ASNA's 2014 Nurses' Day at the Capitol (click on image)
ASNA is accepting abstracts for the Elizabeth A. Morris Clinical Education Sessions - FACES '14
April 22, 2014
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The President's Message
Arlene H. Morris, RN, MSN, EdD, CNE
Recalling a Century of Service & Looking to ASNA's Second Century
During Oct. 10-12, nurses from across the state gathered at the Montgomery Renaissance for ASNA’s celebration of a Century of Service! Attendees represented a variety of practice settings, levels of practice, ages, geographic areas, and participation in ASNA at district and state levels. The variety was thrilling as lively discussions were held during both the Mable Lamb Continuing Education Day and around the events of the 100th House of Delegates. Governor Bentley congratulated ASNA on 100 years of service to Alabama nurses and citizens, relating continuing important roles of nurses in the current healthcare delivery system. Dr. Debbie Hatmaker, recently appointed Chief Professional Practice Officer of ANA, presented the keynote address, discussing challenges nurses face across all levels of practice. The Alabama Association of Nursing Students‘ concurrent convention allowed interaction with practicing nurses and many vendors. Read More.
The ED's Notes
Dr. John Ziegler
Executive Director, ASNA
You Can Be, Where You Can't Be... At The Same Time!
Nurses are among the busiest folks in the professional world. Trying to juggle family (or relationships), work, finances and time can be exhausting! As I’ve traveled around the state talking to nurses, most non-members have no strong objections to joining ASNA. They understand that many voices promoting and protecting the profession in Montgomery and D.C. are much louder than a few. And, when they see the value of benefits far exceed dues in real dollars… the less than $25 monthly dues for ASNA/ANA is a non-issue. Read More
Gregory Howard, LPN
Professional Conduct: The Role of a Nurse
The role of the nurse is established in the very beginning of the nurses training. This training focuses on the psychological and the internal nature of the nurse. It challenges the nurse to do the right thing no matter what, and meeting the expectations of those who rely on the nurse for their care. The expectations are that the nurse will meet or exceed the Standards of Care, State Nurse Practice Acts and Codes of Ethics. If the nurse violates the Standards of Care, there is a disciplinary process in place. Read More.
Don Eddins, BS, MS, JD
ASNA Legal Representative
Admittedly I am biased, but in my opinion one of the most important advantages of membership in the Alabama State Nurses Assocation is the legal services program. The program is two-pronged - one pertaining to licensure/job performance matters, while the other relates to consultation on a broad spectrum of leagal issues.
On the licensure/job performance part of the program, I should state at the outset that anyone can be negligent. Another way of stating that is that anyone can make a mistake. Read More.
The 2013 legislative session has been quite active, with a number of bills that are of interest to the nursing profession. Although there are a few legislative days left, at the time of this writing, many of the bills of interest have stalled in committee. Others are waiting for a vote and a few have passed. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act by Congress, the State of Alabama has conducted a thorough review of our Medicaid system and how the addition of another four to five hundred thousand Alabamians to the Medicaid roles can be funded. Read More...
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Alabama Board of Nursing Update
Carolyn G. Morgan, MSN, RN
Nurse Consultant, Continuing Education and Nursing Practice
CE Requirement for Nursing License Renewal Continuing Education (CE) became a requirement for nursing license renewal in Alabama in the early 1990s when the Alabama Legislature amended the Nurse Practice Act to require CE. (Code of Ala. 1975§ 34-21-23 (f)). The Alabama Board of Nursing’s Administrative Code expands on the statute by stating that the registered nurse and the licensed practical nurse are individually accountable for continued competency to practice nursing including knowledge and compliance with applicable statutes and regulations (ABN Admin. Code, §§ 610-X-10-.02(1), 610-X-6-.04(2) (a)(i) and 610-X-6-.05(2)(a)(i)). Read More…
2013 is LPN Renewal Year
ABN deadline is November 30th to complete CE without additional charges
The ABN has on-line capability, including payment by credit card. You may also pay by personal check.