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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 start...
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I met Dave at ONA’s very first Legislative Ambassador program and was able to get to know him even more during Akron’s recent First Book event. Dave is one of the friendliest guys you’ll ever meeting – he’s personable, beyond nice, and I’m sure an instant friend to everyone he meets. I learned during the Akron First Book event that Dave was previously a full-time funeral director. I had so many questions! How did he get into that? What was it like? It all piqued my interest. I knew that Dave would be the perfect December Featured Member. M: Tell us a little about yourself. D: I grew up in Taiwan until I was...
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November’s Featured Member: Frank Meyers Frank is a physical rehabilitation nurse at Ohio State, and I’ve recently seen his name pop up all over the place. Sangita, one of our ONA organizers, found him one day while at OSU and since then he’s been meeting and getting involved with all sorts of things at ONA. As he puts it, “I never knew there were so many opportunities!” I became a bit curious about Frank – a personable guy who is so easy to talk with. It’s no wonder he’s so well-received by his fellow nurses, and even by his state representative! M: Let’s start with you telling...
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by Lucinda Cave, MSN, RN, BC ONA Member Nurses improve other people’s health in many ways – our care, our teaching, and the role modeling of healthy behaviors ourselves (what this blog is all about!) – but one way nurses have made a significant impact on everyone’s health is by participating in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS). And what is the Nurses’ Health Study? Or actually, Nurses’ Health Studies? They are the longest running investigations of women’s health in the world! The Nurses’ Health Studies are frequently cited in both professional and lay literature, in the U.S. and world-wide,...
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I met Alyssa at ONA’s first Advocacy Academy (look for the next one on Nov 18 th !) where I learned she was very active within the student nurses association. Alyssa is a young nurse, super friendly, and seems to be the type that is ‘wise beyond her years.’ She’s well-spoken, and I learned through this interview just how passionate she is about her geriatric patients and volunteering her time for her profession. M: Where do you live and work right now? A: I live in Massillon and work in Canton at Bethany Nursing Home. I’ve worked at the nursing home for 2 years. I started there right after I graduated. I work day shift,...
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I hope you all have read the article from the Environmental Health and Community Caucus on The reality of climate change on health. It was published in the Ohio Nurses Review 91 (5). Very simply put, climate change is and will affect your health and nurses, who feel that calling, should make every effort to press for the clean energy of wind, solar, and water. The reality is we all need to decrease our dependency on the finite resource of oil and gas. There are communities in political fights for the health of their children when fracking wells are placed by schools and release methane and other volatile organic compounds into the the air around playgrounds....
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Things I Didn't Appreciate until I Became a Nurse Good scents. Candles, bubble baths, freshly cleaned laundry! My nose has smelled fluids from every orifice, pungent body odor, necrotic limbs... you name it, I've smelled it. I never fully appreciated the pleasure of coming home to a home smelling like flowers and a freshly baked pie. Comfortable shoes. Whether you're a Dansko nurse or a sneaker-lover, there's that one pair of shoes you cannot work without. I used to love my flip flops and stilettos on my days off, and now I honor my feet with the comfiest of comfy. Feet need a break too! Warm, home cooked meals. After endless nights...
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Lucinda Cave: September's Featured Member Lucinda is a small town Iowa girl who came to Cleveland and never left. I met Lucinda after a CEAC meeting a few months ago. She responded to my search for a member to pen a healthy nurse blog series, so we sat on the couch in ONA’s lobby to discuss what that series would look like. I noticed how kind Lucinda seemed. You know that sparkle some people have in their eyes? Lucinda has that, and good energy just radiates from her. Her smile is friendly, a bit shy, but also contagious. Meet ONA’s September featured member, Lucinda Cave! M: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you...
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Ohio became the 25 th state to legalize medical marijuana when Governor John Kasich signed HB 523 on June 8, 2016. The new law became effective on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and will allow limited possession and use beginning Thursday, September 8, 2016. The bill, introduced in mid-April, received intense scrutiny by the members of the General Assembly during the roughly seven weeks it was under consideration. Lawmakers acted relatively quickly in order to avoid having voters decide the issue through a fall ballot initiative that would have added provisions to Ohio’s Constitution (rather than the Revised Code) authorizing the use of medical...
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A great team consisting of ONA members (Sharon Hawkins, Terri Miller, Sally Morgan) and ONA staff and their families (Lili Baiman, Molly Homan, Shannon Mattern, Tiffany Bukoffsky, Dodie Dowden, Angie Lemery, Joe Hauser) came together on August 27th for the annual Central Ohio Heart Walk. Thousands of people packed the Columbus Commons, all with the goal of raising money for health heart education and research. ONA was lucky enough to touch many people the day of the event, and were even able to perform 44 Million Heart health assessments! If you're interested in learning more about the Million Hearts initiative and want to learn how to get involved, contact...
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It's Back to School Time!

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Summer is over that means it's time for school again. For some, this brings about anxiety over rising tuition, the cost of books and everything else that comes with being a college student. Did you know that ONA's charitable arm, The Ohio Nurses Foundation, can help? Each year, the foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and research grants to notable nursing students. Mark you calendar - applications are due annually in January and disbursed at the Nurses Choice Luncheon (April 28, 2017). Eight scholarships are available and each student is encouraged to apply for all that they qualify. Three $2,000 research grants are also available...
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Pricing in Big Pharm

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This will be a very short blog, hopefully not a rant. Nurses are movers and changers, not only in the field of nursing, but for nonprofits, like the American Red Cross. As District 10 leads off off this year, they are supporting the Alzheimers' Community. We nurses do great things! However, as nurses do great things, corporations based on greed do not. When an Epi-pen price skyrocketed, all of us should use our communication skills and tools protesting inflated pricing of very necessary drugs by socially irresponsible, greedy corporations or individuals. Each time a corporate entity or person create a health impact to the American people, all health professionals...
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Pink-tinged puffy clouds dotted the early morning skies as a dozen cyclists boarded the limo bus chartered to take us to breakfast. One rider, likely more wide awake than the rest, cleared his throat and read aloud from his cell phone weather app, “Severe heat warning today! Seek air conditioning. Do not engage in strenuous outdoor activity.” “Ha!” “Yeah. Right.” Additional nervous laughter . . . . . We were, together with 400 other cyclists, headed for a 94-mile bike ride from Dublin to Wooster as part of the tenth annual Pan Ohio Hope Ride. And for those of you familiar with Ohio geography – that also means HILLS! Mostly up. So...
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Safe Staffing. This is such a hot topic in the nursing world right now, and should be! ONA is working tirelessly on safe staffing, and has been for quite awhile! Our first round of legislation passed in 2008 (after 8 years of hard work) with the promise to Ohio’s nurses that we’d be back if the law needed amending. After many years of focus groups, surveys and talking with nurses across the state, the time has come to revisit the issue of safe nurse staffing in Ohio. We (as in ONA members) passed 3 staffing-related reference proposals at the last ONA Convention, and a member-led Staffing Task Force has been hard at work since December of 2015 to start the...
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AUGUST FEATURED MEMBER: JESSICA TUCCI Jessica Tucci is a young, newer nurse who is also a newlywed, a newer resident of Ohio and a relatively new member of ONA. One thing that is NOT new to her, though, is writing – her pastime and creative outlet since she was a girl. Jessica wrote a beautiful blog post during Nurses Week that was viewed over 1,600 times and highly shared on Facebook. Thankfully, Jessica volunteered to continue to write for ONA’s blog with her next post titled “ Five Things Nurses Should be Caring About Right Now .” I have no doubt that she is an emerging nurse leader, and I’m happy ONA was able to provide an outlet where she...
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Healthy Nurses...

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So why would an average nurse blog for other nurses, on a topic that the ‘other nurses’ have also studied thoroughly, become the trusted experts on, and have actually become, themselves? Hard to say. Is it because ‘Health’ is simply a cool topic? Yeah, maybe. Nothing wrong with living a long, happy life, full of nutritious food, restful sleep, vigorous exercise, meaningful work, heartfelt relationships, intellectual stimulation, and everything else that encompasses good health. Is it because when the ONA call came out for someone to accept this challenge, my email inbox became sprinkled with variations of, “You ought to try this,” from...
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