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Volume 81 • Number 2 • April, May, June 2021
What we’ve been
Richard Lamphier, RN
The deserved attention on
Nursing during a public health
emergency has brought
additional opportunities to
move the profession forward.
Nursing hero headlines
and hospital heroes’ signs
garnered attention at the
State Capitol, paving the way
for GNA’s Legislative Platform
for the 2021 Legislative
Session to move forward.
For example, the 2020
Surgical Smoke Evacuation Study committee produced
favorable legislation that would require smoke
evacuation systems in the operating rooms. And
legislative bills were introduced to remove barriers for
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to practice at the
full extent of their training and education.
Furthermore, the current and worsening nursing
shortage ushered the opportunity to garner a Safe
Staffing Study Committee. Like the Surgical Smoke
Study Committee, the Safe Staffing Study Committee
will meet post legislative session to educate our
lawmakers on evidence-based safe staffing practices
that protect nurses and patients.
Lastly, we partnered with other licensed professions
to seek legislation to remove personal addresses from
the Secretary of State’s Professional Licensing Boards
Looking Forward to
Wanda Jones, MSN, FNP-BC, RN
Winter is behind us, spring
is before us, and COVID-19
vaccines are being or have
been given to a significant
number of people in Georgia
and America. The future is
still uncertain, but we can all
look forward to a brighter
and better year than 2020.
Nurses have stepped up to
the plate and given a heroic
effort in taking care of the
public. I, for one, am eternally
grateful for all the wonderful, caring, and dedicated
nurses in Georgia.
Since we are still not able to participate in person at
large functions, the Georgia Nurses Foundation (GNF)
will host a virtual golf fundraiser, “Tee Time ‘fore’
the Front Line!” from May 6th to the 12th. Everyone,
grab your clubs, create a team of four and go to
your favorite golf course to play a round of golf. This
fundraiser will be a great opportunity to support GNF’s
nursing scholarships. Visit georgianurses.org for more
details on how to sign up or donate.
In October 2021, GNA will host virtually its Bi-
Annual Membership Assembly Meeting. CE’s will
also be offered. More information will be coming
on the GNA website concerning this conference and
Restricting Advance Practice
Registered Nurses’ Ability
to Treat Patients to the Full
Extent of their Education
and Training is Limiting
Access to Care in Rural
Matt Caseman, GNA CEO
From my own experience
when I go to see my doctor,
the one healthcare provider
I spend the most time with
is the Advanced Practice
Registered Nurse (APRN) or
the Physician Assistant. Not
the actual doctor. That may
be out of the doctor’s control,
I do not know.
Georgia needs more
healthcare providers in
general, but the lack of
primary care doctors in rural areas of the state
is severe, and the situation is not getting better.
According to a report on the Georgia Board of
Healthcare Workforce website, eleven counties have no
Family Physician, 63 counties have no Pediatrician, and
75 counties have no OB/GYN.
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2021: Honoring Nurses. ..............4
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The Georgia Nursing Hall of Fame. ...... 10
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Remembering Dr. Sandra Rayburn . ...8
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The predicted and anticipated post-pandemic selfcare
demand has received much press. The Georgia
Nurses Association (GNA) will continue to support
Nurses through our Peer Assistance Program (GNA-
PAP). We’ve asked Legislators to appropriate funds
to provide education and awareness of GNA-PAP to
healthcare systems and schools of nursing.
In addition to our legislative work, we’ve worked
tirelessly with the Department of Public Health to
assist in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and
promote messaging on their behalf. Many of you
have volunteered countless hours and administered
hundreds of doses.
We will continue to seek positive legislation for
our profession. We will continue our quest to have
laws passed to protect the public, provide access,
and remove the inequities of healthcare. Inequities
that were brought to the public’s attention during
this Pandemic. As the most trusted profession for 19
consecutive years, Nursing is able to advocate for our
most vulnerable citizens and provide solutions.
To continue our legislative presence, we need your
help in growing the membership of GNA. Please ask a
friend or colleague to join. Encourage the new nurses
to join, or maybe sponsor their membership for their
We will continue to advocate for you, our
profession, and the citizens of Georgia. We will
continue to promote favorable legislation and oppose
legislation that is detrimental to nursing and the
citizens of Georgia.
In Service to You,
Richard Lamphier, RN
Georgia Nurses Association
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At this year’s Membership Assembly, will be the
inaugural cohort of GNF’s Georgia Nursing Hall of
Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes exemplary
nurses who have become legends for their dedication
to nursing in the state of Georgia. There will be five
to ten nurses selected to be inducted. Visit the GNA
website for more details. The inductees will be honored
at a virtual ceremony on Friday night during the
For an update from Georgia Center for Nursing
Excellence (GCNE), Patricia Horton, CEO, stated the
following, “The Georgia Center for Nursing Excellence
(GCNE) has received its articles of incorporation
and is focused on making an impact on the nursing
shortage, over the long-term. GCNE is establishing
the infrastructure to listen, convene, and collaborate
with stakeholders to develop and implement
workforce strategies to improve the nursing shortage.
A prominent GCNE strategy is creating collaborative
partnerships with stakeholders to make sustainable
progress in solving the nursing workforce challenges,
so everyone benefits. GCNE supports new and existing
nurse workforce initiatives and focuses on long-range
strategic efforts to improve the nursing workforce
GNF is certainly looking forward to a wonderful
2021! We have many programs in the works along with
fun and creative fund raisers. As a member of GNA,
enjoy all the benefits offered to nurses in Georgia.
CEO Corner continued from page 1
Many avenues for attracting physicians to practice
in rural areas are being used, such as tax breaks,
student loan forgiveness, more flexible work schedules,
signing bonuses, to name a few. However, nothing has
managed to lure the numbers needed.
Additionally, nine rural hospitals have closed since
2008, further limiting health care options in our small
communities. Hospitals, along with school systems, are
often the largest employers in a little town and when
one closes it has a devastating economic impact. Local
businesses lose customers and close, doctors leave, and
the community becomes economically depressed.
One of the answers for improving rural healthcare
is lifting the archaic restriction of costly physician
oversight, called nurse protocol agreements, imposed
on APRNs. These agreements make it financially
difficult for them to establish their own practices in
areas that would greatly benefit from the added access
to healthcare providers by requiring a monthly payment
of sometimes thousands of dollars for a doctor to
validate their patient care.
Having completed either a master’s or doctoral
degree program and received credentials from national
certifying boards including the American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American
Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), APRNs
are highly trained registered nurses whose expertise
is essential in assessing, diagnosing, and managing
Around 14,000 APRNs are in the state of Georgia
and allowing them to treat patients to the full extent of
their education and training is long overdue. Not only
would this improve access to care, but more economic
and employment opportunities would open, especially
in rural communities.
It is often said that nurses are the backbone of
health care, and for 19 years in a row they have been
ranked by Gallup as the number one trusted profession.
But Georgia is one of the most restrictive states in the
nation for APRNs.
Our citizens deserve better, and the Georgia Nurses
Association is committed to working towards full
practice authority for APRNs.
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Dina M. Hewett, Member
Gerald Hobbs, Member
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2021 GN-PAC Fundraisers Timeline
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• 1 Mini Pouring Pot (1.5 lb capacity)
• 3 (1 oz) Fragrance Oils
• 1 (1 lb) bag of Scentfuls soy wax
• 3 Candle Wicks
• 3 Scentfuls Wax Caution Labels
• 1 Smooth Sided Jelly Jars with a black lid
• 1 Tin Can with matching lid
• 1 Clamshell Candle Melt
• 2 Glue Dots
• 2 Wick Bars
• Detailed Instruction Sheet
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candles and a clamshell melt.
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Event Description: Register for an hour long
interactive “cook with me” healthy dinner cooking
party led by licensed and registered dietician Dhana
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delicious plant-based recipes, ideal for the health
-conscious professional on the go. There will be an
educational component to include: nutrition facts,
making your own seasonings along with meal
prepping and batch cooking ideas. Once your meal
is prepared, there will be a special bonus beverage
recipe shared with participants. Registrants will be
permitted to ask dietary related questions freely.
This virtual session will be recorded for registrants
who are not able to join at the time of the live
demonstration. All ingredients will be purchased by
participants and should be prepped in advance by
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sommelier! Learn about the 7 S’s of wine tasting,
how to pair wine with food and discuss seasonal
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delighted by the classical and jazz guitar stylings
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purchase of wines for the tasting (optional) will be
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Prize Description: The winner of the drawing
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at the winner’s discretion (4th of July weekend
Raffle Drawing 2: Georgia Mountain Winery
Prize Description: The winner of the drawing will
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Real Talk About Burnout
2021: Honoring Nurses
Bree Becker, MSN, NP-C, RNC-MNN
Recently I was putting my
son to bed. We read one of
my favorite children's books,
The Giving Tree by Shel
Silverstein. Despite reading
this story many times, I was
struck by the visceral sadness
of the tale. It’s a children's
story with a simple plot.
A boy is climbing a tree
(personified as a woman),
and he happily swings from
her branches, devouring her apples and enjoying all
the comfort the tree provides. Readers follow the boy
on his journey through adolescents, adulthood, and
then as a tired elderly man. Throughout his life, the
boy takes, and the tree gives. Whatever his needs are
at each stage of his life, the tree is happy to provide
a piece of herself to help. She gives her branches for
shade, then her wood to help build a house. Finally,
with her resources depleted, she dwindles to a stump.
And even then, she manages to provide a place for the
boy, who is now an elderly man, to sit.
I realized the tree's exhausted state represents how
many nurses feel. For us, The Giving Tree is an all
too familiar story. The depleted tree personifies the
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exhaustion and burnout most of us are experiencing
today. I receive daily articles that reference burnout
and company ads that offer a solution specifically for
me. But at the end of the day, the responsibility of
executing the proposed solution falls back on me.
"Here is something else for you to do to help you
with your burnout." Burnout was identified as an issue
decades ago, and is only getting worse. Despite public
awareness, nurses are still being asked to do more
with less. The pandemic highlighted nurses struggle
with the mental and physical toll of the job. Instead
of offering a cliche intervention for burnout, I want to
have a real conversation. Let’s ask hard questions. Let’s
stop pretending we know how to fix a problem that’s
plagued us for decades.
My personal problem with many of the resources
designed to address burnout is that it creates more
work for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I like learning
about yoga and I actually believe things like exercise
and diet have a positive effect on your mental health.
But the reason I feel exhausted as a nurse is not
because I don’t exercise or eat healthy. I have always
adopted a healthy lifestyle even before I was a nurse.
I do think that my healthy lifestyle allowed me to push
myself physically and mentally as a nurse. The long
hours, constant stress, and erratic schedule didn’t catch
up with me for a decade. But I eventually burned out.
And no amount of green smoothies or yoga could cure
me. I found myself becoming overly cynical, feeling like
I was not making an impact, and dreading work.
Burnout is the symptom of a larger disease: it’s the
result of poor processes within institutions and the
larger healthcare system overall. Nurses experienced
burnout long before this pandemic. The pandemic
has only cast a light on an ugly truth most of us have
been aware of for a long time. If burnout is not the
healthcare worker’s problem alone to solve, who is
responsible for solving it?
Here are real problems, I don’t have the answers.
But I know we are too fragile to continue this way.
Last year, I was clueless about the horror the world
was about to experience due to COVID. While I knew
our medical system was broken and that healthcare
workers were being stretched beyond capacity, I didn’t
realize what a pandemic would do to our profession. I
didn’t realize how vulnerable we are. The future is now.
The what-ifs and maybes are reality. We can’t afford to
hobble along anymore. We have to be willing to talk
about the real issues and the first step is asking hard
I know I can’t fix this today and I know I can’t fix this
alone. To me, it’s a fight worth fighting. And maybe,
by the time I retire, nurses won’t suffer the way I’ve
seen my peers suffer over the last decade. And maybe,
unlike The Giving Tree, nurses won’t give until we
are depleted and we will be empowered to care for
ourselves the way we care for others.
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Nurses really showed up
in record numbers in 2019.
Your many contributions led
to increased visibility from
the community and other
professionals inside and
outside of healthcare. In the
years past there have been
celebrations of nurses across
the world for a week in May.
This week also recognizes
the modern day founder
birthday. Except for last year in 2020, The World Health
Organization (WHO) designated it “The year of the
nurse and midwife,” according to the American Nurses
Association (ANA, N.D.). Instead of one week, nurses
were celebrated for the entire month of May. 2020
was also the commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s
200th birthday. As tens of thousands of deaths have
been recorded in Georgia, hundreds of thousands
more have been diagnosed and affected by the novel
COVID-19 virus. That leaves one to imagine that nearly
everyone knows someone who has been impacted by
this incredibly contagious virus.
It is now more apparent than ever that nurses are
poised and positioned to assist to the best of their
ability by practicing at the top of their scope. The
Georgia Nurses Association remains the voice of the
Georgia nurse, rallying nurses across the state to
participate in advocacy, to act as change agents and
use their sphere of influence to combat misinformation
and distrust in the healthcare system. Many conspiracy
theories plague the topic of COVID-19 virus and
vaccinations. Using the latest information available
by trusted sources is the best thing to do as nurses
emerge as trusted educators and leaders in the
community. It will take a collective voice and message
to change the trajectory of this deadly virus. The
2021 Georgia General Assembly pressed on although
there were safeguards needed and in place to keep
legislators safe from COVID-19 and incivility. The GNA
priorities – surgical smoke evacuation, scope of practice
expansion, safe staffing, and removal of nurses’ public
home addresses – are being addressed under the Gold
For many healthcare facilities Nurses Week may look
a little different. However, the same sentiments echo
across the state that this is a time to honor nurses.
The contributions that nurses make are indescribable
and never cease to amaze the patients, their families
and other healthcare cohorts. Thank you all for all that
you give, all that you do and all that you are. Nursing
is a work of heart. It shows in the selflessness and
compassion that remains at the core of such a caring
profession. We impress upon you to take care of
yourself since you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Find something fun, something relaxing and something
rewarding to do to celebrate the week that is ode to
you!! Though we set aside a week to celebrate nurses,
our encouragement and our gratitude extends far
beyond seven days.
Happy Nurses Week (May 6-May 12)!
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I’ve Got You, Buddy…
Beverly Llorente, BSN, RN, PCCN, RN-BC
Talking, they said, is good for the soul. But what
happens when you cannot talk and just have enough
strength to cry? What do you do when you’ve given your
all and they still ask for more? Who do you ask for help
when everyone else beside you are also asking for it?
Why does it feel like the shift is not going to end at all?
You know, that gnawing feeling that the worst is yet to
I know for sure, that these are some of what you’re
going through right now. I want you to remember that
YOU are not alone in this battle. I am with you, my sister,
my brother. If you need to cry, then do so. It is much
easier when you do it in the shower, you won’t feel the tears rolling down, our
reality doesn’t hurt as much.
Nursing used to be so simple, you think about the science and the logistics of it
and you follow it to a T. But what happened, why is it so arduous now? What do
I do now, do I leave, do I stay and endure? As for me, I don’t know what else to
do, Nursing is in my blood, my being. Looking back, I would like to believe that I
have made the right decision being a Nurse. I know it’s going to get worse given
that we’re living in the Covid era right now but I’m asking each and everyone of my
comrades, we can make it beyond that line of survival, be it life literally, or surviving
the emotional and mental trauma of where we are right now. It feels like our
patients are getting more difficult to take care of, the asking for it all, seemingly
endless, but at the end of the day, we are all SURVIVORS. At the end of your shift,
tell yourself, you can do it one more day, and at the end of the next day, say the
same thing again, and again, and again…you have to!
Prayers and optimism, more than anything else, are what we need when we go
to work. Saying grace for yourself, your co-workers and your patients will go a long
way, I’m saying this from personal experience. Even when you’re at your wit’s end,
please be kind around you. For all you know, you saying, “I’ve got you, Buddy…”
can save and empower a waning soul. Just like right now, as you are reading this,
“I’ve got you, Buddy, I’ve got you…”
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Distinguished and longstanding
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President, shares insight in honor
of Black History Month
The Oncology Nursing Society recently published an
article on distinguished and longstanding GNA Member
Dr. Mary Gullatte, its first African American President, and
her insight in honor of Black History Month.
“Many times, I thought about being the only African
American in the room or at the table, but it never stopped
me from seeking opportunities and growth experience
in all areas of nursing: practice, academia, and research”
expressed Dr. Gullatte.
Read Dr. Gullatte’s story and 40-year career insight at
Mary Magee Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, LSSYB, FAAN is presently
the Corporate Director of Nursing Evidence Based Practice and Research at EMORY
Healthcare. Her leadership in nursing spans over 40 years with extensive experience
in oncology nursing and Administration. As a Nurse Practitioner, her focus is on
Primary care of the adult population. She served seven years as Vice President of
Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Emory University Hospital-Midtown,
Atlanta, Georgia. Mary also served for over 25 years as the Director of Oncology
Nursing Services at Emory Healthcare and Winship Cancer Institute. Mary is
the past president of the National Oncology Nursing Society from 2012-2014
(nearly 40,000 members). She is also Adjunct Faculty at the Emory University Nell
Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She has presented at numerous national
and international conferences, as invited speaker, representing six of the seven
continents: including, invited speaker in West Africa; Prague, Czech Republic,
Germany, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Brazil, Amsterdam,
Turkey, Oman-UAE, Thailand, China and most recently New Zealand.
Dr. Gullatte has contributed extensively to the body of published professional
literature through articles and textbooks. Her recent book, 21st Century Nursing
Leadership was awarded Book of the Year in 2018 by the American Journal of
Nursing. Gullatte is the lead editor of Chemotherapy Handbook currently in Press in
4th edition will be published in the Spring of 2020 by the Oncology Nursing Society.
Throughout her career, Dr. Gullatte has received awards from the Oncology Nursing
Society, the Georgia Nurses Association, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, the Greater
Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen and a continuous community service award
from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. Gullatte was inducted as a Fellow [FAAN] into
the American Academy of Nursing in 2010 and was elected to the Academy Board
of Directors in October 2018 & 2020. She was honored as the Georgia March of
Dimes Nurse of the Year for 2013 in the Administration category and the 2020
Distinguished Nurse of the Year. She serves on several professional and healthcare
boards including The Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Board-2012-2019. She
considers among her greatest accomplishments, her family: being wife, mother and
Nana (grandmother); big sister and aunt. She enjoys mentoring, empowering and
inspiring future generations to aspire to and achieve greatness beyond what they
currently imagine- To believe they can FLY!
April, May, June 2021 Georgia Nursing • Page 7
Reasons for a Code Lavender
Renee Brand, BSN, PCCN, RN, email@example.com
Why am I crying? My patient survived. Everyone on the
code team sang the nurses’ praises for catching the early
decline of my patient who suddenly struggled to breathe,
turned extremely pale followed by the cascading occurrence
of plummeting blood pressures and irregular pulses. The
code team responded quickly, and my patient had a return
of spontaneous circulation within ten minutes. So why did it
hit me so hard? An overwhelming wave of fatigue, guilt and
feeling unprepared engulfed me all at once. My patient load
was heavy and despite support from other nurses I could not
catch up. Someone told me my patient was not ‘feeling good’
but I did not have a chance to assess what that meant. I was of
no help in the code because I was immobilized by the fact that
it was my first emergency. I know how lonely and emotionally draining such an experience
can be; the unexpected feelings which take you to an uncomfortable place throughout
a shift filled with stressors. Such an experience is not an isolated incident, there are
numerous stressful events of varying degrees which is the reason I was excited to learn
about Code Lavender and the emotional healing it provides.
What is Code Lavender? Is it a true code? Well, yes and no. In 2004, Dr. Earl Bakken,
a physician and board chairman of the North Hawaii Community hospital, Waimea,
coined the term ‘Code Lavender’ in response to his staff’s need for holistic, mind, body,
and soul care; as well as the fact that the lavender plant is known for its calming and
anxiety reducing effect (Tsai, 2017). The concept was brought to light nationally in 2008
by the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic spearheaded by Dr. Brenda Duffy in an effort to
help alleviate emotional distress associated with stressors and provide emotional support
for the health team. These groundbreaking innovative leaders saw emotional distress
as a true emergency similar to that of any code. A Code Lavender is not associated or
identified as a true urgent medical matter like a code blue is, however, a Code Lavender
is equally as urgent (Tsai, 2017). Since its inception several health systems have weaved
it into the fabric of their organization and have cited positive feedback and experiences
from its use. One facility implementing Code Lavender in response to the COVID 19
pandemic and its effect on the stress and morale level of the staff in addition to the
needs of the patient population is Piedmont Atlanta Hospital through the work of its
visionary Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Kelly Hulsey.
Many other organizations nationwide are starting to see its value and hop on board.
The literature showed that 100% of health workers who utilized a Code Lavender found
it extremely supportive and met their expectations and 84% would recommend it to
their coworkers and peers (Davidson et al., 2017).
So, what is a Code Lavender? It is a holistic, emotional support, rapid response
effort for a member of the health team experiencing a stressor. A code is called
the same way any other code is, with a request placed by any team member on
behalf of the individual experiencing a difficult time. Once a request is made, a
member of the Code Lavender team, such as a Chaplain, a member from the
employee assistance program (EAP) or a holistic nurse will respond within a set time,
typically 30 minutes of the call. The response team provides 15 to 20 minutes of
debriefing and respite with the team member during which stress relief tools such
as meditation, prayer, breathing exercises, music therapy, calming sounds, anxiety
reducing scents, creative visualization and snacks are used to enhance emotional
support and therapy. Post the debriefing session the response team follows up with
the team member to assess the need for additional emotional support (Tsai, 2017).
As health practitioners we require some form of emotional support, kindness
and compassion to alleviate the unexpressed emotions, feelings and thoughts
associated with some of the hardest days faced on the job. Code Lavender provides
the emotional cushion our team members need to make it through a shift, to feel
supported and connected, to build strong work bonds, organizational ties, retain
qualified staff and to achieve optimal team performance and employee engagement.
Code Lavender embodies the sentiment of the author Steve Maraboli when he said,
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal” (Maraboli, 2009).
Davidson, J. E., Graham, P., Montross-Thomas, L., Norcross, W., & Zerbi, G. (2017). Code
Lavender: Cultivating Intentional Acts of Kindness in Response to Stressful Work
Situations. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 13(3), 181–185. https://doi-org.
Maraboli, S. (2009). Life, the truth and being free. Http://www.goodreads.com › book › show
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Remembering Dr. Sandra Rayburn
As a registered nurse who has worked with other nurses for a great many
years, I can genuinely say I have witnessed the love, support, and kindness that
nurses extended to others. These qualities are not only evidenced in the nursing
professional role but also in communities where nurses live and thrive. I was asked
to write about a colleague and friend who lived her life (nursing and personal) by
giving to others. When I think of Sandra K. Rayburn and her contributions to
women’s health, Georgia, and the nursing profession, I am so very grateful to have
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Sandra was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. After completing her
prerequisite coursework at Armstrong Junior College, she entered Georgia Baptist
Hospital School of Nursing. Even as a student, Sandra developed her leadership
qualities, serving as senior president of organizations and graduating with high
honors. Her initial nursing appointment was working as night Charge Nurse in labor
and delivery at Georgia Baptist Hospital but her later appointments would span
the state. She held several management and staff positions, including the Health
Coordinator for Pickens County Headstart in Jasper, Georgia, Clinic Nurse at Planned
Parenthood, and Relief Supervisor at the Florence Crittenton Maternity Home.
By 1976, she completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing and later her Master
of Science in nursing (1978); both from Georgia State University. She moved into
academic appointments at the Brenau College Hall School of Nursing (Brenau
University) and Georgia State University but eventually returned to clinical areas
serving in Women’s Health Director positions for North Fulton (now part of Wellstar
Healthcare) and later Gwinnett Medical (now part of the Northside Hospital
System). After earning her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Higher Education
Administration, she settled for the next 18 years as a faculty member at her alma
mater, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. At the time, Sandra said she came
back to teach at Georgia Baptist because she “wanted to be involved in creating
As the College moved from a diploma program to a Bachelor of Science in
nursing program, Sandra was instrumental in collaboratively creating and developing
a new BSN program of study that would prepare excellent registered nurses for
entry level practice. She developed courses, assisted with writing reports, worked
with students through clinical rotations, and held an unwavering commitment to
high standards. With a passion for teaching women’s health, she was described
by students as encouraging, nurturing, knowledgeable, and compassionate. She
inspired students and graduates to achieve their goals, … and then she encouraged
them to set higher goals.
She served as a member of the medical team within the American International
Health Care Alliance program, which provided support to nursing faculty and
students at The Medical University of I. P. Pavlov in St. Petersburg, Russia. She
remained a long-standing member of many organizations, including but not limited
to: American Nurses Association; Georgia Nurses Association (GNA); the Association
of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses; Georgia Perinatal Association;
and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She was the founding President of the Pi
Gamma Chapter for STTI. She served in multiple positions for GNA and District 5
including, First Vice President (1992-1994), Delegate at GNA Annual Meetings, and
a member of multiple committees. She retired from her academic appointment in
2009 but taught or volunteered in other areas of academic clinical and classroom
settings, and always remained active on the Georgia Baptist Alumni Board. She later
served as the Georgia Board of Education Nursing Consultant, a position she would
hold twice during 2014 through 2017.
I am convinced Dr. Sandra Rayburn will remain in the hearts and minds of many.
She gave us all a gift and even in her passing, she continues to give through her
donation to the Georgia Nurses Foundation. If we believe that “to teach is to live
forever,” then Sandra’s ‘teachings’ will live through others for many years to come!
Linda A. Streit, Ph.D., RN
Dean and Professor
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
We are truly thankful to Dr. Rayburn for her contribution to the nursing
profession. And we thank Dr. Streit for volunteering to write these honorable and
encouraging words. Thank you!
-The Georgia Nurses Association, Georgia Nurses Foundation
April, May, June 2021 Georgia Nursing • Page 9
Adapting to GANS in a Virtual Environment
Ben Prevost, President, Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS)
Ghadeer Arman, 1st Vice President, GANS
Brooke Taylor, Secretary, GANS
At the Georgia Association of Nursing Students, the
COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges in
navigating through a virtual environment. Despite the
opposition of adapting to virtual, the challenges have
not completely outweighed the benefits. In this new
environment, the readiness of our board to adapt to
the challenge of meeting, collaborating, and planning a
convention has been overwhelmingly successful.
Starting out on the board this year, we were extremely
concerned about involvement due to the pandemic. As
the 2020 convention grew closer, the anticipation about
the challenges of electing a new board lingered. However,
the turnout to the 2020 virtual convention exceeded our
expectations, and the executive board positions were filled
immediately. We still do not have a completed board,
but our present board members have been extremely
supportive in stepping up to fill the vacant roles and take
on more responsibilities as challenges continue to arise
throughout our term. Our advisors have also stepped
up in a massive way to guide us in making sure our
responsibilities are done in a timely and efficient manner.
The board has been willing to step into roles that they had
not previously fulfilled, maintain flexibility in meeting in a
virtual format, and work together in a professional manner
with people they had never met in person before.
The success of this board has also been attributed to
the willingness of the Georgia Nurses Association to open up their office space to
use when we have met in person and their overall support of our organization. We
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Financial Aid 101
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The Georgia Nursing Hall of Fame recognizes exemplary nurses who have
become legends for their dedication to nursing in the state of Georgia.
“As GNF President, I am so happy to see the Georgia Nursing Hall of Fame
come to fruition,” stated Georgia Nurses Foundation President Wanda Jones, BSN,
RN, MSN, FNP-BC. “We have been planning this program for over two years to
honor and showcase the many nursing legends in Georgia. Due to the pandemic,
we decided not to hold this event in 2020. We are so looking forward to our
inaugural event in October 2021.”
The inaugural cohort will be honored at the 2021 GNA Membership Assembly in
Criteria for Nominees
• A minimum of 15 years of nursing experience (i.e., bedside, leadership, or
• Describe how the nominee made a positive impact on nursing and healthcare
in the state of Georgia, nationally and/or internationally.
• Describe how the nominee has been instrumental in the improvements of his/
her community (i.e., hospital, academia, society).
• Give examples of the nominee’s involvement in civic and/or philanthropic
• Describe how the nominee has elevated the status of a nurse within the state
• Explain why you believe this person should be inducted into the Georgia
Nursing Hall of Fame.
Nominations for the inaugural cohort may be submitted for free until May 14,
2021 to email@example.com, subject line “Hall of Fame Nominee.” A $25.00
submission fee will be required for nominations submitted between May 15 and
May 31, 2021.
This is a brand-new program, so we anticipate receiving questions or inquiries. If
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Do you know a Georgia registered nurse whose character and track record you
believe meets the criteria of the Georgia Nursing Hall of Fame? Nominate that
About the Georgia Nurses Foundation
The Georgia Nurses Foundation (GNF) is the charitable and philanthropic arm of
the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA). GNF supports GNA and its work to foster the
welfare and well-being of nurses, and promote and advance the nursing profession,
thereby enhancing the health of the public.
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answers to your basic financial aid questions.
What is financial aid?
Financial aid is a resource used to pay for education. It
can come in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and
on-campus employment. In some cases, financial aid is
granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
exists after other options.
What kinds of financial aid are
> Gift aid – In short, this is free
money. It can come in the form of a grant,
scholarship or endowment and does not
require repayment. Sources can vary from
government to institutions to outside
organizations, and it can be either merit or
> Self-help – In many instances, these
are loans. The main federal loan programs
are the Direct Student Loans, Direct
PLUS Loans and Perkins Loans. These are
needs-based and eligibility is determined
by FAFSA results. Work study is also
considered financial aid if family need still
How can I apply for financial aid?
> FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – This is the form
required to be considered eligible for any federal or state financial aid (including
loans). You can access it on the FAFSA website.
> Institutional aid – Many colleges have scholarships, endowments and grants
available for students who attend that institution. Review college websites and
contact the schools’ financial aid offices for pertinent information.
> Outside scholarships – These can be obtained by online scholarship engines
such as www.finaid.org, www.fastweb.com or http://www.scholarships.com/. For
local scholarships, you can contact your student’s guidance counselor or community
organizations. As a rule, never pay for a scholarship search.
What are the deadlines?
> Federal – The federal deadline for online FAFSA applications is 11:59 Central
Time, June 30, 2021.
> State – Each state sets its own deadline, which you can check on the deadline
page for FAFSA.
> Institutional – Contact your college for deadlines as well.
Hopefully, with this information you can feel a bit more prepared and at-ease as
you prepare to help your child with beginning the next stage of their education.
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April, May, June 2021 Georgia Nursing • Page 11
Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Get to know
Georgia’s Certified Peer Specialists
Georgians for a Healthy Future
The COVID-19 pandemic has damaged the mental
health of many Georgians and exacerbated the use
of alcohol and drugs. Financial stressors, parenting
difficulties, and unwavering uncertainty have
dramatically increased depression, stress, and substance
use among Georgians. Some will seek supports
and services to manage their health, which may be
provided by certified peer specialists.
Certified peer specialists (CPS) support and educate
individuals and families while they navigate mental
health and/or substance use treatment and recovery.
CPS have played a vital role in Georgia’s mental health
and substance use recovery systems for over 20 years.
CPS are unique among health professionals because
they have lived experience with substance use and/or
mental health recovery. Lived experience means that
they are in recovery themselves, are a caregiver or
partner to a loved one in recovery, or have other direct
CPS’ lived experiences are critical in their work
to help others identify and set recovery goals for
themselves. Their lived experiences and peer specialist
training allow them to serve as trusted mentors to
others who are seeking recovery.
Depending on their particular experiences and
training, CPS are trained and certified to address
mental health, substance use disorders, or both with
youth, adults, parents, or a combination of these
For this article, GHF interviewed our partners at
the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA) to
learn more about Georgia’s leadership in the area
of peer supports, CPS work in Georgia, and how the
CPS model addresses substance use disorders through
innovative partnerships and programs.
Certified peer specialists working in Georgia
Georgia’s CPS training was the first in the nation
and in 1999, Georgia became the first state to receive
Medicaid reimbursement for peer support services
delivered by CPS. As of 2019, there are over 3,000 CPS
working in/certified to work in Georgia.
The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
(GMHCN) began a Medicaid-billable Certified Peer
Specialist in Mental Health (CPS-MH) training program
in 2001. GMHCN trains CPSs “to assist others in skillbuilding,
problem-solving, setting up and maintaining
self-help mutual support groups, and building selfdirected
GCSA developed the Certified Addiction Recovery
Empowerment Specialist (CARES) Academy to promote
long-term recovery for substance use disorders using
the CPS-MH model. Nearly all of GCSA’s staff are
CARES certified, and many have dual certifications in
both mental health and substance use recovery.
GCSA has trained more than 750 CARES to date.
CARES work in substance use treatment centers,
accountability courts, jails, hospitals, and other diverse
settings across the state. GCSA places some CARES
in hospital emergenvcy departments to provide peer
support to individuals who visit for any substance use
related reason (ex: drunk driving accident, fall/cut in
the person’s home due to intoxication, overdose).
Other CARES serve mothers experiencing substance
use challenges during pregnancy and post-birth at
Northeast Georgia Hospital System’s Neonatal Intensive
CARES peers also operate GCSA’s Warm Line
through which they provide free telephone and text
support to individuals struggling with substance use
(or who have a loved one who is struggling). Since
the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing
number of calls and texts have come into the Warm
Line, demonstrating an increased need for support
and connection among people with substance use
challenges. CARES are also hosting twice daily virtual
all recovery meetings at 10 am and 7 pm to provide an
additional layer of support, and GCSA recently added
a Spanish-language recovery meeting to the schedule.
Want to be a certified peer specialist?
For substance use recovery: Visit gasubstanceabuse.
org. Click the Training tab to learn more about the
For mental health recovery: Visit gmhcn.org. Click
the CPS tab to learn more.
Contact: Michelle Conde, Communications & Special
Projects Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgians for a Healthy Future. Healthy Minds, Healthy
Bodies: Get to know Georgia’s Certified Peer Specialists.
Accessible at healthyfuturega.org
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Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19
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About the Author
Hahnah Williams is an attorney and registered
nurse in Georgia. Simply put, Hahnah defends and
supports your ability to make a living. As a registered
nurse turned lawyer with over 20 years of combined
experience, Hahnah has walked a mile in your shoes.
Hahnah practices law at Hahnah Williams, Attorney at
Law, P.C. Hahnah’s law practice focuses on the defense
of nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other
healthcare professionals in all aspects of professional
license matters, including license applications, Board
complaints and investigations, employer investigations,
allegations of professional misconduct, allegations of
drug diversion or abuse, and professional malpractice
cases. Hahnah also represents healthcare professionals
in criminal matters and business transaction matters.
In addition, Hahnah has conducted several seminars
and webinars on legal issues in healthcare. For
more information about Hahnah please visit www.
It is important to note that Hahnah Williams’
responses are not specific legal advice nor are they to
be used as such. This column and Hahnah Williams’
posts are for educational purposes only and should
not be construed as specific legal or other advice.
Individuals who need legal advice should contact a
nurse attorney or attorney in their state.
October 19, 2020 – DUI Arrest
I am a new RN- graduated with my BSN and
received my state licensure in December 2019.
I have never been in trouble with the law until
recently. I was at a neighbor's house for dinner
and had a couple of beers for dinner. I made
the dumb decision to drive home (it was only a
couple of blocks, but still, I know better). I got
pulled over for rolling a stop sign (this stop sign
is just a few houses away from mine). I was then
arrested for DUI. It was absolutely mortifying,
and I will NEVER again drink ANY amount and
drive. The charges were reduced to a reckless,
and I was released without any sort of parole.
Before even going to court, under the advice
of my attorney, I completed community service
hours, I completed a drug and alcohol evaluation
by a professional (no recommendation for further
treatment- no evidence of abuse problems), and I
completed the MADD course. My question is thishow
do I best go about self-reporting the arrest
and charges to the GA BON? Do I fill out the selfreport
packet? Do I go to them in-person and talk
to them about it? Do I just send an email? I want
to do the right thing, but I want to do it the best
Thank you for your thoughts!
Excellent questions. I commend you for taking
responsibility for the incident and being willing to learn
I will address your question about self-reporting first.
Nurses are required to report arrests and drug/alcohol
treatment when they apply for or renew their nursing
licenses (discussed in more detail below). The Georgia
Board of Nursing’s Self-Report Packet is not used to
report DUI arrests or any other arrest.
In general, the Board’s Self Report Packet is used
to voluntarily self-report drug or alcohol abuse/
dependency. In Georgia, there is no legal requirement
for a nurse to self-report drug or alcohol dependency
to the Board. However, self-reporting may be beneficial
if the nurse’s circumstances meet the Board’s selfreporting
criteria. Specifically, the Board’s “Self-Report
Packet” is available for any nurse who meets one or
more of the following criteria:
1) Abused or become chemically dependent on
2) Tested positive on a drug screen for alcohol and/
or any drug contained in the Schedule I through
Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act
(without a legitimate prescription).
3) Completed or enrolled in substance abuse
treatment (alcohol, illegal drugs/substances, and
prescription drugs-with or without a legitimate
4) Diverted medications from patients/workplace.
Nurses who meet one or more of these criteria can
use the Self Report Packet to report the incident to the
Board. Upon receiving the self-report, the Board has
authority to discipline the nurse’s license. Self-reporting
can be beneficial to the nurse because it facilitates
drug and/or alcohol treatment and demonstrates to
April, May, June 2021 Georgia Nursing • Page 13
the Board that the nurse is committed to sobriety
which could weigh in the nurse’s favor with respect to
The Board recognizes that nurses with addiction
disorders may require and benefit from a substance
abuse recovery program. Therefore, the Board will
consider placing the nurse’s license on probation
while they seek treatment as opposed to revoking
or suspending the nurse’s license. The Board’s
decision to discipline the nurse is largely guided by
recommendations made by physicians who are board
certified in addiction medicine.
Specifically, upon receiving the nurse’s selfreport,
the Board may require the nurse to complete
a mental physical examination by a board certified
addictionologist. If recommended by the physician
or indicated by other factors, the Board may place
the nurse under a consent order requiring a period of
probation and drug or alcohol monitoring. The consent
order typically includes several terms and conditions,
including requiring the nurse to participate in an
aftercare program, undergo random drug screening,
provide quarterly progress reports, be under the
care of a mental health professional and other Board
requirements. Successfully complying with the Board’s
consent order typically allows the nurse to keep his
or her license albeit restricted. By refusing to seek
treatment or declining to self-report, the nurse will
likely continue with the substance use disorder, which
can cause him or her to face more stringent discipline
such as license suspension or revocation.
HR, in your case, you mention that your DUI was a
result of one bad decision on one night in December
2019. You did not state that you had a drug or
alcohol abuse disorder or addiction. If you do have
an addiction, or otherwise meet one of the Board’s
above stated criteria, you should consider self-reporting
to the Board. Before deciding to self-report, I highly
recommend that you consult with an attorney who
regularly defends nurses’ licenses before the Board of
License Renewal Application – Reporting Arrests and
The Board’s nursing license renewal application
requires nurses to report arrests and drug/alcohol
treatment. Therefore, you will be required to report
your arrest and any subsequent drug/alcohol treatment
when you renew your nursing license. The application
requires you to submit a Letter of Explanation that
explains the arrest and/or alcohol/drug treatment. A
license defense attorney can prepare this letter for you.
The Board of Nursing can refuse to grant/renew a
license to an applicant, revoke the license of a licensed
nurse, and discipline a licensed nurse upon a finding
by the Board that that the applicant or licensee has
been convicted of a felony or any crime involving moral
turpitude. The Board regulations do not define “moral
turpitude.” However, Georgia courts have defined
“moral turpitude” in a variety of contexts, including as
“misdemeanors involving dishonesty or the obstruction
of justice” and “everything done contrary to justice,
honesty, ... or good morals.”
It is very likely that the Board will view reckless
driving resulting from a DUI arrest as a crime of
moral turpitude. The Board will likely consider various
factors when deciding whether to renew your license,
including but not limited to, the honesty displayed in
your renewal application, the recentness of the event,
the severity of the incident, and the occurrence of any
violence. A license defense attorney can address these
factors in your letter of explanation to show the Board
that you are safe to practice.
Importantly, the time between your DUI arrest and
nursing license renewal is critical. A license defense
attorney can recommend several actions for you to
take during this time to help you demonstrate that you
are safe to practice nursing. Many of the actions that
will be recommended must be done over a period of
time. Therefore, you should contact a license defense
attorney immediately, if you have not done so already.
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Leadership is managing conflict to create true win-win situations.
Leadership is learning from others, the children in the playground who are
spontaneous in their support of each other, and the board members in the meeting
who are supportive in their own way.
Leadership is humility, knowing that none of us is infallible
Leadership is a belief in the power of our collective humanity, working together
for the good of all.
Leadership is sharing your deepest convictions about the way that nursing and
health can and should be, reaching for the stars that promote health as a right and
not a privilege.
Leadership is caring for those most vulnerable, the neglected, the ill, the downtrodden,
the marginalized…just as nurses do every day in every organization.
Leadership is listening to those whose views are radically different from yours and
trying to find a common purpose and a common ground for the good of all.
Leadership is professionalism, understanding the social contract that we as nurses
have with the public, upholding our ethical obligations to all in our care, and living
our professional nursing standards.
Leadership is assuming responsibility for our own actions, being accountable for
our actions and understanding the consequences.
Leadership is pushing the boundaries when the boundaries need to change.
Leadership is investing in others’ greatness.
Leadership is identifying needed change and creating the vision and processes to
Leadership is providing guidance, to individuals, groups, and organizations.
Leadership is active and decisive decision-making to achieve shared goals.
Leadership is taking a risk, to implement a vision and achieve goals.
Leadership is understanding yourself, being aware of your potential and the
power of intentional communication.
Leadership is building relationships with your those who can help you and those
you can help, building relationships for the purpose of helping others to actualize
Leadership is mentoring others, and allowing yourself to be mentored.
Leadership is promoting collaboration and building community.
Leadership is knowing when to step back, when there is an affront to your
Leadership is being transformational.
Leadership is being an advocate, for patients, for colleagues, and for the public
Leadership is being a trusted professional.
Leadership is motivating others to act.
Leadership is embracing change and effecting change as needed.
Leadership is acclaiming others’ successes and assisting them to achieve their
Leadership is YOU!
How many of these leadership attributes describe you?
Which of these leadership attributes do you want to develop or strengthen?
What is your plan to make it happen?
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• The opportunity to serve as a GNA Board and/or Committee
• Access to shared interest and local chapters, and avenues to
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• Member-only access to ANA’s Nurse Space
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• Access to free and discounted webinars at Navigate Nursing
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The Georgia Nurses Association Political Action
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Whatever your nursing passion may be, Georgia
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members who share similar interests.
3. Select a chapter chair.
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as current GNA members. This is done by
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5. Identify and agree upon chapter purpose.
6. Decide on chapter name.
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submitted includes the following:
Chapter chair name and chapter contact
information including an email,
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8. The application will then go to the Membership
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the Board of Directors. The Board will approve or
decline the application and notify the applicant
of its decision.
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