Arkansas Nurse Today - January 2022

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The official publication of

the Arkansas Nurses Association

Volume 1 | Number 1

January, February, March 2022

PRESIDENT’S PEN

STATE DIRECTOR’S LETTER

Stephen Pennington,

MSN, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, NE-BC,CCRN-K

Welcome to 2022! On behalf of the Arkansas Nurses

Association and the Board of Directors, I want to thank you

for trusting in us to share your stories about the front line

of nursing. This past year has seen nurses in the state of

Arkansas go from well-respected and honored to questioned

and degraded as the waves of COVID-19 variance occur.

However, through it all, we faced the adversity and came out

mostly unscathed.

As we begin 2022, I want to say thank you to everyone who is a part of this

organization. Without your continued support and guidance, we would not be where

we are today. Please know that my heart and the heart of everyone in this organization

goes out to you and that you continue to be in our thoughts.

As we begin this year, you should know that our mission and goals have not

changed. We are here for you. We strive to improve the nursing experience by

bringing to light your work and the barriers you face in providing outstanding care

to Arkansans. To those who may not understand what we do, we are there putting a

face to the stories. We are working closely with members of the Arkansas Legislature

to humanize the experiences you encounter each day in your job. We are also the

voice for you shouting that our profession cannot continue to operate in the same

manner without repercussions. Something has got to give and it cannot be at the

expense of the nurse. We are also teaming up with other disciplines to show there is

power in numbers when faced with workplace violence. As nurses, we are trained to

focus on quality, outcomes, and the health of our patients. For 2022, it's time to focus

on the quality and health of nurses. Most importantly, this year it is about improving

the nursing experience through the Natural State.

Please know that we will be offering more educational opportunities for you to

help you focus on improving yourself - mentally, emotionally, and professionally. We

will also slowly begin to reintroduce face-to-face activities because we know that

when nurses come together, magic happens.

We want to hear from you. What would you like to see this organization do for

you? How can we best help you over the next year become a better nurse, become

a better you?

From the bottom of my heart, I am honored to be your President and work for you.

Susie P. Marks

Dear Arkansas nurses:

The Arkansas Nurses Association will spend this year

celebrating its 110th birthday. We will spend this year

recognizing the work of nurses from all practice areas. ARNA

will revisit the history of the nursing profession in our state

by highlighting obstacles, adjustments and innovations which

have made the ARNA what it is today. The staff, leadership

and volunteers will use this unique opportunity to share the

work of ARNA in representing all Arkansas nurses. As the

flagship nursing organization in the state of Arkansas, ARNA supports you as you

provide high-quality, equitable patient care, improve public health, and push the

boundaries of nursing science. We look forward to celebrating you in 2022 but

encourage you to remember how the profession has evolved over the years.

REPRINTED FROM ARNA’s 100 YEAR GALA PROGRAM.

A century of Arkansas nursing progress began one-hundred years ago, in October

1912, when a small group of visionary and bold nurses with their supporters, organized

the Arkansas State Graduate Nurses Association. They were a third generation from

Florence Nightingale and her teachings in, Notes on Nursing, What It Is and What it

is Not. Led by a bold President, Irene Howard Aydelett, RN, they achieved their first

goal of mandatory nurse registration the following year in 1913. By March, a Board

of Nursing was established to regulate licensure and the numerous schools of nursing

through established standards. With that beginning, and the passing of time, nurses

assumed additional roles and practices in addition to the emergence of the Licensed

Practical Nurses during a major influenza epidemic. The organization of today, is a

clear testament of the determination, work, political savvy and commitment to the

patients and their families.

The Arkansas nurses braved the historical floods of 1927 and 1937 and saved

lives through camp nursing and statewide immunization projects. The polio epidemic

of the 1950s brought new opportunities for clinical bedside care, technology, and

medications. Also, in the domain of nursing education, Baccalaureate nursing

education emerged in the in the 1950s due to the efforts of Arkansas’ nurses working

collaboratively with other citizen and healthcare groups. The 1960s and 1970s

presented massive technological advances, advancements in medications and open

heart surgeries and explosion of various critical care units--cardiac, surgical, medical,

neurological and so forth. The ever present shortage of nurses intensified in the 1980s,

State Director’s letter continued on page 2

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PRACTICE COUNCIL.......................................2

ADVOCACY UPDATE.....................................3

ARNA Partners in Opioid and Prescription

Drug Abuse Fight......................................4

Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation........................5

Committee Recruitment Form........................5

Health Awareness..........................................6

ANA UPDATES...............................................7

Upcoming Events...........................................8

EDUCATION CORNER...................................10

REGION CORNER.........................................12

LPN CORNER................................................13

PARTNER UPDATES......................................14

ANF Scholarship Application........................16

ANA PERSONAL BENEFITS............................17

NEW MEMBERS...........................................18

INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL

TRAINING FOR NURSES. BY NURSES........19


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State Director’s letter continued from page 1

at the same time in the health care profession emerged

as one of the fastest growing job sectors in the American

economy. Schools and colleges of nursing enrolled and

graduated their maximums in the effort to address the

shortages. Through the perseverance and boundless

energy of Arkansas nursing leaders, the 1990’s offered

historical progress for Arkansas nurses. The safety of

healthcare workers and professional dialogue sprung to

the forefront. Issues such as workplace violence against

nurses and sharps safety occupied our attention, and so

continue today.

In 1995, through the collective efforts of nurse leaders

with statewide support, the state’s first doctoral degree

in nursing was established by the College of Nursing,

at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. That

same year, the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act was amended

by Act 409 creating licensure, prescriptive authority

and Medicaid reimbursement for advanced practice

nurses. In addition, the Arkansas Nurses Association

confronted the challenges related to Act 409 to ensure

the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses is not

compromised.

The Arkansas Nurses Association State Director plans

Schools of Nursing Spring Tour.

Between March 28 – April 29, Susie Marks plans to

visit the campus of every school of nursing in the state.

This goal of this effort is to educate nursing students on

The first decade of the 21st century created

opportunities to reflect on our past successes, address

the current challenges and mentor the leaders necessary

to move the association forward. In 2010, the Institute

of Medicine published its report, The Future of Nursing:

Leading Change, Advancing Health. The anticipated

report describes the future, with all nurses practicing to

the fullest extent of their license and defined practice

standards, in concert with preparatory and continuing

education for expanding roles.

At the century’s end, Arkansas nurses and the

Arkansas Nurses Association, reflects on leadership and

determination of those in the past who mentored and

assured those of the present a profession with high

standards, and those who are now promoting future

nursing. In 2012, Nursing was again, as in the past

decade, was voted the “Most Trusted Profession.” As

Judith Collins stated in her 2012 Convention keynote

address, “Finally, the missing player is now sitting at

the American Healthcare Table,” with full rights and

capabilities. With this 100th Anniversary, Arkansas

nurses will raise the Nurse’s Torch higher and carry it with

full-fledged futuristic aspirations, expanding capabilities

and professional respect.

PRACTICE

COUNCIL

The Arkansas Nurses Association re-established

its Practice Council in June 2021. The ARNA Practice

Council seeks to represent different areas of patient

care while helping to define and advance the practice

of nursing. Nurses are encouraged to you their voice to

work together on topics related to patient outcomes,

nursing quality and clinical practice standards, issues

and policies and procedures while sharing any best

practices. The ARNA Practice Council works to empower

nurses to shape patient care while caring for themselves.

We seek to utilize the collective knowledge of nurses to

facilitate collaboration, encourage professional growth

and celebrate the success of nurses. The following

issues are under consideration by the ARNA Practice

Council: Nursing shortage, Diversity in Nursing Practice;

establishment of Nurse Recovery Support Groups.

Regional Spring

Tour of Arkansas

Schools of Nursing

March 28–April 29,

2022

the history of nursing in Arkansas dating back to ARNA’s

beginnings as well as discuss issues of importance today

including Safe Staffing, Workplace Violence, Diversity in

Nursing Practice and Nursing Shortage to name a few.

Board of Directors

2022-2023

PRESIDENT

Stephen Pennington

MSN, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, NE-BC, CCRN-K

3009 Chapman CT, Bryant, AR 72022

Cell: (501) 722-7985

Email: nursestephen@att.net

Term ends November 2023

VICE-PRESIDENT

Jacque McEuen, MSN, RN

3032 Hickory Ridge Dr., Sherwood, AR 72120

Cell: 785-317-4903

Email: Jacque2583@hotmail.com

Term ends November 2022

TREASURER

Karla Robinson, RN, MBA, BBA

10008 Forester Cove, Little Rock, AR 72209

Cell: (501) 352-6957

Email: mzzkylatin@gmail.com

Term ends November 2022

SECRETARY

Margaret Love, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

13900 Windsor Rd, Little Rock, AR 72212

Cell: (501) 412-8134

Email: mlovpyt@gmail.com

Term ends November 2023

REGION 1 NORTHWEST DIRECTOR

Jennifer Klock, BSN, RN, CPN

6100 W. Bainbridge Drive, Rogers, AR 72758

Cell: 678-315-6039

Email: Jen.klock@gmail.com

Term ends November 2023

REGION 2 NORTHEAST DIRECTOR

April Bennett, MSN, CHFP, RN

4915 Prestonwood Rd, Conway, AR 72034

Cell: 417-236-4210

Email: adbennett86@gmail.com

Term ends November 2022

REGION 3 SOUTHWEST DIRECTOR

Barbara Hudgens, DNP, RN

1040 Columbia 295, Magnolia, AR 71753

Cell: 870-904-6162

Email: bahudgens@saumag.edu

Term ends November 2023

REGION 4 SOUTHEAST DIRECTOR

Rebecca Parnell, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC

1807 West Main Street, Dorado, AR 71730

Cell: (870) 918-0116

Email: bbparnell60@gmail.com

Term ends November 2022

REGION 5 CENTRAL DIRECTOR

Sarena Love, BSN, RN, CDS

15 Brookridge Dr, Little Rock, AR 72205

Cell: 501-993-6972

Email: splove707@yahoo.com

Term ends November 2023

RECENT GRADUATE

Alicia Luangsisombath, BSN, RN

1840 Simms St., Conway, AR 72034

Cell: (479)790-9508

Email: alicialuang@gmail.com

Term ends November 2022

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January, February, March 2022 Arkansas Nurse Today Page 3

ADVOCACY UPDATE

Sarah K. Drye

ARNA along with the four other specialty organizations

saw legislative wins during the 93rd Arkansas General

Assembly. Much of the legislation that passed this year has

been introduced several times over the past four sessions,

specifically Workplace Violence, which still has not been

addressed as the problem with workplace violence is

getting worse.

The nursing community saw a drastic increase in

engagement during this year’s session. ARNA started using

the FastDemocracy platform to track bills and VoterVoice

was used to communicate with nurses throughout the

Session. Each week, a legislative update call was held in

order for nurses to receive regular updates on bills that

were filed.

ARNA’s Nurses Day at the Capitol, held virtually in February 2021, was the starting

point of educating nurses about the importance of advocacy and nurses using their

voice to pass much needed legislation.

Engagement by the nursing community was robust as many calls were held between

the ARNA board, health policy committee, other nursing organizations and legislators

to allow legislators to hear directly from the nursing community on legislation that

was being introduced. As ARNA works to educate our elected officials on the power

of the voice of nursing in our state, these types of opportunities remain necessary.

ARNA’s Legislative Agenda included APRN’s being recognized as Medicaid PCPs,

Acuity-based Staffing and Workplace Violence. Below is an overview of ARNA’s

Legislative Agenda items.

HB1254

Act 569

TO AUTHORIZE THE ARKANSAS MEDICAID PROGRAM TO RECOGNIZE AN

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE AS A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER.

Wardlaw

2021 ARNA Health Policy co-chair, Leonie DeClerk, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

and ARNA State Director, Susie Marks presents a certificate of appreciation to

Representative Jeff Wardlaw for sponsoring HB1254.

SB611

TO CREATE THE ACUITY-BASED CARE COMMITTEE; AND TO RECOMMEND

PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES TO CREATE STANDARDIZATION AND CONSISTENCY

IN NURSE STAFFING WITHIN HOSPITALS AND REHABILITATION AND LONG-TERM

CARE FACILITIES.

D. Wallace

A Safe Staffing Solutions Committee has been established and charter has been

developed to address the issue.

Other legislation that passed during the session include:

HB1258

Act 412

TO AUTHORIZE FULL INDEPENDENT PRACTICE AUTHORITY FOR CERTIFIED NURSE

PRACTITIONERS WHO MEET CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS; AND TO CREATE THE FULL

INDEPENDENT PRACTICE CREDENTIALING COMMITTEE.

L. Johnson

HB1198

Act 449

TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF "PRACTICE OF CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE

ANESTHESIA" BY REMOVING SUPERVISION REQUIREMENTS.

Penzo

HB1215

Act 607

TO GRANT FULL PRACTICE AUTHORITY TO CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIVES.

Bentley

HB1826

Act 1089

TO REQUIRE SCHOOL NURSES TO PARTICIPATE IN NURSING PROFESSIONAL

DEVELOPMENT; TO REQUIRE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR

SCHOOL NURSES; AND TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN A HEALTH

SERVICES SURVEY.

J. Mayberry

The legislative wins by the nursing community in 2021 was due to expanded

collaboration by all nurses. No matter the practice area, all nurses were asked to

reach out to their elected official when there was a piece of legislation up for a vote.

During Nurses Week 2021, all of the nursing organizations that had legislation

passed held a collaborative bill signing even on the steps on the Capitol with bill

sponsors in attendance. This event allowed us to collective thank those that showed

support for nurses during the 93rd Arkansas General Assembly.

Although there were legislative wins, there was legislation that nurses and nurse

educators did not agree with. But now that some of the legislation we fought against

has passed, we have to do what we can to ensure the practice of nursing is followed

ensuring patient care standards are followed.

Not only did ARNA play a major part in the Arkansas Legislature, but also during

the ANA Hill Day event held back in June. ARNA President, State Director and two

other representatives got the opportunity to discuss federal legislative issues with

members of our Congressional Delegation. This included:

The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers

Act requires the U.S. Department of Labor to establish needed protections from

workplace violence in the health care and social services sectors

The Protecting Providers Everywhere in America (PPE in America) Act is bipartisan,

bicameral legislation that will boost domestic personal protection equipment

(PPE) production and promote a more sustainable supply chain by ensuring more

predictable, dedicated funding from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to American

manufacturers of applicable medical supplies.

The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies

(CONNECT) for Health Act is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would continue

the expanded use of telehealth services to deliver cost effective and efficient care to

patients.

The Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act seeks to address the

nursing shortage by investing $1B into nursing education through various means,

primarily through grant programs.

The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act would provide financial

support and resources for research and programs to address mental health issues and

suicide among healthcare providers.

UPDATE: The American Nurses Association (ANA) hails the passage of the Dr. Lorna

Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (S. 610/H.R. 1667) by the U.S. House of

Representatives. This bipartisan legislation will direct $140 million in funds from the

American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319) to train current and future health professionals

on how to prevent suicide, burnout, and substance use disorders. The legislation will

be sent back to the Senate, which passed the bill this summer, to approve the final

text. The bill is named for Dr. Lorna Breen, who tragically died by suicide after being

consumed by feelings of helplessness and despair while treating COVID-19 patients.

Key provisions in the bill will establish a national evidence-based education and

awareness initiative to encourage health care professionals to seek support and care

for their mental health and substance use concerns. This initiative will also teach

health care professionals how to identify and respond to the risk factors associated

with suicide, mental health issues, and substance use disorders while reducing the

stigma associated with seeking help for them. A reporting mandate also requires the

Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide an update on the progress of this

initiative to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate

and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives no

later than two years after the bill is enacted.

Our goal during Hill Day was to educate our delegation on the effects of these

specific pieces of legislation on their constituents here in Arkansas. These conversations

led to an open door opportunity when they are back home in the Districts.

I am grateful to take the helm of the ARNA Health Policy Committee. I trust my

former experience in advocacy with be of benefit to the organization and expand our

collaboration with other nursing organizations. I am asking each of you on this call to

make a pledge to engage in advocacy for nursing issues. 2022 is a fiscal session, which

means, more than likely, no nursing issues will be introduced, but we still need to take

the opportunity to educate legislators on nursing issues. In early 2022, we will work

with the ARNA Board to survey our members on issues that should be addressed in the

2023 legislative session. Our plans are to work a full year to prepare for that Session.

Again, I thank the ARNA Board for entrusting me with the leadership of the Health

Policy Committee. If there are any questions or any interest in joining the Healthcare

Policy committee please email me at sarahkdrye@gmail.com.


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ARNA Partners in Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Fight

Encourage Your Patients to Dispose of Unused Prescription Opioids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched Remove the Risk,

an education and outreach campaign to raise awareness about the serious risks of

keeping unused prescription opioids in the home and to provide information about

safe disposal of these drugs. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical

Association found that up to 71 percent of opioid tablets prescribed after surgery

went unused. Encourage your patients to remove expired, unwanted, or unused

prescription pain medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the

chance of accidental or intentional ingestion. Help your patients and their families

stay safe. Education about proper disposal of unused prescription opioids can save

lives.

Find Remove the Risk educational resources, including videos, fact sheets, and

information, to help your patients determine the best disposal option for them at

www.FDA.gov/DrugDisposal. You also can follow updates from the campaign and

join the conversation on social media using #RemoveOpioidRisk.

The Arkansas Nurses Association is partnering with the Center for Healing Hearts

and Spirits/WCAAA to conduct a Rural Health Initiative Opioid RX Prevention Program.

ARNA has an obligation to ensure all of our nurses are fully educated on the facts and

ills of misusing Opioids and educating our populations. We ask that you take our Pre/

Post survey showing your knowledge of opioid and prescription drug abuse. Please

return your completed forms to arna@arna.org. Those that return their surveys will

receive a $10 gift card.

COMMUNITY SURVEY QUESTIONS (Pre)

Event ____________________________________ Date _____________

Demographic Information

County Male/Female/Other Race Age

1) What are opioids used to treat?

A. Pain B. High blood pressure C. Heart disease D. Allergies

2) Opioid dependence is the same as opioid addiction.

A. True B. False

3) What are risk factors for opioid addiction?

A. Genetics B. Depression C. Physical or sexual abuse

D. All of the above

4) Only street drugs such as heroin can be abused

A. True B. False

5) It is okay to share your prescription drugs with a family member in pain, except if they

have a history of drug abuse and addiction.

A. True B. False

6) Opioids can be prescribed by doctors and other medical professionals or bought on the

street.

A. True B. False

7) A person cannot misuse opioids as long as they were prescribed by a doctor.

A. True B. False:

8) Do all opioid overdoses end in death?

a. Yes b. No

9) What is the name of the drug that can “reverse” an opioid overdose?

a. Narcant b. Narcand c. Naloxone or Narcan d. Aspirin

e. None of the above

10) Do you feel confident asking your parents, or a medical professional, for an alternative

pain-relieving medication to opioids?

a. Yes, very confident b. Somewhat confident

c. Not confident d. Not sure, don’t know

COMMUNITY SURVEY QUESTIONS (Post)

Sepsis and Opioid Use

Disorder: The Intersection of

Two Public Health Crises | The

Sepsis Alliance Institute

Webinar Description: Sepsis and opioid use disorders are major sources of morbidity,

mortality, and costs to the healthcare system. While most of the national focus has

been on the rising number of fatal opioid overdoses, less attention has been paid to

the serious infectious complications of opioid use disorders, including sepsis.

www.sepsisinstitute.org

The registration URL is: https://www.sepsisinstitute.org/content/sepsis-and-opioiduse-disorder-intersection-two-public-health-crises#group-tabs-node-course-default1.

Event ____________________________________ Date _____________

Demographic Information

County Male/Female/Other Race Age

1) What are opioids used to treat?

B. Pain B. High blood pressure C. Heart disease D. Allergies

2) Opioid dependence is the same as opioid addiction.

B. True B. False

3) What are risk factors for opioid addiction?

B. Genetics B. Depression C. Physical or sexual abuse

D. All of the above

4) Only street drugs such as heroin can be abused

B. True B. False

5) It is okay to share your prescription drugs with a family member in pain, except if they

have a history of drug abuse and addiction.

A. True B. False

6) Opioids can be prescribed by doctors and other medical professionals or bought on the

street.

A. True B. False

7) A person cannot misuse opioids as long as they were prescribed by a doctor.

B. True B. False:

8) Do all opioid overdoses end in death?

a. Yes b. No

9) What is the name of the drug that can “reverse” an opioid overdose?

a. Narcant b. Narcand c. Naloxone or Narcan d. Aspirin

e. None of the above

10) Do you feel confident asking your parents, or a medical professional, for an alternative

pain-relieving medication to opioids?

a. Yes, very confident b. Somewhat confident

c. Not confident d. Not sure, don’t know


January, February, March 2022 Arkansas Nurse Today Page 5

Committee recruitment form

5 Things To Know About

Relaxation Techniques for

Stress

When you’re under stress, your body reacts by releasing hormones that produce the

“fight-or-flight” response. Your heart rate and breathing rate go up and blood vessels

narrow (restricting the flow of blood). Occasional stress is a normal coping mechanism.

But over the long-term, stress may contribute to or worsen a range of health problems

including digestive disorders, headaches, sleep disorders, and other symptoms.

In contrast to the stress response, the relaxation response slows the heart rate,

lowers blood pressure, and decreases oxygen consumption and levels of stress

hormones. In theory, voluntarily creating the relaxation response through regular use

of relaxation techniques could counteract the negative effects of stress.

Relaxation techniques are generally safe, but there is limited evidence of usefulness

for specific health conditions. Research is under way to find out more about relaxation

and health outcomes.

Relaxation techniques include a number of practices such as progressive relaxation,

guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, and deep breathing exercises. The

goal is similar in all: to consciously produce the body's natural relaxation response,

characterized by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a feeling of calm and

well-being.

Relaxation techniques often combine breathing and focused attention to calm

the mind and the body. These techniques may be most effective when practiced

regularly and combined with good nutrition, regular exercise, and a strong social

support system.

Most relaxation techniques can be self-taught and self-administered. Most methods

require only brief instruction from a book or experienced practitioner before they can

be done without assistance.

Do not use relaxation techniques as a replacement for conventional care or to

postpone seeing a doctor about a medical problem. Talk to your health care providers

if you are considering using a relaxation technique for a particular health condition.

This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

NCCIH Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary

and Integrative Health, NIH, DHHS. NCCIH Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter,

offers evidence-based information on complementary health approaches, including

scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCIH-funded research, fact sheets for

patients, and more.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is dedicated to

exploring complementary health products and practices in the context of rigorous

science, training complementary health researchers, and disseminating authoritative

information to the public and professionals. For additional information, call NCCIH’s

Clearinghouse toll-free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCIH website at nccih.nih.

gov. NCCIH is 1 of 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, the

Federal focal point for medical research in the United States.

Retrieved December 10, 2021 from Mind and Body Approaches for Stress | NCCIH

(nih.gov)

The Arkansas Nurses Association needs you to speak for yourself and your fellow

nurses. As we make plans for 2022, your leadership and volunteer participation

on our Committees and Councils are paramount to the growth and success of the

organization and the nursing profession in our state.

We seek your voices as we work to make change in nursing through Advocacy,

Practice, Continuing Education, Professional Development, and Membership.

Most of the Arkansas Nurses Association committees or councils meet on a quarterly

basis with all meetings being held virtually and because of your vast expertise, many

for as little as one hour.

If you are able to commit to your profession, please click on this link and complete

the Leadership Commitment Form.

Committee and Council Leadership Commitment Form - Arkansas Nurses

Association (ARNA) https://arna.org/cc-leadership-commitment-form/


Page 6 Arkansas Nurse Today January, February, March 2022

Health Awareness

The United States Congress designated January as

Cervical Health Awareness Month. More than 13,000

women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive

cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable

with vaccination and appropriate screening.

This January, the American Red Cross celebrates

National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the

lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors.

In February, American Heart Month is observed to

raise awareness on the importance of a healthy heart and

to encourage healthy habits that help reduce the risk of

heart disease. Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000

Americans each year. It's the leading cause of death for

both men and women. In the United States, the most

common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease

(CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly

reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and,

in some cases, medication.

Since 1963, February has been celebrated as

American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the

battle against heart disease. Since 2004, February also

has been the signature month for the American Heart

Association's Go Red For Women campaign and the

message that heart disease is not only a man's problem.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Month. Since inception in 2000, it has grown to

be a rallying point for the colon cancer community

where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and

advocates throughout the country join together to

spread colorectal cancer awareness by wearing blue,

holding fundraising and education events, talking to

friends and family about screening and so much more.

Nurses Needed NOW

LPNs, RNs and Nurse Supervisors

– if you really care for kids, we need

you NOW.

Competitive salary and incentives are available.

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January, February, March 2022 Arkansas Nurse Today Page 7

ANA UPDATES

Membership Assembly Call for Proposals – Closes Feb. 7

The 2022 ANA Membership Assembly call for proposals is now open. Membership

Assembly is scheduled for June 10-11, 2022.

ANA is particularly interested in proposals specific to addressing issues related

to nurse staffing, with focus on the acute care setting, and strategies to reduce

workplace violence against nurses and other health care employees. All proposals

submitted should be solution oriented.

Section 1 of the 2022 Membership Assembly Policy Development Guide includes

questions to consider before submitting a proposal. The ANA Enterprise 2020-2023

Strategic Goals is in Appendix A. The guide also contains detailed information on the

submission and review of proposals, including emergent proposals, dialogue forums,

and examples of approaches used by state nurses associations that have successfully

engaged members in ANA’s policy work.

Submit proposals for consideration.

Completed proposals must submitted by using the online proposal forms by 5:00

p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. Refer to Appendix D in the guide for key dates.

Direct questions to Cheryl Peterson, vice president, Nursing Programs, via practice@

ana.org.

Nominations and Elections Committee Open the 2022 Call for Nominations

The Nominations and Elections Committee would like your support in identifying

candidates that meet the minimum competency requirements for the positions.

Please share the Call for Nominations with your members. If you know someone that

you think would be a great candidate, please encourage them to apply.

January 17, 2022 Deadline for Call for Nominations

Health Resources and Services Administration Launches the Workforce

Projections Dashboard

Recently, the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA), a division of

the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), launched The Workforce

Projections Dashboard, an interactive tool that provides projections for the distribution

of health care workers across the country, including nurses.

The dashboard includes supply and demand data that can be used by organizations

and programs to address workforce issues related to shortages and surpluses. National

and state data from the following occupational groups is included:

• Allied Health

• Behavioral Health

• Long-term Care

• Oral Health

• Primary Care

• Women’s Health

The “About this Dashboard” PDF provides an overview and can help users navigate

the tool.

Stronger together

At Encompass Health, we believe that we are stronger together.

We are looking for registered nurses to join our team in any

of our five inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Arkansas. Our

hospitals provide excellent opportunities and outstanding

benefits – many available on day one of hire.

• Medical, dental and vision

• Tuition reimbursement

• Flexible hours and shifts

• Career ladder growth

• Generous PTO

• Working with

advanced technologies

• 401(k)

Fayetteville

Fort Smith

Sherwood

Hot Springs

Jonesboro

To learn more, contact Michael Gower at

michael.gower@encompasshealth.com or 980.316.0890.

encompasshealth.com/careers

©2021:Encompass Health Corporation:W156453


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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking

Prevention Month. The Arkansas Nurses Association

in partnership with the Little Rock-FBI are working to

stop human trafficking by educating nurses and nursing

students on their role in this fight.

Healthcare professionals will learn how to identify

the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims

with assistance from local anti-trafficking organizations,

extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking

victims.

Nursing students will learn how to join or establish

a university club to raise awareness about human

trafficking and initiate action throughout your local

community.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

This educational event is FREE for ARNA members

and only $20 for non-members and nursing students.

Register Now

ARNA and ARcare - AETC cordially invite you to

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th, 2022 -- 12:00 p.m.

Please register for this presentation at the link below:

https://echo.unm.edu/scaetc/event/?ER_ID=4171

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us:

AETC@arcare.net

INTEGRATED CARE PROFESSIONALS

Excellent Benefits

Flexibility

Heart for Seniors

We are looking to add highly qualified Nurse Practitioners

to our growing team! If you are seeking full-time

employment with a reputable care provider and love

working with seniors, visit our Careers page to view all

current openings and requirements.

Apply online at

integratedcareprofessionals.net/careers

2022 Arkansas Nurses Day at the Capitol

On-Demand

Arkansas Nurses Day at the Capitol provides nurses and

student nurses with the opportunity to gain knowledge

of the legislative process how ARNA works to protect

the interests of professional nurses on a daily basis. The

2022 ARNA Nurses Day at the Capitol will be a virtual,

on-demand program this year, with a presentation from

ANA Leadership via live webinar in February.

This 2022 Arkansas Nurses Day at the Capitol will

be delivered in two parts:

• Part 1) a live, webinar presentation via ZOOM on

February 17 at 9:30 am. Specific details along with

login details will be shared in the coming weeks.

• Part 2) a virtual, on-demand program that will be

available from February 17 through April 4 to those

pre-registered- registrants will have around 45 days

to view the pre-recorded educational sessions

The on-demand sessions and webinar presentation

will focus on why legislative advocacy efforts are

important, ARNAs priority legislation for the upcoming

legislative session and tips and tricks for effectively

navigating the legislative process.

REGISTRATION

Registration Fees – includes both live (virtual) and

on-demand components

$39.00 RNs/APRNs/LPNs

$19.00 Undergraduate/Pre-licensure Students

Pre-registration is required for access to the ondemand

activity. Registration closes on February 11,

2022, at 12:00 pm CST. No registrations accepted after

February 11, 2022.

A link to access the on-demand activity will be emailed

to all pre-registered individuals the week of February

14th, so you can view the modules at your convenience,

anytime, anywhere.

Registration Process

We offer two ways to register – 1) as an individual

and 2) as a group or school.

The deadline to register is February 11, 2022.

Individual Registration

Individuals seeking to participate and register on their

own, not with a school or group, may register online.

REGISTER NOW

Group & School Registration

Schools of nursing and specialty groups seeking

to participate in the event together as a group (i.e.

seating) have two registration options. Groups of 20

people or less may register online. Groups of 20 or

more must register using the Group Registration List

and corresponding Group Payment Form below. Online

registration is not an option. See instructions below:

Smaller Groups of 20 or less

Smaller groups may register online by clicking the

Register Now button, or complete and submit the Group

Registration List and corresponding Group Payment

Form (forms below) to our office for processing. Register

groups of 20 or less online at: https://cvent.me/Ez0yzV

Larger Groups of 20 or more

Please complete the Group Registration List and

corresponding Group Payment Form below. Both forms

are required. The Group Payment Form will ask you

to identify the total number of students versus faculty

participating along with payment information, and the

Group Registration Form will ask you to identify each

individual in your group by first and last name, address,

email address, type of registrant (RN, APRN, LPN,

Undergraduate Student) and if you plan to participate

in the live webinar on February 17. Please submit both

forms to our office for processing. We will communicate

details about registration and the event to the individual

identified as the faculty/group liaison on the forms.

Group Registration List Group Payment Form

REMINDER: It is important that payment be in the

form of ONE check (no individual student payments

please), money order, or ONE credit card covering all

attendees from the group/school.

SPONSORSHIP

The Arkansas Nurses Association would like to invite

you to sponsor the 2022 Arkansas Nurses Association’s

Nurses Day at the Capitol, provided as a virtual, ondemand

program this year.

Who will be in Attendance?

More than 49,000 RNs will be invited to participate in

this year’s on-demand event giving you an opportunity

to market your product, service or event to nurses from

a variety of practice settings and educational level, from

all four corners of the state. Approximately 80% will be

student nurses, representing Schools of Nursing across

Arkansas, and 20% experienced nurses from a variety of

settings. We hope you will choose to support our event!

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at

https://cvent.me/gmD3Vw

ACCREDITATION

Contact hours will be available to those participants

who meet the successful completion requirements.

The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited

as a provider of nursing continuing professional

development by the American Nurses Credentialing

Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Sara Fry at (573) 636-4623 x102 or

sara@midwestnurses.org with any questions.


January, February, March 2022 Arkansas Nurse Today Page 9

FREE &

HYBRID

Combined Course!

A D U L T / A D O L E S C E N T / P E D I A T R I C

School-based Suicide Prevention: Promising

Approaches and Opportunities for Research

January 14, 2022

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

The workshop is free to attend and will be viewable

via zoom webinar.

School-Based Suicide Prevention Registration, Fri, Jan

14, 2022 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

S A N E

T R A I N I N G

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Overview

This NIMH-hosted webinar will provide an opportunity

for diverse stakeholders, including school administrators,

researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders,

to learn about new and innovative practices in schoolbased

suicide prevention. There will be a particular

focus on risk identification, follow-up, and referral for

additional services for high-risk youth. In addition to

describing the programs, presenters will also discuss

preliminary research efforts and/or challenges and ways

to overcome common barriers to implementing suicide

prevention in schools, including data collection and

evaluation.

Sponsored by

The NIMH Suicide Research Team

Who Should Attend

Researchers, mental health clinicians and practitioners,

school administrators, and members of the public

interested in school-based suicide prevention.

ARNA and ARcare - AETC cordially invite you to:

National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS &

W H E N :

April 4-8 & 11-13, 2022

(8 days)

Virtual April 4-8

In Person April 11-13 at

UAMS Little Rock, AR

S C A N Q R C O D E O R V I S I T :

H T T P S : / / F O R M S . G L E / A Y I J N T E P J L G A S 5 S G 6

F O R M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N

A N D F O R R E G I S T R A T I O N

C O U R S E C O N T A C T :

K A C I E P A R R I S H

K A C I E @ N W A F O R E N S I C S . C O M

Tuition is covered

by scholarships

from UAMS TeleSANE

Space is Limited to

30 participants

WHAT DOES A SANE DO?

Provide specialized care to victims

of sexual violence

Conduct sexual assault medical

forensic exams

Provide consultation and testimony

for criminal and civil proceedings

Collaborate with members of a

multi-disciplinary team

WHERE DO SANES WORK?

Emergency Departments that

provide sexual assault exams

Children's Advocacy Centers

Crises Centers that provide medical

forensic exams

64 CEUs

This Course satisfies

requirements for BOTH SANE-A

& SANE-P Certification

Requirements!

*This activity has been approved by the

International Association of Forensic Nurses

to award contact hours. The IAFN is

accredited as an approver of nursing

continuing professional development by the

American Nurses Credentialing Commission

on Accreditation*

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

March 7th, 2022 -- 12:00 p.m.

Please register for this presentation at the link below:

https://echo.unm.edu/scaetc/event/?ER_ID=4182

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us:

AETC@arcare.net

WE ARE HIRING

The Arkansas Nurses Association has scheduled the

Spring edition of LeadARNA2022. On Saturday, March

12, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. ARNA encourages nurses to

join the opportunity to learn what it means to be in a

leadership position within ARNA or with any other nonprofit

or community-based organization. This event will

be held at 1123 S. University, first floor conference room.

LPNs & RNs in family medicine,

pediatrics, specialty care, & more!

Apply Now

mana.md/career


Page 10 Arkansas Nurse Today January, February, March 2022

EDUCATION CORNER

Graduate Nurse Internship

Opportunities in the Office of

Occupational Medicine and

Nursing for Summer 2022

Occupational Safety and Health Administration announces that applications are

now being accepted for the Graduate Nurse Internship in the Office of Occupational

Medicine and Nursing during the summer of 2022. A highly motivated graduate

nurse who wants to learn about and contribute to the development and application

of the occupational health policy at the national level may apply. Full details, including

information on applying and important dates, can be found here. For questions,

contact Dr. Virginia Weaver at weaver.virginia.m@dol.gov or Melanie Hayes at hayes.

melanie@e@dol.gov at the OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship and Occupational

Medicine Resident Elective Programs.

The Graduate Nurse Internship Program is designed for registered professional

nurses pursuing a graduate degree in either occupational health nursing or public

health with an occupational health focus. The internship blends current OSHA projects

and issues with the theoretical bases of the intern's academic study into a practical

occupational safety and health experience at the national level. Selected interns are

assigned to the Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing (OOMN) in OSHA's

National Office in Washington, D.C., precepted by OOMN staff and assigned projects

in support of the Agency's mission and goals.

Graduate Nurse Internship Program - Overview | Occupational Safety and Health

Administration (osha.gov) https://www.osha.gov/nurse-internship

Important Dates

November 30 - Application Period Opens

February 16 - Application Period Closes

March 31 - Applicants Notified

May - September - Scheduled 8 - Week Internship Program

Join January 19 and 20, 2022 : ANA Sponsored Health Equity Summit

The Hastings Center, Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Health

Justice, American Nurses Association, and American Medical Association are excited

to announce “Righting the Wrongs: Tackling Health Inequities” a two-day virtual

conference taking place January 19th and 20, 2022. T he two-day conference will

focus on historical events and decisions that have led to major health inequities in the

United States and strategies that health systems and clinicians can adopt to reduce

inequities and racism from U.S. health care. Registration is open to the public. Be part

of the solution and RSVP your spot today at https://HealthEquitySummit.org.

The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application deadline is January

13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Your application must include information on your unpaid student loans to support

undergraduate or graduate education and training for your nursing degree. Loan

information is covered on pages 13-14 of the Application and Program Guidance.

Acceptable loans include those:

• Obtained by the applicant to cover school tuition and reasonable educational

and living expenses associated with prerequisite and in-program course

completion of their nursing degree.

Unacceptable loans include those which are:

• Repaid in full

• Obtained for non-nursing degrees or obtained for training in vocational or

practical nursing.

• Not obtained from a government entity or private commercial student lending

institution. (Note: Most loans made by private foundations to individuals are

not eligible for repayment.)

• Primary Care Loans

• Parent PLUS Loans, which are under a parent’s name.

• Obtained from entities not subject to federal of state examination as lenders

(e.g. family members and private institutions or lenders)

• Subject to cancellation

• Perkins loans

• Credit card debt

Apply Now

Preparing Your Loan

Information

Loan Documentation

Applicants may submit loan information either electronically (for federal loans

only) or manually. It may take some time to obtain documentation from your lenders,

so you are encouraged to start early!

If you have federal loans, you can import them electronically using the National

Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) where you can access your Aid Summary Report

and pre-populate the loan fields. First, you must register and receive a Federal Student

Aid ID (FSA ID), which you can do here.

The American Nurses Association offers a suite of On Demand webinars for

Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients

during this COVID-19 Pandemic - On Demand** (on24.com)

Application Help

NC LRP Application Virtual Technical Assistance webinar (Zoom link)

Thursday, January 6 2022

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

NEW! NC LRP Webinar Recording

NC LRP Application & Program Guidance

NC LRP Online Application

Customer Care Center

For additional application questions, call the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-

9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910), Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 8:00

a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

To learn more about our agency, visit www.HRSA.gov


January, February, March 2022 Arkansas Nurse Today Page 11

AGRISAFE NURSE SCHOLAR - 20 HOURS OF CONTINUING

NURSING EDUCATION -SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

20 HOURS OF CONTINUING

The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is an online

learning experience taught by expert health & safety

educators. The course helps nurses increase their

competence in the prevention, identification, and

assessment of diseases and conditions commonly

experienced by people working in agriculture.

NURSING EDUCATION

The Nurse Scholar program

is accessible online,

OnDemand 24/7! Upon

completion of the program,

nurses receive a digital

badge to acknowledge and

share their accomplishment.

10 scholarship spots are

available on a first-come-firstserve

basis to qualifying

Arkansas nurses!

There is a $100 refundable

registration fee, that is fully

reimbursed upon completion of

the program.

DELIVERING SPECIALIZED CARE,

REQUIRES SPECIALIZED TRAINING!

"These learning sessions have been so valuable

and will greatly influence my practice in rural

primary care. Thank you so much! I wish all

rural nurses could have access to this

training."

Jean Matthews, MSN

-North Carolina, Nurse Scholar 2018

DETAILS

REGISTRATION

Email: afey@agrisafe.org

learning.agrisafe.org/nurse-scholar-program

The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is an online

learning experience taught by expert health & safety

educators. The ANCC accredited course will increase

nursing competence in the prevention, identification,

and assessment of diseases and conditions commonly

experienced by people working in agriculture.

The Nurse Scholar program is accessible online, ondemand

24/7! Upon completion of the program, nurses

receive a digital badge to acknowledge and share their

accomplishment. Ten free scholarship spots are available

on a first come, first serve basis to qualifying Arkansas

nurses! The registration scholarship application deadline

for the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is February 1,

2022. To receive continuing nursing education credit,

the program must be completed by March 1, 2022.

Scholarship recipients are required to pay a $100

registration fee, but this fee is fully reimbursed upon

completion of the Nurse Scholar program.

REGISTRATION DETAILS: To register for the scholarship

please fill out the survey application available here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/86M92LD. If you have

any questions, please email Ansley Fey, AgriSafe Program

Manager, at afey@agrisafe.org. For more information go

to https://learning.agrisafe.org/nurse-scholar-program


Page 12 Arkansas Nurse Today January, February, March 2022

REGION CORNER

3. Knowledge is power – ARNA has the following

opportunities for increasing your knowledge. Stop

Human Trafficking January 25, 2022 11:00-12:30

for FREE! This is a topic that is becoming more and

more important to all areas of Arkansas.

4. Nurses Day at the Capital is February 17, 2022 ~

tune-in to see the working relationships between

nurses and our legislators. It can be eye opening!

5. LPNs are now a part of ARNA! We welcome our

colleagues into our organization. If you know a

LPN that is interested in a professional organization

– we are it. Please let them know about us.

I am very excited for the

opportunity to join the ARNA

Board as Region 1 (Northwest)

Director. Just to share with you

a little bit about me and my

background, I was born and

raised in Oklahoma where, as a

teenager, I enjoyed volunteering

at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.

This was my first exposure to the

nursing world, and it made a profound impact upon

me. I received a BFA in Musical Theatre and moved

to New York to pursue my career. However, nursing

kept calling me, and I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and

received my BSN in Nursing. I worked for Children’s

Healthcare of Atlanta and have experience in Pediatric

ICU, Trauma, Ebola Taskforce, and Nurse Leadership and

Management. Nursing has shaped my life in significant

and immeasurable ways. I moved to Northwest Arkansas

in the fall of 2019. I am currently an Outpatient Specialty

RN who provides care for Pediatric Urology patients

across Northwest Arkansas. I am a nationally Certified

Pediatric Nurse and love working with children. I am

always humbled and inspired by their resilience in the

face of adversity. I love spending quality time with my

family and friends. I enjoy karaoke, game night, movies,

theatre, concerts, yoga, hiking, and cooking at home (I

am a bit of a foodie).

I joined ARNA in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic

began to spread across our state, our country, and

the world. I wanted to learn more about advocacy,

specifically Nurse Advocacy, and the steps needed to

advance and support the nursing profession across

Arkansas. Now more than ever I believe finding a sense

of connection and unity among nurses to be of utmost

importance. I fear we have become more divided and

the inequities within healthcare and our own profession

have been further illuminated and strained as a result of

COVID-19.

I admire the work of Brene Brown. She defines

connection as “The energy that exists between people

when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can

give and receive without judgement; when they derive

sustenance and strength from the relationship”. I desire

to connect to nurses across the region to listen to their

stories, provide a platform for their voices, and work

beside them to create growth and equality for Arkansas

nurses and improvements to the health of all Arkansas

residents. Beginning in 2022, I plan to send out a survey.

I genuinely want to hear from you so as to learn how you

would like to be involved and what matters to you. As

Region 1 Director, my plan is to hold at least two or three

“Share Sessions” where nurses can share professional

strengths, what is working within their county, and

what changes they would like to see within their county,

current practice, and state. This will also be a great

opportunity to network, learn more about legislation/

policy making, and develop ideas to address/promote

growth within the profession. I believe in giving back

to the community and would like to create volunteer

opportunities to support a local shelter, provide health

screenings, and/or food pantry.

As Region 1 Director, I believe WE will only be

successful in supporting nurses across Region 1 and the

state, so long as YOU let your voice be heard and you

are involved in the change you wish to see.

I am Barbara Hudgens, your

new District 3 Region Director

for ARNA. I am from Magnolia,

Arkansas (SW) and have lived

here all my life. I am a nurse

educator at Southern Arkansas

University. I am married and have

3 children and 2 grandsons.

I am excited to be representing

nurses in our area and keeping

you all up to date on the what is important to nurses for

our state. The climate of nursing at this time is extremely

important and we all need to have a voice. ARNA is your

chance to have that voice. If there is anything you need

brought to the committee, or anything I can do for you,

please feel free to email, call, or text.

Welcome to ARNA Region 4!

This region covers a very large

physical area in the state of

Arkansas. However, in speaking

with members all over our region,

I find that we have so much in

common! The number one focus

is supporting the members/

nurses to be the best they can

to give top-notch patient care

in multiple setting. Improving patient outcomes has

been extremely challenging during the pandemic but it

remains the top priority.

So how can ARNA Region 4 help each nurse in this

endeavor:

1. Take care of yourself! ARNA has worked in

conjunction with ANA to provide workshops on

mental health and physical health topics. Be on

the watch via emails from our State Director, Susie

Marks and myself, monthly newsletters, and the

quarterly Arkansas Nursing News about these

opportunities.

2. There are opportunities to get involved! This is

your organization. Help us make this the best

nursing organization in Arkansas! Currently we

have openings on the By-Laws Committee and

the Practice Council. The best way to have an

impact is to be involved. Let me know if you are

interested.

When I was elected to serve as the Region 4

Director, I was immediately overwhelmed with meeting/

communicating with the vast number of members. Then

the pandemic hit and made it even more difficult. 2022

is a new year and I am ready to get things organized

for our region. I am open to any suggestions or needs

of the nurses in Region 4. Please let me know if there is

something specific you would like to see.

I am currently organizing:

1. STOP the BLEED training for nurses throughout

our region. Being ready and prepared for an

emergency is so important. If you would like

to be a local person to help me organize this in

your location – please email me and we will get it

scheduled.

2. Heart disease impacts many women. According

to the American Heart Association Go Red for

Women website: https://www.goredforwomen.

org/en/about-heart-disease-in-women/facts heart

disease is the #1 killer of women and approximately

1 woman dies of heart disease every minute of the

day. WOW!

I am planning a Go Red for Women event on

Friday February 4, 2022. Get all your colleagues

together to share the statistics of women and

heart disease, have everyone wear red, take a

picture and send to me. There will be awards for

largest group, most original theme based group,

and best public service announcement (PSA) that

will be shared among Region 4 members. Plan to

have fun and educate those around you! More

details after the holidays.

3. Nurses Day 2022 will be celebrated May 6! Let’s

start planning to celebrate us now. I am open to

ideas that we can share across the region. Send

me your ideas.

This is going to be a great year ~ keep in touch and

share any ideas you have – ARNA is here for you!

Sincerely,

Becky Parnell

Region 4 Director

Hi I’m Sarena Love and I am

serving as Region 5 Director for

ARNA. If you’re not already a

member I’d like to encourage you

to join the ranks of your fellow AR

nurses. ARNA welcomes all AR

nurses including LPN’s. Enhance

your professional development,

leadership skills, branch out and

be a part of ARNA today.


January, February, March 2022 Arkansas Nurse Today Page 13

LPN CORNER

Ending the Stigma: An LPN’s Viewpoint

limits when it comes to my mental and emotional wellbeing.

I know now when I should take a few minutes to

catch my breath before I get too overwhelmed or when

I should vent a little bit to Mrs. Becky, the receptionist

out in my office. (Let’s give her a big round of applause

for listening to me, judgement free!) Even on the rough

days, I get a few encouraging reminders that I am pretty

great at my job, regardless of what my mental illness is.

Being in the nursing profession has actually helped me

with a lot of my anxieties like talking on the phone, for

example.

We live in a world where if you break a bone, you

get it x-rayed and a cast put on, and everyone runs

to sign it. If you’re dealing with a mental illness there

are no radiologic or laboratory results to go off of, no

casting to heal your wounds, and nobody running to

sign your non-existent cast. That is the stigma. People

don’t see it in the same light. This is a generation that

does not understand completely about mental illnesses,

they romanticize it and use various mental disorders

Ending the Stigma: An LPN’s Viewpoint continued on page 14

Some days I wake up and everything feels calm, my

vision is clear, the world is mine to conquer. I dance upon

the ashes of my past and I have a sense of overwhelming

joy. Other days I have a hard time twisting my scars into

lessons. My bed feels like the safest place on the planet,

hiding me from the harshness of the world. The place

I am trying to escape is not outside of me, but within.

Mental illness is not an exaggeration. We fight a war

inside of our minds each and every day, and that alone

is exhausting. In addition to coping with what plagues

our minds, we who suffer often have to be confronted

by ignorant outside assumptions. There is such a stigma

with mental illness yet so many individuals suffer. I

guarantee you know at least one person, whether it

be a family member, friend, or coworker. Why is it so

disturbingly difficult to be open about these legitimate

disorders and illnesses? For so long I was ashamed of my

own battles with mental illness. I know now, especially

as a nurse, I have to stand up and be a voice for myself

AND my patients.

Why is it so easy for people to call us ‘crazy’ or judge

us so harshly about a diagnosis we cannot control? We

cannot choose the cards we are dealt, we just have to

accept them and make the best of our situations. Even in

the medical field, I have seen staff crack jokes about an

individual with a serious mental illness. That being said,

I am not a perfect human, I judge people without even

realizing it. I try my best to fix my thoughts or words and

understand what they are going through. I have seen

the looks and heard the words spoken by people who

surround me. I know exactly how my patients feel as the

world cracks down on them. This is exactly why I knew I

should write something about this.

I made one of my first attempts to be open about

my struggles by getting a couple tattoos that relate

to me. People ask what they stand for and this is the

perfect chance to quickly explain and attempt to help

someone understand, even just a little bit. It is slowly

getting easier to be open and to talk about these

things, but it is still utterly terrifying especially being a

nurse. Having a mental illness does not automatically

make you unsuitable for the nursing profession. I

have heard so many times “Why are you doing this?”

or “Shouldn’t you being doing something different

you know, less stressful?” I find it almost insulting. I

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rehabilitated or unmanaged/unstable treatment can,

without a doubt, interfere with patient care. I would

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become stable enough to continue on into the career

they started. I find myself able to communicate so much

better with my patients at Elite due to the simple fact

that we share common ground. They may not know it,

but I do. I understand and I can empathize. Even if they

do not know my very own struggle, my patients seem

to be at ease talking to me… even while I am drawing

up their monthly injection with a big 2-inch needle. I

quite enjoy getting to know them more and more each

month. I firmly believe as long as you stay proactive in

your mental health journey and take care of yourself,

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ARKANSAS CENTER FOR NURSING

Is 2022 the year that you seek financial assistance to help you on your path to

advancing your nursing career? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),

job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to grow by up to 12% through

2028, creating more than 438,000 new jobs. The outlook is similarly encouraging for

LPNs, with an anticipated job growth of up to 11%. However, with fewer nurses than

available positions, the growing shortage of nurses threatens to affect patient care

and treatment outcomes. When seeking to fund your educational path, half the battle

is finding resources to assist you. As a nurse in Arkansas, you do not have to look any

further than the Arkansas Nurses Foundation. The Arkansas Nurses Foundation has

been offering scholarships to nursing students for more than 15 years. These awards

are intended to nursing students meet financial obligations to be able to graduate

and make important contributions to the field.

Similarly, the Arkansas nursing community is full of intelligent nurses in the research

field. Research helps nurses determine effective best practices and improve patient

care. Research also helps nursing respond to changes in the healthcare environment,

patient populations and government regulations. The Arkansas Nurses Foundation

also fund research projects.

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Qualifications

• Master’s or higher nursing degree required. Doctoral degree, preferred.

• Current unencumbered RN or advanced practice nursing license with eligibility

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• Three (3) years minimum teaching experience in a baccalaureate nursing program,

preferred.

• Recent acute care/ICU experience, preferred.

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The Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. (ACN) is the

state's nursing workforce center and is a member of the

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. One of

the primary goals of the ACN is to collect and report data

related to the supply, demand, and educational capacity of

the nursing workforce in the state. The ACN also aims to

recognize and foster leadership excellence and to encourage

and support educational advancement among nurses and

nursing students in Arkansas. We believe that nurses are

well equipped and should be leaders in advancing the culture of health in our State.

As healthcare has entered into an unprecedented time of illness and strained

healthcare systems, we believe that the important roles that nurses play in sustaining

the healthcare infrastructure has been brought to light like never before. As nurses,

we have always recognized the vital role we serve in the delivery of health care,

however, we have not always been invited to the decision-making table. The COVID-19

pandemic has undoubtedly brought challenges never seen before in nursing. Nurses

have been asked to do the impossible and have risen to the occasion. However, we

recognize that in doing so, nurses have succumbed to incredible compassion fatigue

and burnout. This has made the role of the Arkansas Center for Nursing even more

important as we look to the future of health care.

Since the early 2000’s, there have been warnings of an impending nursing shortage

that was coming as the result of the retirement of the baby boomers. It may be safe

to say that the pandemic has hastened that shortage and it is now a reality. The

Arkansas Center for Nursing has been working hard for nearly a decade to track the

number of nurses in Arkansas and to predict the future demand on the workforce.

With the pandemic, we recognize that it is important to adapt our data collection

methods to meet the challenges of the profession. We are working on real-time data

collection methods that would allow us to track the fluid movement of nurses within

the profession, both in geographic location as well as clinical setting. This will allow

us to recognize trends that may present recruitment and retention challenges in the

future.

The impact of the pandemic has had positive effects on the profession as well. For

the first time in history, Arkansas Advance Practice Nurses have been able to carve a

pathway to practice at the full extent of their education and training. Likewise, nurses

have been given the authority to practice via telemedicine, breaking down many of

the barriers to care for Arkansans in the most remote parts of the State. And most

importantly, nurses have been invited to the table to help develop solutions for the

collapsing healthcare system. We believe that we will look back in 10 years and point

to this time and say, “That is when nurses were given a voice.”

While many of us are still in the trenches fighting hard each day against this deadly

corona virus, we believe that we are also on the brink of some major break-throughs

as a profession. Never before has it been more important for nurses to be involved

in professional organizations. These organizations are providing resources to help

nurses who are weary and overworked to connect with one another and develop

strategies to combat burnout. They are fighting for better work environments and

better pay. But they are also giving the profession of nursing a seat at the table where

critical decisions are being made each day. I encourage you to stay plugged in to your

professional organization(s). History is being made right now!

Nurses and non-nurses alike are encouraged to join the Arkansas Center for

Nursing. Please visit our website at www.arcenterfornursing.org for more information.

Ending the Stigma: An LPN’s Viewpoint continued from page 13

as an adjective. I cannot place blame on my generation alone, though. Too many

people of all ages do not understand. What we are feeling or struggling with does

not define us. You cannot always know what is going on with a person internally, so

no judgments should be made by the way the outside seems. We, as nurses in mental

health, should be advocates for our patients. Help them not feel so ashamed so they

are more open and willing to get the treatment they need instead of hiding behind a

curtain, scared of what the world might say.

As a friend, family member, spouse, coworker etc you might ask, “well what can I

possibly say or do to help?” That answer is not an easy one, but telling someone what

they feel is valid is a pretty darn good start. I may not have spoken much about my own

battle because frankly, we’d be here all day, but I am with you. Someone is searching

for some kind of reassurance or guidance out there like I was. Someone to relate to.

A nurse dealing with the struggle in fear of judgment about her capabilities, unsure

of how to ask for the support she needed, and wondering if anyone surrounding her

will see her differently. Share your battle and better yet, share your success. It doesn’t

end here…you made it this far, right?

Last Updated/Verified: Jul 24, 2021

REFERENCE: Retrieved 12/12/2021 from Ending the Stigma: An LPN’s Viewpoint |

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ARKANSAS NURSES FOUNDATION (ArNF) GRANT APPLICATION FORM

Name___________________________________________ Date_____________

Home Address___________________________________________________________

City_________________________________ State _________ Zip ________

Daytime Phone______________ Cell/Pager ____________ Fax ______________

Email __________________________________________________________________

EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION (all nursing programs attended)

Name & Location of Institution Major Degree

WORK EXPERIENCE (list three; start with most recent)

Position Place Dates

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (list three; start with most recent)

Study Title Institution or organization Dates

ACHIEVEMENTS (memberships, awards, manuscripts, publications, etc. and dates; must attach one page resume)

CURRENT/PROPOSED RESEARCH STUDY FOR WHICH FUNDING IS SOUGHT

Title Design and Methodology Timeline Budget Summary

Statement of approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB, or equivalent body) governing ethical treatment of

human and/or animal subjects in a research study (must be attached to application form).

I have read the requirements concerning the award of this research grant, and I agree to abide by the stipulations.

___________________________________ ____________________________ Date _______

Signature

Printed name

The amounts of research grants vary and are awarded at the discretion of the ArNF officers and ArNF Scholarship

Committee members. Research grants are awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, or

national origin. The ArNF Scholarship Committee reserves the right not to award a research grant if applicants are

not considered qualified. Research grants are awarded once each year.

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Scholarships

1. General Academic Scholarship

2. In addition to the academic scholarship, the following designated scholarships have been

made available through contributions:

a. Dorothea Funk Scholarship – available to an Arkansas Registered Nurse who is

committed to community health nursing and seeking an Advanced Practice Nursing

degree

b. Mary Gray Scholarship - available to an Arkansas Registered Nurse seeking any

Advanced Practice Nursing degree

The Arkansas Nurses Foundation (ARNF) Board of Trustees reserves the right to make no award in

any given year. The amounts of scholarship awards vary and are awarded at the discretion of the

ARNF officers. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, age, sexual

orientation, or national origin. Scholarships are awarded for one year only.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the academic scholarship the applicant must:

1. Hold an Arkansas Nursing license in good standing with the Arkansas State Board of

Nursing (LPN, RN, APRN)

2. Be a resident of Arkansas at the time of application

3. Submit a completed application packet received or postmarked by June 30 th

4. Not be a current member of the ARNF Board of Trustees

Eligibility requirements specific to a designated scholarship:

• Dorothea Funk Scholarship:

Must be an Arkansas Registered Nurse seeking an Advanced Practice Nursing degree

(Certified Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Certified

Registered Nurse Anesthetist) to be used for community health nursing with demonstrated

need.

• Mary Gray Scholarship:

Must be an Arkansas Registered Nurse seeking an Advanced Practice Nursing degree

(Certified Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Certified

Registered Nurse Anesthetist)

The complete application packet must include:

Application Packet

1. Completed official ARNF Scholarship application

2. Cover letter stating need for the scholarship; intended use of funds (including a statement

regarding other financial assistance, i.e., organizational scholarships, stipends, tuition

waivers or reductions, etc.); and barriers you may encounter with a plan of how you will

overcome them.

3. Current resume (one page including education, work experience, achievements, and honors,

if applicable).

4. Two letters of recommendation (one from current faculty) including leadership qualities,

hours of completion in program (if applicable), and academic ability of the applicant.

5. Official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) from all nursing programs attended (in a

sealed envelope with the Registrar’s signature or stamp on flap).

6. Letter of acceptance into a nationally accredited nursing degree program

7. The ARNF Scholarship application must be received or postmarked by June 30 th of the

application year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure supporting documents are

received or postmarked by the deadline. Incomplete application packets will not be

considered.

8. Optional: Extracurricular activities (achievements, organization memberships, volunteer

work)

Mail completed application to:

Arkansas Nurses Foundation

P.O. Box 26483

Little Rock, AR 72221

Funds from the scholarship will be applied toward a nursing degree in any nationally accredited

nursing program and will be sent to the institution you are attending.

Procedure

The ARNF Board of Trustees will review and select the recipient(s). The final decision on the

recipients will be based upon the completed application packet as outlined above. The ARNF Board

of Trustees will determine the scholarship amount. The scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by

the ARNF Board of their scholarship amount and will be recognized at the Arkansas Nurses

Association (ARNA) annual meeting.

The Chairperson of the ARNF Board of Trustees will notify the Arkansas Community Foundation

(organization that holds the ARNF scholarship account) of the names, institutions, and scholarship

amounts as soon as the final decisions are completed.

The scholarship recipients are encouraged to attend/appear at the ARNA annual meeting to be

recognized.

Name:

Home Address:

Application

Applicant Contact Information

Date:

City: State: Zip:

Daytime Phone:

Cell:

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Expense of tuition and fees:

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Applying for:

Other funding/scholarships currently receiving:

$

Location of Institution:

General Scholarship Dorothea Funk Scholarship Mary Gray Scholarship

Major:

Years Attended

To:

From:

Requesting scholarship for:

Fall semester only Spring semester only Both semesters

Name of Institution:

References

Location of Institution:

Name:

Major:

Name of Institution:

Years Attended

To:

From:

Address:

City: State: Zip:

Location of Institution:

Major:

Years Attended

To:

From:

Daytime Phone:

Name:

Address:

Email:

Name of Institution:

City: State: Zip:

Location of Institution:

Daytime Phone:

Email:

Major:

Years Attended

To:

Degree Program Information

Program planning to attend for which you are seeking scholarship:

Goal of further education:

From:

I have read the requirements concerning the granting of this scholarship, and I agree to abide

by the stipulations.

Signature:

Printed name:

Date:

Date of acceptance into the program:

Anticipated date of graduation:

Total semesters for degree completion:

Number of remaining semesters to complete

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Breaking the

Addiction

Tobacco Cessation Training

for Healthcare Providers

Presented by

With the help of a clinician, the odds of

quitting tobacco more than double.

While counseling and medication are both effective for tobacco cessation,

combining these treatments can be even more effective.

This training will instruct participants with developing quit plans for tobacco

users, prescribing medications and referring patients for lung cancer screenings.

Target Audience: Physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, pharmacists, wellness

managers, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, dental professionals, social workers,

community health professionals, cancer and tobacco control advocates.

Continued Education Information: Contact Arkansas Cancer Coalition for

more information.

REGISTER ONLINE AT

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACCBTI

Contact: info@arcancercoalition.org | 501.404.0028

2021 FALL SESSIONS*

November 8th

Patricia Franklin, APRN, CTTS

Low Dose CT Screening

November 9th

Sandra Brown, DNP

Motivational Interviewing

November 10th

Julie Kissack, PharmD

Pharmacotherapy

2022 SPRING SESSIONS*

February 7th

Patricia Franklin, APRN, CTTS

Low Dose CT Screening

February 8th

Sandra Brown, DNP

Motivational Interviewing

February 9th

Julie Kissac, PharmD

Pharmacotherapy

*All Fall and Spring Sessions are held virtually.

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