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Keep Kindness in Mind Jessica Dzubak, MSN, RN The Year of the Nurse has been an emotionally draining, physically exhausting, and socially challenging one thus far. There is no doubt that nurses have willingly stepped up to the plate and served their patients and communities in unimaginable circumstances. What was supposed to be a year of celebration has turned into a somber time of reflection and gratitude for the sacrifices of nurses and their health care colleagues.   The events of 2020 have shaken us all in ways we never could have expected or prepared for. There are no guidelines or protocols for some of the issues we are facing. What we all need ...
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As nurses we are often there to hold a hand and be the support one needs while dealing with loss.  In school we learn the Kubler-Ross stages of grief, and then assess and intervene with our patients and families who are grieving based on the model. Colleagues and friends often come to us for support as they experience loss because they know nurses are empathetic and kind. Today many are grieving based on the changes that have occurred in our society, and nurses are grieving as well. We too have lost loved ones, lost jobs, and experienced significant life disruptions like cancelled weddings and socially-distanced holidays. In addition to the loss, there has ...
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Staying Mentally and Emotionally Strong in a COVID-19 World Contributed By: Eric Pennington, CEQF, EQPC, EQAC, SEQ-P, BPC - Partner, Spirit of EQ                             There’s no getting around it: we are living in a time of chaos and uncertainty. Most people are working to figure out what their “normal” now looks like. We can find ourselves ruminating on how things were before or wondering if life ahead will be as promising as we had hoped. This is certainly a time of stress and emotional upheaval. If your thoughts are filled with questions surrounding what has happened, you are not alone. 3 months ago, life likely seemed to be somewhat manageable ...
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I work at a hospital in the Cleveland area. I am wondering what others are experiencing related to not getting their hours. I have not been furloughed, but not getting my normal hours. I work as an ambulatory float nurse. I have spent a week training inpatient in case of a surge. I am doing all sorts of things to keep hours (Screening, call center). We are allowed to use our sick time or vacation time when there arent enough hours. Or we can take it unpaid. We are also allowed to "borrow" 5 vacation days from next years bank. Some are saying that they don't feel like they should have to dwindle their entire sick/vacation accounts because then it won't be available ...
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Hello everyone, I'm working on my RN-BSN and I'm having trouble with an assignment. I hate to admit this, but I've never been involved in the "politic" side. I've always been involved with things within my hospital system but never the "bigger picture."  With my current assignment I am asked to look up 5 healthcare issues currently under legislation in my state (ohio). It states they can be found on "the states health care websites." However, when I go to the Ohio Department of Health, I'm having trouble navigating and finding them on the page.  Does anyone know how to navigate their way around the ODH page better or know where to find these? I feel I've truly ...
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The 5 W’s of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife Brittany Turner, MSN, RN – Blog contributor, Nurse Planner at ONA If you haven’t heard, 2020 has been dubbed the   Year of the Nurse and Midwife   by the World Health Organization (WHO).   Wahoo , we earned it nurses! You might be thinking, ‘ so what ?’   While there’s no doubt that nurses and midwives should be praised highly and often, read on to learn about the   who, what, when, where,   and   why   behind this well-deserved recognition. Who While the WHO is largely responsible for the designation of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, they are partnered with many other organizations, ...
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By Jessica Dzubak, MSN, RN With all of the Year of the Nurse (YON) celebrations, we cannot forget the violence that nurses are being subjected to across the nation. Nurses indeed should be celebrated for the good work that they do, but tolerating violent assaults should not be part of that work. With that, we ask nurses to consider three things during #YON2020 when thinking of workplace violence: 1. Not Just Part of the Job Workplace violence   is not ‘just part of the job.’ We can no longer make excuses for violence or remain complacent with ineffective protocols and underreporting. The   statistics   are startling. The American Nurse Today’s (now ...
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Lake County District

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I am seeking information on the Lake County district representative please.  I received a letter and have misplaced it. Thank you in advance. Jamie Schultz
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Legal Representation

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​We need better legal representation!!!   OSUNO is going into negotiations for a new contract April 2019 and ONA is refusing to get adequate legal representation.  I'm currently a member of OSUNO and I'm NOT getting paid according to our contract.  I'm unable to have a successful grievance against my employer because our contract favors my employer not the employees.  I know of several other nurses in the same circumstance which is more reason we need better legal representation when negotiating our contract.  ONA what is your plan?  Please tell me it's better legal representation!!!! Patti​
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Candace resides in Hilliard and has worked at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center since 2002. She also graduated from Ohio State with her BSN in 2005. When asked about a situation that confirmed her decision to become a nurse, Candace recounts a story of when she traveled to Mexico and had to use her training with victims of a serious bus accident, with one of those victims being her mom. "I feel like my decision to become a nurse has been confirmed time and time again. The first time was shortly after graduation and about a week before I started my first job as a nurse. I was in Mexico with my fiance and my mom, her friend and family. We were traveling ...
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We’re nearly halfway through ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse - a year set aside to focus on our own health, so that we can in turn, improve the health of our families, patients, communities, and our nation. So what does this actually entail? For one thing, discovering, learning, and reviewing the best evidence regarding various health behaviors (Sorry. Three things). Applying that evidence to our own lives in ways to become healthier. That can mean anything - from exchanging former behaviors for new healthier ones, or selecting additional ways to practice self care, or – this one’s the tough one – making our health behavior choices a priority ...
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Hello! I wanted to share some upcoming educational programs from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. There are live and webinar options on improving immunizations rates as well as adolescent well care visits. These programs also offer CE and some great resources! Please click on the document below for more information and how to register.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions! OAAP_Educational_Opportunities.docx Thank you Beth Barker RN, BSN Nurse Educator Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
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Susan Babik is a 34-year nurse of Akron General Medical Center, and is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Youngstown State immediately after high school where she graduated with her associate's degree in 1982. Susan later went on to earn her BSN from Kent State in 1991. When asking Susan of a specific situation that confirmed her decision to become a nurse, she responded, "When I was beginning high school, I needed an emergency appendectomy - my appendix had ruptured! Though I was 14 years old, I had yet to be exposed to a hospital. And it was during that continuum of care where I encountered all aspects of nursing. In 1975, admission for a ruptured ...
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With respect and apologies to T.S. Eliot, March is the cruelest month . . . at least when it comes to outdoor exercise and fitness in Ohio. Temps reach the upper 50’s (and even 60’s!) bringing fresh air, golden sunshine, promises of spring. Healthy Nurses recharge outdoors – running, hiking, bicycling, inline skating, kite-flying, dog-walking, garden-clearing, or simply enjoying all that nature has to offer. We’re energized. Eager to go farther and do more. Today, tomorrow, all next week . . . .but then . . . another cold front arrives, with its ice, snow, and deep freeze temperatures. Major disappointment! It’s ...
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Beth Barker, is a newer member of ONA who was really exposed to the association after precepting with Joe Hauser – ONA’s Director of Continuing Education. Beth graduated in December 2016 from Capital University with her BSN after originally receiving her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in June 2011. When asked about her favorite part of her job as a nurse, Beth said, “My favorite part of my job is all the new and different people I get to meet, and the relationships I am fortunate enough to build as part of my professional network. In my current position I provide education on childhood and teen immunizations to private practices, ...
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Jamie Burchett was born and raised in Ravenna, Ohio, and now resides in Barberton. She currently works at Akron Children's Hospital, where she started as an intern in the summer of 2015, became a nurse tech in the fall of 2015 and then hired on as a Staff RN in the NICU prior to her graduating from Kent State University - Stark campus in May 2016. When asked what advice she would pass along to new nurses entering the profession, Jamie said, "Get involved. Community and service are important, and professional nursing organizations, shared governance and advocacy are imperative to professional growth. The more involved we are, the more invested in our future ...
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A healthy nurse as defined by the ANA HealthyNurse™ program is one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of his or her health, safety, wellness and live to the fullest capacity physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. A HealthyNurse™ is a better role model, educator, and advocate – personally, for the family, for the community, for the work environment, and for the patient. “Don’t be so selfish!” “Think of how other people would feel!” “Put yourself in someone else’s place!” . . . Admonishments ...
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Written for Confident Voices in Healthcare by Peggy Ann Berry, PhD, RN We are healthcare providers and so much of our profession, practice, and reimbursements intertwine with the laws and politics of this country. In addition, patient safety and health revolve around safe staffing and expanded scope of practice. State and United States laws are made to safe guard patients, not healthcare professionals. So, why write an LTE? Will my words really count for something, whether I am writing about environmental concerns, like the EPA Clean Power Plan or expanded practice for nurse practitioners? Not only do your words count, your ...
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January, 2017 . . . . A New Year . . . Fresh start . . . Clean slate . . . unblemished, untried, unworn . . . and ANA has designated it the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” A healthy nurse as defined by the ANA HealthyNurse™ program is one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of his or her health, safety, wellness and live to the fullest capacity physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. A HealthyNurse™ is a better role model, educator, and advocate – personally, for the family, for the community, for the work environment, and for the patient. So shouldn’t ...
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Brenda Williams – What an interesting woman who is a true believer in life-long learning! She has so many interests, and her curiosity and experiences compel her to dive deeper into the profession. Her dissertation was inspired by her own workplace bullying experiences, and her next research endeavor is a result of her husband’s recent hospital stay. Brenda is an author, too. She has one book ready to be published (an interesting focus on the wife of the biblical Jobe), and many more just waiting to be put to paper. Read more to get it know our January 2017 Featured Member, Brenda Williams. M: Hi Brenda! Let’s ...
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