Georgia Nursing - April 2021


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Volume 81 • Number 2 • April, May, June 2021

Georgia Nursing






What we’ve been

up to

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 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.

GNA President’s Message continued on page 2 GNF President’s Message continued on page 2 CEO Corner continued on page 2

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2021 GN-PAC Fundraisers Timeline ......3

Real Talk About Burnout. .............4

2021: Honoring Nurses. ..............4

I’ve Got You, Buddy... . ..............6

Another CODE! Reasons for a Code

Lavender. .......................7

The Georgia Nursing Hall of Fame. ...... 10

Financial Aid 101. ................... 10

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Get to know

Georgia’s Certified Peer Specialists. ..... 11

Ask a Nurse Attorney. ............... 12



Remembering Dr. Sandra Rayburn . ...8

What Do I Get With My Membership. .. 15

Adapting to GANS in a Virtual

Environment...................... 9

GNA Membership Application. ....... 15

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GNA President’s Message continued from page 1 GNF President’s Message continued from page 1

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

first year.

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

Membership Assembly.

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

patient care.

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.




Volume 81 • Number 2

Managing Editor: Charlotte Báez-Díaz


Wanda Jones, President

Elizabeth “Beth” Bolton-Harris, Vice President

Alicia Motley, Secretary

Shawn Little, Treasurer

Catherine Futch, Immediate Past President

Georgia W. Barkers, Member

Mary Gullatte, Member

Dina M. Hewett, Member

Gerald Hobbs, Member

Richard Lamphier, Member

Sherry Sims, Member

Matt Caseman, Ex-Officio Member



Richard Lamphier, President

Dina M. Hewett, President-Elect

Barbara Austin, Secretary

Rachel E. Myers, Treasurer


Phyllis Wright, Director Leadership Development

Paula Tucker, Director Membership Development

Erica Mills, Director Legislation/Public Policy

Linda Morrow, Director Staff Nurse

Joy King-Mark, Director Nursing Practice & Advocacy

Molly Bachtel,

Director Advanced Practice Registered Nurse


Matt Caseman, CEO

Tim Davis, Senior Director of Membership and

Government Affairs

Charlotte Báez-Díaz, Communications Manager

Monica R. Dennis, Administrative Assistant

W. L. Clifton Political Consulting, GNA Lobbyist

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2021 GN-PAC Fundraisers Timeline


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Price: $40


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Produce your own Scented candles in the comfort of

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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

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candles and a clamshell melt.

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Event Description: Register for an hour long

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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

the registrant.

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Event Description: Facilitated by Samara Kaufman,

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Wine Experience, about how to taste wine like a

sommelier! Learn about the 7 S’s of wine tasting,

how to pair wine with food and discuss seasonal

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purchase of wines for the tasting (optional) will be

communicated post registration.

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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

receive a complementary 2-nights at the “Cavender

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located in the North Georgia Mountains to be

booked at the winner’s discretion (subject to

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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

Florence Nightingale’s

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,

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Distinguished and longstanding

GNA Member Dr. Mary Gullatte,

first ONS African American

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

Another CODE!

Reasons for a Code Lavender

Renee Brand, BSN, PCCN, RN,

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.

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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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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

something new.”

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

Mercer University

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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healing for those individuals suffering from addiction and mental health issues. We are a residential

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as a board have met twice in person, socially-distanced

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with each other as a team. This has been vital to our

success in being able to put a name with a face and finally

be able to get to know one another outside of a virtual


With all of the success of this board, there still continues

to be challenges and struggles with every step of the

convention planning process. For the 2021 convention,

we have planned to make it in person, however the

unknown future of the pandemic has made this a looming

question. We have struggled with timing of convention,

the contracting process with the venue, and the budgeting

and sponsorships with convention. Even through all of these challenges, we as a

board have risen to the occasion and created a successful working environment built

on efficiency, trust, and mutual respect that has propelled us to have a successful

2021 convention.

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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

of Georgia.

• 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, 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

you have any, please contact us at

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

nurse today!

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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going through the process the first time, the experience

can be a stressful one. Between forms and deadlines,

families often feel overwhelmed.

If that sounds a bit like you, take heart. Here are some

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, or 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.

*This is not financial aid advice and is for informational purposes only. For specific

financial aid questions, please contact your college financial aid administrator.

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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

recovery tools.”

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

Care Units.

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

CARES program.

For mental health recovery: Visit Click

the CPS tab to learn more.

Contact: Michelle Conde, Communications & Special

Projects Manager


Georgians for a Healthy Future. Healthy Minds, Healthy

Bodies: Get to know Georgia’s Certified Peer Specialists.

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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

Hi Hahnah,

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

way possible.

Thank you for your thoughts!


Hi HR,

Excellent questions. I commend you for taking

responsibility for the incident and being willing to learn

from it.


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.

Best Wishes,


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Leadership is being authentic in the way you behave with others, the

communication that you share and the feelings and thoughts that you have.

Leadership is also a set of skills, learned behaviors that encourage others toward

a shared vision, common goals, and a greater purpose.

Leadership is finding meaning and purpose in your work.

Leadership is modeling the way in everything that you do and say.

Leadership is self-awareness, listening to yourself, reflecting on your own beliefs,

your knowledge and skills.

Leadership is doing what you can to actualize your unused potential.

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

initiate change.

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

their potential.

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

highest potential.

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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