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					                                            The Official Publication of the Alaska Nurses Association
                                       Circulation 7,400 to every Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse and
                                                                Student Nurse in Alaska
                                                                                                                                            ANPA 2010 Annual
Volume 60 • No. 4                                                                                      November 2010                           Conference
                                                                                                                                                       Page 3

  Evidence-Based Nursing is Here to Stay
 Keynote Speaker Returns to Alaska With Message of Change
                                                          Geneva Craig, AaNA conference keynote speaker
                                                       and past resident of Alaska for 30 years, returned                                          Heart of the
                                                       to tell nurses that “technology has pushed us                                              Alaska Nurse
                                                       forward.” Evidence-based nursing (EBN), defined                                                 Page 6
                                                       as a process that involves critical evaluation of
                                                       research-based information that is applied to
                                                       patient care, is being promoted through funding by
                                                       the federal government. Craig encourages nurses
                                                       to, “learn about EBN now and start thinking
                                                       about appropriate steps to get it started where
                                                       you work.” She advised that nurses not wait for
                                                       administrations to make mandates from the top                                         New Clinic Opens
                                                       down but to start now and get involved. She notes                                       in Skagway
                                                       there is power in nursing, especially when nurses
Geneva Craig, Ph.D., CAN-RN-BC. Clinical               pull together. Successful adoption of EBN will                                                  Page 9
Program Coordinator at Rogue Valley Medical            mean that nurses from different generations, baby-
Center in Medford, Ore.                                             Evidence-Based Nursing continued on page 4

              AaNA General Assembly Sets Priorities for 2011
   The 2010 General Assembly of the Alaska                                                                                               Resolution #1—Priorities for the
Nurses Association met Sunday, October17, 2010                                                                                           2010 Alaska Legislative Session
at the Anchorage Marriott. Election results were                                                                                            Be it resolved that for the coming year the
announced for the AaNA Board of Directors and                                                                                            following will be the priorities for the Alaska
the Labor Council. Eight resolutions were passed.                                                                                        Nurses Association’s legislative efforts:
The resolutions guide the Association through                                                                                               Monitoring for any proposed amendments to
the year in legislative and policy efforts.                                                                                              AS 18.20.400;
   Newly elected to the AaNA Board of Directors                                                                                             Support incentives and loan forgiveness for
are:                                                                                                                                     students in health occupations including basic
                                                                                                                                         and advanced nursing education;
  Pam Embler—Vice President                                                                                                                 To ensure safer workplaces and to encourage
  Michelle Marshall—Secretary                                                                                                            safe patient handling;
  Linda Worman—Greater Alaska Director                                                                                                      Ensure the Alaska Nurse Practice Act is not
                                                            Joe Peacott, an AaNA Boardmember who
  Shelly Burlison—Rural Director                                                                                                         amended in such a way as to harm the practice
                                                            leaves the Board this year, has ably acted as
  Stacy Allen—Director-at-Large                                                                                                          of nursing;
                                                            secretary during General Assembly meetings
  Patricia Barker—Director-at-Large                                                                                                         Monitor activity pertaining to Title Protection
                                                            for years, managing to add, delete and modify
                                                                                                                                         that would prohibit the right of nurses with
                                                            resolutions and bylaws during meetings with
  Elected to the AaNA Labor Council are:                                                                                                 doctorate degrees to use the title doctor;
                                                            skill and verve.
                                                                                                                                            Support efforts to change AS 47.05.300-
  Donna Phillips                                          The complete text of the resolutions follow.                                   47.05.390 on the model of New Mexico legislation
  Colleen Bevans                                       Please feel free to submit any comments or                                        Section 29-17-5—Criminal History Screening,
  Janet Hilleary                                       questions to the Alaska Nurses Association at 907-                                in order to make this statute more just and less
  Deni Callahan                                        274-0827.                                                                         onerous for Alaska health care workers;
  Lila Elliott                                                                                                                                        AaNA General Assembly continued on page 10

                                           Presort Standard                                                       Inside This Issue
                                             US Postage
                                                                 President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2     Diaster Training Anyone? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                             Permit #14          ANPA 2010 Annual Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3                 New Clinic Opens in Skagway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                            Princeton, MN                                                                                  Volunteer Opportunity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
             current resident or                                 Nurses in the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                 Heart of the Alaska Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6           Former AaNA Executive Director on Probation . 9
                                                                 Congratulations Graduates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7           Membership Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
                                                                 Alaska Board of Nursing Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8                Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
                                                                 The Future of Nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8       Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

                                                                                                                  The AaNA Vision
                                                                     Empowering Alaska nurses to be dynamic leaders, powerful in both the health care and political communities.
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                                                                                                                               Labor Council (designee): Susan Walsh, RN
                                                                                                                               Rural Director: Shelley Burlison, RN
                                                                                                                               Greater Alaska Director: Linda Worman, D.M., RN,
 President’s Message                                                                                                           Staff Nurse Director: Mary Stackhouse, RNC, CLNC
                                                                                                                               Directors at Large:
                                                                                                                                  Stacey Allen, RN, BS
                                                                                                                                  Patricia Barker, RN
  Choices, Elections, and Leadership Opportunities for Nurses                                                                     Carol Widman, RN, BS, BSN
        By Nancy Davis, RN, MS, President,               nurses can and should play a fundamental role in                         vacant
            Alaska Nurses Association                    this transformation. However, the power to improve
                                                                                                                                               AaNA Labor Council
                                                         the current regulatory, business, and organizational
                                                                                                                            Chair—Mary Stackhouse, RNC, CLNC
   As we near press deadline for the AKNurse, we         conditions does not rest solely with nurses;                       Vice-Chair—Donna Phillips, RN, BSN
are only three weeks from the national elections,        government, businesses, health care organizations,                 Secretary—Joe Peacott, RN
always a critical time for everyone to practice          professional associations, and the insurance industry              Treasurer—Sharie Morton, RN
good citizenship and vote. We have just passed the       all must play a role. Working together, these many                 Directors:
deadline for mailing in votes for the Alaska Nurses      diverse parties can help ensure that the health care                     Colleen Bevans
Association. Our Association Ballot included             system provides seamless, affordable, quality care                       Janet Hilleary
excellent candidates for all the offices and we are      that is accessible to all and leads to improved health                   Deni Callahan
deeply grateful for those nurse members who agreed       outcomes”                                                                Lila Elliott
to stand for election to the Board of Directors and         Doesn’t this just make you want to get out in front                   Vacant
the Labor Council. We had some offices with one          with all those diverse parties and add nursing’s                   PAMC BU Rep.—Joe Peacott, RN
candidate plus the additional option of “Write In.”      knowledge and wisdom to the discussion! Nurses                     Soldotna BU Rep.—Velinda Albrechta-East, RN
A year ago, I wrote about the goal of having each        bring an important perspective to improving health                 Ketchikan BU Rep.—Susan Walsh, RN
office contested with at least two candidates for each   care and patient services. Who else spends 24/7 at                 Affiliate Organizations:
vacant seat. We did not meet that goal this year even    the bedside in our health facilities, or spends more                  Alaska Chapter of the American College of Nurse
with a great deal of outreach and encouragement to       time talking with and listening to patients and                          Midwives
members to stand for election. We must do better as      families? In some small communities is there anyone                   Alaska Home Health and Hospice Association
a professional organization. Joining the leadership of   else with the education and experience of the nurse                   Alaska Nurse Anesthetists Association
our state nurses association is a good opportunity to    who is accessible and available ?                                     Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association
explore your own leadership talents and to contribute       There are many analogies for where we now find                     Alaska School Nurses Association
to your profession in a collective way. There are so     ourselves as nurses: at a crossroads, on the brink of                 Forensic Nurses Association, Alaska Chapter
many things the association can accomplish with          discovery, at the forefront, in the right place at the             Executive Director: Debbie Thompson, BSN, RN, CNOR
active membership and an expanding vision that           right time, holding the perfect lottery ticket, or the             For advertising rates and information, please contact Arthur L.
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new heights as the best nurses association anywhere.     care and patient care. The cat is out of the bag: nurses           and the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. reserve the right
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   That brings me to a very important recent event:      are a vital part of the future of health care.                     is limited to corrections in the next issue or refund of price of
the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Robert Wood             So in case you find yourself wishing that ‘they”                advertisement.
Johnson(RWJ) report on the The Future of Nursing:        would make better decisions about the work we                      Acceptance of advertising does not imply endorsement or approval
Leading Change, Advancing Health* just released          do or the responsibilities we have, I challenge                    by the Alaska Nurses Association of products advertised, the
October 5, 2010. This consensus paper points out         you to actively participate with “them.” Assert                    advertisers, or the claims made. Rejection of an advertisement
                                                                                                                            does not imply a product offered for advertising is without merit,
how critical nurses are in transforming our health       your leadership as a nurse and look for avenues to                 or that the manufacturer lacks integrity, or that this association
system for the future. The report cites the potential    strengthen nursing’s voice in the debate. Be on a                  disapproves of the product or its use. AaNA and the Arthur L.
impact of over 3 million nurses in America who           committee at work, Join your professional nursing                  Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. shall not be held liable for any
                                                                                                                            consequences resulting from purchase or use of an advertiser’s
are on the front lines of providing health care to       organization. (Membership has never been more                      product. Articles appearing in this publication express the
individuals, families and communities. The report        affordable since we now can directly join the Alaska               opinions of the authors; they do not necessarily reflect views of
asserts that “Working on the front lines of patient      state nurses association and, if you choose, also                  the staff, board, or membership of AaNA or those of the national or
care, nurses can play a vital role in helping realize    other national nursing organizations.) You can run                 local associations.

the objectives set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care     for office in the Alaska Nurses Association. You can
Act, legislation that represents the broadest health     be an active participant in legislative work. Alaska
care overhaul since the 1965 creation of the Medicare    Nurses voices were heard loud and clear during the
and Medicaid programs.” The committee identified         past legislative session on excessive work hours and
some barriers that must be overcome for nurses           the importance of safer patient care.
to realize this vital role and “developed four key          In closing, whenever you get the chance, VOTE.                     WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS
messages:”                                               Join your professional association, run for office,
   • Nurses should practice to the full extent of        keep nurses in the forefront of decision-making on
      their education and training.                      health issues. Make the future of nursing a brighter
   • Nurses should achieve higher levels of              one for nurses and patients!
      education and training through an improved            *For more information on the IOM Report, click
      education system that promotes seamless            on the hot link below at the online version of The
                                                                                                                               L - R: Lawrence R. Strawbridge, M.D., BT Montgomery M.D., William R. Clark, M.D.,
      academic progression.                              Alaska Nurse at, or type in                              Andrea S. Wang, M.D., Kent M. Sandquist, PA-C, Robert C. Allen, M.D.
   • Nurses should be full partners, with                nursing. Your search engine should take you to the
      physicians     and      other    health     care   report:                                                                  ALASKA UROLOGIC AL INSTITUTE
      professionals, in redesigning health care in          h t t p : // w w w. i o m . e d u / R e p o r t s / 2 0 1 0 /                              Alaska Center for Robotics
                                                                                                                                           Alaska Center for Sexual Health and Pelvic Medicine
      the United States.                                 The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-                                           Alaska Pediatric Urology Center • Alaska Clinical Research Center
                                                                                                                               A la s k a Urologica l Oncolog y Ce nt e r • A la s k a Kidney St one Ce nt e r
   • Effective workforce planning and policy             C h a n ge -Adva nc i n g-He a lt h.a spx?ut m _
      making require better data collection and          medium=etmail&utm_source=Institute%20of%20
      information infrastructure.”                       Med ici ne&ut m _ca mpa ig n=10.05.10+Repor t+-
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                                                                                                                                                           phone 907.276.2803
opportunity to transform its health care system, and                                                                                toll free 888.276.2818
November 2010                                                                                                                                           Alaska Nurse • Page 3

                                                      ANPA 2010 Annual Conference
   The 27th annual conference of the Alaska                                        One striking aspect of the 2010 conference was
Nurse Practitioner Association (ANPA) was held                                  the distribution of dramatically less paper – we
September 16-18 at the Anchorage Marriott. Nurse                                have gone green! Visit our website, www.alaskanp.
practitioners from around the state met to attend                               org, for paperless membership applications and
clinical sessions and the business meeting held on                              renewals, updates to the Alaska NP Directory,                                         Lois
the second day of the conference.                                               and conference registration and speaker handouts                                      Rockcastle (lt.)
                                                                                when the fall rolls around again. If you are an                                       congratulates
                                                                                Alaska nurse practitioner, even if you’re not a                                       Ann Glasheen
                                                                                member of ANPA, please visit our website to                                           2010 NP of the
                                                                                submit your contact information to the Directory;                                     Year.
                                         Theresa                                we are no longer printing paper NP Directories.
                                         Isaac, ANPA                            And while you’re there, please consider joining!
                                         administrative                            Also newly into the digital age is our Facebook
                                         assistant welcomes                     group,    titled  “Alaska     Nurse    Practitioner
                                         participants.                          Association.” Come join our group, and strike up a
                                                                                discussion! Facebook membership is required but
                                                                                free.”                                                   Barbara Berner, EdD,
                                                                                                                                      FNP, recently named the
                                                                                                                                      interim Director of the
                                                                                                                                      UAA School of Nursing
  Poster sessions were presented by UAA graduate                                                                                      was awarded the ANPA
nursing students on the last day of the conference.                                                                                   Advocate of the Year
The students were available for questions and                                                            Linda Holmes, new            Award.     The    Advocate
discussions with participants.                                                                           ANPA President ‘rings’       award is not one routinely
                                                                                                         in the educational           given but reserved for
                                                                                                         sessions.                    special contributions to
                                                                                                                                      the profession. Dr. Berner      Barbara Berner,
                                                                                                                                      has devoted herself to         EdD, FNP, FAANP
                                                                                                                                      promoting     the   growth
                                                                                                                                      of the nurse practitioner specialty since the
                                                                                                                                      beginning and in its formative years served as
                                                                                   New officers were announced for the 2010-2011      the President of the American Academy of Nurse
                                                                                term: President, Linda Holmes; President Elect,       Practitioners. She has served as President of the
                                                                                Christy Potter; Treasurer, Lee Ann Eissler and        ANPA for four terms and been either a chair or
                                                                                Secretary, Karen Niedermier. Amber Orellana,          committee member of numerous professional
                                                                                a second year UAA FNP program student was             committees both in the ANPA and the Alaska
                                                                                awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Association.      Nurses Association. Dr. Berner also served on
                                                                                   Ann Glasheen, WHNP, received the ANPA              the state Board of Nursing. She has recently been
                                                                                Nurse Practitioner of the Year award. Ann is a        active in working to transition the School of
                                                                                19 year resident of Bethel and is the Prenatal        Nursing to offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice
Catherine     Butler   presents    her   project,                               Care Manager at the Yukon Kuskokwin Health            (DNP) for nurse practitioners.
“Implementation of an Assessment Tool Used to                                   Corporation. She started her career as a labor and
Evaluate Alaskan Providers’ Knowledge, Beliefs,                                 delivery nurse and has been a nurse practitioner
Self-efficacy, and Practice of Current Guidelines                               since 2004.
for Pediatric Obesity Management.”
   Karen       Niedermier,                                                       new
Secretary        of       the                                                    Nursing
Association says, “We                                                            Career
had an excellent fall                                                            starts
conference      in      mid-                                                     here.
September, full of first-rate
speakers and colleagues.
We encourage Alaska NPs
to participate in planning
the    2011     conference;
watch your email box
for meeting information.
New this year, active
members of the education                    Retiring ANPA
committee will receive one                President, Maggie
free day registration at the               Barnett, brings                       Visit our nurse
fall conference!                           group to order!                       recruitment website.

       Come Join the Hope
         Nursing Team
       Are you interested in making a difference in the lives
       of individuals experiencing disabilities and their

       Does working primarily weekdays 8am – 5pm
       with occasional travel to interesting places in Alaska                          If So,
       appeal to you?                                                                  Apply
       Do you have a State of Alaska Nurse License or the ability to obtain one?

       Hope Community Resources, Inc. is hiring Nurses in our Anchorage and Soldotna offices.
       These positions are opportunities to provide medical case management to individuals
       experiencing developmental disabilities and children with complex medical conditions.
       These positions offer autonomy, a flexible work schedule and competitive wages.

                                 View the job description, minimum requirements and apply online
                                 at For any further questions, please call
                                 1-800-478-0078 or (907)561-5335.
                                                    Helping People with Disabilities
                                                        Achieve Their Dreams
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                                              Evidence-Based Nursing continued from page 1           The annual conference, sponsored by the Alaska
                                                                                                  Nurses Association, took place October 15-16 at
                                              boomers, Gen Y and Gen X’ers will have to embrace   the Anchorage Marriott. Over 115 nurses per day
                                              and learn from each other.

      Notice                                                                                      attended. Three educational tracks were provided;
                                                                                                  clinical nursing, leadership/management and
                                                                                                  integrative medicine. Local and national speakers
                                                                                                  were featured with topics diverse as “Evidence-
    Audio CD’s of recent                                                                          based wound care” to “A comprehensive
                                                                                                  naturopathic approach to menopause.”
  Alaska Board of Nursing
    Now Available at the
        AaNA Office
      Call 907-274-0827
 for copies and information                   Hugging the conference sign is Michelle
                                              Marshall, MSN, Conference Director who in real
    Brought to you by the                     life is the Asst. Program Manager at Reproductive
                                              Health Clinic, MOA. With her is Donna Phillips, a   Student nurses Ellie Farmer (lt.) and Jessie
 Alaska Nurses Association                    Providence Alaska Medical Center nurse and a        Westin (rt.) applaud a session speaker. The UAA
                                              member of the AaNA Board of Directors.              BSN students are in their 4th semester of nursing
                                                                                                     The ever popular Nurses Night Out/Student
                                                                                                  Mentoring Night took place Saturday at the
                                                                                                  conclusion of the conference. This year the theme
                                                                                                  was “Monster Mash.” There was good food, good
                                                                                                  music, lot’s of costumes and fun for all the party
                                                                                                  goers who attended.

                                                                                                  Paul Mordini, MS,
                                                                                                  shows his piratical
                                                                                                  side at the “Monster
   What you are meant to do                                                                       Mash.’ Mordini, Vice-
                                                                                                  President of the AaNA
   meets where you are meant to be.                                                               Board of Directors
                                                                                                  completed his term in

                                                                                                    The next AaNA
                                                                                                  Statewide      Nursing
                                                                                                  Conference will be in the fall of 2012. A resolution
                                                                                                  passed by the 2010 House of Delegates changes the
                                                                                                  conference from annual to every other year. The
                                                                                                  conference will also grow to a three day format.

                                           Providence is calling.                                 Tapia Hansen, UAA BSN student, holds a theme
                                                                                                  basket donated for a silent auction held on the
                                                                                                  second night of the conference. Profits from the
                                                                                                  auction will be used to establish a UAA student
   Providence is calling   Providence Alaska Medical Center’s state of the art, 28-bed            nursing scholarship. Hansen wishes all potential
                                                                                                  employers to know that she is “hirable next
                           (high census 22-24) Adult Critical Care Unit, offering a
          Adult Critical                                                                          summer!”
                           sophisticated broad range of Intensive Care practice, is
          Care Nurses.
                           looking to add to their team.
                                                                                                         Notice to AaNA
                           Requires Licensed Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska,
                           a minimum of 2-3 years of recent RN experience providing                    Members—You Are
                           acute care in a hospital setting, and a minimum of 12-18
                           months of ICU. Post Heart Recovery a plus.
                                                                                                        Not Getting Your
                           At Providence, we believe that nursing is more than just a                 Over half of listserv email from the Alaska
                           great job. It’s a calling. You owe it to yourself to find out            Nurses Association to Members are being
                                                                                                   blocked by email guards. If you wish to receive
                           what makes Providence different.                                        important updates and information in a timely
                                                                                                   manner, please check your junk email settings
                                                                                                   and make sure that is an
                           Answer the call.                               approved address.
                           When applying online, please refer to position #71852.                     If you have not been getting email updates
                                                                                                   and information from the Alaska Nurses
                                                                                                   Association, or if your address has changed and
                           Providence Health & Services is an equal opportunity employer.
                                                                                                   you are a member, please contact Donna Phillips
                                                                                                   at or call 907-274-0827.
November 2010                                                                                                                          Alaska Nurse • Page 5

 Nurses in the News

   Governor Parnell appointed Erin Pringle, MSN,        State Award for Excellence. Dr. Coopes is the         residents enrolled in university programs leading
RN to the Board of Nursing. The seven-member            medical director of the Pediatric ICU at the          to degrees in nursing, and nurses who may be
board regulates and approves applications for           Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical      enrolled in various continuing education programs
licenses and permits. Pringle, of Anchorage, is a       Center, Anchorage. She has been an advocate of        to fulfill job requirements. Scholarships in
registered nurse at Alaska Regional Hospital in the     nurse practitioners for years, particularly in the    amounts from $500 (“Encouragement Grants” for
preoperative unit. She is also an assistant professor   acute care setting. Dr. Coopes has supported and      beginning students) to $2000 have been awarded
at the University of Alaska School of Nursing           personally funded placing an NP in an expert          every year since 1990. Previous awardees are now
A.A.S. program. She has 12 years of service in the      teaching role with attending physicians, family       employed in nursing in Fairbanks and elsewhere.
U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps and has participated         practice residents, medical students, nurses health      The fund is named for Dixie Orsini, who
in medical mission trips to Africa and Nicaragua.       aides and emergency medical services personnel        was an active member of the Fairbanks Nurses
Pringle has been appointed to a seat reserved for       in Anchorage and other communities statewide.         Association whose family and friends established
a registered nurse and the appointment must now         The Advocate State Award for Excellence is            the scholarship fund after her death in 1984.
be confirmed by the state legislature. [news release    given annually to an individual who has made             The    scholarship     board    gives    special
from Office of the Governor, 8/26/10]                   a significant contribution toward increasing          consideration to applicants who have received
                                                        awareness and acceptance of NPs.                      scholarships in the past, and those who may
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■                                                                 not meet criteria for other nursing scholarship
                                                        ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■         programs.
            2010 American Academy of                                                                             For more information, or to make a tax-
            Nurse Practitioner Awards                     After a brief semi-retirement, Lynn Hartz, FNP-     deductible contribution to the Fund, contact Ruth
                                                        BC has returned to women’s health care practice       Benson RN at (907) 479-6912.
   Kathryn Sexson, MS,                                  with George Stransky, MD and Elizabeth Crow,
ANP      was    presented                               MD. Consultations and referrals are welcome. OB-      ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
with the AANP Nurse                                     GYN Associates are at 4231 Lake Otis Parkway,
Practitioner         State                              Anchorage , AK 99508, 907-562-2965.
Award for Excellence
for 2010. Sexson owns                                   ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Denali Family Health
in Anchorage. She is                                       Dixie Orsini Nursing Scholarship Awarded                                           Assisted Living
an active member of                                                                                                                          for your patients
her profession serving                                     Fairbanks District 4 Nurses Association
in      elected     office                              awarded the Dixie Orsini Scholarships recently              We Offer
in ANPA and as a                                        to Leah Johnson RN and Jenny Brady RN. Both                   Apartment style living with 24 hour awake care staff and a RN
preceptor for UAA graduate students. In addition        nurses are working towards their Master’s Degrees             on-call to triage residents’ needs. Accepting residents 55 and
                                                                                                                      older. Certified for Medicaid CHOICE Waiver and qualifies for most
to full-time clinical practice, Kathryn is in the       leading to Nurse Practitioner qualification. Ms.              long term care insurances.
doctoral program at the Oregon Health Sciences          Johnson is enrolled at Johns Hopkins University
                                                                                                                     Assisted Living offering Privacy, Dignity and Individualized Care
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 Heart of the Alaska Nurse
           By Marianne Schlegelmilch                   home suddenly became a small apartment, so              small hospital in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. One day,
                                                       she decided to put her newly completed nursing          fate led him to visit a friend in Alaska. Being an
   Who is the Alaska Nurse?                            education to work as a staff nurse at Norton Sound      avid fisherman, he was—as his wife tells the
   Underneath the titles and the hard won              Regional Hospital in Nome.                              story—“immediately hooked!”
credentials, who is the person who makes up the           While working as an LPN, Winnie realized                Once in Alaska, Ron took a nursing position in
Alaska Nurse?                                          how much she loved being a nurse. One day,              the Orthopedic Unit at Providence. Then along
   In this new series, Heart of the Alaska Nurse,      the hospital sponsored speakers to address the          came that needed tonsillectomy and the temporary
we will meet some of the women and men—both            nursing staff. One of the speakers was an RN who        move to recover at the home of a co-worker, where
young and old—working, retired, or still students—     also happened to be an Alaska Native. This RN           he met Winnie, the woman he would later marry.
who form the unique and always interesting ranks       spoke about her background, and how she had             They bought an old FAA duplex in downtown
of caregivers who are the Alaska Nurse.                desperately wanted to become a nurse even though        Anchorage, which they completely remodeled into
                                                       at the time it seemed to be an impossible goal.         a single family home.
      Heart of the Alaska Nurse                        She went on to describe how she took that goal as          Ron still had more schooling ahead of him,
                                                       her personal challenge, pursuing it even though         though. He decided to complete the RN Track
     Ron and Winnie Roggenbuck                         at times it seemed elusive. Winnie says that the        Program at UAA and went on to pursue his
                                                       woman, “was a wonderful speaker: alive with her         Master’s Degree in Nursing. Once his education
                                                       achievement and the certainty that anyone who           was completed, Ron began work as an ANP at
                                                       set their mind to it could reach the same goal.”        the VA in Anchorage. His initial position there
                                                       Winnie goes on to explain that she felt as though       was in the Medical Clinic, but after several years,
                                                       she were alone in the room with that speaker—           he helped to create the Outreach Program for
                                                       that each word was spoken just for her. She tells       homeless veterans.
                                                       of how, even now, so many years later, she can             As Ron tells it, during that time he and a social
                                                       remember that deciding moment and knowing that          worker would drive through town and find the
                                                       she would follow in that nurse’s footsteps.             Anchorage homeless veterans in their camps, on
                                                          After her husband died, Winnie decided she           the streets, or wherever they happened upon them.
                                                       would do just that. She moved to Anchorage and          The homeless were then assisted in accessing
                                                       began attending the UAA School of Nursing full-         various services available to them through the VA.
                                                       time, in her own effort to pursue her nursing           As Ron says when asked about the success of the
     Winnie and Ron in front of Mt. McKinley           dream. Soon, thereafter, she met Ron.                   program, “I’d say it was successful and it certainly
                                                          Winnie’s closest friend, Joan, was working           was appreciated.”
   No wonder, that with the long hours, stressful      at Providence Hospital in the Orthopedic Unit              Several years later, Ron transferred to the
life and death encounters, immense responsibility,     where Ron was also working. Ron was going to            Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Program
missed holidays, and the pressures of night and        have his tonsils out soon, and Joan felt he would       within the VA where he worked almost exclusively
weekend shifts, the love that nurses need for          not get proper medical attention at his bachelor        with veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic
themselves can sometimes be elusive.                   home, living with two male roommates, so she            Stress Disorder). There are many combat veterans
   That is not the case for Ron and Winnie             invited him to recuperate at the home that she and      in Alaska today who would readily attest to the
Roggenbuck. Not only have they each spent the          Winnie shared. “And the rest,” as Winnie says, “is      fact that Ron provided caring and nurturing
better part of a lifetime working in the field of      history!”                                               support to them in time of need. Their stories
nursing, but the two are happily married—to each          Winnie completed her studies to become an            are as touching as their need is great. For many
other.                                                 ANP. From then until her retirement in 1998, she        veterans, their hearts have begun to heal because
   Now together almost twenty-seven years, both        had a private practice in Anchorage that focused        of the work Ron did in helping them.
readily agree that their love grows stronger with      on women’s health care. During that time, she
each passing day, just as both agree that there were   was also First Surgical Assist to the physician                                 ~~~
times that they never imagined they would know         with whom she worked. Winnie sums her career
such joy.                                              up this way: “Nursing brings a special joy to my           Today Ron and Winnie Roggenbuck are both
   Back in the 1970’s Winnie was happily married,      heart! Doing my best to help others improve their       retired—although Ron recently studied for and re-
a happiness that was shattered when her then           physical health and trying to lift their spirits have   licensed as an RN. They still live in the beautiful
husband developed lymphoma. Not one to sit             always defined nursing for me.”                         home they remodeled together.
idly on the sidelines, Winnie studied to become                                                                   I suppose the heart of this story is that nurses
an LPN so she could better care for her husband                                ~~~
                                                                                                               are of such good heart. In spite of all the sacrifices
at home. When they moved to Nome, Alaska, that            Ron, on the other hand, first became a nurse         they make, and the personal sufferings they
                                                       in the early 1980s. After he was discharged from        endure, still, in the end, it is their hearts that
                                                       the Marine Corps in 1971, he used his GI Bill to        pull them through—their hearts so giving that
                                                       get a degree with a double major: Pyschology and        they have the ability to join together to fill the
                                                       Philosophy. Shortly after that, though, he became       needs of both themselves and all those they help
                                                       interested in nursing. He went back to school and       along the way. Somehow, perhaps as a reward
 Check out our Online Format                           eventually began his nursing career working in a        for their dedication, or maybe as an overflow of
                                                                                                               their abundant compassion—perhaps even as a
    for the *RN-BS Program                                                                                     counterbalance to their ever-faltering backs—
                                                                                                               perhaps like Alaska nurses Ron and Winnie
                                                                                                               Roggenbuck, those who become nurses are blessed
                                                                                                               with extra strong hearts that help carry us all
       For more information and                                                                                together through life.
         applications contact:
                                                                                                                   A Diploma nurse,
             School of Nursing                                                                                  Marianne Schlegelmilch
                                                                                                                has spent more than
              (907) 786-4550                                                                                    forty    years   working
                                                                                                                as a registered nurse.                                                                 Although she is the
         *Must be an Alaska licensed RN                                                                         author of five books of
                                                                                                                Alaska fiction (Solo Flite,
                                                                                                                Coho Waterboy, Raven’s
                                                                                                                Light, Gaston’s Crow’s
     University of Alaska Anchorage                                                                             Nest, and Feather From        Schlegelmilch
           School of Nursing                                                                                    a Stranger), she says that
                                                                                                                she will “always first and foremost be a nurse.”
                                                                                                                She thinks her fellow nurses will be interested
                                                                                                                in knowing that she began writing in earnest to
                                                                                                                relieve the stress of working in critical care—a
                                                                                                                field she worked in over twenty years, and
                                                                                                                that she considers writing to be art. The series,
                                                                                                                “Heart of the Alaska Nurse” is her tribute to her
                                                                                                                chosen profession of nursing expressed in her
                                                                                                                chosen art form of writing. If you feel there is
                                                                                                                any student, active or retired nurse you know
                                                                                                                who personifies the heart of the Alaska nurse,
                                                                                                                please contact and your story
                                                                                                                may be one that is featured in this exciting new
November 2010                                                                                                                        Alaska Nurse • Page 7

                                       Congratulations Graduates!
   [The following is an excerpt                          don’t know, you will learn on the job or through           Now, back to that assignment—finding and
from an address given by                                 additional study—no, don’t put your text books          being a mentor—I would like to leave you with
Debbie     Thompson,     AaNA                            away. You are on the brink of wearing them out.         a story about one of my first mentors—Shirley
Executive Director, to the                               You will also learn in another very important way.      Wojack.
graduating nursing class at                              You will learn from your peers.                            Shirley had a confidence in my abilities that I
UAA, Friday, August 13, 2010.]                              Today, I throw out a challenge, by way of one        did not see nor recognize. Shirley would not let
                                                         last assignment for each you. (And, just when you       me back away and give into fear of the unknown.
   Graduates, congratulations                            thought you were done with assignments).                Shirley pushed me beyond my comfort zone,
to each of you on your great                                Your assignment is to identify a nurse mentor.       forced me to use my education. Shirley gave me
achievement. I welcome you                               As you get out on your first job, look for that         confidence to go beyond my fear. Shirley supported
to the nursing profession as a                           nurse who “has it all together”, who makes time         me in doing a procedure I did not believe I could
colleague. Each day you will Debbie Thompson,            for others, and puts themselves out to help other       do but that she knew I was capable of. That is what
have the opportunity to touch BSN, RN, CNOR              nurses. Look for that nurse who takes great pride       a great nurse mentor does. And in the process,
someone’s life; it may be a                              in the profession. This is the nurse mentor.            patients are well-served.
patient; sometimes it will be a patient’s family            Nurse mentors are easy to spot. They are the            You are nurses now. Welcome to the profession.
member; it will also be your co-workers.                 nurses who go out of their way to welcome and           May you have long and satisfying careers. Go to
   Each day you will be called on to make                help you. A nurse mentor will ask if you have           work and reap the benefits that nursing has to
decisions that will change lives in an instant. You      questions or need assistance. A nurse mentor will       offer!
will be granted a privilege that few people know.        let you watch a procedure or task that does not
   You will be there for the most poignant and           come along often and talk you through the task.
beautiful moments of life, whether to assist in a        Even though the safety net of academe is gone,
birth or hold the hand of one dying. You are now         the nurse mentor will provide another safety net.         August 2010 University
a member of one of the most trusted professions in       These mentors are inspirational. They understand
the United States.                                       nursing as a profession and will welcome you as             of Alaska Nursing
   With this trust comes tremendous responsibility.      colleagues. The nurse mentors will save you from
Never forget that your knowledge and your                mistakes, and sometimes, they will let you make                 Graduates
assessments, your decisions and your actions will        mistakes. You will learn from your mistakes and
change lives…sometimes in a matter of minutes,           your mentors will help you overcome them and
and sometimes in a nano-second.                          resolve them. A good nurse mentor will not be
   I have been a nurse for 34 years. I love my           afraid to teach you by sharing the stories of their
profession, probably more today than I did the           own mistakes.
day of my pinning ceremony. It is my hope, today,           Your assignment is to identify at least one nurse
that as I reflect on my 34 years as a nurse, my          mentor early on. Then, use the nurse mentor’s
experiences and insights will be helpful to you. I       example to enhance your practice. Drink deeply
hope that you can use these examples to give you         from their well of knowledge and experience.
guidance, set an example, and be inspirational to        Then, ultimately your responsibility is to be a
some of you.                                             nurse mentor to nurses who come behind you.
   Each of you will find your own path. I would             You may ask, why be a nurse mentor? Isn’t there
like to tell you a bit about how I found my path.        enough to do just in the very practice of nursing?
   I began my career at a small rural hospital           I will tell you why. The nurse mentor looks back           The University of Alaska, Anchorage conferred
where I worked in every area and was a night             with gratitude and forward with optimism and            degrees on the following students in August.
supervisor just 3 months after graduation. Then, I       bright expectation. The nurse mentor embraces the       Additional honors were bestowed on three
moved to a regional medical center to work in the        profession. The nurse mentor practices with high        graduates:
ICU, the Heart Catherization Lab and then on to          standards and excellence. The nurse mentor is
the Operating Room where I spent the bulk of my          committed to safe patient care. The nurse mentor          Fallon N. Andrews – Director’s Award earned
34 years.                                                is not afraid to admit he or she does not have all      by the student with the highest GPA
   Today, I have a new role in nursing. In 2008 I        the answers. But, the nurse mentor knows how to
became Executive Director of the Alaska Nurses           get the answers and will not be afraid to use his          Brandi R. Segraves – Spirit of Nursing Award
Association. In this role, I am an advocate and          or her books as well as the latest technology. The      determined by faculty vote for the student they
ambassador for nurses, at an individual level and        nurse mentor shares his or her knowledge with           feel demonstrates the spirit of caring, science, love
as a policy maker. As I did on graduation day,           peers including brand new nurse colleagues. The         of learning, and compassion.
I still think of my nursing career with optimism         nurse mentor makes a difference every single day.
and bright expectation.                                     This is the nurse I want you to find. More             Jessica T. Daniels – Peer Award conferred by
   Today, graduates, it is your turn. You face a         importantly, this is the nurse I want you to be.        the senior class to a fellow classmate who has
future of optimism and bright expectation. As you           I have been a nurse since 1976 and I can tell you    completed their nursing studies while balancing
close one door, you walk through another.                that I learn something new everyday. Technology         the daily demands of life.
   From this day forward the safety net is gone. No      has put our profession in a constant state of flux.
longer will the professor oversee your work and          New equipment, new procedures, new treatments            Our best wishes and congratulations to you all.
monitor your every move. Today, you are a fully          and new medications are constant. I believe that        Welcome to our profession!
trained nurse. You leave academia and enter the          keeping abreast with changes in the profession
real world of nursing. In this world, you make the       keeps us from becoming stagnant. So, keep abreast.
assessments. You know the answers, or you will           Don’t be afraid to learn and use new technologies       Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
find the answers.                                        and modalities.
   You may find yourself wishing you had paid               Also, entering the profession brings the             Fallon N. Andrews         Cheryl A. Lestenkof
more attention in a certain class, or to a certain       responsibility of advocacy and professionalism.         Tanya R. Aus              Jing Chung Liu
instructor, or even been more faithful to your           Donate some time and talent to the causes you hold      Bronwen E. Brugge         Valerie A. Mullican
study group. Do not despair. We have all had             dear. And, give back to the nursing profession. The     Adam M. Carpenter         Karla R. Nash
these thoughts. I remember wondering how my              nursing professor that gave the talk in my senior       Martha R. Christenson     Marina A. Nedom
professors could have turned me loose on an              ethics class and also at my pinning ceremony said       Jessica T. Daniels        Kasey L. Panhuise
unsuspecting public. What the heck were they             these words. “ The profession of nursing will come      Ashten S. Glaves          Tracy L. Pride
thinking?                                                into its own when and if nurses are willing to stand    David S. Graham           Christopher A. Pyatt
   You are now in the real world of nursing; do          united and advocate for their own safety, wages         Carmen L. Hamilton        Kim R. Richardson
not get me wrong, you will have support but, you         and safe practice as strongly as they advocate for      Tabatha A. Harps          Marisa M. Rincon
will be the practicing nurse who will now have           their patient’s rights and safe care.” I have never     Mary Lou G. Harris        Chelsea D. Royal
real patients, a code of ethics that you need to         forgotten those words as they laid a foundation         Sarah J. Harvey           Tracey L. Saephan
live up to and a nurse practice act that you need        for my professional life. To me, that nurse spoke       Chelsi Y. Hennessey       Brandi R. Segraves
to know and practice within, as well as being            volumes even beyond the actual words she said:          Danielle M. Heyl          Vesal Suon
responsible for the entire care of your patients.        Never be content with the ways things are. Ask, is      Casy L. Knapp             Andrea L. Zavacky
You will be looking up diseases, disease processes,      there a better way, does evidence support the new
medications, medication actions, interactions and        or old path? Strive to be the best you can at your
side effects, symptoms and psycho social actions         job. This attitude keeps our profession alive and       RN to BSN Graduates
and reactions because you are the one responsible        vital. Do not settle for someone else’s definition of
for noticing a change however subtle or blatant          nursing practice. Do not rely on others to make the     Cheryl L. Fevurly, RN
that could ultimately save someone’s life.               nursing profession “right,” Stand up and be heard       Heather L. Gilbert, RN
   I am here, today, to tell you that it will-be-okay.   as we stand together to affect change. Advocate for     Rachel L. Grieme, RN
It will be a lot of work and more studying than you      your patients as well as for your profession; then      Cindy L. Hardy, RN
have been doing, but it will be worth it. Make no        for yourself as a nurse.                                Amanda Wilhelm, RN
mistake. You are well-prepared. You received an             I encourage each of you to become a member of
excellent education at the UAA School of Nursing.        your State Nursing Association, to have a voice in
You had high quality instructors who are some            policy making that will affect your career, to bring    Master of Science (MS)
of the best in the country. You put the time and         your new ideas, your energy and knowledge to
hard work in and you jumped every hurdle. You            the house of nursing. Together we will maintain a       Marianne Johnstone-Petty, FNP
know more than you think you do. And, what you           strong nursing profession.
Page 8 • Alaska Nurse                                                                                                                                  November 2010

 Alaska Board of Nursing Update

   Report on License                                                                  The Future of Nursing
                                                                   by Beth Farnstrom, RN , Chairperson &                 professions or groups of people will have in health
      Renewals                                                   Nancy Sanders, RN, Executive Administrator,
                                                                             Board of Nursing
                                                                                                                         reform in the United States? According to Nursing
                                                                                                                         Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom, 75 percent
   by Nancy Sanders, Executive Administrator                                                                             of opinion leaders say government officials will
                                                                 Beth Farnstrom, Chair and Nancy Sanders,                have a great deal of influence in health reform
   Renewals for LPNs concluded on September 30,               Executive Administrator of the Alaska Board                in the next five to 10 years, compared to 56
2010. The on-line process worked well from the                of Nursing attended the August 2010 National               percent for insurance executives, 46 percent for
Board’s perspective. Seven hundred sixty eight                Council of State Board of Nursing meeting in               pharmaceutical executives, 46 percent for health
(768) LPNs renewed which is approximately 70%                 Portland, Oregon. The keynote speaker was Susan            care executives, 37 percent for doctors, 20 percent
of those licensed.                                            Hassmiller, R.N., PhD, F.A.A.N. who spoke on               for patients and 14 percent for nurses. Nurses were
   There is no way to determine why only 70%                  the topic of The Future of Nursing. One of her             ranked low and yet nurses are the largest number
of the LPNs renewed. I can only speculate. One                suggestions was for nurses to conduct research             of health care providers. Recognition of nurses’
statistic that is interesting to consider is that             which can document how nursing and high-                   contributions by opinion leaders is lacking.
only 75% of the licensed LPNs had an address in               quality patient outcomes are good for public safety.          According to Nursing Leadership from Bedside
Alaska. Are these travel nurses? Another thought              This reinforces the mission of the Alaska State            to Boardroom, large majorities of opinion leaders
is that many LPNs might have continued their                  Board of Nursing which is to actively promote              said they would like to see nurses have more
education to become RNs. If so, hooray!                       and protect the health of the citizens of Alaska           influence in a large number of areas, including
   By the time you read this message RN/ANP/                  through the safe and effective practice of nursing         reducing medical errors and improving patient
CRNA renewals will have concluded. As of this                 as defined by law.                                         safety (90%); improving quality of care (89%);
writing (10/15/2010) 2,877 RNs, 275 ANPs and 37                  Dr.    Hassmiller     quoted     the    Carnegie        promoting wellness and expanding preventive
CRNAs have renewed.                                           Foundation Report which says “Today’s nurses               care (86%); improving health care efficiency and
   The Board of Nursing is interested in                      are undereducated for demands of practice.”                reducing costs (84%); coordinating care through
feedback related to your experience renewing                  She suggests redesigning education to make                 the health care system (83%); helping the health
your license(s), especially the online renewal                the curriculum relevant and to teach students              care system adapt to an aging population (83%);
experience and the decision to go paperless. The              to think, make critical judgments and create               and increasing access to health care (74%).
paperless aspect is that the Board did not send               solutions. The redesign of education may include a            Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom
you a paper license after renewal. Please feel free           nurse residency program and address the lifelong           reported that opinion leaders believe that nurses
to contact me at, at 269-            learning that is needed. As you are aware the              could take on more leadership in improving
8161 and then press 0, or by mail at the Board of             Alaska Board of Nursing includes continuing                health status and delivering health care services
Nursing, 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1500, Anchorage,              education as one of the 3 ways to meet the                 by making their voices heard, having higher
AK 99501.                                                     continued competency requirement to renew your             expectations and accountability, improving the
                                                              license.                                                   perception of nursing, having improved access
                                                                 Nursing is ongoing and a changing profession.           to continuing education or pursuing advanced
                                                              Additional education results in nurses that keep           degrees, having better pay, benefits and incentives,
                                                              up with new knowledge to help increase their               and improving nurses’ relationships with
                                                              competency. For the continuing competency                  physicians.
                                                              requirement, the Board of Nursing expects a nurse             The stage is set by the passage of the National
                                                              to select an educational course that increases             Health Care Reform Act. Nurses need to get
                                                              their level of knowledge, to learn evidenced based         involved and be an active participant in the
                                                              information and to incorporate the information             implementation of this legislation. Nurses are the
                                                              into their nursing practice. A nurse needs to make         expert and are going to be delivering the care to
                                                              their course selection relevant to their practice.         keep the public safe. Nurse leadership is needed
                                                              Nurses that have chosen to certify in their                now.
 411 W. 4th Avenue                     call 907-274-4215      specialty area are required to make appropriate               The Board of Nursing encourages nurses to
 In the Bright Yellow Sunshine Plaza   or find us             course selections to further this expertise. Nurses        attend the their quarterly meetings or to attend
 NW Corner of 4 and D, Anchorage, AK   on FACEBOOK            should also consider expanding their knowledge             telephonically. Another way to keep up with
                                                              by obtaining higher educational degrees.                   important announcements from the Board of
                                                                 Dr. Hassmiller stated that nurses are not               Nursing is to go to the Board of Nursing website
                                                              perceived as leaders and yet nurses should be              at and sign up for the List
 GREAT EMPLOYMENT                                             taking the lead in the national health care reform.        serve and for copies of regulation changes to be
  OPPORTUNITY TO                                              No one knows health care better than nurses.               sent to you.
 WORK IN A UNIQUE                                             Nurses are the experts and need to be recognized
  PART OF THE USA                                             as leaders. Nurses need to get involved. Volunteer                             References
                                                              to be on committees, hospital boards and boards of
                                                              other organizations in which you have an interest.            Benner, P., Sutphen, M., Leonard, V., & Day,
 Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical                       Know your legislators and offer to give them the           L. (2009) Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical
      Nurses for Labor & Delivery                             information they need when they are deliberating           Transformation.      Available   at   http://www.
                                                              health issues. Go even farther and run for public
     needed immediately working for Bassett Army              office. Nurses are well respected by the public and        nurses-call-radical-transformation.
      Community Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska.                this respect can translate into power for change.             Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom:
           All positions come with benefits.                     Dr. Hassmiller mentioned that the Robert Wood           Opinion Leaders’ Perceptions - RWJF (2010).
                                                              Johnson Foundation presented the question:                 Available     at
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 Disaster Training                                                 New Clinic Opens                                    Volunteer Opportunity
     Anyone?                                                         in Skagway                                          —YOU CAN HELP
                    by LeMay Hupp                                             by Carol Borg, ANP                         Brother Francis Homeless Shelter’s Caring
                                                                     Medical Director, Dahl Memorial Clinic            Clinic is looking for medical providers willing to
   Nurses are discussing their various continuing                                                                      donate a few hours of service each month to those
education units from Alaska Nurse Alert System (ANAS)                                                                  who are most in need.
events or ANAS volunteer activities in this licensure
period. For next year, I hope to have a “library” of CEU                                                                 • Hours & days are flexible
events available for check out. There are some exciting
opportunities on the horizon for both continuing education                                                               • Any day of the week, mornings, afternoons or
and volunteer hours within the ANAS system.                                                                                evenings
   As this newsletter goes to print, the “Basic Disaster Life
Support” (BDLS) course will be established in Alaska.                                                                    • As many or as few days a month as you wish
ANAS, the training coordination site, with major support
from the State of Alaska Emergency Programs, have                                                                        • Providers must have their own liability
collaborated for this worthwhile project. If you are an                                                                    insurance
ANAS volunteer, you will receive information on future
training dates for this eight hour class with certification.    Left to right—Lynne Cameron ANP – Dispensary              The Caring Clinic is an expression of the living
   ANAS, along with its partner American Red Cross -            Manager/Risk Manager, James Lepich, ANP and            out of Brother Francis Homeless Shelter’s mission
Alaska, will be offering an eight hour class “Sheltering        Carol Borg – Medical Director pictured in front of     to “serve the homeless with dignity, care and
Operations for Nurses.” If any of these educational offerings   the new Skagway health care clinic.                    compassion, with an emphasis on moving guests
sound interesting to you, perhaps it’s time to become an                                                               toward self-sufficiency.” Recognizing that access
ANAS volunteer!                                                    Over one hundred people attended the open           to health care services is an essential factor in
   Other options around the state for volunteer                 house celebration for Dahl Memorial Clinic’s           reaching the goal of self sufficiency, the Caring
opportunities and education related to disaster response        new facility on June 26, 2010. The beautiful new       Clinic is an all volunteer run clinic providing
are: COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS                         building was built with funds from the Denali          basic medical care services, health education and
(CERT) which will train you in five response skills: Fire       Commission, EA & Jenny Rasmuson Foundation             referrals to the homeless population of Anchorage.
Safety, Light Search and Rescue, Team Organization,             and the Municipality of Skagway. The building
and Disaster Medical Organization and the ALASKA                had been in the planning stages with the Skagway       Job Description
DISASTER MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TEAM (DMAT) which                   community for over 6 years before the doors were          Volunteer medical providers at the Caring
deploys to disasters outside the state with supplies and        finally opened and ready for business on March         Clinic are physicians (MD, DO, DPM, DDS), Nurse
equipment to provide medical care. DMAT meets monthly           18, 2010.                                              Practitioners, Physician’s Assistants or Registered
for training.                                                      Highlights of the open house included a salmon      Nurses with a valid, current State of Alaska license
   If you wish to join the Alaska Nurse Alert System or         BBQ with all the fixings and live music by local       and liability insurance and who have completed
participate in one of these valuable programs, please call      musicians. A tour of the clinic was provided by the    the Catholic Social Services Volunteer Application
the Alaska Nurse Alert at 274-0827.                             staff for members of the community and visiting        including Criminal Background Check.
                                                                dignitaries from the Denali Commission, the               There are no expectations regarding the level of
                                                                Rasmuson Foundation and SEARHC Consortium.             care that will be provided with the exception that
    Former AaNA Executive                                       The clinic was also blessed by spiritual leaders of    each provider is expected to limit her/his health
                                                                the Tlingit tribe.                                     care services to those allowed within the scope
   Director Gets Three Years                                       Dahl Memorial Clinic has been a federally           of their license. Beyond this limitation, it is up
  Probation for Embezzlement                                    funded Community Health Center since 2007. It is       to each provider to only provide those services
                                                                staffed by three nurse practitioners—as pictured—      which she/he feels comfortable and appropriate
   Tom Renkes RN, Executive Director of AaNA from               Lynne Cameron ANP-Dispensary Manager and               to provide. Triage and healthcare protocols are
October 2007 to August 2008, pled guilty to a federal           Risk Manager, James Lepich ANP, and Carol Borg         available in the clinic.
charge of embezzlement of AaNA funds in April 2010. He          ANP- Medical Director. Three medical assistants           In addition, there are no expectations regarding
was sentenced to three years probation in U.S. District         round out the medical staff at the clinic.             the number of days, hours or patients that
Court in July. In addition to probation, Renkes was fined                                                              providers are to see. Days, times and number of
                                                                   Dahl Memorial Clinic provides cradle to the
$2,000 and ordered to pay the AaNA restitution of $22,547                                                              patients are entirely up to the provider. We do ask
which is the amount fraudulently obtained plus interest. In     grave primary care services for the community.
                                                                Staff are also available and on call 24/7 for after    that if for some reason you are not able to make a
addition, Mr. Renkes is banned from working with a union                                                               pre-scheduled clinic time that you call BFS to let
organization for 13 years.                                      hours emergencies. The clinic has full digital
                                                                x-ray capabilities and is able to perform many lab     them know, however, there are no expectations
   According to current AaNA President, Nancy
Davis, “The actions of Mr. Renkes, a fellow RN and our          tests on site to provide immediate feedback for the    that you will find a replacement.
Association’s Executive Director, were a terrible breach of     highest quality of care.
trust of our members. The additional policies and checks           We are proud of the high quality of care we             If interested or have questions, please call:
and balances that have been put into effect will prevent        provide at the clinic and our beautiful new facility    Heidi Hurliman, ANP, Volunteer Coordinator at
this from ever happening again. We are grateful that the        and are proud to show it off!                           Clare House and Brother Francis Caring Clinics
courts ordered restitution and corrective penalties for the                                                               Ph 907-230-7958 or
harm Mr. Renkes caused to Alaska nurses.”
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AaNA General Assembly continued from page 1                more than 12 hours a day increases the injury           Resolution #3—Health Care Worker
                                                           hazard rate by 37% and working more than 60             No Lifting Resolution
   Work to improve Alaska’s disaster preparedness
                                                           hours a week increases the injury rate hazard by
                                                           23%; and                                                   Whereas, health care occupations are among the
   Ensure efforts to expand the number of
                                                              Whereas, nurses are capable of determining           very highest risk for back injuries according to the
Alaskans who can obtain reasonably priced
                                                           their capacity to work beyond their predetermined,      Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (FBLS); and
health insurance through support of funding for
                                                           regular work schedules and expected to exercise            Whereas, back injuries contribute to a
the expansion of Denali KidCare program and
                                                           their critical judgment in determining their ability    worldwide nurse shortage, and it is estimated that
supporting new and innovative programs that
                                                           to provide safe patient care.                           by the year 2020 there will be a shortage of 400,000
would make health insurance affordable for most,
                                                              THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska             nurses in the United States alone according to the
if not all Alaskans.
                                                           Nurses Association will continue to support AS          University of Washington Health Sciences Center
                                                           18.20.400 which bans nurses from working more           (UWHSC); and
Resolution #2—AaNA Support to Eliminate
                                                           than 14 consecutive hours unless provided for in           Whereas, back injuries result in loss of time
Mandatory Overtime
                                                           the Statute                                             from work, chronic discomfort and leaving the
                                                              THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alaska            healthcare workforce; and
   Whereas, the shortages of available and
                                                           Nurses Association continue to educate nurses              Whereas, concerns about the potential for back
experienced nurses has increased the use of
                                                           about the hazards of working overtime, in terms of      injury may also dissuade people from entering the
mandatory overtime in US health care facilities to
                                                           patient safety, nurse safety from injuries, and legal   healthcare industry;
solve staffing problems; and
                                                           jeopardy to the nurse                                      Whereas in order to recruit into healthcare
   Whereas, this practice is pushing nurses
                                                              THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alaska            and retain an adequate healthcare workforce,
beyond their capacity to work safely and to
                                                           Nurses Association will diligently work to make         addressing the potential of back injury is a
provide appropriate, quality care for their patients,
                                                           sure each nurse knows and understands the               necessity; and
is eroding job satisfaction, and is negatively
                                                           reporting mechanism for AS 18.20.400                       Whereas technological advances have provided
impacting the ability to recruit and retain nurses;
                                                              THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alaska            for mechanical lifting devices that are easy to use
                                                           Nurses Association work collaboratively with            and safe for patients;
   Whereas, studies have found the likelihood of
                                                           employers to identify ways to staff their facilities       Whereas, studies have shown that in order to
making an error is 3 times higher when nurses
                                                           without the use of mandatory call and extended          reduce nurse and healthcare workers’ back injuries
work shifts lasting 12.5 hours and longer; and
                                                           work hours beyond 14 hours.                             and reduce patient injuries, “no lift” policies and
   Whereas, other studies have found that working
                                                                                                                   use of mechanical lifts and engineering safety
                                                                                                                   controls should be implemented at hospitals and
                                                                                                                   healthcare facilities; and
                                                                                                                      Whereas the Coalition for Healthcare Worker
                                                                                                                   and Patient Safety (CHAPS) is a national
                                                                                                                   organization comprised of many groups concerned
                                                                                                                   for Healthcare worker safety, therefore be it
                                                                                                                      Resolved that the 2010 AaNA General Assembly
                                                                                                                   supports a culture of no manual lifting, and be it
                                                                                                                      Resolved that the AaNA BOD will appoint the
                                                                                                                   Labor Council Safety Officer as liaison to work
                                                                                                                   with the National group CHAPS and be it further
                                                                                                                      Resolved that the AaNA CHAPS liaison design
                                                                                                                   and promulgate a statewide education campaign
                                                                                                                   to establish no lifting policies in all hospitals and
                                                                                                                   healthcare settings and throughout the great state
                                                                                                                   of Alaska; and be it further
                                                                                                                      Resolved that the AaNA work to pass
                                                                                                                   appropriate legislation at both the State and
                                                                                                                   Federal levels.
                                              Anchorage, Alaska is a vibrant, modern city that
                                              offers an exceptional array of leisure activities                    Resolution #4—Resolution on Influenza
                                              while surrounded by unsurpassed scenic beauty                        Vaccinations for Registered Nurses and other
                                              and recreational resources.                                          Healthcare Providers

                                                                                                                      Whereas, seasonal influenza is a serious illness
                                              Located on the Alaska Native Medical Center                          with high rates of mortality and morbidity; and
                                              campus, Southcentral Foundation (SCF) is a                              Whereas, seasonal influenza is preventable by
                                              nonprofit Alaska Native healthcare organization                      vaccination; and
                                              that incorporates traditional Native values into                        Whereas, seasonal influenza vaccination rates
                                                                                                                   of healthcare providers is unacceptably low at less
                                              western practices.                                                   than 50% annually; and
                                                                                                                      Whereas, efforts to increase vaccination rates
                                              We are currently accepting applications for:                         through education have failed to significantly
                                                                                                                   increase vaccination rates of registered nurses and
                                                                                                                   other healthcare providers; and
                                                       Certified Nurse Midwives                                               AaNA General Assembly continued on page 11

                                                       RN Case Managers
                                              If you are someone who welcomes
                                              adventure and are looking for a new
                                              challenge, come join our growing team and
                                              kindle your spirit!

                                              For a complete list of jobs, job
                                              descriptions, and to apply online* go to
                                     or contact Tess Johnson at
                                              (907) 729-5011 or

                                                                                                                        Want to have an adventure this summer?
                                                                                                                         Join the Camp Togowoods team and
                                                                                                                         make the difference in the life of a girl.

                                                                                                                                     Call 800-478-7448 or go to
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                                              job bank, an online application must be completed, including the
                                              criminal background section–visit
November 2010                                                                                                                   Alaska Nurse • Page 11
AaNA General Assembly continued from page 10               Therefore be it resolved, that the Alaska Nurses    nonconventional settings and potentially changing
                                                         Association supports the passage of SB295.            thresholds for critical care; and
   Whereas, registered nurses and other healthcare                                                                Whereas, in a disaster individual health care
providers can transmit influenza to their                Resolution #8—Resolution on Disaster Ethics           professionals (HCPs) may be forced to make
vulnerable patients, their co-workers and their                                                                independent decisions to prioritize scarce
families; and                                               Whereas, Alaska has great potential to             resources; and
   Whereas, registered nurses can acquire influenza      experience disasters such as earthquake, volcanic        Whereas, the weight of such decisions has the
from their patients and co-workers, becoming ill and     eruption, flooding, wildfires, tsunami and major      potential to cause great stress and significant
needing time off to recover, thus stressing healthcare   disease outbreak; and                                 liability concerns for HCP’s as evidenced by the
staffing amidst the nursing shortage,                       Whereas, Alaska’s vast geography, isolation and    legal actions taken after the 2005 Gulf Coast
   Therefore, be it resolved, that the Alaska Nurses     vulnerability have an impact on interstate and        hurricanes; these decisions can introduce
Association (AaNA) supports implementation of            intrastate movement of assistive personnel and        significant legal and professional implications if
influenza vaccination programs for registered            resources with reliance and dependence on air         not addressed in advance.
nurses and other healthcare providers that aim for       delivery; and                                            Therefore be it resolved that, the AaNA shall
100% vaccination rates, but that also provide an            Whereas, large-scale disasters can quickly         support legislation directed at remedying this
“opt out” provision,                                     overwhelm even the most sophisticated of health       problem, and shall support individuals and
   Further, be it resolved, that the AaNA                care systems; and                                     organizations that bring this issue to legislation;
encourages health care organizations to provide             Whereas, other states have dealt with ethical      and,
influenza vaccinations to registered nurses and          issues of licensed health care workers and resource      Therefore be it resolved that, the AaNA shall
other healthcare providers with direct patient           allocation during a disaster; and                     distribute this resolution to all members to better
contact at no charge and at convenient locations.           Whereas, licensed health care professionals        educate and prepare them to encourage discussion
                                                         in Alaska have only a “Good Samaritan” law for        and future legislation to protect health care
Resolution #5—Resolution on                              protection out of the normal work day; and            workers assisting in the time of disaster and,
Statewide Nurses Conference                                 Whereas, health care professionals (HCPs) and         Therefore be it resolved that, the AaNA calls
                                                         regulatory bodies must confront the need to alter     upon all members to take this resolution to their
   Whereas, the Alaska Statewide Nurses                  ways in which health care is administered; more       worksites to distribute and discuss these issues,
Conference has been successful in providing              specifically, maximizing the number of lives             Therefore be it resolved that, this resolution,
continuing education for nurses across the state         saved may require prioritizing scarce equipment,      upon passage, be released to state and regional
for many years; and                                      supplies, and personnel, providing care in            broadcast, print media and Internet sources.
   Whereas, attendance at the yearly conference
continues to increase among attendees, vendors
and sponsors; and,
   Whereas, providing a yearly conference that is
affordable for all nurses has become difficult to
plan due to limited availability of hotels and other
conference sites; and
   Whereas, negotiating both dates and costs has                            All the Alaskan adventure,
become increasingly difficult due to the short
planning period of one year;
   Therefore be it resolved, that the annual Alaska
                                                                              without (much) snow!
Statewide Nurses Conference become a three
day event every other year in the year of nursing
relicensure. This will allow the Continuing
Education committee to negotiate with hotels and
other places with conference rooms large enough
to accommodate the number of nurses that have                  Exceptional opportunities for RNs –
been attending this conference. During the off-
year of the event, a smaller contact hour retreat,
sponsored by the Alaska Nurses Association, will
be provided at local areas.
                                                                                                  ER & OR
Resolution #6—Resolution on Association
Co-sponsorship of CE Events

   Whereas, the Alaska Nurses Association wants
to be the “go to” organization for nurses in the
State of Alaska, and
                                                              We’re located on an island in scenic Southeast Alaska; perfect
   Whereas, the Association is going to become a
Provider unit of contact hours within the next six
                                                              for outdoor enthusiasts who love the coastal rainforest. Our
months,                                                       town is known as one of “America’s 100 Best Small Arts
   Therefore be it resolved, that the Alaska Nurses
Association become a co-sponsor of conferences                Towns” and the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Ketchikan
and educational events offered to nurses by
organizations that do not have a lead nurse                   General Hospital offers family friendly benefits such as hospital
planner and cannot otherwise provide contact
hours to nurses for their event. There would be               supported Child Care and a Employee Fitness Program. As part
an agreement with such organizations that the                 of the PeaceHealth system, we are a well established hospital
Association would be able to provide membership
applications to the nurses that attend such co-
sponsored events. There may also be a charge for
                                                              with award winning technology and state of the art medicine.
providing co-sponsorship of such events.
                                                                  Work for a hospital that puts patient care above the bottom line
Resolution #7—Resolution on Polybrominated
Diphenylethers (PBDEs)                                             Strong benefit package—Engaged leadership—
   Whereas, PBDEs are toxic, endocrine-disrupting                                 Focus on learning
flame retardant chemicals added to plastics, foam
products and textiles; and
   Whereas, prenatal exposures to PBDEs at
levels commonly found in households have been
shown in studies to be associated with adverse
neurodevelopmental effects in young children;
   Whereas, people living in North America
have levels of PDBEs that are 10-40 times higher
than individuals living in Europe or Japan and
people living in northern regions are particularly
vulnerable to PBDE exposure; and
   Whereas, safer and economically viable
alternatives are available and are already being
used by some manufacturers of computers and                           Ph: 888-890-8301, x1 Fax: 907-228-8324
other products; and
   Whereas,    the     American  Public    Health               
Association and International Association of Fire
Fighters have urged the phase-out of PDBEs and                      
other harmful chemicals when safe alternatives
are readily available;
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 Happy Holidays from                                              Membership Application

  the Alaska Nurses                                                                               Advancing and Supporting
     Association                                                                                  the Profession of Nursing
                                                                                                                                  Professionalism ~ Advocacy                   To get involved check off any of
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                                                                         62 years of age or over and not earning more than Social Security allows.                        ❏ Various Nursing Information—If you would like
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                                                                                                                                                                            e-mails from AaNA on a weekly basis.
                                                                   Dues                                        Full           Reduced          Special                    ❏ Action Alerts—If you would like political action
            Alaska’s Leading                                       AaNA Only                                                                                                alerts for National and State legislative issues
                                                                                                                                                                            involving nursing and health care issues.
        Personal Injury Attorneys                                  Anchorage Monthly (*EFT)
                                                                   & Fairbanks Yearly
                                                                                                                                                                                        Taskforce Members
               Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon                                                                                                                                    Taskforce members will receive requests to
                                                                   All Other    Monthly (*EFT )                $16.87       $8.20              $4.10
                                                                                                                                                                          work on a variety of projects on nursing issues,
              Practice Emphasizing Serious
                                                                   Locations    Yearly                         $196.50
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                                                                                                                            $98.25             $49.12
                                                                                                                                                                          and may choose to participate in only the
                                                                                                                                                                          projects that interest them.
                                                                   ____________________________________________________________                                           ❏ Health and Safety Issues—Taskforces will
                Injury & Wrongful Death                            Last Name/First Name/Middle Initial                                                                      consider safety and health issues of nurses
                  Statewide 1-800-478-1900                                                                                                                                  and patients.
                     420 L St., Anchorage                          ____________________________________________________________         ______________________________    ❏ AaNA Event Planning—Taskforces will plan
                                                                   Street or PO Box                City/State/Zip                        Home Phone                         events such as the AaNA Fall Retreat, open
                                                                                                                                      house events, AaNA General Assembly, or
                                                                   ____________________________________________________________         ______________________________      other events for AaNA members.
                                                                   Employer Name        Unit       City/State/Zip                       Work Phone                        ❏ Other interest? Let us know what you would
                                                                                                                                                                            like to work on:______________
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                                                                   RN License Number/State          FAX Number                       E-mail Address                                    AaNA Committees
                                                                                                                                                                          ❏ Legislative Committee—Actively involved
                                                                                                                                                                            in reviewing and coordinating strategy and
                                                                   Payment Method—see above for categories and amounts                                                      testimony for legislative issues related to health
                                                                   Check—Please make checks payable to the Alaska Nurses Association                                        and nursing. Works closely with the AaNA
                                                                                                                                                                            Lobbyist. Usually meets on the third Tuesday of
                                                                   MasterCard or Visa—available for:                                                                        the month.
                                                                      Annual payment               Monthly payment                                                        ❏ Conference Planning Team—Participates
 Immediate Opportunities:                                                                                                                                                   help plan the Alaska Statewide Nurses
                                                                   _________________________________ _____/_____ $_______ ______________________________________            Conference. Roles include working with
      • Chief Nursing Officer                                      Card Number                       Expiration Amount Signature                                            program planning, marketing, vendor and
                                                                                                                                                                            sponsor recruitment and onsite assistance.
      • Acute Care Assistant Manager                                                                                                                                      ❏ Alaska Nurse Newsletter Editorial Board—
                                                                   Monthly Electronic Dues Payment
      • Registered Nurse                                             *EFT is the monthly Electronic Funds Transfer Plan Amount                                              Members work with the editor to recruit
      • Certified Nurse Aide                                         =Yearly dues / 12 months + $.50 per month service charge                                               articles and pictures for the quarterly
                                                                     See EFT description - 1/12 of your yearly dues will be withdrawn from your checking account            newsletter. The current editor is Lynn Hartz.
                                                                     monthly along with a monthly service fee. Please:                                                    ❏ Professional Nursing Practice Issues—
 Join the caring, professional staff in our new modern                                                                                                                      Members will consider issues relating to
                                                                     (1) read and sign the below authorization form and
 facility located in Homer, Alaska. Homer is a family                (2) enclose a check for the first month.                                                                AaNA’s policy on RN practice and other
 friendly community that offers year-round outdoor                   AUTHORIZATION to provide monthly electronic payments to the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA):          professional issues.

 recreation. Learn about living in Homer at                          This is to authorize AaNA to withdraw 1/12 of my annual dues and any additional service fees
                                                                     from my checking account designated by the enclosed check for the first month’s payment. AaNA                                                is authorized to change the amount by giving the undersigned thirty (30) days written notice. The
                                                                     undersigned may cancel this authorization upon receipt by AaNA of written notification of termi-
                                                                     nation twenty (20) days prior to the deduction date as designated above. AaNA will charge a $5 fee
                                                                     for any return drafts.
                                                                                                                               Signature for EFT Authorization

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Scholarships/Funding/Award                                          General:                                                              nurse and so plays a key role in staff development
                                                                    ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■                         as well. The NPD specialist employs and
Nominations:                                                                                                                              engages a broad range of in-depth knowledge
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■                                                                                             and skills in education theory and application,
                                                                    Final rule defines core meaningful use mandates
                                                                    for providers                                                         career development, leadership, and program
National Health Service Corps                                                                                                             management. This is the most succinct one-volume
   Currently, the NHSC is a network of more than                       The final rule on meaningful use of health
                                                                    information technology requires doctors, nurse                        guide to an expansive and complex practice
10,000 primary health care professionals and sites                                                                                        specialty that must be responsive to such dynamic
that serve the most medically underserved regions                   practitioners and other eligible professionals
                                                                    to meet 15 core objectives, plus five out of 10                       issues as globalization, practice environments,
of the country. To support their service, the NHSC                                                                                        evidence-based practice, and nursing and
provides clinicians with financial support in the                   measures chosen by the provider to qualify for
                                                                    Medicare or Medicaid Electronic Health Record                         healthcare technologies.
form of scholarship and loan repayment.
   The NHSC Loan Repayment Program is                               (EHR) incentive program, see and
                                                                    search for EHR Incentive Programs-Meaningful                          ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
recruiting fully trained physician assistants
and nurse practitioners to provide culturally                       Use.
                                                                       [source: AANP Smartbrief, 7/19/2010]                               Kids Count Data Center
competent, interdisciplinary primary health                                                                                                  Includes hundreds of measures of child well-
care services to underserved populations located                                                                                          being state by state and nationally. In overall
                                                                    ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
in urban and rural areas across the country. In                                                                                           ranking for 2010, Alaska comes in 38 out of 50….
return, the NHSC LRP assist clinicians in repaying                                                                                        Just go to
their educational loans worth up to $145,000 for                    Diabetes Numbers At-A-Glance
5 years of service (this includes an initial 2-year                 Booklet Available Free
                                                                       Based on American Diabetes Association                             ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
service contract award for $50,000 and additional
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                                                                    guide provides a list of current recommendations                      FDA Patient Safety News
provide basic health care services in an area of                                                                                             PSN is a monthly video news show for health
need. You may be able to pay off all your health                    to diagnose and manage pre-diabetes and diabetes.
                                                                    Publication date 3/01/2010. Available online                          care professionals. It covers significant safety
professions student loans through the NHSC.                                                                                               alerts, recalls, new product approvals, and offers
   Visit the NHSC Web site at http://www.nhscjobs.                  for download or to order at
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2010, there are over 2,000 job opportunities for                                                                                          stories contain video footage and demonstrations
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underserved and vulnerable community. Visit us                                                                                            institutions. [AANP Smartbrief 7/26/2010]
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                                                                    Development: Scope & Standards of Practice

Alaska:                                                                Nursing professional development (NPD) is
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
                                                                    critical to the nurse’s lifelong learning. As a
                                                                    practice specialty, it facilitates those lifelong
Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin                                        continuing education activities for the individual                       Visit
  Overview of the Alaska Violent Death Reporting
System available at:
bulletins/docs/b2010_21.pdf July 20, 2010                                                                                                    Online CE

                                                                                                             Electronic Nursing
  Summary of Violent Deaths—Alaska, 2004-2008                                                                   Newsletters
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 Upcoming Events
Parish Nurse Health Ministry Preparation Course                                                              American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
                                                     “Heating up Nursing Quality”                                   26th National Conference
  Dates: January 13, 20, 25, February 3, 10, 17,     5th Annual NDNQI Conference                              The Venetian/The Palazzo in Las Vegas,
24,March 1, 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 2011                The 2011 NDNQI® Conference takes place at                       June 22 to 26, 2011
  Time: 5:00-9:00 pm.                                the Hyatt Regency Miami on Jan. 26 to 28, 2011.            
  Place: Providence Alaska Medical Center            It is the annual meeting place where conference
  For more information, please call 212-5053         attendees build valuable relationships with other    ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
  Or go to the website: http://www.providence.       attendees and find opportunities to preview
org/alaska/mission/parishnursing.htm                 the latest research as it relates to addressing
  To register, go to the educational calendar        organizational performance to improve patient
                                                     outcomes. For more information visit www.
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Alaska State Board of Nursing—                       ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Upcoming Meetings                                                                                             Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association’s
January 19-21, 2011                                               Women’s Health 2011:                               28th Annual Conference
Anchorage        agenda deadline Dec. 29                        The 19th Annual Congress
                                                                     April 1–3, 2011                                 September 15-17, 2011
April 6-8, 2011                                                      Washington, DC                              Anchorage Downtown Marriott
Juneau          agenda deadline March 16                             Crystal City, VA                  or 907-222-6847
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about upcoming meetings, agenda items,                    Point Counterpoint: The Mammography
regulations being considered, and other topics of                      Controversy
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sign up for this free service, go to www.nursing.                      for Practice Choose the “Subscribe Now” box, just             Bioidentical Hormones: Just the Facts
above Board Staff information.
   Inquiries regarding meetings and appearing on         Presented by Journal of Women’s Health and
the agenda can be directed to:                               VCU Institute for Women’s Health
                                                       In collaboration with National Cancer Institute,
Nancy Sanders, PhD RN, Executive Administrator          NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health,
Alaska State Board of Nursing                        American Medical Association, American Medical
550 West 7th Ave, Ste 1500, Anchorage, AK 99501                    Women’s Association
Ph: 907-269-8161, fax 907-269-8196,
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for access number.
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November 2010                                         Alaska Nurse • Page 15

Your new Nursing Career starts here.

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