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DNA Reporter - February 2017

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Page 2 • DNA Reporter February, March, April 2017 Guest Editor continued from page 1 Reporter Now comes the tricky part. A successful recruit requires honoring regulations that include refraining from discriminatory practices and promoting an environment that embraces creativity and change. We must figure out savvy retention programs, develop future leaders, cut the ties when the nurse is not the right fit and finally understand the importance of patient and family engagement coupled by the role of the professional nurse. It is my hope that we are able to provide some insight into the ever changing paradigms of our profession and still juggle our profession’s imminent shortage. As the director of professional recruitment, I am often asked for key takeaways to enhance recruitment attainments, here are my top 3 that have worked very well. Invest in a nurse-driven recruitment team that reports to the Chief Nurse Executive. Many healthcare organizations will hire a non-nurse recruiter who may have tremendous experience in industry recruitment but simply does not understand the complexities and challenges of everyday nursing. Nursing recruitment requires a thorough consideration of placing the right nurse with the right skills in the right position. A defined job description as a Nurse Recruiter provides additional credibility and can have a dual advisory role within nursing leadership. Incorporate the AONE (American Organization of Nurse Executives) Guidelines for hiring (www. This is a tool that provides a framework for honest and transparent communication. It is designed to provide clear and effective statements during a hiring process. Do NOT shut your doors on new graduates. They are our future. Look at your hard to fill positions and create effective fellowships that grant graduates/novices real opportunities and provides additional choices for experienced nurses. Use prehire strategies, offer fellowships (residencies) that warrant a returned commitment, and engage the nurse from the moment the interview is conducted. In the end of the day, it’s about hiring the right fit, keeping them and serving the patient and their family safely with compassion and understanding. I would like to introduce the following authors for this edition of the DNA Reporter: Andrea Holecek, EdD, MSN, MBA, APRN, AOCNS, NE-BC, employed at Bayhealth and is the Sr. Director of Patient Care Services for Milford and Bayhealth’s Magnet Program Director. Andrea will address “The Significance of Fit “including the components of having the right “fit” when it comes to employees and how “fit is an integral part” in an organizational culture. Ann-Marie Baker, MSN, RN BC, Senior Program Manager Patient Experience at Christiana Care Health System; shares strategies as we focus on our best human resources, our patients and families. Jennifer Hargreaves, BA, MSN, RN, NE- BC is employed as Manager, Beebe Healthcare Educational Institute and she writes about Leadership Competency and the impact on overall organizational success. A dual authored article from authors Andrea Sweeny, MSN, RN-BC, Assistant Nurse Manager at Christiana Care Health Systems and Danielle Coyne, BSN, RN, CAPA, Staff Development Specialist also at Christiana Care Health Systems focuses on the work they are doing to address retention titled: “Bridging the Gap by Supporting our Future.” Alana King, MSN, RN, PCCN, PRC, Nurse Recruiter at Bayhealth highlights the generational differences when it comes to “recruiting and retaining the next generation of nursing excellence.” In gratitude for the work these colleagues are doing to further enhance our nursing profession. Happy reading! References American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2016). Nursing Shortage. 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February, March, President’s April 2017 Message DNA Reporter • Page 3 Leslie Verucci, RN, MSN, CNS, CRNP-A, APRN-BC Hello Everyone! My name is Leslie Verucci and I am proud to serve another term as President of DNA (I was DNA President from 2012-2014). I am a Nurse Practitioner and work for Radiation Oncology at the Helen F Graham Cancer Center and Christiana Care Health Systems Care Now Urgent Care Units. I have been involved with DNA for several years and have served on many Leslie Verucci committees and positions. I am also the Legislative Liaison for Delaware Diamond Oncology Nurses Association. I am happy to be back and representing the great nurses of Delaware. We have a vast and wonderful array of knowledge and caring individuals in Delaware and it is such a privilege to be in that group and to share this with other states. I want to send a huge thank you to DNA Past President Karen Panunto, who has done a fantastic job as President over the last two years. She has been instrumental in putting together several projects and finalizing many others. Karen will continue her participation by resuming her role as Co-Editor of the DNA Reporter. Many of our nursing staff find it hard to attend conferences due to work and home responsibilities but still require the contact hours for licensure. As DNA President, my goal will be to work with the Professional Development Committee to support the Did you know the DNA Reporter goes to all registered nurses in Delaware for free? Arthur L. Davis Publishing does a great job of contacting advertisers, who support the publication of our newsletter. Without Arthur L. Davis Publishing and advertising support, DNA would not be able to provide the newsletter to all the nurses in Delaware. Now that you know that, did you know receiving the DNA Reporter does not automatically provide membership to the Delaware Nurses Association? DNA needs you! The Delaware Nurses Association works for the nursing profession as a whole in Delaware. Without the financial and volunteer support of our members, our work would not be possible. Even if you cannot give your time, your membership dollars work for you and your profession both at the state and national levels. The DNA works hard to bring the voice of nursing to Legislative Hall, advocate for the profession on regulatory committees, protect the nurse practice act, and provide educational programs that support your required continuing nursing education. At the national level, the American Nurses Association lobbies, advocates and educates about the nursing profession to national legislators/regulators, supports continuing education and provides a unified nationwide network for the voice of nurses. Now is the time! Now is the time to join your state nurses association! Visit to join or call (302) 733-5880. provision of educational programs electronically, making it easier to satisfy CE requirements. With the ramped substance abuse problem in Delaware, the first online offerings will be focused on opioid/ narcotic use. Upcoming 2017 events include the Delaware Today Top Nurse. Delaware Today Magazine’s Top Nurses helps to provide public recognition of what nurses do and to recognize those who, as voted on by their nursing peers, exemplify excellence in nursing. Voting will be held from November 14, 2016-February 10, 2017. All nominations must be submitted online no later than February 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm to be considered. Please go onto the DNA website,, for more information and to place your votes. Please consider those may have not been recognized in the past but who do so much within Delaware’s healthcare network. The DNA spring conference will be held on April 28, 2017 at St Francis Hospital. Save the date and check frequently on our website for updates and topics. We would love to see you there! Volunteers are needed to help with our DNA Continuing Education Committee and with our Professional Development Committee. If you are interested in assisting in the development of educational programs and reviewing and awarding contact hours for programs, we would love to have you! We welcome new ideas and new faces to help us in supporting the nurses of our state. We encourage nurses from all three counties to become involved so we meet the needs of all. We also are looking for individuals from New Castle County and Sussex County to serve on our Nomination Committee. As I close, just a reminder, you can reach the DNA office at 302-733-5880 if you have questions or thoughts/ideas on what we can do to serve you better. Camp Nurses Easter Seals Camp Fairlee is seeking live-in RNs at our summer camp in Chestertown, MD. Full or partial summer schedule available. Weekly salary (DOE) and room/board. Camp Fairlee creates recreational experiences for people with disabilities. Our activities include swimming, fishing, canoeing, high ropes and much more. Come be a part of our staff and help others discover ability. For more information please contact Sallie Price at 410-708-3544, or e-mail at Visit us or apply online at Always Caring. Always Here. Come to Sussex, you will feel at home! We need NURSES who want to provide quality patient centered care in our 4 Star Rated Hospital. We offer a variety of career opportunities as well as outstanding benefits. Take your career to the next level and explore career opportunities with Nanticoke Health Services in Seaford, Delaware. We offer competitive compensation and benefits. For more information about this exciting opportunity visit us at NANTICOKE HEALTH SERVICES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Visit us at for career opportunities. Karen Panunto, Ed.D, MSN, RN, APRN congratulated Leslie Verucci, RN, MSN, CNS, CRNP-A, APRN-BC and swore her in as the new President at the General Membership Meeting of DNA held November 29th at Dover Downs. At Wesley College... Your Future in Nursing is NOW! BSN Program with Advanced Standing possible for LPNs RN to BSN/MSN Dual Degree Program (classes 1 night per week) On-Line Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education For more information contact the Office of Admissions: (302) 736-2400 or the Department of Nursing at (302) 736-2488 or e-mail us at 120 N. State Street, Dover, DE 19901

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