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S E WHAT’S INSIDE

Chapter Updates

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An Ode to a Nurse

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Will Your Next Prescription be for

the Pharmacy or the Farmacy?

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President’s Pen

Hello Kentucky Nurses! Thank you for taking the

time to read this issue of the Kentucky Nurse. At the

time of this writing, COVID VACCINATION is a hot

topic… COVID VACCINATION for the general public

to get us to herd immunity and mandatory COVID

vaccination for healthcare workers in general and

nurses specifically.

KNA’s Ethics and Human Rights Committee

hosted a fantastic virtual meeting on August 5

on these very topics. Many thanks to chair Dawn

Latham, MSN, BSN,RN, Loretta Elder, DNP, MSN,

BSN, RN and other committee member planners,

Judy Mitchell, MSN, RN; (also panel moderator),

Tracy Littlehale, MSN,RN, Jennifer RoBards, MA, BA,

RN and panelists:

Denise Beach, MS, BSN, RN, executive

director, Hopkins County Health Department;

Ruth Carrico, PhD DNP APRN FNP-C FSHEA

CIC,FAAN, immediate past president of the

KNA, professor and family nurse practitioner in

the Division of Infectious Diseases and clinical

director of the Global Health Center Vaccine

and International Travel at the University of

Louisville School of Medicine;

Bill McCann, MDiv, BA, director of pastoral

care, Baptist Health Madisonville and

Valenchia Brown, MSN, APRN, FNP-C,

nurse practitioner specialist.

To quote Mr. McCann, “Good decisions begin

with good information.” This webinar offered the

opportunity for any nurse to learn more about the

vaccination, the process behind emergency use

authorization, the ethics around the decision to be

vaccinated or to not be vaccinated, the ethics behind

employer-mandated vaccination and the nurse’s role

in advocacy and education. The video is available on

the KNA YouTube Channel.

Now as for me and most of my family, non-nurse

friends and nurse friends—we couldn’t wait to get

the COVID vaccination. Many of you worked and

volunteered many MANY hours in vaccination clinics.

You posted “I Got the Shot” on your Facebook

page the day of your first (or only) injection. But

not everyone feels this way.

If you happen to be one of

the nurses who is hesitant

to get the COVID vaccine, I

encourage you to watch the

recording of this meeting Donna Meador

and also watch for upcoming

presentations that drill down into more specifics

about vaccine concerns. See highlights from the

August 5 presentation:

• Ethicist McCann shared his experience with

COVID patients and families in the hospital.

Most people told him they wished they had

taken the vaccination, or they wished they had

taken it sooner.

• McCann also discussed the ethics principle of

“respect for autonomy” and that many people

feel their personal liberties are being affected

and they don’t want to be compelled to do

something. However, he said the flipside of

this is that their personal decision doesn’t only

impact them, it impacts those around them.

• Dr. Carrico discussed the vaccines not being

fully approved by the FDA and the stepwise

evaluation that all vaccinations go through. She

told us that with Emergency Use Authorization

there must be a public health emergency and

that the vaccine makers must show safety and

efficacy evidence that the vaccination does not

cause harm/is not toxic (safety), and that there

is a serologic response to the vaccine (efficacy).

She reminded the group that there are still

thousands of people in clinical trials being

monitored and that the COVID disease clearly

kills people (more than four million across

the world have died and four billion people

across the world have been vaccinated). The

vaccination is clearly better than the disease.

• The group also discussed that in conversations

about vaccine hesitancy, nurses commonly

President’s Pen continued on page 6

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President’s Pen . ............................. 1

KNA Chapter Leadership ....................2

Chapter Updates ............................3

Calendar of Events ..........................5

KNA affiliates offer

guidance and leadership ...................6

Meet KNA Board Members ...................7

An Ode to a Nurse ...........................9

Glimpses of Life During a Pandemic ..........9

Pharmacy or the Farmacy? ..................11

Kentucky Nurses Foundation Update ........14

New KNA Student Subscribers ..............16

Attend the KNA Summit ....................18

Nurses wanted to participate in

“The Clinic” workshops and performance ....18

KY Organizations Support

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements ......... 20

American Academy of Nursing

2021 Class of New Fellows ............... 20

KNA and KNF Online Raffle .................21

Joy at Work ................................23

KNF Donor List .............................24

KNA New Member List .....................26

Membership Application Form ..............27


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KNA Chapter Leadership

2020-2021

RIVER CITY CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Dolores White, DNP, RN, CNE

P: 502-992-1771

110 Double Court

Vine Grove, KY 40175

E-Mail: d.white.dnp@gmail.com

BLUEGRASS CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Jitana Benton-Lee, DNP, MSN, MBA-HC,

RN, NEA-BC

P: 859-619-5120

832 Hidden Stream Drive

Lexington, KY 40511

E-Mail: bentonleej1@nku.edu

NORTHERN KENTUCKY CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Teresa Williams, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC

10019 Golden Pond Dr.

H: 859-384-7170

Union, KY 41091

E-Mail: twilliamsrn01@yahoo.com

HEARTLAND CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Gina Leigh, BSN, RN

P: 270-402-1008

2518 Speck Ridge Rd

Elk Horn, KY 42733-7761

Ginaleigh1026@yahoo.com

WEST KENTUCKY CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Betty Kuiper, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CEN

P: 270-575-2928

120 Lowell Ave

West Paducah, KY 47086

E-Mail: betty.kuiper@aol.com

KENTUCKY NURSES REACH –

RESEARCH, EDUCATE, ADVOCATE,

CARE, HELP

CHAIR:

Myria Harris, MSN, RN, CNE

P: 270-901-1206

myriataylor@gmail.com

NIGHTINGALE CHAPTER

CO-CHAIRS:

Pat Calico, PhD, RN, chair

P: 606-669-3638

85 Henry Clay Rd

Stanford, KY 40484

E-Mail: patricia.calico@gmail.com

Lisa Lockhart, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC, vice-chair

P: 941-628-6222

699 Settlement Drive

Lancaster, KY 40444

lockhartlisa155@gmail.com

NORTHEASTERN CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Tabbetha Carver, MSN, AGACNP-BC

P: 606-922-8346

248 Bourbon Street

Greenup, KY 41144

E-Mail: Tabbyjloan@gmail.com

PENNYRILE CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Marsha Woodall, DNP, MBA, RN

C: 270-875-3823

2327 Saint Malo St.

Madisonville, KY 42431

E-Mail: marsha.whitfield@kctcs.edu

SCHOOL NURSES IN EVERY

KENTUCKY SCHOOL SNIP

CO-CHAIRS:

Kathy Hager, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE

P: 502-682-0651

1508 Main St.

Shelbyville, KY 40065

E-mail: khager@bellarmine.edu

Patricia Burkhart, FAAN, PhD, RN

2273 Chamblee Ln.

Lexington, KY 40513

E-mail: pvburkhart@gmail.com

SOUTHEASTERN CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Lauren Bates, DNP, RN

P: (606)783-9520

84 Twin Cedar Rd

Jackson, KY 41339

lbates0009@hotmail.com

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EDITORIAL BOARD 2020 – 2021

EDITORS:

Ida Slusher, PhD, RN, CNE (2019 – 2022)

Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN

MEMBERS:

Patricia Calico, PhD, RN (2021 – 2024)

Sherill Cronin, PhD, RN-BC (2020 – 2023)

Vickie Ann Miracle, EdD, RN (2019 – 2022)

Kim Hawkins, PhD, APRN (2020 – 2023)

Connie Lamb, PhD, RN, CNE (2021 – 2024)

REVIEWERS:

Deb Chilcote, DNP, RNC-MNN

Dawn Garrett-Wright, PhD, MSN, RN

Heather K. Gilchrist, DNP, MED, MS, RN

Lisa Lockhart, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC

Teresa Villaran, MS, MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN

KNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President - Donna Meador, MSN, RN, CENP, CPHQ (2020-2022)

Immediate Past President - Ruth Carrico

PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN (2020-2022)

Vice President - Patty Spurr, EdD, MSN, CNE, FRE (2019 – 2021)

Secretary - Misty Ellis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC (2019-2021)

Treasurer - Arica Branford, PhD, JD, RN (2020 -2022)

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE:

Loretta Elder, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN (2020-2022)

Michael Rager, PhD, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN, CNE (2019-2021)

Julie Ossege, PhD, FNP-BC, FNAP-FAANP (2020-2022)

Jody Rogers, MSN, BSN, RN (2019-2021)

EDUCATION & RESEARCH CABINET:

Judi Godsey, PhD, MSN, RN (2019-2021)

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CABINET:

Brittney Welch, DNP, RN (2020-2022)

PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE &

ADVOCACY CABINET:

Teresa Villaran, MS, MSN, CCRN, CNE (2020-2022)

KNAC President: Janie Heath

PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, FNAP, FAANP

KANS/Student Subscriber Consultant: Lisa Lockhart

MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC, (2019-2021)

Chapter Liaison: Dolores White, DNP, RN, CNE (2020-2022)

KNA STAFF

Chief Executive Officer: Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN

Membership and Communication Director:

Stephanie Smith, MA, BA

Administrative Coordinator: Sherry Chandler

GREEN RIVER CHAPTER

CHAIR:

Kim McGovern, MSN, RN

P: 270-302-0982

1111 W. Parrish Ave.

Owensboro, KY 42301

E-Mail: kim.mcgovern@kctcs.edu

EX OFFICIO MEMBER FOR ALL KNA

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(2020-2022)

C: 502-390-1778

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September, October, November 2021 Kentucky Nurse • Page 3

Chapter Updates

KNA Bluegrass Chapter

The Bluegrass Chapter continues to meet via

Zoom. Members spent the summer working on time

of its election and adding new officers to its slate

including membership and event planning chairs and

eliminating the second vice president position. The

chapter also will soon establish a Finance Committee.

Starting in 2022. Bluegrass elections will take place

in the Spring.

Members are considering creating a Nightingale

Award to spotlight outstanding staff nurses.

The chapter will offer a series of CEUs centered

on diversity this Fall and hosts its meetings, 6 -7

p.m. and CE programs, 7-8 p.m., (EST) on the third

Tuesday of each month.

Officers include:

- Jitana Benton-Lee, DNP, MSN, MBA-HC, RN,

NEA-BC, chair

- Chair-Elect, vacant

- Nancy Barnum, PhD, MSN, RN, immediate past

chair

- Ella Hunter, PhD, MHS, RN, second vice chair

- Amanda Martin, DNP, RN, NE-BC, secretary

- Dee Beckman, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC,

treasurer

offers KNA Summit scholarships for up to five RNs

and a student educational scholarship.

Officers include:

- Pat Calico, PhD, RN, chair

- Lisa Lockhart, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC,

vice-chair

- Denise Alvey, MSN, RN-BC, secretary

- Gwyneth Pyle, BSN, RN, treasurer

KNA Northeastern Chapter

The Northeastern Chapter members will begin a

T-shirt fundraiser starting this fall, collect donations

for Lakeside Christian Academy for an AED and

will contribute to the Greenup County “Meals

on Wheels” canned food drive. The chapter will

begin facilitating Nightingale tributes and collecting

donations for COVID safety such as masks for local

schools and members will volunteer at COVID

vaccination clinics.

To recruit and retain members, the chapter

regularly sends $10 gift cards to members at random

with notes of appreciation and also distributes gift

cards and hosts raffles for those attending meetings.

KNA Green River Chapter

The chapter did not meet in June or July and

resumed meetings on August 12.

Officers include:

- Kim McGovern, MSN, RN-BC, chair

- Amanda Howell, MSN, RN, chair-elect

- Amy Higdon, DNP, RN, secretary

- Amy Wimsatt, MSN, RN, treasurer

- Marlena Buchanan, MSN, RN, CNS, Nightingale

Tribute

KNA Heartland Chapter

Officers include:

- Gina Leigh, BSN, RN, chair

- Sonia Miller, BSN, RN, immediate past chair

- Mary Bauer, RN, secretary

KNA Nightingale Chapter

Monica Wesley, Pharm D, clinical pharmacist,

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center,

presented the chapter’s August 12 CE program,

“Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship in a

“Quick Fix” Society.” Recently, Denise Alvey,

MSN, RN, chapter secretary, facilitated a class

on professionalism in nursing at the Bluegrass

Community & Technical College’s Lawrenceburg

campus.

Register today to attend “The Stress of

COVID-19 on Nurses,” 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.,

Thursday, October 14 (includes chapter meeting).

Megan Shelton, RN-C, BSN, director of behavioral

health services, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical

Center will present.

Contact hours: 1.0

KBN: 1-0001-12-21-84

Attendees must stay for duration of the program

to be awarded contact hours for continuing

nursing education provide license number upon

registration and complete an evaluation for the

program. Partial credit will not be awarded for any

session. We reserve the right to cancel or alter the

program if unanticipated circumstances necessitate

changes. The Kentucky Nurses Association is an

approved provider of continuing nursing education

by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). The

KBN approval of an individual nursing continuing

education provider does not constitute endorsement.

Elections for chapter chair and treasurer are

planned for November.

Chapter goals include increasing its outreach to

nursing faculty and students within the Nightingale

geographic area, enhancing the mental health of

nurses through a CE program, increasing chapter

attendance at the KNA Summit 2021. The chapter

Tonya Kennedy, MSN, RN, recently presented

Connor Noble, a nursing student at Morehead

University and KNA Student Subscriber, with the

chapter’s $500 Nursing Excellence Scholarship.

Officers include:

- Tabbetha Carver, MSN AGACP-BC, chair

- Lisa Wallace, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC,

vice chair

- Levita Larson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, secretary

- Tonya Kennedy, MSN, RN, treasurer

KNA Northern Chapter

In August, the Northern Chapter hosted an

excellent presentation for its third quarter meeting,

“COVID-19 & Beyond,” presented by Dora Savani,

MD. The chapter’s next meeting is scheduled for

5 p.m., (EST), Wednesday, November 3; details TBD.

Officers include:

- Teresa Williams, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, chair

- Callie Gollihue, MSN, RN-BC, secretary

- Paula Teleky, MSN, BSN, RNC-LRN, CHSE,

treasurer

KNA Pennyrile Chapter

Officers include:

- Marsha Woodall, DNP, MBA, RN, chair

- Shannon Allen, vice chair

- Loretta Elder, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, secretary

- Karen Perry, RN, membership committee chair

KNA REACH Chapter

The chapter will host its meeting and CE program,

“Suicide Awareness,” 6 p.m. (CST), Tuesday,

September 21. Officers include:

- Myria Harris, DNP, RN, CNE, chair

- Kim Riddle, PhD(c), MSN, RN, SANE, CEN,

EMT-B, vice-chair,

- Dawn Garrett-Wright, PhD, CNE, APRN,

PMHNP, secretary

- Anne Afton, RN, treasurer

- Miranda Peterson, DNP, MSN, BSN,

membership coordinator

Chapter Updates continued on page 4


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Chapter Updates

Chapter Updates continued from page 3

KNA River City Chapter

River City Chapter members continue to help

with COVID-19 vaccination clinics/mobile missions

through the KNA Office, the local Louisville

Metro Health & Wellness Department and other

community organizations. The chapter partners with

community agencies to present continuing education

opportunities for 1.2 contact hours and proceeds are

donated to the non-profit organizations. In June,

the chapter hosted a CE opportunity where Matthew

LaRocco, manager of Norton Hospital’s Harm

Reduction Program presented “One of These People

is Not Like the Other,” registration fees ($405) were

donated to the Kentucky Nurses Foundation (KNF).

Dedra Hayden MSN, CDE, APRN-C, health

services director, Kentucky Racing Health Services

Center shared the center’s model for caring for the

community via a CE offering and registration fees

from that program ($430) were donated to the

Center. In November, the chapter will partner with

the Office of Globalization for a continuing education

opportunity; details TBD. Officers include:

- Dolores White, DNP, RN, CNE, chair

- Audria Denker, DNP, RN, immediate past chair

- Brittney Welch, DNP, RN, vice chair

- Katie Bradshaw, MSN, RN, CNE, secretary

- Joann Mattingly, MSN, MBA, NE-BC, treasurer

Sawyer Bevin, a nursing student at Bellarmine

University, is the recipient of the KNA River City

Student Scholarship.

KNA River City members enjoyed the chapter’s

annual paint party.

KNA School Nurses in Every School (SNIP)

The KNA School Nurses Task Force is assessing the

positive benefit of more nurses in schools because of

COVID-19. The task force is also working to increase

state nurses’ involvement to raise funds to support a UK

faculty member who will research nursing indicators for

school nurses’ effect on students’ mental and physical

health, their academic success, their attendance rates

and graduation rates. Officers include:

- Kathy Hager, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE,

co-chair

- Patricia Burkhart, PhD, FAAN, RN, co-chair

KNA Southeastern Chapter

After months of hard work and careful planning, the

Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA) proudly welcomes

the Southeastern Chapter to its 11-chapter statewide

organization. The Southeastern Chapter’s geographic

reach includes 116 members in Bell, Breathitt, Clay,

Harlan, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary,

Perry, Pulaski, Wayne and Whitely counties. Lauren

Bates, DNP, RN, instructor of nursing, Morehead State

University, will serve as the chapter chair and will work

with members to elect additional officers.

Currently hiring faculty in Kentucky for

all specialty areas.

We change the life of one to care for the

lives of many

Student Success, Institutional Excellence, Relationships, Stewardship

Galen College is currently hiring expert educators and committed

professionals in all areas of expertise whose guidance and experience

contribute to the success of thousands of students entering the

nursing field every year.

Must have MSN, DNP or PhD degree

Louisville Campus • Hazard Campus

galencollege.edu/careers

Chapter goals this quarter include establishing a

social media presence, increasing active memberships

and determining what outreach needs and advocacy

members can help with in their communities.

KNA Western Chapter

“Hooray” for the 47 first semester nursing students

at West Kentucky Community and Technical College

for joining KNA as Student Subscribers as part of their

nursing program.

Carolyn Tinsley MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN has

had a busy summer with a group known as “Sleep

in Heavenly Peace.” She is a member of the Kenlake

Region and they built and delivered 20 beds to children

in need; Carolyn also delivers “Meals on Wheels” in her

Murray community.

Information for Authors

Kentucky Nurse Editorial Board welcomes

submission articles to be reviewed and considered

for publication in Kentucky Nurse.

• Articles may be submitted in one of the following

categories:

A. Personal opinion/experience, anecdotal (Editorial

Review)

B. Research/scholarship/clinical/professional issue

(Classic Peer Review)

C. Accent on Research (Editorial Review)

D. Cultural Diversity (Editorial Review)

E. Health Matters (Editorial Review)

F. Student Spotlight (Editorial Review)

• Information about IRB or Ethical Board approval is

a requirement for Quality Improvement projects,

evidence practice based projects, and research studies.

• All articles, except research abstracts, must be

accompanied by a signed Kentucky Nurse transfer

of copyright form (available from KNA office or

on website www.Kentucky-Nurses.org) when

submitted for review.

• Articles will be reviewed only if accompanied by

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considered for publication on condi tion that they

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submitted in triplicate. Maximum length is five (5)

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• Articles should also be submitted electronically

• Articles should include a cover page with the

author’s name(s), title(s), affiliation(s), and complete

address.

• Style must conform to the Publication Manual of

the APA, 7th edi tion.

• Monetary payment is not provided for articles.

• Receipt of articles will be acknowledged by email to

the author(s). Following review, the author(s) will be

notified of acceptance or re jection.

• The Kentucky Nurse editors reserve the right to

make final editorial changes to meet publication

deadlines.

• Please complete a manuscript checklist to ensure

all requirements are met. You must provide

a completed checklist when a manuscript is

submitted. The Manuscript Checklist can be found

at www.kentucky-nurses.org.

• Articles should be emailed to:

Editor, Kentucky Nurse, Kentucky Nurses

Association, at admin@kentucky-nurses.org


September, October, November 2021 Kentucky Nurse • Page 5

Calendar of Events

KNA Board of Directors Meeting:

First Friday of the Month, 10 AM – Noon, virtual

KNA Education & Research Cabinet Meetings:

First Tuesday of every month, 4 – 5 PM, virtual

KNA Governmental Affairs Cabinet Meetings:

Second Friday of every Month, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, virtual

KNA Chapter Leadership Meetings:

Third Wednesday of every month, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Kentucky Nurses Foundation Board of Trustee Meetings:

Fourth Tuesday of every other month at the KNA office,

Noon – 4 PM, virtual

KNA Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee Meetings:

Second Monday of every Month, Noon – 1 PM, virtual

KNA Professional Nursing Practice & Advocacy Cabinet Meetings:

First Wednesday of every month, 5 PM, virtual

September 2021

17 Governmental Affairs Retreat

21 KNA REACH Chapter, “Suicide Awareness,” 6 p.m. (CST)

23 KNA Student Subscriber Features & Benefits, 7 p.m.

October 2021

KNF Raffle

14 KNA Nightingale Chapter, “The Stress of COVID-19 on Nurses,”

6:30 – 8:30 p.m., (EST)

21 New Leader Orientation, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

27 Materials due to KNA Office for December 2021 issue of Kentucky Nurse

28 KNA Business Meeting, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

November 2021

4-5 KNA Summit

11 KBN Practice Meeting, 9 AM

December 2021

ANA Leadership Summit

2-3 KNA Leadership Retreat

KNA Event Planning Committee Meetings:

Second Thursday 3-4pm, virtual

KNA Nurse in Every School

First and third Monday of every month, Noon – 1 PM

***All nurses are welcome to attend any nursing event.

These are open to KNA members***

All meetings are on (EST) unless otherwise indicated.

REGISTER TODAY

for the “COVID-19 Vaccine Update

for Nurses – hosted by Dr. Ruth,

KNA immediate past president”

Catch past sessions on the KNA YouTube channel

Register today for “COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Nurses - hosted

by Dr. Ruth, KNA immediate past president,” 1 - 1:30 p.m., Friday,

September 24. Ruth Carrico, PhD DNP APRN FNP-C FSHEA CIC, FAAN, is a

professor and family nurse practitioner in the Division of Infectious Diseases

and clinical director of the Global Health Center Vaccine and International

Travel at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Tina Siddon, RT,

program director, Respiratory Therapy, Madisonville Community College;

September 24, (Contact Hours: 0.6, KBN# 1-0001-12-21-81) will join Dr.

Carrico on the air.

Catch up on the whole series on the KNA YouTube Channel where you

can find recordings of these sessions:

• Denise Beach, MS, BSN, RN, executive director, Hopkins County Health

Department, August 27, (Contact Hours: 0.6, KBN#1-0001-12-21-78);

• Misty Ellis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC, acute care nurse practitioner,

Norton Children’s Intensive Care Unit at the University of Louisville,

September 10, (Contact Hours: 0.6, KBN# 1-0001-12-21-79);

• Arica Brandford, PhD, JD, RN, clinical trainer and coach, Inovalon,

Inc.; Angela Brandford Stevenson, MSHRD, PHR, SHRM-CP, senior

human resources manager, Beam Suntory, Inc. and Nancy Galvagni,

president and chief executive officer, Kentucky Hospital Association;

September 17 (Contact Hours: 0.6, KBN# 1-0001-12-21-80) and

• Tina Siddon, RT, program director, Respiratory Therapy, Madisonville

Community College, September 24, after broadcast (Contact Hours:

0.6, KBN# 1-0001-12-21-81).

Attendees must stay for duration of the program to be awarded contact

hours for continuing nursing education provide license number upon

registration and complete an evaluation for the program. Partial credit will

not be awarded for any session. We reserve the right to cancel or alter the

program if unanticipated circumstances necessitate changes. The Kentucky

Nurses Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education

by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). The KBN approval of an individual

nursing continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement.


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KNA affiliates offer guidance

and leadership about issues

that affect Kentucky nurses

KNA affiliate organizations meet regularly with KNA leadership and offer

guidance and useful information about issues that affect Kentucky nurses such as

social determinants of care, equity in healthcare, nurse suicide prevention, COVID-19

education, prevention, testing and vaccinations, advocacy and much more.

Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN, chief executive officer of KNA, says, “We are

so fortunate to work with such a diverse group of affiliate organizations that

bring insight and leadership to our organization and together, we are changing

the view of what Kentuckians believe nurses can do.”

Learn more about how your organization can become a KNA affiliate today.

Thanks to our affiliates:

• Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

• Eastern Kentucky University School of Nursing

• Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

• Galen College of Nursing

Kentucky Perinatal Association

Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders

Kentucky Public Health Association

• KYANNA (Black Nurses Association of Louisville KY, Inc.)

• KyANA (Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists)

• University of Kentucky College of Nursing

• University of Kentucky College of Social Work

• University of Louisville School of Nursing

• National Black Nurses Association – Lexington Chapter U of L Health

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voice fear of the unknown, for example the vaccine is so new and what are

the long-term effects going to be? McCann told the group that he believes

that hesitant nurses are not trying to be disagreeable, they are acting out

of fear, and their concerns need to be heard. And again, good decisions

begin with good information.

• McCann went on to discuss the ethics of employer-mandated vaccination

policies. He stated that just as an individual has liberty and autonomy, a

business also has a right to a degree of autonomy to determine what is

appropriate to protect their workers and their customers or for healthcare

organizations, their patients. He also reminded us that mandatory

vaccinations are not new to healthcare. He noted that the EEOC allows for

reasonable exceptions to getting the vaccination: 1) medical reasons and

2) sincerely held religious beliefs that conflict with the vaccination.

• As to the question of whether mandatory vaccination policies will decrease

an already exhausted and overwhelmed nursing workforce, the group

maintained that this is an even more important reason to mandate the

vaccine to protect our nursing workforce. Dr. Carrico noted that this is not

different from many other policies that we put into place to not harm our

patients, such as not wearing artificial nails, washing our hands, etc.

• Ms. Beach and Ms. Brown wrapped up with a discussion of PCR testing

and its high accuracy and the nurse’s role as educators and advocate –

we are trusted in the community and are members of the most trusted

profession in the nation. If nurses are vaccinated, they are more likely to

recommend vaccination to their patients. We are at the forefront of this

pandemic – continually exposed to the virus in our work and at risk of

getting the virus and transmitting the virus. But we are also a powerful

force to get the message out and to provide factual information.

All in all, it was a great session and I strongly encourage anyone who missed

it to view it on the KNA YouTube Channel.

On another note – a “Shout Out” to all school nurses! Our school year is

getting off to a great start with in-person learning and we wish all students,

teachers, other staff and especially our school nurses a wonderful year. KNA

continues to work hard to support our School Nurse Task Force as we all seek to

get a “Nurse in Every School Every Day All Day”.

And finally, I’d like to share some important events and dates to remember.

You will find additional details about these events as you read through the

Kentucky Nurse –make plans to participate in:

• The KNA Annual Business Meeting, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 28

(EST) via zoom. We will cover KNA business and will also include inspiration

for us all with the KNA Awards presentation and we will honor our legacy

colleagues in the statewide Nightingale Tribute;

• The virtual KNA Education Summit, “Facing the Challenges – Preparing for

the Future,” Thursday, November 4 and Friday, November 5;

• As part of the Summit, plan to participate in an immersive performance

of “The Clinic” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 4. Written by Colorado

nurse Tara Rynders, MFA, BSN, BA RN-BC, KNA has partnered with Actor’s

Theatre of Louisville to provide this very interesting and immersive play that

focuses on Rynder’s story and mental health support for nurses.

I invite you to read more about these events in this issue of Kentucky Nurse,

and to check out these and more on the KNA website, www.kentucky-nurses.org.

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Meet KNA Board Members

Leaders of Our Organization

We hope you enjoy this continuing series,

“Meet the Kentucky Nurses Association Board”

that regularly appears in Kentucky Nurse. KNA

leaders tirelessly volunteer their time to advocate

for fellow nurses and those in their care. Get

to know these nurses, ask them questions and

reach out. This is your professional nursing

organization:

John Blumenstock, BS,

MHA, CHC, is a member

of the Kentucky Nurses

Foundation Board of Trustees

Current Professional Role:

retired/compliance consultant

(KN) What made you

decide to serve in a

leadership role within our

organization?

(JB) Based on my past

working relationship with Donna Meador and Delanor

Manson asked that I join the KNF board of trustees.

(KN) What would you say to others who are

considering leadership positions within KNA?

(JB) KNA seems to be a very dynamic professional

organization that takes to heart their mission

and their plans to enhance the professionalism of

Kentucky nurses which will ultimately positively

impact the community but most importantly the

patients that nurses impact daily.

(KN) What would you like fellow nurses to know

about your KNA membership? What does it mean

to you?

(JB) While I’m not a nurse, I see the value of

professional networking.

(KN) What is your message to nurses on the

frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic?

(JB) Thank you for the lives you impact both in the

short term as well as the long term.

****

Judi Godsey, PhD, MSN,

RN, is chair of the Education &

Research Cabinet and a KNA

board member

John

Blumenstock

the boardroom.” Nurses should boldly assume the

mantle of leadership as they direct, inform and lead

patient-centered care as the public’s most trusted

profession. The KNA is committed to supporting

nurses at the chapter and state levels in matters

of professional development and regarding issues

impacting Kentucky’s nursing workforce (e.g.

working conditions, adequate reimbursement

and the health and safety of nurses). The voice of

nursing is most effectively realized through the

collective representation of professional nursing

organizations. For nurses in Kentucky, this is

quite simply the KNA, since it is Kentucky’s only

statewide nursing organization.

What would you say to others who are

considering leadership positions within KNA?

Through the KNA’s Education and Research Cabinet

(ERC), I have been proud to encourage Kentucky

nurses to actively pursue their own professional growth

and development. To that end, the ERC developed a

research program (application and procedural process)

to help guide Kentucky nurses to engage in research

and evidence-based practice that advances professional

practice. Through this new research program, members

have access to survey nurses throughout the state as

they conduct approved research. This member service

offers an incredible opportunity for the collective

voices of Kentucky’s nurses to be heard, while nurse

researchers simultaneously advance their careers

through the conduct of regionally relevant scholarship.

I can’t think of a better way to stay abreast of issues of

import to Kentucky nurses.

What would you like fellow nurses to know about

your KNA membership? What does it mean to you?

As autonomous professionals, we must remain

steadfastly committed to the accurate representation

of nurses throughout all corners of nursing: practice,

education, research, policy and innovation. It cannot

be overstated - this kind of representation happens

most effectively through our professional organizations.

The KNA is the voice of Kentucky nurses. To serve in a

leadership position that supports that mission has been a

real honor.

What is your message to nurses on the frontline of

the COVID-19 pandemic?

Nurses are an incredible asset across the nation, but

perhaps nowhere more than in Kentucky. As I shared

in an earlier edition of Kentucky Nurse, life expectancy

is one of the most basic measures of a state’s overall

health and Kentucky ranks among the lowest (47th) in

the number of years of life lost before age 75. Kentucky

also ranks at the bottom of many health indicators

which increase COVID-19 mortality risk; statistics which

are further complicated by the poor overall health

among Kentucky’s seniors (ranking 49th). During this

relentless pandemic, Kentucky nurses have used their

education, expertise, advocacy and influence to help

safeguard the health of the public and have fought

hard to reclaim every single year of life being lost to

COVID and other preventable diseases in Kentucky. My

message to Kentucky nurses is a heartfelt “thank you.”

And as you so tirelessly care for others, please do not

forget to care for yourself first…you are truly a priceless

gift to Kentucky.

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An ode to a nurse

Teach me half the gladness

Thy brain must know, said Shelley

I believe most men don’t know

The sacrifice that nurses make for us

To uplift lives, and often risking theirs that follow.

I know nurses in the nurseries and in ICU

Who with joy show their love for me and you

And all their patients that go through

Even when the final time is nigh

They care, they assist and comfort

Pushing the brother of Zeus to a path that is

inaccessible and high

They weep in silence for every life that is lost

As though they were their own for whom they fought.

I would likely not be a doctor today

If nurses hadn’t helped me in many ways

I remember the time when I was afraid to deliver a

baby, a requirement to graduate

A nurse understood my anxiety and had helped me to

achieve my grade and proceed

She had covered for me so I could succeed.

I have known nurses who could place needles in

babies’ arms

When I thought it was impossible

And they could start IV fluids

In those that had no visible veins.

They did that without asking for recognition or an

acknowledgment

But just as always, all in a day’s work that provided

fulfillment.

I had read about Sister Joseph’s nodule

And I know there are many other occasions

When we men didn’t credit the nurses

That had helped us in other situations.

I wonder if Dr. Horsley would have been as successful

Without the help of Sister Nightingale

Dr. Halstead would have never found the rubber gloves

Without the help of Caroline Hampton and his love for

her hands.

The kindness and the compassion that a nurse imbibes

in our daily lives

Can be only understood if we stop in our fast-moving

path that is always before us

May I suggest that we appreciate.

A nurse had suggested to me to use a Goode tube

while performing syrinx arachnoid shunt

As I was struggling operating on a patient with

cavitation in spinal cord

That had extended almost to the front

She was an ENT nurse for a while

And she had handed to me the tube

That she thought I would need in her unassuming style.

I raise my hat to nurses everyday

Where would I be if a nurse hadn’t used EPIPEN as I laid

in a pasture

And saved my life when I had passed out after a

hornet’s sting

Or to help me find my glasses after I had flung it when

attacked by a swarm of bees on my calvarium

Or helping when I was afflicted by mountain sickness

and vomited incessant

So, I believe that to honor a nurse is a joyful event and

they deserve the felicitation

So, I invite you to participate and let us lovingly bestow

on them our congratulation.

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Neurosurgery

University of Louisville

School of Medicine

Personal Experience

Glimpses of Life During a Pandemic

Vickie A. Miracle, EdD, RN

Retired critical care nurse and former editor of

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing

Louisville, Kentucky

Seven years ago, I almost died from a different

strain of coronavirus called Non-SARS/ Non-MERS

(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS-CoV/

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). The illness began

with flu-like symptoms and then proceeded rapidly

to respiratory distress, acute respiratory failure

requiring mechanical ventilation, adult respiratory

distress syndrome, sepsis and acute renal failure

requiring hemodialysis three times a week for seven

weeks. Fortunately, with the fantastic nursing and

medical care I received, as well as the loving support

of family and friends I made a complete recovery.

When I first heard of the current strain of

coronavirus occurring in Asia, I was not concerned.

Then the first cases in the United States occurred,

but I still was not worried. However, when the first

case popped up in Louisville, I developed a fullblown

COVID-19 induced hysteria which lasted

several days. After this, I became more rational and

put on my nurse’s cap (figuratively) and started

actions necessary to fight this killer virus. I started

wearing masks long before they were mainstream

fashion accessories and bought a few extra

disinfectant sprays, paper towels, hand sanitizer and

chocolate in case this virus had us inside for a while.

All of these were worthy purchases. I already had

many of the things I would need because growing

up with Depression-age grandparents and parents, I

learned the value of stocking necessary supplies such

as chocolate.

Once COVID-19 reared its ugly head about 18

months ago, I started to notice things that I probably

would not have experienced without the pandemic.

I wanted to volunteer and work the testing sites but

my medical professionals (and family and friends)

vehemently advised me not to because of my

previous “hate-hate” relationship with coronavirus.

So, instead I found different ways to care for others,

as well as pets. Following is a partial list of some of

the things I noticed the past 18 months. Some are

happy while others are funny, while others are a little

sad. Some show the ingenuity of humans coping

with the difficult aspects of a pandemic. Others

provide a commentary on everyday life during a

pandemic. They may involve nurses, other healthcare

providers, and laypersons. These glimpses show the

ingenuity of humans coping during a pandemic.

Perhaps you will see some of yourself in the

examples and can laugh at them because laughter is

the best medicine:

1. Facial masks as fashion statements and/or

accessories; I have masks to describe mood,

holidays, seasons and those that match my

outfits.

2. I saw my husband and neighbor exchanging

packages of toilet paper. Her husband really

liked one particular brand. We had the brand

he liked and we are not choosy; so thus,

trading seemed like the reasonable thing to

do.

3. While shopping at a large store we saw

a large display of disinfecting wipes. The

limit was two so I placed them in my cart

and strolled away. At the front of the store,

an elderly woman saw the ones in my cart

and wanted to know where I found them. I

realized that she probably would not get to

the display in time. So, we gave her one of

ours. You would think she had just won the

lottery. She actually cried happy tears.

4. A neighbor needed home oxygen therapy

and she always washed the equipment as

prescribed. However, one day she ran out of

alcohol. Several of us went out to look for

alcohol to no avail. The respiratory therapist

with the oxygen supply equipment told her to

use vodka. We were able to get the alcohol in

a few weeks and the neighbors stocked up.

Unfortunately, she died just after Christmas,

but we still smile when we remember her

rinsing her oxygen tubing. I am sure there was

a stash of alcohol and vodka in her home.

5. Finding the Christmas Star which is the

juxtaposition of Saturn and Jupiter on

December 21 - several neighbors set up

telescopes and invited all to come see while

maintaining social distancing.

6. Planning a drive-by baby shower following

the guidelines of avoiding crowds and social

distancing - our plan was to have one of us

carry the gifts from the cars while another

delivered cake to the guests who remained

dutifully in their cars. The expectant mother

would stay in a chair at least six feet from

the car to greet her friends and family. As

fate would have it, we were not able to

have the baby shower. A few weeks later,

the expectant mom and dad had a healthy

baby boy. We planned a tailgating party in

the parking lot of the hospital awaiting the

birth of this beautiful baby. The shower and

tailgating party were held in collaboration

with Jennifer Sims, RN, APRN.

7. Critical care nurses decorating their units for

all the holidays, from the Fourth of July to

Easter, this brought smiles to patients and

families and provided some light-hearted

moments in a very trying time.

8. Food drives everywhere and often. Also drives

to provide items to local animal shelter.

9. Impromptu concerts provided by professional

musicians in parking lots of senior living

facilities.

10. Funerals either drive-by or shown with ZOOM

to comply with social distancing.

11. The birth of children - I know two families

who received an incredible gift during the

pandemic.

12. An elderly man sitting on the porch offered

toilet paper to those passing by. He used

this as a way to cope with social isolation.

People still stop by to chat with him, (example

provided by Jennifer Sims, RN, APRN).

13. Nurses using technology to keep patients and

families informed and allowed them to see

and talk with each other.

14. Nurses and other healthcare providers smiling

when a patient recovered enough to leave

the hospital and not afraid to cry when the

patient passed away.

15. Nurses supporting each other.

16. The sacrifice of so many first responders and

healthcare providers who never faltered.

17. Laughing when someone calls coronavirus,

the “beer virus” as my daughter did when I

was diagnosed seven years ago.

18. Really getting to know our neighbors - we

live in a patio home community. All the units

have partial brick walls which were great for

standing outside while maintaining social

distancing. Even now, as restrictions are

loosened, we are still a cohesive group.

I know all of you have your own thoughts and

memories of life during the pandemic. Hold those

dear to you close to your heart. Learn to smile

through tears. I am proud to be a wife, mother,

daughter, nurse and coronavirus survivor in 2014.


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Garrard County resident shares his non-traditional

journey to nursing profession

Nightingale chapter member participates in “Where Nurses Work and What They Do” series

After serving eight years

in the military, Michael Tain

worked as an arborist and

logger for some 20 years. After

losing a co-worker on the job

and serving as a wilderness

EMT, Michael came to realize

the danger of his career path. In

the early 2000s, his father had

a stroke, and he was the only

child that could help take care

Michael Tain

of him. These life experiences

prompted him to rethink what he wanted to do for a

living – nursing called him to use the leadership skills

he attained in the military and the care skills he learned

with his father.

Michael says, “I went through Midway’s associate

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serve as the Midway Kentucky Association of Nursing

Students’ president.” There were no more than four

men in his classes. He is pursuing a bachelor of science

degree in nursing from Aspen University.

After earning his associate degree in nursing at

the age of 49, he began his career in emergency

and trauma, “Having spent a fair amount of time as

a patient myself, I understand what it’s like to feel

helpless in the ER. I offer empathy and compassion to

patients and their families at what is often their darkest

hour.”

While he says nursing isn’t as physically taxing as

his military and logging jobs, it’s challenging mentally

and emotionally, “Still though, when I have the chance

to make a difference and can see concrete visible

improvement, it’s so rewarding. When I can provide

solace during moments that matter or spend those final

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Most recently, Michael worked as a critical care

nurse for the State Department in Iraq at a secure site

and was the only medical professional in his facility

running a clinic 12 hours a day six days a week, and oncall

24 hours a day.

Of that experience, he says, “Along with the long

hours, we had limited resources and when I did have to

leave the site, I was in up-armored SUVs with five – six

armed guards.”

Upon returning to his Lancaster home, Michael took

a break and is now working for the Garrard County

Health Department on a contract basis providing

COVID-19 vaccinations after starting as a volunteer,

providing education around prevention and the

importance of getting the shot.

“As a nurse, I have a responsibility to combat

misinformation about COVID and hope to encourage

our health department to take the message out into

the community at churches and more pop-up clinics,”

he says.

Of his KNA membership, Michael sees the value

of belonging to the organization for all nurses, “My

experience with professional organizations like KNA is

that there is good education and a chance to network

with a community of people who have had similar

experiences. I can talk to fellow members about things

like losing patients – they get it.”

Recognizing the importance of self-care, Michael

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September, October, November 2021 Kentucky Nurse • Page 11

Will Your Next Prescription be for the

Pharmacy or the Farmacy?

Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, PMHCNS-BC,

ISNA Member

Reprinted with permission from

Indiana The Bulletin, February 2021

Almost 2500 years ago

Hippocrates said “Let food be

your medicine and medicine

be your food.” These words

are still relevant today. Some

diseases are acute while

others are chronic. Those

that are chronic may include

heart disease, hypertension,

diabetes, asthma, arthritis,

COPD, kidney disease and

Joanne Evans

some cancers.

The leading causes of death in the US from

disease are heart disease, followed by cancer,

chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes

and chronic kidney disease. Diabetes is actually the

fastest growing chronic disease in the US. In 2017,

Indiana was ranked 6th in the country with diabetes

being the leading cause of death and 13th in the

country with heart disease as the leading cause of

death.

In 2014, they counted over 6600 medication

prescriptions plus over the counter medications.

We can only imagine what the number is today.

According to the data from the National Health

and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2015–2016,

45.8% of the U.S. population used prescription

drugs. Nearly 40% of older adults take five or more

prescription drugs. All these medications have side

effects including nausea, fever, chills, headaches,

itching, wheezing, tightness in chest, vomiting,

red and irritated eyes and the list goes on and on.

Pharmaceuticals are actually the ones that benefit

the most from people being sick.

Is it possible that some of these chronic diseases

could be prevented or reversed by 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. There

is continual research showing that plant-based

nutrition:

• Prevents and reverses heart disease, diabetes

and some cancers

• Decreases cholesterol and reduce blood sugar

levels

• Decreases obesity and complications from

being overweight

• Improves mood, sleep, energy, depression,

anxiety

• Reverses many chronic diseases

• Increases work productivity

In a research study in five corporate locations in

the US, those practicing plant-based nutrition (PBN)

showed improvement in body weight, blood sugar

levels, and emotional state including depression

and anxiety. 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.

The more people adhered to a healthy plant-based

diet, the lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. In

regards to obesity, research shows that those who

followed a plant-based diet had more weight loss

compared to those who followed a vegetarian and

non-vegetarian diet that included diary, eggs, fish, or

meat at two-month and six-month intervals.

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,

chick peas etc.

• Nuts and seeds

• limited processed foods

• avoiding oil, flour and sugar

With over three million nurses, it seems we could

make a dramatic change in health care for people in

the US, including Indiana, if we shared information

about plant-based nutrition. We all 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 etc.

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A MINUTE

Pharmacy or the Farmacy continued from page 11

I have volunteered to conduct several 21-day

plant-based programs utilizing the Physicians

Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

which is a free on-line Kickstart program. The

results were published in the American Journal

of Nursing and the Holistic Nursing Association

Journal. I collected lab work on two occasions

which supported the research already published.

Some people dropped up to 59 points in

cholesterol in 21 days while others also lost

weight, improved their energy and were sleeping

better.

In talking with nurses around the country,

there seem to be many reasons nurses do not

share information about plant-based nutrition.

They reported the following:

• Feel they do not know enough and were

worried they could not answer patient’s

questions

• Think it was too difficult

• Did not know who to refer patients to

• Thought it may be too expensive

• Thought patients may not be interested

When I spoke with nurses around the US, they

shared that this form of nutritional information

was not given to them in nursing schools. All

the nurses interviewed for my book, Cultivating

Seeds of Health With Plant Based Nutrition,

Nurses Share Educational Approaches to Prevent

and Reverse Chronic Disease (available on

Amazon) 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 by Dr. Colin Campbell or saw

the movie Forks Over Knives, both of which

convinced them that PBN was the way to treat

many chronic diseases.

Once nurses become knowledgeable about

plant-based nutrition, they have many options to

share this information including:

• Talking with colleagues about plant-based

nutrition (PBN)

• Having plant-based food at all meetings and

conferences

• Hosting monthly pot lucks with colleagues

and community groups (post Covid)

• Show movies on PBN and discuss the

information provided

• Ask more detailed questions about nutrition

on intakes with patients including

- How many fruits did you eat in past 24-

48 hours

- How may vegetables did you eat in past

24-48 hours

- How many portions of dairy food did you

eat I past 24-48 hours

- How many portions of meat did you eat

in past 24-48 hours

- Have them complete a nutritional

assessment - http://4leafsurvey.com

• Have care plans include PBN

• Have discharge summaries include PBN

• Request PBN guest speakers in educational

settings for undergraduate and graduate

level nursing programs

• Incorporate PBN into all discussions about

chronic diseases

• Join a community PBN group or start one

• Collaborate with other health care providers

interested in PBN

• Encourage hospitals to have plant-based

foods at all meals

• Monthly lunches with discussions on various

PBN topics (post Covid)

• Host a free online 10-day (McDougall) plantbased

program https://www.drmcdougall.

com/health/education/free-mcdougallprogram/

or host 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 specifically

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/nursesnutrition-network.

The American College of

Lifestyle Medicine has a nurses’ support group

and has presentations open to all nurses. https://

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

There is also a new health care professionals

group forming in Indiana focusing on PBN and

lifestyle to prevent and reverse chronic diseases.

There are about 110,00 nurses in Indiana. Our

patients need to have a choice on how they will

resolve their chronic health issues and nurses

can educate patients so they hear for the first

time that there is a nutritional option to prevent

and reverse many chronic diseases. Patients

should be given all the options to make educated

decisions about their health. Sometimes it starts

with medication while they are making nutrition

and lifestyle changes. Eventually it may be the

nutritional changes alone that reverse the chronic

disease process. Nurses have an opportunity to

educate people to be healthier in Indiana. Let

2021 be the time that it happens!

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 meatfree

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:

• Becoming Vegan, Express Edition: The

Everyday Guide to Plant-based Nutrition,

Brenda Davis, RD and Melina Vesanto, MS,

RD

• The China Study. Startling Implications For

Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. T.

Colin Campbell, PhD and with Thomas M.

Campbell II, MD

• How Not to Die: Discover the Foods

Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse

Disease, Michael Greger MD. FACLM and

Gene Stone

• How Not To Diet, Michael Greger MD

• The Starch Solution, John McDougall MD

• The Vegan Starter Kit: Everything You Need

to Know About Plant-Based Eating, Neal

Barnard MD

• Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr

Caldwell Esselstyn

Some good cookbooks are:

• Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing

Diabetes: 150 Recipes Scientifically Proven

to Reverse Diabetes Without Drugs, by Neal

Barnard MD and Dreena Burton


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• The China Study Cookbook by Leanne

Campbell, PhD

• Engine 2 Cookbook by Rip Esselstyn and

Jane Esselstyn

• Forks Over Knives–The Cookbook: Over 300

Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through

the Year, by Del Sroufe, Isa Chandra

Moskowitz, Julieane Hever MS, RD, CPT,

Darshana Thacker, Judy Micklewright

• The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125

Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start

Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great, Neal

Barnard, MD

• How Not to Die Cookbook, Michael Greger,

MD

• The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook:

Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You

Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less, John

McDougall, MD and Mary McDougall

• Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Cookbook, Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane

Esselstyn

Nurses interested in websites might

consider:

• 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, handouts for

offices

• Forks Over Knives - https://www.

forksoverknives.com/ - recipes, plant-based

news, meal plans, success stories, cooking

course

• Plantrician Project - https://plantricianproject.

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

review journal, conferences, cooking class,

research and more

Nurses looking for apps may be interested

in:

• 21-DayVegan Kickstart – PCRM

• Dr. McDougall Mobile Cookbook

• Forks Over Knives

• Michael Greger - Dr. Gregers’ Daily Dozen

Some good plant-based movies are:

• 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

Joanne Evans MEd, RN, PMHCNS is an advanced

practice nurse and has been practicing for

almost 50 years. She is certified in plantbased

nutrition by two national organizations

and has been a speaker at many national,

state, and local nursing conferences. She has

published on this topic in several journals in

nursing organizations. She recently published

Cultivating Seeds of Health With Plant Based

Nutrition, Nurses Share Educational Approaches

to Prevent and Reverse Chronic Disease which

is available on Amazon. She can be reached at

healthynursesandcommunities@gmail.com.

References

American Association of Nurse Practitioners Journal. A wholefood

plant-based experiential education program for health

care providers results in personal and professional changes.

Oct 2019. A. Lessem, S. Gould, J. Evans et al.

American Journal of Nursing, March 2017 – A Plant-based

program – Nurses experience the benefits and challenges

of following a plant-based diet

American Journal of Holistic Nursing, April 2015 - Plantbased

nutrition: Will your next prescription be for the

farmers market OR the pharmacy

Martin CB, Hales CM, Gu Q, Ogden CL. Prescription drug

use in the United States, 2015–2016. NCHS Data Brief, no

334. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.

2019. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/

db334.htm

Katcher, H.I., Ferdowsian, H.R., Hoover, V.J., et al. (2010)

A worksite vegan nutrition program is well accepted

and improves health-related quality of life and work

productivity. Ann Nutr Metab, 56(4), 245-52

Agarwal, S., Mishra, S., Xu, J., Levin, S., Barnard, N.D., (2015)

A multicenter randomized controlled trial of a nutrition

intervention program in a multiethnic adult population in

the corporate setting reduces depression and anxiety and

improves quality of life: The GEICO Study. Am J Health

Promot 29(4), 245-54.

Trapp, C., Barnard, N., Katcher, H. A Plant-based

diet for type 2 diabetes. (2010, February, 25).

Diabetes Educator. https://journals.sagepub.com/

doi/10.1177/0145721709357797

Roberts, W.C., (2010) It’s the cholesterol, stupid! Am J

Cardiology. 106(9),1364-6.

Esselstyn CB, Jr., et al. A way to reverse CAD? J Fam Pract

2014;63(7):356-64.

Turner-McGrievy, G.M., et al. (2015). Comparative

effectiveness of plant-based diets for weight loss:

a randomized controlled trial of five different diets.

Nutrition 31(2), 350-8.

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Kentucky Nurses Foundation cites record

board giving and encourages everyone

to participate in upcoming raffle

According to Giving USA, board members, as the legal stewards of

an organization, must lead by example. The impact of board members’

participation goes well beyond individual donations themselves. Nonprofit

organizations rely on their boards for many functions: governance and

budgeting, guidance, community involvement and, of course, fundraising.

– Giving USA is a public service initiative of The Giving Institute and The

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

As the new chair of the Kentucky Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees

(KNF), I am proud to report that in July, the KNF received its highest level

of contributions from KNF, Kentucky Nurses Association and the Kentucky

Nurse Action Coalition board members. This type of giving speaks directly

to our leadership’s commitment to the philanthropic initiatives that center

on furthering nursing education, scholarships, and research throughout

the Commonwealth. As nurses and nursing students face unparalleled

challenges brought about by COVID-19, the need for funding has never been

greater.

We are happy to let you know that we will soon kick off our 2021 Kentucky

Nurses Foundation Virtual Raffle. From chances on exclusive packages to a “Splitthe-Pot”

drawing, there’s something for everyone. To learn more, visit page 21.

Thanks to your charitable contributions, we are providing the type

of support nurses and students have come to depend upon from the

organization that serves as the voice for all Kentucky nurses.

On behalf of all fellow Kentucky nurses, I encourage you to make a taxdeductible

donation to the Kentucky Nurses Foundation today at kentuckynurses.org

or send your check to:

The Kentucky Nurses Foundation

305 Townepark Circle, Suite 100

Louisville, KY 40243

We thank you for your generous donations and are humbled by your

willingness to give.

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No Profile of a Rampage School Shooter Exists:

Can School Nurses Still Help?

Nancy Armstrong, RN, DNP & Tonia Mailow, RN, DNP

Assistant Professors

School of Nursing, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky

Rampage school shootings are devastating, but rare

(Fox & Fridel, 2018). Despite the limited data, there are two

characteristics found in many rampage school shooters:

revealing their plans to others and depression with suicidality.

The purpose of this paper was to review data about school

shooters and to determine if there are commonalities.

Results of Review

Farr (2018) reviewed data from rampage school shootings

that occurred from 1995 to 2015. The available evidence

from 31 school shooter assailants and 29 shooting incidents Nancy Armstrong

from news sources and research articles was reviewed. The

researcher found that 87.1% of shooters were known to

have told at least one other person of their plans to commit

violence prior to the shooting. The shooters described

themselves, or were diagnosed as, depressed in 80.6% of

the cases. Seventy-four percent had suicidal ideation or had

attempted suicide prior to the shooting.

Langman (2014) reviewed known information about

rampage school shooters released to the public from law

enforcement press releases and a variety of other sources

through 2008. The researcher found that the shooters had

indirectly casually mentioned or directly threatened to harm or

Tonia Mailow

kill others prior to the school shooting event. Sometimes, the

eventual shooter tried to recruit other students to assist in committing the shooting. A

similar review of 11 rampage school shootings from the 1993–1998 was performed,

with some overlap with Langman’s reviewed shootings (McGee & DeBernardo, 1999).

The researchers found that the attacks were usually well planned, not spontaneous.

Newman and Fox (2009) studied the characteristics of the assailants in nine rampage

school shootings from 2002-2008. A history of depression, and occasionally other

mental health disorders, was commonly found in the backgrounds of the shooters. The

shooters often reported feeling that the shooting would solve their problems.

Vossekuil et al. (2004) performed an in-depth review of the available records

from 37 rampage school shootings as part of the Safe School Initiative, an initiative

spearheaded by the United States Secret Service aimed at early identification and

intervention of rampage school shooters. Additionally, they completed interviews with

ten school shooters. The researchers found that 78% of the shooters had considered

or attempted suicide prior to the violent attack. Vossekuil, Fein, and Buglund (2015)

completed a further review of the same data. The researchers found that 95% of the

shootings were planned, rather than being caused by impulsive behavior. In 81% of

the shootings, at least one other person knew about the shooter’s plans to commit

violence at the school. A direct threat was rarely made to the intended victim of the

shooting, if there was an individual targeted. Rather than directly tell others about their

plans, some wrote about their intentions to harm others in journal format.

Discussion

While it would be irresponsible to create a definitive profile of a rampage school

shooter, there are some potential commonalities in perpetrators of this form of

violence to consider. Many school shooters had a history of depression and suicidal

ideation prior to the shooting. As well, the assailants often planned the shooting

prior to executing it, and revealed their plans in some manner, including social media

posts, journals, school assignments, or direct verbalization. It is important that schools

provide education to students, and school staff, as well as parents or guardians, about

signs of potential student self-harm and signs of willingness to harm others, and have

methods in which community members can anonymously report potential threats of

violence to self or others.

• defining “red flag” student behaviors that are considered concerning or are

outright prohibited;

• creating a centralized way in which concerning behaviors can be reported;

• determining the criteria for when law enforcement intervention is needed;

• establishing assessment procedures, developing risk management options,

and creating and promoting safe school climates.

Currently, there is no way to identify future rampage school shooters. However,

schools do have the ability to create a threat assessment plan, utilizing the guidelines

developed by the United States Secret Service. As well, schools are able to create

environments that are supportive, and promote school connectedness and positive

peer relationships. School Nurses can help by being a resource for identifying,

and educating staff and stakeholders about, depressive and suicidal behaviors

in students, and by providing care referrals for students presenting with major

mental health needs.School nurses also have the ability to intervene when students

are showing signs of being depressed or suicidal. When intervention with at-risk

students is made early, it may be possible to prevent student self-harm and harm to

others.

References

Alathari, L., Blair, A., Camilletti, C., Driscoll, S., Drysdale, D., McGarry, J., & Snook, A. (2018),

Enhancing school safety using a threat assessment model. The United States Department

of Homeland Security: https://www.secretservice.gov/data/protection/ntac/USSS_NTAC_

Enhancing_School_Safety_Guide_7.11.18.pdf

Calear, A., Christensen, H., Freeman, A., Fenton, K., Busby Grant, J., van Spijker, B., & Donker, T.

(2016). A systematic review of psychosocial suicide prevention interventions for youth. European

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 25(5), 467–482. https://doi-org.ezproxy.waterfield.murraystate.

edu/10.1007/s00787-015-0783-4

Choi, J., Yu, M., & Kim, K. (2015). Suicidal ideation in adolescents: A Structural equation modeling

approach. Nursing & Health Sciences, 17 (1). 119-125. doi:10.1111/nhs.12142

Farr, K. (2018). Adolescent Rampage School Shootings: Responses to Failing Masculinity

Performances by Already-Troubled Boys. Gender Issues, 35(2), 73-97. doi:10.1007/s12147-017-

9203-z

Fox, J.A. & Fridel, E.E. (2018). The three R’s of school shootings: Risk, readiness, and response. New

York, NY: Wiley/Blackwell Publishers

Govender, K., Naicker, S. N., Meyer-Weitz, A., Fanner, J., Naidoo, A., & Penfold, W. L. (2013).

Associations between Perceptions of School Connectedness and Adolescent Health Risk

Behaviors in South African High School Learners. Journal of School Health, 83(9), 614–622.

https://doi-org.ezproxy.waterfield.murraystate.edu/10.1111/josh.12073

Langman, P. (2014) School shooters: The warning signs. Retrieved from http://www.robinlyons.com/

wp-content/uploads/2017/06/School-Shooters-Warning-Signs.pdf

McGee, J. P., & DeBernardo, C. R. (1999). The Classroom Avenger. Forensic Examiner, 8(5/6), 16-18.

Newman, K. & Fox, C. (2009). Repeat tragedy: Rampage shootings in American high schools and

college settings, 2002-2008. American Behavior Scientist, 52. 1286-1308.

Vossekuil, B., Fein, R. A., & Berglund, J.M. (2015). Threat assessment: Assessing the risk of

targeted violence. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 2 (3-4), 243-254.

doi:10.1037/tam0000055Vossekuil, B., Fein, R. A., Reddy, M. Borum, R., & Modzeleski,

W. (2004). Final report & findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the

prevention of school attacks in the United States. https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/

preventingattacksreport.pdf

Vossekuil, B., Fein, R. A., Reddy, M. Borum, R., & Modzeleski, W. (2004). Final report & findings of

the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the prevention of school attacks in the United States.

Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/preventingattacksreport.pdf

Application to School Nursing Practice

Students experiencing suicidal ideation can often be identified and helped. Calear

et al. (2016) found that school programs used to identify at-risk students and that

included interventions to assist the students, significantly reduced suicidal ideation

and attempts. No particular program was found to be more successful than other

programs. Program success was connected with early identification and intervention.

Another way to help reduce suicidal ideation or intentions is to encourage peer

connections. Choi, Yu, and Kim (2015) found that peer support and peer closeness

were significantly correlated with reduced suicidal ideation in adolescents. Creating

classroom or school activities with the intention of developing positive interactions

with a variety of fellow students might help students connect with peers and find a

source of support. As well, school connectedness has been correlated with reduced

suicidal ideation (Govender et al., 2013).

The United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (Alathari et al.,

2018) has developed recommended steps that schools can take to reduce the threat of

school violence.

The recommended steps include:

• developing a multidisciplinary threat assessment team, that includes school

officials, teachers, school nurses, law enforcement, and stakeholders, like parents;


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New KNA Student Subscribers

We can all agree that nursing students are the future of our organization. Help us recruit more KNA Student Subscribers by inviting these students to

your next chapter meeting. Some chapters are sending congratulatory notes and cards to graduates – maybe your chapter could try that as well.

We welcome these new student subscribers who joined KNA May – July 2021:

Abby Alexander

Smiths Grove, KY

Breanna Duval

Lexington, KY

Melissa Roussel

Hopkinsville, KY

William Auxier

Hagerhill, KY

Aubrey Fitzgerald

Georgetown, KY

Ashley Scott

Covington, KY

Taylor Barrickman

Louisville, KY

Whitney Kelsey

Staffordsville, KY

Tiffany Siler

Lexington, KY

Craig Blasi

Louisville, KY

Jennifer Lawil

Mount Sterling, KY

Kelly Sparkman (moore)

Shelby Gap, KY

Haylee Braithwaite

Vine Grove, KY

Cara Mathis

Fort Knox, KY

Lynne Steflik

Crestwood, KY

Brittney Clark

Lewisburg, KY

Hsel Meh

Louisville, KY

Tyler Tollett

Lexington, KY

Kristen Cobb

Walton, KY

Deyanira Presley

Vine Grove, KY

Morgan Trischler

Louisville, KY

Nicole Colley

Burlington, KY

Catherine Queen

Ashland, KY

Chioma Wallace

Lexington, KY

Leslie Cornett

Banner, KY

Angelarose Quinn

Louisville, KY

Camille Witzke

Goshen, KY

Aliyah Dockery

Louisville, KY

Alex Romero

Canada, KY

Emmy Wuensch

Louisville, KY

Kevin Draeger

Shelbyville, KY

Kathleen Yates

Louisville, KY


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VOLUNTEERS

NEEDED

KNA Needs Volunteers to

Help with COVID Testing

and Vaccinations

Make a difference, lend your time and expertise

to help us serve all Kentucky communities

The Kentucky Nurses Association needs

nurse and nursing student volunteers to help

with COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Those

interested in Louisville, may click Volunteer

Registration. To volunteer in other parts of the

state, contact your chapter leader or reach out

to the KNA at admin@kentucky-nurses.org. As

vaccinations are becoming more available to

Kentuckians, remember it’s still very important to

get tested for COVID-19. Visit ky-covid-testing for

a list of testing sites throughout the state.

We thank the more than 560 KNA COVID

volunteers and all nurses across the state who are

lending their time and expertise to help combat

the pandemic. Keep in mind that we provide and

require PPE for all volunteers!

To date, more than 2.4 million Kentuckians

have received at least one vaccine dose. Still have

questions about the vaccine? Visit Key Things to

Know About COVID-19 Vaccines (cdc.gov).

Download KNA365 Today – Get the App

Download KNA365 today. It is an incredible way to stay in touch with

what is going on with nurses in Kentucky and nationwide. KNA365 is

for every person who cares about nurses, nursing and want to know

what is going on with the profession. With one touch you’ll be able

to read articles, join our organization – the voice for all Kentucky

nurses, register for educational programs, learn about our legislative

agenda and check our statewide calendar. If you’re already a KNA

member, you’ll be able to reach every member, access cabinets and

committees within our organization as well. You can even donate

to the Kentucky Nurses Foundation, connect with our social media

channels and contact us with questions.

With so many great opportunities, you’ll want to

take these steps today to download our app:

Step One – Go to your app store

Step Two – Search for KNA365

Step Three – Select KNA365 and download

Step Four – Put in your email address

Step Five – ENJOY KNA365

Check out KNA’s On-Demand Learning Portal

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education

Purchase Courses

KBN proposes new

regulations

See schedule for 2022 positions

The Kentucky Board of Nursing recently proposed

regulation changes.

KNA members are invited to apply for 2022

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) positions. Those

interested must submit a KNA application and the

Govenor’s state boards and commissions application.

For consideration, send your CV/resume and

completed applications to the KNA by Wednesday,

December 1 at admin@kentucky-nurses.org for a

2022 position. Upon receipt of applications, the KNA

Board of Directors reviews and selects those who will

be recommended for consideration for appointment

by the Governor to the KBN and the Governor

appoints from the list submitted by the KNA. See

timeline below:

See list of classes that are up now

So you say you’ve missed a few KNA CE programs but would still like to access those sessions?

We hear you! Check out the list of courses available now on the KNA Online Learning Portal:

COVID-19 Vaccination Update – Empowering Nurses

Nursing Advocacy – Your Voice Counts!

Blessings in a Backpack

Non-Fatal Strangulation

KNA 2020 Conference – single sessions available

Partner with KNA for your next research project

If you are interested in partnering with the Kentucky Nurses Association to facilitate a research project,

please complete an application today. We would love to work with you to further the knowledge base of

nurses across the Commonwealth and improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Deadline to submit applications and

CVs/to the KNA

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

KNA Board of Directors submits

applications to Governor’s Office

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Governor Beshear makes selection

Check out our selection

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Attend the KNA Summit,

sponsor our event and

nominate the “best of the

best” for annual awards

Register for the Business Meeting on October 28

and “The Clinic” on November 4

Register for the KNA Annual Business Meeting, 5 -

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KNA members can vote.

Register today to attend the 2021 KNA Virtual

Summit, “Facing the Challenges: Preparing for

the Future,” Thursday, November 4 and Friday,

November 5. You won’t want to miss this innovative

learning experience! Also, nominate “the best

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FACING THE CHALLENGES:

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE.

2021 KNA Annual Summit

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Those selected will receive $500

Collective Care: Finding Freedom and

Joy Through Movement and the Arts

Join nurse, dancer and creative caregiver Tara Rynders, MFA, BSN, BA, RN-BC,

in the exploration of movement, art, and personal reflection around the art and

science of caring for oneself and others. As a truth-teller and disrupter, Rynders

embraces vulnerability, relationships, confession, and collective care as means

to end burnout and its detrimental effects which acutely impact our patients of

color. Drawing from her experience as a nurse, a creator, and a griever, Rynders

invites you to collectively honor our shared humanity by creating a culture nested

in self-compassion, curiosity, creativity, and joy. This workshop is an invitation to

come alongside artists from all over the world, who are trained in nursing theory,

to care for oneself through truth-telling, self-compassion, creative expression,

performance, and ultimately, the celebration of pleasure.

The workshops and this performance of “The Clinic” are funded,

in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National

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At the conclusion of the Summit, participants will be able to:

• Define diversity, equity, and inclusion and their impact on healthcare,

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• Identify leadership traits that are beneficial in challenging times.

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complete an evaluation for the program. Partial credit will not be awarded for

any session. We reserve the right to cancel or alter the program if unanticipated

circumstances necessitate changes.

The Kentucky Nurses Association is an approved provider of continuing

nursing education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). The KBN approval

of an individual nursing continuing education provider does not constitute

endorsement.

Time Commitment:

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Compensation:

All nurses will be compensated $500 for their time and participation; must

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Workshop is limited to 20 nurses.

Evaluation and Waiver:

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Kentucky Hospital, Medical and Nursing Associations

Support COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

LOUISVILLE, KY – (August 5, 2021) Kentucky

hospitals, physicians and nurses are putting patients

first by joining together to call for employees to be

vaccinated against COVID-19. The Kentucky Hospital

Association (KHA), the Kentucky Medical Association

(KMA) and the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA)

support hospitals and health systems amending their

existing vaccine policies to require COVID-19 vaccines

for their health care employees. The associations

recognize that each hospital and health system is

unique and encourage each hospital and health

system to determine the appropriate timeline to

implement a requirement.

Restoring, preserving and protecting the health

of patients is the highest priority for Kentucky’s

hospitals and physicians. Vaccination against

COVID-19 is the best tool to prevent spread of the

disease, protect patients and ensure the health

and well-being of the hospital workforce and all

Kentuckians.

The evidence clearly shows that the COVID-19

vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing

individuals from dying from the virus, becoming

seriously ill, requiring hospitalization and spreading

it to others. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in

Kentucky dropped dramatically once the COVID-19

vaccine became available. However, large segments

of the population remain unvaccinated and continue

to be at high risk of acquiring and transmitting

COVID-19. At the same time, the emergence of

COVID-19 variants is accelerating spread of infection

and causing cases and hospitalizations to rise

among the unvaccinated population. According to

the Kentucky Department for Public Health, from

April through June of 2021, 97% of positive tests,

93% of hospitalizations and 92% of deaths were in

unvaccinated persons.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC) and many groups representing

health care organizations and medical professionals

have called for COVID-19 vaccine requirements

for health care workers. Hospitals already require

their employees to be vaccinated against other

highly communicable diseases to protect patients.

Nationally, more than 96% of physicians are

vaccinated against COVID-19. For health care

workers, the vaccine is important to protect against

the virus and the inadvertent spread of COVID-19 to

other staff, patients and visitors. This is particularly

important to assure that the vulnerable patients

hospitals serve, particularly those with weakened

immune systems, the elderly, infants and children,

are protected.

The Kentucky Hospital Association and the

Kentucky Medical Association continue to be vocal

supporters of the COVID-19 vaccine, having joined

together for the “Take It From Me” public health

campaign, and the Kentucky Nurses Association is

proud to promote its “I Got the Shot” campaign.

Both efforts encourage Kentuckians to receive the

vaccine as soon as they are eligible. Vaccination of

employees against COVID-19 will help assure that

hospitals are able to continue to respond to the

pandemic.

Guidance for Hospitals That Require

Vaccination

KHA, KMA and KNA encourage hospitals that

require vaccinations to:

• Develop a process for determining appropriate

medical and religious exemptions, consistent

with applicable laws;

• Continue to educate hesitant staff and others in

your community about the safety and efficacy

of COVID-19 vaccines;

• Follow relevant CDC and other federal and

state guidance regarding infection control

practices for unvaccinated staff;

• Announce such a requirement in advance and

offer scheduling flexibility to ensure personnel

have paid time to obtain the vaccine and

recover from potential side effects; and

• Work through their human resources and

legal departments when determining

and implementing the consequences of

noncompliance with the hospital’s vaccine policy.

About the Kentucky Hospital Association:

Established in 1929, the Kentucky Hospital

Association (KHA) represents hospitals, related

health care organizations and integrated health

care systems dedicated to sustaining and

improving the health status of the citizens of

Kentucky. The Association is headquartered in

Louisville.

About the Kentucky Medical Association:

Established in 1851, the Kentucky Medical

Association is a professional organization for

physicians throughout the Commonwealth.

The KMA works on behalf of physicians and

the patients they serve to ensure the delivery

of quality, affordable healthcare. Members of

the KMA share a mission of commitment to

the profession and service to the citizens of

this Commonwealth that extends across rural

and urban areas. From solo practitioners to

academicians to large, multi-specialty groups,

KMA is the ONLY state association representing

every specialty and type of medical practice in

Kentucky.

About the Kentucky Nurses Association:

Established in 1906, the Kentucky Nurses

Association (KNA) is the only full-service

professional organization for the state’s entire

nurse population. In addition to promoting the

essential role of registered nurses in the healthcare

delivery system, the KNA serves as an advocate for

quality patient care in all settings. From the halls

of Frankfort and state agencies to boardrooms,

hospitals and other healthcare facilities, the KNA

is the strong voice for the nursing profession

throughout the Commonwealth.

Congratulations to these Kentucky nurses

for appointment to the American Academy

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The Kentucky Nurses Association congratulates these Kentucky nurses for their

appointments to the American Academy of Nursing 2021 class of new fellows:

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Letter to the Editor

Kentucky Nurses Association thanks Beshear and Fischer

for “suiting up and showing” up for nurses

Saturday, August 28th was a miserably hot day by

anyone’s standards. It was one of those days when

the air stood still except for the occasional breeze

that simply moved the humidity around. No matter

to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer. Both arrived and showed their

unwavering gratitude for nurses at the Kentucky

Nurses Association River City Chapter Volunteer

Appreciation Picnic where more than 100 people –

nurses, volunteers and their families joined them in a

day of celebration and thanks.

In the Louisville area alone, Fischer made note of

the hundreds of mobile clinics staffed by KNA River

City nurse volunteers and others who have selflessly

devoted their time to helping fellow citizens

amidst the unprecedented pandemic we know

as COVID-19. He mentioned the massive effort

around the LouVax vaccination site at Broadbent

Arena. Thanks to nurse leaders like Ruth Carrico

and many others, Louisville organized a plan that

became a model for COVID-19 response, prevention

and education for the nation. When called upon

to take on this unimaginable task, nurses came

forward – with solutions and a ‘can do’ attitude

that has saved lives and continues to do so. As

we make our way through 2021, “The Year of the

Nurse,” we thank those nurses on the frontlines

who are the backbone of the healthcare continuum

in these uncertain times. Thank a nurse, show

kindness today and every day the pandemic ravages

our city, state, country and world. These are the

people who daily risk their lives to save yours.

Nurses will be the first to tell you, they aren’t

doing this alone. They continue to work in tandem

with Louisville Public Health & Wellness Department

staffers like Sarah Moyer, MD, chief health strategist;

SarahBeth Hartlage, MD, interim medical director,

whose clinical knowledge and leadership is charting

the course for successful outcomes. Our thanks also

go to Kathy Turner, director of communications,

who has called her fellow public relations colleagues

together to form a COVID-19 Work Group to spread

the word about COVID-19 testing and vaccinations

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their time to help in this effort.

Gov. Beshear wrapped up Kentucky’s “Healthcare

Heroes” week by attending our event to thank nurses

and acknowledged the struggles they face in our

Commonwealth as the Delta variant of COVID-19 rages

on, and they continue to educate, test and vaccinate

thousands of Kentuckians. He reminded everyone of

these dedicated professionals who, despite a shortage of

colleagues to help them, continue to care for patients in

ICU beds statewide – most of whom have not received a

COVID vaccine. We thank leaders like Steven Stack, MD,

MBA, FACEP, commissioner of the Kentucky Department

for Public Health, for leading clinicians across Kentucky

in this extraordinary time. We extend our thanks to

those on Gov. Beshear’s team like Jaclyn Dales, director

of scheduling, and Scottie Ellis, director of digital

communications, for making appearances like the one

on August 28th and last Spring’s virtual meeting where

the governor declared May, National Nurses Month, as

Kentucky Nurses Suicide Prevention Month.”

Both men took the time to really talk to nurses

and all our dedicated volunteers. They listened

intently to stories abound. Maybe this is what

politicians do but they certainly don’t have to – a

day at home with their families in air-conditioned

comfort may have been more appealing but instead

they “suited up and showed up” for Kentucky nurses

and we are grateful for that.

Together, we will get through this. Get your

COVID-19 vaccine today – the life you save could be

your own or that of someone you love.

Donna Meador, MSN, RN, CENP, CPHQ

President

Kentucky Nurses Association Board of Directors

Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN

Chief Executive Officer

Kentucky Nurses Association/Kentucky Nurses

Foundation/Kentucky Nurses Action Coalition


September, October, November 2021 Kentucky Nurse • Page 23

Joy at Work

Priscilla Smith-Trudeau, MSM, RN, BSN, CCM,

CRRN, HNB-BC

Reprinted with permission from

Vermont Nurse Connection, May 2021 Issue

Just follow your joy. Always.

I think that if you do that, life

will take you on the course

that it’s meant to take you. ~

Jonathan Groff

Do you, like many nurses,

have a mental list or better yet

a written list of things you think

you need in order to be truly

joyful at work? There are many

externals our profession teaches

us to pursue such as advanced

degrees, management

positions, becoming a specialist,

and certifications to name a few. But are they really the

keys to finding joy at work? The research suggests no,

at least when it comes to long-term happiness. Nurses

are quick to adapt to new circumstances—a quality that

has helped us survive and thrive. But it also means that

the positive things that initially made us happier can soon

become our new normal and we can return to our old

happiness baseline. Researchers in the field of positive

psychology have found that you can actually increase

your happiness and overall satisfaction at work by

changing your perspective and attitude. And that’s truly

good news, because it’s something anyone can do.

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm

and our intelligence aglow. ~ Helen Keller

We all have a capacity to be joyful that can be

developed and trained as it is a primary component

of psychological well-being, encircling moments of

appreciation, lasting contentment, and a sense of

confidence and gratitude. Kelly McGonigal, PhD is a

health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University

who is known for her work in the field of 'science help'

which focuses on translating insights from psychology

and neuroscience into practical strategies that support

health and well-being. In her new book, The Joy of

Movement, Kelly explores from a scientific perspective

how movement creates profound positive changes in the

brain. That we need to ask ourselves to find our way in

by answering the following questions: What do you love

to do? Where do you love being? Who do you want to

become? What would impress yourself if you could do it?

She insists there is no training protocol, “no one path or

prescription except to follow your joy.” If you’re looking

for a guideline, it’s this: Move, any kind, any amount, and

any way that makes you happy (McGonigal, 2019).

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job,

relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it,

or change it. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Who among us hasn’t been stressed about the global

pandemic, unemployment, financial uncertainty, or civil

unrest? The Institute for Healthcare Improvement states

that the same issues that drive burnout also diminish

joy in work for the healthcare workforce. The most

joyful, productive, engaged staff feel both physically and

Myths About Joy

Money will make you happy.

You need a relationship in order to be

happy.

Happiness declines with age.

Some people are just happier than others

and there’s nothing you can do to change

that.

Source: www.helpguide.org

Priscilla Smith-Trudeau

MSM, RN, BSN,

CCM, CRRN,

HNB-BC

psychologically safe, appreciate the meaning and purpose

of their work, have some choice and control over their

time, experience camaraderie with others at work, and

perceive their work life to be fair and equitable. They go

on to say that health care leaders need to understand

what factors are diminishing joy in work, nurture their

workforce, and address the issues that drive burnout and

sap joy in work. How do we bring joy to the workplace?

According to Willem Kuyken, PhD, DClinPsy, director of

the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Ritblat

Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the

University of Oxford, “Joy is an intrinsic attitude of mind

that includes gladness of the heart, softheartedness,

and tenderness that supports a capacity for

appreciation, contentment, and gratitude. Just as our

hearts can tremble in the face of suffering, they can

also tremble in the face of happiness and beauty.

Its affective tone is gladness, aliveness, and vitality.

It is associated with a range of emotions, including

contentment, wonder, radiant pride, gratitude, and

delight. (Kuyken, 2019).

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new

experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to

have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have

a new and different sun. ~ Christopher McCandless

We all start out joyful when we graduate from nursing

school and then life gives us many reasons to be upset,

sad and angry and yet we know we have the ability to

change every negative moment into a beautiful memory,

simply by deciding to express our joy and to let our joy

take over our practice. I have heard it said that joy is the

cure to the sickness of the soul. Besides the chances

that life gives us or not, we are responsible for our own

choices. If we want a life of joy, we need to make the

choices that can lead us there. We need to be excited

about our jobs or relationships otherwise, we cannot

feel the joy of living. One of the richest sources of joy is

getting totally immersed in an activity and putting all our

soul and talent into it. For example, sitting at a patient’s

bedside and listening to their story. It is recognized that

telling stories about one’s experiences and problems can

be highly therapeutic. One of the greatest things about

joy is that it can be contagious. It can manifest itself as

a serene peacefulness and inner calm, or it can translate

into a feeling of meaningful harmony. This is the joy that

comes with wisdom. Most of us wrongly expect things

to bring us joy and to make us happy. The truth is that

joy never comes from exterior sources. It always lives in

Tips to Cultivate Joy

Train your brain to be more positive.

Nurture and enjoy your relationships.

Live in the moment and savor life’s

pleasures.

Focus on helping others and living with

meaning.

Take better care of your health.

Source: www.helpguide.org

people’s hearts and we can only find it in us or in those

around us. There are moments in all our careers when

we may feel overwhelmed by stress and routine and

not be particularly happy. Despite how we may feel in

those moments, believe it or not we can still find ways

we can reclaim our joy in small pieces and get back to

a sense of contentment. The pandemic was a perfect

example where many of us had moments when we were

overwhelmed by the stress and enormity of the situation.

To fight these moments, we had to seek new experiences

and new lessons in our practice that could only come

from joy. It is true that the joy of life comes from our

endless encounters with new experiences.

There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding

joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they

go. ~ Frederick William Faber

Priscilla Smith-Trudeau, MSM, RN, BSN, CCM,

CRRN, HNB-BC is board certified in holistic nursing and

board certified in rehabilitation nursing. She has been

a nurse for more than 40 years and understands the

interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit. She brings

a holistic, complementary and integrative focus to her

work.

References

Kuyken, W. (2019). Sparking Joy: A Mindfulness Practice for

Everyday. Retrieved February 9, 2021 from: https://www.

mindful.org/sparking-joy-a-mindfulness-practice-for-everyday/

McGonigal, K. (2019). The Joy of Movement. Penguin Random

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Kentucky Nurses Foundation Donor List

July 1, 2017 – August 12, 2021

Thanks to these generous donors for their contributions to the Kentucky Nurses Foundation through our “Honor a Nurse – Remember a Nurse” and our “Love a Nurse

Campaigns.” Funds go toward nursing research, education and scholarships throughout the Commonwealth:

Paulette Adams

Ruth Craddock

Anne Kleine-Kraft

Maggie Miller

Denise Alvey

In honor of a special nurse

Smile Amazon

Nancy Armstrong

Nancy Turner

Larry Barclay

Delanor Manson

Beverly Williams-Coleman

Board Stewardship

Janet Collins-Becker

In honor of a special nurse

Paula Bentley

Beatrice Miller

John Blumenstock

Board Stewardship

Nancy Bronner

Lise Roemmele

Business First Louisville

Scholarship Fund

Pat Calico

Denise Alvey

Gwen Bradley

Ruth Carrico

Lisa Lockhart

Delanor Manson

Gwyneth Pyle

Stephanie Smith

Ruth Carrico

Dawn Balcom

Sarah Bishop

Board Stewardship

Luanne Didelot

Andrea Flinchum

Crystal Heischman

Sherlee Niner

Spencer Cole

Christy Branham

Christie Coe

Billie Coe

The Community Foundation

In honor of Kathy Mershon’s

board stewardship and “Nurses

Everywhere” Campaign

Kyran Daughtery

Pam Lynch

Sally Davenport

Barbara Kitchen

Anna Davidson

Diane Chlebowy

Eileen Grigutis

Shelby Overpeck

Gary Thurman

Lois Davis

Carla Basanta

Eloise Beebout

In honor of a special nurse

Marge Keller

Ruth Keizer

Karen Kryscio

Moni Shields

Eva Stone

Michele Dickens

Nancy Puckett

Martha Driskell

In honor of a special nurse

Ann & Clarence Duncan

In honor of a special nurse

Dorothy Duncan

In honor of a special nurse

Loretta Elder

Misty Ellis

Board Stewardship

New Pay Scale for RNs

EOE

EKU/BSN Faculty Fund

Mary Slusher

Kim Evans

In honor of a special nurse

Judi Godsey

Board Stewardship

Michael Gordon

Jane Earline Elkins

Kathleen Hall

In honor of a special nurse

Marcia Hall

Lynne Hall

Kathy Hager

Nancy Bronner, in memory of her husband

Kimberly Bourne’s sister-in-law

Mary Burch

Ruth Carrico

Ruth Carrico’s father Sandy Collins

Antoinette Corey

Kendall Diebold

Loretta Elder, in memory of her son

Brandi Fields

Sandy Ford

Pam Hagan

Kathy Hall

Janie Heath

Karen Hill – for her many years of

nursing and finding so many ways to

advance nursing!

Teresa Huber

Susan Jones

Alice Kimble

KNF Student Essay

Carol Komara, In honor of Lisa Lockhart

and the end-of-life care she gave her

father

Delanor Manson

Julie Marfell – in memory of her

husband and father

Lisa Peak’s mother’s death

Joan Prentice

Jody Rogers, in honor of Jody Rogers’

promotion to president of the Kidz

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Mary Romelfanger

Kelly Ramey

Bev Rowland

Marsha Serdenis – for being a great

role model for all nurses

Jo Singleton

Ida Slusher

In memory of Ida Slusher’s mother

Carol Smith

Misty Stoller

Karen Wooldridge

Allen Harvey

Delanor Manson

Bill Hayden

Board Stewardship

Janie Heath

In honor of a special nurse

Sandy Hanlin

University of Kentucky College of

Nursing Alumni

Delanor Manson

Carolyn Williams

Marcia Hern

In honor of a special nurse

Marcia Hobbs

In honor of a special nurse

In memory of Connie Lusher

Connie Hubbard

Joyce Hubbard

Kathy Huber

Teresa Huber

Teresa Huber

In honor of a special nurse

Ruth Carrico

Kathy Hager

Teresa Williams

Leslie Jeffries

Anita Kvinta

Lynn Jones

Delanor Manson

Savanah Kennedy

The Kroger Company

The KIDZ Club

In honor of a special nurse’s

retirement

Carol Komara

Kathy Hager

Lisa Lockhart

In memory of

Mary Lou Baumgardner

Delanor Manson

In honor of Kathy Mershon, years

of service in nursing and dedication

to KNA

Gregory Lutes

Mary Ann Lutes

Ann Lyons

Dee Ann Totten & All Nurses

Dr. Nancy Kern and all nursing

faculty and staff at Spalding

University

Brother Ignatius Perkins – years

of nursing education and the

development of nurse educators

Delanor Manson

Mary Lou Baumgardner

Nancy Bronner, in memory of her

husband

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In honor of Ruth Carrico and her

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Loretta Elder, in memory of her son

Terri Graham

Pam Hagan

Kathy Hager

Janie Heath

In memory of

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Marcia Hern

Julie Huron

Ta’Neka Lindsay

In honor of Lisa Lockhart and in

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Jane Webster-Lynch

Julie Marfell, in memory of her

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Deborah May

In honor of Sheila Melander, in

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Sharon Mercer

Kathy Mershon

In memory of Marge Perrin

Marsha Hughes-Rease

Ida Slusher

In memory of Ida Slusher’s

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Julie Marfell

In honor of a special nurse

Brandy Matthews

In honor of a special nurse

Donna Meador

In honor of Cathy Abell’s retirement

Deb Campbell

In honor of Ruth Carrico – Happy

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In honor of Salley Davenport –

Happy Nurses Day to one of the

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Carla Donnell

Eileen Fitzpatrick

Dolores Hagan

In honor of Kathy Hager – Happy

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Janie Heath – Happy Nurses Day!

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In honor of Delanor Manson –

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Angela Shinaberry

Monica Meier

J. Patrick Meier

Rachael Meier

Monica Miller

Sharon Mercer

Sandy Johanson

Delanor Manson

Kathy Mershon

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Cheryl Booth

Julie Brothers

Ruth Carrico, In honor of her service

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Dr. Ruth Cocoran

Margorie Perrin

Lisa Evans

Bridgette Irvin

Lisa Lockhart

Elizabeth Marcil

Marge Perrin

Kristen Sherrad

Robin Szcapinski

Norma Mason-Stikes

Christie Therkel

Susan Thornton

April Walker

Melissa Mershon

Kathy Mershon

Tracey Melburn

Teri Goodlett

Sherlee Miller

Dawn Balcom

National Black Nurses

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In honor of Ruth Carrico’s

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community education regarding

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Betty Olinger

In honor of a special nurse

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Curtis Owens

Delanor Manson

Rita Phillips

Delanor Manson

Joshua Podvin

Lauren Podvin

Betty Porter

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KNF Student Essay Competition

Delanor Manson

Martha Ann Marrillia, SCN

Lynn Roser

Janie Heath – to honor excellence in

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