The Kentucky Nurse - June 2022

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President’s Pen

Greetings Kentucky Nurses! Welcome to the

summer issue of Kentucky Nurse. As always, there is

much going on in our state and across the country

affecting our profession.

Recently, we all learned that Tennessee nurse

RaDonda Vaught was charged with reckless homicide

in the death of a patient at Vanderbilt University

Medical Center due to a medication error and was

just sentenced to three years’ probation. I’m aware of

responses from across the country to this tragedy that

are somewhat varied, from nurses who can’t believe a

nurse could possibly give a paralyzing agent thinking

it was Versed and not monitor the patient, etc. to

nurses leaving the profession. No matter where you

stand on this issue, it is highly likely that this will result

in patient safety and Just Culture taking many steps

backwards as nurses and other healthcare providers

are hesitant to report mistakes. We must all work

together to ensure that our systems are as safe as

possible with “guardrails” in place, and that we create

and promote a healthcare culture where we prevent

at-risk behavior, and when it happens, is coached. We

also must continue to support safe staffing, which

brings me to another topic of intense interest these

days, our workforce.

I know many of you are tired, exhausted, anxious

and burnt out. Prior to the COVID pandemic,

Kentucky was facing a nursing shortage. Fast forward

into 2022 and this shortage is one of the worst in

the United States. The KNA has worked very hard

to address this shortage. Hopefully, you are already

aware of the many things that we have engaged in on

this issue but here are a few:

• Surveyed Kentucky nurses to better understand

the workforce issues they are facing and

potential solutions;

• Met with nurse leaders from around the state to

identify potential solutions;

• Met with Gov. Beshear to ask that money be

added to the state budget to go toward nurse

retention bonuses, loan forgiveness, nurse

emeritus programs to bring retired nurses back

into the workforce, a task force to be created to

address the shortage and more;

• Participated in the

Governor’s Kentucky

Nursing Workforce

Advisory Committee

created to address the


Donna Meador

• Appeared on 60 Minutes

and several statewide news programs to talk

about this crisis and what to do in our state to

alleviate it;

• Testified before the legislature about funds

needed to address the shortage;

• Testified before the legislature about defects in

Senate Bill 10 that would compromise patient

safety and the quality of nursing education in its

attempts to fix pipeline issues;

• Wrote letters to senators and representatives

about nursing workforce needs and sent letters to

the editor of major newspapers in the state and

• Successfully eliminated House Bill 28 which

would have prevented schools of nursing from

determining students’ COVID vaccination status,

thereby making clinical placements nearly


Unfortunately, we were not successful in getting

a state budget that included money for the nursing

workforce shortage, but that will not stop us, it just

slows us down a bit. We will continue to do good

things for our profession and focus on things that we

can control. Some of those things that you need to

know about include:

• Preventing Nurse Suicide: Did you know that

nurses die by suicide at a higher rate than nonnurses

in our state? The Kentucky Nurses Action

Coalition, a part of KNA, is working diligently to

educate nurses about this important topic and

has created the content for a mandatory CE for all

nurses (due by July 1, 2023). All nursing programs

will also add this course to their curriculum.

President’s Pen continued on page 5


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

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

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

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

Attend KNA Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Why Join KNA? .............................6

KNAC Column ...............................7

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

Biographical Information

for the 2022 KNA Election .................8

Kentucky Nurses Foundation News ..........14

I Am a Rural Nurse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

KY Nurse Shares “Family of Nurses” Story ...15

KNA Updates On Demand CE programs .....16

KNA Legislative Priorities 2022 ..............17

Where is the support that

beleaguered nurses need? ................18

Advocacy and Shared Governance ..........19

Letter to the Editor .........................20

KNA Recognizes Honor Cord Recipients .....21

The KNA thanks Sarah Moyer

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New KNA Student Subscribers ..............23

Nursing Bridge to Success: Nursing

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Kentucky Nurses Foundation Donor List .....28

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Member Activation Form ...................31

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Katie Bradshaw, MSN, RN, CNE

P: 502-648-8151

5300 High Crest Dr

Crestwood, KY 40014

E-Mail: kbradshaw@galencollege.edu



Teresa Villaran, MSN, MS, RN, CNN, CCRN


P: 859-420-9242

2109 Palmbrooke Ct

Lexington, KY 40513

E-Mail: teresav@icloud.com



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

P: 859-384-7170

10019 Golden Pond Dr.

Union, KY 41091

E-Mail: twilliamsrn01@yahoo.com



Gina Leigh, BSN, RN

P: 270-402-1008

2518 Speck Ridge Rd

Elk Horn, KY 42733-7761

E-Mail: Ginaleigh1026@yahoo.com



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

P: 270-575-2928

120 Lowell Ave

West Paducah, KY 47086

E-Mail: betty.kuiper@aol.com




Lori Alexander, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

P: 270-745-4078

1122 Big Reedy Rd

Caneyville, KY 42721

E-Mail: lori.alexander@wku.edu



Kim McGovern, MSN, RN

P: 270-302-0982

1111 W. Parrish Ave.

Owensboro, KY 42301

E-Mail: kim.mcgovern@kctcs.edu


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, co-chair

P: 941-628-6222

699 Settlement Drive

Lancaster, KY 40444

E-Mail: lockhartlisa155@gmail.com



Tabbetha Carver, MSN, AGACNP-BC

P: 606-922-8346

248 Bourbon Street

Greenup, KY 41144

E-Mail: Tabbyjloan@gmail.com



Marsha Woodall, DNP, MBA, RN

P: 270-875-3823

2327 Saint Malo St.

Madisonville, KY 42431

E-Mail: marsha.whitfield@kctcs.edu




Gannon Tagher, EdD, MSN, BSN, APRN, RN

P: 859-572-5555

11767 Dixie Hwy

Fort Walton, KY 41094

E-Mail: tagherc1@nku.edu

Lois Davis, MA, BSN, RN

P: 859-806-2886

3140 Blenheim Way

Lexington, KY 40503

E-Mail: loisd723@gmail.com



Yalanda Scalf, DNP, PMNHNP-BC

P: 606-599-7664

291 Ridge Rd

Thousandsticks, KY 47166

E-Mail: Yalanda.Scalf01@frontier.edu



Donna Meador, MSN, RN, CNP, CPHQ (2020-2022)

P: 502-390-1778

531 Anderson Ln

Shelbyville, KY 40065

E-Mail: dmeador@pegasuspackaging.com

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Kim Hawkins, PhD, APRN (2020 – 2023)

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Deb Chilcote, DNP, RNC-MNN

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Donna Meador, MSN, RN, CENP, CPHQ (Alumnus)

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Dolores White, DNP, RN, CNE

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Jody Rogers, MSN, BSN, NEA-BC

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Marsha Woodall, DNP, MBA, RN


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

Misty Ellis, DNP, APRN, CPNP, AC/PC (2021-2023)

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

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

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Chapter Updates

KNA Bluegrass Chapter

Officers include:

- Teresa Villaran, MSN, MS, RN, CNE, CNN,

CCRN (Alumnus), Chair

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

NEA-BC, Immediate Past Chair

- Amanda Martin, DNP, RN, Secretary

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


- Amanda Wright, RN, Director-at-Large

- Stephanie Gerall, BSN, RN, Director-at-Large

KNA Green River Chapter

The Green River Chapter recently hosted a

CE program about human trafficking. Members

continue to facilitate presentations at nurse

residency classes.

Officers include:

- Kim McGovern, MSN, RN-BC, Chair

- Amanda Howell, MSN, RN, Chair Elect

- Amy Higdon, DNP, RN, Secretary

- Amy Wimsatt, MSN, RN


- Marlena Buchanan, MSN, RN, CNS

Nightingale Tribute Chair

- Chardae Kelly, MSN, RN, Membership

Heartland Chapter

- Gina Leigh, BSN, RN, Chair

- OPEN, Chair-Elect

- Sonia Miller, BSN, RN, Immediate Past Chair

- Mary Bauer, RN, Secretary

KNA Nightingale Chapter

Alexis Breeding, MSCJ, MSN, RN, SANE,

recently presented the chapter CE, “Recognizing

Child Abuse and Neglect.” The presentation is

available on the KNA On Demand Portal.

Thanks to Alexis for donating to the Children’s

Advocacy Center. Catherine Edwards, DNP, MSN,

RN and Lisa Jones, PhD, RN, CCRN, presented

The Next Generation NCLEX” at the May chapter

meeting on Nurses Day, May 12. To recruit and

retain members, the chapter hosted a “Meet &

Greet” before the presentation.

Denise Alvey, MSN, RN-BC, was honored at the

May 2022 meeting with the Member Spotlight

Award and a donation to the Kentucky Nurses

Foundation. The May meeting also included

student scholarship awards.

The chapter donated a gift basket to the

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center

Nurses Week silent auction; auction proceeds

given to the center’s Chaplains’ Fund.

Officers include:

- Patricia Calico, PhD, RN, Chair

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


- Denise Alvey, MSN, RN-BC, Secretary

- Gwyneth Pyle, BSN, RN, Treasurer

KNA Northeastern Chapter

Officers include:

- Tabbetha Carver, MSN, AGACNP-BC, Chair

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


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

- Tonya Kennedy, MSN, RN, Treasurer

- Felicia Brown, MSN, RN, Membership

KNA Northern Chapter

The Northern Chapter recently hosted a CE

program, “The Essentials of Self-Care” during

Nurses Month. The August meeting is TBD.

Officers include:

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

- Callie Gollihue, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, Secretary

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

CHSE, Treasurer

KNA Pennyrile Chapter

All chapter members are encouraged to

recruit new KNA members. The chapter is using

its growth funds to sponsor three annual KNA

memberships. The Pennyrile Chapter will not meet

in June or July and will resume monthly chapter

meetings in August, more details TBD.

Madisonville Community College (MCC)

recognized three Pennyrile Chapter members

for their outstanding achievements. MCC named

Loretta Elder DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, as the MCC

Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year; Tracy

Littlehale, DNP, RN, received the MCC Diversity,

Equity, and Inclusion Award and Dawn Latham,

MSN, BSN, RN, received the Frymire Excellence

in Teaching Award.

Officers include:

- Marsha Woodall, DNP, MBA, RN, Chair

- Shannon Allen, MSN, RN, CHSE, CNE


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

- Karen Perry, RN

Membership Committee Chair

- Sheri Lancaster, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Treasurer

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Gwyneth Pyle, BSN, RN; Wesley Clay, Brenda

Sherwood, APRN; Denise Alvey, MSN, RN-BC;

Alexis Breeding, MSCJ, MSN, RN, SANE; Patricia

Calico, PhD, RN, chapter co-chair; Regina Rice,

RN and Lindsey Wilson, RN, at the May meeting

Kari Goan, DO, Ephraim

McDowell Health, silent

auction gift basket winner


At its April meeting, the REACH Chapter hosted

a CE program, “After the Disaster: Building

Response, Relief and Recovery after the December

11 Tornadoes.” The chapter regularly welcomes

nursing students to meetings and CE programs.

Officers include:

- Lori Alexander, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Chair

- Kim Riddle, PhD, MSN, RN, SANE, CEN, EMT-B

Vice Chair

- Miranda Peterson, DNP, RN, CNE


- Anne Afton, RN, Chapter Treasurer

- Jessica Davidson, MSN, RN

Chapter Secretary

Chapter Updates continued on page 4

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Chapter Updates

Chapter Updates continued from page 3

KNA River City Chapter

The chapter continues to increase its

membership with 630 RNs and 130 student

members. Chapter members connect with

students by working with local schools of

nursing to identify ways to involve students

and is finalizing plans with Galen College of

Nursing for a River City member to attend new

student orientation quarterly. In addition, chapter

members are planning to integrate KNA student

membership with a course project at Jefferson

Community & Technical College. The School

Nurse Initiative Team will soon visit schools in the

chapter’s geographic area to gain support and

increase awareness.

To recruit and retain members, chapter

members are also participating in the KNA Honor

Cords Program and honoring legacy nurses with

Nightingale Tributes.

Past River City events include:

• February 21, “Water Inequality in Nursing,”

presented by Anne Sahingoz, DNP, MSN.Ed,

the chapter donated all registration proceeds

to Water with Blessings. The presentation is

available on the KNA On Demand Portal.

• March 30, “Kentucky Collaborative Analysis

of the Nursing Graduate Pipeline – Galen

College of Nursing,”

• May 13, “KNA/KONL Statewide Nursing

Workforce Solutions” and

• May 16, “Center for Women & Families

Overview of Services,”

Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, LCSW.

Future volunteer opportunities include:

• Neighborhood House-Community Help

Project 9-11 a.m., Thursday, June 30,

Neighborhood House, 201 N. 25th St.,


• Intertribal Water event volunteer opportunity,

contact Anne Sahingoz, DNP, MSN.Ed, at


Officers include:

- Katie Bradshaw, MSN, RN, CNE, Chair

- Dolores White, DNP, RN, CNE

Immediate Past Chair

- Michelle Pendleton, DNP, MSN, RN

Vice Chair

- Joann Wray, MSN, MBA, NE-BC, Treasurer

- Renee Cecil, DPN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CCCC,

SANE, NREMT, Secretary

- Vanessa Williams-Harvey, MSN, RN

Event Planner

- Karla Hopkins, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Membership Coordinator

- Debra Rayman, MA, BSN, RN

Nightingale Tribute Coordinator

KNA School Nurse (SNIP)

The School Nurse Task force plans to meet

with the Kentucky Superintendent’s Association

to discuss the importance and benefits of school

nurses as well as potentially using state funds to

pay for nurses in its schools.

Officers include:

- Lois Davis, MA, MSN, RN, Co-Chair

- Patricia Burkhart, PhD, RN, FAAN, Co-Chair

KNA Southeastern Chapter

- Yalanda Scalf, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Chair

- First Vice-Chair: Open

- Second Vice-Chair: Open

- Secretary: Open

- Director-at-Large: Open

- Director-at-Large: Open

KNA Western Chapter

Officers include:

- Betty Kuiper, PhD, RN, Chair

- Michael Gordon, MSN, APRN, RN

Immediate Past Chair

- Dana Todd, PhD, APRN, Secretary

- Katy Garth, PhD, RN, Treasurer

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for publication in Kentucky Nurse.

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D. Cultural Diversity (Editorial Review)

E. Health Matters (Editorial Review)

F. Student Spotlight (Editorial Review)

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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

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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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• Articles should include a cover page with the

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notified of acceptance or re jection.

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make final editorial changes to meet publication


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at www.kentucky-nurses.org.

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President’s Pen continued from page 1

KNA Board of Directors Meeting:

First Friday of every 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, virtual

Kentucky Nurses Foundation Board of Trustee Meetings:

Second Tuesday of every other month, 2 – 3:30 PM, virtual

KNA Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee Meetings:

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

• Implicit Bias in Healthcare: To reduce racism in nursing, KNA leaders

developed this mandatory CE course for nurses (due by July 1, 2023). As

with Nurse Suicide Prevention, all nursing programs will add this to their


• Addressing Racism in Nursing: Racism in healthcare, and nursing

specifically, can cause nurses to leave the profession and can compromise

patient safety. KNA’s next Social Justice Movie Night on Thursday, July 21

will address this issue.

• Eliminating Workplace Violence: At the beginning of the pandemic,

nurses were hailed as heroes but now face increasing acts of violence and

abuse in the workplace. KNA’s Professional Nursing Practice & Advocacy

Cabinet developed a resolution towards ending workplace violence in

2021, and in 2022 is developing education and other actions around this


These are just a few of the things your nursing association is doing to better

our profession. As you read the rest of this newsletter, you will see many, many

more examples and ways to engage. I encourage you to join KNA at

Kentucky-nurses.org if you haven’t already and become active in your local

chapter. As nurses, we “aren’t like other people” and involvement really adds

value to your career. Thank you for everything you do to help your patients

and your colleagues, and in the words of our KNA Vice President Jody Rogers –


KNA Professional Nursing Practice & Advocacy Cabinet Meetings:

First Wednesday of every month, 5 PM, virtual

KNA Event Planning Committee Meetings:

Second Thursday of every month, 4 – 5 PM, virtual

KNA Nurse in Every School

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

***All nurses are welcome to attend any meeting.

These are open to KNA members***

All meetings are on (EST) unless otherwise indicated.

June 2022

ANA Membership Assembly

July 2022

20 Materials due – KNA Yearbook for 2022 Conference

28 KNA Candidate Forum

August 2022

KNA Election

September 2022

7 Overview KY Nursing Laws: Scope of Practice and Protecting Your


16 KBN Practice Meeting, 9 AM

30 Deadline to apply for KNA Legislative & Leadership Academy

Government Affairs Retreat

KNA Town Halls Thursdays at 7 PM

October 2022

27 Materials due to the KNA Office for December 2022 issue of Kentucky Nurse

KNA Business Meeting & Awards Ceremony

November 2022

3 – 4 KNA Conference

18 KBN Practice Meeting, 9 AM

Legislative & Leadership Academy

December 2022

ANA Leadership Summit

1 – 2 KNA Leadership Retreat

1 Raffle Drawing

For more information and to register for KNA events,

visit Kentucky-nurses.org.

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Virtual Conference, “People, Purpose, and

Passion: A World of Opportunities,” Thursday,

November 3 and Friday, November 4. Nurses

are the backbone of healthcare. This conference

will focus on nurses: the health, the support,

the value, the resilience, and the passion that

each nurse should experience. The goal of the

conference is to strengthen every nurse and

thereby improve the health of the residents of the

Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Take this opportunity to nominate “the best of

the best” in nursing for a KNA Award including

Nurse, Researcher, Student Nurse, Volunteer,

Citizen and Diversity & Inclusion Champion of

the Year. We’ll honor these recipients at the KNA

Business Meeting & Awards Ceremony, 5 - 8 p.m.,

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At the conclusion of the conference, participants

will be able to:

• Discuss how people, purpose, passion, and

teamwork impact healthcare, nursing employment,

nursing education, and nurse well-being;

• Explore the positive outcomes that can be

envisioned when nurses are seen as human

beings with purpose and passion and

• Explain how the health of the nurse affects the

health of the Commonwealth.

Thursday, November 3, 2022


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Friday, November 4, 2022


Contact Hours: 4.0

Attendees must stay for duration of these programs 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.

For more information, visit kentucky-nurses.org.

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• Employee Assistance


• Guaranteed Hours

When you JOIN KNA, you will be the

difference in nursing!

• You will help KNA to identify its

strengths and weaknesses – when we do

something outstanding, you will applaud

us; when we need to do something

more, you will make the call.

• You will mentor your colleagues that are

young and less experienced.

• You will honor all nurses for what they

bring to our profession.

• You will appreciate and value the

thoughts and opinions of others.

• You will advocate for patients and for


• You will raise nursing to a higher level.

When you join KNA, you’ll have access to

resources that will help you:

• Access liability insurance benefits and

more and a link to the ANA benefits.

• Network and connect with new

peers and colleagues in many areas:

practice, legislation, academics and

research, etc.

• Receive discounts for the KNA

Conference and all other programs

offered by the KNA regarding nursing

practice, leadership, legislative

activities and other important issues.

• Become eligible for nomination

to state boards, commissions and


• Connect with KNA Affiliate nursing

organizations and others.

• Have a voice in Frankfort and

Washington to ensure that nursing

is well represented in legislative


• Access KNA’s members-only section of

the KNA website.

• Access members only events, monthly

E-News newsletter and the KNA

mentoring program.

Nurse leader co-authors

article about prevalence

of nurse burnout

The KNA congratulates

Holly Wei, PhD, RN, CPN, NEA-

BC, FAAN, professor, assistant

dean of the PhD program,

University of Louisville School

of Nursing, for co-authoring,

The prevalence of nurse

burnout and its association

with telomere length pre

and during the COVID-19


Holly Wei

Wei, H., Aucoin, J., Kuntapay,

G. R., Justice, A., Jones, A., Zhang, C., Santos, H. P., &

Hall, L. A. (2022). The prevalence of nurse burnout and

its association with telomere length pre and during the

COVID-19 pandemic. PLOS ONE, 17(3): e0263603. https://


June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 7

KNAC Column

(Left): Julie Marfell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP; Carlos Marin, BA; DeeDee McCallie, DNP, RN; Marsha Woodall, DNP, MBA, RN; Eva Stone, DNP, APRN;

Lisa Lockhart, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Paul Norrod, Dr PH, RN; Brittney Welch, DNP, RN, CNEcl; Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, FNAP, FAANP;

Donna Meador, MSN, BSN, RN, CPHQ Alumnus; Ida Slusher, PhD., RN, CNE; Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN and Dolores White, DNP, RN, CNE

Kentucky Nurses Action Coalition (KNAC)

members continue to support the health of the

nursing workforce through the completion of the

Nurse Suicide Prevention video. The continuing

education video premiered on the Kentucky Nurses

Association on demand portal on May 1. KNAC

Board Members Drs. Paul Norrod and Julie Marfell

and Dr. Lee Ann Walmsley, assistant professor,

University of Kentucky College of Nursing

completed this work to provide suicide prevention

training for all Kentucky nurses in an easily

accessible format at a low cost. Dolores White,

DNP, RN, CNE, KNA president-elect, assisted with

the development of a curriculum that is available

to all schools of nursing in Kentucky to use for

nursing students’ education on nurse suicide


KNAC members presented The School Nurses

BARN Camp for the Mental Health and Wellness

of Kentucky Youth Program to the Jefferson

County Public School Nurses. Drs. Elizabeth Salt,

Eva Stone, Lee Ann Walmsley and Julie Marfell

taught the face-to-face portion of the educational

sessions for 64 school nurses. The group facilitated

a follow up session in conjunction with Actors

Theater of Louisville through short vignettes that

provided participants the opportunity to respond

to different scenarios related to student mental

health situations as well as suicide prevention in an

online format.

Drs. Janie Heath and Elizabeth Salt led this

work as part of a Nursing Innovation Grant in

partnership with the American Association of

Retired People (AARP) Foundation, AARP, the

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University

of Kentucky College of Nursing and College of

Social Work, Kentucky Nurses Association School

Nurse Task Force, Actors Theater of Louisville,

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services,

Department of Public Health, Maternal Child

Health, Kentucky Department of Education and

the Department of Behavioral Health Development

and Intellectual Disabilities. Additional educational

sessions for school nurses are planned for August,

more information TBD.

Elections for KNAC Board of Directors (BOD)

will take place this Fall. For those interested in

becoming a member of the KNAC BOD, the KNA

will post the Call for Applications on the website

this summer. Remember, if you are a KNA member

you can become a member of KNAC at no cost.

Contact admin@kentucky-nurses.org for more

information. Please join us to drive change to

improve the health of all Kentuckians by joining


Julie Marfell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

KNAC President

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.

Anne Sahingoz

Anne Sahingoz, DNP,


Professional Role: assistant

professor, Northern Kentucky


Year joined KNA: 2016

Past KNA leadership

positions: current chapter

liaison to the KNA Board of

Directors; past secretary, KNA

Heartland Chapter

(KN): What made you decide to serve in a

leadership position within our organization?

(AS): I joined to collaborate with others to

enhance nursing in all its environments in the state

of Kentucky.

(KN): What would you say to others who are

considering leadership positions within KNA?

(AS): We are looking for a leader like you. Your

talent and passion for nursing is exactly what we

need to further support and advocate for nursing

in Kentucky.

(KN): What would you like fellow nurses to

know about your KNA membership? What

does it mean to you?

(AS): I love being an active member of the

KNA, because it is the only nursing organization

that supports all nurses, their roles, functions

and actively advocates for the profession in

Kentucky. This is important to me as a nurse, and

a professional.

(KN): What is your message to nurses who

have served on the frontlines of the COVID-19


(AS): I know you are feeling battle worn, tired

and unappreciated. I see you.

I know you are frustrated by administration and

some leaders. I hear you.

All that you have done and endured has not

gone unnoticed. Though I have not walked the

exact steps you have taken, I have walked the

same path of the profession. Rest assured every

KNA leader and KNA chapter will continue to

advocate for you and bring awareness to all you

have done and will continue to do. You are a

testament to nursing and the nursing profession.


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Biographical Information for the

2022 KNA Election

The following article includes the biographical

information furnished by the candidates on the 2022

Ballot for Election to Serve. Voting will take place

electronically. Become a KNA member today and cast

your vote for leaders. Please do not mail in ballots; we

will send a link to all active KNA members on

August 1, 2022. You can add/update your email address

by following these instructions:

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• Call 1-800-284-2378

• Email memberinfo@ana.org.

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If you do not have an email address, the KNA staff

will mail a numbered paper ballot to you.

Board of Directors and Officers

Treasurer (Vote for 1):

Liz Sturgeon, PhD, RN, CNE

Present Position: Professor of

Nursing, Assistant Director/BSN

Program Coordinator

Type of Position: Educator

Area of Expertise:

Administration/Nurse Education

Education: PhD-University of

Kentucky; MSN, BSN, MS and ASN-

Western Kentucky University

Professional Organizational

Activities: treasurer, Kentucky Nurses Foundation

(2020–present); chair, KNA Finance Committee (2018–

2020); director-at-large, KNA Board of Directors (2016–

2018); KNA Education & Research Cabinet (2012–2016);

REACH treasurer (2007–2014); member Sigma Theta Tau

National Honor Society of Nursing and vice president,

Kappa Theta.

Statement: Hello KNA members! My name is

Liz Sturgeon and I am running for KNA treasurer and

currently serve as the Kentucky Nurses Foundation

treasurer. I have been a member of the KNA Finance

Committee since 2018 and was the KNA treasurer

from 2018–2020. I am excited about the prospect of

serving again in this role and consider my strengths to be

organization and attention to details, which served me

well in my last term in office. I assure you, if elected, that

I will perform the duties of this office to the best of my

abilities. Thank you!

Director-at-Large (Vote for 2)

Loretta Elder, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE

Present Position: Professor of


Type of Position: Academic/

Nurse Educator

Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: DNP-Eastern

Kentucky University; MSN-University

of Southern Indiana; BSN-Murray

State University and AAS/LPN-

Madisonville Community College

Professional Organizational Activities:

member-at-large, KNA Board of Directors; secretary,

KNA Pennyrile Chapter; trustee, Kentucky Nurses

Foundation Board of Trustees; chair, College Advisory

Committee on Promotion, Simulation Coordinator

and member, Admissions Committee, Madisonville

Community College; founder and chair, Jingle Jog 5K

Walk/Run for Arthritis; founder and chair, Enhanced

Student Nursing Advising (ESNA); founder, Right

to Read Program, Caldwell, Hopkins and Webster

County Schools; advisory committee, ANA 2017

June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 9

Conference and committee member, Mock Code Blue

Initiative and Emerging Leader Program, Baptist Health


Statement: I have been involved in KNA since

2008 and have served on the Education & Research

Cabinet and the Professional Nursing Practice &

Advocacy Cabinet. I served as the former District

11 KNA Committee President. I currently serve

on the KNA Board of Directors, Kentucky Board

of Trustees, Kentucky Nurses Action Coalition

and as a board liaison to the Human Rights and

Ethics Committee. I am a member of the Pennyrile

Chapter, serving as the secretary. I also serve on

subcommittees associated with the chapter such

as the Pennyrile Scholarship Committee and the

Fundraising Committee.

Judi Godsey, PhD, MSN, RN

Present Position: DNP Faculty

Member/ Founding Director and

Senior Researcher

Type of Position: Researcher/

Nurse Educator

Area of Expertise: Research/

Nurse Education

Education: PhD-University of

Hawaii and MSN, BSN and ASN,

Northern Kentucky University

Professional Organizational Activities:

member, Education & Research Cabinet, chair

(2019–2021); member, KNA Board of Directors

(2019–2021); member, Building Committee, Kenton

County Health Department (2021–present); fellow,

The Women’s Network Commonwealth Policy

Institute (2021–present); chair, Northern Kentucky

District Health Information & Education Committee

(2019–present); academic advisor, St. Elizabeth

Healthcare’s Professional Practice and Research

Council (2019–2020); member, Judicial Nominating

Commission Member for Kentucky’s 16th District,

(2016–2018) and member, The Christ Hospital

Patient Care Services Strategic Plan Steering

Committee (2017).

Statement: My 30 years of nursing experience

includes nursing academia and research. I currently teach

in the DNP Program at the University of Kentucky, while

serving as a director of the Institute for the Brand Image

of Nursing and other health boards. Our published

research findings on the” Brand Image of Nursing”

describes nurses’ desire to live the image “All Nurses are

Leaders” across all corners of nursing.

A member of the KNA for more than 15 years, I

recently served on the board of directors and as chair of

the Education & Research Cabinet. If elected directorat-large,

I would be honored to dedicate my support to

KNA’s mission to advance the profession of nursing.

Tabatha Wright, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN

Present Position: Director of

Patient Care Services

Type of Position: Clinical


Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: DNP-Northern

Kentucky University; MSN and

MBA-University of Phoenix;

BSN-McKendree University;

ASN-Spencerian College and LPN-Health Institutes of


Professional Organizational Activities:

member, Norton Healthcare Imperative III Committee

and Norton Healthcare Critical Care Matrix; member,

American Organization for Nursing Leadership;

National Black MBA Association and American

Association of Critical Care Nurses

Statement: My goal as a leader within the

organization that I work for and as a member of the

committees that I associate with is to improve the

culture for nursing while enhancing the quality of care

being provided to those that we serve.

Education & Research Cabinet

Faculty Education (Vote for 1):

Lisa English Long PhD, RN, CNS

Present Position: Faculty/

Assistant Professor

Type of Position: Nurse Educator

Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: PhD-University

of Louisville; MSN-University

of Cincinnati and BSN-Eastern

Kentucky University

Professional Organizational

Activities: member, KNA Education & Research Cabinet

and member Northern Kentucky Health Department

Information and Education and Community Participation

Advisory Committee (2021–2022) and member of the

Education & Research Council, St. Elizabeth Hospital,

Member, (2021, 2022).

Statement: I appreciate the opportunity to be

a candidate for the Education & Research Cabinet.

Leading the development of evidence-based practice

(EBP), research and quality improvement (QI) programs

in academic and healthcare settings is my passion. It is

critical for nurses to identify their needs to lead change

or develop new knowledge. My initial goal would be

to identify existing resources for EBP, QI and research.

Results would impact next steps in developing needed

resources for nurses. Working alongside nurses who aim

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2022 KNA Election (continued)

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to lead change through education, EBP, QI or research is

my goal of serving members of KNA.

Gabri Warren, DNP, RN

Present Position: Assistant


Type of Position: Nurse


Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: DNP, MSN and BSN-

Bellarmine University

Professional Organizational

Activities: board member,

Highlands Court Inc. (2022) and treasurer, Sigma Theta

Tau, Lambda Chapter (2016)

Statement: “Let us never consider ourselves finished,

nurses. We must be learning all our lives.” Florence

Nightingale. Given the shortage and continued loss of

nurses in our state, one of my goals includes finding

creative ways to recruit students and foster reciprocal

relationships between students and clinical partners

based on changes in healthcare needs. I want to

contribute to increased public knowledge regarding

the complexities of nursing, the education and training

required and scope of practice as I believe that as we

educate our communities, the better we can advocate

for ourselves and patients while keeping people in the

profession and attracting future generations of nurses.

Education & Research Cabinet

Researcher – (Vote for 1)

Rhonda ‘Ronnie’ Sue Sheridan, Ed.D., MSN/ED, RN,

CCRN (Alumnus)

Present Position: Faculty

Type of Position: Nurse Educator

Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: EdD-Liberty

University; MSN-University of

Phoenix; BSN and ASN-Indiana

University and LPN-Ivy Tech College

Professional Organizational

Activities: member, Arizona

Nurses Association, (2008–2022), member KNA (2022);

member, National League for Nursing, (2008–present)

and member American Association of Critical Care

Nursing, (2002–present); member, Sigma Theta Tau

and member, American Psychiatric Nursing Association

(2018–present), secretary, Arizona Chapter, (2020–2022)

Statement: While I am new to Kentucky, I am

not new to nursing academia and the importance

of being involved in your local organizations. One of

my greatest joys is research and the advancement of

scholarship among nurse educators. Since earning my

Ed.D. in 2016, I have continued to pursue my pathway in

research and have been published twice this year, a vast

accomplishment I am thankful to have finally achieved. I

am currently engaged in two different research projects,

one that has been completed and we are working on

publishing and another that will hopefully run in the Fall

of 2022 and get published in 2023. I believe in inspiring

and empowering our nursing students to seek out EBP

and to become change makers through both the use of

research outcomes and the act of research itself.

I appreciate your time in considering me.

Education & Research Cabinet

Staff Nurse – (Vote for 2)

Sheri Lancaster, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Present Position: Nursing

Professional Development Specialist

Type of Position: Nurse Educator

Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: MSN-Walden

University; BSN-University of

Phoenix and ASN-Western

Kentucky University

Professional Organizational

Activities: treasurer, KNA Pennyrile Chapter; member,

KNA Ethics & Human Rights Committee and vice chair,

KNA Education & Research Cabinet

June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 11

Statement: My 30-year nursing career has been

spent in the medical/surgical acute care setting where

I served as staff nurse and nurse manager. The last 15

years I have spent in the Education Department teaching.

My love for teaching has provided me the opportunity to

progress to my current positions of nursing professional

development specialist at Jenny Stuart Health and as a

clinical instructor at Hopkinsville Community College.

During the pandemic, I was called upon and eagerly

accepted, the position to provide institutional support

as house supervisor, whenever needed. I also supported

the Quality Department with audits and chart reviews

to help ensure that the highest quality of care was being

delivered while simultaneously managing the challenges

of an acute nursing shortage.

I have been an enthusiastic member of the KNA for

three years, serving in numerous leadership and support

positions, including treasurer of the Pennyrile Chapter;

member, Ethics & Human Rights Committee and

currently as vice chair and secretary of the Education &

Research Cabinet. I am seeking election for a two-year

term to the Education & Research Cabinet.

Education & Research Cabinet

CE Administrator (Vote for 1)

Necholyia Wright, DNP, RN

Present Position: Orthopedic

Program Coordinator

Type of Position: Program


Area of Expertise: Nurse/

Patient Education/Orthopedics

Education: DNP-Chamberlain

College of Nursing; MSN and BSN-

Indiana Wesleyan University; ADN-

Galen College of Nursing and LPN-Kentucky Technical/

Vocational School

Professional Organizational Activities: volunteer,

KNA COVID-19 vaccine clinics; member and chair of

the planning committee, Kentucky Statewide Council

for Vocational Rehabilitation and member, National

Association of Orthopedic Nurses

Statement: My interest in this position is to ensure

that nurses have access to additional educational and

professional development opportunities. This position

will allow me the opportunity to advance the profession

of nursing and promote research and encourage

participation in future projects.

Governmental Affairs Cabinet

Member-at-Large (Vote for 2)

Brittney Welch, DNP, RN, CNEcl

Present Position: Director of

Clinical Education

Type of Position: Nurse Educator

Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: DNP-Bellarmine

University; MSN and BSN-Grand

Canyon University; ASN and LPN-

Galen College of Nursing

Professional Organizational

Activities: chair, KNA Governmental Affairs Cabinet;

member, KNA Board of Directors; former vice-chair KNA

River City Chapter and board member, Kentucky Nurses

Action Coalition (KNAC)

Statement: The nursing profession has been

faced with great trials over the past few years and in

reflection, I am inspired by my favorite quote by Florence

Nightingale, “Were there none so discontented with

what they have, the world would never reach anything

better.” I hope to be able to continue serving for this

very reason. Nurses are discontented, patients are

discontented, the healthcare system is discontented, and

it is our duty as nurses to reach for and ensure better.

I have had the great opportunity to serve on the

Governmental Affairs Cabinet and given the opportunity,

I would love to continue to serve because the nurses of

the commonwealth are discontented and their voices

must be heard!

Professional Nursing & Advocacy Cabinet

Education (Vote for 2)

Morgan Chojnacki, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

Present Position: Assistant

Professor/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Type of Position: Nurse

Education/Nurse Practitioner

Area of Expertise: Pediatrics/

Nurse Education

Education: DNP and BSN-

University of Kentucky College of


Professional Organizational

Activities: member, National Association of Pediatric

Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International,

Delta Psi Chapter

2022 KNA Election continued on page 12

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2022 KNA Election (continued)

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Judy Mitchell, MSN, RN

Present Position: Associate


Type of Position: Nurse


Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: MSN-Western

Kentucky University; BSN-Murray

State University and ADN,

Madisonville Community College

Professional Organizational Activities:

member, KNA Professional Nursing Practice &

Advocacy Cabinet; member, Kentucky Board

of Nursing LPN Workgroup; member, National

Association of Directors of Administration in Longterm

Care; member, Kentucky League of Nursing;

program coordinator, Nursing Assistant Program,

Muhlenberg County Job Corp and lieutenant for

Health Occupations Students of America, Kentucky

State Convention

Statement: I am blessed to have served on the

Professional Nursing Practice & Advocacy Cabinet

for the past year as we rallied for nurses across the

Commonwealth through initiatives such as bringing

social justice topics to the forefront and promoting

the end to workplace violence. During times of

many challenges facing nursing practice today, there

is still much work to do to support nurses across

Kentucky. I am dedicated to tackling those tough

issues impacting daily nursing practice and would be

honored to receive your vote to continue advocating

for the profession I so dearly love.

Nisia Thornton, MSN, MEd, BSN, RN

Present Position: Nurse

Clinician Outpatient IV

Type of Position: Program

Manager/Care Coordinator

Area of Expertise: Patient


Education: MSN-Benedictine

University; MEd-University of

Cincinnati and BSN-Northern

Kentucky University

Professional Organizational Activities:

founder & chair of LGBTQIA Council of the Kentucky

Democratic Party; member/organizer of UC Health

Transgender Clinician Working Group; UC Health

Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT)

Task Force; member, Ohio Nurses Association

continuing education and political advocacy

committee; GLMA member (GLBTQ+ healthcare

professionals) and member, event organizer,

Kentucky Democratic Party Rural Council and Human

Rights Campaign Greater Cincinnati Political Action

Statement: I am running for a position on the

Professional Nursing Practice & Advocacy Cabinet to

join my home state’s nursing colleagues in elevating

nurses’ roles in local, county and state health policy

decision making, promoting nurses for key decisionmaking

positions in their hospitals, ambulatory

clinics, schools, public health offices and in preparing

nurses to run for political office. I am running to

help improve healthcare to LGBTQ+ Kentuckians by

establishing and expanding a network for sharing

evidence-based practices, communicating with

LGBTQ+ health program exemplars and collaborating

across health systems for continuing education and

political advocacy.

Professional Nursing & Advocacy Cabinet

Staff Nurse (Vote for 2)

Stephanie Perry, BSN, RN

Present Position: Charge


Type of Position: nurse


Area of Expertise: Clinical/

Patient Care


Professional Organizational

Activities: member, KNA Events


Statement: My name is Stephanie Perry and I

am interested in serving on the staff nurse/advocacy

committee. I enjoy being a nurse and have been

since 2015 and before I became a nurse, I was a

nurse’s aide for seven years. I currently work at

Baptist Health Louisville and have been working

there since 2008, have been a charge nurse since

2021 and enjoy the leadership role. I feel that part

of being a nurse is advocating for ourselves, fellow

nurses, and future nurses.

Yalanda Scalf, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Present Position: Psychiatric

Nurse Practitioner/Assistant


Type of Position: Clinical/


Area of Expertise: Mental


Education: DNP and MSN-

Frontier Nursing University and

MSN and BSN, Eastern Kentucky


Professional Organizational Activities:

membership chair, KNA Southeastern Chapter and

vice-chair, Wendover Preservation Council

Statement: Hello, my name is Yalanda Scalf and

I am interested in becoming more involved with the

KNA at the state level, as I am membership chair

of the Southeastern KNA Chapter. I have served

as a representative of our chapter for the KNA

Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee.

While serving on this committee, I have become

more informed on how important being involved

in the association is to the nursing profession and

believe it is crucial for the future nurses in this area

to have representation on the state level.

Ethics & Human Rights Committee

Member-at-Large (Vote for 3)



Present Position: APRN/

Advanced Practice Provider

Type of Position: Advanced

Practice Nurse

Area of Expertise: Mental


Education: DNP-University of

Kentucky; MSN-Eastern Kentucky

University and BSN-University of


Professional Organizational Activities:

member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

(2016-present); member, American Academy

of Pediatrics, Kentucky Chapter (2017–present);

member, Institute for Functional Medicine

(2017–2020); member KNA School Nurse SNIP

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(2021–present); co-chair, UK Healthcare Advanced

Practice Council (2020–2021); co-chair, Kentucky

Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Wellness

Committee (2021–present); member, APP/Faculty

Group (2017–2020) and co-chair of Patient Centered

Medical Home Steering Committee, Department

of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, UK


Nominations & Elections Committee

Member-at-Large (Vote for 3)

Shannon Allen, MSN, RN, CHSE, CNE

Present Position: Nursing

Simulation Director

Type of Position: Education

Area of Expertise: Nurse


Education: MSN-Western

Kentucky University and BSN-

University of Kentucky

Professional Organizational


Statement: Hello, I have been a registered nurse

for 35 years. I graduated from the University of

Kentucky with a BSN in 1987 and from Western

Kentucky University with an MSN in 2001 and have

experience in long-term care, med/surg, brain injury

rehabilitation and nursing education. I have been a

nurse educator for more than 25 years and enjoy

seeing nurses grow and expand in their nursing

careers. KNA offers a great opportunity for nurses

to enhance their professional endeavors. I am the

vice chair of the KNA Pennyrile Chapter and serve on

the KNA Membership Recruitment Committee and

on the Nominating and Elections Committee. I am

eager to help nurses find leadership positions within

the KNA. I am seeking re-election to the Nominating

and Elections Committee member-at-large position

and would greatly appreciate your vote.

Julia Beran, RN MSN ONC CNE

Present Position: Retired

Nursing Faculty

Type of Position: Nurse


Area of Expertise:


Education: MSN and BSN-

McKendree College and ADN-

Columbia Hospital School of


Professional Organizational Activities:

member, KNA River City Chapter Governance

Committee/Bylaw Revision and vice-president,

webmaster, chair of nominations, chair, Induction

Planning Committee, Bellarmine University’s Lambda

Psi Chapter of SIGMA International (2015–2021)

Statement: I am seeking the opportunity to

support KNA through serving as a member-at-large

on the Nomination and Elections Committee. I

believe that by volunteering for KNA, I am preparing

for what the future holds for nursing, while giving all

I have to the present to support KNA members to be

engaged in KNA.

I have tried to make my vocation and moving onto

this next adventure of service, to be not just about

me; but to look for service opportunities in the

corner of the world God has entrusted to me and

look forward to seeing how my skills may support

the Nominations and Election Committee in its


Kristin Pickerell, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ

Present Position: Director of

Critical Care and Emergency


Type of Position: Nurse


Area of Expertise: Critical

Care/Emergency Services/Quality

Education: DNP, MSN and

BSN-Bellarmine University and

BS-Georgetown College

Professional Organizational Activities:

member, KNA Nominations & Elections Committee;

past president, Kentucky Organization of Nurse

Leaders; board member, Family Scholar House; the

Greater Clark County Educational Foundation and

the Greater North Clark County Health Foundation.

Statement: I am honored to be considered for

the KNA Nominating Committee. I have been a

nurse for 19 years and have had various leadership

positions within critical care, clinical strategy and

quality and presently serve as the director of

Emergency Services and Nursing Operations at

Norton Audubon Hospital. I am past president of the

Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders and have

been an active member of that organization during

my leadership career. I am a board member of the

Family Scholar House, the Greater Clark County

Educational Foundation and the Greater North Clark

Health Foundation. It would be a privilege to serve

the KNA in this capacity.

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Kentucky Nurses Foundation News

The 2022 Kentucky Nurses Foundation\Kentucky Nurses Association Virtual Raffle is open through

Tuesday, November 29; we’ll draw winners at a virtual event on Thursday, December 1. Click here or

visit kentucky-nurses.org to participate in this exciting virtual event. To donate raffle items, contact

Melissa Mershon at melissa.mershon@gmail.com. The raffle is KNF’s annual fundraiser and monies

raised will benefit scholarships, nursing education and research throughout the Commonwealth.

We are always grateful to receive donations through our “Honor A Nurse - Remember A Nurse

program. This offers us a wonderful way to honor and remember nurses who are special to us.

Kentucky nurses license plates will be available for purchase when you renew your driver’s license(s)

starting in early 2023. The KNF will receive $10 from every license plate purchased to benefit KNF’s mission

and initiatives.

If you become aware of a nurse who has died in Kentucky, please contact us at admin@kentucky-nurses.

org or call 502-245-2843. Upon notification, we will reach out to chapter nurses to facilitate a Nightingale

Tribute. The tribute is for any registered nurse or licensed practical nurse and is provided during the nurse’s

funeral, grave side or memorial service by a nurse colleague.

Ongoing KNF plans include the exploration of additional grant and scholarship opportunities for

nurses or student members of KNA. Check the KNA website later this year for KNF grant and scholarship

opportunities and applications.

Ida L. Slusher, PhD, RN, CNE

Chair, Kentucky Nurses Foundation

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more; but those giving more.”

H. Jackson Browne, Jr.

I am a

rural nurse

John Blumenstock, BS, MHA, CHC,


Kentucky Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees

• I am a rural nurse and am

likely to know everyone in

my community

• I am a rural nurse and

am likely to take care of

my friends and certainly

a family member who

comes to the doctor’s


• I am a rural nurse—my

community comes to

me to make sure that

everything will be OK

• I am a rural nurse and



frequently am asked to help decide to send a

loved one out of the community to the big city

for care

• I am a rural nurse—I must deal with the

increased rate of farmer suicides. It is not just

any farmer, it is my husband’s cousin

• I am a rural nurse—the opioid epidemic is not

just an urban problem it is that guy that was in

my bible study group

• I am a rural nurse with a terminal patient

who wants to die at home. It is right after

the tornadoes. I call my husband who is a

sheriff’s deputy to check on the house. I

must tell my patient that there is no home

to go to die

• I am a rural nurse and believe in COVID

vaccinations, but my patients get angry at

me when I tell them that they need to get

vaccinated, and that patient is my next-door


• Though I am not a behavioral health nurse I am

a rural nurse who may be only one of a few

individuals who are asked to address long term

mental health issues in my community

• I am a rural nurse who is expected to have

an awareness of and comply with all the

government regulations just like a teaching

hospital where there are whole departments

focused on these issues

• I am a rural nurse who must be on HIPAA guard

at all times as I will be asked in the aisle of the

grocery store “What did they find out about

Aunt Sally?”

• I am a rural nurse, and do you know I still make

home visits

• I am a rural nurse, and I am expected to show

compassion at all times

• I am a rural nurse and I always have a few food

items and clothing items available because I

know my patients might have a need for them

• I am a rural nurse—there is an expectation that

I know everything about healthcare “Just ask

Ben—he will know the answer”

• I am a rural nurse who gets frequent offers

to become a travelling nurse, but this is my

community, my home

• But best of all—I am a rural nurse who is likely

to see a patient that I took care of, and I know

I made a difference in their life. I see them at

the 4th of July parade hugging their kids. I am

blessed to be a rural nurse!!

Visit kentucky-nurses.org.

John Blumenstock is not a nurse. Being married

to a nurse and serving on the Kentucky Nursing

Foundation (KNF) Board of Trustees, he has a

profound appreciation for the value and the

challenges of rural nursing. He was raised on a

farm in a rural area and worked in the air medical

transport business for more 30 years where he

heard countless stories about the value of rural

nurses. Each month, the KNF starts its meeting

with a “Moment for Mission.” John shared his

moment at the March KNF board meeting.

June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 15


Kentucky nurse shares her “family of nurses” story

Jennifer Merrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CCRN

The college gymnasium was packed on that

warm May day in 1990. I remember my Dad being

stressed about getting all five of us in our seats.

It wasn’t a few minutes later that “Pomp and

Circumstance” was playing over the loudspeakers.

Standing on my tippy toes I could finally see

her. My first thought was “Wow, she looks so

important.” As she came into the gym and spotted

us, she gave us a big smile and a wave. As they

took their seats the music died down and the

commencement speaker began. I can recall a lot

about that day, but the topic of the speech is not

one of them. After the lady wearing the funny hat

finished her comments, the moment we had been

waiting on finally arrived. They called her name

“Kimberly Margaret Brumley” followed by “will

be pinned by her husband Eugene Brumley and

their five children; Alison, Jennifer, Crystal, Clayton

and Greg.” Watching my dad place that small gold

pin on my mother’s beautiful solid white nursing

uniform will be a memory I keep forever. It was at

that moment I knew I wanted to be a nurse just

like my mother.

Following in her Footsteps

In the fall of 1997, I started my first semester

at Midway College, the exact school my mother

attended. I was accepted into the nursing program

a few semesters later. As I entered the college

bookstore the long list of textbooks quickly

became intimidating. One by one I found the

required text and began marking them off the list.

I couldn’t help but to overhear the young man in

front of the line inquiring about one of the exact

textbooks I had. It just so happened that I grabbed

the last one off the shelf. The saleswoman filled

out an invoice ordering the book, and then the

young man was on his way. I had grabbed the last

one, however I was not about to give my book to

a stranger.

The next week classes began. The room was

quite small, and space was limited. I searched the

room for an empty seat and made a beeline for

the first one I spotted. To my surprise the young

man at the bookstore was in the seat right beside

me. We smiled and introduced ourselves and

made small talk before the lecture began. Over the

(Left): Mylan Baumgardner, nursing Student; Alison Hurt, RN; Jennifer Merrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-C,

CCRN; Kimberly Brumley, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CCRN; Angelica Brumley, RN, CNOR, Greg Brumley,

RN, CNOR and Dalton Brumley, nursing student (Back row left): Brian Merrick, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC;

Hunter Merrick, BSN, RN and Isela Brumley, BSN, RN

next two years that young man named Brian and

I became study buddies, a carpool duo and best

friends. In December of 2000, we graduated with

associate of arts in nursing degrees; we began

dating and now it’s 20 years and five children later.

The Journey

My mother and I both obtained RN-BSN

degrees in 2010 from Eastern Kentucky University

(EKU), attended and graduated Frontier Nursing

University (FNU) as family nurse practitioners in

2015. To this day, we are the first mother-daughter

team to graduate together. We are both advanced

practice registered nurses and work as family nurse

practitioners in the community we call home.

Brian also earned a master of science in nursing

and is a family nurse practitioner at the Somerset

community-based clinic for the Veteran’s Affair

health system. I earned a doctorate in nursing

from FNU in 2017. In the Fall of 2017, I began my

dream job as an assistant professor for the School

of Nursing at EKU. My passion for nursing is the

reason I entered academia.

Who’s Next?

In 2010, my sister Alison graduated from

nursing school at Somerset Community College

(SCC). My brother Greg and his wife Angelica both

graduated from nursing school at SCC in 2014

and 2016. My brother Dalton is in his third year

of nursing at EKU. Dalton’s wife, Isela, graduated

from nursing school in 2014 and has returned

to school to become a family nurse practitioner as

well. Now we have begun the third generation of

nurses in our family.

My son Hunter graduated with a bachelor of

science in nursing in December of 2020. He is

now an ICU nurse. Being a nurse is a privilege

and getting to share an occupation that I love so

much with the people I love the most is one of the

biggest blessings in my life.

Editor’s note: We thank Jennifer Merrick for

sharing her story with us and invite you to watch

her “Thank You Nurses” video.

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KNA updates library of

On Demand CE programs

Purchase courses at discounted KNA member

rate and check out our free bonus offering

KNA offers KBNCE

courses to save lives.

– Register Now –

So, you say you want to catch up on CEs from your comfy chair at a time that is convenient for you? We

hear you. See full list of courses on the KNA On Demand Portal including those we just added and a bonus

free offering:

• Building the Nursing Profession through Professional Organizations (bonus offering, free)

• COVID-19 Vaccination Update

• Nursing Advocacy – Your Voice Counts!

• Blessings in a Backpack

• Non-Fatal Strangulation Education for Nurses

• Racial Trauma, Racial Justice: The Impact of Race & Ethnicity in the Clinical Encounter

• Water Inequity and Nursing

• Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect

• Building Community Bridges: The Nurses Role in the Worldwide Social Indicators of Health

Nurse Burnout Before and After COVID Resiliency Coping Strategies

Check the KNA On Demand Portal regularly for new courses or visit kentucky-nurses.org!

Rest, Relax, Laugh:

Spending Time with Yourself

Dr. Phyllis Lawrence, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Reprinted with permission from

Tennessee Nurse February 2022 issue

Rest and Relax

How many times have you been told that you need

to get plenty of sleep for good physical health? Sleep

is also instrumental in maintaining sound mental and

emotional health. Rest is not only the act of sleeping,

but you can rest your body, mind, and tap into your

spirit simply by feeling renewed. Waking up and feeling

that you have run a marathon is a sign of significant

activity during your rest period. Either the mind

continues to cycle, or you may be suffering from a sleep

disorder. In either case, you are not at rest.

To rest the mind, you must relax. Relaxation is

defined as the state of being free from tension and

anxiety (Google dictionary, 2022). The Cambridge

Dictionary defines relaxation as a pleasant activity

that makes you become calm and less worried. This

definition supports the concept of complementary

and alternative interventions and modalities.

Relaxation can really be a state of mind. One of

the most effective holistic modalities that promotes

relaxation is meditation. Meditation is reflected in

many forms, including guided imaginary, mindfulness,

Zen meditation, Mantra meditation, Transcendental

meditation, and Yoga meditation, just to name a

few. Mindfulness has become popular over the last

few years. Being mindful is the basic human ability

to be fully present in the moment, aware of your

surroundings, feelings, and emotions. Try it, sit still in

a quiet place. Place your hands in your lap. Now close

your eyes. What do you hear? What do you smell?

Breathe slow and steady while maintaining the rhythm.

Continue this practice for approximately 10-15 minutes.

Notice the change in your stress level or anxiety. This

simple exercise can alleviate stress and anxiety, and if

engaged in regularly, lead to an optimistic outlook.

Laugh for a Healthier You

Have you noticed that when you laugh, you feel

better? It is harder to cry while you are laughing.

Research has found that laughing triggers the release

of endorphins (nature’s feel-good chemicals). It has also

been reported that laughter decreases stress hormones

and increases immune cells. We have a natural

response to infection, which helps produce antibodies,

improving our resistance to disease and promoting our

overall well-being. What makes you laugh? Is it a funny

commercial, your loved one(s), maybe your co-workers?

Laughter is the best medicine. In an article by Robinson,

Smith, & Segal (July 2021), learn to create opportunities

to laugh, watch a funny movie, TV show, or YouTube

video, check out a comedy club, read the funny pages,

check out the humor section in your bookstore, play

with a pet, better yet host a game night with friends.

I would like to share with you some of the things

that make me laugh. Watching my favorite comedy

movies, even though I know the punch line, dancing

to my favorite 80’s jam on YouTube, and serving with

a grateful heart. When I see someone smile, I smile!

During hard times, laughter has been a saving grace

for many. Whitman (2017) A new study reveals how

laughter affects the brain, which may be an explanation

why giggles play an important role in social bonding.

When you take time for yourself, you validate your

worthiness and value. Make it a point to celebrate

your life. Buy that neat sweater, go to the movies with

your spouse, family, or friends. Do something that

you enjoy, and that makes you feel good. How about

butter pecan ice cream? Take care of yourself so that

you can take care of others. The first step to self-care

is accepting that you are worthy of that care. The care

you require may need to come from a professional

source, and that’s okay. There are services available

through most healthcare facilities and organizations.

Sometimes you just might need to talk. It may be a

good time to phone a friend.

Take a moment and plan to rest, relax, and laugh.

Try to include at least one activity to cover each one of

the components. Start with resting and relaxing, then

let the laughter begin. Remember, you are worthy,

valuable, and appreciated. Self-worth can only be

measured by you. So make every moment count, and

be mindful of your value. I can sum it up in one word,



L. Robinson, M. Smith & J. Segal (2021). Laughter is the Best

Medicine. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/


Mindful: healthy mind, healthy life (2022). https://www.mindful.


Whiteman, H. (2017). Laughter releases ‘feel good hormones’

to promote social bonding. https://www.medicalnewstoday.


The Kentucky Nurses Association now offers onetime

mandatory CEs on its KNA Online Learning Portal.

To save lives and meet KBN licensure requirements, all

nurses must complete these courses by Saturday, July

1, 2023. The fee to access and take each class is $5.00.

Nurse Suicide Prevention Course

At the end of this program, participants will be

able to:

• Recognize how chronic toxic stress and

secondary traumatic stress may increase nurse

suicide incidence;

• Describe a confidential, standardized, and

comprehensive pathway for nurses at risk for


• Identify systems of care, evidence-informed

approaches, and best practices to reduce

suicide rates;

• Underline and use ethical and legal

considerations of caring for patients and nurses

who are suicidal and

• Acquire and apply suicide prevention training.

KBN# 1-0001-12-22-122

2.4 Contact Hours

Implicit Bias in Healthcare Course

At the end of this program, participants will be

able to:

• Define and identify structural racism and its

impact on the health providers;

• Recognize the history of racism in healthcare;

• Distinguish overt and covert racist attitudes

including micro and macro aggressions;

• Define unconscious bias and implicit bias and

tools to recognize and measure;

• Identify and explain the role implicit bias plays

in the delivery of healthcare;

• Evaluate the personal role of health care providers

to identify bias how it impacts the delivery of

nursing care and patient outcomes and

• Describe strategies that will assist in reducing

the influence of personal bias in healthcare

delivery including introduction of concept in

nursing curriculums.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Attendees must complete each 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.

Check out our underwriting spots to promote these

offerings on KET’s Health 360 and Kentucky Health.

To learn more, visit kentucky-nurses.org.

June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 17

KNA reports

results - legislative

priorities 2022

Thanks to all Kentucky nurses for

making their voices known

Join KNA as an

affiliate organization


To ensure nurse practitioners can practice to the full

extent of their education and training and to increase

access to underserved populations throughout Kentucky.

Nurse practitioners fill a large gap in access to care. This

will not only improve access, but health outcomes for


Legislation/Results: HB 354, passed House, (84-8)

on March 11; did not come to the senate floor for a vote.

COVID Mitigation Initiatives

Nurses have cared for Kentuckians throughout the

pandemic, so it is essential that we advocate for COVID

mitigation efforts to alleviate hurdles in appropriately

managing COVID. KNA supports COVID mitigation

efforts including but not limited to masking, vaccination

and workforce support.

Legislation/Results: HB 28, KNA testified, and it did

not make it out of committee.

KNA welcomes Spalding University School of Nursing,

Bellarmine University Lansing School of Nursing,

Emergency Nurses Association and Kentucky Nurses

Deans & Directors as its newest affiliate organizations

How about getting your specialty organization to join the KNA as an

affiliate or visit kentucky-nurses.org for information? Your group will be in

good company with these healthcare leaders across the state as we work

together to build capacity for nurse empowerment in the Commonwealth:

Address The Nursing Shortage - $100 Million Plan

$87 million - Retention bonuses (incremental) only

for local nurses who have stayed in the community

to serve. Recruitment and marketing campaign that

enhances the image of nursing and entices students and

second career minded professionals to go to nursing

school while ensuring current nurses feel recognized,

gratitude and value.

$10 million - Faculty retention, recruitment and

reward for NCLEX pass rates and graduation rates.

Colleges and school of nursing council to research why

schools of nursing seats are unfilled.

$3 million - Nurse emeritus program to use retired

nurses for support, augment staffing needs and retain

novice nurses.

Legislation/Results: Despite a massive outreach

campaign by the Kentucky Nurses Association and

nurse leaders across the state and approval for

inclusion in the Senate budget, the Kentucky budget

included no funding to combat the nursing shortage.

We made a last-ditch urgent plea to legislators to add

funding to address the critical nursing shortage in the

Commonwealth. The budget did not include any

funding to address the nursing shortage.

A nurse in every Kentucky school every day

This initiative ensures access to health providers for

public school children throughout Kentucky. Studies

suggest that schools with a school nurse have higher

graduation rates and better overall health outcomes.

Legislation/Results: - no funding provided in the


SANE Nurse Initiative

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are specifically

trained to care for victims of sexual assault. Care by

a SANE nurse results in better patient outcomes and

higher conviction rates. SANE nurses have become

the gold standard in care for victims of sexual assault;

however, Kentucky has a huge deficit which results

in care delayed or denied. We must ensure that

victims have access to this specialized care to improve

outcomes, decrease costs, and improve the safety of our


Legislation/Results – no funding provided in


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Where is the support that

beleaguered nurses need?

One of the topics most often discussed in

Frankfort over the past two years has been the

shortage of nurses in the Commonwealth. The

long-lasting COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated

what has been a dangerously growing problem

in Kentucky and across the country – the lack of

an adequate workforce of nurses to meet the

healthcare needs of the population.

While the pandemic focused on bedside

nurses in hospitals and nursing homes, we know

that 89,000 nurses in Kentucky delivered care

and services in a variety of settings and with a

wide range of expert knowledge. One can find

nurses in primary care offices, in rehabilitation

facilities, in veteran’s hospitals, in industrial and

workplace settings, in drug rehabilitation units, in

community mental health centers, in elementary,

middle and high schools and in operating

rooms, correctional facilities, vaccination and

testing clinics, hospice care in homes, surgical

centers and delivery rooms. Kentucky nurses

are facilitating research, advising on public

health policy and teaching in nursing schools.

Altogether, they make up 53% of the healthcare


Despite a funding request during the legislative

session to accomplish several nursing initiatives –

a modest retention bonus for nurses who stayed

during the pandemic to maintain services, an

innovative program to bring retired nurses back

to mentor and assist new nurses, and a campaign

NursingALD.com can point you

right to that perfect NURSING JOB!


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to recruit students to nursing as a profession –

there was no response from the legislature, no

allocation of funds. A few legislators said SB 10

would address the shortage. SB 10 at best is a

pipeline support bill. At the earliest we would

have some new nurses is 2 ½ years. The Kentucky

Nurses Association (KNA) School Nurse Task Force

requested a one-time allocation of $18M to put

a nurse in every Kentucky school all day, every

day and received no funding. The KNA worked

with the Kentucky Hospital Association to make

a very small request of $4.8M to assure that the

shortage of specially trained nurses who perform

sexual assault examinations could be addressed,

but this was also ignored by the legislature.

As the only full-service nursing organization

in the Commonwealth, one that represents and

speaks for every nurse in Kentucky, the KNA is

baffled by the legislature’s inaction, for their

unwillingness to “put their money where their

mouth is.” Nursing is an honorable and most

trusted profession and an absolutely essential

profession for the health of Kentuckians. Why are

nurse voters being treated like they don’t matter?

Now that the session is over with no funding

allocated to combat the nursing shortage, the

issue is not going away. As a matter of fact, we

are going to need an additional 16,000 nurses in

Kentucky by 2024. We need nurses now. With no

funding, how will we educate, recruit and retain

these dedicated professionals? If it seems a bit

far away for you, think about who will take care

of you and your family without enough nurses


Donna Meador, MSN, RN, CENP, CPHQ (Alumnus)

President & Chair

Kentucky Nurses Association Board of Directors

Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN

Chief Executive Officer

Kentucky Nurses Association

Kentucky Nurses Foundation

Kentucky Nurses Action Coalition

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


The KNA calls on private

companies, business and

industry and regional

organizations to fund combined

solutions for nursing shortage

Despite the herculean efforts of the Kentucky

Nurses Association (KNA) and nurse leaders

across the state that included lobbying, a massive

letter writing campaign, a statewide press

conference, state and national news coverage

and multiple testimonies in front of lawmakers,

Kentucky’s budget did not include any of KNA’s

detailed $100 million ask to combat the critical

nursing shortage in the Commonwealth.

The KNA’s initial recommendations include

securing private grants, corporate sponsorships

for nurse retention bonuses, nursing scholarships

and emeritus programs to entice retired nurses to

re-enter the profession. In addition, KNA leaders

invite organizations dedicated to workplace

safety to provide funding and collaborative

programming to benefit nurses and those in their


Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN, chief executive

officer, KNA, says, “Our research indicates that

we will need an additional 16,000 nurses by

2024. We implore the community to step up on

behalf of the largest percentage of healthcare

workers (53%) in the state.”

She concludes, “We encourage all Kentucky

residents to reach out to their lawmakers now

to solidify relationships that will help us secure

funding in the 2023 session and beyond. The

conversation about this critical issue must

continue – lives are depending on it.”

To donate to the

Kentucky Nurses Foundation, visit


KNA elections are

coming to a ballot

box near you,

August 1 - 31

Plan to attend the

KNA Candidate Forum on July 28

After you read about candidates starting on

page 8 of this newsletter, you’ll want to plan to

participate in the KNA Candidate Forum on

the evening of Thursday, July 28. Remember,

only members of KNA can vote in the 2022

election, August 1-31. To make voting easier for

all, we are using a new software package called

Election Buddy and are excited to bring this new

technology to you.

Thanks to Dolores White, DNP, RN, CNE,

KNA president elect, for developing this

excellent campaign video that offers you practical

tips on how to win in this friendly competition!

To learn more, visit kentucky-nurses.org.

June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 19

Advocacy and

Shared Governance

Loretta Elder, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN

Director-at-Large, KNA Board of Directors

The shared governance model has been used for

many years. Healthcare facilities, academic structures,

and nursing organizations have incorporated this model

empowering nurses to be involved in the decisionmaking

process. Brennan & Wendt (2021) discussed

shared governance engaging nurses involved in the care

of patients, ultimately resulting in excellence in nursing

practice. Orton (2021) described the important role of

shared governance and autonomy of the nurse. Nurses

directly involved in the patient care process can become

more engaged and aware of the professional obligation

to be an advocate. The Kentucky Nurses Association

has multiple shared governance committees where

nurses can have a voice. These include: Ethics and

Human Rights Committee, Education and Research

Committee, Nursing Practice and Advocacy Committee,

and the Governmental Affairs Cabinet. Through

participation on committees such as these, nurses

can be strong advocates, impacting the profession of

nursing, and ultimately the care of patients. What can

and will you do to engage in advocacy?


Brennan, D., & Wendt, L. (2021). Increasing quality and patient

outcomes with staff engagement and shared governance.

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 26(1). http://dx.doi.


Orton, A. (2021). Supporting nursing autonomy through

shared governance. Nursing Management, 52(12). http://


Orton, A. (2021). Supporting nursing autonomy through

shared governance. Nursing Management, 52(12). http://


KNA re-vitalizes

its Political Action

Committee (PAC)

While we are all disappointed that the Kentucky

legislature did not approve funding to combat the

nursing shortage and support additional nursing

initiatives, this is our opportunity to stand up and

speak out for our profession. One of the ways we

can do that is by supporting the Kentucky Nurses

Association Political Action Committee (PAC).

What’s a PAC you ask?

In the United States, a political action committee

(PAC) is a political committee that pools campaign

contributions from members and donates those

funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot

initiatives, or legislation. PACs are typically formed

to represent business, labor, or ideological interests

by individuals who wish to privately raise money to

donate to a political campaign.

We are 89,000 strong and we VOTE. Our

legislators did not listen this past session. We need

to make sure they hear us in November. Our KNA

Leadership including Delanor Manson, MA, BSN,

RN, chief executive officer; Donna Meador, MSN,

RN, CHPQ (Alumnus), president; Dolores White,

DNP, RN, CNE, president elect and Julie Ossege,

PhD, FNP-BC, FNAP-FAANP, director-at-large, as

part of the ANA Annual Membership Assembly, met

with Kentucky’s congressional members - well, not

all of them. Rep. Thomas Massie, Kentucky’s 4th

District, refused to meet. Out of the 89,000 nurses

in the Commonwealth, more than 31,000 live in

Rep. Massie’s district yet he refused to even hear our

requests to discuss what the nursing shortage means,

how nurses are burnt out and struggling and what we

have been going through for the last two years and

what he, our elected official, could do to help us.

This isn’t what we need as representation in our

legislature. We must speak out and get candidates

who support nurses elected! Stay tuned to learn


KNA hosts virtual

Town Hall Meetings

this September

Mark your calendar now for the KNA Town

Hall Meetings Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22

and 29; more details TBD. Town Halls offer us

an opportunity to come together to learn about

how candidates will support nurses and those in

their care prior to the general election on Tuesday,

November 8. Your voice matters!

KNA Legislative &

Leadership Academy is

accepting applications -

deadline, September 30

The Kentucky Nurses Association’s Legislative &

Leadership Academy (L & L) is accepting applications

through Friday, September 30. L & L is an immersive

12-week experience designed to increase nurses’

confidence and competence to influence legislation and

healthcare policy through their roles as informed nurse

leaders. For information, visit kentucky-nurses.org.

To qualify, candidates must be KNA members

or KNA Student Members; preference will be

given to post-licensure candidates. Candidates

must also submit two letters of recommendation,

commit to fully complete both didactic and

preceptorship requirements, provide transportation

to Frankfort or other preceptorship sites and exhibit

highly professional behavior and appearance as

representatives of KNA.

KNA launches “The Brand Image of the Nursing

Profession: Perceptions of Kentucky Nurses

During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Study

The Kentucky Nurses Association recently launched “The Brand Image of the Nursing Profession:

Perceptions of Kentucky Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Study to examine perceptions of the

brand image of the nursing profession among licensed nurses who live or work in Kentucky.

Kentucky nurse leaders need to glean a greater understanding of the level of influence branding could

exert on the professional choices of nurses to stay or leave the profession. This investigation is of particular

importance during the COVID-19 pandemic when the recruitment and retention of nurses has resulted in a

critical shortage that was declared an emergency by Gov. Beshear in December 2021.

Look for survey results and analysis coming soon.

Mark your calendar for Brand Image of

Nursing Symposium on October 18

The Kentucky Nurses Association joins Xavier University College of Nursing and Williams College of Business,

the Institute for the Brand Image of Nursing and TriHealth to present a virtual symposium, “The Brand Image

of Nursing: All Nurses are Leaders,” 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, October 18. To register, visit Brand Image Of

Nursing | Symposium on the Brand Image of Nursing 2022; $25 for nurses, no charge for non-licensed nursing

students. For information, email info@brandimageofnursing.com.

Participants will explore ways to consistently integrate, communicate, advocate, and transform the brand

image All Nurses are Leaders within and across nursing practice, education, research, advocacy, policy/regulatory

settings, technology/innovation, professional associations and throughout the public domain.

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Letter to the Editor

RETAIN Kentucky focuses on non-work-related injuries

and enduring implications of COVID –

returning to work is complex

With respect to the article “RETAIN Kentucky

(KY) focuses on non-work related injuries and

enduring implication of COVID-19,” returning

to work after injury or illness is complex for the

worker, employer and healthcare provider. We

recognize that this is a pervasive problem that

needs to be solved in partnership with employers

and healthcare partners through training and


RETAIN KY understands that a person’s

impairment isn’t the only problem they may face.

They may also be dealing with social factors

around the impairment that make life more

difficult. If someone must be off work and isn’t

getting a paycheck, they can’t afford childcare

or groceries. They may have trouble with

transportation and paying their rent. These are

real issues impacting a person’s ability to stay at

work and return to work. As COVID-19 continues,

we are also addressing the mental and physical

health issues that impact their ability to return to

the workplace.

RETAIN Kentucky is a federally funded

research study implemented by the University of

Kentucky to expand services to help thousands

of newly injured and ill employees across the

Commonwealth to stay in the workforce. The free

program is open to adults who have non-workrelated

illnesses or injuries that may impact their

ability to perform their job.

Participants in RETAIN KY will be enrolled in a

study that will examine how early intensive return

to work coordination impacts recovery and the

likelihood of remaining employed. All participants

will receive connections to community resources.

Employment support such as assistance with job

accommodations or modifications, transitional

work tasks, career exploration, job seeking skills

training and job placement support are a few of

the services that RETAIN KY provides.

When we talk about our state’s economy and

workforce development, we are talking about

all Kentuckians. As an Employment First State,

Kentucky is committed to introducing, expanding

and sustaining workforce innovation through

programs like RETAIN KY. You can help us tell

the story of stay at work, return to work here

in Kentucky. We are very hopeful that what

we learn through this project helps us have

substantiable ways where we are impacting

workforce, impacting healthcare, and ultimately

impacting people.

Enrollment in this study will occur through

March 2024. Contact us to learn more about

how RETAIN can help you or someone you know.

Call 859-562-3251, email us at RETAIN@uky.edu

or visit the RETAIN KY website at www.kyretain.

org to complete the referral survey.

This product was funded by a grant awarded by the

U.S. Department of Labor. The product was created by

the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official

position of the U. S. Department of Labor. The U. S.

Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties,

or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with

respect to such information, including any information

on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy

of the information or its completeness, timeliness,

usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or

ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution

that created it.

Shirley Kron, BSN, COHN

Director Outreach & Engagement


Human Development Institute, University of


June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 21

KNA recognizes honor cord recipients -

let students in your area know about this

great volunteer opportunity

All KNA Student Members are encouraged to participate

Last month, we rolled out our new Honor Cord Program for KNA Student Members who provide at

least 20 hours of volunteer service to our organization.

Student volunteer assignments include attending chapter meetings, educational events, advocacy

events, working at the volunteer clinics and health departments, attending committee meetings,

offering clerical support at the KNA office or other locations based on organizational needs and

referring new members to the organization. Please help us spread the word about this new and

innovative program to your students and student members of your chapters. For information about

volunteer opportunities and to join KNA as a Student Member, email admin@kentucky-nurses.org.

We’re proud to let you know that our first honor cord recipients are graduating seniors, Sawyer

Bevin, Bellarmine University and Matt Livers, University of Louisville. We just couldn’t wait for

commencement, so we adorned these two deserving future nurses with their honor cords last week

at the KNA office and at a COVID clinic. Matt has lent his time and talent to the COVID vaccine and

testing clinics during the past two years and Sawyer has volunteered his time for community nonprofit

organizations in the Louisville area.

Thanks and a fond

farewell to

KNA Lobbyist

Sheila Schuster

Sheila Schuster, PhD, KNA

lobbyist, recently announced

her retirement. The Kentucky

Nurses Association thanks

Sheila for her tireless advocacy

on behalf of Kentucky nurses

and those they serve.

Delanor Manson, MA,

BSN, RN, chief executive

officer, KNA, says, “We will

miss Sheila’s passion and

commitment to improving Sheila Schuster

the quality of life for the

Commonwealth’s most underserved populations and

those who care for them. The halls of Frankfort will

never be the same.”

After spending years in private practice providing

psychological services to families and children, Sheila

helped establish and led the Kentucky Mental Health

Coalition, composed of more than 80 organizations

representing consumers, families, advocates and

providers and led Advocacy Action Network (AAN),

an umbrella organization which includes several

advocacy groups addressing health care, mental

health, social justice and disability issues. AAN has

coordinated the advocacy activities of Kentucky

Voices for Health, whose goal is to increase health

coverage and access to quality health care across the


(Left): KNA Leaders Bill Hayden, BSN, RN, clinic team leader and KNF board of trustee, and Delanor

Manson, MA, BSN, RN, chief executive officer, KNA, present honor cords to Matt and Sawyer.

Travel in style with your Kentucky nurse

license plate - coming soon

KNA welcomes new

communication and

administrative assistant

The Kentucky Nurses

Association welcomes Deepak

Daniel, BA, communication

and administrative assistant.

Deepak, who goes by Daniel,

has several years of executive,

administrative, supervisory

and production experience.

He has a bachelor of arts in

English language and literature

from Mahatma Gandhi University - Kottayam, Kerala.

To access electronic copies of

Kentucky Nurse, please visit


Imagine yourself, a proud Kentucky nurse, cruising around the Bluegrass state in 2023 with a

nurses license plate! Keep your car’s first aid kit at the ready and look for more information about

the new nurses license plate!

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The KNA thanks

Sarah Moyer for her support

for Kentucky Nurses

The Kentucky Nurses Association thanks Sarah Moyer,

MD, former chief health strategist for the Louisville Health

Department, for her unwavering support for Kentucky

nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Moyer recently

left her position at the health department to become chief

medical officer for Humana Healthy Horizons.

KNA Past President, Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, APRN,

FAAN, executive director of Norton Healthcare Infectious

Diseases Institute, says, “We have been fortunate to

have Dr. Moyer serve our community as together we

have battled this pandemic. She is a well-recognized

strategic thinker and she has used this strength to develop Sarah Moyer

plans that recognize need and match to recognized

strengths. Dr. Moyer quickly identified the KNA and the nurses throughout the

community as critical resources and she has consistently supported our work and

our efforts.

Dr. Carrico concludes, “Dr. Moyer has been accessible and responsive

and those actions have resulted in relationships deeply rooted in trust and

collaboration. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with her as part of the

team of nurse volunteers who have given their all for our community.”

KNF/KNA host raffle to raise

funds for nursing education,

scholarships and research -

buy a chance to win today

Follow us on social media and

find what you need

So, you say you have liked us on Facebook? That’s great! We invite you to follow

us on Facebook and all our social media channels. By following us you will receive

notifications when we post. Visit our website at kentucky-nurses.org to find links to

all our channels:

While you’re visiting, be sure to check our YouTube channel where we post

educational and informative videos frequently.

Be sure and take advantage of the “search bar” on our website to find

what you need on the KNA website. Remember, you may need to enter a few

different search terms to zero in on your topic. Here’s how it works:

The Kentucky Nurses Foundation/Kentucky Nurses Association just launched its

annual raffle to raise money for nursing education, scholarships and research. Go

ahead and buy a chance to win one of many great packages! We’ll host a virtual

drawing on Thursday, December 1. To donate raffle items, contact Melissa Mershon,

KNA conference sponsor and raffle director, at melissa.mershon@gmail.com.

Last year, this fun filled virtual fundraiser brought in more than $22,000 to

benefit KNF. Stay tuned as we keep adding more great items!

Remember to include a donation to the Kentucky Nurses Foundation as part

of your charitable giving plan. Your donation benefits education, scholarships

and research throughout the state.

To learn more, visit kentucky-nurses.org.

1. Go to our website.

2. Click on the “search” bar.

Enter search words:

Donate to KNF by using your Kroger

card or ordering from Amazon

Remember to include a donation to the Kentucky Nurses Foundation as part

of your charitable giving plan. Your donation benefits education, scholarships

and research throughout the state.

Also, when you make those purchases on Amazon, remember that by

signing up for Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchase will benefit KNF.

Maybe Kroger is delivering your groceries, or you are using the convenient

“click it” feature for grocery pickup. Did you know that you can shop and a

portion of your purchase will benefit KNF? You must sign up each August to

continue your donation with Kroger. If you have not already signed up for

the Kroger Community Rewards program, take care of that today!

June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 23

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 March – April 2022:

Caitlin Battaglia

Georgetown, KY

Alysa Fayth

Goshen, KY

Cordaro Lyttle

Viper, KY

Nafisatou Keita

Lexington, KY

Katrina Walls

Louisville, KY

Madisen Bowling

Louisville, KY

Donald Wagner

Lexington, KY

Sadie Wright

Louisville, KY

Jacqueline Cruz

Frankfort, KY

Dara Nash

Henderson, KY

Alana Head

Louisville, KY

Leyten Thayer

Morehead, KY

Amelia Boone

Bardstown, KY

William Weis

Louisville, KY

Alisha Dellit

Louisville, KY

Tiluniqua Glover

Elizabethtown, KY

Wheeler Sheridan

Louisville, KY

Victoria Parker

Henderson, KY

Jenna Newby

Radcliff, KY

Sophia Trees

Louisville, KY

Jake Conkright

Salt Lick, KY

Jennifer Bohannon

Radcliff, KY

Kate Murphy

Louisville, KY

Mercedes Severns

Beaver Dam, KY

Jessica White

Vine Grove, KY

Madison Houze

Louisville, KY

Stephanie Benz

Louisville, KY

Erin Camp

Raywick, KY

Sheena Mae Tolentino

Louisville, KY

Haylee Florence

Lexington, KY

Melissa Conn

West Liberty, KY

Sami Karst

Louisville, KY

Raleigh Drozt

Louisville, KY

Jordyn Beck

Crescent Park, KY

Heather Carr

Louisville, KY

Carley Gulley

Flemingsburg, KY

Allison Burford

Owenton, KY

Jennifer Bryant

Louisville, KY

Amanda Moore

Grassy Creek, KY

Jeanella Daugherty

Greenville, KY

Jennifer Ruiz

Louisville, KY

Trent Tucker

Owensboro, KY

Reagan Fields

Bowling Green, KY

Michael Eubanks

Louisville, KY

Kristy Compton

Georgetown, KY

Hannah Stewart

Bowling Green, KY

Osmany Guerra

Louisville, KY

Leslie Fitzpatrick

Frankfort, KY

Cassidy Emerson

Russell Springs, KY

Quinden Wyatt

Louisville, KY

Madison Welsh

West Point, KY

Rachel Bertram

Crestwood, KY

Christina Trail

Shelbyville, KY

Robin Langdon

Clarkson, KY

Lily Medley

Crestwood, KY

Ryan Berry

Shepherdsville, KY

Amanda Frazer

Princeton, KY

Alexandra Higdon

Crestwood, KY

Katie Sea

Smithfield, KY

Eva Noffsinger

Providence, KY

Alysa Rauh

Goshen, KY

Angela Barker

Somerset, KY

Ashley Henderson

La Grange, KY

Kentucky Asthma

Partnership Opportunities


Date: June 29, 2022

Time: 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. ET

The Kentucky Asthma Partnership will host the American Lung

Association for this webinar. The American Lung Association

tracks coverage of and related barriers to guidelines-based

asthma care (using the updated National Asthma Education and

Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines) in every state Medicaid

program annually. This project tracks 8 components of care and

7 barriers to care across all 50 states, the District of Columbia,

and Puerto Rico. The purpose of this webcast is to increase

understanding of Medicaid coverage and barriers to guidelinesbased

asthma care in Kentucky, as well as nationally.

Register Here!


Date: Wednesday July 20, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

June is Healthy Homes Month! Healthy homes set children up

to thrive. Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental

hazards in homes due to their small size, underdeveloped

immune system, and behaviors like mouthing items, crawling,

sitting, and lying on the ground. This Kentucky Asthma

Management Program training for home visitors will cover

asthma triggers in homes, mitigation strategies, and a review of a

standardized home trigger checklist.

Register Here!

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Nursing Bridge to Success: Implementation of a Dedicated

Nursing Student Retention Program

Summer Cross, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC,

Associate Professor

Jennifer Rogers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC,

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Murray State University

The national nursing shortage and stress

placed on the healthcare system as a result of the

COVID-19 pandemic has posed a strong call to

order for nursing programs to increase the number

of graduates, as well as improve the quality of

education provided. Governor Andy Beshear issued

an Executive Order December 9, 2021 declaring

Kentucky in a State of Emergency in relation to the

nursing shortage, and issued nine directives aimed

at pre-licensure nursing programs and increasing

enrollment and graduates. In addition, the National

Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

changes to the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, which

will go into effect in Spring 2023, poses challenges

within nursing education. The Next Generation

NCLEX (NGN) incorporates a Clinical Judgment

Measurement Model aimed at assessing clinical

judgment in providing safe and effective care

(NCSBN, 2022). Five new item types are included

in the NGN: extended multiple response, extended

drag and drop, cloze (drop-down), enhanced

hotspot (highlighting), and matrix/grid. In addition,

a new scoring model for items will be used in the

new NGN exam model.

In an effort to mitigate these challenges, the

Murray State University nursing program decided to

take a proactive approach and develop a dedicated

nursing retention program that was implemented

during the Spring 2021 semester. Murray State

University offers a variety of free tutoring services

across campus in general studies courses, but major

specific tutoring was not available in the area of


Review of Literature

Nursing student attrition is a global problem that

has been confounded by the COVID-19 pandemic

(Chan et al., 2021). Nursing students that do not

progress are subject to increased costs at both the

financial and emotional level. However, attrition

also contributes to the present nursing shortage, as

the student failure leaves an opening that is then

not filled, graduating fewer students than admitted

(Lewis, 2020). As the nursing shortage becomes

greater, nursing institutions are presented with the

challenge of implementing programs to increase

retention without decreasing NCLEX pass rates.

Nursing programs challenge students to quickly

expand their knowledge and skills. Programs move

at a rapid pace and students who find themselves

struggling to succeed require rapid intervention

from faculty (Stamps & Opton or Opten as its listed

below, 2020). Solutions to decrease attrition have

included retention counselors, tutoring and peer

mentoring (Bumby, 2020; Lewis, 2020; Miller et al.,

2019; Stamps & Opten, 2020).

In a review by Bumby (2020), mentoring and

tutoring programs were found to be effective

retention strategies in 16 studies. Hiring and

allocating faculty time to student retention initiatives

was effective in retaining students and increasing

student satisfaction for nursing programs. Miller et

al. (2019) studied the role of peer mentoring. Results

indicated that peer mentoring was helpful for both

mentees and mentors. Brown et al. (2021) explored

nursing student strengths and areas for remediation

across all years of nursing education compared to

other undergraduate students. Results indicated

that nursing students felt that remediation should

be centered in studying and/or test taking anxiety.

Encouraging learning centered approaches provided

opportunities for students to apply their strengths

within the learning environment (Brown et al., 2021).

Remediation interventions used by nursing

institutions have included service learning,

podcasts, review sessions, adaptive quizzing, extra

pharmacology and drug calculation sessions and

prelecture and post lecture faculty follow up. While

peer mentoring, allocation of faculty time and

encouragement and focus on learning centered

approaches can contribute to increased retention

rates, they each come at a cost to the nursing

institution. Therefore, further research is needed

to accurately assess the success of remediation

interventions and to determine if the outcomes are

worth the cost.

Project Design

Two nursing faculty at Murray State University

were designated as Success Coaches for the new

retention program. The retention program began

during the Spring 2021 semester and outcomes

were reviewed after the Fall 2021 semester. To

evaluate the effectiveness of the program, the

faculty submitted the program for review by the

Institutional Review Board, and were found to

not require oversight. Coordination with nursing

administration, as well as course faculty, was

imperative in the planning and implementation of

the new program. In addition, the Success Coach

team collaborated with the university printing and

design team to develop professional flyers and

logos for the program, and initiate a university

affiliated Facebook page to disseminate program


Retention efforts included one-on-one tutoring

with nursing students and two workshops each

semester of 2021. In order for students to access

appointment times, Faculty Google ® calendars

were shared with students via the Canvas

course, allowing students to sign up for available

appointment slots. Topics of the workshops

included: Test Preparation, Study Skills, NCLEX test

preparation and a recorded workshop discussing

APA format. The NCLEX test preparation workshop

was conducted by two outside professional

consultants who were experts in NCLEX test

preparation, and other workshops were presented

by the Faculty Success Coaches. Following the

workshops anonymous evaluations were given

to the students in attendance. Outcomes were

reviewed at the conclusion of the Fall 2021

semester, allowing time for reflection and planning

for future semesters.

Project Outcomes

Success Coaching Appointments

During the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters,

28 students utilized the one-on-one tutoring

sessions with a Success Coach, which accounted for

13.8% of the 203 admitted BSN students in 2021.

The total Success Coaching appointments were

94, and involved appointments for exam review,

test preparation, time management, study skills

and planning, paper review and APA formatting

assistance, and stress management.


The faculty coordinated and conducted four

workshops over the following topics: Spring 2021

Study Skills (35 students in attendance) and Exam

Prep (six in attendance); Fall 2021 NGN Examination

Prep (77 in attendance) and APA formatting

(recorded workshop that was distributed for

viewing by all BSN students).

Student Feedback

Student feedback was elicited at the completion

of each workshop to evaluate program effectiveness

and plan future workshops using a brief survey

developed by the Success Coaches. One suggestion

that was received from multiple participants was

a future workshop geared at preparing beginning

nursing students for clinical rotations. Feedback

on information provided, presenter enthusiasm,

presenter delivery of content, and location was

overwhelmingly positive.

Individual feedback from students that sought

out one-on-one tutoring with a Success Coach

included comments such as: “It helped me to

understand the best way to go about studying as

well as helping me understand information that

was confusing” and “It’s helped me find different

study methods!”


The Bridge to Success program was developed

in response to student requests, nursing

program needs to enhance retention efforts, and

nursing education and workforce needs. When

implementing a new program, nursing institutions

must consider associated costs. Administration

within the School of Nursing and Health Professions

worked with the two success coaches to ensure

time was allotted in their faculty teaching load to

develop and implement the program in 2021. Funds

for workshops and supplies were supplied from the

dean and the BSN program budget. In addition,

donations were received from the local Sigma

Theta Tau International chapter and the Kentucky

Association of Nursing Students school chapter to

supply food and drinks at workshops. All in all, the

program was implemented with minimal additional

costs and Success Coaches were given the support

needed to develop and initiate a successful

retention program over the course of a calendar


The future direction of the program has utilized

the student feedback and will continue offering

Success Coaching each semester. Feedback will

continue to be elicited, and additional metrics

will be analyzed, such as student graduation and

retention rates, to evaluate long-term efficacy.

Workshops will continue to be offered to students

based on student feedback and program needs,

including a Clinical Success workshop. Initiation of

peer mentoring will be explored. Success of this

program can be replicated with minimal costs to

enhance retention efforts and improve student

success. The Success Coaches are willing to serve

as a resource for nursing programs and faculty who

wish to develop a retention program.


Beshear, A. (2021). Executive Order 2021-913. Retrieved

from https://kbn.ky.gov/General/Documents/emergencyorder-relating-to-nursing-shortage.pdf

Brown, J., McDonald, M., Besse, C., Manson, P., McDonald,

R., Rohatinsky, N., & Singh, M. (2021). Nursing students’

academic success factors: A quantitative cross-sectional

study. Nurse Educator, 46(2), E23–E27.doi:10.1097/


Bumby, J. C. (2020). Evidence-based interventions

for retention of nursing students: A review of the

literature. Nurse Educator, 45(6), 312–315. doi:10.1097/


Chan, G.K., Bitton, J.R., Allgeyer, R.L., Elliott, D., Hudson,

L.R., & Moulton Burwell, P. (2021). The impact of

COVID-19 on the nursing workforce: A national

overview. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing,

26(26). doi:10.3912/OJIN.Vol26No02Man02

Lewis, L. S. (2020). Nursing students who fail and repeat

courses: A scoping review. Nurse Educator, 45(1), 30–34.


Miller, H., Bosselait, L., Venturato, L., Irion, K., Schmidt, N.,

DiGeronimo, J., & Pritchard, T. (2019). Benefits of peer

mentoring in prelicensure nursing education: A dual

perspective. Nurse Educator, 44(3), 159–163.doi:10.1097/


National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

(2022). Next generation NCLEX project. Retrieved from


Stamps, A., & Opton, L. (2020). The retention counselor

in nursing: A unique success strategy. Nurse Educator,

45(2), 87.doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000740

June, July, August 2022 Kentucky Nurse • Page 25

Get connected and stay connected;

download the KNA365 app today

Download KNA365 today! It is an incredible way to stay in touch with what is going on with nurses

in Kentucky and nationwide. With the touch of your fingertip, you’ll be able to visit all KNA social

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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 priorities

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Kentucky Nurses Foundation 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

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Where Do I Go From Here?

Sharon Broscious, PhD, RN

Program Director South University RN-BSN

Online Program

Reprinted with permission from

Virginia Nurses Today, August 2021 issue

As the COVID-19 pandemic winds down, you

may be asking yourself questions about your

professional future. What’s my next career step?

What does my professional future hold for me?

The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic may have

created these nagging questions for you, and

you might be unsure what steps you should

take to answer them. The physical, emotional,

psychological, and financial impact of the

pandemic on nurses has been well documented.

A plethora of publications in professional journals

and on websites as well as newspaper and

television reports have discussed the impact of

the COVID-19 pandemic on nurses. Terms such

as burnout, compassion fatigue, moral injury,

PTSD, and healthcare worker exhaustion are used

to describe the physical and mental effects of

COVID-19 on healthcare providers (Chan, 2021;

ICN, 2021). In an interview on NPR, the phrase

“crushing stress” of the COVID-19 pandemic was

used (Fortier, 2020).

Not only did the nursing workload change –

increased number of patients per assignment,

increased number of shifts, increased length of

workday due to insufficient staff – but also other

factors compounded the stress on staff. Lack of

equipment such as PPE, the unknowns about the

disease itself with policies changing almost daily,

and perceived lack of support from leadership

have also contributed to the COVID effect (ICN,

2021) on nurses. Some facilities attempted to

prepare and support staff for the pandemic

surges, to varying levels of successful impact.

While providing meals to nurses who could not

take time for a meal break was helpful, as the

pandemic persisted, nurses needed more support

from their leadership teams.

The recent COVID-19 report released by the

International Council of Nurses (ICN) (2021)

describes the exacerbation of burnout and

exhaustion of nurses during 2020. National

nursing associations reported approximately 80%

of their members identified as feeling stressed.

In a survey of healthcare workers conducted by

Mental Health America (Lagasse, 2020), 93%

indicated feeling stressed, and 76% reported

feeling burned out with 55% questioning their

career focus. Similar results were found in a

survey from Brexi (2020) with 84% of responding

healthcare workers identifying some burnout and

18% reporting total burnout. In addition, almost

half had considered quitting their job, retiring, or

changing their career focus. The top five stressors

that respondents identified, in order, were “fear

of getting COVID-19, long hours/shifts, general

state of the world, fear of spreading COVID-19,

and family responsibilities/issues” (Berxi, 2020,

para 2). Additional stressors identified by Shun

(2021) include physical, emotional and moral

distress related to ethical issues faced by nurses

such as dealing with patient deaths, scarce

resources, and forced changes in practice.

The 2021 Frontline Nurse Mental Health and

Well Being Survey (Trusted Health, 2021) revealed

for nurses under age 40, 22% indicated they

were less committed to nursing. Ninety-five

percent of the nurses responding indicated their

physical and mental health were not a priority

in their workplace or the support received from

leadership was inadequate. Finally, 66% of

respondents indicated they were experiencing

depression and a decline in their physical health.

A poll by the Washington Post-Kaiser Family

Foundation (2021) indicated 62% of healthcare

workers felt mentally stressed from the pandemic

with their greatest fears of them getting infected,

infecting their families, or other patients. Another

challenge identified was working while wearing

PPE (Kirzinger et al., 2021).

Prior to the pandemic, Shah, et al. (2021)

reported burnout was the third leading cause of

nurses leaving their jobs. However, the pandemic

intensified levels of stress and burnout. From

the perspective of Maslow’s hierarchy, Virkstis

(2021) described the need for leadership to

focus on basic needs of staff, not high level selfactualization.

The basic needs were identified as:

a safe working environment, clear mission, time

to reflect on what was happening, and time to

connect with peers.

Considering the factors identified here, it is

no surprise that you may be asking what is the

next step for you in handling stress, burnout, and

career questions.

Step 1 – Do I stay where I am?

You may be asking the following: Do I leave

my job as other nurses have? Do I want to, or can

I continue working where I am? Do I just need

some time off?

The first step to take is self-reflection or selfevaluation.

If you are unsure about a change,

pause and take some time to think about it.

Consider staying where you are to determine

how your workday has changed after COVID-19

and whether factors such as workload, staffing,

and equipment, for example, have improved.

Remember wherever you go, everyone will be

rebuilding after the pandemic and trying to

return to a previous level of normalcy, or an

improved level based on lessons learned from the


Before making a decision, reflect on your job

prior to the pandemic. Was this job a good fit for

you? Were you happy with your job? Answers to

these questions can guide you to remain in your

current job to see if those same positive feelings

come back after the pandemic. The area you

work in may not be exactly the same as it was,

but it could be even better. Other reasons leading

you to consider a change may include the work

environment, the leadership of your current unit,

or lack of potential for growth in your current

position. This introspective evaluation provides

time to think about other opportunities or make

plans for change if that is your final decision.

Step 2 – Do I change my career path?

There are numerous websites that provide

steps to take when changing your specialty or

your role, but the first step should be:

1. Identify your passion. What makes you

happy? Self-reflection and serious thought

can help provide this answer.

Additional steps to consider include:

2. Complete a SWOT analysis. Guidelines for

completing a SWOT analysis can be found

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• Identify your strengths: skills, experiences, education, support from


• Identify weaknesses: communication skills, leadership skills, skills

needed for a new path.

• Identify opportunities: What specialty areas might be of interest?

Do you want to be in a hospital or in the community? Do you want

to move to administration or education and have less direct patient

contact? What works for your family? The Johnson & Johnson

Campaign for Nursing’s Future, provides information about 96

nursing specialties; this might be a good place to start looking for

new opportunities as it may present some potential employment

ideas you had not previously considered. A list of more than 100

nursing organizations is available at https://nurse.org/orgs.shtml In

addition, the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center web page includes a

list of professional nursing organizations (http://nursing.illinois.gov/


• Identify threats. What barriers exist that might keep you from

making this change – family responsibilities, work hours desired,

access to a new role in your geographic area, skills or specific

educational background needed. A threat such as educational level

may turn into an opportunity to return to school.

3. What are your goals in five or ten years?

4. When you have decided on a new role – develop an action plan or

timeline to establish your transition to the new role. What steps do

you need to take to make this change?

5. Refresh your resume. While you may consider that a move from

pediatrics to geriatrics would not provide you with appropriate

skills, there are many skills you have that are transferable – your

assessment skills for example, understanding lab results, providing

care to someone who may be unable to describe how they feel, or

organization skills.

6. Network. Talk to someone who currently works in the specialty you

are considering. If the specialty has a professional organization,

peruse their website, attend a local meeting, or read their journals

and social media networks to help you connect with nurses in the

specialty you are considering.

7. Draw on your support system and mentors to overcome any barriers/

challenges that may be keeping you from making a change.

8. Resources on the VNA/ANA websites provide information about

available jobs, resume writing, and interviewing. Scheduling a live

meeting with a career coach is also available.

9. After you have made a specialty change, give yourself a chance to

get acclimated to the new path you have chosen.

10. Consider staying on good terms with your current employer. A

reference will be needed when applying for a new position. Staying

on good terms may also be beneficial if the new specialty or

organization change does not work out.

haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the

heart, you’ll know when you find it.”


Berxi. (December 8, 2020). State of healthcare workers in 2020. Business Wire. https://


Chan, G.K., Bitton, J.R., Allgeyer, R.L., Elliott, D., Hudson, L.R., Moulton Burwell,

P. (May 31, 2021) The impact of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce: A national

overview OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 26 (2), Manuscript 2.


Fortier, J. (December 16, 2020). ICU Workers are quitting due to crushing stress from

COVID-19 surge. (Radio broadcast) Morning Edition – NPR.

International Council of Nurses. (January 13, 2021). The COVID-19 Effect: World’s

nurses facing mass trauma, an immediate danger to the profession and future of our

health systems.

ICN, https://www.icn.ch/news/covid-19-effect-worlds-nurses-facing-mass-traumaimmediate-danger-profession-and-future-our

Jobs, S. (June 12, 2005), Stanford Commencement Address. https://news.stanford.


Kirzinger, A, Kearney, A, Hamel, L., & Brodie M. (April 6, 2021). KFF/The Washington

Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey. https://www.kff.org/report-section/





Lagasse, J. ed (December 8, 2020) Healthcare workers experiencing burnout,

stress due to COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare Finance News https://www.


Shun, S.C. (2021). COVID-19 Pandemic: The challenge to the professional identity or

nurses and nursing education. The Journal of Nursing Research 29(2), e138. doi:


Shah, M.K., Gandrakota, N., Cimiotti, J.P., Ghose, N., Moore, M., & Ali, M. (2021).

Prevalence of and factors associated with nurse burnout in the US. JAMA Network

Open 4(2), e2036469 doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.36469

Trusted Health. (2021). 2021 Frontline Nurse Mental Health & Well- Being Survey


Virkstis, K. (March 11, 2021). Nurse burnout didn’t start with Covid-19. (And it won’t

end with Covid-19, either.). Advisory Board https://www.advisory.com/dailybriefing/2021/03/11/nurse-burnout

Step 3 – Do I leave nursing and change my profession?

Your reflection may lead you to leaving the nursing profession. Many

of the steps in this process are the same or similar to the steps above in

changing your career path.

1. Begin again with self-reflection/evaluation. What makes you feel

fulfilled? What would you like to do? What are your interests?

2. Identify areas of interest. There are a number of free aptitude

tests available on the internet that can guide you in identifying

a new career or attend a career fair. New careers could be with

pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, the government, or

in education for example.

3. Complete a SWOT analysis

4. What are your goals?

5. Identify the skills/education needed for the new career

6. Develop action plan

7. Network

8. Career counseling – obtain a career coach, see the VNA/ANA


9. Connect with your support system

10. Keep your license current, you may decide at some point in time you

want to return to nursing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has likely changed you personally and

professionally, has certainly changed healthcare, and has without a doubt

changed the world. What you do to fulfill your life is a priority, so take time

to carefully consider what you want to do and where you want to be.

As Steve Jobs (2005) said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your

life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great

work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you

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

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

William Altman

In-Kind donation

William & Carlyn Altman

Nurses’ exceptional work during the

COVID pandemic

Paulette Adams

Ruth Craddock

Anne Kleine-Kraft

Maggie Miller

Denise Alvey

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Smile Amazon

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

Kathryn Brotzge

In memory of Jackie Whaley, my

nursing instructor at Spalding


Business First Louisville

Scholarship Fund

Pat Calico

Denise Alvey – dedication and

service to Nightingale Chapter

Gwen Bradley

Ruth Carrico

Lisa Lockhart - dedication and

service to Nightingale Chapter

Delanor Manson

Gwyneth Pyle - dedication and

service to Nightingale Chapter

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

Catherine Hogan

Frieda Joyce Plum

The Community Foundation

In honor of Kathy Mershon’s

board stewardship and “Nurses

Everywhere” Campaign

Steve Cox

Board Stewardship

Kyran Daughtery

Pam Lynch

Sally Davenport

Barbara Kitchen

Kathy Hager – thank you for your

nursing career

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

Ann & Clarence Duncan

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Dorothy Duncan

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Loretta Elder

Ida Slusher

Misty Ellis

Board Stewardship

EKU/BSN Faculty Fund

Mary Slusher

Kim Evans

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Judi Godsey

Board Stewardship

In memory of Janie Heath’s mother

– Aunt Betty Coleman

Michael Gordon

Jane Earline Elkins

Kathleen Hall

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Marcia Hall

Lynne Hall

Kathy Hager

Board Stewardship

Nancy Bronner, in memory of her husband

Kimberly Bourne’s sister-in-law

Mary Burch

Ruth Carrico -

For all the hours you have spent and

tears you have shed in protecting

Kentuckians and serving Kentucky

nurses. Thank you and congratulations

to KNA’s immediate past president.

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 endof-life

care she gave her father

Betty Kuiper - For leading our Event

Planning Committee while grieving

with family and co-workers

Delanor Manson

Julie Marfell – in memory of her

husband and father

Mildred Metz Scholarship

Lisa Peak’s mother’s death

Joan Prentice

Jody Rogers, in honor of Jody Rogers’

promotion to president of the Kidz

Club (KYPPEC, Inc.)

Mary Romelfanger

Kelly Ramey

raffle items

Bev Rowland

Marsha Serdenis – for being a great

role model for all nurses

Jo Singleton

Ida Slusher

In memory of Ida Slusher’s mother

In honor of Ida’s continuous service to

nursing, as editor of Kentucky Nurse,

Chair of KNF and probably a million

other volunteer activities that I don’t

know about

Carol Smith

Misty Stoller

Dolores White

In honor of her service leading all of us

across the state as our chapter leaders’

liaison to the KNA Board of Directors,

and now as our KNA President Elect.

Thank you!

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

Debra Mosier

Evelyn Parrish

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

Marianne Hutti

In honor of Janie Heath’s upcoming

retirement – she will be missed!

Leslie Jeffries

Anita Kvinta

Lynn Jones

Delanor Manson

Savanah Kennedy

Sharon Kleinert

Mildred Metz Scholarship

The Kroger Company

The KIDZ Club

In honor of a special nurse’s


Carol Komara

Kathy Hager

Teresa Lewis

Mildred Metz Scholarship

Lisa Lockhart

Mary Lou Baumgardner

Delanor Manson

Gregory Lutes

Mary Ann Lutes

Jane Lynch

Delanor Manson, a super

hardworking and dedicated nurse;

an honor to be her friend

Ann Lyons

Dee Ann Totten & All Nurses

Dr. Nancy Kern and all nursing

faculty and staff at Spalding


Brother Ignatius Perkins – years

of nursing education and the

development of nurse educators

Delanor Manson

Mary Lou Baumgardner

Nancy Bronner, in memory of her


Kimberly Bourne’s sister-in- law

In honor of Ruth Carrico and her

leadership during the pandemic and

support of KNA

Ruth Carrico’s father

Loretta Elder, in memory of her son

Terri Graham

Pam Hagan

Kathy Hager In honor of her

retirement from Bellarmine


Sonya Hardin,

In appreciation of her leadership

and mentorship for new leaders,

faculty and students

Janie Heath

In memory of Dr. Heath’s mother –

Aunt Betty Coleman

In memory of

Margaret “Peggy” Howell

Marcia Hern

Julie Huron

Ta’Neka Lindsay

In honor of Lisa Lockhart and in

memory of her father

In memory of Connie Lusher

Jane Webster-Lynch

Julie Marfell, in memory of her

husband and father

Deborah May

In honor of Sheila Melander, in

memory of her father

Sharon Mercer

Kathy Mershon

In memory of Marge Perrin

Marsha Hughes-Rease

Ida Slusher

In memory of Ida Slusher’s


in honor and appreciation for Ida’s

countless hours of mentorship

and support of students under her


Julie Marfell

In Honor of a Special Nurse

The Heidi Marguilis

Charitable Fund

To fund the clinic for nurses to

better understand and handle

the impact of the pandemic on

their mental health, thus restoring

“whole health”

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Brandy Matthews

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Donna Meador

In honor of Cathy Abell’s retirement

Dawn Balcom

Board Stewardship

Deb Campbell

In honor of Ruth Carrico – Happy

Nurses Day! You are the best!

In honor of Salley Davenport –

Happy Nurses Day to one of the


Carla Donnell

Vara Dyer

Eileen Fitzpatrick

Amber Gensheimer

Dolores Hagan

In honor Dolores Hagan’s retirement

– Congratulations!

In honor of Kathy Hager – Happy

Nurses Day! You are the best!

In honor of Kathy Hager’s retirement

as a nurse educator from Bellarmine


Johanna Hall

Janie Heath – Happy Nurses Day!

It’s been a joy to work with you!

In honor of

Susan Heath

Jesse Horner

Elizabeth Howard

In honor of Tammy Jesse – Happy

Nurses Day! You are a joy to work


In honor of Mary Limke – Happy

Nurses Day! You are the best!

In honor of Delanor Manson –

Happy Nurses Day! Your leadership

and friendship are gifts

Mental health for nurses

In honor of Kathy Mershon – Happy

Nurses Day to one of the best of all

time! Thanks for all you do!

In honor of Betty Motts – Happy

Nurses Day to one of my best


In honor of Jennifer Robards –

Happy Nurses Day! Your friendship

is a gift and a blessing!

Angela Shinaberry

Monica Meier

J. Patrick Meier

Rachael Meier

Monica Miller

Sharon Mercer

Sandy Johanson

Delanor Manson

Kathy Mershon

In memory of

Mary Lou Baumgardner

Cheryl Booth

Julie Brothers

Ruth Carrico, In honor of her service

as KNA President

Juanita Clay

Dr. Ruth Cocoran

Margorie Perrin

Lisa Evans

Bridgette Irvin

In memory of Elizabeth Bennett

Lewis, BSN, RN

Lisa Lockhart

Elizabeth Marcil

Marge Perrin

Mental Health for Nurses

Sheila Schuster

Kristen Sherrad

Robin Szcapinski

In memory of Kristen Dale Cummins

Stephens, BSN, RN

Norma Mason-Stikes

Christie Therkel

Susan Thornton

April Walker

Melissa Mershon

Kathy Mershon

Tracey Melburn

Teri Goodlett

Sherlee Miller

Dawn Balcom

Vickie Miracle

In memory of her mother, Nina


National Black Nurses

Association – Lexington Chapter

In honor of Ruth Carrico’s

dedication to professional and

community education regarding


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All Kentucky nurses

Nightingale Chapter

Denise Alvey

In memory of Denise Alvey’s father,

Kenneth Yates

Pat Calico

Lisa Lockhart

In memory of Lisa Lockhart’s Dad

Gwyneth Pyle

Brenda Sherwood

Barbara Sonnen

KNF Western Kentucky Tornado


Nurses in Every Kentucky School

Carol Komara

Betty Olinger

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Julie Ossege

Board Stewardship

In memory of Janie Heath’s mother

– Aunt Betty Coleman

Curtis Owens

Delanor Manson

Leslie Peak

Mildred Metz Scholarship

Rita Phillips

Delanor Manson

Betty Porter

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Gywneth Pyle

In memory of Denise Alvey’s father,

Kenneth Yates

Christy Ralston

In Honor of a Special Nurse


In memory of

William Aaron Doughty

Mary Romelfanger

Wass Brady

KNF Student Essay Competition

Delanor Manson

Martha Ann Marrillia, SCN

Lynn Roser

Janie Heath – to honor excellence in

nursing education

Margaret Roser

Bev Rowland

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Kathryn Salee

Evelyn Gellar

Bonnie Scaggs

In memory her sister, Kathy Skaggs


Linda Schaaf

Delanor Manson

SCN, INC. Estates Account

Jo Singleton

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Ida Slusher

In honor of Cathy Abell’s service on

the Kentucky Nurse Editorial Board

Rachael Epstein

Esther Field

Cora Newell-Fletcher

Kathy Hager – in honor of her

retirement as a nurse educator from

Bellarmine University

KNF Student Essay Competition

Delanor Manson

Jo Singleton

Dorcas Townsley

Stephanie Smith

In honor of Cathy Abell’s service on

the Kentucky Nurse Editorial Board

All Hosparus nurses

In memory of Denise Alvey’s father,

Kenneth Yates

Delanor Manson

Vickie Miracle, in memory

of her mother

Ida Slusher, in memory of her mother

Sheila Spence

Jo Singleton

Patricia Spurr

Donna Gough Faquir

Ruth Staten

Mary “Kay” Robinson (sister- in-law)

Kasey Scheper (daughter)

Frances Stewart

Mildred Metz Scholarship

Eva Stone

Carol Komara

Liz Sturgeon

Karen Hautigan

Susan Jones

Dawn Garrett-Wright

Tukea Talbert

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Linda Thomas

Wilma Brown

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Thought Leader Select

Ruth Carrico

Nisia Thornton

In memory of nurses and educators

that helped me obtain a BSN

Blake Townsend

Charlotte Gross

Kathy Tussey

Kay Ross

Sharon Utterback

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Rhonda Vale

Mary Jennette Martin

Teresa Villaran

In memory of

Mary Lou Baumgardner

Judy Ambrose Vittitow

Barbara Nell

Garden Hardy Daves

Mildred Metz Scholarship

JoAnn Wever

Agnes Black

Kathy Hager

In Honor of a Special Nurse

Dottie C. Luther

Marion McKenna

Louise Zegeer

Dolores White

River City Chapter –

In honor of Kathy Hager’s retirement

from Bellarmine University – you are

an inspiration as a Kentucky nurse

and leader! I appreciate all you do

for nurses and all residents of our


Nell Wilson

Gracie Wishnia

Nathan Goldman (retirement)

Ann Lyons

Ruth Carrico

Jane Younger

Pat Burge

Jacqueline Bryan Kane

Mary Hill

Shirley Powers

Mildred Metz Scholarship Fund

Kristine Finberg

Patricia Hastings

Sharon Kleinart

Estate of Miriam Frenke

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN)

James and Doris Marini

Mildred L. Newman

William and Leslie Peak

Debra Rayman

Nell Wilson

General Donations

Kroger Community Awards Program

Network for Good

Michele Shelton, LLC

Thank you, donors!

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Smiths Grove, KY

Carrissa Striegel

Louisville, KY

Marissa Howard

Horse Cave, KY

Amanda Salisbury

Carrollton, KY

Angela Clark

Nicholasville, KY

Calla Murdock

Murray, KY

Amanda Shackelford

Versailles, KY

Tiffany Johnson

Shelbyville, KY

Cheryl Cleveland

Lexington, KY

Katherine Gibson

Harrodsburg, KY

Ashley Watts

Jackson, KY

Evelyn Riddle

Louisville, KY

April Pearson

Versailles, KY

Samantha Miller

Elizabethtown, KY

Lisa Drury

Raywick, KY

Amanda Davis

Richmond, KY

Samantha Crane

Louisville, KY

Jenny Grimes

Cecilia, KY

Kimberly Bentley

Wilmore, KY

Brenda Frazier-Pirtle

Louisville, KY

Rodney Brown

Louisa, KY

Alison Stacy

South Williamson, KY

Chelsea Thorn

Elizabethtown, KY

Sheila Bostick

Cadiz, KY

Tia Braxton

Louisville, KY

Sanju Ghimire

Lexington, KY

Jennifer Davenport

Louisville, KY

Arilennis Medel Leyva

Louisville, KY

Giang Nguyen

Ft Mitchell, KY

Melinda Sparks

Hillsboro, KY

Wenonah Cunningham

Perry Park, KY

Taylor Tidwell

Lexington, KY

Lahoma Prather

Louisville, KY

Haylee Wright

Winchester, KY

Nichole Baker

Brodhead, KY

Amanda Major

Nicholasville, KY

April Melvin

Ashland, KY

Stephanie Cavanaugh

Florence, KY

Stacy Hall

Lexington, KY

Anna Blackburn

Pikeville, KY

Candice Canan

Taylorsville, KY

Delise Mayberry

Independence, KY

Melissa Humfleet

Middlesboro, KY

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Hopkinsville, KY

Amber Thomas

Chrisney, IN

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Versailles, KY

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Fairdale, KY

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Louisville, KY

Kacie Albertsen

Louisville, KY

Renee Eichas

Louisville, KY

Melanie Twyman

Louisville, KY

Melissa Perry

Lexington, KY

Bonnie Lee

Lexington, KY

Pamela Lynn

Sturgis, KY

Mary Thompson

Louisville, KY

Shara McPherson

Greenville, KY

Morgan Chojnacki

Lexington, KY

Reyna De La Cruz

Independence, KY

Maykel Villalobos Taureaux

Louisville, KY

Lea Schmitt

Jamestown, KY

Tiffany Miller

Louisville, KY

Kelsey Riley

New Haven, KY

Amy Burse

Hopkinsville, KY

Lisa O’Daire

Wallingford, KY

Kimberly Brumley

Somerset, KY

Helena Johnson

Bardstown, KY

Erin Harper

Madisonville, KY

Getting Clear on Bullying Versus Incivility

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CSP

Reprinted with permission from

The Florida Nurse, February 2022 issue

Numerous studies show the

prevalence and devastating

impact disruptive behaviors

have on nurse retention and

satisfaction, patient safety

and the financial health of

an organization. Today, more

than ever, the unpredictable,

life-and-death nature of the

pandemic has created an

environment that is ripe for an

increase in workplace bullying Dr. Renee Thompson

and incivility. Research at the

Healthy Workforce Institute

shows an uptick in bad

behavior and nurses are experiencing greater workplace

incivility now more than ever before. Additional studies


• 45.7% of nurses said they witnessed more

incivility than before the pandemic (El Ghaziri et

al., 2021).

• 14.3% of surgery patients had higher

complications with surgeons who had one

to three reports of unprofessional behaviors

compared to those surgeons who had no

reports of disruptive behaviors (Cooper et al.,


• 94% of individuals have worked with a toxic

person in the last five years; 51% of the targets

stated they are likely to quit as a result (Kusy,


Developing successful, targeted interventions

to reduce bullying and incivility among nurses

will require that leaders develop awareness and

understanding of nurses’ unique experiences with

disruptive behavior. One of the biggest areas of

confusion that makes it difficult to address and

eliminate bad behavior is a misunderstanding about

the differences between bullying and incivility.

An important first step to educating yourself and

your employees is to get clear on those differences.

This will help you raise awareness, set expectations,

and develop appropriate strategies to eliminate

each type of disruptive behavior. Bullying should be

a NEVER event, but not everything is bullying and

when we call everything bullying, we lessen our

chances of identifying and addressing true bullying



For a behavior to be considered bullying, it must

include three things:

A Target-This target can be a single person or

group of people. Group targets can include the

opposite shift, new nurses, or nurses who have a

particular ethnic background.

Harmful-The behavior must be harmful in some

way. This harm can be to the target or harmful to a


Repeated-The most important element of bullying.

The behavior can’t be just a one-time event, it must

be repeated over time.


Incivility is different from bullying but tends to

be much more pervasive. While the behaviors can

be similar, they tend to be lower level. Incivility

shows up as your typical rude, unprofessional,

inconsiderate behaviors: eye-rolling, condescension,

favoritism, alienation, gossiping, mocking, cursing.

Make no mistake about it, incivility is a healthy

and professional workplace killer, and needs to be


The Bottom Line

Bullying and incivility can destroy work

environments and impact patients in a negative

way. The key is to get very clear on the behavior –

is it bullying (target, harmful, repeated) or incivility

(low level, rude, and unprofessional). We are

hemorrhaging nurses due to bad behavior and it’s

time we get educated on how to recognize and

address bullying and incivility so that we can cultivate

a more respectful and professional work culture.


Cooper, W., Spain, D., Guillamondegui, O., et al.

(2019, June). Association of Coworker Reports About

Unprofessional Behavior by Surgeons with Surgical

Complications in Their Patients. JAMA Surgery,

154(9), 828–834. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1738

El Ghaziri, M., Johnson, S., Purpora, C.,

Simons, S. and Taylor, R. (2021, July). Registered

Nurses’ Experiences with Incivility During the

Early Phase of COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a

Multi-State Survey. Workplace Health & Safety.


Kusy, M. (2017). Why I don’t work here anymore:

A leader’s guide to offset the financial and emotional

cost of toxic employees. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press


As an international speaker and consultant, Dr.

Renee Thompson tackles the challenges facing

healthcare leaders today. With 30 years as a nurse,

Renee is an expert on creating healthy workforces by

eradicating bullying & incivility. She is in demand as a

keynote speaker and has authored several books on


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