Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi
Fall//Winter Issue January 2009
Inside this issue: Happy New Year Eliza!
Hope all is well with you and your fam-
President‘s Message 1 ily. Let us continue to keep the Moore family in
our prayers and any other families in need of
MNA Convention 2 prayers. This is my last newsletter as president
of this excellent organization. Where has the
District News 2-3 time gone? I have gone many places, net-
worked with many people, and experienced
Members On the Move! 3& 4 many things. Without the support of our or-
ganization, I could not have accomplished any
Member Spotlight 5&6
of these goals. We have enjoyed two excep-
History has been made this year, as we install our first African American Presi-
dent of the United States of America. Our services as black professional nurses have
never been more critical than in times like this. In a status report from the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, it stated in 2010 we will have a shortage of 213, 500 nurses and by
2020 a shortage of 800, 000 nurses needed to care for our aging population. Eliza, we
now have the duty of recruiting nurses of younger generations. We as Eliza's have a
continued responsibility to our communities to encourage, mentor, and empower our
youth and young adults to show them nursing is a time honored profession. Registered
nurses constitute the largest health care occupation in the United States with 2.5 mil-
Special points of interest: As I sorrowfully write my last newsletter, I pledge my continued support and
service to our president-elect, Mrs. Betty Young. I will also continue to actively be in-
Member Spotlight volved in our excellent organization Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of MS. Graciously
EPRNM Convention 2009 again, I would like to take this time to thank each and everyone of you for your sup-
Reservation Information port and service extended during my tenure.
Special Thanks: To the highly respected Golden Nurses, Past Presidents,
newly appointed committee chairpersons (during my tenure), and my very efficient
Barbara Field, RNC,
Page 2 Eliza’s Notes
MNA Convention District News!!
GRENVILLE, DISTRICT II
The Mississippi Nurses We have been very active with the following ac-
Association‘s Convention tivities this quarter: Vial of Life, Blood Pressure
was held on October 21-
Screenings, Adopt- A– School, Membership
24, 2008 at the Beau
Drive, Provided food basket to needy family,
Rivage Resort in Biloxi,
MS. Eliza‘s participated Adopt an Angel Tree Child , Members Christ-
in the Exhibit Hall on mas Social, and Feb 7—New Officers Installa-
Thursday, October 23. tion.
The members working Reported by Verma Topps, Acting President
the booth this year were Dr. Rosie Calvin, Ms Barbara
Fields, Ms Shana Cummings and myself. The Public Re-
lations committee prepared flyers with membership in-
JACKSON, DISTRICT IV
formation, a state map with district locations and the
Presidents in each district for contact information. Pens Participated in several health screenings offered
were provided as freebies. A gift basket was also raffled by various organizations and healthcare agencies
as a door prize for a lucky attendee. MNA had record this quarter
numbers to participate at Convention this year, well
over 500. Everyone seemed to be excited about return- Hosted a Wine & Cheese Membership Social to
ing to the Coast. Several potential members visited our welcome new members and highlight the various
booth. Thanks to Rosie, Barbara, and Shana for assist- committees.
ing the Public Relations committee with manning the
Kicked off our second Mentoring Tea with the
booth this year.
University of Mississippi School of Nursing.
This Mentoring activity matches Senior nursing
students with members of Eliza to serve as men-
tors during their last year in school and hope-
fully will inspire them to become members after
Provided a ―Dine & Learn‖ CE session in No-
vember for Thanksgiving. The topic was ―Vascular
Diseases‖ by Tatonja Jones, FNP.
Provided household items to a needy family in
November for the ―Give Thanks and Give Back‖
Hosted the annual Christmas party at Alex
Waites Senior Retirement Complex in December
Natchez, District V I CE Presentation on ―Bylaws Update‖ by Dr.
Rosie Calvin in December.
Still actively participate at the Stewpot on fifth Upcoming events:
>Feb 13th Annual Scholarship Gala
Plan to host a fashion show as a fundraiser in >Feb. 19th Annual Black History Program
>March—Male Nurse Mentor (MNM)month
Reported by Norma West, President >April -High School Scholarship Pageant
Reported by Eulanda Armstrong, President
Fall//Winter Issue Eliza’s Notes
Members on the Move!
Sharon Catledge has been appointed as In- Bernice Moore spoke to over 250 students at
structor with Itwamba Community College Shannon Middle School during their annual
Shana Cummings accepted an adjunct clini- ―Career Day‖ encouraging them to consider
cal instructor position with Beville State Nursing and its diversities as a profession.
Community College. District II—Greenville
Barbara Field served as speaker during the Mazie Whalen was appointed to the Missis-
CME Regional Career and Student Recogni- sippi Board of Nursing by Governor Haley
tion Day in December. She discussed Barbour.
―Careers in Nursing‖.
Diana Green received certification in home
Marilyn Gates was promoted to Acute Care health nursing.
Coordinator for Fresenius Dialysis.
Willie Mae Jackson, Jacqueline McCoy, and
Sonya Pippen and husband welcomed Patricia Hampton are enrolled in Masters de-
Makilya Niclole to their family in July 2008 gree nursing programs.
District News cont….. Editor’s Note
MERIDIAN, DISTRICT V
We look forward to hosting the February Update on
―Yes We Did, In My Lifetime‖!!
the 21st. at Riley Hospital Education Department. Congratulations President Barack Hussein Obama! I
Topic will be ―Health Care Disparities Among Afri- love the sound of that!
can Americans‖ by Dr. Evadna Lyons.
I still get goose bumps remembering the exact
Participated in 4 health fairs in Kemper County time CNN called it for Barack Obama with tears gen-
with the Lauderdale Health Department, and con- tly running down my face and softly saying: ―Oh my
tinue to volunteer nursing hours to Wesley Clinic for God, thank you Jesus, it‘s a new day!
indigent patients. November 4th started off like no other day
Sandra Jones continues to recuperate well after I‘d experienced in awhile. My middle son, Malcolm,
illness . and I stood in the long line together for little over two
hours before both of us cast our historical votes and
Reported by Betty Young headed off to work that morning. I was elated
throughout the day, even without knowing the out-
NATCHEZ, DISTRICT VI
come. I could feel a change in the air: pride and hope
Participated in the Natchez Christmas Parade were the two words that best describe my mood. I
and won 1st prize for best theme portrayed. received several emails and text messages all day from
family and friends across the U.S. adding to the ex-
Participated in a youth seminar with local citement. It was a joyous day!
As my family and I watched the election returns to-
Participated in HIV and STDs Seminar with gether that night, I savored every moment as ones
the Health Department in November. that we would remember and talk about for years to
come. Congratulations Everybody! We came together
Hosted a Dutch Treat dinner during the holi-
and made it happen!
days. (cont . Pg 2)
…...The Struggle Continues!! Renée
Page 4 Eliza’s Notes
Members on the Move cont……...
District IV -Jackson District VI– Natchez
Bess Blackwell established the Bess Crawley Sarah Ware participated in a medical mis-
Blackwell Scholarship in Nursing with the sion in Honduras in Central America this
UMC School of Nursing. past June and found the experience both
Dr. Sonja Fuqua retired on February 1 after 28 challenging and rewarding. She also recently
years of service with the University of Missis- obtained certification from the National
sippi Medical Center. 10 of those years was League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse
with the Jackson Heart Study. Educator.
Dr. Audwin Fletcher served as guest speaker
presenting a tribute to Dr. Laureane Sams at Way to Go
BBNA‘s Nurses in White Gala. Eliza's!!
Dr. LaDonna Northing ton was appointed to
serve as a member of the Society of Pediatric
Nurses Board of Directors
Dr. Renée Williams was appointed to serve a
two year term as a site Appraiser for the Eliza Pillars RN CONVENTION
American Nurses Credentialing Center after a
competitive application process. April 30—May 3, 2009
Dr. Karen Winters, recipient of a highly re-
garded NHLBI supplement grant, presented
her work at their conference in New Orleans. Convention Center
Rita Wray, MBA, RN, BC, FAAN was in- Harrah’s Resorts
ducted as a Fellow into the American Academy
of Nursing on November 8, 2008 during their
35th Annual Meeting & Conference in Scotts-
The Veranda Hotel
Erica Clark has been accepted in the NP pro- For Reservations
gram at USM 1-800-394-7263
Linda Hodges participated in the Womens
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Bridgette Smith graduated from the NP pro- Or online
gram at USM in December.
Betty Young was reappointed to the ADN Advi- CheckGroupAvailability.do?
sory Board for 2nd term, and the Parents for
Public School, Meridian Chapter
Page 5 Eliza’s Notes
Eliza’s Member Spotlight!!!
Sitting down with Barbara Field, for dialysis patients as a bedside nurse, "the most
State President of Eliza Pillars rewarding nursing you can do", according to Field.
Registered Nurses of Missis- Today, Barbara multi-task daily as Staff Nurse, Re-
sippi ,was not as challenging as lief Charge Nurse and Bed Coordinator in NMMC's
I‘d anticipated. Having known Heart Institute's Cath Lab. Cardiology is my first
Barbara for over 17 years, she is love, because I love the challenge of staying on my
always on the move; the only toes while not knowing what heart rhythm the pa-
times I observe her sitting is dur- tient will experience next. Dr. Jim Stone, EP Spe-
ing an Eliza Pillars meeting or driving through the park- cialist, has titled Field infamously as "Shock-a-
ing lot at work at North Mississippi Medical Center. cologist". " I love shocking patients‖ (referring to
cardio version & resuscitation).
Today was different after calling Barbara re-
questing an appointment for this interview. She arrived Barbara has an excellent working relation-
in my department, just as promised, with her cheerful ship with the physicians and nurses in the Cath Lab.
greetings. I personally recall several years that Barbara won
"Miss RN" at Eliza's convention because she always
When asked to share with our members about
got the biggest donations from Cardiology & Associ-
her family and those that have influenced her, she remi-
ates (EPRNM thank Cardiology & Associates for
nisces with a smile ―I grew up in the house with my
their $500.00 donation this past year). District I
extended family." Just like many black 'Baby Boomers',
members know that Barbara is one of the only person
Barbara‘s mother, grandmother, great grandmother,
we know that can get Dr. David Irwin‘s personal
aunt and uncle lived in the same house in Booneville,
credit card to help Eliza Pillars‘ efforts. Not many
folk can make that boast.
―I was the only child in the house until my sister came
Barbara‘s future aspiration includes
along when I was 4 years old. By then Barbara was
"working less hours, which will allow more time for
‗spoiled rotten‘. Then her grandmother became ill. At
community and church activities and trying to help
the age of 13, Barbara was thrust into her initial role as
someone, anyway I can". Guiding principles and
caregiver. With her mother working Barbara spent day
words of wisdom from her grandmother Carrie Nunn
and night at The Booneville Hospital with her grand
that "I've lived by" goes like this ' go to church, work
mother during her illness. Barbara recalls being amazed
(you may not have much) but work anyway, and
at how the nurses took such good care of her and her
help others no matter how they treat you, help any-
grand mother. Although Barbara was young she knew
way, it'll make you a better person, and most impor-
that the nurses were dedicated totally to taking care of
tantly, her grandmother said "if you got a secret,
their sick patients and were not complaining. Observing
don't tell nobody but Jesus". Barbara seeks to serve
―the care and compassion and the excellent nursing
and continuously reminds friends and co-workers to
skills‖, Barbara, recalls saying, ―I can do this‖. Being an
"never miss an opportunity to serve".
impressionable straight ―A‖ student at Booneville High
School, Barbara knew then that she‘d be a teacher or a Barbara and her husband Jackie (also a hard
nurse. Gleaming proudly, Barbara says "nursing won". -working LPN at NMMC) are the proud parents of
two sons and three grandchildren. They live in
After graduating from high school, Barbara,
now a single parent of a toddler son, with an awesome
support system at home entered Northeast Mississippi Reported by Bernice Moore, RN
Junior College‘s nursing program. Barbara married her
husband, Jackie in 1980 and began working at North
Mississippi Medical Center in May 1981. Member, Public Relations Committee
Barbara's career has taken her from caring for
the first diagnosed AIDS patient in northeast Missis-
sippi to med-surg, then to cardiology ,and then to caring
Bess’s 33-year career at the University of Mississippi Medical Cen-
ter ended last year with her retirement, but her drive to inspire others to
enter the nursing profession continues. Her mother was a private-duty
practical nurse (LPN)), and seeing her mother’s love for her profession in-
spired Bess to become a nurse.
The Bess Crawley Blackwell Scholarship in Nursing has been
established in the School of Nursing (SON). The purpose of the $25,000
endowment is to provide scholarships to promote excellence among nurs-
ing students and to help ethnic minority students who are preparing for a
nursing career. Two scholarships will be issued each year to African American students seeking an
undergraduate nursing degree.
“When I though about this scholarship, I was very blessed to have my mother pay my tui-
tion”, Bess said. “I know of others who were not blessed to have parents to pay for school, and at
least I can give back to those people and the profession of nursing” (reprinted from This Week at
As our President
As a MENTOR
As our FRIEND
Mrs. Lavonia Holly
March 2, 1921 December 24, 2008
and EPRNM Trailblazer
(adapted from the Communiqué written by Dr. Sonja Fuqua))
Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of
“Dedicated to Excellence in
P. Renée Williams, RN, PhD, ICCE
Barbara Field, RNC
Post Office Box 4552
Jackson, MS 39296-4552
Mark Your Calendar ! Moment of Meditation
“I have learned that success is to be
EPRNM State Executive Board Meetings measured not so much by the position
January 17, 2009 that one has reached in life as by the
April 18, 2009 obstacles which he/she has overcome
11:00 Committee meetings while trying to succeed”
12:00 Board meeting Booker T. Washington
Annual February Education Update
February 21, 2009
24th Annual EPRNM Convention
April 30-May 3, 2009
Harrah‘s Resort & Convention Center
Tunica, Mississippi Think about it….
Please make plans to attend!!