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16 • Colorado Nurse | May 2018 The Official Publication of the Colorado Nurses Foundation in partnership with the Colorado Nurses Association District & Special Interest Group Reports DNA 3 Anne Zobec, RN, MS, AOCNP Board Member Kate Peterson provided our spring program on March 12 about her Quality Improvement (QI) project “Implementing an early mobility program in the ICU.” She discussed how her involvement with CSNA and CNA gave her the skills to thrive in her nursing career. She has been very successful in implementing QI projects. Kate also presented this information at the ANCC Magnet conference in Houston! We were delighted to promote this program to nursing students. We are making plans for a Nursing Week Celebration at a local restaurant in May. DNA 5 Sandie Nadelson, RN, PhD The CNA District 5 held a March meeting to discuss goals for the coming year and how to enhance Western Colorado nurses’ involvement. Those in attendance felt that we need to have a strong focus in order to promote participation. We decided that focusing on palliative care and improving the quality and number of serious illness conversations between health care providers and the community is an important need we should help meet. During the meeting, we searched the American Nurses State of Wyoming, Department of Health, Aging Division, Healthcare Licensing and Surveys is recruiting for Health Facility Surveyor Recruitment ID: HSHP09-07627 & HSHP09-07975 You will serve as a Health Facility Surveyor within the Health Care Surveillance Branch, State Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys, Wyoming Department of Health, conducting surveys and investigating complaints statewide in accordance with Wyoming State Statutes and agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For more information or to apply online go to: and search HSHP09. Open until filled. EEO/ADA Employer. Associations’ website and found that ANA and the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) have worked together and developed a call to action related to palliative care. The action plan has twelve key recommendations (see American Nurse Today: May 2017, Volume 12, No. 5). The list of action items is quite extensive. We are not ready to act on them all, but felt that we would start by promoting the conversations through increasing awareness of models, education on how these conversations happen, and supporting both practitioners and patients in moving to open and clear communication about serious illness conversations. We invite you to join us in the conversation. DNA 6 Charlotte Ledonne, RN, BSN, MA, LPC President DNA The District 6 Colorado Nurses Association and the SLV AHEC hosted the 14th SLV Nightingale Event on February 16th at Adams State University. Reina Chacon, Monica Hinds, Zina Horton, Laura Lewis, Misty Palacios, Patricia Robertson, Vivian Rodriguez, Leroy Romero, T.J. Salazar, Lou Ann Cheslock Skinner and Nadia Yanez were recognized for their commitment to their patients and providing excellent nursing care. Vivian Rodriguez, SLV Health, Lou Ann Cheslock Skinner, Valley Wide Health Systems and Nadia Yanez, Valley Wide Health Systems, were selected as luminaries for the statewide event in Denver on May 12, 2018. Angie Medina, faculty at Trinidad State Junior College, Valley Campus, was nominated by President Dr. Simone to receive the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She will be highlighted for the difference she is making in the lives of students at the 2018 Annual Convention to be held in Dallas, Texas from Angie Medina, DNA 6 Member April 28 – May 1, 2018. Nominees for the faculty distinction recognition should: Demonstrate passion for the students and the classroom, show willingness to support students, inside and outside of the classroom, be inclined to participate in college committees, and go above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors. Dr. Simone stated “Your work with our students is first class and, from my experience, you have always been willing to pitch in as a valuable team member. You are very deserving of this recognition.” Join us in celebrating this honor for Angie! It is with great sadness that DNA 6 reports the loss of Louise Sowards, RN, BSN, MSN. Louise was an active member of DNA 6 and her community in the San Luis Valley. Louise loved nursing in various roles and facilities in the San Luis Valley throughout her nursing career. She also loved teaching nursing at numerous institutions over the years and directed the Trinidad State Junior College nursing program from 2009-2012. Louise inspired her daughter Jodi to become a nurse, and Jodi now directs the TSJC Valley Campus nursing program. Thank you Louise for the many patients, students and nurses you have mentored and guided over the years. For information, call Charlotte Ledonne, nurse coordinator with the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center at or 719-589-4977. DNA 16 Christine Schmidt, President Our major event of the year, the 18th Nurse Legislator Connection Dinner, was a great success! Measuring the great turnout, the very positive comments in the evaluations received, and the great positive energy resulting from the recent passage of the enhanced nurse licensure compact bill due to overwhelming support from nurses, we continue to be proud to sponsor this annual event. We had a turnout of 174 including 18 legislators and over 80 students. Some comments from attendees included: Excellent – best ever! – good – helpful information about how to connect personally and meaningfully with legislators,” and “All was great! – good – keep it going – so gratifying to hear appreciation and recognitions from legislators – 1st time attended – valuable!” CJ Cullinan also received high praise for being, “warm, dynamic,” and, “a wonderful presenter.” Much appreciation goes to all our wonderful colleagues who helped set up, host, and take down the event. And many thanks to our generous co-sponsors, SIGs 30 and 31, DNAs 3 and 23, the Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Front Range Association of Neonatal Nurses, and the Center for Nursing Excellence.

The Official Publication of the Colorado Nurses Foundation in partnership with the Colorado Nurses Association May 2018 | Colorado Nurse • 17 District & Special Interest Group Reports Plans for spring events include speaker Maro Casparian, Director of Consumer Protection from the Denver District Attorney Office on scams/fraud/identify theft and elder abuse, arranged by Nan Morgan to be held April 17 at Kaiser Franklin building. Nan also has us group registered to volunteer for Project Cure Tuesday March 20, 6:00-9:00pm, everyone is welcome to join us. Don’t miss our annual Nurses Night at the Rockies, coordinated annually by Mary Kershner, on Thursday May 10 at 6:40pm, during National Nurses Week for the Colorado Rockies vs Milwaukee Brewers. New this year is that after Mary’s discussion with Rockies marketing representative, the Rockies will officially create “health care appreciation night, “with a donation from every purchased ticket to go to Colorado Nurses Foundation. We had 300 nurses attend last year, the highest number since this event began in 1997, and hope to top that this year. DNA 16 meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm with announcements posted on CNA website along with e-mails to district 16 members. RSVP to DNA 20 SIG 30 Janece Moore, MSN, RN, FNP-BC Special Interest Group 30 (SIG 30), Colorado Society of Advanced Practice Nurses group, recently awarded scholarships to three students. Tu Nguyen, Meghan Abrams and Josh Zucker are each the recipients of a 0 scholarship. In 2017, SIG 30 set out to improve the monthly meetings by expanding the educational content and meeting locations. In February, SIG 30 was successful in Updates from the Department of Regulatory Affairs this endeavor by hosting the SIG 30 monthly meeting in Arvada and covering pediatric content. The SIG 30 meetings are held the first Wednesday of the Month. The meeting announcements are sent via the ENP network. Sign up for SIG 30 announcements at Join us at the next meeting. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) will be hosting their 2018 national conference in Denver. The conference will be held downtown at the Colorado Convention Center June 26 - July 1, 2018. For more information visit the AANP website at www. The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) has Arrived in Colorado Norma Tubman, RN, MScN Kudos to Allison Windes, DNA 20 Fundraiser, who sold 30 tickets to members, families, and friends to attend the musical The Producers on April 8 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. The 0 raised will go towards funding our 00 annual nursing scholarship. At our March meeting, Ashley Stone RN, MSNc, Independent Contractor/Consultant with StoneGale, LLC did team building exercises with attendees. In April, we were honored to have Representative Brittany Pettersen (D) as our speaker. Representative Pettersen spoke about HB-1003 Opioid Misuse Prevention which she is sponsoring. The bill addresses measures to prevent misuse of opioids in Colorado. The personal story behind her interest in opioid misuse made her presentation especially compelling. Congratulations to Annette Cannon who, through Platt College SON and Cannon Health Care Consulting and Education, gave two presentations at the 11th Annual Partners in Education and Integration of IENs Conference held April 25-29, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. Annette gave an oral presentation titled “Integration in Employment” and a poster presentation titled “Promoting Transition and Development of Clinical Practice through Culturally Responsive Teaching.” For information on DNA 20 meetings, contact President, Annette Cannon at or see the CNA website. 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