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Vote Like Your Life Depends on It

Editorial by the Nursing Tri-Council, an alliance between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented pain, grief, and destruction to the health and well-being of our nation’s citizens and economy. So far four million cases have been confirmed in the U.S., with more than 150,000 deaths. Nurses and physicians, plus the hospitals and other health care settings where they work, have been stretched to their limits.

At the same time, tens of thousands of businesses have closed. The unemployment rate, in a population of roughly 326,000,000, is over 11 percent. More than 20 million people have been furloughed or fired since the pandemic began. And an economic depression like this one brings its own additional health care crises as employer-based health insurance is lost, along with jobs and wages.

As the most trusted professionals on the frontline of health care delivery, nurses have much to contribute to the political realities on the ground and to the political conversations surrounding health care policy initiatives. Our opinions carry weight; our needs are taken seriously. Now more than ever, the voices of nurses must be heard loud and clear in November.

Given the urgency of our national and international health crisis, the Tri-Council for Nursing—the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), and the National League for Nursing (NLN)—urges you to exercise your power to vote. Consider supporting candidates who will place nursing and nursing education priorities front and center and have action plans in place to address them.

Our priorities include:

  • Endorsing the wearing of face masks in public settings where social distancing is impossible or difficult to achieve.
  • Protecting and supporting licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) on the frontlines of this crisis with personal protective equipment (PPE) and fair and equitable payroll protection.
  • Boosting investments in public health, including infrastructure.
  • Providing a supplemental increase in funding for Title VIII nursing workforce development to assure an adequate supply of nurses for the future.
  • Investing in nursing research through the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We appreciate and support the bipartisan efforts by Congress and the Trump administration to recognize the importance of nursing during the pandemic by reauthorizing the Title VIII programs and waiving regulatory obstacles to nursing practice—though more needs to be accomplished.

As Election Day nears and voting by mail commences, we call upon all nurses to carefully weigh the positions, proposals, and legislative voting records of candidates who aspire to elected office, whether that be in their local areas or states, or at the national level. We must ensure that nurses have the resources they need to treat patients suffering from this harmful and deadly virus.

COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic our world ever faces. Nurses, as frontline health care professionals, will always be at greater risk than many others. As the stakes are higher than ever this year, vote like your life depends on it. Because honestly, it does.

The Tri-Council for Nursing is an alliance between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing. While each organization has its own constituent membership and unique mission, they are united by common values and convene regularly for the purpose of dialogue and consensus building, to provide stewardship within the profession of nursing.  These organizations represent nurses in practice, nurse executives and nursing educators. The Tri-Council’s diverse interests encompass the nursing work environment, health care legislation, and policy, quality of health care, nursing education, practice, research and leadership across all segments of the health delivery system.

Happy Birthday and Thank You Hildegard!

Annually, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) celebrates CNS Week during the first week of September. We do this in honor of Dr. Hildegard Peplau, Ed.D., RN (1909 – 1999), who established the CNS role.  September 1st is her birthday.  If she were alive today, she would be 111-years-old.  The CNS role has been in existence for 64 years with nearly 90,000 CNSs currently practicing in the United States.

Click here to wish Dr. Peplau a Happy Birthday and maybe leave a few words on what the CNS role means to you.

Dr. Hildegard Peplau, RN, Ed.D

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The Resurgence of the CNS: Present, Lead, Enjoy, Be Recognized With NACNS

Present at the Annual Conference – Deadline August 14

It is time to begin working on abstracts and preparing to attend the 2021 NACNS Annual Conference March 10-13 in New Orleans, LA.

The call for abstracts for the 26th NACNS Annual Conference with the theme The Resurgence of the CNS is open.  Deadline for submissions is August 14, 2020.  Submit your abstract today.  Details below:

NACNS uses the association’s Research Agenda to determine topics of interest for its 2021 annual conference. Those interested in submitting an abstract for consideration will be asked to select a topic and address the theme of the conference, The Resurgence of the CNS in their abstracts.

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CNS First Time Poet Pens “When the Masks all Come Off” In Response To Pandemic

You might say the pen is not only mightier than the sword but it is mightier than a pandemic too.

Words have power.  The power to comfort and heal.  Much like the role – or the power  — of a nurse.

The words of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Jennifer Dorman’s poem titled “When The Masks Come Off” have that power too.

The poem, reproduced below, serves as an outlet to express the many feelings triggered by the pandemic while looking ahead to a brighter future.

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“It Doesn’t Give Up Fast Or Easily” — CNS Shares Her Story of Personal Experience With COVID-19; What The News Media Isn’t Saying

“Horrifying” is how Judy Dusek DNP, M.Ed., APRN-CNS, CMSRN, ACNS-BC and NACNS board member describes her bout with COVID-19.

Just recently recovered, Dusek agreed to share her personal experience as one of the “90%” of COVID-19 sufferers we don’t hear about in the news.  Dusek oversees eight units responsible for staff development, onboarding, education and being hands-on with the nurses at bedside for Ascension Via Christi, the largest provider of health care services throughout Wichita and central Kansas.

Here’s what she had to say from a nurse’s perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on the body.

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Conquer Stress During Difficult Times: Webinar Series for CNSs Explains What Stress Is and How To Prevent and Eliminate It

The “how” of destressing is somewhat easy for many to understand.  It is the putting into practice of stress-reducing techniques that is usually the most difficult part to master. Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing and eliminating stress has never been more important for the nursing community.

Few understand this better than Dr. Brenda Lyon, who has close to 40 years of experience in helping clients effectively deal with stress and stress-related physical illness.  She is the author of the newly released #1 book Haven’t You Suffered Enough? Clinically Proven Methods To Conquer Stress.  According to Dr. Lyon, it takes time to master the skills to conquer stress but the resulting benefits at work and home are enormous and life-changing.

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Upcoming NICE Network Webinar on Infection Control in Maternal and Child Health

The Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) will host the seventh webinar in the Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients series on May 15. The webinar, A Discussion of Current Infection Prevention and Control Challenges in Maternal and Child Health Settings, will feature the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses.

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Hurricane Harvey Update

As the winds and rains of Hurricane Harvey begin to taper off, news outlets are reporting on the destruction and equating the scope of the damage to Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans.  Reports of up to 50 inches of rain in some areas of Texas underscore the intense flooding and destruction resulting from this storm.  NACNS has reached out to our Texas Affiliate to learn more about what clinical nurse specialists and the APRN community is experiencing and to see if we can help in anyway.  NACNS encourages our members to consider making a donation of time or money to the American Red Cross.

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