, State & Zip________________________________________________________________________

Home Phone____________________________ Work Phone___________________________________

Fax:_____________________________________ E-mail:________________________________________

Meetings may be held at the ASNA office, virtual (online) or by telephone conference.


2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

Available Positions for the 2020 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.

[ ] President-Elect

[ ] Treasurer

[ ] Commission on Professional Issues (four needed)

[ ] Nominations Committee (two needed, Districts 1, 2 and 3)

Name____________________________________________________________ District #_____________

Address___________________________________________ Phone: (w)_____________________________

_________________________________________________ Phone: (h)_____________________________

_________________________________________________ E-mail________________________________


2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

Don Eddins Advocacy Grant


The recipient must be an Alabama State Nurses Association member or a nursing student who has

advocated for policies or legislation that promote excellence in nursing and quality patient care. The grant

will be awarded at FACES ’20 on April 21, 2020. Donations for this grant may be designated through gifts

to the Alabama Nurses Foundation.

Individuals may nominate self or may be nominated by others. The supporting evidence should be in

document containing no more than 250 words supporting the person’s meritorious contribution(s) to

promote excellence in nursing and quality patient care. Submissions are only accepted on line on the

Alabama Nurses Foundation web site.

Deadline: March 1, 2020


Catherine Bell Davis, retired RN

Dr. Marietta Stanton – Longtime District 2 Member

Ms. Irene Benson – Longtime District 5 Member

Ms. Glenice Jones, Huntsville, Alabama

Ms. Sarah Rosemary Wallace, Madison, Alabama

Mr. Timothy Leroy Hartselle, Meridianville, AL

Maggie Delighte Robinson, killed during the tornadoes that hit Beauregard, AL, March 3, 2019

Mary Louise Jones, killed during the tornadoes that hit Beauregard, AL, March 3, 2019

Ms. Lela Mae Spraggins Jenkins ADN, RN

Jean Battaglia RN MSN a long time District 5

Marlena Hayes


2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center

at Grand National Map


2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention

Downtown Fairhope

& Tennis Courts

Lakewood Golf Club

The Experience

(Practice Facility)

Confederate Rest Cemetery






1. Historic Main Building

Guest Rooms Grand Hall

Lagoon Room Cardroom

Sky Lounge Boardrooms

Bucky’s Lounge Local Market

Southern Roots Bayside Grill

1847 Bar

Oak & Azalea Boutique

2. South Bay House

3. Spa Building

Guest Rooms Spa & Salon

Indoor Pool Fitness Center





4. North Bay House

Guest Rooms

Camp Grand

Game Room

5. Marina Building

6. Marina (36 slips)

7. Covered Bridge

8. Self Parking

9. Main Entrance

10. Valet Parking





11. Jubilee Poolside Grill

12. Grand Pool Complex

Feature Pool Adult Pool

Hot Tubs Cabanas

Splash Pad

13. North Beach:

Beach Hut Cabanas

Kayaks Jet Skis

Volleyball Tetherball

Hydrobikes Bikes

Sunfish Sailboats Paddle Boards

14. Lagoon/Bent Oak Lawn









15. Cascades

16. Valet/Bellstand

17. Conference Center

Azalea Ballroom

Grand Ballroom

Grand Ballroom Patio

Magnolia Ballroom

Magnolia 1-7



18. Antebellum Home Boardwalk

19. South Beach





20. South Bay House Lawn

21. Fleischer Pier

22. Statue of Bucky, Sunset Bell,

Firepits & Bay Terrace Lawn

23. The Grand Lawn

24. Julep Point & Julep Point Lawn

25. Activities Lawn

Cannon Estate Garden

Croquet Secret Garden

Cornhole Putting Green

Horseshoes Crafts Area

Bocce Ball Ping-Pong Tables


2019 Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention


The Central Alabama Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association chapter is one of the

most active chapters nationally with quarterly meetings, biannual Fall conferences,

End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) conferences, services projects,

and leadership opportunities. The mission of Central Alabama HPNA is to

promote excellence in the provision of palliative nursing care through leadership

development, education and the support of research in the field.

Our next quarterly meeting is October 17, 2019 from 6-8pm;

Dinner & CEUs provided at every meeting;

every quarterly meeting has virtual attendance capabilities

Save the Date






Nursing & Social Work CE Credit provided

Sponsored by Central Alabama HPNA

Annual membership cost: $25

For membership information: alhpna.nursingnetwork.com/membership/new

Follow us on Twitter: @HPNAofCentralAL

or on Facebook: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association of Central Alabama

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