Page 2 • DNA Reporter August, September, October 2017 Executive Director continued from page 1 Reporter This year’s DNA Fall Conference 2017 is scheduled for October 6, 2017 at the University of Delaware Star Campus, Newark. The conference day will be dedicated to substance abuse education. DNA is also seeking vendors for this conference. Information can be found on the DNA website. We hope to see you there! Stay connected! Find and like DNA on Facebook, sign up for email alerts, and subscribe to the DNA Reporter, which is free to all DNA members and Delaware licensed nurses. DNA is also moving forward with its own YouTube channel where live webinars are planned to be held. I am looking forward to reporting more on this new endeavor. Lastly, if you have not joined DNA, please consider doing so. If you are already a member, thank you! OFFICIAL PUBLICATION of the Delaware Nurses Association Guest Editor continued from page 1 in a jail or prison as this is a place most would avoid! In an environment where barbed wire, security, hand cuffs, shackles, metal detectors, automatic gates and locks surround you, providing healthcare to our patients can be quite challenging. In order to be successful in the correctional profession, you must know and understand the environment as well as the population served. According to Schoenly (2015), correctional patients age faster biologically due to poor health prior to incarceration, stressful lifestyles, poor selfcare, risky behavior, and poor nutrition. Prior to the care we provide, our patients struggle with high risk pregnancies as well as uncontrolled chronic illnesses to include diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Our patient population is subject to higher rates of infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis most often due to poor lifestyle choices and unfortunate living conditions. Any of these uncontrolled conditions could lead to sepsis in the incarcerated patient. Healthcare cannot be discussed without also addressing the untreated /undertreated mental health conditions that we see on intake to include: struggles with addiction, depression, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and suicidal/ homicidal thoughts – just to name a few! Schoenly (2015) also pointed out that more than half of the incarcerated patients reported a recent mental health concern and there are more mentally-ill patients residing in prison than there are in mental health facilities. Being responsible for the training of new nurses and other staff coming into the correctional environment, three words are constantly stressed in everything that is taught “fair, firm, and consistent.” It is important for correctional nurses to always remember that they work in the criminal justice system and that everyone within the system must be treated fair, firm, and consistently. According to the American Nurses Association (2013), nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals in this setting. Our goals are to be a patient advocate and use the nursing process to protect our patients, promote health, prevent illness, prevent injury, That research paper isn’t going to write itself. Visit www.nursingALD.com to gain access to 1200+ issues of official state nurses publications, all to make your research easier! EOE Qualifications Include: 1. Registered Nurse – Delaware. 2. Able to work flexible hours. 3. Clinical teaching experience preferred. 4. One year long-term care experience required. Employment: September 2017 Apply To: www.sussexvt.k12.de.us/ districtoffice/jobs/ Sussex Technical School District P.O. Box 351 | Georgetown, DE 19947 P: 302-856-9509 | F: 302-856-7078 and alleviate our patients’ suffering while not compromising the safety and security of the facility, its staff, or the population within. Estelle vs. Gamble (429 U.S. 97) is the landmark case that established the Eighth Amendment constitutional rights for the incarcerated population stating that this population has the right to access to care, the right to professional judgment, and the right to prescribed healthcare treatment (American Nurses Association, 2013). My colleagues have prepared articles to enlighten the nursing community on how we provide care to our patients as well as some of the challenges we face in the correctional setting. ARhonda Osborne, RN has focused her article on caring for the pregnant patient while incarcerated, while Heather Trembler, RN has wrote her article on the struggles of discharge planning for our population. Amy Fierro, BSN, RN has explored how this population is at increased risk for sepsis, while Theawna Trisvan, MSN, RN, CCHP has researched the aging inmate population in corrections. Lastly, Kris Starr, JD, MSN, APRN, CNP, FNP-C, CEN, CPEN has written about the impact of having a provider on call for around the clock care in our setting. References: American Nurses Association. (2013). Scope and Standards of Practice Correctional Nursing 2nd Edition. Silver Spring, MD: Nursebooks.org Schoenly, L. (2015). The Wizard of Oz Guide to Correctional Nursing. Genesee: Enchanted Mountain Press. Vision: Delaware Nurses Association is the leading voice, authority, and advocate for the nursing professional in the state of Delaware. Mission: Delaware Nurses Association provides leadership for the nursing profession and promotes quality health care for consumers through education, advocacy, and influencing health care policy in the state of Delaware. 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August, September, October 2017 President’s Message DNA Reporter • Page 3 Leslie Verucci, RN, MSN, CNS, CRNP-A, APRN-BC Welcome to this copy of the Reporter. We are so happy to have been a part of the Delaware Today Top Nurse Event. It was a great turn out of some of the best nurses and their families. Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners. I also want to thank the sponsors of this years event who help make this great night a success. The following are the winners of this years event: • Academia – Jennifer Saylor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Karen Schreiber, APRN, CNM, MS • Advancing The Profession – Shirley Brogley, ACHPN, ANP-BC • Behavioral Health – Jennifer Graber, EdD, APRN, CS, BC • Case Management – Aquaya Atwater – RN, BSN Leslie Verucci • Correctional Nurse – Diane DiSabatino, MSN, RN, PNP, ANCC, CCHP Sarah, Chris and I recently went to Washington DC for the ANA Membership Assembly. At least one or more members from each state nursing organization is in attendance with a total of about 300 members – allowing some great networking with our colleagues from around the country. The Assembly’s focus was on Advocacy, Resilience and Member Engagement. This years recommendations for ANA are highlighting and improving the use of policy and advocacy resources, emphasize policy development and advocacy as central to the role of all RN’s and advance mechanisms to heighten the involvement of individual RN members in the generation of policy and advocacy topics. Assembly representatives formally went on record as firmly opposing the current American Health Care Act. We directed the ANA board to continue to aggressively oppose the AHCA as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. Please stay engaged with the AHCA as it moves along and if needed please be available to let your state representatives know what you want for healthcare for you, your family and your patients! Remember that the health care reform bill was written entirely in secret, without a single nurse at the table. It has the potential to be as devastating for America as the version just passed in the house. Nurses must be active and speak out. Another thing that the ANA will be working on this upcoming year is Nurses Safe Staffing. They will, with the help of Avalere, explore optimal nurse staffing models to achieve improvements in patient outcomes. They have highlighted key findings that show how optimal staffing is essential to providing quality patient care. Stay tuned for upcoming educational opportunities on the DNA website. • Hospice – Gregory Parr, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC • Inpatient – Danielle Gomez, BSN, RN-BC • Legend – Jean M. Russell, BSN, RN, CRNI • Long-Term Care – Debby Miller, BSN, RN, CPN • Mentor – Heather Haddock, RN, MSN, CCE • Public Health – Jerrianne Kuntz, RN, BC • Volunteerism – Darian Libby, BSN, RN Next year will be upon us again soon so think about who deserves to be nominated for such a wonderful recognition. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommended increasing the number of nurse leaders in pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions that work to improve the health of everyone in America. The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) was created in response to this, as a way to help recruit and engage nurses to step into leadership roles. The NOBC represents nursing and other organizations working to build healthier communities in America by increasing nurses’ presence on corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels, and commissions. The coalition’s goal is to help ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by 2020, as well as raise awareness that all boards would benefit from the unique perspective of nurses to achieve the goals of improved health in the United States. We encourage each and every one of you, over 3 million strong, to visit www.nursesonboardscoalition.org, sign up to be counted if you are on a board and read more about the efforts being made to help build the future of our profession.
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