2019 Florida Nurses Association Yearbook


2019 Florida Nurses Association

Table of Contents

Membership Assembly Agenda. .........................................................3

Speakers and Presentations ..........................................................11

Roll of Past Presidents ..............................................................21

2019 Convention Rules .............................................................22

2017 Summary of Action (with current bylaws) .............................................23

Staff Report ......................................................................41

FNA Strategic Plan .................................................................45

Audit and Financial Information ........................................................47

Annual Reports ...................................................................60

Membership Comparison. ............................................................67

Special Reports ...................................................................68

Parliamentary Information ............................................................82

Proposed Bylaw Changes ............................................................84

Index of FNA Positions 1983-2017.... ....................................................95

Lamplighters and Diamond Awards .....................................................99

Membership Assembly Planning Committee

Debi Hunt, Chair

Sherri Smith

Catherine Macek

Jennifer McConnell

Marti Hanuschik

President Janegale Boyd, Ex Officio

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2019 FNA Membership Assembly Agenda

September 12-14 | Mission Inn Resort | Howey-in-the-Hills

Thursday, September 12, 2019 (Pre-Conference)

10:00AM – 2:00PM La Fontana QUIN Council Meeting

10:00AM – 2:00PM Courtyard LERC Meeting

2:00PM – 5:00PM Ballroom Foyer Early Registration Available

2:30PM – 4:30PM

Bonus CE Sessions

El Moro A

El Moro B

Laws and Rules of the FL Board of Nursing -

Jeopardy Style! Ed Briggs, MSN, DNP, APRN

Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace Myrtle


2 CH

4:30PM – 6:30PM

El Moro A

El Moro B

Human Trafficking: Healthcare Providers Making a

Difference Joy Parchment, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Healthcare Errors in the Age of Information

Technology Debra Hunt, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

2 CH

4:00PM – 6:00PM Ballroom C/D Exhibitor Setup/Poster Display Setup

6:30PM – 8:00PM El Gitano Board of Directors Meeting and Dinner

Friday, September 13, 2019

Total Contact Hours – Thursday

4 CH

7:00AM – 4:00PM Ballroom Foyer Registration Desk Open

7:00AM – 2:30PM Ballroom C/D Exhibit Hall Open

8:00AM – 9:30AM

Ballroom A/B

Opening Session

Introductions, Report of the Tellers

– Election Results

Keynote: Call to Action – Influencing Policy

Janet Haebler, Senior Associate Director for Policy

& State Government Affairs, American Nurses


1 CH

9:30AM – 9:45AM

Break – Visit Exhibitors / Poster Displays


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9:45AM – 10:45AM

10:45AM – 11:45AM

Ballroom A/B

Intrapreneurship: Developing the Mindset of a

Nurse Innovator

Michelle Rhodes, MHS, RN, CCM, CMCN

FNA Idea Lab - What Innovations will Transform

the Future of FNA? All attendees welcome and

encouraged to participate.

1 CH

11:45AM – 12:00N

Break – Visit Exhibitors / Poster Displays

12:00N – 1:00PM La Hacienda

Breakout sessions

El Moro A

Lunch sponsored by the American Nurses Foundation

Nurses Transforming Social Determinants

Kem Castle, MHSc, BSN, RN, CCM

A Good Death: End-of-Life in the Intensive Care Unit

Justin Wilkerson, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN, CCRN-CMC

1 CH

1:15PM – 2:15PM

El Moro B

Connecting Healthcare Professionals Through

Innovative Shared Governance

Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN & Diana Swihart, PhD,


1 CH

La Paloma A

Getting to Zero Harm: Using Simulation to Become a

High Reliability Organization

Lygia Arcaro, PhD, RN

La Paloma B

Implementation of a TeamSTEPPS Strategy to

Enhance a Culture of Civility

Roseann Maresca, DNP, RN, PCCN

2:15PM – 2:30PM

Break – Last Chance to Visit Exhibitors / Poster Displays

Breakout sessions

El Moro A

Improving the Quality of Care for Cardiac Patient

Paula Loats, RN, BS, MBA, CCDS

El Moro B

How transformational leadership influences staff

relationship and patient care

Angela Bonaby, RN, BSN, PCCN

2:30PM – 3:30PM

La Paloma A

Using Classical Ethical Principles to Guide mHealth


Isabel Francis, MPA, MSN, RN

1 CH

La Paloma B

Research: Changing Nursing Culture to Address

Unit Staffing, RN Turnover, and Improve Patient


Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN, Gayle Russell, PhD,

RN, and Bonnie Fuller

El Gitano

(2nd Floor)

Emerging Infectious Disease

Barbara Russell, MPH, BSHSA, RN, CIC, FAPIC

3:45PM – 4:45PM

Ballroom A/B

Plenary Session (Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation)

Physical Activity Habits for Nurses’ Health:

Connections Matter

Jean Davis, PhD, DNP, EdD, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC

1 CH


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4:45PM – 5:45PM

Ballroom A/B


Transforming the Future through Florida Nurses on

Boards: A Call to Action

Roberta Christopher, EdD, MSN, APRN, NE-BC,


Laurie Benson, BSN, RN

1 CH

5:45PM – 6:30PM


6:15PM – 6:30PM Lobby Area Shuttles Provided to Legends Terrace

6:30PM – 7:30PM

Legends Terrace

7:30PM – 9:00PM Legends Ballroom

Awards Reception (Cash Bar)

Welcome in the New Board of Directors

Awards Dinner & Celebration

Celebrating 110 Years of Excellence

Total Contact Hours – Friday

7 CH

Saturday, September 14, 2019

7:00AM – 3:00PM Ballroom Foyer Registration Desk Open

7:30AM – 8:45AM

Ballroom C/D

Advocacy Breakfast

Advocate Nurse: Transforming the Future for Patients

Moderator: George Peraza-Smith, DNP, RN, APRN, GNP,


Panel: Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN, Cindy Parsons, DNP,

APRN, FAANP, Edward Briggs, MSN, DNP, APRN, Patricia

Messmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

1 CH

9:00AM – 12:30PM

Ballroom A/B

Business Meeting

Intros/Reports/Bylaws/Reference Proposals/Legislative

Agenda/New Board Installation

12:30PM – 1:30PM

Ballroom C/D

Foundation Luncheon

Scholarship and Grant Recipients Announced

Region Meetings

1:45PM – 2:45PM

La Arcada

La Fontana

I. Northwest Region

II. North Central Region

La Paloma B

III. Northeast Region

El Moro B

IV. East Central Region

El Moro A

V. West Central Region


VI. Southwest Region

La Paloma A

VII. Southeast Region

El Gitano

VIII. South Region

2:45PM – 3:45PM

Post Conference Board Meeting

Total Contact Hours – Saturday

1 CH


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2019 Membership Assembly Presenters

Call to Action – Influencing Policy

Janet Haebler, American Nurses Association

Healthcare will continue to dominate the attention of policy makers at the state and

federal levels now and in the near future. Nurses’ engagement is more critical than

ever. When nurses fail to communicate with their elected officials, policy makers will

listen to non-nurses. What’s holding you back: fear? lack of understanding of the

process? Don’t know where to begin? This session will review the legislative agenda

and trends impacting nursing at the federal and state levels nationwide, discuss

factors which influence agendas and ways for nurses to get involved, even from your


Intrapreneurship: Developing the Mindset of a Nurse Innovator

Michelle Rhodes, MHS, CCM, CMCN

With heavy caseloads, long shifts, yet highly fulfilling work, Nurses often find

themselves at a crossroad, having to do more with less… and do it faster.

Workarounds have often come to the aid of a nurse, continuing to provide quality

care and meet Organizational expectations in a faster manner. What if I were to tell

you this is the springboard of innovation? Many providers have developed products

or services due to the discovery of performing a duty in a more efficient way. Most

times however, as Nurses we fail to see ourselves as innovators. The bridge and

missing piece that carries the Nurse from the “workaround” mindset to becoming

an “innovator” is mindset development. The simple shift from “get 'er done” to “I own

this” is a healthy way to allow Nurses to progressively move into becoming Intrapreneurial champions of an

organization. By focusing on unmet needs, fostering creativity, proactiveness, and accountability, this program

serves to walk our backbones of Healthcare - Nurses - into cultivating ownership from within.

Nurses Transforming Social Determinants

Kem Castle, MHSc, BSN, RN, CCM

Nurses, on the frontlines of healthcare, are uniquely positioned to assess for social

determinants of health and positively address to overcome unhealthy days. At the

end of this activity, the learner will be able to define and list social determinants.

They will see what organizations such as “Humana” are doing to assist with social

determinants to promote healthy days. Lastly, the learner will recognize they as

nurses, who are the frontline of healthcare has the power to be a part of increasing

healthy days and decreasing social determinants.


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Physical Activity Habits for Nurses' Health: Connections Matter

Jean Davis, PhD, DNP, EdD, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC

Nurses know that physical activity is a healthy behavior. Although nurses are at

increased risk for many disease processes treatable or preventable by physical activity,

and know that physical activity is healthy, many do not get enough physical activity.

This presentation shares ways hospital nurses successfully developed physical activity

habits through theory and research-based practices including smartphone technology.

Nurses who participated gained a "can do" attitude, monitored their activity, and

developed strong physical activity habits. Nurses can apply key evidence-based actions

from this interventional program to develop their own healthy physical activity habits. This

knowledge can be applied by nurses to support healthy longevity.

Transforming the Future through Florida Nurses on Boards: A Call to Action

Roberta Christopher, EdD, MSN, APRN, NE-BC, CHTS-CP & Laurie Benson, BSN, RN

The goal of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) is to improve the health of

communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies.

All boards benefit from the unique perspective of nurses to achieve the goals of

improved health and efficient and effective health care systems at the local,

state and national levels. Dr. Roberta Christopher, FNA's Representative to

NOBC, will share an update on the work of FNA with the NOBC as well as a

call to action in reaching the national goal for Nurses on Boards. Ms. Laurie

Benson, Executive Director of NOBC will present an update on the nation's

progress in meeting the Institute of Medicine's goal of 10,000 nurses on

boards by 2020. Florida Nurses' connections through board service further

transform the future of healthcare through policy, innovation, and advocacy.

Friday Breakout Sessions (1:15pm-2:15pm)

Implementation of a TeamSTEPPS Strategy to Enhance a Culture of Civility

Roseann Maresca, DNP, RN, PCCN

Nursing is considered one of the most caring professions in healthcare, so why do

nurses express uncaring attitudes towards each other? Incivility in nursing is an

ongoing issue that plagues nursing units causing disruptive behaviors leading to low

morale and patient safety issues. Incivility can be damaging to the nurse and the

environment. Incivility continues in healthcare today; however, it takes a translational

leader to identify and take a stand against it by implementing a strategy that

works. A healthy work environment is what is needed for all healthcare workers. This

presentation adds to the vast amount of information on incivility in the literature and

provides nurses another opportunity to voice their concerns against the aggressor.

A Good Death: End-of-Life in the Intensive Care Unit

Justin Wilkerson, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN, CCRN-CMC

How can we as clinical care clinicians ensure that even the most critically ill of

patients can be ensured a “good death?” Presented from the perspective of a board

certified ICU and hospice/palliative nurse, this presentation will address ethical

considerations around end-of-life care, the latest in end-of-life evidence-based

practice, as well as anecdotal stories and conversations around what constitutes a

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Connecting Healthcare Professionals through Innovative Shared Governance

Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN & Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, FAAN, CS, RN-BC

No other mechanism exists that can surpass shared governance for bringing together

professional members in a healthcare organization. This innovation reconciles their

roles as professionals and employees so that stakeholders can sit at the same

table to jointly make the important decisions that transform healthcare on a

local and global level. Shared governance is now finally being established as

an evidenced-based practice itself as well as facilitating the development

and dissemination of evidence-based practices that are connected to better

professional, organizational, and patient outcomes. This comprehensive

presentation will cover innovations that can fully implement or reinvigorate any

shared governance program within two years.

Getting to Zero Harm: Using Simulation to Become a High Reliability Organization

Lygia Arcaro, PhD, RN

High reliability organizations (HROs) have similar characteristics: preoccupied with

failure, a reluctance to simplify interpretations, committed to resilience, have

deference to expertise, and are sensitive to operations. The Joint Commission

and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are helping healthcare

organizations across the US find their path to zero patient harm by becoming HROs.

The use of remote simulation, communication technology, and simulation at the

point of care connects staff when disseminating information across organizations

to help with building teams. Simulation tests processes in real life settings while

identifying opportunities for improvement in patient care areas through systems testing

using assessment and evaluation strategies.

Friday Breakout Sessions (2:30pm-3:30pm)

Improving the Quality of Care for Cardiac Patient

Paula Loats, RN, BS, MBA, CCDS

The burden of heart failure on the healthcare system is growing. This presentation

discusses the end stage cardiac patient and the impact of heart failure on society

while addressing the benefits of palliative care for improved outcomes and

enhanced quality of life.

How Transformational Leadership Influences Staff Relationship and Patient Care

Angela Bonaby, RN, BSN, PCCN

Transformational leadership promotes inspirational and professional growth within

an organization and individual nursing units within a healthcare organization.

A transformational leader must develop a trusting relationship that influences

followers. Transformational leadership has consistently been linked to employee

attitudes and behaviors in both management settings and nursing. Research

suggests that the four dimensions of transformational leaders may serve as

antecedents to creating structurally empowering work environments.


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Using Classical Ethical Principles to Guide mHealth Design

Isabel Francis, MPA, MSN, RN

Patients often download mHealth apps without realizing how they may be exposed

to various harms – from data breach to inaccurate information. As clinicians and

patient advocates, we must not only be sure that any apps we might recommend

for our patients meet rigorous ethical and technical standards, we must understand

the risks involved. Knowing that technology will continue to drive many patients'

choices in the future, we can help guide them more effectively by understanding

what is involved with and what is at stake in terms of the use of mobile health apps.

Research: Changing Nursing Culture to Address Unit Staffing,

RN Turnover, and Improve Patient Outcomes

Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN, Gayle Russell, PhD, RN, and Bonnie Fuller

The National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Future of Nursing

2020-2030 is gathering data from nurses across the United States

about how to change the culture of healthcare and nursing. In 2018 West

Central Region (WCR) nurses met at the Florida Action Coalition (FAC)

Summit. One outcome of that meeting was a plan to research changing the

culture of nursing by addressing nurse staffing and turnover and improving

patient outcomes. To that end, the WCR FAC and Florida Nurses Association (FNA)

members partnered to bring nurses together to discuss these issues and identify

specific strategies that could be used to transform their collective nursing futures,

and could lead to improved outcomes for diverse populations served across nursing

practice and academic settings.

Emerging Infectious Disease

Barbara Russell, MPH, BSHA, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Barbara Russell is the former Director of Infection Prevention and Control Services at

Baptist Hospital of Miami. She has specialized in Infection Control for over 30 years

and is certified in Infection Control. At each Memberhsip Assembly, she provides an

important and timely update on the status of infections and infectious diseases for

nurses to be aware of.

Saturday Advocacy Breakfast Panel Discussion

Advocate Nurse: Transforming the Future for Patients

Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN; Edward Briggs, MSN, DNP, APRN; Cindy Parsons, DNP, APRN, FAANP;

George Peraza-Smith, DNP, RN, APRN, GNP, AGPCNP, Patricia Messmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Advocacy has historically been a core function of nurses. We are called upon in our Code of Ethics to advocate

for safe, quality care for all patients and communities. The presentation will meet the assembly's theme by

exploring the impact of the changing environment on nurse advocacy. The presentation will also meet the

'Ethics' core function of FNA through linking patient advocacy to the Code of Ethics for Nursing and exploring

our ethical duty to be patient advocates.


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Agenda for Business Meeting


Adoption of Membership Assembly Rules

Adoption of Membership Assembly Program

President’s Message

Business Meeting

Reports of Officers and Directors

Reports of the Professional Staff

Financial Report

Other Organization Reports

Report of the Bylaws Committees

Report of the Reference Committee

Proposed FNA Goals and Priorities

New Business




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Roll of Presidents

1949 Undine Sams

1951 Mary Livingston

1953 Bertha King

1954 Martha O. Wolfe

1956 Vivian Duxbury

1960 Mabel Shepard

1962 Marion McKenna

1964 Enid Mathison

1965 Wava Hartsel

1967 Helen Voss

1969 Marion McKenna

1970 Helen “Pat” Keefe

1972 Sadie Reading

1973 Shirley Martin

1975 Ruth Jacobs

1977 Carol Hayes

1979 Martha Sparks

1981 Marie Cowart

1983 Nancy Breen

1985 Bobbie Hughes

1987 Katherine P. Webster

1989 Richard Bednar

1991 Gerry Green

1993 Ann-Lynn Denker

1997 Mary Lou Brunell

2001 Patricia Quigley

2003–2005 Mary Tittle

2007–2011 Andrea Gregg

2011–2013 Mavra Kear

2013–2015 Edward Briggs

2015–2017 Leah Kinnaird

2017–2019 Janegale Boyd


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Member Meeting Rules

1. Registration – Members and guests shall register before entering the session room, and shall sit in

assigned places.

2. Badges – Members shall wear badges to all meetings.

3. Meetings – Non Members of the Florida Nurses Association will be admitted by invitation only.

4. All meetings shall be called promptly.

5. No tape recorders are permitted.

6. Any member in good standing of the Florida Nurses Association may speak at the Membership Assembly.

A member addressing the Chair shall give his or her name and Region.

7. Discussion from the floor shall be limited to three minutes at one time and no member may speak the

second time to the same question as long as any member desires to speak who has not spoken to the


8. The Pages will pass official motion slips, carry messages, and motion slips to the platform.

9. Motions and amendments shall be written, signed by the maker and seconder, and one copy sent to the

Secretary at once. A member shall not be recognized to speak on a motion or amendment until a copy of

the motion slip is received by the Secretary. Official motion slips shall be supplied by the Pages.

10. Smoking is not permitted during the sessions of the Membership Assembly or general meetings.

11. Voting – Only members in good standing may propose or vote on motions. State Only members may only

vote on state level issues. Full members vote on all issues.

12. All persons shall place all pagers, cell phones, etc. on quiet/vibrate/silent mode during all meetings and


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Rules Governing Motions

Do This… Recognition you say this… Second Amend Debate Vote

Introduce business Yes I move that... Yes Yes Yes Majority

Change or modify a motion Yes I move to amend by... Yes Yes Yes Majority

Send to a committee for study Yes I move to refer to committee… Yes Yes Yes Majority

Put off action


I move to postpone consideration

of the question until...


Yes Yes Yes Majority

Limit or extend discussion Yes I move the previous question Yes No No 2/3

Stop Discussion Yes I move the previous question Yes No No 2/3

Lay the motion aside



I move to lay the motion on the


Yes No No Majority

To take a motion from Yes I move to take from the table Yes No No Majority

If you doubt the vote No I call for a division No No No No Vote

Request information No I rise for information No No No No Vote

Call attention to an error in

the procedure

No I rise to a Point of Order No No No No Vote

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Florida Nurses Association

Membership Assembly

September 29-30, 2017

Rosen Shingle Creek

Promoting Health through Advocacy


Summary of Action


2019 Florida Nurses Association

Membership Assembly

September 29-30, 2017

Rosen Shingle Creek

Orlando, Florida

This year the Annual Meeting was dealt a challenge when Hurricane Irma necessitated a move from the Naples

Grand Beach Resort to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. The conference began with an informational

keynote based on the theme by Dr. Susan Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Our innovative

plenary session was conducted in the style of a World Café format led by FNA President Dr. Leah Kinnaird.

Several topics were offered for consideration and members were given the option to select topics of interest to

them. Three topics emerged: Human Trafficking, Mentoring and Safe Work Environment. Members discussed

each topic at designated tables and made notes and diagrammed the discussion on pages that were provided

for them. The notes were then gathered to use to direct future work of the association.

Two position statements were approved after vigorous discussion by the Assembly, one on Artificial Intelligence

and Robotics in Healthcare and another reaffirming FNA’s commitment to protecting the title “Nurse.” As

evidenced by the evaluations, multiple high- quality continuing education sessions were enjoyed by the

members, our Peer Recognition Awards were presented and the 2017-2019 Board of Directors was announced.

We also reaffirmed the Association Goals and priorities as found in this document.

Board of Directors 2017-2019


Janegale Boyd, RN – President

Anne Peach, MSN, RN, NEA-BC – Vice President

Theresa Morrison, PhD, CNS-BC – President -Elect

Barbara Russell, RN, BSHSA, MPH, CIC, FAPIC – Secretary

Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, APRN – Treasurer


Marion Marino-Meyash, PhD, RN – Director at Large, Northwest

Justin Wilkerson, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN, CCRN – Director at Large, North Central

Pamela Delano, MASN, MBA, RN – Director at Large, Northeast Region

Jose Alejandro, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, FACHE, FAAN – Director at Large, West Central

Janice Hess, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN – Director at Large, East Central

Rhonda Goodman, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC, FAANP – Director at Large, Southeast

Susan Torres, MSN, RN, LHCRM – Director at Large, Southwest

Vicky Framil, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC – Director at Large, South

Board Liaisons

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Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: Defining Nursing’s Role

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is already in use in healthcare and in nursing. The branch of technology

that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots.

According to Merriam-Webster Online, robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design,

construction, operation, and application of robots. A robot is defined as a machine that looks like a human

being and performs various complex acts (such as walking or talking) of a human being. Artificial intelligence is

defined as a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers.

Nursing, as well as healthcare institutions must navigate the paradigmatic change created as a result of the

rapid ascent of technology and digitalization in all aspects of our lives. Robots and AI are currently being

utilized as companions for patients, data gatherers of medical information, sources of patient education, aids

for mobility and lifting, diagnosis of medical conditions and performance of surgical procedures, among other


The ethical issues as well as care-centric issues related to AI and robotics must be examined. The impact on

the future of nursing as a profession, including the impact on the workforce in relation to supply and demand

and humanistic nursing care delivery must be a priority for the profession.

Popular culture often portrays robots as either subservient or evil both of which could create an inaccurate

portrayal of the presence of this technology. However, it was recently it was reported that Google’s AI was

actually able to write code to create its own AI which raises a legitimate cause for concern. In another

experiment by Facebook, two AI’s were able to create their own language while communicating with each

other. While neither of these occurrences were as sinister as they sound, they still create an awareness that

we as caregivers need to become more knowledgeable about this domain of technology which is a growing

component of the healthcare landscape. With concern for patient safety, humanistic caring and the future of

the profession of nursing, it is important to examine the ramifications of both the benefits and possible risks

of both AI and robotics on nursing and in healthcare.

It is wise to be open to new technologies and the benefits they can bring, it is critical that nurses are prudent

and educated, and involved regarding the development of technologies that will affect the work that they do.


FNA will form a Technology Task Force with the goal of:

• Defining the possible impact of AI and Robotics on the nursing profession

• Developing the FNA’s role in influencing the future of AI and robotics in nursing in Florida

• Determining how AI and or Robotics is in use in Florida and in other parts of the United States and

internationally as it relates to healthcare and nursing

• Identify roles and opportunities for nurses in the development of AI and robotics in healthcare

• Provide and clearing house for the education of nurses about AI and robotics

• Provide continuing education programs on AI and robotics

• Utilize The Florida Nurse as a means to inform nurses about this evolving technology


1. Ashford, H., Hunter, A., Phung, C. & Coustasse, A. ( 2015). Use of robotics on cardiac surgery.

Paper presented at the AABRI International Conference, Orlando FL

2. Erickson,H., Salzman-Erickson, M. (2016). Future challenges and artificial intelligence in

nursing , Permanente Journal, 2 (3) 15-243.

3. http://www.iflscience.com/technology/google-ai-creating-own-ai/IFL Science , Googles ai is now creating its own ai,

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Proper Use of the Title "Nurse"

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Statement of Rationale

"Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and

injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response,

and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations" (American Nurses

Association, ANA, 2015, p. 44).

The above definition describes the comprehensive nature of the nursing profession that is provided to

people, both as individual persons and in groups. Nursing practice is learned through complex academic

preparation and clinical experience in the study of the human condition. Chapter 464 of the Florida Statutes,

the Nurse Practice Act, delineates the practice of nursing in Florida. The Florida Board of Nursing, a legally

constituted state agency, regulates the practice of nursing, has the authority to protect the public from unsafe

practitioners, and creates standards for nursing education programs.

In Florida, the title "nurse" is reserved for RNs, LPNs, CNSs, CRNAs, CNMs, and APRNs. A person cannot

practice, advertise, or act as a nurse if he/she is not licensed or certified. Doing so is punishable as a

misdemeanor of the first degree (Florida Nurse Practice Act, 2017). At least 38 other states restrict the use

of the term "nurse" to licensed professionals who have graduated from licensed schools of nursing and meet

specific licensure requirements (ANA, 2013).

Nursing is consistently the profession that is recognized for its honesty and high ethical standards. Using the

title "nurse" is not up for grabs, but instead represents a high calling among healthcare professionals who

have completed academic and licensure requirements for the care of human beings.

Statement of Concern

Being identified with the title "nurse" is a desirable circumstance. Repeatedly, individuals who have technical

and/or assistant roles in health care are called "nurse." For example, medical assistants and nursing

assistants sometimes introduce themselves as nurses in physicians' offices, nursing homes, or other

healthcare venues. The confusion with assistant and nurse roles has been a longstanding problem. Media

reports rarely distinguish between Registered Nurses and nurse assistant by simply using the term "nurse."

Clarity is needed in order to represent all healthcare roles adequately for knowing how to address safety and

quality improvement strategies.

More recently, the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) has been approached by individuals and organizations

that want to adopt a title "nurse" in their fields of practice (e.g., veterinarian and dental assistive roles).

Such conversations are occurring in other states, not just in Florida. There is concern that such inquiries are

increasing and encouraged by casual uses of the title and lack of knowledge of existing laws.

Statement of Position*

FNA supports the legal and proper use of the title "nurse," as defined in State Statute 464, which includes

only registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist,

certified nurse midwife, or advanced registered nurse practitioner or use the abbreviation “R.N.,” “L.P.N.,”

“C.N.S.,” “C.R.N.A.,” “C.N.M.,” or “A.R.N.P.” The title "nurse" is protected and subject to violations as a first

degree misdemeanor.

Recommendations for Action

The Reference Committee moves that the Florida Nurses Association considers ways to:

1. Encourage Registered Nurses under Chapter 464 of the Florida Statutes to present themselves in all

settings and in all ways with their appropriate nurse titles.

2. Request the Board of Nursing to require education about the title "nurse" in nursing assistant programs.


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3. Request the Board of Nursing to include the title "nurse" as a topic in ongoing licensure education.

4. Encourage accurate display of credentials in name badges and identifiers in all clinical settings.

5. Encourage the reporting of misuse of the title "nurse," whenever identified.

6. Facilitate clarity in terminology in media and public communications regarding the title "nurse."

7. Continue to inform those requesting expansion of the title beyond the definition and legal use "nurse" of

the statement of position.

8. Educate other healthcare professionals about the protected title “nurse.”


1. American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics for nursing and interpretive statements. Silver Spring, MD:


2. American Nurses Association. (2013). Title "nurse" protection. Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/


3. Nurse Practice Act, the Florida Statutes, Titles and abbreviations; restrictions; penalty, Chapter 464.015 (2017).

* This document is updated from a position taken by the FNA House of Delegates 8/16/1998



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Florida Nurses Association Bylaws



The name of this Association shall be the Florida Nurses Association, hereinafter referred to as “FNA” or


ARTICLE II Purposes and Functions

Section 1. Purposes

A. The purposes of the FNA shall be to:

1. Foster high standards of nursing practice;

2. Promote the professional and educational advancement of nurses; and

3. Promote the welfare of nurses to the end that all people may have better nursing care.

B. These purposes shall be in accordance with ANA Bylaws.

Section 2. Functions

The functions of the FNA shall be to:

A. Advocate standards of nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing services and promote

these standards through such activities as position statements and legislative activities;

B. Act and speak for the nursing profession before allied professional, community, and

governmental groups on issues of importance to the profession including legislation and

governmental programs;

C. Develop and maintain relationships with nursing organizations, allied health, nursing students,

and consumer groups;

D. Promote adherence to the American Nurses Association (hereinafter referred to as ANA) Code of

Ethics for Nurses;

E. Promote and protect the economic and general welfare of nurses;

F. Promote the continuing professional development of nurses;

G. Provide for representation in the ANA Membership Assembly;

H. Preserve documents and other materials which contribute to the historical and cultural

development of nursing;

I. Assume an active role as consumer advocate;

J. Initiate and influence legislation, governmental programs, and national health policy;

K. Support systematic study, evaluation, and research in nursing.

ARTICLE III Membership, Dues, Membership Year

Section 1. Composition

A. Membership in FNA shall consist of members of the state regions who meet the qualifications

and responsibilities specified in these bylaws.

B. Membership options:

1. Full Membership includes ANA and FNA.

2. State Only Membership includes FNA.

3. Organizational Affiliate includes nursing organizations that affiliate for associated

benefits and have voice but no vote.

C. Membership shall be unrestricted in accordance with ANA/FNA Bylaws.

Section 2. Qualifications

A member is one:

A. Who has been granted a license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one state, territory,


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or the District of Columbia of the United States, and who does not have a license under

suspension or revocation in any state, or is otherwise entitled by law to practice; or

B. Whose application for membership in FNA has been accepted in accordance with FNA policy;


C. Whose dues are not delinquent; and

D. Whose membership is not under revocation for violation of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses or

FNA/ANA Bylaws.

Section 3. Membership Privileges and Obligations

A. Full Members shall have privileges as follows:

1. Voting for:

a. Representatives and alternates to Membership Assembly;

b. FNA Officers; and

c. FNA Directors.

2. Serving as an ANA representative, alternate, or in any elected or appointed positions in

accordance with ANA Bylaws and applicable policies.

3. Being nominated to an Officer or Director position after twelve months of membership in


4. Attending and voting in the Membership Assembly, attending Board of Directors and

Committee meetings, and other unrestricted functions of FNA/ANA.

5. Receiving regular FNA communications.

B. Full Members of FNA shall continue to have all the rights of membership in ANA as provided

in the ANA bylaws, until such time as ¾ of the entire FNA full membership votes to disaffiliate

from the ANA. Full membership is defined as individual members of FNA who have ANA rights

and privileges of membership as a result of their FNA membership. The vote may occur by mail,

phone, or electronic ballot, with appropriate notice and procedures to protect the integrity and

validity of the vote.

C. Full members shall have membership obligations as follows:

1. Abide by FNA and ANA Bylaws; and

2. Abide by ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

D. State Only Members shall have privileges as follows:

1. Voting for:

a. FNA Officers;

b. FNA Directors after twelve months of membership in FNA being nominated to a

Director position;

c. Executive Committees of other structural units to which they affiliate.

2. Serving in any FNA appointed position.

3. After twelve months of membership in FNA, being nominated to a Director position.

4. Attending and voting in Membership Assembly, attending Board of Directors and

Committee meetings, and other unrestricted functions of FNA.

5. Receiving regular FNA communications.

6. All other benefits of membership as defined by the Board of Directors.

E. State Only Members shall have membership obligations as follows:

1. Abide by the bylaws of FNA.

2. Abide by the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Section 4. Disciplinary Action

A. Cause for disciplinary action by FNA against a member shall be limited to:

1. Failure to fulfill the obligations as cited in these bylaws;

2. Other actions detrimental to the purposes, goals, and functions of FNA and ANA;

3. Activity supporting a union that is in direct competition with FNA; and

4. Falsely providing public testimony or opinion as representing that of FNA.


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B. Disciplinary proceedings:

1. Shall be conducted in accordance with policies and procedures established and

adopted by the Board of Directors, which shall have final disciplinary authority over

members; and

2. A member shall have the right to due process as provided for under common

parliamentary or statutory law.

C. Disciplinary Action shall depend on the severity of the violation, and may include:

1. Reprimand;

2. Censure;

3. Suspension from membership; or

4. Permanent expulsion from membership.

D. A member may appeal any disciplinary action in accordance with procedures adopted by the

FNA Board of Directors.

E. Recognition of Disciplinary Action by another State Nurses Association (hereinafter referred

to as SNA): Any disciplinary action taken by another SNA against one of its members shall be

given full recognition and enforcement, provided such action was taken in accordance with the

bylaws of the disciplining SNA and its disciplinary procedures.

Section 5. Dues

A. Full Membership dues include ANA Assessment as set by ANA Membership Assembly,

assessments as set by affiliate organizations to which FNA or its structural units belong, and

FNA dues as established by FNA members participating in the Annual Membership Meeting.

B. State only FNA Membership dues include FNA dues as set forth in FNA bylaws plus an

assessment to FNA.

C. Dues to Affiliated Organizations: The annual dues shall be set forth in dues policy and shall

include the present rate of dues paid by the FNA to the ANA and other organizations to which

the structural units affiliate.

D. The Board of Directors may initiate pilot dues recruitment strategies with a report to the

following Membership Assembly for action.

E. A vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members present and voting and previous notice of sixty

days (60) shall be required to change the FNA dues.

Section 6. Assessment

A. Each member of a FNA Collective Bargaining Unit shall be assessed an annual fee to support

collective bargaining activities.

B. The annual assessment shall be established by the Membership Assembly.

C. Members shall be notified in Call to Meeting of the FNA Membership Assembly of a proposal

to change the dues at least sixty (60) days prior to the meeting at which the proposal will be


D. A vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present and voting and previous notice of sixty days

(60) shall be required to change the assessment.

Section 7. Transfer of Dues/Assessment and Membership

A. A full member who has completed full payment of dues and moved out of Florida may apply to

the FNA Executive Director for transfer to another state association of the ANA.

B. A member of another state association of the ANA who has completed full payment of dues

and fees for the membership year and who moves into or works within the boundaries of Florida

may transfer to FNA without further payment or refund of dues for the remainder of the membership

year. The request for transfer shall be signed by the secretary of the state nurses association issuing

the transfer.


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C. A member may transfer from one FNA region to another within the state without further

payment of dues assessment for the remainder of the membership year. Application for

transfer shall be made to the FNA Executive Director.

Section 8. Membership Year

The membership year shall be a period of twelve (12) consecutive months from the time of application for

membership status.

Section 9. Life Membership

A. Life membership may be conferred on an individual who has rendered distinguished service or

valuable assistance to the nursing profession. Recommendation for Life Membership comes

from the Board of Directors. A two-thirds (2/3) vote at the Membership Assembly is required.

B. Life membership shall not be conferred on more than one individual per annum.

C. Life membership shall carry full membership privileges and exemption from payment of dues.

Section 10. Honorary Membership

A. Honorary membership may be conferred on any individual who has rendered distinguished

service or valuable assistance to the organization. Recommendation for Honorary Membership

comes from the Board of Directors. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the attending members at the

Membership Assembly is required.

B. Honorary membership shall carry no responsibilities or privileges.

Section 11. Emeritus Membership

A. Emeritus Membership may be conferred on each FNA member of 50 or more consecutive years,

upon reaching the age of 80.

B. Emeritus Members may serve on committees, but not as chair, nor hold office at the state level.

C. Emeritus Members will be exempted from dues.

D. Emeritus Members will receive reduced rates at all FNA functions.

Section 12. Organizational Affiliates

A. Definition: An organizational Affiliate of FNA is an association that has been granted

organizational affiliate status by the FNA Board of Directors.

B. Responsibilities: Each organizational affiliate shall meet the criteria established by the Board of

Directors and shall:

1. Maintain a mission and purpose harmonious with the purposes and functions of FNA;

2. Have bylaws that do not conflict with FNA bylaws;

3. Be comprised of registered nurses and have a governing body composed of registered

nurses; and

4. Pay an annual organization fee established by the FNA Board of Directors.

C. Rights: Each organizational affiliate shall be entitled to:

1. Have one seated representative to the Membership Assembly who must also be a

current FNA member and who shall be eligible to vote on all matters in the Membership

Assembly except setting of membership dues, amendment of bylaws, and election of officers

and directors; and

2. Make reports or presentations to the FNA Membership Assembly within its area of

expertise, including the presentation of action reports.

ARTICLE IV. Officers and Directors

Section 1. Officers

A. The officers are President, President-elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

B. The officers are elected by members and are accountable to the Membership.


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Section 2. Directors

A. There shall be eight Directors representing each of eight Regions and one additional director

who is a recent graduate of a pre-licensure nursing program within five years or less.

B. The directors are elected by members and are accountable to the membership.

Section 3. Qualifications

A. All nominees for Officers and Directors shall be full FNA members in good standing.

B. Nominees must be dues paying members of the FNA for a period of at least twelve months prior

to being nominated as an Officer or Director.

C. An employee of FNA is eligible to be a candidate contingent upon resignation of the staff

position if elected.

Section 4. Term of Office

A. The term of office for Officers and Directors shall be two years or until their successors are


B. The term shall commence at the adjournment of the Membership Assembly at which they are


C. President and President-Elect shall serve no more than one term consecutively in each office.

D. No Officer (except President or President-Elect) or Director shall be eligible to serve more than

four consecutive terms on the Board of Directors.

E. An Officer or Director who has served more than one-half (1/2) term shall be deemed to have

served a full term.

F. A member is eligible to run again after sitting out a full term of service on the board.

Section 5. Duties

A. The Officers and Directors shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws, the adopted

parliamentary authority, and as directed by the Board of Directors and the Membership


B. Officers and Directors, upon expiration of their terms of office, shall surrender to the FNA

Executive Director all properties in their possession belonging to their respective offices.

C. The President shall be:

1. Chair of the Board of Directors;

2. Chair of the Executive Committee;

3. Chair of the Advisory Committee;

4. Ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee;

5. FNA’s representative at meetings of the ANA Constituent Assembly;

6. Responsible for appointing members to committees and designating the chairs, with the

approval of the Board of Directors, except as hereinafter provided in these bylaws; and

7. Concurrently elected as a representative to the ANA Membership Assembly.

D. The President-Elect shall:

1. Act as assistant to the President;

2. In the absence of the President, assume the duties of the President;

3. Review any reference proposals submitted to the Membership Assembly; and

4. Serve as Chair of the Advisory Council.

E. The Vice-President shall:

1. In the absence of the President and President-Elect, assume the duties of the President;


2. Be chairperson of the FNA Membership Committee.

G. The Secretary shall:

1. Record the minutes of meetings of the FNA, Board of Directors, Executive Committee,

and Advisory Committee.


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H. The Treasurer shall:

1. Report to the Board of Directors the financial standing of FNA;

2. Make a full report to FNA at each Membership Assembly;

3. Serve as Chair of the Finance Committee; and

I. The Region Directors shall:

1. Be responsible for the implementation of the purposes and functions as assigned by the

bylaws, Board of Directors, or Membership Assembly;

2. Serve as members of the FNA Board of Directors;

3. Serve as liaisons between the FNA Board of Directors and the Regions and bargaining

units as designated by the Board; and

4. Recommend to the FNA Board of Directors the establishment of Ad Hoc Committees

deemed necessary to implement the purposes and functions of FNA.

J. The Director-Recent Graduate shall:

1. Serve as facilitator of the New Graduate Special Interest Group (SIG);

2. Coordinate activities for members who are recent graduates of their initial nursing

program; and

3. Serve as a member of the Membership Committee.

Section 6. Vacancies in Office

A. Vacancy in the office of President.

1. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice President.

2. The vacacy in the vice presidency will be filled by appointment.

3. An officer or member other than the President-Elect who fills a vacancy in the office of a

president or assumes the duties of an absent president may serve as an ANA representative

only if elected to the ANA representative position.

B. If a vacancy occurs in the office of President-Elect, this position will remain vacant until the next

election cycle or until the Board of Directors orders a special election by the full membership.

C. In all other vacancies in elected positions on the Board, the Board of Directors shall appoint a

qualified FNA member to serve for the remainder of that term.

Section 7. Removal of an Elected Official

A. Any Officer or Director elected by the membership or appointed Board Member may be removed

from office whenever such action is deemed to be in the best interest of the Association, or for

other just cause, by

a. A vote of three-fourths of the current members of the FNA Board of Directors; or

b. A written petition signed by 25% of the members of FNA on the last annual count, and

approval of the petition by 2/3 of the members of FNA. Voting may occur by electronic

ballot; or

c. By no longer being a member in good standing of FNA.

ARTICLE V. Executive Director

Section 1. Accountability

The Executive Director is accountable to and will be evaluated annually by the Officers with approval of the

Board of Directors.

Section 2. Authority

The Executive Director has the authority to manage, plan, develop, administer, and coordinate activities of the

Association in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors.


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ARTICLE VI. Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) members, who shall be elected by secret ballot by

plurality vote:

A. The members elected to the Nominating Committee will choose their Chair;

B. No Region shall be entitled to have more than one member serve on the Nominating


C. The term of office shall be two years, or until their successors are elected;

D. A member shall not serve more than two consecutive terms on the Nominating Committee;

E. No member shall serve concurrently on the Nominating Committee and on the Board of


F. Members of the nominating committee are not eligible to be nominated either by committee or from

the floor. If a member of the Nominating Committee is submitted as a suggested candidate for an

office of FNA and the member consents to be considered as a candidate, said member shall immediately

resign from the Nominating Committee. This does not apply to a present member of the Committee

whose name is submitted as suggested candidate for the Nominating Committee for the next term or as

an ANA Delegate;

G. Any vacancy occurring on the Nominating Committee shall be filled by the person who received

the next highest vote at the Membership Assembly at which the Committee members were


Section 2. Nomination Process

A. Suggestions for nominees for elected offices shall be solicited from each Region and structural


B. Individuals may nominate candidates or self-nominate;

C. Requests for nominees shall be published in The Florida Nurse and by electronic means;

D. The Committee shall propose a tentative FNA ballot containing nominees for:

1. ANA Delegates

2. FNA Officers, Directors, and Nominating Committee;

E. After presentation to the Board of Directors for information only, the tentative ballot shall be

published in the Call to Meeting of the FNA Membership Assembly;

F. Within the 30 day period following the publication of the tentative ballots in the FNA official

publication, additional nominations may be made to the Chair of the Nominating Committee by

any individual member, Region, or structural unit;

G. The Nominating Committee shall formulate the final ballots by the addition of the nominees

submitted, provided that all eligibility and membership requirements are met;

H. A person shall not appear on the FNA ballot as a nominee for more than one office;

I. The completed ballots shall be:

1. In conformity with the FNA bylaws and the policies as adopted by the FNA Board of


2. Identified, for each person running, as to the region and city or county of membership;

J. No nominee shall appear on the ballots without having signed the consent-to-serve-if-elected

statement and the Conflict of Interest statement;

K. The biographies of the nominees, including region and city or county of membership, shall be

published with the ballots in the Official Call to Membership Assembly.

Section 3. Election Process

A. Elections shall be held in the odd-numbered years;

B. Elections shall be held by secret ballot via electronic and/or phone ballot

1. A plurality of votes cast by those entitled to vote, and voting, shall constitute an election;

2. In the case of a tie, the choice shall be determined by lot at the Membership Assembly;

C. Members may vote for persons other than those whose names appear on the ballot by writing in

the names of qualified candidates who have signed the consent-to-serve forms;


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D. The voting shall be completed no later than midnight of the twenty-eighth (28th) day prior to the

first day of the Membership Assembly;

E. The Tellers shall:

1. Verify membership and tabulate the votes;

2. Compile a report of all votes received; and

3. Send the results by certified mail, in duplicate, to the FNA Secretary at the FNA


F. The Secretary shall announce the election results at the Membership Assembly;

G. The President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors, FNA Nominating

Committee, and any other elected position on the ballot shall be declared as elected at the

Membership Assembly.

Section 4. ANA Representatives

A. All FNA members with full membership may vote for ANA representatives.

B. The FNA President and President-Elect shall be concurrently elected as representatives.

C. ANA representatives and alternates shall be elected by secret ballot by plurality vote and be full

members of FNA.

D. Each representative and alternate shall be elected for a two-year term or until a successor is



Section 1. The official meeting of the Florida Nurses Association is the Membership Assembly and will be

held at least biennially. It will consist of reports from the Board of Directors, Regions, and committees; and

adoption of bylaws and proposals. Additional activities may include educational programs, networking, and

professional updates.

Section 2. Call to Meeting of the FNA Membership Assembly

The Official Call to Meeting of the FNA Membership Assembly shall be noticed via mail or electronic

communication at least sixty (60) days before the first day of the Membership Assembly.

Section 3. Special Meetings

A. Special meetings of FNA may be called by the FNA Board of Directors upon the written request

of a majority of the Regions and/or collective bargaining units.

B. Special meetings shall be noticed by mail, telephone, or electronic communication at least

fifteen days before the first day of the meeting.

Section 4. Quorum

Five members of the Board of Directors, one of whom shall be the President or President-Elect, and

representatives from a majority of the Regions shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any

Membership Assembly or special meeting of the FNA.

Section 5. Membership

The voting body at all Membership Assemblies and special meetings of this Association shall consist of the

Board of Directors and all FNA members in good standing who are in attendance.

ARTICLE VIII. Board of Directors

Section 1. Composition

There shall be a Board of Directors composed of the Officers and the Directors.


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Section 2. Meetings of the Board of Directors

A. Meetings shall be held at such times and places as shall be determined by the Board of


B. Special Meetings:

1. May be called by the President on seven (7) days’ notice to each member of the Board,

either by mail, telephone, or electronic communication;

2. Shall be called by the President in like manner or on like notice upon the written request


a. Five (5) or more members of the Board of Directors, or

b. A majority of the Regions; and

3. Shall be held at such times and places as may be specified in the notice thereof.

C. Business that requires action by the Board of Directors between regular meetings may be

conducted by mail, telephone, or electronic communication. Such action shall be subject to

ratification at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

D. Attendance

1. Any member of the Board of Directors may have one (1) absence from the Board of

Directors’ meetings within a one-year period.

2. A board member on official business as designated by the President of FNA or Board of

Directors at the time of the Board Meeting shall not be considered absent.

3. A partial absence shall consist of not more than two (2) hours, unless an unforeseen

emergency occurs en-route to the meeting.

4. At the second absence of any member of the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors

shall vote on removal of said board member from position.

E. FNA members, the Chair of the Labor and Employment Relations Council, and the President of

the FNSA or a designee, shall be eligible to attend meetings of the Board of Directors. They

shall have voice, but no vote.

Section 3. Quorum

A majority of the Board of Directors, including the President or the President-Elect, shall constitute a quorum at

any meeting of the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Duties of the Board of Directors

The Board shall:

A. Establish major administrative policies governing FNA and provide for the transaction of general

business of the organization;

B. Provide for the expenditure, investment, and surveillance of FNA funds;

C. Provide for the bonding of appropriate officers and staff;

D. Provide for the adoption and administration of a budget, and for a periodic review statement by

a Certified Public Accountant;

E. Provide for the operation and maintenance of a state headquarters;

F. Employ an Executive Director, define duties, and fix compensation;

G. Employ legal and other counsel as deemed necessary, define duties, and fix compensation;

H. Determine the registration fee, date, and location of Membership Assembly;

I. Determine the time and place of meetings of the Advisory Council;

J. Recommend to the Governor nominations for appointments to the Florida State Board of

Nursing and any other appropriate boards;

K. Report to FNA members the business transacted by the Board of Directors;

L. Act upon recommendations and/or plans of committees prior to implementation;

M. Establish regional boundaries,

N. Receive, for information only, reports from the Bylaws, Nominating, and Reference Committees;

O. Fill vacancies in office as provided in these bylaws; and


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P. Assume such other duties as may be provided elsewhere in these bylaws, and as directed by

the FNA membership.

ARTICLE IX. Executive Committee

Section 1. Composition

There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the Officers of the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Powers

The Executive Committee shall have all the powers of the Board of Directors to transact business between

meetings of the Board. Such action shall be subject to ratification at the next regular meeting of the Board of


Section 3. Meetings

A. The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the President;

B. Meetings may be conducted in person, by mail, telephone, or electronic communication.

Section 4. Quorum

A majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the


ARTICLE X. Committees

Section 1. General

A. Committees shall assume such duties as assigned by the Board of Directors, and as specified

in these Bylaws and report action as requested.

B. Committees shall meet on the call of the Chair, with no less than fifteen (15) days’ notice to

committee members and FNA Headquarters.

C. Unnoticed absences from two meetings of a committee shall constitute a resignation.

D. A majority of the members of any standing or ad hoc committee shall constitute a quorum.

E. Members of the FNSA shall be eligible to attend FNA committee meetings.

Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees

There shall be ad hoc committees appointed by the President, the Board of Directors, and/or the FNA

representatives attending the Membership Assembly as deemed necessary to act upon issues pertinent to


Section 3. Membership Committee

The composition of the Membership Committee shall be the Vice-President as chair, the Treasurer, and at least

five (5) members appointed after each election by the President, with approval of the Board of Directors, to

serve until their successors are appointed.


A. Identify strategies for retention of members,

B. Develop a marketing campaign to seek new members,

C. Recommend membership options,

D. Submit suggestions to FNA Board of Directors, and

E. Report to the FNA membership on the status of membership.

Section 4. Reference Committee

The Reference Committee shall consist of five (5) members appointed after each election by the President,

with the approval of the Board of Directors, to serve until their successors are appointed.


A. Seek reference proposals from Regions, LERC, and members;


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B. Review proposals for appropriate structure;

C. Make appropriate suggestions to authors as needed; and

D. Present proposals at the Membership Assembly.

Section 5. Bylaws Committee

A. Composition.

The Bylaws Committee shall consist of at least five (5) members appointed after each election

by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, to serve until their successors are


B. Duties.

1. Receive and review all proposed amendments to the FNA bylaws and edit for


2. Submit proposed amendments to FNA bylaws as appropriate;

3. Present the proposed amendments to the FNA Board of Directors; and

4. Submit the proposed amendments to the membership at the FNA Membership Assembly

in accordance with the provisions for amendments to these bylaws.

Section 6. Finance Committee

A. Composition.

The Finance Committee shall consist of at least five (5) members, including the FNA Treasurer,

who shall serve as Chair. Four members shall be appointed after each election by the President,

with approval by the Board of Directors, to serve until their successors are appointed. One of

the appointed members shall be a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Council.

B. Duties. The committee shall:

1. Supervise the preparation of an annual budget for the fiscal year defined as the

calendar year January 1 to December 31;

2. Present the budget for approval to the FNA Board of Directors;

3. Advise the FNA Board of Directors and other FNA structural units regarding financial

matters and feasibility of funding for expenditures;

4. Advise and report on the expenditure of funds to the FNA Board of Directors; and

5. Report to the Membership Assembly the financial status of FNA.


Section 1. General

A. There shall be Regions which meet the following requirements:

1. Regions must be in conformity with the bylaws of FNA

ARTICLE XII. Labor and Employment Relations Council (LERC)

Section 1. General

The Labor and Employment Relations Council shall exist for the purpose of overseeing the conduct of FNA’s

labor/employment relations and collective bargaining program, which shall include the formation of appropriate

policies and procedures.

Section 2. Term of Office

Each member shall serve a term on the Council which shall be concurrent with the term as President of the

Local Bargaining Unit.

Section 3. Responsibilities

The Labor and Employment Relations Council shall:

A. Oversee the conduct of the FNA’s labor/employment relations and collective bargaining program,

which shall include the formulation of appropriate policies and procedures;

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C. Consider and adjudge requests for legal assistance involving employment issues and contract

grievances from members of local bargaining units;

D. Make preliminary annual budget projections and recommendations to the FNA Finance

Committee prior to adoption of the budget by the FNA Board of Directors;

E. Establish, when needed, subordinate councils to conduct studies and make recommendations

in specific substantive areas of labor and employment relations;

F. Assist FNA staff in the development of local unit organizing activities;

G. Communicate with the Board of Directors concerning economic and welfare issues relative to

the nursing profession.

H. Receive and review the bylaws of any collective bargaining unit making application for FNA to be

its bargaining agent; and

I. Receive and review the bylaws of each collective bargaining unit on a periodic basis.

Section 4. National Labor Convention (NLC) Delegates

A. All Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU) Members may vote for NLC delegates.

B. NLC delegates will be elected by secret ballot by plurality vote.

C. Each delegate and alternate will be elected for a two-year term.

D. LERC is allotted up to five delegate candidates to the NLC.

ARTICLE XIII. Advisory Council

Section 1. Composition

A. The FNA Board of Directors and representatives from Regions, Collective Bargaining Units, and/

or their designees, facilitators for each Special Interest Group, the FNPAC Chair, and the FNF

President shall constitute an Advisory Council to consider and promote the interests of FNA.

B. Two officers of FNSA shall be eligible to attend meetings of the Advisory Council.

Section 2. Meetings

A. The Advisory Council shall meet at such other times and places as may be determined:

1. By the FNA President; or

2. By the FNA Board of Directors; or

3. At the request of fifty (50%) percent of the Regions.

ARTICLE XIV. Florida Nursing Students’ Association

Section 1. General

It shall be the responsibility of FNA to set up communications with Florida Nursing Students’ Association that

will foster an organization of students of professional nursing which will assist in preparing them to meet their

professional obligations as graduate nurses.

Section 2. Meetings

Meetings of the FNSA may be held in conjunction with the FNA Membership Assembly.

ARTICLE XV. Relationship of FNA to ANA

Section 1. Membership

A. The annual dues for a full FNA member shall be set forth in dues policy and shall include the

present rate of dues paid by the FNA to the ANA. In the event that the rate of dues payable to

the ANA by the FNA increases, any such change shall be automatically added to the annual

dues paid by a full FNA member.

B. The FNA shall continue to pay dues to the ANA pursuant to the ANA bylaws and House of

Delegates policy until such time as 2/3 of the entire full FNA membership votes to disaffiliate

from the ANA. The vote may occur by mail, phone, or electronic ballot, with appropriate notice

and procedures to protect the integrity and validity of the vote.


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Section 2. ANA Constituent Assembly

FNA shall be entitled to representation at the ANA Constituent Assembly by the President of FNA and the

Executive Director, or their designated alternates.

Section 3. ANA Delegates

A. FNA shall be entitled to representation at the ANA Membership Assembly as determined in the

ANA bylaws.

B. FNA shall elect representatives as allocated in accordance with policies adopted by the ANA

House of Delegates.

ARTICLE XVI. Official Publication

Section 1. The Florida Nurse shall be the official publication of FNA.

Section 2. LERC Today shall be the official publication of the Labor and Employment Relations Council.

ARTICLE XVII. Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern meetings of FNA in all cases to

which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of


ARTICLE XIII. Amendments

Section 1. Previous Notice

A. These bylaws may be amended at any FNA Membership Assembly by a two-third (2/3) vote of

the members present and voting.

B. All proposed amendments shall be in the possession of the FNA Executive Director at least

sixty (60) days before the Membership Assembly, and shall be published at least 30 days prior

to the FNA Membership Assembly.

C. Any ANA directed amendments may be approved by the Board of Directors at any meeting after

first giving full members a 30-day notice during which they may provide comment for consideration by

the Board.

Section 2. Without Previous Notice

These bylaws may be amended, without previous notice, at any Membership Assembly by a ninety-five percent

(95%) vote of the members present and voting.

ARTICLE XIX. Dissolution

In the event that this organization should be dissolved for any reason, any remaining assets shall be liquidated

and distributed in accordance with governmental regulations. No funds can inure to the benefit of any individual


Approved by Membership Assembly

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FNA Staff

Willa Fuller, RN – 21 years- Executive Director since 6/11/07 – Manages the day to day operations of the


John Berry – 3 years – Director of Labor Relations and Government Affairs

Bibi Lowton – 14 years, Program Specialist for Governmental and Labor Relations Program

Kaitlin Scarbary – 3 years – Director of Technology, Marketing and Programs

Leslie Homsted, RN – 20 years, Communications Coordinator/Membership Recruitment and Retention


Chris DeSanctis – 1 year, Executive Assistant/Web and Technology Specialist

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We began 2019 with an orientation of the Board of Directors by Bob Harris who is a certified association

executive who does board orientations both nationally and internationally. It is important for the board to

understand the business aspects of running an association so that they fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities

and serve the members to the best of their abilities.

The first major project of the year was to formulate and implement a strategic plan. We are grateful that Ken

Peach agreed to facilitate this process for us and we thank Anne Peach for enlisting Ken to assist us. We

conducted a survey to determine issues of importance to members. We utilized the information obtained

to help formulate the plan. A committee of the board was established to lead the strategic planning. The

members of the strategic planning committee were:

• Anne Peach, FNA Vice President, Chair

• Susan Torres, Southwest Region Director

• Marsha Martin, LERC Liaison Co-Chair

• Barbara Russell, Secretary

The committee and board members convened at a board meeting which was dedicated almost entirely to the

strategic planning process. Through group work and guided discussions the goals objectives and measures you

find in this report were established with a final goal dates of 2022, the work was continued at a subsequent


The staff also met at an offsite retreat to take the work completed at the Board Meetings and create a plan

to actualize the goals and objectives identified at each work session. The staff explored each category and

created specific actions congruent with the goals.

The staff reports progress on the goals at each board meeting. Please find a summary of the progress below.

Goal 1



Diversify Products to Align with Future Trends and Meet Individual Member Needs

Increase utilization of FNA site-based and online products

Increase enrollment in FNA education courses by 10% in 2019 (based on enrollment level of

1,063 (total registrants in 2018)

We began 2019 with updated technology by implementing a new member management system. The new

system, YourMembership provides an updated easy to use platform that allows ease of use for both staff

and members. We continue to explore the possibilities with the software and will be conducting webinars

and providing tips to support members in engagement and participation with the software. One example

is an easier process for scholarship application, submission and review. Additionally, we are further

decreasing paper use and ease of reporting in the program evaluation and dissemination of continuing


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education certificates. We are working towards digitalizing conference materials by providing online access to

presentations, course evaluations, and CE certificates.

We have utilized The Florida Nurse, our email communication software, and social media to promote programs

as well as promoting them in face-to-face meetings in the community with Florida Deans and Directors and the

member organizations in QUIN (Quality and Unity in Nursing) Council. Nurse faculty have played a key role in

attendance at our programs by requiring or encouraging students to attend.

We are on track to meet and possibly exceed this enrollment goal with over 960 registrants of FNA programs

at the time of this report (August).

Completed Programs in 2019

Total Programs: 20

Total Registrants: 967

Total Contact Hours provided: 57

Additional 7 programs scheduled with 130 registrants so far. We have already begun to schedule programs for

2020 and will work with Regional Directors to enhance regional programming next year.

Goal 2

Increase Member Engagement

Objective Increase member retention/renewal rates

Measure Increase renewal rates to 50% by 2022 (based on average 45% renewal rate in 2018)

With the implementation of the new software we know that we have increased renewal rates prior to the

adoption of the new software from a 30% retention rate to approximately 50%. This fluctuates over the year

but as we employ additional retention strategies we hope the number improves or remains stable.

At the start of the year, with the new system in place we purged over 300 members which decreased our

membership number significantly, but by May, the number had increased to a number nearly equal to the

number before the clean-up of the member data.

We began follow up with multiple emails and in some cases phone calls to members who did not renew or if

their credit cards expired. Marketing and membership experts recommend multiple “touches” of members.

We do continue to send one paper reminder by U.S. Postal Mail in addition to multiple email messages.

Goal 3



Increase Membership

Increase the number of nurses in Florida that are active, paid FNA members

Increase number of new members by 20% by 2022 (5% each year)

The FNA Membership Committee met twice this year to forge a robust plan for membership recruitment and

retention. You will find a report on their activities in this Book of Reports. We will be reaching out to various

sectors of the nursing community to promote not only on the benefits of belonging but also the need for the

presence of nursing leaders from across the spectrum.

The strategies outlined above also apply to new member acquisition. Additionally, the redesigned website

make it easier to join and easier to engage members. We also do new member outreach with social media and

participate in program with FNA to recruit new members by direct mail several times a year.

Hannah Rutherford has initiated several programs to engage early career nurses, specifically an Early Career

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graduates and have plans for a new community service initiative which was suggested by one of the nurses

who attended one of our events.

We continue to promote membership at our programs and we are successful at recruiting members at our

event. We do list our new members in our official publication, The Florida Nurse.

Goal 4

Increase Financial Stability

Objective Improve financial reserves and the operating margin

Measure Achieve current ratio of 4.0 by 2022

We began this year with a look at the budget and finances as usual. As we noted a downward trend over time

due to the fact of lost members from specific groups such as the state unit, Department of Corrections and

others as well as some major sources of non-dues revenue, such as the credit card royalty program of the

past. While we still have some royalty programs, they do not contribute significant revenue to sufficiently

augment our membership dues income.

The board approved a plan to sell the FNA building to decrease the liability for an aging building and also to

improve our financial reserves creating the opportunity to enhance or create additional programs to enhance


Another opportunity we have is the adoption of the ANA Value Pricing Program which the board approved at the

July Board Meeting. This provides two options for FNA Membership: the current membership option which is

labeled Premier and the Standard option which is a lower rate with less member benefits. We will share more

about this during the Business Meeting. States who participated in the pilot increased dues revenue by 40%.

We also reduced staff by attrition and outsourced some services and reduced hours for one staff person on a

voluntary basis. We continually evaluate vendors and other services and have trimmed significantly by either

changing or deleting services with no impact on member services.

We are also updating outdated publications to create eBooks and resources to monetize on the new website.

In addition, we are offering more digital learning experiences such as live webinars and online CE courses to

generate more non-dues revenue with low overhead cost.


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Other strategies

We continue to be visible and active in the nursing community, participating on QUIN Council,

The Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses, attending meetings of the Florida college and university

Deans and Directors and responding to requests from the media to respond to current issues.

Recently we participated in a Press Conference with Representative Darren Soto on the Affordable Care Act.

We supported the appointment of Dr, Christine Malloy to the Florida Center for nursing and as you can see

from the reports in this book we have active representation on the Florida Cancer Control Board.

We maintain a close relationship with FNSA and due to that long standing relationship we currently have three

former FNSA members, Justin Wilkerson, Hannah Rutherford and Darlene Edic-Crawford, on the FNA Board of

Directors. Belita Grassel, who has been a member for over 20 years, also served on the FNSA board when

she was a student as did Executive Director Willa Fuller. This relationship is worth continuing and exploring


The Florida Nurses Foundation and the Florida Nurses Political Action Committee are two FNA entities that hold

great potential for the organization. Through engagement and fundraising, these two affiliated groups add a

diversity of activities and leadership opportunities for members.

Our legislative program continues to evolve with a new firm, an energized Advocacy Days, FNPAC which

continues to foster a robust legislative endorsement process and an active Health Policy SIG which meets


Volunteerism is alive and well in FNA with members stepping up for every request, The following volunteer

opportunities have been filled over the past five years without difficulty:

• Research Request Reviewers

• Research Conference Abstract Reviewers

• Scholarship Reviewers

• Grant Reviewers

• Membership Assembly Program Reviewers

• Group leaders for Hill Visits –Advocacy Days

• BLI Conference Scholarship Reviewers

• Proctors for Speakers at the Membership Assembly.

We would like to extend a special thanks for any members who volunteered throughout the year.


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Strategic Plan

The Florida Nurses Association boasts:

• A sustained presence in Tallahassee with strong lobbyists and legislative engagement program

• A professional website and a state of the art member management system

• A strong legislative program consisting of member education and support

• A strong member benefits program

• A presence in the media through public relations efforts a mobilization of our social media presence and

outreach to inform nurses and well as the public

• Informed Members through leveraging technology for frequent communication and information sharing.

• Highly-rated education offerings which provide no-cost, low-cost contact hours to meet our members


• A Political Action Committee (PAC) with a continual revenue stream that results in candidates seeking our

valued endorsements.

• A charitable foundation which supports higher education and nursing research as well as education on

health policy.

• FNA provides essential information to our members and to the general nursing population via The Florida

Nurse which goes to ever licensed nurse in Florida on a quarterly basis.

• We are also available by phone for professional consultation on a limited basis to non- members.

• We respond to professional inquiries via email and phone.

• We provide continuing education to both members and non-members vial face-to-face and through webbased

technology. Our education offerings include programs on career development and educational


• Our membership is rich with highly educated and expert nurses and educators who serve as educators on

a voluntary basis, adding to the strength of the organization.

The FNA Legislative Platform is contructed based on current trends in nursing and healthcare and is crafted by

the Board of Directors and presented to the Membership Assembly for revision and approval. During session

and throughout the year issues are addressed if need be as a part of an open process driven by the members

of the association. Items on the Agenda or removed when achieved and the Agenda is revised as needed.

Items may stay on the Agenda for many years or they may be revised based on outcomes of each session.

Two years ago, legislation that we had been seeking regarding controlled substance prescribing passed the

legislature. However, there continue to be scope of practice issues that remain a concern for both registered

nurses and advanced practice nurses.

Nursing Community Partnerships create an environment of collaboration and information sharing. FNA

participates actively with these groups to collaborate on issues of importance within nursing and healthcare.

FNA also works with other groups when feasible.


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QUIN Council

Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses

Florida Deans and Directors

Florida Center for Nursing

Florida Action Coalition

Florida Board of Nursing

Community Organizations

Regional structure allows for activities throughout the state to engage members and decreased financial risk

to the organization. Regional directors have a connection to local members allowing them to bring their voices

and their input back to leadership for consideration. This creates an inclusive organizational environment where

ideas are valued and often implemented.

Members have a diversity of opportunities for involvement and inclusion as well as for innovation and creativity.

Multiple structural units provide for leadership opportunities in different domains fo the association through

participation in committees, task forces, Special Interest Groups or the Political Action Committee or the


The PAC allows nurses to have a voice in political process.

The Foundation supports and encourages education and nursing research.


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Reports of the 2017-2019 Board of Directors

Janegale Boyd, RN, President

George Byron Peraza-Smith, President-Elect

Anne Peach, RN, MSN, Vice President

Barbara Russell, MPH, RN, CIC, Secretary

Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, RN, Treasurer

Justin Wilkerson, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN, CCRN-CMC

Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN

Shirley Hill, BSN, BC, CCM

Susan Torres, DNP, MSN, APRN

Jill Vanderlike, DNP, MSN, RNC

Darlene Edic-Crawford, APRN, DNP

Carmen Framil, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

Deborah Hogan, RN, MPH- LERC Liaison

Marsha Martin, RN, CCRN, - LERC Liaison Co-Chair

Ann Guiberson, CAE, RP, CEO, Parliamentarian


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Membership Assembly Report 2019

Janegale Boyd, RN


Board service is a privilege, commitment and a journey. Each Board is unique due to the organization’s

mission, needs of the membership and the strength of the organization’s resources, which include Board

Members and professional staff as well as outside influences.

Why am I focused on Board service? My answer is twofold:

1. It is vital that nurses serve on Boards. Yes, on a variety of Boards!

2. My own reflection on the service and accomplishments of your current Board to the FNA membership.

We understand that nurses can bring unique skills and insights to any Board. The question is are you ready to

serve? Here are some assessment questions to ask yourself:

• Are you willing to invest your time, talent and personal resources to the mission?

• Can you project a positive image and serve as a role model to others?

• Can you question and advocate about issues with assertiveness and diplomacy?

• Are you willing to listen and understand viewpoints of others?

• Can you work effectively and diligently with a large volume and variety of information?

• Communicate in a logical and concise manner?

• Can you remain calm and reasonable in tense and/or stressful situations?

• Are you comfortable about making judgements or reaching conclusions about matters that require specific


• Are you comfortable with reading balance sheets and profit and loss statements?

• Can you inspire new levels of creativity within the organization to positively effect outcomes?

Board service is important as an investment with personal dedication, commitment and engagement to an

organization and mission you believe in! If you think you are interested or want to get involved and learn more

let us know. FNA is ready to assist you in your professional growth and is committed to the Nurses on Boards

Coalition initiatives. As of July 2019, we have reported 6,319 nurses serving on Boards!

When I was installed as President, I had goals that I hoped to address. However, the saying “things don’t

always go according to the plan” was true. I found that the needs of the Florida Nurses Association (FNA)

involved not only keeping our commitment to the nurses of Florida to represent their interest and advocate

on their behalf, but also evaluating where we were and refocusing for the future. Some of the important work

accomplished was:

• Organizational Analysis: Examined where we are and looked towards the future by engaging Sue Fern, Fern

Management Associates.

• Bylaws: Completed review and necessary revisions for compliance with state law and ANA.

• Strategic Plan: Established new plan with goals and measurable objectives.

• Dues: Evaluated and adopted new dues model from ANA to add additional dues options.

• Membership: Refocused and established initiatives to increase membership.

• Advocacy: Engaged Gray|Robinson as our lobbyist and upped FNA’s legislative presence and advocacy

efforts with the Florida Legislature and State Agencies.

• Collaboration: Increased our collaboration with other organizations for the future of nursing.

• Technology: Invested in new member management system, redesigned website, and improved member



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• Staff: Committed to invest in hiring the best and to support of our excellent team of professional staff with

training and opportunities.

• Professional Development: Increased programs and opportunities to stay current with regulatory

compliance and new health care trends.

For the members of FNA please invest in your future by:

• Engaging in our ongoing work in Advocacy. We have made gains but our work is not done as we continue

to work on our priorities (www.floridanurse.org/Advocacy). This is the time of year that we need to focus

on health policy and professional advancement for nurses in Florida. We are a critical component for the

health of our citizens and vulnerable populations.

As I reflect on this Board’s accomplishments, I am amazed and inspired by the talent and commitment to the

work we achieved with the support of Willa Fuller, FNA Executive Director and our professional staff. My sincere

appreciation to Willa Fuller, Executive Director and the members of the 2017-2019 Board who have served:

George Peraza-Smith, Anne Peach, Ann-Lynn Denker, Barbara Russell, Janice Adams, Justin Wilkerson, Jill Van

Der Like, Pamela Delano, Carmen “Vicky” Framil, Marti Hanuschik, Susan Torres, Hannah McRoberts, Darlene

Edic-Crawford, Shirley Hill, Rhonda Goodman, Jan Hess, Jose Alejandro and LERC Liaisons: Debbie Hogan and

Marsha Martin. You are a wonderful and dedicated group of professionals and I am proud of the decisions

made by all. Thank you for your work on our behalf!

George Byron Peraza-Smith

President Elect

The Florida Nurses Association and Florida Nurses have had many challenges and opportunities this past year.

We at FNA continue to advocate for all nurses and to support our communities. I am committed to energizing our

members and continuing in a positive direction for FNA. We are all nurses first and it is important that we work

together to support each other in our shared vision. My activities this past year included:

• Participated with the executive committee toward ensuring our fiduciary responsibilities to the members for

ensuring a viable future for the Association.

• Participated with the finance committee to analyze our current financial viability and to provide actions to better

position the Association for the future.

• Served as Chairperson to the Awards Committee. This year the committee approved a new special awards

recognition emphasis. This special awards year will focus on the concept of the ICON awards to recognize

members and non-members who have demonstrated iconic accomplishments in clinical, education, research,

advocacy, faculty, and leadership roles, as well as, nurse friendly workplaces and colleges.

• Served as President with the Florida Nurses Foundation.

• Represented FNA at the ANA Membership Assembly in Washington, DC.

• Represented FNA at the Florida Student Nurses Association Annual Convention. I welcomed FNSA Delegates,

Leadership, and Members to the convention and House of Delegates. Covered exhibit times at the FNA table

and networked with students and faculty.

• Represented FNA in the QUIN Council and participated in efforts to implement the strategic initiatives and to

identify the representative organizations’ shared values and visions.

• Attended all but one board of directors’ meetings.

• Attended the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practices Nurses quarterly meetings and weekly leaders’ huddles.

The Coalition along with the National Council of States Boards of Nursing is working to move Florida legislation

that is aligned with the Consensus Model for APRNs.

I am excited to be taking the president role this next year and look forward to serving members and nurses. I have

been a member of FNA and ANA for many years. I believe we have a bright future as nurses and for FNA. We are

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nurses who will keep FNA moving forward well into the future. Together we can make a difference in our practices, in

our communities, and with each other. I am humbled to represent you in this shared future. Please let me know how

I may be able to support you and your community of nurses to improve our work environments and to promote all

nurses, RNs and APN, in practicing to the full extent of our education and training. Let’s work together!

Anne G. Peach


It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Nurses Association

for the past two years. As vice president, I chaired the membership committee and at the request of the president,

chaired the strategic planning process. I served as a member of the executive committee, finance committee and

the Legislative Rapid Response Team. I have actively participated in board meetings and committee meetings. I

want to personally thank our president Janegale board for her leadership these past two years. It has been a true

joy to work with the FNA staff for the past two years. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Strategic Planning Process

The initial FNA strategic planning board session is known as FNA Vision 2020 was held on January 27, 2018.

We secured the expertise of Ken Peach, President of Future Vision Group II who volunteered his services to the

board. Mr. Peach has conducted strategic planning session with boards for over thirty years. There were four goals

approved by the board:

1. Diversify Products to Align with Future Trends and Meet Individual Member Needs

2. Foster two-way communication with members and potential members

3. Increase membership

4. Increase financial stability

The final strategic plan was approved in the fall of 2018. A detailed operational plan, was developed to support the five

year strategic plan by Willa Fuller (Executive Director) and the FNA staff. This plan is updated quarterly and reviewed

at each board meeting. A special thank you to the strategic planning committee members: Janegale Boyd, Barbara

Russell, Susan Torres, Marsha Martin, George Byron and Willa Fuller.

Membership Committee

The membership committee has focused on the 2 nd and 3 rd strategic goal (see above). The membership committee

working with the executive director (Willa Fuller) have focused on both recruitment and retention strategies. They have

continued to monitor the membership data. There are three recommended focus areas by the committee: faculty

recruitment, new graduate recruitment and revising the onboarding process of new members. A special thank you to

the members of the membership committee: Janegale Boyd, Janice Adams, Vickie Framil, Susan Torres, Jill Vanderlike,

Justin Wilkerson and Willa Fuller (Executive Director).

Barbara Russell


Being a full member of the Florida Nurses Association, serving actively on the Board of Directors, I attended and took

meeting minutes throughout the past two years. I participated on the Florida Nurses Political Action Committee and

also took minutes for that group as well as for the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee. It has been my

pleasure to serve the Association for the past two years.


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Ann-Lynn Denker


A special thank you to the FNA Finance Committee who took on the daunting task of balancing our budget

in challenging times. While our membership numbers are stable, costs and expenses go up and we have

responded by tightening our belt over the past 12 years. We have had to utilize reserves for the past several

years and unlike in the past, the market has not been very helpful in helping us to remain solvent.

This year, we have been vigilant in monitoring association finances and realize as we move forward we will

be challenged to make some tough decisions. We have sought non-dues revenue streams and have tried to

adjust pricing on conferences and other services to help us meet expenses. While we have some possible

non-dues revenue streams pending, these are not opportunities we can rely on.

We have purchased a new membership management system which allowed us to reduce costs in other areas

such as web design and updates, web hosting, and some other services. We are utilizing a more cost-effective

software for our legislative engagement program on our website. We have reduced staff by two employees and

one staff member has voluntarily reduced work hours. We have also renegotiating some existing contracts

and were able to cut costs on postage and leasing. We saw an increase in membership at the beginning of the

year. We also increased our educational programming holding both webinars and face-to- face programming.

We are populating our online learning platform with CE programs built from our webinar offerings. We have

recently also agreed to partner with a vendor who will provide revenue sharing for CE programs accessed

through a portal on our website.

The board is looking at multiple options for stabilizing finances so that we can cease using reserves and

position ourselves for growth. We are happy to have been able to make some cuts without visible impact on

services to members, however a close look at current programs and services is needed and a more narrow

focus on activities and goals is in order. You will hear more about our strategies for growth during this


Please see the audited finance statements on page 47.

It has been my pleasure to serve the association.

Darlene Edic-Crawford

Southeast Region

I was appointed to fill the vacancy for the Regional Director in February 2019. It was my pleasure to step in

and assist. I have attended the three Board meetings since my appointment. We were able to host a mental

health seminar in conjunction with Keiser University – many thanks to the Nursing Program chair there and

to Debbie Hogan our LERC Representative for making that event happen. We had a great showing from our

Palm Beach County Nursing Community for the Nurses Week Proclamation in the Chambers of the Palm Beach

County Board of Commissioners. I was able to do two state-wide webinars on measles.

Plans for the coming year, should I be honored to serve my region again, are to become more involved for the

Martin and St. Lucie County members. We can do so much more together than we can as a single person.

Thank you for all that you do.


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Pam Delano

Northeast Region Director

Pamela Delano resigned her position in May, but prior to that time planned several successful programs

including a standing room only program on Alternative Health Modalities. She also partnered with the QSEN

Initiative at the University of North Florida with members Dr. Teri Chenot and Dr. Roberta Christopher on their

annual conference for two year. She was one of the top Star Recruiters for 2018-2019. Her service and her

contributions were greatly appreciated.

Janice Adams

West Central Region

Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Nurses Association. As West

Central Regional Director (WCEN) I have served on the Membership Committee representing the West Central

Region. Since appointed to my position upon the resignation of the elected Director I have actively participated

in all board meetings and committee meetings. It has been a collegial and excellent experience as the Board of

Directors that have made many important decisions to move the Association forward.

West Central Region Meetings

The WCEN Region established a Leadership Council to develop a strategic plan and schedule meetings for

2018-2019. The Council met monthly to plan events and guide the direction for the regional activities. During

the past two years WCEN Region has met twice a year, Spring & Fall, for a dinner meeting. The membership

has welcomed the resurrection of the region and all events have been well attended. WCEN Region

presentations have provided required continuing education units for licensure.

During my tenure as WCEN Director I have represented FNA and the Region at graduations, pinning ceremonies

and opening of new nursing school campuses in our region.

Membership Committee Member

During the past year the WCEN Director was assigned to the Membership Committee. The committee’s task is

recruitment and retention strategies. We have monitored membership data and focused on faculty recruitment,

new graduate recruitment and revising the onboarding process of new members. A special thank you to the our

Chairperson, Anne Peach for her guidance and leadership.

Region leadership carries on the work of the 185 SW Region FNA members at the local level.


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Susan Torres

Southwest Region

I have been happy to serve as the Southwest Region Director for the past two years. We have had several

events over the past two years and I have participated as a board member on the Strategic Planning Task

Force and the Finance Committee.

If re-elected, I look forward to planning future events for the Region such as a Barbara Lumpkin Institute Boot

Camp as well as hosting some meet-up events for early career nurses in our Region.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Dr. C. Victoria Framil Suarez, DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC

South Region

On Monday October 8, the Florida Nurses Association hosted a legislative forum at Miami Dade North Campus.

The event was well attended and included a panel discussion among representatives of local legislators.

Over 80 nurses, nurse practitioners, educators and students participated in the open forum in hopes of

understanding ballot initiatives and candidate’s healthcare policy positions.

Talking points on FNA’s legislative and Regulatory Policy Platform were discussed at length and the candidates

and representatives were in support of the implementation of the efforts the National Council of State Boards

of Nursing and the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses to implement the consensus model vision for

the regulation of advanced practice nursing in Florida. This includes supporting legislation to allow all nurses

to practice within the full scope of their education.

Strong support for FNA’s position to protect the rights, jobs, wages, pensions, and health care benefits for

state-employed health care professionals was verbalized along with support of safe practice environments and

safe staffing ratios for all nurses and patients.

Support for FNA’s efforts to protect and promote health related initiatives that protect the physical and

mental health of all Florida residents, including aiding those affected by the opioid drug crisis, end of life care,

increased school health care, public health initiatives, preventive care, meaningful gun reform, and prison

reform was expressed by the panel.

After the candidate forum, Patricia R. Messmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN from the American Nurse’s Association’s

Political Action Committee (PAC) discussed how nurses can have their voices heard on important legislative

issues. The ANA PAC is voluntarily funded by over 4000 ANA members. In 2016, over 488,000 dollars

was raised, with 435,000 contributions made. Over 100 bipartisan candidates were supported, with 52

endorsements. Eighty three percent of the federal candidates endorsed won their elections, while 100 % of

endorsed incumbents won reelection.

The ANA and FNA align on platform issues related to access to universal healthcare, including the expansion

of Medicaid, advancements in home health care and the prohibiting of denial of coverage for those with

preexisting conditions. Support for safe staffing ratios, funding nurse workforce development programs and

increasing the RN workforce to help decrease medical errors and prevent hospital acquired infections are also

top priorities, along with enacting sensible gun legislation.


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This year we held the 9thAnnual Florida Nurses Association South Region Symposium and Awards Ceremony on

April 13, 2019 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL and focused on the Our keynote speaker this year was

The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle is a prosecutorial innovator known for her many ground-breaking

criminal justice reforms and accomplishments including: Florida’s first domestic violence unit; misdemeanor

domestic violence court; Miami-Dade’s nationally recognized “Drug Court” program (the first treatment

court in America), partnering in the creation of Miami-Dade’s Mental Health Court and the Veterans Court.

She is a pioneer in the fight against the sex trafficking of our children via her Human Trafficking Task Force,

a cooperative multi-agency law enforcement effort and is a great connector of Miami-Dade’s residents to

community services and providing crime prevention assistance via her Community Outreach Division. Our panel

was introduced by Shanika Ampah, a nurse and survivor whose touching story brought the issue of human

trafficking to life for the than 200 south region nurses in attendance. She was joined by a dynamic panel

that included Rachel Tourgeman, Community Relations Director Florida National University, Irma Barron, PhD,

Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Practica Coordinator, Master’s in Psychology Programs

Albizu University – Miami Campus , Jennifer Amarteifio, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC, Co-Founder

HEART - Healthcare & Education Awareness Response to Trafficking and Carmen Duran, BA, Miami - Supervisor

/ Victim Specialist Dade State Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Unit.

Several scholarships and research grants were awarded this year. The Nurse’s Charitable Trust awarded a

research grant to Kayla Gamble. Cheryl Birmingham, RN, MSN and Julia Dankanich, RN received the Dr. Sarah

Fishman Memorial Scholarship, and Kiara Sanchez and Caitlin Kelliher received the Royce Foundation Academic

Nursing Scholarship.

Additionally, a number of nurse leaders were recognized with the Nursing Excellence Award. The categories,

nominees and winners are as follows: Registered Nurse Practice Award: Nominees-Steffany Yzer and Fayola

Delica Winner- Disleny Cruz; Community Action Award: Nominees- Donna Brown Richards, Rhonda Goodman,

and Barry University Winner- Audrey Miller; Promoting Environment for Excellence in Nursing Award: Nominees-

Jemimah Mitchell-Levy,Deanna Gray Miceli Winner-Sharon Rogers; Advanced Practice Nursing Award: Nominees-

Rosemarie Schwitzer, Antolin Maury Winner- Rosa Roche Nurse Educator Award: Nominees- Corvette Yacoob,

Deana Goldin, Nora Hernandez-Pupo, Dawn Hawthrone, Winners- Kathleen Muniz and Barbara Lovell Martin;

Nurse Research Award: Nominee- Patrise Tyson and Yolanda Alvarez- Nitti Winner- Danielle Sarik; Nursing Leader

Administration/Academia Award- Nominee- Magdaleina Joseph and Margaret Geneve Winner-Tommie Norris. Last,

but not least, Rhonda Goodman was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award.

This year’s poster award winners are as follows:

Evidence Based Practice

First Place – Chatzipoulios, Jamie; Galindo-Ciocon, Daisy; Harris, Darlene & Perez, Mycell for their “Nurse

Residency Programs: One Model Does Not Fit All”


First Place – Wright, Angela for her “The Lived Experience of Young Adults with Perinatally Acquired Human

Immunodeficiency Virus Living in South Florida

Literature Review

First Place – Nora Hernandez-Pupo for her “In KAHOOTS with Student Engagement: Innovative Technology in the


Special thanks to Barbara Russell for being the Masters of Ceremony and to the Voluntary Leadership Council for

planning and executing another successful symposium.


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FNA Membership Comparison



Membership Count

1981 4536

1982 4700

1983 4800

1984 5026

1985 5517

1986 5763

1987 6019

1988 6333

1989 7370

1990 7880

1991 8018

1992 7244

1993 6913

1994 7114

1995 7026

1996 7281

1997 7120

1998 7120

1999 6443

2000 7237

2001 7126

2002 6745

2003 6836

2004 6145

2005 6335

2006 6245

2007 6579

2009 6256

2010 5285 (Loss of VA units)

2011 4810

2012 4582

2013 4663

2014 4792

2015 4573

2016 4070

2017 4428

2019 4278


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FNA Structural Units

Florida Nurses Foundation (FNF)

Florida Nurses Political Action Committee(FNPAC)

Labor Employment Relations Commission (LERC)

Florida Nurses Leadership Academy (FNLA)

Bylaws Committee

Membership Committee

Reference Committee

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Task Force


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Board of Trustees

George Byron Peraza-Smith, DNP, GNP-BC, CNE

Tampa, FL

Daleen Penoyer, PhD, RN, CCRP, FCCM- Vice President

Orlando, FL

Regina Mirabella, RN, MSN, Secretary

Hudson, FL


Darlene Fritsma, MSN, APRN

Orlando, FL

Fran Downs, APRN, PhD.

Miami, FL

Janice Hess, APRN, DNP

Lake Helen, FL

Selma Verse, RN, MS

The Florida Nurses Foundation is a proud supporter of the Annual FNA

Research Conference and the Annual Membership Assembly

In support of the mission of the Florida Nurses Association (FNA), the Florida Nurses Foundation (FNF)

promotes optimal health care for Florida citizens through prudent stewardship of entrusted funds and through

creative philanthropy focused on outcomes that support and advance the profession of nursing. The FNF exists

to promote nursing and delivery of healthcare through the advancement of research education and practice.

Each year funds are provided to registered nurses and students for scholarships and research grants. The FNF

was established by FNA members in 1983. The first grants were given in 1986 at the FNA Convention. The FNF

focus has evolved over time to include contributions to support nursing education and research and to provide

assistance to nurses in need.

Today the FNF initiatives are to:

1) Develop financial support for scholarships and research;

2) Advance knowledge of the nursing profession;

3) Encourage nursing research and career development;

4) Assist nurses in need;

5) Educate nurses regarding advocacy and public policy through the Barbara Lumpkin Institute.

FNF offers several ways for and friends of nursing to build for the future: Named Fund: $10,000 Individuals or

groups can contribute toward the establishment of a named fund:

Leadership Circle: $1,000 and above

Gold Circle: $500 and above

Silver Circle: $250 and above

Bronze Circle: $100 and above

Patron: $50 - $100

Donor: Less than $50

Any member receives a Distinctive Foundation pin for all donations over $25.00

FNF Endowed Scholarships

District 4 Florida Nurses Scholarship/Research Award

District 8 Charlotte Anzalone Scholarship

Ruth Jacobs District 46 Scholarship (formerly Districts 13 & 33)


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District 14 Marcy Klosterman Memorial Scholarship Fund

District 6 (formerly District 18) Generic Scholarship Fund

District 20 The Evelyn Baxter Memorial Fund

District 21 Louise Fiske Memorial Scholarship Fund

District 24 Erma B. Kraft Scholarship Fund

District 46 Olive Ramsey Memorial Scholarship Fund

Edna Hicks Fund Scholarship

Mary York Scholarship Fund

Nina Brookins Scholarship Fund

Eleanor Bindrum Scholarship Fund

Charlotte Liddell Scholarship Fund

Undine Sams and Friends Scholarship Fund.

Ruth Finamore Scholarship Fund

Connie Dorry APRN Memorial Fund District V

Great 100 Nursing Scholarship Nursing- Northeast Florida

Agnes Naughton RN-BSN Fund

District 3 Scholarship (Increased to $20,000 endowment)

Ingeborg Mauksch Scholarship

Goodman- Family Fund ***Newly Endowed

Research Grants

Evelyn Frank McKnight Grant

Frieda Norton District 5 Charitable Trust Grant

Undine Sams and Friends Research Grant

Blanche Case Research Grant

Edna Hicks Research Grant

District 20 The Evelyn Baxter Memorial Grant

Imogene King Research Grant

Nurses in Need Fund

The Nurses in Need Fund was established by the nurses of FNA to be able to give small grants to help nurses

in immediate need of help. An initial fundraiser was held at a past convention with a donation from the

District 5 Nurses Charitable trust along with a challenge at the House of Delegates that year. Since then the

Foundation has helped numerous nurses with issues such as rent, or even license renewals. Nurses must be

able to document the need and funds available depending on completion of the application. The Foundation

encourages FNA members to donate to help colleagues in crisis.

Undine Sams Fund for Nurses in Need

Maureen Finney Nurses in Need Fund

Katherine Gutwald/Lillian Smith District 9 Fund

Paula Massey Nurses in Need Fund (reached $10,000- Trustees voted to raise $5000 more to increase

amount given.)

This year there were 6 research grant applicants and over 45 valid scholarship applicants. Scholarships and

grants will be awarded at this Membership Assembly.

We are also administering funds for the Business and Professional Women’s’ Association in the Jacksonville

area for female students at University of North Florida. We had three applicants for that award last year and

one applicant in 2019.

One Nurses in Need Grant has been awarded so far in 2019.

This year we recognize Dr. Rhonda Goodman for her endowment of the Goodman Family Fund in

2018-2019. FNF funds are endowed after they reach 10,000. The Florida Nurses Foundation

recognizes Dr. Goodman’s commitment to the future of nursing by the establishment of this

fund. The fund will be available for applications in January of 2020.


Agnes Naughton

Dehai Watkins

Florida Atlantic University

Palm Beach County

District 14 Marcy Klosterman

Tammy Simon

Walden University

Sarasota County

District 4 Florida Nurses


Danyelle Kula

The University of Tampa

Hillsborough County

District 46 Olive Ramsey

Yessika Newton

St. Petersburg College

Pinellas County

District 6 (formerly 18) Generic

Scholarship Fund

Jennifer Kashouty

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach County

District 8 Charlotte Anzalone

Andrea Sebern

Florida Southwestern State College

Lee County

Eleanor Bindrum (District 5

Charitable Trust)

Danielle Syndor

Florida International University

Miami-Dade County

Marion County (District 3)

Laura LaPuente

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach County

Mary York

Naica Cherilus

Florida Atlantic University

Broward County

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FNF 2019 Scholarship Winners

District 14 Marcy Klosterman

Samantha Madl

Florida Southern College

Pasco County

District 20 Evelyn Baxter

Victoria Kwiatkowski

Keiser University

Manatee County

District 46 Olive Ramsey

Alyssa King

University of South Florida

Pinellas County

District 46 Ruth Jacobs

Alexis Nikitopoulos

St. Petersburg College

Pinellas County

District 6 (formerly 18) Generic

Scholarship Fund

Kelsi Bevington

University of Florida

Lee County

Edna Hicks

Armiel Suriaga

Florida Atlantic University

Palm Beach County

Florida Business and Professional

Women’s Club

Meredith Bischoff

University of North Florida

Duval County

Martha Russell

Alexandra Castillo

Florida International University

Broward County

Mary York

Helen Condry

Nova Southeastern University

Brevard County

District 14 Marcy Klosterman

Riceldys Ramos Soto

Keiser University

Dade County

District 21 Lousie Fiske Memorial

Cheryl Birmingham

Florida Atlantic University

Broward County

District 46 Olive Ramsey

Caroline Treadwell

St. Petersburg College

Pinellas County

District 6 (formerly 18) Generic

Scholarship Fund

Eudeum Kim

Florida State University

Okaloosa County

District 6 (formerly 18) Generic

Scholarship Fund

Brittany Murray

Florida Atlantic University

Broward County

Edna Hicks VA Nurse

Aushaunte White

University of South Florida

Pinellas County

Marion County (District 3)

Mahsa Malekiha

Florida International University

Broward County

Mary York

Chyanne Dix

University of South Florida

Hillsborough County

Mary York

Rosalie Del Valle

Florida Atlantic University

Palm Beach County


Nina Brookins (District 5 Charitable


Alexia Kinsey

Florida Southwestern State College

Broward County

Undine Sams

Julia Dankarich

Florida International University

Miami-Dade County

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Northeast FL Great 100

Carey Thomas

Florida State College

Duval County

Ruth Finamore

Ann Pasquale

Florida International University

Miami-Dade County

Undine Sams and Friends Research


Sandra Galura

Understanding Managerial

Dissonance in Perioperative Nurse


Blanche Case Research Fund

Gayle Russell

The Culture of Nursing:

Experiences of Nurses in WC Fl

FNF 2019 Grant Winners

Edna Hicks Research Fund

Martha DeCesere

Nurse-Physician bedside rounding:

How does it impact the nurse?

Evelyn Frank McKnight Grant

Melessa Kelley

Talking Circle for the Prevention

of Substance Use among Native

American Young Adults

Imogene King Research Grant

Brian Peach

Organizational Characteristics

Associated with High and Low

Compliance with the Centers for

Medicare and Medicaid Services

SEP-1 Measure

Frieda Norton District 5 Charitable

Trust Grant

Dawn Eckhoff

Telehealth: Where are We?

Foundation Donors 2018-2019

Rhonda Lynn Goodman

Rose Sherman

Leah Kinnaird

Sharon Rogers

George Byron Peraza Smith

Susan Rivers

Gloria Lelaider

Susan Stone

Nancy Newberry

TJ Vann

Sunday Swymer

Tracy Kurtz

Rosetta Smith

Mary Healy

Virginia Hackett

Roberta Nilsson

Sharon Saidi

Mavra Kear

Michelle Taylor

Mary Lou Brunell

Bonnie Fuller

Debbie Hogan

Linda Hennig

Rosetta Smith

Janegale Boyd

Advocate Christ Medical Center

Jan Adams

June Elder

Eileen Leedy

Becky Maurancy

Tera Schutt

Pamela Garrison

Randy W Combs

Timothy McClain

Joanne Williams

Tammy Donnick

Paula Massey

Rosemary Keller

Holly Burcenki

Tonya Cumbest-Geer

Kathleen McLaughlin

Angela Martin


Diana Openbriar

Allison Edmonds Poff

Catherine McDonald

Frances K. Lytle

Anthony McGinnis

Carmen V. Framil

Darlene Fritsma

David Catron

Ellen Sanders

Frank Riemer

Hector L.B. Dechne

Joan Small

Katherine Mason

Kelly White

Linda Schofield

Patricia Bailey

Special thanks to our 2018-2019


FNPAC Trustees

Carol Amole, Chair

Barbara Russell

Lynn Landseadel

Marsha Martin

Belita Grassel

Diana Openbrier

Isabel Frances

Meghan Moroney

Pamela Delano

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Florida Nurses Political Action Committee (FNPAC)

Carole Amole, Chair

This year we were successful in filling all trustee positions on the FNPAC Board of Directors. In 2019, we

saw state wide midterm elections for the Florida House of Representatives and select Florida Senate seats.

A candidate questionnaire was developed and disseminated to all candidates asking their opinions on issues

pertinent to health care delivery and of importance to Florida nurses.

Nurses were encouraged to meet with candidates, review the questions with them and provide feedback to the


The PAC trustees, along with our lobbyists Gray-Robinson, held a series of candidate interviews. The trustees

met at FNA headquarters, interviewing candidates via telephone, who had primary races and later those in

the general election not previously interviewed. The questions asked were based on their responses to the

questionnaire. If a questionnaire was not completed that fact was taken into account.

Following the interview, a decision was voted on as to the amount of money that would be given the candidate

in conjunction with the endorsement. Endorsements were noticed in a press release. Checks and letters of

endorsement were either mailed to the candidate or given in person by a nurse from the candidates’ district.

We also did a fund-raising plea, via The Florida Nurse, and Special Interest Groups to raise funds. We continue

to seek PAC donations and we encourage members to add a monthly donation to their membership payments

if they have chosen that options for their annual dues. Otherwise, we ask members to donate at least once a

year to help us to build our war chest for upcoming elections.

We would like to recognize these donors from 2018 and 2019

FNF DONATION 2018 and 2019

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE: $1,000.00 and Above

• Dr. Rhonda Lynn Goodman

• Thomas & Patricia O’Donnell

• Advocate Christ Medical Surgical Trauma Intensive Care, Illinois

GOLD CIRCLE: $500.00 and Above

• Mary Lou Brunell

SILVER CIRCLE: $250.00 and Above

Nurses Charitable Trust

• George Bryon Peraza-Smith


BRONZE CIRCLE: $100.00 and Above

• Network for Good

• William Marianna Church

• Janegale Boyd

• Holly Burcenski

• Janice Adams

• Pamela Garrison

• Mary Healy

• Rosemary Keller

• Sue Korsberg

• David O. Catron

• June K. Elder

• Rosetta Smith

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PATRON: $50 - $100.00

• Darlene Fritsma

• Susan M. Stone

• Rose O. Sherman

• Carmen V. Framil

• Katherine Mason

• Leah Kinnaird

• Gloria Lelaidier

• Roberta Nilsson

• Marva Kear

• Michell Taylor

• Maurine Butler

• Bonnie Fuller

• Barbara Weinberg

• Deborah Hogan

• Linda Hennig

DONOR: Less than $50.00

• Ellen Sanders

• Sharon Rodgers

• Joan Small

• Tracie Kurtz

• Hector Beltran Dechner

• TJ VanDerKamp

• Kelly White

• Tera Schutt

• Joanne Williams

• Anthony McGinnis

• Diana Openbrier

• Tammy Donnick

• Tonya Cumbest-Geer

• Allison Edmonds Poff

• Becky Maurancy

• Sunday Swymer

• Virginia Hackett

• Sharon Saidi

• Saundra Spilotro

• Nancy Newberry


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Debbie Hogan-Chairperson of LERC

John Berry-Director of Labor Relations & Governmental Affairs


Labor and Employment Relations Council

Local 713

Shands Hospital at the University of Florida (Gainesville)

Rockledge Medical Center

Professional Health Care Unit (State Unit)

Florida State University – University Health Services (Tallahassee)

Florida International University (Coral Gables)

The FNA Labor and Employment Relations Council (LERC), brings all the FNA Bargaining Units together to make

decisions that will strengthen the membership. This past year, for LERC, has been one of rebuilding and solidifying

the base. Our bargaining units have participated more in our contract campaigns and have taken more of an interest

in where their union is headed.

Our state unit has concluded negotiations for our Professional Health Care Unit. We were hoping that when the

change in Administrations took place at the beginning of this year, that our new Governor would not overlook our

membership as the past Administration had done for eight years. But after budget talks were complete, Governor

Desantis did propose an increase for employees who work for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. This should

help with a long overdue recruitment that the Agency has had for a number of years.

We’ve also handled a number of grievances on behalf of the membership. One member had their job reinstated

after being terminated and another had her vacation restored in full after having a portion of it denied. We are

still continuing to work with management on the placement of Children’s Medical Services employees who were

displaced since the state privatized the department with Well Care.

At UF Health/Shands Hospital negotiations have been completed for our contract reopener. The nurses received

an increase in pay and the new agreement was ratified by the membership. The employer also agreed to keep

discussing the issue of parking, which has been a sore subject for our nurses for a long period of time now. The

safety and security of our nurses as they arrive and are leaving work are our main concerns.

Our stewards are doing an excellent job handling any workplace issues that arise and should be commended for

their efforts.

At Rockledge Regional Medical Center a new collective bargaining agreement has been negotiated with a

number of significant improvements. Such as, a five year agreement is now in place, increases in wages, tuition

reimbursement, three new departments that have been negotiated into the bargaining agreement, increases in

differentials and new “float” guidelines.

I would like to congratulate the team for a job well done. The unit will be holding elections soon. Thank you so much

Marcia Stroud for your many years of service on behalf of the membership. You will definitely be missed.

FNA’s contract with the University Health Services at Florida State University was successfully negotiated by our

team recently and it has been ratified by the membership. The team is also putting together issues for a Labor/

Management meeting that will be taking place soon.

LERC’s goal will continue to be building stronger and more involved units on behalf of the membership that we are

privileged to represent.


Labor Employee Relations Council ( LERC)

LERC Chair

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This year has been a busy year for our five bargaining units. On the local level, the leadership continues to

work tirelessly to represent the needs and concerns of its members. They negotiate the union contract with its

protections for the workers, represent the members in the grievance process, and support the members in the

workplace regarding their concerns.

LERC leadership is comprised of certified bargaining unit Presidents ( or Vice-Presidents in the absence of the

President) from the five bargaining units: Health Care Professionals from the state of Florida, Shands Hospital at

the University of Florida, Rockledge Regional Medical Center, Florida International State University, and University

Health Services Florida State University all of whom are affiliated with the Florida Nurses and the OPEIU ( Office

Professional Employees International Union) They meet together quarterly to discuss the activities and concerns of

members of their bargaining units., and to plan supportive actions.

This year, the Council identified the continued safety concerns of nurses in the workplace. As a result, LERC

submitted a resolution entitled “Promoting a Safe Environment for All Nurses.” asking for actions designed to

promote the safety of nurses at their worksites. After discussion, vote and approval during the 2019 Membership

Assembly, actions can be implemented in 2020

LERC also planned an educational program specifically for its members on September 12, prior to the Membership

Assembly. There are two sessions with continuing education certification offered, dealing with grievances and

internal organizing.

The LERC leadership will continue to support the needs of its members . It is essential that all of the members join

in that effort by becoming bargaining unit members.

Florida Nurses Leadership Academy

The Florida Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Foundation would like to thank the Leadership

Development Committee Members consisting of Palma Iacovitti, Denise McNulty, and Rose Rivers, for

volunteering their time to review the candidates’ applications and to make the selection for the 2017 Florida

Nurses Leadership Academy. We would also like to thank the following mentors, Edward Briggs, Sue Hartranft,

Leah Kinnaird, and Jill Tahmooressi, for working with these exceptional future nurse leaders.

Bylaws Committee 2019

Janegale Boyd

Clare Good

Bylaws were reviewed and the proposed bylaws changes were published on the FNA website and noticed in the June

Issue of The Florida Nurse for review. Per the Bylaws, proposed changes must be presented to the membership at

least 30 days prior to the Assembly. The committee reviewed a letter from the ANA which was a summary of their

triennial review of Constituent Nurses Association’s Bylaws. After some discussion, the committee agreed that the

suggested proposal were not controversial and were primarily a cleanup of the bylaws. The proposed changes will



The Bylaws Committee

• Barbara Russell

• Pamela Delano

• Jean Ainsley

• Gina Joseph

• Debbie Hogan

• President Janegale Boyd, Ex officio

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Isabel Frances

Gini Murray

Debbie Conner

Willa Fuller, Staff

Reference Committee

No reference reports have been submitted at the time of this printing.

Task Force on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

The task force met to discuss issues surrounding this technology that is already a significant part of the

healthcare industry. This task force is specifically focused on the utilization of healthcare robots that may

be used on support of nursing care. There are different types of these robots in service today and it is the

concern of the task force that nurses be knowledgeable about the technology and also that they have input

into the design and utilization to promote safe ethical care with robots as an adjunct rather than a replacement

for nursing care. The committee plans to present educational presentations and open forums to engage

nurses in discussions and planning related to robotics and artificial intelligence. The committee members

would like to invite other interested members to join this task force.


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Special Interest Groups (SIGS)




The Health Policy Special Interest Group (HP-SIG) is FNA’s leader of grassroots initiatives for public policy

change that enhances the heath and welt being of all Floridians. It encourages and supports all nurses to

become engaged in the policy and legislative process to improve the health status of our communities and the

practice and working environments of nurses.


1. Developing and maintaining a network for communication through FNA Regions to educate and inform FNA

members in public policy issues.

2. Developing and maintaining education and information resources regarding health policy and legislation

among all stake holders.

3. Promoting and supporting health policy agendas that benefit all Florida RN’s, APRN’S regarding their

scopes of practice, patient advocacy and quality outcomes and work environment safety.

It has been an active and productive year for the HP-SIG there are currently 494 members. This year, we have

had monthly videoconference/conference call throughout the year. We reviewed the goals and objectives of

the SIG and reaffirmed our agreement to them. We chose some topical meetings but also utilized meeting

to gather information from members about their health policy interests or issues that they would like FNA

to pursue through various kinds of advocacy including legislative advocacy. Members were encouraged to

write reference proposals to be submitted to the Reference Committee for consideration by the Membership

Assembly. At least two proposals have been submitted for consideration.

Many SIG members participated in Advocacy Days in March of 2019 in an effort to communicate our issues

to the elected officials. Members expressed a desire for more educational opportunities and in response to

that we held several Webinars covering various topics. Of specific interest was a webinar on End-of- Life Issue

presented by Dr. Jean Davis of the Bioethics SIG. The discussion after that presentation led to the suggestion

of a proposal on MOLST/POLST.

Ethics Special Interest Group

Jean Davis, PhD, DNP, EdD, FNP-BC, CNS-BC, HCRM

The Ethics Special Interest Group (SIG) had a dynamic 2019. Many issues were brought up by FNA members

and students alike. One issue particularly resonated on our Zoom meetings—the wording of proposed

legislation in Florida for end-of-life orders, restricting them to being written only by physicians. This issue was

referred to Ethics by the Health Policy SIG leading to a presentation for that group. A poster was developed

for display at Membership Assembly in September to increase awareness and knowledge of this issue. It also

came to light that many nurses are not as aware of our Code of Ethics for Nurses (2015) as expected, so plans

are in the works for a webinar on this topic for FNA.

Online Ethics SIG meetings take monthly, except over the winter holiday season and summertime. We also

meet in person at the FNA Membership Assembly in September. Our focus is the application of ethics to

practice situations. We invite all nurses to join us—student to expert, so all voices can be heard.


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Other Nursing Groups and Organizations

Florida Center for Nursing

QUIN Council

Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA)

Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses (FL-CAPN)

Florida Cancer Control & Research Advisory Council (CCRAB)


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Florida Center for Nursing

The Florida Center for Nursing Report will be found in your convention materials.

QUIN Council

(Quality and Unity in Nursing)

Ruby Alvarez, Chair

QUIN Council was very active this year holding three of the four

quarterly meetings (fourth meeting to be held at the FNA Membership

Assembly at Howey-in-the-Hills. Jose Castillo served as chair and

Andrea Uitti was elected secretary. Ruby Alvarez transitioned

from Chair-elect to Chair during 2019. Stephanie Phillips of the

perioperative nurse group has been elected as Chair-elect and will take leadership in December of 2020.

QUIN held a strategic planning session in 2018 and continue to work on various aspects of the plan through

2019. One goal of the plan was to invite other groups to join or rejoin the group. Nurse leaders in Florida

continue to express. We are happy to report that The Florida Association of Occupational Health Nurses have

joined us and FADONA has also assigned new representation to QUIN after the long tenure of Reuben Bowie

who represented them for many years.

Concerns for this year included the proliferation of education programs in Florida and the inconsistent

pass rates on NCLEX. There is also a focus on the work of the Florida Action Coalition. Several Coalition

participants also represent their organizations on QUIN Council.

QUIN is in the process of updating their website and they also maintain a link to the website they created

several years ago as a tool to assist those who are seeking information on careers in nursing. Located at

http://www.choosewithcare.education, this site continues to be a resource to those who wish to pursue

nursing as a career with an emphasis on the selection of an accredited program to ensure the most promising

future in a career in nursing. We encourage anyone to steer prospective nursing students to this site.

QUIN will again be meeting at this FNA Membership Assembly. The past couple of years, the focus has been

an initiative to explore the state of Transition to Professional Practice in nursing with Residency Programs

as one focus of this work. A task force has been formed to explore this issue with the goal of making

recommendations for action.

Additionally, QUIN met and constructed a strategic plan two years ago and they continue to address items on

this plan.

QUIN continues to be a place for the leadership of a wide variety of nursing organizations to meet and discuss

issues of importance so that groups can be informed about the work of all professional nursing groups in

Florida. The groups capitalize on opportunities to work together on common issues.


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Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses

Ed Briggs- Co-Chair

Mai Kung, FNA Representative

The Coalition continues to meet and strategize regarding the practice of Advanced Registered Nurse

Practitioners in Florida. Mai Kung is the FNA Representative and Ed Briggs remains an active participant. The

group is still in communication with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) about pursuing

additional legislation in the upcoming session.

We are pleased with the progress that has been made over the past three years but challenges remain due to

opposition from the Florida Medical Association and other groups.

The Coalition meets quarterly with “Huddle” meetings being held at various times of the year to discuss

important issues. The goal of the Coalition is for APRN’s to be able to practice at the full level of the education

and training.


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Parliamentary Information

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

Assembly. The Chair, 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 of the

Membership Assembly.

Participation in the business session is governed by the standing rules of the Membership Assembly.

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

motions are listed in Table 3 which follows:

A main motion introduces a subject to the Membership Assembly for consideration and 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 (word(s), phrase, paragraph).”

...adding (word (s), phrase, or paragraph at the end of the motion).”

...substituting (paragraph or entire text of a resolution or main motion and inserting another that is germane).”

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

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

for making a secondary amendment.

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

small group of selected persons -a committee, board or commission, for example --so that the question may to

consider. The motion is stated: “I move to commit the question to . . . for further study.”

The motion to limit or extend debate is a motion that allows the Assembly to exercise special control over

debate on a pending question and is stated: “I move to limit further debate to (minutes, certain number of

speakers, certain number of speakers pro and con).”

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

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

A division of the assembly may be called by any one member if the chair’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 chair

then takes a standing vote.

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

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

considered and voted on as a distinct question.

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 correction of hasty, ill-advised,

or erroneous action, or to take into account added information situation that has changed since the vote was

taken. (note exception on Table 3, Rules Governing Motions).


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

or the roles of the organization as relevant to the business at hand. A member addresses the chair and states:

“I rise to point of parliamentary inquiry.”

Point of information is a request, directed to the chair or through the chair 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 chair is made at the time the chair makes a ruling. If it is made by

a member and seconded by another member, the question is taken from the chair and vested the House for a

final decision. The motion is stated: “I move to appeal the decision of the chair.”

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 delegates must:

• rise and proceed to the microphone.

• address the chair by saying, “Madam Chairperson”

• await recognition

• give name and the Region he or she is from

• state immediately the reason he or she has risen.

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Index of FNA Position Statements


1. Practice

• Continuous Observation in Acute Care Settings 2015

• Defining the Clinical Nurse Specialist Scope of Practice in Florida 2015

• Changing DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) to AND (Allow Natural Death) 2011

• Nurse Residency Program 2011

• Removal of Barriers to Nurse Practitioner Practice 2011

• Medication Administration by Unlicensed Assistive Personnel 2007

• Retention of the Mature/Experienced Nurse 2003

• Nursing Workforce Safety: No Lift Environments and Safe Patient Handling and Movement Initiatives 2003

• Advancing Registered Nurse’s Satisfaction 2001

• Public Health Nursing – Keep Florida Healthy 1998

• Nursing Quality Indicators for Health Care 1995

• Promoting Volunteerism within the Nursing Profession 1993

• Cultural Diversity in Nursing 1993

• Cigarette Smoking 1993

• Pursue Funding for Adequate Immunization to Florida’s Children 1992

• Women’s Need for Universal Access to Care 1992

• Utilization of ARNP’s in Nursing Homes 1992

• Prescriptive Privileges for Nurse Practitioners in Florida 1991

• Prescribing Controlled Substances - ARNP’s 1991

• Case Management 1990

• Public Health Nursing Leadership in Home Visiting Programs in Florida 1990

• Recognizing and Supporting Aerospace Nursing 1989

• Teenage Sexual Responsibility 1988

• Opposition to AMA’s RCT Concept 1988

• 70/90 Coalition 1988

• Long Term Care 1988

• Reaffirmation of 1985 Resolution to Promote Nursing Participation in Multidisciplinary

Ethics Committees 1998

• Guidelines for Cancer Chemotherapy and Nursing Practice 1986

• Role of the Professional Nurse in the Planning, Organization and Delivery of Disaster Services 1985

• Responsibility for Clients Requiring Nursing Services in the Home Health Setting 1985

• Reduction in Medicare Home Health Care Visits Potentates Health Hazard 1985

• Position on Gerontological Nursing 1983

• Public Health Nurses Authority to Dispense Medication 1983

• Patient Teaching 1983

• Organ Donor Program 1983

2. Health Care Policy/Legislation

• Addressing the Public Health Infrastructure in Florida 2014

• Statement on Unity Among Nurses 2011

• Support of Health System Reform 2010

• Commission on Excellence in Health Care’s Legislative Actions: Implications for Nursing 2001

• Proposal to Support the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse 2001

• Medication Waste In Long Term Care Facilities 1999

• Medicaid Fee Increase in Home Health Settings 1999


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• Education on End of Life Decisions 1998

• Reaffirmation of Need for Child Safety Restraints 1998

• Improper Use of the Term “Nurse” 1998

• Medical and Nursing Services for Ventilator Dependent Adults Over the Age of 21 Years 1998

• Adequate Nursing Staffing Based on Acuity in Skilled Nursing Facilities 1998

• Background Checks for All Staff Across All Health Care Settings 1998

• Adequate Staffing in Home Health Settings 1998

• ARNP Scope of Practice and the Life Prolonging Procedure Act of Florida 1996

• Registered Nurses Administering Over-the-Counter Medications As An Independent Nursing Function 1996

• Reinforcing Public Health Nursing in a Restructured System 1994

• Universal Access to Care 1990

• Equal Access to Health Care 1989

• Individual Responsibility for Legislation 1985

• Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nursing 2017

• Protection of the title “Nurse” 2017

3. Regulatory

• Removing Florida’s 5-Year Waiting Period for Lawfully Residing Immigrant Children to

Receive Health Care Coverage 2015

• Our Public Health Infrastructure 2015

• Support of Medicaid Expansion for Florida 2014

• Nurse’s Right to Privacy 2001

• Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Testing 1996

• Licensure and Regulation of Registered Nurses 1995

• Advanced Practice Licensure in Florida 1994

• RN and EMT Licensure and Practice 1985

Florida Board of Nursing Sunset Law 1985

• Impaired Nurse Program 1985

4. Education

• Oversight Of Nursing Educational Programs 2010

• Cigarette Smoking and Tobacco Use Prevention 2005

• Innovations in Joint-Faculty Positions 2001

• Telehealth/Telenursing 1999

• Universal Nursing Languages 1998

• Expansion of RN Mobility Programs in Florida


• The Prevention and Elimination of Lead Poisoning in Children 1996

• To Faculty and Administrators of Nursing Education Programs for Content on Ethics to be Enhanced in

Curricula 1985

• Reaffirmation of FNA Educational Position 1985

• The Professional Nursing Association Represents Technical and Professional Nurses 1984

• Role of the Professional Nurse in the Educational Process 1984

• Titling and Licensure of Registered Nurse in Florida 1984

• Strategies for Implementation of Two Levels of Nursing Practice 1984

• Continuing Education 1984

5. Workplace/E&GW of Nurses

• Increasing the Number of Male Registered Nurses &

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in the State of Florida 2014

• Workforce Advocacy for Safe Patient Handling: Beyond Legislation 2007


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• Effects of Physical and Emotional Fatigue on Nurses in the Workplace 2007

• Eradication of Horizontal Violence and Bullying in Nursing 2007

• Safe and Secure Work Environment 2005

• Safe Staffing 2005

• ANA’s Principles for Nurse Staffing Applied to Florida Hospitals 2001

• Models of Voluntary Overtime 2000

• Blameless Medication Error Reporting Systems 2000

• Controls To Promote Needle Safety 1999

• Latex Allergy 1999

• Shared Accountability in Today’s Work Environment 1998

• Identification of Registered Nurses as Distinct Health Care Providers 1995

• Health Care Ergonomics for Nurses 1995

• Registered Nurse Staffing Patterns 1995

• Supervision of New Graduates 1993

• Positioning Nursing in Restructuring the Workplace 1993

• Implementation of the OSHA Standards on Occupational

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens for State Employees 1992

• Guidelines for Practice for the Nurse with a Blood borne Disease (HIV, AIDS, HBV) 1992

• Blood borne Pathogens/Tuberculosis and Nursing Students 1992

• Third Party Reimbursement 1991

Nurses’ Responsibility for Safe Practice 1989

• Third Party Reimbursement 1989

• Nursing Shortage 1987

• Insurance Claims Information and Data Collection 1987

• Affordable Professional Liability Coverage 1987

• Malpractice Crisis 1987

• Professional Liability Insurance 1985

• AORN Statement 1984

• First Surgical Assistant 1984

• Adequate RN Staffing in Long-term Care Facilities 1984

• Medication Administration in Long-Term Care 1984

• Statement on the Role of the Community Health Nurse 1984

• Administration of Medications by Unlicensed Personnel 1984

• Employment of Graduate Nurses 1984

• Identifying Nursing Costs 1983

Nurses Participation in Health Care Cost Containment 1983

• Worker’s Compensation 1983

• Employee’s Right to Know Hazards in the Workplace 1983

• Liability Insurance 1983

• Establishing a Safe Work Environment by Prevention of Workplace

Violence and by Establishing Response and Recovery Strategies 2013

6. Consumer Advocacy/Ethics

Nurses’ Responsibility and Ethical Duty in Prison Healthcare 2015

• FNA’s Health Literacy Statement 2010

• Preparation for Disaster Response 2007

• Increasing Nurses’ Awareness of Public Cord Blood Donation 2007

• Obesity in Children of Florida 2005

• Opposition of Geriatric Specialist Assistant in Long Term Care 2003

• Patient Privacy in an Electronic Age 2000


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• Proposal to Support the Runaway Act of 2000 2000

• Support Tort Reform In Long Term Care (LTC) Regarding Caps on Attorney Fees 1999

• Domestic Violence 1995

• Human Rights of Citizens in Need of Mental Health Care 1995

• Human Rights of Older People and the Florida Mental Health Act 1995

• Curbing the Public Health Epidemic of Handgun Violence in Florida 1994

• Prohibition of Corporal Punishment in Schools 1992

• Domestic and Workplace Violence 1992

• Client’s Rights Regarding Administration of Artificial Sustenance 1987

• To Promote Nursing Participation in Multidisciplinary Ethics Committees 1985

• Nurse Intervention in Child Abuse Investigation and Treatment 1985

• Elderly Abuse 1984

• Client’s Rights Regarding Treatment and Care 1983

• Child Passenger Safety 1983

• Robotics and Artificial Intelligence 2017

7. Communicable Diseases

• Influenza Immunizations 2007

• Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases 2003

• Prevention Strategies to Reduce Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Teenagers 1998

• Women and AIDS 1993

• Tuberculosis 1992

• Nursing and Human Immunodeficiency 1992

• Reporting of HIV Exposure Data to HRS 1990

• Promotion of Increased Nursing Research on AIDS and HIV Disease 1990

• U.S. Travel Restrictions on HIV-Infected Visitors 1990

• Nursing Case Management for People with HIV/AIDS 1989


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FNA Diamond Awards –

50 Years of Continuous Membership


Sue Korsberg


Linda Sabin


Barbara Lumpkin

Betty Wajdowicz


Ida Mizel-Gilula

Ann Marie McCrystal


Clare Good

Claydell Horne

Pat Messmer


Barbara T. Curtis


Selina Frost

Genevieve Larsen

Jeane Stockheim


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History of FNA Lamplighters

25 Years of Continuous Membership



John Alexiaitis Charlotte Barry Vilma Bates

Donna Borman Lynn George Pamela Moore

Jeanne Botz Sobejana Godofkeda Robin Neville

Darlene Boyd Belita Grassel Yvonne Parchment

Nioma Brown Linda Hennig Avis Pinc

Phyllis Bullard Sandra Hill Anne Marie Rempala

Kate Callahan Linda Holmes Connie Richardson

Sylvia Callaway Debra Howard Patton Frances Robine

Madeline Capodanno Debra Hunt Valerie Shipley

Roberta Cirocco Mary Johnson Octavia Slevinksi

Patricia Christie Rosemary Keller Kathleen Smith

Helene Coutu Blanche Kondreck Kathy Smith

Alcinda Cullum Judith Kuchta Cindy Stegal

Susan Davie-Kunda Mai Kung Vicky Stone-Gale

Sandra Devine Alice Laxton John Al Scar

Brenda Dixon Guylaine Legault Sherri Sutton-Johnson

Karis Ferguson Christina Lotfy Elsie Valdez

Beth Fisher Editha Lu Donna Ward

Carolyn Gause Mason Maulsby Mary Alice-Yoham

Cheryl Gehrke Cynthia Mikos Virginia Zakaryan


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Marie Cowart Cheryl Bergman Janice Wheeler-Gay

Sherry Sutton-Johnson Pricilla (Paddy) Faucher Canella Jeffries- Mutcherson

Tina Gerardi Mary Ann Hanley Mary Katherine Johnson

Vicki Stone-Gale


S. Boyington Mary Goodwin Carolyn Rackmill

Valerie Browne Nancy Hayes Susan Ricci

Gloria Castenholz Myrtle Henry Cynthia Schneider

Helen Cook Janice Hess Diane Scott

Marie Cowart Bonnie Hesselberg Suzanne Sendelbach

Kathy Donovan Rhea Hurwitz Diana Swihart

Darlene Edic-Drawford Susan Irvin Bonnie Taggart

Catherine Evans Barbara Johnson Joyce Thompson

Goldie Fralick D. Littell Denise Townsend

Nancy Frizzell Stephanie Moore Darlene Tucker

Eileen Froehlich Lucille Pica Margaret Varnadore


William Ahrens Helen DeFrancesco Linda Howe

Karen Coordsen Kathy Ebener Christina McClean

Patricia Cordell Shirley Hill Connie Upshaw


Carol Blakeman Doris Edwards Maria Seidel


Frances Aronovitz Alice Evans Susan V. White

Barbara Chasco-Papale Jeanne Sandy Oestreich Mary Alice Yoham


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Pat Arcidiacono Miriam Hirschberg Sharon Parrish

Nora Howard Beauchamp Marilyn Howard Madine Rawe

Barbara Brownfield Barbara Judkins Mary Beth Reardon

Mary Lou Brunell Teresa Knight Ellen Sanders

Phyllis Bullard Valerie Kolbert Winnie Schmeling

Marlene Cataylo-Chance Lizzie Lenon George Byron Smith

Sally Chester Katherine Mason Susan Stone

Victoria Chin Sang Maura Miller Carolyn Vallone

Myrna Crawford Diana Openbriar Emma Wood

Frankie Geiger Yvonne Parchment Jacqueline Weniger Woods


Janice Hoff


Judith Erickson

Jeanne Siegel


Banke Ayileka Inez Fielding Merrily LeVee

Judith Davies Susan Hartranft Ellicene Phillips

Johnna Dettis Carol Hayes-Christiansen Janet Townsend

Paddy Faucher Leslie Homsted Willa Fuller

Jeanne Hopple


Doug Banks Dorothy Hummell Linda Brown

Lee Barks Jean Irwin Darlene Fritsma

Gail Borovsky Frances Jennings Sharon Koch-Parish

Jill Winland-Brown Sophie Karas Susan Leonard

Marianna Cowle Church Imogene King Michael Nilsson

Ann-Lynn Denker Diana Koch Jean Penny

Eileen Dondero Sue Ann Korsberg Audrey Ryal

Jo Emmons Sue Leger-Krall Frances Smith

Kay Fullwood Dierdre Krausse Jackie Spivey

Donna Giannuzzi Ann Marie McCrystal Mary Tittle

Billie Hammill Wynyard McDonald Jill Winland-Brown


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Sunny Conn Margery Shake Gail B. Cass-Culver

Charlene Long Sue F. Lee Jean Wortock

Doris Mattera Janice L. Gay Betty A. Wajdowicz

Lucille Rhim Diane C. Hersh-Dickey Mary Kay Habgood

Mary Salka

Nancy Breen


Isobel Bierbower Ella Jackson Katherine McLamb

Joan Burritt Barbara Janosko Edna Nastasy

Maurine Butler Sande Gracia Jones Barbara Reinhold

Janet Hatt Deborah Greenfield Alma Stitzel


Barbara Barden Ann Jackson Barbara Redding

Carol Christiansen Gwen McDonald Vivian Ross

Marianna Church Susan Pennacchia Gerri Twine

Joyce Cimmento Patricia Quigley Martha Sue Wolfe

Judith Dvorak

Mary Zinion


Margaret Ayres Edna Hicks Carol Riley

Frances Kate Dowling Juanita Payne Lucille Robertson

Arlene Heilig Gladys Pratt Florence Roper

Levanne Hendrix

Betty Taylor


Charlotte Dison Arlena Falcon Donna Pfeifer

Grace Donovan Diana Jordan Barbara Russell

Shirley Edwards

Shirley Edwards


Claydell Horne


Rudy Schantz Gladys Gilliam Ann Marie Clyatt

Helen Surer Shering Eileen K. Austin Maryrose Owens

Rachael Steinmuller Kathleen Jones Charlotte Kelly

May E. Stafford

Susan Leonard


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Patricia Duffy Harold MacKinnon Melanie Stewart

Hazel Gilley Etta McCulloch Muriel Watkins

Marie Grey Elizabeth Ren Betty (Thelma) Watts


Margaret Ayres Deborah Hogan Betty Taylor

Arlene Heilig Barbara Lumpkin Carol L. Riley

Levanne Hendrix

Lucille Robertson


Gertrude Lee Martha Kaufman Frances Haase


Emily Birnbaum Ruth Gay Erma (Trudy) Maurer

Mary Bolton Phyllis Kurtz Sarah McClure

June Borden Beryl Long Rose Schniedman

Grace Fox

Norma Sims


Isle Benedetti Joan Lawlis Florence Roper

Eleanor Call Adele Miller Lillabelle Rundell

Louise Fiske Reine Nichols Donna Schwier

Jean Ready

Emeritus Members

50 years of Membership/80 years of age

Clare Good

Carolyn Vallone

Sima Gebel

Jeane Stockheim

Annemarie Clyatt


HIV testing is now part of

your routine health care as

recommended by the U.S. Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC) in its 2006 Revised

Recommendations for HIV testing

and as provided for in Florida

Statute 381.004 (2)(a)1.

Separate informed consent for

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in health care settings. Patients

need only to be notified that the

HIV test is planned and that they

have the option to decline. When

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notify the patient that an HIV test

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