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The

MARYLAND

Nurse Journal

The Official Journal

of the Maryland

Nurses Association

The State Nurses Association

affiliated with the American

Nurses Association, and

Representing Maryland’s

Professional Nurses

since 1904

Inside this Issue...

current resident or

2021 Nurse

Legislative

Night Out: A

Virtual Success

Page 4

MNA

Observes

a Day of

Remembrance

Page 10

ANA/MNA News

MNA to Celebrate Nurse Superheroes at its

118th Annual Convention. ................3

The Daily Record Announces 2021 Maryland’s

Top 100 Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9

Features

Stories of Resilience. .....................13

Air Force Reserves Stepping Up to Assist

Active Duty with COVID Vaccinations .......14

Education

University of Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

John’s Hopkins School of Nursing ............16

Clinical Practice

Will Your Next Prescription be for the Pharmacy

or the Farmacy. ......................19

Organizations

NPAM ................................28

PNA Maryland: Making a Difference . . . . . . . . . . 29

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President’s Message

The “Year of the Nurse” Extended

Hello Colleagues!

The World Health

Organization (WHO)

and the American Nurses

Association (ANA) have

extended the “Year of

the Nurse” from 2020

through 2021. Nurses

have experienced an

unprecedented year of

challenges during which

time the pandemic

presented issues such Charlotte Wood

as, a lack of PPE,

unsafe staffing ratios, racial bias, and workplace

violence. These issues have significantly impacted

the workforce, particularly, many nurses and other

healthcare workers that lost their lives. We are

Letter from the Editor

Kristen McVerry MSN,

RN-BC

We are a year into the

pandemic, which calls

for a time of reflection

as we move forward in

nursing. No matter what

role or field of nursing

you are working in,

nurses everywhere and

in every capacity

have been touched

and impacted by

the Coronavirus. Before the pandemic, I

was already working from home as online

faculty for Western Governors University.

I was getting a taste of the seriousness and

devastation of this virus before Maryland

felt the impact. Speaking with students

from across our great nation, I heard of

the extensive loss of loved ones, the long

hours, the loss of jobs, the struggles/strain

on families, and the shortage of personal

In This Together

Kristen McVerry

working to make a difference in those numbers. One

method is the use of our voice and participation at the

state level. I am pleased to say that I participate on

the State of Maryland’s Department of Health SARS

CoV-2 Technical Advisory Board and represent your

voice in the brainstorming and recommendations for

the implementation of the COVID vaccines.

Issues related to COVID-19 require that we

cherish and celebrate all nurses for their innovative

contributions to the prevention of the spread of

COVID-19 and the care given to all COVID-19

patients. During the month of May (Nurses month)

and our Annual Convention, we plan to celebrate

and recognize our nurse heroes and superheroes.

Please participate by sending us your nurse stories of

innovation, resilience, and community service.

President’s Message continued on page 2

protective equipment (PPE), toilet paper, and

meats.

When Maryland started initiating restrictions

and attempted to confine the virus’s spread, I felt

that I was not on the front line. I was not in the

trenches with my fellow peers; however, I was

serving my community, my nurses, and in the end,

those infected with COVID

I was that emotional support for hundreds of

nurses, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters

through my role. I became an emotional sponge,

soaking up the horror stories and the moments of

devastation.

But I also soaked up the hero moments, those

moments of impact when nurses started to feel like

they made a difference. They advocated for their

patients, for their loved ones, for themselves. Their

voices became louder.

Even though I was working remotely and

practiced social distancing, January 2021 provided

me with my first COVID patient, my grandfather. I

had been away from the bedside for over two years,

away from the hospital setting, and I suddenly

Letter from the Editor continued on page 3


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PUBLICATION

The Maryland Nurse Journal Publication Schedule

Issue

Material Due to MNA

July 2021 June 15, 2021

The Maryland Nurse Journal, the official

publication of the Maryland Nurses Association, is

published quarterly with an annual subscription of

$20.00.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Maryland Nurses Association, the voice of

Nurses, advocates for excellence in nursing and the

highest quality healthcare for all.

Our core values:

Courage, Respect, Integrity,

Accountability, Inclusiveness

Approved by MNA BOD, 2019

President’s Message continued from page 1

This General Assembly, our advocacy efforts,

and legislative activities have been like no other.

The Maryland Nurses Association celebrated their

first Virtual “Nurses Night Out” on Monday, Jan.

25, 2021, and the event was a huge success. Nurses

from across the state met via Zoom with their

legislative representatives and discussed the impact

of certain bills on nursing practice and the profession

of nursing. Our priority bill, Senate Bill 0105, also

known as the Peace Order/Workplace Violence bill

and cross-filed as House Bill 0289, has been the

focus of our legislative efforts. The Peace Order Bill

passed unanimously in the House of Delegates and

was successful in the Senate with an amendment. By

the time this Presidential message is published, we

will know if the bill has been reconciled, and whether

we have successful legislation. Although unsure of

the ultimate status of the bill, we have many reasons

to celebrate our successes in legislation because

our Legislative Committee, testimonies of many

of our nurses, and our lobbyist that have all worked

diligently to promote, support, and submit legislation

necessary to improve nursing practice and patient

healthcare outcomes.

On October 7th and 8th, 2021, we will celebrate

MNA’s 118th Annual Convention – The Year of the

Maryland Nurse: Celebrating Nurse Superheroes.

Mr. Vann Joyner, Chair of the MNA Convention

Committee and Deputy Chair Jaime Striplin will lead

the convention committee in curating an awesome

and engaging virtual event. If you are interested

in working with the convention committee, please

send an email to jpatterson@marylandrn.org. The

Call for Abstracts and MNA Award Nominations

can be found on the MNA website at https://mna.

nursingnetwork.com/

Come celebrate our profession at the “Recognition

Tea Party” on May 8, 2021. Please get your vaccines,

continue to physically and socially distance, promote

good hand washing, good respiratory hygiene,

and stay safe and well. Together we can make a

difference!! Happy Nurses Week!!

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cwood@marylandrn.org

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THE EDITORIAL BOARD

OF THE MARYLAND NURSE JOURNAL

Kristen McVerry, MSN, RN-BC, Editor-in-Chief

Nayna Philipsen, JD, PhD, RN, CFE, FACCE, Associate Editor

Beverly Lang, MScN, RN, ANP-BC

Linda Stierle, MSN, RN

Diane Lehmann, DNP, RN, CNE, FNE-A

MNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

President –Elect

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 7

District 8

District 9

OFFICERS

DIRECTORS

MNA DISTRICT PRESIDENTS

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 7

District 8

District 9

Charlotte Wood,

PhD, RN, MSN, MBA

Christie Simon-Waterman,

DNP, CRNP, RN, DWC, WCC

Melani Bell, DNP, RN

Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, RN,

MSN, CRNP, AOCNP ®

Janice Agazio, PhD, CRNP,

RN, FAANP, FAAN

Michelle Harvey DNP, RN-BC

Darlene Hinds-Jackson, DNP, RN

Donna C. Downing-Corddry, RN

Vacant

Nwamaka Oparaoji, DNP, MSN, RN

Sadie Parker, RN

Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CNE

Kristen McVerry, MSN, RN-BC

Jaime Striplin, MSN, RN

Nancy S. Goldstein, DNP, ANP-BC, RNC

Kimi Novack, DNP, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN

Vacant

Eucharia Mbagwu, DNP, MSN, RN

Barbara Polack, RN

Debra Disbrow, DNP, RN, PCCN, ONC

Cathy Gibson, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, IBCLC

ANA MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY

2020-2021

MNA Member-At-Large First

Donna Zankowsky,

Voting Representative

MPH, RN, FAACHN

MNA Member-At-Large Second

Voting Representative

Linda Stierle, MSN, RN

MNA Member-At-Large

Rosemary Mortimer,

First Non-Voting Alternate

MS, MSEd, RN

2021-2022

MNA Officer First Voting

Charlotte Wood,

Representative

PhD, RN, MSN, MBA

MNA Officer Second Voting Janice Agazio, PhD, CRNP,

Representative

RN, FAANP, FAAN

MNA Officer First

Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA,

Non-voting Alternate

RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN

MNA Officer Second

Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, RN,

Non-voting Alternate:

MSN, CRNP, AOCNP®

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ANA/MNA News

MNA to Celebrate Nurse Superheroes at its

118th Annual Convention

The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA)

Convention Committee is planning its 118th

Annual MNA Convention to be held virtually

again this year. MNA has joined the World Health

Organization (WHO) and ANA on extending the

“Year of the Nurse” into 2021. We are excited to

announce this year’s convention theme will be

“Year of the Maryland Nurse: Celebrating Nurse

Superheroes.” We look forward to presentations

that demonstrate Maryland nurses' resiliency, many

of whom have been on the frontlines during the

pandemic.

The convention will be held virtually on

Thursday, October 7th, and Friday, October 8th,

2021. The goals of this learning experience are

to:

• Provide information on nursing innovations

from all areas of nursing practice.

• Position Maryland nurses to be on the leading

edge of healthcare changes.

The 2021 Convention will foster collaboration

and provide a forum for peer-to-peer interactions

among RNs in Maryland. To support this year's

convention theme, "Year of the Maryland Nurse:

Celebrating Nurse Superheroes," the Maryland

Nurses Association is seeking abstract submissions

that reflect the multifaceted ideas and practices

inherent in professional nursing. We will again

feature the targeted 20-minute Spotlight Sessions

as well as the traditional hour-long Concurrent

Sessions. We have added Posters back this year and

look forward to the enhanced value that they will

bring. The Call for Abstracts can be found on the

MNA website, and applications will be accepted

through June 11th, 2021.

Educational objectives for the convention are to:

1. Analyze current nursing education and

professional development updates.

2. Describe leadership applications for various

nursing practice areas.

3. Compare innovative quality and researchbased

initiatives throughout the nursing

spectrum.

Spotlight Session topics are:

• Excel: education and professional

development updates across the nursing

practice spectrum

• Lead: administrative, policy, and leadership

updates across nursing practice areas

• Innovate: improvement and research science

applications to nursing processes, problems,

and possibilities

Each year MNA Awards and Scholarships

are presented at the convention. MNA Awards

include The Outstanding Nursing Practice Award,

The Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, The

Outstanding Leadership Award, The Outstanding

Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Award, The

Outstanding Dissemination of Health Information

Award, The Outstanding Pathfinder Award, The

Outstanding Mentoring Award, and The Stierle

Exemplary Service Award. The MNA Legislative

Committee awards are given to an MNA member

and Legislator who has significantly contributed

or collaborated in Maryland’s nursing/health

legislative issues. Scholarships are awarded

through the Nursing Foundation of Maryland

(NFM). Nomination forms for MNA Awards and

the NFM Scholarship Application can both be

found on the MNA website.

We are looking forward to an amazing event

again this year. We will notify members when

registration opens in May and a link will be on the

MNA website – we look forward to seeing you!

Letter from the Editor continued from page 1

found myself back in the role of a bedside nurse.

My grandfather had been diagnosed with COVID

in early January and worked his way to ICU. With

final wishes not to be intubated, he had expended

his high-flow oxygen capacity and decided to come

home. His transportation kept getting delayed, and

when the hospital finally had a time, it would be

delayed again due to a Hospice Nurse not being

available to accept his transfer. My nurse senses

kicked in as I was driving from Maryland to North

Carolina, and I told my family to call the hospital

back and inform them that I would accept him!

Having cared for many hospice patients in

my days at the bedside, I fully embodied the

hospice nurse mode to ensure I advocated for my

grandfather's final wishes and to be a comfort

for my family. Despite everyone thinking he

wouldn't (only being on 15L high flow oxygen),

my grandfather made the transfer. His coherent

self said his final goodbyes to his wife of 71 years,

his three daughters, and over 20 grandchildren and

great-grandchildren (via facetime technologies) and

then passed five hours later.

I share this story because it is our storytelling

that inspires the heart. I have since shown

resilience for my family, for myself, and my

friends. It was not easy. I have bounced back in a

time when grief and sorrow can hold you down.

We have had to work harder than ever before

to rise above and grow stronger. In times that

challenge our usual coping skills, we must be

innovative in new methods to ensure proper selfcare;

we must focus on ourselves. Self-care was a

struggle for me, as I’m sure it was for many of you.

In a time of social distancing, no hugs, no family

gatherings, and no comforting, I embraced new

methods to overcome adversity. I channeled selfcare

and resiliency resources to assist me in my

grieving process in this new norm.

As we start to rebuild a healthier nation, a

healthier profession, a healthier self, let us reflect

on this past year as not stumbling blocks but

stepping stones. Nurses have stepped up to lead

others. We were the voice of advocacy for our

communities, our peers, and ourselves. We must

keep in mind that we are not alone as we navigate

our new normal. We have our resilient peers, our

transformative leadership, and our loving families

who fuel us through each day to recharge our

batteries.

We must look at the horizon and the new

light it provides as we approach a new dawn. We

have identified our gaps and opportunities and

highlighted our strengths. In a time of sorrow,

stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout, we are

resilient. In the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we

are resilient.

Even in our most trying times, we find ways

to inspire the heart and motivate others. This

edition showcases nurses excelling, leading, and

innovating. Whether at the bedside, in academics,

or within their communities, nurses are standing

together, paving a new path, and leading the way to

a better, holistic healthcare approach.

There has never been a more significant time to

call oneself a nurse, and to do it with pride.

We will bounce back; we will become stronger

because we have identified our vulnerabilities,

both personally and professionally. I encourage

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ANA/MNA News

2021 Nurses’ Legislative Night Out: A Virtual Success

Melani Bell, DNP, RN

MNA Vice President and Chair of the MNA Legislative Committee

The 442nd session of the Maryland General Assembly began on January 13,

2021. Although in its virtual infancy stage, the Maryland Nurses Association’s

(MNA) Legislative Committee, under Lobbyist Robyn Elliott’s guidance, seized

the moment making its debut by hosting the 1st annual virtual Nurses Legislative

Night Out on January 25th, 2021, via Zoom. The Legislative Committee

welcomed 300 participants to include over 100 members from the Maryland

General Assembly, providing insight on our primary bill HB289 and SB105

Workplace Violence (WPV). The WPV bill will allow employers to file a Peace

Order on behalf of employees as a level of protection if an incident occurs while

at work.

The evening began with greetings from Legislative Chair Dr. Melani Bell

welcoming the Executive Team, distinguished guests, participants, and sponsors.

Bell paid homage to the late Senate President, Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller,

who passed away on 1/15/21. Miller, an icon in the Maryland General Assembly,

dedicated most of his career to the legislature serving since 1970. Miller provided

unwavering support to MNA’s District 9 during his tenure, adding a personal

touch with each endeavor. District 9 is grateful to have had his vested interest in

nursing and his constituents. He will truly be missed.

As the evening continued, MNA President Dr. Charlotte Wood welcomed our

distinguished guests and bill sponsors, Senator Charles Sydnor and Delegate

Vanessa Atterbeary. They were honored with the Legislator of the Year Award

for initiating SB105 and HB289 and were appreciative of MNA for our continued

support and advocacy. Following the discussion, MNA members Josie Ogaitis,

MS, RN, Donna Zankowski, MPH, RN, FAAOHN, and Lisa Tenney, BSN, RN,

CEN, CPHRM, who’ve worked tirelessly over the last few years, presented on the

primary bill and its impact on the nursing profession. The presentation included

an educational overview of the history of WPV, personal stories, national-level

engagement, advocacy pearls, and talking points for the participants to prepare

them for the legislative meetings. The commitment of the trio was astounding,

and we are incredibly appreciative of their efforts.

Following the outstanding presentations, the moment everyone had been

waiting for finally arrived, and the participants were whisked away to their

Zoom rooms. Although we weren’t face-to-face, the environment was welcoming

and allowed MNA members to have intimate and personal conversations with

their respective legislators or Chiefs of Staff (CoS). Throughout the hourlong

event, both the legislators, CoS, and constituents were intrigued as bidirectional

education and information were exchanged. MNA nurses and students kept the

participants fully engaged with thought-provoking conversations to gain buy-in

on the priority bill. Not only was the session informative, but there was also a

sense of distinction as the collaboration between bipartisan leaders of varying

backgrounds lent their knowledge of law enforcement, education, nursing, and the

legislative process to their constituents. As the powerful session concluded, both

Delegates and Senators on both sides of the aisle began offering their support of

HB289 and SB105, leaving a sense of accomplishment for MNA nurses.

As the night evolved, the excitement grew not only for MNA nurses and

students but also the legislators as some joined our virtual celebration Yappy

Hour! Participants shared their experiences with the legislators describing them

as enlightening, hopeful, and supportive. Students reported feeling well informed

acquiring real-world knowledge and would go on to share the lessons learned

with their peers and professors. Students also developed an understanding of how

professional nursing organizations and politicians work together to support nurses

and improve healthcare for all Marylanders.

During the Yappy Hour, the Legislative Committee was able to shine the

spotlight on Maryland Nurse Jennifer Pingley, BSN, RN, running for a seat

in the United States House of Representatives. Jennifer’s goal is to represent

Congressional District 1. She shared the reasons she chose to get involved in

the political arena, her experiences running for office, and encouraged others

to do the same. For more information, please visit electjenrn.com or email

ElectJenRN@gmail.com.

The night concluded with a trivia game of Kahoot engaging all participants

in the rich MNA and MD legislative history while competing for prizes. The

facial expressions of joy led the organizers to feel a sense of gratitude and

accomplishment as members conveyed a job well done!

The MNA Legislative Committee is grateful for all who participated in

making the night successful in our inaugural virtual environment. We appreciate

your ongoing support, membership, and resilience over the last year during the

COVID-19 pandemic!

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ANA/MNA News

The MNA Center for

Ethics and Human

Rights Welcomes

New Member

The MNA Center

for Ethics and Human

Rights (CE & HR, or

the “Center”) recently

appointed Hannah Murphy

Buc, MSN, RN, CNE as

the newest member of the

Center.

Hannah Buc has been

recognized because of

her leadership in the

University of Maryland

Baltimore (UMB) School Hannah Murphy Buc

of Nursing’s Restorative

Justice Interest Group. In addition to serving as a

UMB faculty member, Hannah is a Ph.D. student at

the Catholic University of America.

The MNA Board revived the Center in 2021, with

Dr. Nayna Philipsen (District Two) and Dr. Jeannie

Seifarth’s (District One) leadership. MNA members

interested in working with the Center are encouraged

to provide a description of their related experience to

the Center by email to jpatterson@marylandrn.org.

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2021 Virtual Educational Summit Summary

The COVID Pandemic forced the “2020 Year of

the Nurse” MNA Education Summit: Educating for

the Future of Nursing to be delayed from April 2020

to April 2021, during the extended “2020-2021 Year

of the Nurse,” and then became a Virtual Conference.

Dr. Charlotte Wood, MNA President, opened the

Summit. Co-sponsored and organized by Districts

1, 2, and 9, with District 2 President Dr. Nancy

Goldstein’s leadership, the 2021 version kept the

strengths of the 2020 Agenda and added information.

According to a JAMA Open Network study in March,

the new topics were pandemic epidemiology and

nutrition, which became a particular concern in the

pandemic when the average American gained about

two pounds per week.

Invited American Academy of Nursing Living

Legends shared their advice for mentoring future

nurses and building a successful nursing career. The

Legends were Dr. Diane Billings of the University

of Indiana; Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges, former

AARP Board member from Lehman College of

the City University of New York; Dr. Barbara L.

Nichols, the first black ANA president, and now

the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Center for

Nursing; and Dr. Bernardine Lacey, founding Dean of

the Western Michigan University School of Nursing,

former advisor to the US President. Dr. Lacey is also

credited with adding the care of the underserved

to the nursing curriculum, and she was a founding

member of Bowie State University’s successful

pre-licensure nursing program in Maryland. Dr.

Bernardine Lacey’s presentation was taken from

an Oral History interview taped in 2020 by the

American Journal of Nursing (AJN) and is available

in full online at journals.lww.com/ajnonline.

A Panel focusing on support for nursing

education funding administered by the Maryland

Higher Education Commission (MHEC) featured

Dr. Peg Daw, Administrative Coordinator for the

MHEC Nursing Support Programs, Kimberly Ford,

MHEC Grants Specialist, and Dr. Crystal Day-Black

of Coppin State University, who shared a grantee’s

perspective.

A second Panel on “Assessment: Standardized

Testing to Promote Student Success” included

Rick Cooper and Sandy Clark of Allegany College of

Maryland, Dr. Jeffrey Willey of Salisbury University,

and Jane Taylor of The Catholic University of

America, all sharing how their programs found Best

Practices to support student success on the licensure

examination.

Karen E. Evans, Executive Director of the

Maryland Board of Nursing, described the Board’s

role in assuring safe, quality nursing graduates in

Maryland.

Break-out sessions filled the final hours of the

Summit Agenda. These topics and presenters were:

Clinical Learning & Collaboration

Contemporary approach to pediatric asthma selfmanagement

– Diane Hitchens, Peninsula Regional

Medical Center, Salisbury

PRIME and the 21st century APRN student –

Dr. Catherine Ling, Johns Hopkins University

Transition & Education Progression

Collaborative academic-practice partnership:

A streamlined approach to help with student to

registered nurse transition – Dr. Regina Twig,

Towson University

Promoting education tracks towards BSN and

beyond among ADN students in Montgomery

County, Maryland – Laura Williams, Montgomery

College

Care and Nutrition

Effectively incorporating nutrition in nursing

education – Amy R. Moore

Simulation/Technology

Increasing the number of Baccalaureate Graduates

through the deliberate implementation of a

simulation model – Dr. Judith Feustle, Stevenson

University

Actors make it feel real: Using simulated clinical

teaching encounters to prepare new nurse

educators – Dr. Lisa Seldomridge, Salisbury

University

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Supporting nurse advanced practice transitions

(SNAPT) fellowship – Marianne Fingerhood,

Johns Hopkins University

Advancing our advanced practice nurses by

supporting preceptors – Dr. Susan Renda, Johns

Hopkins University

Pandemic Epidemiology – Toria Reaves, MPH

Peer-reviewed poster sessions featured excellent

work submitted by educators from around Maryland.


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2021 Virtual Special Meeting of

the ANA Membership Assembly

Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN

MNA Member-at-Large Voting Representative to the ANA Membership

Assembly, Chair of the MNA Committee on Bylaws & Policies (COB&P)

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, it will be necessary for the American

Nurses Association (ANA) to once again hold its annual Membership

Assembly (MA) virtually instead of in person, which is an ANA Bylaws

requirement. In order to hold the annual ANA MA virtually again in 2021,

the ANA President must issue a Call to a Special Meeting of the ANA MA

to the 200 voting representatives from the 52 Constituent/State Nurses

Associations (C/SNAs) and the Individual Membership Division (IMD),

which was issued on January 20, 2021. In accordance with the ANA Bylaws,

annual elections are conducted at the ANA MA. So, the Special Meeting of

the ANA MA must address two proviso amendments to the current ANA

Bylaws to allow for a virtual 2021 ANA MA and for the 2021 ANA Election

to be conducted remotely, as it was in 2020 due to the global pandemic. The

200 ANA MA voting representatives plus the nine members of the ANA

Board of Directors (BOD) will also be asked to suspend the submission of

proposed amendments to the ANA Bylaws that occurs in odd-numbered years

until January 2022 due to the challenges of trying to permanently amend the

bylaws virtually. These are two separate one-time provisional amendments to

the current ANA Bylaws.

However, when the C/SNA and the IMD received the Call to Meeting

on January 20th from the ANA President, the leadership, and voting

representatives were surprised to see permanent proposed amendments which

would give the ANA BOD the authority to conduct annual ANA elections

remotely and to hold the annual ANA MA virtually for whatever reason.

According to the ANA Bylaws, only time-sensitive and urgent issues are

addressed at a Special Meeting of the ANA MA because it does not permit

the C/SNAs and the IMD to participate fully in the ANA bylaws amendment

process and timeline. The two separate one-time amendments addressing

just 2021 are in keeping with the ANA Bylaws addressing urgent matters

that cannot wait and will be addressed in an abbreviated manner at a Special

Meeting of the ANA MA prior to voting on the amendments to the current

ANA Bylaws.

The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) created a set of talking points

that addressed their concerns about considering permanent amendments

to the current Bylaws at a Special Meeting of the ANA MA. These were

shared widely with the C/SNAs and the IMD in the four geographic regions

of ANA. MNA also requested a virtual meeting of the Eastern Seaboard

Regional Executive Council (ESREC) leadership. ESREC is one of four

ANA geographic regions and is comprised of ten other states in addition to

Maryland: CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ. NY, PA, RI & VT. In preparation for

this meeting, which was held on March 15th, MNA created a background

document giving the history of Special Meetings of the ANA MA to address

bylaws, as well as outlined the current bylaws amendment process and

timeline in an odd-numbered year which was shared with the leadership of

the ESREC states.

The majority of the C/SNAs and the IMD leaders do not believe that the

2021 permanent proposed amendments should be considered at a Special

Meeting of the ANA MA, which limits our rights as members to engage fully

in the bylaws’ amendment process. So, on March 13th, MNA prepared a draft

letter to the ANA President and the Committee on Bylaws (COB) and asked

the other ten ESREC states if they would be willing to sign on as signatories

to an ESREC Leadership letter to the ANA President and BOD and the ANA

COB Chair and committee members. They agreed, and an ESREC letter was

sent on March 17th, respectfully requesting the ANA BOD and COB please

remove the 2021 bundle of permanent proposed amendments (Amendment

#1) to the current ANA Bylaws for adoption at the March 23, 2021 Special

Meeting of the ANA MA.

Three proposed amendments were addressed at the March 23rd Special

meeting of the ANA MA. Amendment #1 would permanently allow for

annual meetings of the ANA MA to be conducted virtually and elections to

be conducted remotely. Amendment #2 was a proviso amendment that would

just allow for the 2021 ANA MA to be held virtually and 2021 ANA elections

to be conducted remotely. Amendment #3 was another proviso amendment

that applied just to 2021 to suspend the amending of the ANA Bylaws in an

odd-numbered year until January 2022.

The MNA voting representatives to the ANA MA for 2021 are: MNA

President, Dr. Charlotte Wood; MNA Treasurer, Dr. Janice Agazio; MNA

Member, Donna Zankowski; and MNA Member, Linda Stierle.

MNA has a total of four seats and eight votes at the ANA MAs based

on its current membership. The primary responsibility of MNA voting

representatives is to protect and preserve the MNA members’ rights, elect

the ANA leaders annually, adopt proposed amendments to the bylaws, and

provide feedback on ANA policies. Each voting representative received an

email with an electronic ballot. The ballot language was confusing to some

voting representatives; so MNA sought clarification from ANA on the ballot

language which ANA provided and distributed to all voting representatives.

Therefore, the MNA voting representatives voted NO to Amendment #1

which has the potential to jeopardize members’ rights. They voted YES to

Amendments #2 and #3 which on these important issues were validated once

again to pertain just to 2021 and are necessary given the ongoing pandemic.

Voting occurred after the Special Meeting of the ANA MA starting at 8:00

PM and ended at 11:59 PM on March 28th, 2021. The results of the 200

ANA MA representatives and the nine ANA BOD voting on the three 2021

proposed amendments were as follows: Amendment #1 was not adopted as

71.1% of the voting representatives opposed it; Amendment #2 was adopted as

92.1% of the voting representatives approved it, and Amendment #3 was also

adopted by 77.1% of the voting representatives voting in favor of it. The MNA

voting representatives were pleased that MNA’s perspectives were validated

by the majority of the other C/SNA and IMD voting representatives on these

important membership issues.


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The Daily Record Announces 2021 Maryland's Top 100 Women

Dr. Charlotte M. Wood, PhD, MBA,MSN, RN

Baltimore, Md., 3/24/2021 — The Daily Record has

named Dr. Charlotte M. Wood, PhD, MBA,MSN, RN,

Professor of HFSON, College of Health Professions,

Coppin State University to its 2021 listing of

Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

Maryland’s Top 100 Women was founded in 1996

to recognize outstanding achievements by women

demonstrated through professional accomplishments,

community leadership and mentoring. More than

1,500 women have been presented with the honor over

the years.

Nominees were asked to complete an application

outlining their educational and career history, Charlotte Wood

professional and community involvement, corporate

and nonprofit board memberships and mentoring experience. They were

encouraged to submit letters of recommendation from those who are familiar

with their accomplishments professionally, in the community and through

mentoring.

Twelve women will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, receiving the

award for a third and final time.

A panel of business professionals, previous Maryland’s Top 100 Women

honorees from throughout the state and a representative of The Daily Record

reviewed the final applications and selected this year’s honorees.

"The 2021 Maryland's Top 100 Women are hard-working, communityminded

and not afraid to speak out for what they believe in. They support others,

particularly through mentoring, and find innovative ways to create a positive

impact in Maryland and beyond," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher

of The Daily Record. "We celebrate this year's Top 100 Women's achievements

and look forward to their future accomplishments."

Maryland's Top 100 Women awards will be presented on May 13 at an online

celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at https://thedailyrecord.com/top-100-women/.

Each of the winners will be celebrated for their achievements through video

storytelling. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with

their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes

or offices. For tickets, visit https://thedailyrecord.com/top-100-women/. The event

hashtag is #TDRevents.

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted

into the May 14 issue of The Daily Record and will be available online at

TheDailyRecord.com.

The Circle of Excellence Sponsor is GBMC; Virtual Reception Sponsor is

Notre Dame of Maryland University. Leadership Sponsor is Towson University;

Celebration Sponsor is Epsilon Registration; and Diamond Sponsor is Keswick.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets to The Daily Record’s

2021 Maryland’s Top 100 Women, visit https://thedailyrecord.com/top-100-

women/ or email Erin McLaughlin at emclaughlin@TheDailyRecord.com.

About The Daily Record

Celebrating 133 years of journalistic excellence, The Daily Record is a

multimedia news source that publishes a print and online edition five days a week

and breaks news daily on its website, TheDailyRecord.com. In addition, The Daily

Record publishes more than 30 special products a year including Women Who

Lead, Doing Business in Maryland, Way to Be and Expanding Opportunities. The

Daily Record also honors leading Marylanders through nine annual awards events

including Maryland's Top 100 Women, Influential Marylanders and Most Admired

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engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. The

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more than 25 U.S. markets.


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2020-2021 MNA Nursing

Education Summit Posters

Development and implementation of a collaborative nurse practitioner

training program

Bimbola Akintade, MBA, MHA, PhD, RN, ACCNP-BC, NEA-BC

University of Maryland School of Nursing

Caring for our caregivers: Creating a safe space to relax, refresh, and renew

the nursing spirit

Amy Bartholomew, MSN, RN

MedStar Harbor Hospital

A step above the rest: Stepping into your nursing career in high school

P. Lauren Decker, BSN, MHA, NE-BC

Anne Arundel Community College

Coordinating housing in substance abuse disorder treatment: An integrative review

Nancy S. Goldstein, DNP, ANP-BC, RNC-OB

Claire Tindula, BA, BSN, RN

Johns Hopkins University

Practice makes perfect: Helping nursing students speak up

Nicole Hall, EdD, MBA, RN, CNE; Kim Allen, DNP, RN; Catherine Neighbors,

MS, CHSE; Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE; Debra Webster, EdD MS RNBC

CNE; and Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN

Salisbury University

Harnessing technology to address the nursing faculty shortage: Introducing

the LeadNursingToward website

Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN; Lisa Seldomridge, PhD, RN, CNE; Kayna Freda,

EdD, RNM, CMSRN; and Abigail Johnson, BA.

Salisbury University

A harm reduction strategy for the prevention and reduction of opioid

overdose fatalities in the substance abuse population

Susan M. L’Heureux, MS, RN, CRNP, CCRN. NP-C

Nancy S. Goldstein, DNP, ANP-BC, RNC-OB

Johns Hopkins University

Student learning needs survey: Substance use, addictions, and related behaviors

Victoria L. Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN

University of Maryland School of Nursing

Incorporation of stress management lab into baccalaureate nursing

education

Victoria L. Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

Tarleen K. Weston, DNP, CRNP-PMH-PMH-NP

University of Maryland School of Nursing

Introduction to auriculotherapy/auricular acupuncture for pain and stress

management

Karen Sova, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, COHN-S

National Institutes of Health

Accessible design and accessible pedagogy in undergraduate nursing education

Marlene Thornton, PhD, RN

Simone Christian, MA

Notre Dame of Maryland University

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• Staff RN for primary care of all ages

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For more information about nursing opportunities at THC, please

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email Michelle at: mlane@totalhealthcare.org

MNA Observes a Day of

Remembrance

To mark the one-year anniversary of the global coronavirus pandemic on

March 11th, MNA joined ANA with a Day of Remembrance to honor the

ultimate sacrifice made by the more than 500 nurses in the United States who

lost their lives to COVID-19 – often succumbing to the disease after caring for

patients afflicted by it. As we reflect on a year in the pandemic, we want to

honor our fallen Maryland healthcare heroes and recognize their contributions to

the nursing profession.

Nurses and community members across the United States were encouraged

to take a moment of silence, light a candle, or wear a white or blue ribbon and

honor those we’ve lost. The pandemic has forced us to see loss more significant

than ever before. As we move forward, we will carry these individuals’ memories

in our hearts, daily practice, and our contribution to the wonderful profession of

nursing.

Name Date of Passing Residence / Location

Bernardine M. Lacey, 3/26/2021 Grasonville, MD

EdD, RN, FAAN

Quen Agbor Ako 4/10/2020 RN @ FutureCare,

Randallstown, MD

Evelyn Caro 4/11/2020 RN @ Holy Cross Hospital,

Silver Spring, MD

Major Kathy Jo Keever 1/6/2020 Annapolis, MD

Abdul Kuyade 2020

Paula Luskus, BSN, RN 5/21/2020 Charlotte Hall, MD

Pilar Palacios Pe 5/14/2020 RN @ Adventist Fort

Washington Medical Center,

Fort Washington, MD

If your healthcare hero is not recognized, please email themarylandnurse@

gmail.com to provide information so that they can be honored at the 118th MNA

Convention.

2021 MNA & District Elections

It’s time for all MNA members to start thinking about the MNA 2021 election

at both the state and District level. The 2021 election cycle and timeline started

on February 24, 2021, with the first meeting of the 2021 MNA Committee on

Nominations (CON). Each District has an elected member of the MNA CON;

Mary Beachley agreed to be the Chair this year with content support from Linda

Stierle, Chair of the MNA Committee on Bylaws & Policies (COB&P) and

Jacqueline Patterson, the MNA Chief Staff Officer (CSO) serving as advisors to

the MNA CON & Chair. The other members of the CON are Michelle Harvey,

District 1; Darlene Hinds Jackson, District 2; Ellen Asbury (2020 CON Chair)

District 3; Carol Holness, District 5; Bijoy Mahanti, District 7; Mary Beachley,

District 8; and Cathy Gibson, District 9.

In May 2021, MNA will be contacting membership via email about leadership

opportunities at the State and District levels. There are three leadership

opportunities at the State level:

Vice-President: 2-year term starting on November 18, 2021 – November 2023

Treasurer-Elect: 3-year term starting on November 18, 2021, for one year and

transition to the MNA Treasurer for two years November 2022 – November 2024

Two (2) MNA Member-At-Large Voting Representatives to the ANA

Membership Assembly (MA) and at least one Non-voting Alternate

Representative: 2-year term from January 01, 2022, to December 31, 2024.

All candidates for MNA Offices must be a member in good standing

of MNA & ANA and actively involved with District or State activities

(committees and/or Board of Directors) for the past three years. Interested

candidates should contact the district member of the MNA CON or Jacqueline

Patterson, MNA CSO, for details on the responsibilities of each position and

what must be included in the candidate package. Applications must be received

by MNA no later than June 30, 2021.


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District 5

District 3

District 5 serves the Montgomery and Prince

George's Counties and the District of Columbia.

On April 28th, 2021, from 7 to 8:30 pm, District 5

will hold a virtual Spring membership meeting that

includes adopting bylaws and awarding scholarships.

District 5 is happy to announce its new website for

members. You can access the events and information

at https://mnad5.nursingnetwork.com/

Please find below the District 5 Board of directors:

Dr. Nwamaka Oparaoji, DNP, RN, MS: Board of

Directors and D5 representative to MNA Board

Lou Bartolo, DNP©, MSN, RN: President-Elect

Alysia Falby; Legislative Committee Chair

Dr. Eucharia Mbagwu, DNP, MSN, RN: President

Dr. Carol Holness, DNP, RN: Nominating

Committee Chair & D5 representative to MNA

Committee on Nomination

Dr. Vernell DiWitty, Ph.D., MBA, RN: Board of

Directors

Shahde Graham-Coker: Secretary

Derrick Wyatt, MSN, M.Sc., RN-BC, CPHIMS,

CMCN: Nominating Committee

Not pictured are:

Alita-Geri Carter, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC: Treasury-

Elect

Keana Green, BSN, RN, FNE: Board of Directors

Dr. Doris Clark: Nominating Committee

District 3 held their first meeting with their newly

elected president and had a tech talk presented on

"Stem Cells and Same-Sex Babies." There were great

discussions and engagement during this meeting.

District 3 holds meetings every other month, and the

next conference call meeting will be on May 18th,

2021, at 7 pm.

Membership in District 3 will provide nurses

and nursing students with technical information,

advocacy, and professional networking opportunities,

which will help advance your career. District 3

members can serve in various venues on the District,

State, and National levels. District 3 is always

looking for engaged members and has opportunities

to serve on a task force or as part of a committee.

Interested in getting involved? Check out this

website for opportunities or email President Kimi

Novak at kimipelegirl@yahoo.com: https:// mna.

nursingnetwork.com/ page/73761-committees


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As nurses, we advocate and support efforts for

healthy environments and food choices. Members

of District 7 seek opportunities to partner with our

community in this advocacy. The past few years,

District 7 supported Earth Day by participating

in “Earth Day” – an event held in Aberdeen, MD.

This year, as a virtual alternative, several District 7

members attended a Virtual Symposium, “Rooted

in Agriculture,” presented by the Farmers and

Community Partnership, Harford County, MD,

on March 20th, 2021. We learned the history of

agriculture in Harford County and sustainable

agriculture efforts, and how eating local benefits

our health and the environment. Some of the topics

covered were Agricultural Technology, Hydroponics

(farming without soil), Community Supported

Agriculture (CSA), and Community Gardening. Food

Demonstrations for children and adults followed. This

program equipped us with some new knowledge of

local programs, produce, and products available in

our “backyard.”

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District 7

District 9

Maryland Nurses Association, District 9 is

seeking nominations for the 2021 Nursing Awards

which also include two scholarship opportunities.

Candidates must be a resident, employee, or student

of District 9 (Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s Counties).

Deadline: Applications must be submitted in their

entirety by mail no later than Friday, April 30, 2021.

Awards will be presented at the MNA District 9

Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 10,

2021. Applicants are encouraged to attend. RSVP

with payment required. See the flyer for more

information.

The following awards/scholarships are now open

and accepting nominations:

• The Nursing Educator Award is awarded

to an outstanding nurse in the field of nursing

education. Nominees for this award may

include nurses teaching in areas including staff

development, community-based education, and

schools of nursing.

• The Paula Luskus Heart of Service Award

recognizes a Registered Nurse who is an

outstanding member of our profession. Paula

Luskus was well known as an inspirational

leader who demonstrated a deep passion

and dedication to the nursing profession.

She was a strong advocate in the promotion

of nursing and mentored many. Paula cared

deeply for everyone she came in contact with,

and her generosity shined throughout her

community. The recipient of this award must

be well-rounded, demonstrating perseverance

and passion in the field of nursing and the

community.

• The Nurse of the Year is among the most

prestigious awards and gives public recognition

to a nurse who demonstrates overall excellence

in nursing. Nurses in all fields of nursing are

eligible, including education, administration,

and practice.

• The Nursing Student of the Year is awarded

to an outstanding graduating student of nursing

from the MNA District 9 area. The student

selected is given a professional membership to

the American Nurses Association, Maryland

Nurses Association, and the District 9 Nurses

Association valued at $180.00.

• Two $1000.00 Grace E. Brown Scholarships

are awarded, one to a nursing student entering

the final semesters of clinical and course work,

and one to a registered nurse pursuing an

advanced degree in nursing.

Nomination and application forms can be obtained

by contacting Cathy Gibson, District 9 president at

cathy@michaelgibson.com

District 9 is excited to announce its new Facebook

page to communicate events, recruit members, and

share best practices among Southern Maryland nurses

and nursing students. Please “Like,” “Follow,” and

check out the new page @MNADistrict9

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April, May, June 2021 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 13

STORIES OF RESILIENCE

I was able to overcome the struggles of a pandemic

to graduate in December 2020 with my BSN. While

completing my BSN, I had the opportunity to use

medical cannabis as a focal point for a lot of my

studies. Medical cannabis is becoming a highly

sought-after choice for healing due to its unique and

natural ability to combat various ailments. While in

school, I completed an in-depth literature review on

cannabis and the opioid epidemic, and I saw first-hand

how cannabis is helping those in Western Maryland

overcome the opioid epidemic. I was able to complete

my nursing clinical hours in a medical cannabis

dispensary in Cumberland, Maryland. While there, I was able to experience firsthand

the positive outcomes of having access to medical cannabis and the positive

impact it has had on various patient populations. Cumberland in particular had

substantially high opioid-related deaths in 2018 with a decrease in 2019 and then

an increase in 2020 with the onset of the COVID pandemic. Medical cannabis

was deemed essential in Maryland during the COVID pandemic. Through patient

testimony, I was able to understand how important this plant was to so many

patients. Learning about and understanding medical cannabis was a cornerstone

for me during the pandemic and kept me motivated to graduate strong in

December 2020.

-Becca Engle BSN, RN

I take pride in reassuring my transplant patients that

there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I work with a

smile on my face, trying not to look worried amongst

immunosuppressed patients. I realized that patients

look at nurses to guide their feelings. If I’m happy, they

are happy.

-Peatrice Miller, BSN, RN

Wow! Where has the time gone? Apparently, it

didn't wait for me. And now here I am 25 years later.

May 19, 1996 is one important date for me because I

made a decision, at 20 years of age, that has forever

changed my life. I drove my '89 Pontiac Sunbird to

Montgomery, AL, signed some military documents,

and swore in to be a member of the Air Force Reserve.

The goal was to just get educational benefits to finish

school, but God had other plans for me. This decision

has proven to be one of the best decisions I ever

made. It allowed me to progress through life with

some benefits. Of course, it hasn't always been “a

piece of cake with ice cream on top.” But it has taught me a lot about myself,

and I learned some things. I learned resilience, the importance of commitment

through growth and maturity, how to not only lead but follow, learning something

new is a must and can come from anyone, and what you “put in” is what you

get in return. Last, but not least, don't put all your trust in one person. You're

setting yourself up for disappointment; we're stronger in numbers than we are

as individuals (Teamwork makes the Dreamwork). We are all human, and we

all make mistakes. I started in the Air Force Reserve, moved to Maryland Air

National Guard, transitioned to D.C. Air National Guard, and now I'm back home

... with the Air Force Reserve. I am currently sitting in a medical technician

position, with hopes that my commissioning package to be a Psychiatric Nurse

will be accepted by the board in October. I currently work as a Community

Nurse supporting persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in

Maryland who receive services from Department on Disabilities Administration

(DDA) in D.C. and Maryland. I work part-time for Dominion Hospital in Falls

Church as an Assessment and Referral Nurse completing behavioral health

assessments, completing Telepsych Assessments, and orders from physicians for

patients with suicide ideations, eating disorders, or who have experienced trauma

from ages five to adults. In the Air Force Reserve, I get to train other technicians

and participate in assignments such as supporting active duty Air Force with the

administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. I have to say, "It’s been one heck of a

ride"... #livingmybestlife#

-Tomeka L. Ray, BSN, BS, RN, NREMT


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The University of the District of Columbia

seeks qualified applicants for our new online

RN to BSN program. You can finish your

degree in only 16 months! Open seats are now available.

Required qualifications include:

- Diploma or associate’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited

university.

- GPA of 2.7 or higher.

- An unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license from one of the 54

jurisdictions in the United States.

To apply, please visit our website at

https://www.udc.edu/causes/nursing/ and click on APPLY HERE.

Air Force Reserves Stepping Up to Assist

Active Duty with COVID Vaccinations

By Tomeka Ray, BSN, RN

The 459th Aeromedical Staging Squadron located

at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, was requested to

assist the Active Duty Air Force with administering

5,000 vaccines to our military personnel, their family

members, and retirees. The request came with big

shoes to fill because it required manpower to notify

all reservists of this mission and the requirements

needed to fulfill this assignment.

Reservists are sometimes viewed as part-time

military personnel. However, when the reservist

receives the call, they must answer. Our manning

is at 286 members, consisting of administration,

medical technicians, nursing (LPNs and RNs), nurse

practitioners, and physicians. Medical reservists have

one mission, and that's to address medical needs,

regardless of their status. All volunteers completed

the Center for Disease Control (CDCs) required

courses to administer the Pfizer and Moderna

Vaccine in February and March drills. With the

Johnson & Johnson vaccine roll-out, additional

training needed to be completed by all volunteers. All

Active Duty, Air Force Reservists, and Air National

Guardsman as well as Department of Defense

civilians can receive the vaccine at this time, based

on prioritization. All Airmen's health and safety are

mission essential, and reservists need to be ready

when the call is received. Reservists are the backup

and fill-in when personnel are necessary to support

the active-duty Air Force. This vaccine initiative is

constantly under risk assessment and development

and aims to have everyone vaccinated who chose to

do so by June.

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More than 20 UMSON Faculty Members Awarded Funding to

Increase Maryland’s Nursing Capacity

Nineteen University of Maryland School of

Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have been

named Maryland state New Nurse Faculty Fellows

(NNF), two faculty members have been awarded

a Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant (NEDG) for

Practice and Dissertation Research, and one

faculty member has received an inaugural Nurse

Faculty Annual Recognition Award. All awards

are part of the Nurse Support Program II, a

statewide initiative funded by the Health Services

Cost Review Commission and administered by the

Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The NNF fellowship is available to new

nursing faculty members and supports the

expenses of graduate education. It is designed to

assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting

and retaining new nursing faculty to produce

the additional nursing graduates required by

Maryland’s hospitals and health systems. The

following faculty members received the maximum

award amount of $50,000 for fiscal years 2021-

25, assuming continuous employment as faculty in

good standing and the availability of funding:

• Oluremi Adejumo, DNP ’19, RN, assistant

professor

• Marisa Astiz-Martinez, MS ’13, RN, clinical

instructor

• DeNiece Bennett, DNP, RN, assistant

professor

• Nancy Bolan, PhD, MPH, FNP, CNM,

assistant professor and director, Office of

Global Health

• Andrea Brassard, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP,

FAAN, associate professor

• Lynn Marie Bullock, DNP, RN, NEA-BC,

assistant professor and director, Office of

Professional Education

• Kristin Bussell, PhD ’19, MS ’98, BSN ’84,

CRNP-PMH, assistant professor

• Joan Carpenter, PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, FPCN,

assistant professor

• Patricia Christensen, DNP ’14, RN, NEA-BC,

assistant professor

• Hershaw Davis Jr., MS, BSN ’09, RN, clinical

instructor

• Tolvalyn Dennison, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC,

CNE, clinical instructor

• Jennifer Fitzgerald, DNP ’15, MS ’00, NNP-

BC, assistant professor

• Maeve Howett, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC,

CNE, professor and associate dean for the

baccalaureate program

• Sandra Lucci, PhD, MS ’95, RN, CNE,

CMSRN, assistant professor

• Patricia Schaefer, MSN, RN, CNE-cl, clinical

instructor

• Vivian Schutz, PhD, MBA, RN, assistant

professor

• Tara Stoudt, MS ’08, RNC-NIC, clinical

instructor

• Rebecca Weston, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE,

assistant professor

• Rhea Williams, MSN, CNM, clinical

instructor

cover costs associated with graduate education.

Awards are contingent upon degree completion

and employment as a faculty member for one year

for each year of the award. The following faculty

members received NEDG awards:

• Amanda Henson, MS, RN, CNE, CHSE,

clinical instructor

• Rebecca Weston, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE,

assistant professor

Amy L. Daniels, PhD ’18, MS ’12, BSN ’89,

RN, CHSE, assistant professor and director of

the Clinical Simulation Labs, has been named an

inaugural recipient of the Nurse Faculty Annual

Recognition Award. Deans and directors of

all Maryland nursing programs may nominate

one nurse faculty for recognition each year

who demonstrates excellence, innovation,

and leadership. Daniels was recognized for

demonstrating excellence in teaching, engaging

in the life of the School, and contributing to

the profession as a nurse educator. This award,

available for experienced nursing faculty members,

provides $10,000.

The Nurse Support Program II is a statewide

initiative funded by the Health Services Cost

Review Commission and administered by the

Maryland Higher Education Commission. It

helps increase Maryland’s nursing capacity

by supporting initiatives that advance the

recommendations outlined in the Institute of

Medicine’s report The Future of Nursing: Leading

Change, Advancing Health.

Pictured above: (top row, l to r) Adejumo, Astiz-Martinez, Bennett, Bolan, Brassard, Bullock, (second

row, l to r) Bussell, Carpenter, Christensen, Daniels, Davis Jr., Dennison, (third row, l to r) Fitzgerald,

Henson, Howett, Lucci, Schaefer, Schutz, (bottom row, l to r) Stoudt, Weston, and Williams.

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who are currently enrolled in or who have

recently completed a doctoral degree, helping to


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Maryland Nurses Honored with the USM Board of Regents

Annual Faculty Awards

The University System of Maryland (USM) Board

of Regents honored 16 members of its faculty at

institutions across the system as recipients of the 2021

USM Regents’ Faculty Awards. The awards are the

highest honor presented by the Board to exemplary

faculty members. The awards honor excellence in the

following four categories: Teaching, Public Service;

Mentoring; and Scholarship, Research, or Creative

Activity.

Dr. Crystal Day-Black

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Dr. Crystal Day-Black, Ed.D, MSN, BS, CNE,

CNEcl, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor in the

College of Health Professions and the Helene Fuld

School of Nursing at Coppin State University was

awarded the Faculty Award in Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Day-Black—the first Coppin nursing faculty

member to achieve both the Certified Nurse Educator

and Certified Nurse Educator Clinical designations—

engages her students through multiple technologies

and evidence-based learning strategies. Her work

has improved Coppin’s National Council Licensure

Examination for Registered Nurses pass rate from

79% to 86%. As both an educator and advocate, Dr.

Day-Black is increasing the pipeline of minority

nurses entering the mental health field. Dr. Day-Black

and the other recipients will be honored at the April

2021 Board’s meeting.

EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING

Professor Elizabeth Crusse, DNP, MS, MA,

RN, CNE, Clinical Associate Professor in the

Department of Nursing at Towson University, was

awarded the Excellence in Mentoring Award. Over

her 17 years at Towson University (TU), Professor

Crusse has established a strong record centered

on mentoring students, practitioners, faculty, and

community partners. Through the Nurse Education

Support Program, Professor Crusse teaches a nurse

leadership course, mentoring and advising up to 450

nursing students. Beyond her mentoring impact at

TU, she positively impacts nursing programs and

professionals in the greater Maryland community,

working with Good Samaritan Hospital, Stevenson

University, and the Community College of Baltimore

County.

Elizabeth Crusse

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Welcomes New Associate

Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Sharon Trivino joined the Johns Hopkins

School of Nursing (JHSON) as Associate Dean for

Development and Alumni Relations. Trivino brings

more than 15 years of experience in strategic and

creative capital campaign design and management of

alumni initiatives and engagement.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Sharon

Trivino to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing,”

says Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN.

“At this critically important time in health care, her

experience, drive, and creativity will help our school

expand partnerships, locally and globally, and further

our commitment to student and alumni success,

nursing education, and the profession.”

Trivino most recently served as Director of

Development and Alumni Relations at the Johns

Hopkins Carey Business School. During her five

years at the school, she oversaw its direct fundraising

efforts, collaborated with senior leadership, worked

closely with its volunteer boards, contributed

to diversity and inclusion efforts, and launched

programs including regional clubs and affinity

networks. She was also recipient of the Johns

Hopkins Carey Business School Innovator Award for

her outstanding work in leading a student engagement

and philanthropy initiative.

“Sharon has been instrumental in growing our

alumni engagement and nurturing our development

efforts during her time at Carey Business School,”

says Carey Dean Alexander Triantis. “I am pleased

she will continue to serve the Johns Hopkins

community in her new role with the School of

Nursing.”

Throughout her career, Trivino has also served

as Assistant Vice President for CCS, a campaign

consulting firm, and in branding and fundraising

positions at Bemporad Baranowski Marketing

Group and the Columbia Business School. Trivino

received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton

University and her Master of Business Administration

degree from Columbia Business School.

“Sharon will be an excellent addition to the Johns

Hopkins School of Nursing’s Development and

Alumni Relations team,” says Natalie Bush, vice

chair of JHSON’s Nursing Advisory Board. “We

look forward to her diverse insight and expertise

in building new initiatives and opportunities for

growth.”

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Offers Free Online Course

in Administering COVID-19 Vaccination

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has

launched a free online course to help individuals,

health departments, and other community

organizations be trained to administer COVID-19

vaccination. The course is built on the faculty

expertise and research of the number one school of

nursing in the country, and covers vaccine safety,

hesitancy, preparation, administration, and side

effects.

“In addition to getting widespread vaccination, it

is critically important that health professionals and

communities administering the vaccine have correct

information regarding safety, proper injection, and

how to help people who are hesitant about receiving

the vaccine,” says Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC,

FAAN, FAANP, AACRN, professor and one of the

course developers. “This course offers an excellent

compendium of COVID-19 vaccine information to

prepare the workforce and to increase the number of

people who are vaccinated.”

The course, “JHU COVID-19 Vaccination

Training Program,” can be completed through a

series of nine video modules offering concise and

evidence-based information. The modules include:

• COVID-19 Vaccination Importance and Safety

• COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitation

• Syringes and Needles

• Preparing the Vaccine for IM Injection

• Administering a Vaccine as an IM Injection

• Vaccination Demonstration

• Vaccine Allergic Reactions and Side Effects

• Two conclusion courses

Nurses have been on the frontlines throughout

the entire COVID-19 pandemic, and their expertise

and insight is again needed to help get vaccines to

as many people as possible,” says JHSON Dean

Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “We are

incredibly excited that we are able to play such a

valuable role in slowing and eventually ending the

COVID-19 pandemic.”

The course can be accessed at https://info.nursing.

jhu.edu/jhu-covid-19-vaccination-training/.


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$13.8 Million Gifted to the University of Maryland School of

Nursing Marks Largest Gift in School’s History

Deanship named The Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of Nursing.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing

(UMSON) has received a $13.83 million commitment

from Bill and Joanne Conway through their Bedford

Falls Fund to create an additional 345 Conway

Scholarships across all degree programs, which cover

in-state tuition, fees, and (at the undergraduate level)

books. The gift also includes $1 million to support

renovation of the nursing building at the Universities

at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, Maryland.

This transformational gift, the largest in UMSON’s

history, is the fourth donation to UMSON from the

Conways, who have pledged nearly $30 million over

the past six years. At the conclusion of this pledge,

which will support students from fall 2022 - fall

2027, the Conways will have funded more than 830

Conway Scholarships.

In addition to supporting the continuation of

UMSON’s Conway Scholars program, the gift

provides $1 million to facilitate UMSON’s expansion

at USG. The School offers its Bachelor of Science in

Nursing (BSN) program and its Doctor of Nursing

Practice Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at USG;

to provide space for these programs’ growth, USG’s

Building I has been designated solely for the School

of Nursing. The renovation of this space will allow

for significant expansion of the simulation labs, create

a student success suite, and provide an administrative

suite.

As a sign of gratitude for the Conways’ ongoing

generosity, as of December 2020, the UMSON

deanship will carry the Conway name, becoming

“The Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University

of Maryland School of Nursing.”

“Right now, as we face the COVID-19 pandemic,

the need for nurses is especially acute,” said

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President

Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS. “The Conways’

extraordinary generosity continues to help meet that

need and propel the University of Maryland School

of Nursing forward. Countless lives will be positively

impacted because of their support. I’m especially

pleased that the deanship will now be associated with

these incredible and generous people.”

In April 2015, the Conways made their first

pledge, of $5.24 million over five years, to UMSON

to expand enrollment in the entry-into-nursing BSN

program and to increase opportunities for registered

nurses to obtain their BSN degrees. Less than

two years later, they pledged another $2 million

to provide scholarships for master’s and doctoral

students and to support the launch of the Family

Nurse Practitioner specialty at USG. And in April

2018, they pledged an additional $8.2 million to

continue the Conway Scholars program.

“This enormously generous gift from Bill and

Joanne Conway is just the latest in a series of gifts

from them that have transformed education access

for nursing students,” said University System of

Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD, who

served as president of UMB through December

2019. “That access is vital to population health at

all times, of course, but during a deadly pandemic

— when you see every day the life-saving impact

of a robust and well-educated nursing workforce —

gifts like the Conways’ are especially meaningful.

Bill and Joanne have been among the most generous

donors in UMSON’s history, and their philanthropy

will reshape health care in Maryland, benefiting all

citizens for generations to come. Their extraordinary

legacy is assured.”

The demographics of Conway Scholars represent

the diversity of UMSON’s student body, with

59% of Conway Scholars from minority and

underrepresented populations (32% Black/African

American, 12% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 5% other/

more than one race); 11% of scholars are male. The

scholars range in age from 18 - 52. In addition to

full scholarships, Conway Scholars receive valuable

coaching and mentoring services from faculty

mentors through UMSON’s Student Success Center.

“We are incredibly grateful for this latest gift from

Bill and Joanne Conway. It allows us to continue

meeting the critical need, in Maryland and nationally,

for improving access to care and patient outcomes

by increasing the number of nurses educated at the

baccalaureate degree level or higher. Maryland has

grown the percentage of BSN-prepared nurses in

our hospitals and health care organizations to 60%,

but we are still short of the national goal of 80%,”

said Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Bill and

Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland

School of Nursing. “In addition, the increasing need

for primary care throughout our state means that

education of advanced practice nurses is essential.

Through the Conways’ ongoing scholarship support,

we are continuing to expand access to nursing

education at all levels and with it, our nursing

workforce. These Conway Scholars are critical to

providing the caliber of nursing care our patients,

their families, and our communities require and

deserve; they will help ensure that we can meet health

care needs in all parts of our state, now and in the

years to come. The Conways’ extraordinary support

for nursing is truly a game-changer.”

The Conways’ gifts have provided unprecedented

opportunities to UMSON students while enabling

the Conways to achieve their philanthropic goal of

providing scholarships for 10,000 nursing students.

Pictured: (top) Conway Scholars following a luncheon held March 2, 2020, at UMSON; (bottom) Bill

Conway with a group of Conway Scholars following a luncheon held Feb. 18, 2020, at USG.


April, May, June 2021 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 19

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Will Your Next Prescription be for the Pharmacy or the Farmacy?

Joanne Evans MEd, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Adapted from the Indiana Nurse Association Bulletin

Almost 2500 years ago, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and

medicine be thy food” (Smith, 2004). These words are still relevant today.

The leading causes of death in the United States from disease are heart

disease, followed by cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes,

and chronic kidney disease. (National Center of Health Statistics, 2021).

Diabetes is increasing at a rapid rate in the U.S. (Diabetes Research Institute,

2020). According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 20,000

prescription drug products are approved for marketing (U.S. Food and Drug

Administration, 2018). The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

in 2015–2016 shows 45.8% of the U.S. population uses prescription drugs

(Martin, et al., 2019). Nearly 40% of older adults take five or more prescription

drugs. All medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription medications,

may have side effects, including nausea, fever, chills, headaches, itching,

wheezing, tightness in the chest, vomiting, red and irritated eyes, and the list

goes on. Pharmaceutical companies are the ones that benefit the most from

people being sick.

Is it possible that some chronic diseases could be prevented or reversed

through nutrition? There has been extensive research for well over 40 years

showing how food can be used to treat and sometimes reverse many chronic

diseases. Campbell and Campbell (2006), Esselstyn (2008), McDougall (2013),

Greger (2015), and Barnard (2020) have all discussed this in their publications.

Their research shows that plant-based nutrition prevents and reverses heart

disease, diabetes, and some cancers, decrease cholesterol, and reduces blood

sugar levels. Plant-based nutrition also decreases obesity and complications

from being overweight and improves mood, sleep, energy, depression, and

anxiety; reverses many chronic diseases and increases work productivity.

In a research study conducted at ten corporate locations in the U.S., those

participants practicing plant-based nutrition (PBN) showed improvement in

body weight, blood sugar levels, and emotional state, including depression

and anxiety (Agarwal et al., 2015). In another study, diets that were higher

in plant foods and lower in animal foods were associated with a lower risk of

cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in a general population, and the longer

the participants adhered to a healthy plant-based diet, the lower their risk of

cardiovascular disease (Esselstyn et al., 2014). Research shows that obese

patients who followed a plant-based diet had more weight loss compared to

those who followed a vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet that included dairy,

eggs, fish, or meat at two-month and six-month intervals (Turner-McGrievy et

al., 2015).

What specifically is plant-based nutrition (PBN)? What does it include?

• Vegetables – dark greens, dark yellows and orange, sweet potato, etc.

• Whole Grains – pasta, rice, corn, whole grain bread, tortilla, etc.

• Fruit – whole fruit which is better than juice due to fiber

• Legumes – beans, peas, lentils, tofu, soymilk, chickpeas, etc.

• Nuts and seeds

• Limited processed foods

• Avoiding oil, flour, and sugar

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2021), there

are over three million nurses, therefore it seems we could make a dramatic

change in health care for people in the U.S. if we shared information about

plant-based nutrition. Nurses work in a wide variety of settings including

hospitals (state, local and private), ambulatory clinics, outpatient offices, home

healthcare, regulatory agencies, organizations, schools, residential care, and

more.

I have conducted several 21-day plant-based programs utilizing the

free, online Kickstart Program published by the Physicians Committee for

Responsible Medicine (2021). The results were published in the American

Journal of Nursing (Evans et al., 2017) and the Holistic Nursing Association

Journal (2015). Laboratory data was collected and analyzed, and it found that

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Pharmacy or Farmacy? continued from page 19

several participants lowered their cholesterol by

as much as 59 points within a 21-day period, while

others lost weight and reported an improvement in

energy and sleep. (Evans, 2015).

In talking with nurses around the country, there

seem to be many reasons nurses do not share

information about PBN. Some of the primary

reasons reported include nurses feel they did not

know enough and were worried they could not

answer the patient’s questions; they thought it was

too difficult; did not know whom to refer patients

to; thought it may be too expensive to adhere to a

PBN diet; and thought patients may not be interested

(Evans, 2020).

When I spoke with nurses around the U.S., they

shared that this form of nutritional information was

not presented to them in nursing schools. All the

nurses who interviewed for my book, Cultivating

Seeds of Health with Plant-Based Nutrition, Nurses

Share Educational Approaches to Prevent and

Reverse Chronic Disease (Evans, 2020), learned

about PBN after graduation from their nursing

programs. Some learned about it after their own

illness and others when a family member became

ill. Several nurses saw their patients taking the

recommended medications, and they were still not

getting well. Others recognized that “everything

in moderation” was not working. Another group

of nurses read the China Study (2006) or saw the

movie Forks Over Knives, both of which convinced

them that PBN was the way to treat many chronic

diseases (Evans, 2020).

Once nurses become knowledgeable about

PBN, they have many opportunities to share this

information, including:

- Talking with colleagues about plant-based

nutrition

- Having plant-based food at all meetings and

conferences

- Hosting monthly potlucks or lunches with

colleagues and community groups

- Showing movies on PBN and discuss the

information provided

- Asking more detailed questions about nutrition

on intakes with patients, including:

• How many fruits did you eat in the past 24-

48 hours?

• How many vegetables did you eat in the past

24-48 hours?

• How many portions of dairy food did you

eat in the past 24-48 hours?

• How many portions of meat did you eat in

the past 24-48 hours?

• Have them complete a nutritional

assessment - http://4leafsurvey.com

- Having discharge and care plans include plantbased

nutrition

- Requesting PBN guest speakers in educational

settings for undergraduate and graduate level

nursing programs

- Incorporating PBN into all discussions about

chronic diseases

- Collaborating with other health care providers

interested in plant-based nutrition

- Encouraging hospitals to have plant-based

foods at all meals

- Hosting a free online 10-day plant-based

program https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/

education/free-mcdougall-program/ or hosting

a free 21-day (PCRM) online plant-based

program – including menus, recipes, cooking

classes, and additional Information - https://

kickstart.pcrm.org/en

There are several groups available for nurses

interested in learning more about plant-based

nutrition. PCRM hosts the Nurses Nutrition

Network, which provides educational programs

for nurses (https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/

nutrition-for-clinicians/nurses-nutrition-network).

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine

has a nurse support group and provides educational

presentations open to all nurses. https://

lifestylemedicine.org/What-is-Lifestyle-Medicine.

Our patients need to have a choice on how they

will resolve their chronic health issues, and nurses

are well-positioned to educate patients on nutritional

options to help prevent and possibly reverse many

chronic diseases. Patients should be given all the

options to make an educated decision about their

health. Sometimes it starts with medications while

they are making nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Eventually, it may be the nutritional changes that

reverse the chronic disease process. Let 2021 be the

year of change!

Resources

Some examples of breakfast might be the

following:

• Cold cereal – with soymilk or rice milk with

peaches, berries or another fruit

• Whole grain toast with jam and fruit

• Oatmeal with non-dairy milk with cinnamon

and raisins

• Blueberry buckwheat pancakes and meat-free

bacon

For lunch, you might consider:

• Veggie burger with whole grain bun and salad

• Bean burrito, fruit

• Soy yogurt, fruit, vegetable soup, whole wheat

bread

• Hummus wrap with whole wheat pita,

shredded carrots, cucumber, tomato

Some options for dinner might include:

• Black bean chili with cornbread, salad, greens

• Whole grain pasta marinara with mixed

vegetables, salad

• Fajitas with peppers, onions, tomatoes, beans,

broccoli

• Beans and rice with salsa, corn, salad

Resources for learning about plant-based

nutrition are the following:

• Davis, B., & Vesanto, M. (2013). Becoming

vegan, express edition: The everyday guide to

plant-based nutrition. Book Publishing Co.

• Campbell, T. C., & Campbell, T. (2004). The

China study: Startling implications for diet,

weight loss and long-term health. BenBella

Books.

• Greger, M., & Stone, G. (2015). How not

to diet: Discover the foods scientifically to

prevent and reverse disease. Flatiron Books.

• Greger, M. (2019). How not to diet. Flatiron

Books.

• McDougall, J. (2013). The starch solution.

Rodale Books.

• Barnard, N. (2018). The vegan starter kit:

Everything you need to know about plantbased

eating. Grand Central Publishing.


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• Esselstyn, C. (2007). Prevent and reverse

heart disease. Avery Publishing.

Cookbooks include:

• Barnard, N, Burton, D. (2018). Dr. Neal

Barnard's cookbook for reversing diabetes:

150 recipes scientifically proven to reverse

diabetes without drugs. Rodale Books.

• Campbell, L. (2018). The China study

cookbook. Benbella Books.

• Esselstyn, R., & Esselstyn, J. (2017). Engine 2

cookbook. Grand Central Publishing.

• Sroufe, D., Moskowitz, I., Hever, J., Thacker,

D., & Micklewright, J. (2012). Forks over

knives-The cookbook: Over 300 recipes for

plant-based eating all through the year.

The Experiment.

• Barnard, N. (2010). The get healthy, go vegan

cookbook: 125 easy and delicious recipes to

jump-start weight loss and help you feel great.

Da Capo Lifelong Books.

• Greger, M. (2017). How not to diet cookbook.

Flatiron Books.

• McDougall, J., & McDougall, M. (1999). The

McDougall quick and easy cookbook: Over

300 delicious low-fat recipes you can prepare

in fifteen minutes or less. Plume Publishing.

• Esselstyn, A., & Esselstyn, J. (2014). Prevent

and reverse heart disease cookbook. Avery

Publishers.

Websites:

• Dr. Greger - https://nutritionfacts.org - updated

research on nutrition and disease – many short

videos

• American College of Lifestyle - https://www.

lifestylemedicine.org

• Dr. McDougall - www.drmcdougall.com – free

newsletters, testimonials, current research,

Starch Based Solution Certificate Program,

10-day residential programs

• Physicians Committee for Responsible

Medicine - www.pcrm.org – free monthly

Kickstart programs, newsletters, current

research, multiple languages, and handouts for

offices

• Forks Over Knives - https://www.

forksoverknives.com/ - recipes, plant-based

news, meal plans, success stories, and cooking

courses

• Plantrician Project - https://plantricianproject.

org/vision - list of plant-based doctors, peer

review journal, conferences, cooking class,

research, and more

Apps:

• 21-Day Vegan Kickstart – PCRM

• Dr. McDougall Mobile Cookbook

• Forks Over Knives

• Michael Greger - Dr. Gregers’ Daily Dozen

Plant-based movies include:

• Forks Over Knives – especially for diabetes,

heart disease, and chronic health issues

• Code Blue – focusing on medical training and

health care system

• Game Changers- focus on vegan athletes

• Cowspiracy – focus on the environment

• Food Inc – food supply and industry

• Eating You Alive - food connected to chronic

disease

• Meat the Truth - livestock farming and the

environment

References

Agarwal, U., Mishra, S., Xu., J., Levin, S., Gonzales, J., &

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Meeting Behavioral Health Needs at Luminis Health, Anne

Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), During COVID

Jo Deaton, MS, APRN/PMH-BC., Sr. Director of

Nursing, Behavioral Health

Danny Watkins, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. Director of

Substance Use Services

Cindy Radovic, MA, BA, RN-BC, Clinical Director,

Mental Health Services

Last year at this time, we were actively working to

open our new mental health facility associated with

Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center. After

last-minute inspections, The J. Kent McNew Family

Medical Center opened on April 14, 2020. The new

building is located next to Pathways, our Addiction

Treatment Center. Since 1992, Pathways has been a

respected 40-bed detox, residential and outpatient

center for people with substance use disorders. Like

other health care facilities across the country, we kept

hearing about a virus called COVID-19. We had no

idea how much the virus would impact our plans for

both centers in 2020-21.

During orientation for new staff at McNnew,

we started to wear masks in March 2020. Some

questioned whether we should even open because of

the pandemic. Since the community’s mental health

needs would not stop for COVID, we moved forward

with the opening.

Pathways had a different dilemma. The residential

program lacked private rooms. Changes had to occur

to keep staff and patients safe. Infection Control

helped us prepare for the new normal, including

installing physical barriers and creating markings for

social distancing.

Nurses and counseling teams were trained on

how to self-monitor and how to identify potentially

infected patients. We knew that it could quickly

become a significant operational issue if we missed

one potentially infected patient. Driven by a passion

for helping those recovering, many staff members

stepped right up to battle the virus and kept offering

support to a community in need.

As you might imagine, the staff had a lot of fears.

We needed more counselors and nurses to limit group

sizes. The staff developed new group schedules,

eating arrangements, screening techniques, virtual

meetings, and even training on testing for COVID-19.

Our outpatient team created a virtual outpatient

program in a matter of days, navigating Zoom

platforms like experts.

During the past year, we have stayed open, and as

a team, thrived. We have learned infection control

guidelines, more options for virtual communication,

and increased outpatient attendance by removing

physical barriers like a lack of transportation. Most of

all, it brought our team together in a way we didn’t

expect, and we hope those bonds never fade.

As for our new McNew Inpatient Psychiatric

Unit, the positive energy was evident. We spent an

unprecedented four to five weeks of specialized

orientation and education to prepare our clinical team

for patient care. This state-of-the-art, free-standing

psychiatric facility was several years in the making

and now had a team ready to provide excellent mental

health care. The immense energy, optimism, and

extraordinary resilience barely experienced a cloudy

moment as the pandemic ensued.

Our closely connected clinical teams of psychiatric

RNs, psychiatric nursing assistants, occupational

therapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric NPs, and social

workers forged ahead regardless of the pandemic’s

underlying apprehension. We measured success in

caring safely and compassionately for our patients.

We maintained the ability to implement milieu-based

therapeutic intervention for our patients by adhering

to social distancing for groups and meals. Our staff

found creative ways to convince our unpredictable

population to wear masks. We collaborated with our

Emergency Department (ED) partners to require

all patients referred for inpatient level of care to

receive a COVID test and result negatively in the

ED. This process was part of the admission criteria,

keeping a keen and diligent awareness of what could

happen if we let our guard down. Through it all,

our leadership supported our staff, including their

individual family needs, and providing sessions with

our infection control director as needed. We have

ongoing screening and education to maintain their

admirable and remarkable resilience. As with any

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clinical practice

The 4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care: Making Advances in

the Care of the Older Adult

Here at Luminis Health, our mission is to enhance

the health of the people we serve. In late 2017,

Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center

(LHAAMC) applied to become one of the pioneers in

Age-Friendly Health Systems. It is part of a national

initiative to define a framework for age-friendly care

for older Americans. The Institute for Healthcare

Improvement (IHI) and The John A. Hartford

Foundation, in partnership with the American

Hospital Association and the Catholic Healthcare

Association of the United States, came together to

organize this important initiative. Our staff members

were thankful for the strong support from senior

executives, the LHAAMC Board of Trustees, and

the LHAAMC Foundation Board of Directors to

participate in this work.

We are honored to become one of five pioneer

health systems chosen for this initiative. We are

working tirelessly to test ideas and learning what

it means to be an Age-Friendly Health System. The

4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care emerged from

this work and is both evidence-based and can be put

into practice reliably in any health care setting. The

five national Age-Friendly Health Systems Pioneers

are:

• Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center

(Annapolis, MD)

• Ascension (St. Louis, MO)

• Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA)

• Providence St. Joseph Health (Renton, WA)

• Trinity Health (Livonia, MI)

• Mobility: Ensuring that older adults move safely

every day to maintain function and do What

Matters to them.

In June, the 4M Framework initiative will be

featured at the Maryland Organization of Nurse

Leaders (MONL) meeting. Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., RN,

FAAN, President of the John A. Hartford Foundation,

and a true national nursing leader in geriatric care

and research, will speak about this important work.

The John A. Hartford Foundation is dedicated to

improving the care of older adults. Dr. Fulmer is the

Foundation’s chief strategist, and her vision for better

care of older adults is catalyzing the Age-Friendly

Health Systems social movement.

Our staff at Luminis Health Anne Arundel

Medical Center will share some of the improvements

we’ve seen in geriatric care as a result of this

program.

The June 17th meeting is open to all nurses

who want to develop and support a framework

for age-friendly care in any work environment.

Please go to the Maryland Organization of Nurse

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You might ask, what is an Age-Friendly Health

System? It means providing a set of four evidencebased

elements of high-quality care to older adults,

commonly known as the 4Ms: What Matters,

Medication, Mentation, and Mobility. Thanks

to this initiative, LHAAMC has already seen an

improvement in the care of geriatric patients.

The 4Ms framework includes evidence-based

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clinical practice

ICU Nurses Earn Award for Compassion to

a Couple with COVID-19

Katie Clark and

Michael King, both

overnight ICU nurses at

TidalHealth Peninsula

Regional in Salisbury,

Maryland went above

and beyond to help two

married patients. For their

outstanding kindness and

compassion, they have

earned the Daisy Award

for Extraordinary Nurses.

Nursing supervisor

Tina Martin noted:

“Caring for patients in

the ICU and at any level

of care can be physically,

mentally, and emotionally

challenging at times.

As nurses, we were

tested even further with

the introduction of the

COVID-19 virus. When

caring for a husband

and wife in the Intensive

Care Unit, Michael and

Katie showed immense

compassion for this

couple.”

Katie Clark

Michael King

“The couple fought long and hard to battle

COVID-19. When their family decided that their

loved ones had fought long enough, they decided to

withdraw support and make the couple comfortable

and allow them to pass on. When the decision was

made, Michael and Katie ensured the couple could

be together through this journey. Michael and Katie

contacted family via video call so they could see their

loved ones and be with them. They moved her into

her husband's room, put down the side rails, joined

their hands and allowed the couple to be as one as

they passed on. He passed first and she followed him

only eight minutes later.”

“While death is sad in any case, a silver lining for

this couple is that they were able to be together, and

they did not have to know life without their person.

Nurses have the unique ability to allow the dying

process to hurt just a little less for families, and I

know this family felt comforted knowing their loved

ones were together when they passed.”

The two nurses were honored with the Daisy

Award in a ceremony before their colleagues.

They received a certificate commending them for

being extraordinary nurses, which reads: “In deep

appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the

incredibly meaningful difference you make in the

lives of so many people.” They also received a

sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by

artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in

Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family

members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick

died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications

of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a

little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease.

The care Patrick and his family received from nurses

while he was ill inspired this unique means of

thanking nurses for making a profound difference in

the lives of their patients and patient families.

President and Co-Founder of The DAISY

Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was

critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the

remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients

every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are

seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.

The kind of work the nurses at TidalHealth are called

on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The

DAISY Award.”

Cathy Caulder,

Winner of the Daisy

Award for Fall 2020:

Presented March

2021

Cathy Caulder, BSN, RN, CEN, (Hospice), took on

the role of Case Manager for the patients at Charlotte

Hall Veterans Home this past year. This is an

assignment that many staff did not want. Cathy has

done wonders in establishing a working relationship

with the Veterans Home staff. She advocates for each

patient to receive the care they deserve and follows

up to make sure it gets done. During COVID times,

Cathy has been able to keep families connected using

facetime apps when she is seeing her patients. She

spends time with patients and really gets to know

them so she can advocate for them in the best way

possible. Cathy is able to navigate a difficult situation

at the nursing home and is seen as a positive addition

by the Director of Nursing at Charlotte Hall.

Nominated by Kara Rawlings, BSN, RN, CHPN,

CN/CM

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April, May, June 2021 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 25

healthy nurse healthy nation

“Workout and Devotion”: Physically Distant but Spiritually Connected

Verna N. Thomas, MS, RN, CRNA and

Rodnita K. Davis, PhD (c), MS, RN, CNE

Recently, I read an article about friendships and the ebbs and flows that are

contained within them. The article made me reflect on how COVID-19 has altered this

valued relationship and impacted its meaning over the last year. Before the extremes

of restrictions and mandates on social distancing, a small group of us gathered (in

person) for a birthday celebration in January 2020. Without worry, fear, or any inkling

of what was to come, we enjoyed food, laughter, drink, and fellowship. Little did we

know that our celebration would mark the beginning of a year of overwhelming losses

and highlight the promise of discovery. The COVID-19 pandemic essentially made

the world come to a stop. There is no denying the lives lost, the separation of families,

the collapse of businesses, the many jobs that vanished, and the emotional toll felt

worldwide. For us in healthcare, we’ve had to adjust to functioning through long

shifts in layers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and overcoming unthinkable

conditions at the hands of an unforgiving virus. The once dreaded requirement to wear

the N95 mask or Power Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) for the occasional airborne

precaution patient is now a hallmark of our protective gear. Business, medical, spiritual,

and educational platforms have had to expand their virtual capabilities to continue

delivering goods and services. We have had to re-envision how life is transacted; Zoom

and screen sharing, for many, now represents the archetype of working, learning, and

worshiping. This new perspective undoubtedly includes how we now nurture and

cultivate our highly valued friendships.

We must acknowledge that even before COVID-19, some of our friendships

hung in the shadows while waiting for schedules and lives to align so that we could

gather together. While social media has helped bridge the friendship drought that

can occur, what happens when our friendships resolve to only exist within those

platforms? There is only a limited amount of connectedness that one can experience

when “friendshipping” through interactive digitally-mediated technologies. With

so much isolation this past year, where did our friendships go? Did they succumb

to COVID-19? Will we have friendships to return to when the pandemic is finally

over? With such uncertainty, even a year into life amid a pandemic, how do we meet

the gnawing feeling to again be in the company of friends? How do we gather and

socially distance with limited travel and restaurant seats, canceled sporting events,

and concert venues? Well, we adapt! The “new” COVID-19 customs have broadened

our exposure to virtual social offerings like online concerts, birthday parties, game

nights, movie watch parties, entertainers hired for cameo appearances or comedy

shows, and our personal favorite Zoom exercise and spiritual devotion.

We are longtime friends, having originally met in our undergraduate nursing

program. However, with more than 75 miles separating us physically, because we live in

different states, our in-person gatherings over the years have dwindled. The challenges

and restrictions presented by the pandemic only further complicated matters. As

spiritual women constantly striving towards the best version of ourselves, the resulting

isolation associated with the pandemic had numbed our desires to exercise and worship.

So, a few months back, we committed to nurturing our friendship, though it would

require a bit more creativity and innovation, given the current public health crisis. While

not formalized, our goals simply aspired to connect more deeply to satisfy our physical

and spiritual needs. Having a solid relationship, adding exercise and spiritual devotion

was an easy consideration because we have history. Initially, we explored a plan for

Zoom workouts twice weekly, followed by a short prayer. A disjointed series of starts

and stops and invitations to others to join us, in the beginning, has evolved. Presently,

the two of us engage in organized and regimented workouts four days a week via Zoom

with a combination of prayer, devotion, readings, career planning, recipe sharing,

and good old fashion girlfriend time with a twist. Sharing this mutually beneficial

connection has now become a vital component of our daily lives. We look forward to

our virtual time together, and apart from the obvious computer screen, the interactions

are authentic and valued. Notably, our early “workout and devotion” sessions, as we

have titled them, have added a new dimension to an existing relationship already built

on a firm foundation. However, but not for the pandemic, we may have never considered

connecting in this way. Though we recognize the devastation, this pandemic has had,

in many respects, through intentional acts that we have identified as our “workout and

devotion” sessions which are one of many blessings revealed to us during this time of

isolation and self-reflection.

We come together with no other plans besides workouts and spiritual devotion.

But what resulted from our time together is an encouragement to each other to break

through a mental slump, a swapping of ideas on how best to tackle a new project, and

let us not forget the bonus of a few lost pounds and a healthier lifestyle. For us, this is

what our friendship is; layers, upon layers of giving and taking that ebbs and flows

through the stages of life to make us better.

We encourage readers to use this time to take inventory of the impact of

COVID-19. Though we acknowledge all that COVID-19 has ripped away, we

cannot ignore the blessings generated during our confinement – the forced slow

down, a simplified lifestyle, and valuing what is important. So, while the pandemic

has removed so much from our lives, we seek to enrich our happiness through this

ensuing simplicity.

Are you feeling emotionally disconnected from friends and devoid of the support

that can only come from that type of relationship? We invite you to reconnect with

them through exercise, devotion, or both, not just by voice but by using a video calling

or conferencing application. Will you embrace this time to take care of yourself so

that you can be your best for others?

1. President/CEO, Evita Health LLC, Bowie, Maryland; and Associate, North American Partners in

Anesthesia – MidAtlantic Region, Melville, NY

2. Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD


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healthy nurse healthy nation

MNA’s Spring Leadership Meeting and

Presentation by Dr. Eileen O’Grady

On Saturday, March 20th, MNA hosted its Spring Leadership Meeting with

Eileen O’Grady, Ph.D., RN, DNP. Dr. O’Grady is the Founder of The School of

Wellness, a group of practitioners dedicated to infusing the science on wellbeing

into people and organizations. Her presentation focused on self-care, and she

led a lively discussion on Resiliency 2.0: Wellness in the Era of COVID-19. The

discussion included reflecting on oneself during the pandemic and assessing for

burnout and moral distress. Dr. O’Grady recommended utilizing the “3 As of

Resilience- Awareness, Agility, and Agency” as tools to change our perspectives.

As nurses, we cannot keep burning at both ends. This constant state of giving

leaves us empty and with nothing to give ourselves. With Nurses Month

approaching, we need to take a moment, reflect on our current state, and build

our resilience. Members in attendance shared many takeaways, including “selfcare

is the key to wellness” and “I need to remember to take time for myself.”

Below are many of Dr. Eileen’s resources to assist you in this process.

Wellbeing Resources

It is crucial that we curate what we let into our lives. One way to do that is to

pursue narrowcasts. There are currently over two million podcasts available on

any topic you can think of. Here are my favorites on health and wellness:

Podcasts

No Stupid Questions Kelly Corrigan Wonders The Happiness Lab @

Yale

How’s Work? And

Where Should we Bring?

(couples counseling) with

Esther Perel

The Psychology Podcast

with Scott Barry

Kaufman

Unlocking Us and Dare

to Lead with Brene

Brown

WorkLife with Adam

Grant: A TED original

podcast

Phit N Phat: How to

Lose 100 pounds (if you

don’t’ mind swearing)

Found My Fitness with

Dr. Rhonda Patrick

Hidden Brain

The Drive Optimizing

Health and Longevity

with Peter Attia MD

On Being with Krista

Tippet

Interviews with Yuval

Harari (Author of

Sapiens)

Brain Health/Meditation

The Knowledge Project

Waking up with Sam Headspace

10% Happier

Harris

Happify Calm YouTube Guided

Meditations

Parenting Classes

Parent Encouragement Program (pepparent.org)

Eileen’s Book

Choosing Wellness: Unconventional Wisdom for the Overwhelmed, the

Discouraged, the Addicted, the Fearful or the Stuck (2021). Available at most

booksellers.

Stay in Touch!

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TED Talk recommendations at eileenogrady.net


April, May, June 2021 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 27

Honoring Nurses During 2021

Nurses Month

ANA Enterprise joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and global

colleagues in extending the Year of the Nurse into 2021. This recognition

builds on the increased visibility of nurses’ contributions from 2020 and ANA’s

expansion of National Nurses Week to Nurses Month in May.

MNA would like to celebrate Nurses Month with its members by holding a

“Zoom Tea Party” on May 8th, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Gather your

perfect tea attire and plan to join us for a fun-packed afternoon. Visit MNA’s

website for more information.

MNA and The Maryland Nurse Journal would like to hear how you celebrated

Nurses Month. Please share how your nurses were honored and recognized for

the extraordinary work they contribute to the profession of nursing. Send pictures,

events, and write-ups that capture our heroes during The Year of the Nurse to

themarylandnurse@gmail.com

Maryland Action Coalition

(MDAC) Virtual Leadership

Summit: Meeting Challenges

Head On – Maryland Nurses

Respond

The Maryland Action Coalition serves as the driving force transforming

health care through nursing in our state. Recognizing the important work already

underway in Maryland and with a goal of long-term sustainable change, the

Maryland Action Coalition leads the way to improve the health of the population.

The Virtual Leadership Summit will be held virtually on Monday, May 24th,

2021, from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm. The Summit will focus on developing innovative

educational and clinical processes, especially during challenging times such as a

pandemic is key to the preparation of nurses for practice in an ever-evolving and

complex health care environment. This conference is designed to explore models,

interventions, practices, and policies that are advancing the preparation of the

future nursing workforce and innovation in academic and practice partnerships.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.nursing.umaryland.edu/

academics/pe/events/mdac/


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organizations

Joanna Perez Elected Maryland

Association of Nursing

Students’ New President

The Maryland Association of Nursing Students

(MANS) is a non-profit organization representing all

nursing students, both current and future, throughout

Maryland. The MANS is a constituent member of

the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA).

Belonging to these organizations helps nursing

students look for events to inspire nursing students

while also providing networking opportunities.

The MANS is also responsible for planning,

creating, and hosting an annual convention to

take place at one of the many Nursing Schools

in the state of Maryland. The convention offers

breakouts, fundraising, and charity opportunities Joanne Perez

and is an excellent resource for nursing students all

over Maryland to gather information from the many hospitals and vendors in

attendance. It is a fun-filled, interactive event with networking opportunities.

Joanne Perez was honored to be elected the President of MANS. As an active

community member, Joanne volunteers time to local organizations, including Girl

Scouts and T-ball and softball teams. She enjoys advocating for the better of the

community.

Perez attends the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Nursing Program,

where she acts as the Nursing Student Association (NSA) Treasurer. She finds

volunteering or fundraising for causes in our community very rewarding. Being

a part of the CSM NSA, Perez was invited to attend the MANS and became

very interested in the upcoming board member positions. She felt that she was

well suited for the position with proper time management, leadership skills, and

attention to detail. She is ecstatic and looking forward to what she can contribute

to MANS and what she can learn from the experience.

Joanne will begin her elected term in June 2021.

NPAM Hosts 6th Annual NP

Lobby Night January 20th

Senator Eckardt and Delegate Krebs Present

Beverly Lang MScN, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, Executive Director, NPAM,

NPAMExDir@npedu.com

The Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland (NPAM) hosted the 6th

Annual 2021 NP Lobby Night on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, from 7:00

pm to 8:30 pm. This virtual event, planned by Claire Bode, NPAM Legislative

Committee Chair and the Legislative Committee, provided attendees with

valuable information about the legislative process.

Thanks to our special guests, Senator Addie Eckardt, Senate sponsor of SB

0476, and Sue Krebs, House sponsor of HB 0095 Health Occupations – Nurses

– Delegation of Tasks. This bill, sponsored by NPAM, will enable Nurse

Practitioners (NPs) the ability to delegate a nursing or other technical task to

an unlicensed individual. Both Senator Eckardt and Delegate Krebs, staunch

supporters of nursing and NPs, were sponsoring this bill in their respective

chambers and reinforced the need for all citizens to openly communicate issues

with their electorate and to offer assistance when asked. Thank you, Senator

Eckardt and Delegate Krebs, for taking the time to attend this event and being so

supportive of nurses and NPs!

Janet Selway, the founding member of NPAM, Past-President, and a member

of the Legislative Committee, presented “Advocacy 101” and took us through the

steps to be an effective advocate. Sarah Peters, NPAM Legislative Consultant,

gave a tutorial on how to navigate the Maryland General Assembly website.

Claire Bode, Legislative Committee Chair, Bill Pitcher, NPAM Legislative

Consultant, Sarah Peters, and a brave attendee, Michelle Felix, role-played an

interaction with a legislator to demonstrate an effective “elevator speech.” Finally,

Dale Jafari and Kamala Via, Co-Chairs of the NPAM PAC, presented why we, as

NPs, need to support the NPAM Political Action Committee.

Throughout the night, Claire Bode challenged the attendees with a series of

trivia questions related to fun facts about Maryland and NPAM – thanks, Claire

Bode, for thinking of all those trivia questions! Everyone learned a lot and

laughed a bit - something we really need at this time!

NPAM would like to thank everyone who participated in the 6th Annual NP

Lobby Night, especially those who planned the event - Claire Bode, NPAM

Legislative Chair and her Legislative Committee team, and all of those who

presented.

If you were unable to attend this year, we look forward to seeing you next year

in 2022!

More information about NPAM can be obtained by visiting our home pages at

www.NPAMOnLine.org, or call us at 443-367-0277.

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April, May, June 2021 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 29

organizations

PNA MARYLAND: Making a Difference

(The Philippine Nurses Association Maryland Chapter)

Aleli R. Frias, BSN, RN

President 2020-2022

Reaching out to the community has always been

one of our core values. As we journeyed through

the challenges of 2020 and the pandemic climate,

PNA Maryland continued to focus on assisting the

poor, the needy, the misinformed, and the doubtful

through numerous activities that reflected the

value of being there for others. These activities

also included honoring our frontline nurses

serving Metropolitan Baltimore. In April of 2020,

large care packages were distributed to nine area

hospitals. In February 2021, the month of the “heart

to give,” PNA Maryland again distributed care

packages to frontline nurses. Also, PNA Maryland

distributed care packages to every acknowledged

Filipino frontline nurse at these hospital units.

Serving our community is our constant mission

as we sponsored 5K walks in July and August of

2020 to help heal our nurses through blood pressure

checks then fitness/friendship/wellness strides at

the Nature Park. We nurtured our parishioners’

knowledge with compassion during the Breast

Cancer Awareness Drive in October 2020. In

November 2020, we nourished our nurses with

information and guidance on promoting effective

resilience and strengthening this. “Heal our

Nurses” campaign continued through the time of

Thanksgiving, 2020, and supporting our mother

organization, PNAA, for the many webinars to

come. To top this all, we had the Zoom karaoke and

Zoom caroling night in December to serenade our

very own community for the spirit of Christmas and

the spirit of giving through individual donations to

the Bicol typhoon victims. PNA plans to support

future disaster campaigns in the Philippines

with bento box fundraisers. As we remember

the forgotten, the sick, and the homeless, PNA

Maryland donated knitted hats and gloves to our

adopted homeless shelter for women and children.

These efforts extended to the Field Hospital that

housed mostly homeless patients stricken with

Covid. Each patient received beanies and two pairs

of warm socks, along with well-cards of hope and

encouragement. To our surprise, the Johns Hopkins

Health System has recognized PNA Maryland in

their frequent campaign of “Extraordinary People,

Extraordinary Moments” through their televised

streaming throughout the health system. Assisting

the elderly Filipino community in registering

for the Covid vaccine was accomplished in late

February. Future plans for international medical

outreach in the Philippines in 2022 have started

(being done every two years) while the current

pandemic imposes a challenge, including a slow

resumption of our ongoing project in Davao City

related to the “Living Well with Diabetes” program

(DM2HL). Through our Christian and professional

values of being an instrument of health and wellbeing

of our members, our local and international

community, we are committed to pursuing our

goals as we work collaboratively with other

organizations. As of March 2021, we have launched

the Kagabay Tuition Assistance Program. This

project is to raise funds for at least two to four

graduating nursing students with financial needs.

They are from different regions in the Philippines

and are selected based on the criteria set forth

by the PNA Maryland in collaboration with the

school’s guidelines.

We encourage others to join us as we find

productive ways of being resilient during this

pandemic, for there is always joy in giving!

PNMAC officers and volunteers

Medical Mission in Ilocos Sur, Philippines on

February 5-9, 2020 (before the pandemic)

Breast Cancer awareness drive

Giveaways and packages for our frontline nurses,

March, 2021

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Family environment! Come work for the state of

Maryland at Western Maryland Hospital Center

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Medical Mission in Ilocos Sur, Philippines on

February 5-9, 2020 (before the pandemic)

Teaching “Living Well with Diabetes” in

Talandang, Philippines—February, 2020

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April, May, June 2021 The Maryland Nurse Journal • Page 31

Volunteer Community

District 9 Shows Support

During the Inauguration

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

– Oscar Wilde

The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) District 9 supported our frontline

individuals by raising funds to feed our men and women in uniform, both the United

States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) and the Army National

Guard during the inauguration week of January 2021. $2200 was contributed and

allowed We The Pizza and several small business restaurants to feed both services

throughout the week. It is only appropriate to acknowledge other professions who

offer service to our communities, who protect, heal, and act selflessly to ensure the

safety and health of the people they serve. We've all experienced ups and downs

over the last year, and it is nice to know that despite the world's circumstances, love

and kindness have remained resilient, as it is essential in times of uncertainty. The

appreciation of these acts of kindness is shown below.

-USPHS Leadership

“This really is a great acknowledgment of our efforts.”

VADM Jerome Adams

20th US Surgeon General

“Thank you and the Maryland Nurses Association, District 9 for the thoughtful

and generous support to include the USPHS Commissioned Corps as one of the many

uniformed services deployed to support the ongoing 59th Presidential inauguration

mission in Washington, D.C. This effort was both thoughtful and much appreciated.”

R, JH

Joan Hunter, RN, MSW

Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service

-We The Pizza:

“We cannot thank you enough from my family, our staff and the over 30

restaurants that have participated in feeding the troops, for the generosity you shared

with us! Thank you to the MNA District 9, Maryland small businesses and the host of

community members for your support. We fed so many troops during the inaugural

activities on Capitol Hill, brought smiles to so many faces and made this week just a

little bit more special. We are feeding troops till they depart the city and couldn't have

done it without you. Have a beautiful week and thanks again.”

Micheline Mendelsohn

Owner of We The Pizza

The American Cancer Society

Advocates for the Health of

Maryland!

Recently the American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Action Network (CAN)

Maryland successfully advocated overturning Governor Hogan’s veto on HB 732.

HB732 included line items for increases on the State’s cigarette tax by $1.75 per

pack and an increase in the tax on some other tobacco products, including taxing

electronic smoking devices for the first time. Increasing the price of cigarettes and

all other tobacco products through regular and significant tobacco tax increases

helps keep kids from starting to use tobacco and helps adults quit. The legislation

also included line items for $18.25 million of revenue from the tobacco taxes to

sustain evidence-based, statewide tobacco use prevention and cessation programs.

The legislation went into effect on March 14, 2021.

ACS CAN is the leading patient advocacy group dedicated to passing evidencebased

laws that help fight cancer. ACS CAN educates the public, lawmakers, and

candidates about public policy issues that impact cancer patients. The ACS CAN

uses expert lobbying, policy, grassroots, and media advocacy to advance evidencebased

solutions that reduce death and suffering from cancer. The ACS CAN works

on issues, including access to care, cancer research, prevention and early detection,

improving quality of life, and tobacco control.

The ACS CAN is always looking for more volunteers in the fight against cancer.

Volunteers and their personal stories are the greatest assets in making life better

for cancer patients. If you are interested in joining, please contact our Grassroots

Manager for MD, DC, and DE, Priyanka Konanur, at priyanka.konanur@cancer.

org. You can also find more information about us at our website www.fightcancer.

org/MD. We hope to hear from you soon.

ACS CAN is also on social media, go ahead and give us a follow!

Facebook: @acscanmd

Twitter: @ACSCAN_MD

Instagram: @acscanmd

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