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President's Message: "I Am A Nurse"

By Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA

I am hopeful this month that our East coast members and colleagues have survived the Polar Vortex. I was receiving text messages at the height of the blizzards letting me know that once again the bag was packed and they were sleeping in their respective institutions. My initial reaction was, “I remember those times I spent all night, as well.” But, those experiences brought back that sense of pride and camaraderie for our profession. We consistently stay calm, assess the immediate situation, assist in the creation of the plan, implement it, and then evaluate the outcomes with our peers. Sounds like the nursing process! This skill set should not be taken lightly. Our education and clinical practice has honed these skills. We need to own who we are and what we bring to every environment we inhabit. Our skills can be transferred to any setting, especially in everyday life.
We need to identify ourselves as nurses within our communities, churches, professional organizations, and yes, even on a plane! We consistently have unique opportunities to communicate to the public that we serve, what it is we actually do.
There is no better time for us to identify ourselves than right now.   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline for choosing a plan is March 2014.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, and HRSA Administrator, Dr. Mary Wakefield, participated in a call in January. One topic of discussion was the important work that nurses are doing in order to help their communities better understand the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace outreach and enrollment. Secretary Sebelius and Dr. Wakefield both began their presentations by thanking nurses all across the country for the work they extend to their patients and families. They recognize the high value ofnurses and have experienced the important work that nurses do in their communities through education about healthcare. Nurses are demonstrating their impact by developing Outreach programs in Philadelphia and having members of their communities show their ‘new’ insurance cards. Psych/Mental Health nurses are assisting uninsured individuals to obtain the insurance they need. This promotes a decrease in long deferred medical attention. Another nurse works with the Health Department in her state as a Certified Marketplace Navigator. She works closely with her state’s nursing association presenting webinars to nurses – giving them the information they need to educate their communities. A nurse in the southwest is helping people in her state with the bilingual education information.
My dear colleagues, we are helping to shape the IOM’s new model of care. We know our patients, residents, clients, and families better than anyone. We are the 24/7 healthcare professionals.  The time is now - to inform the country that we are researchers, educators and highly trained clinicians. Yes, we are compassionate and caring but it is the science of what we do that makes us who we are. No matter where you are, please be proud when you say, “ I am a Nurse.”
All the best,
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA


NGNA at NICHE 2014

NGNA was well represented at the 2014 Annual NICHE Conference in San Diego, CA April 6-8, 2013. President Mary Rita Hurley, Vice President Joanne Aldermann, Director-at-Larger Linda Hassler and member Jeanne St. Pierre were in attendance for the three day conference. The main goal of the NICHE Conference is to focus on improving the quality care of older adults, which is comparable to NGNA's Purpose. The information received by the previously mentioned attendees will be passed down throughout NGNA.

Hillman Foundation Launches New Innovations in Care Program

RFP is released for multi-million dollar initiative supporting transformative, nursing-driven models of care.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has launched the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, which will provide over $3 million in funding over the next five years to nursingAdriven models of care that target vulnerable populations. The foundation has released a Request for Proposal that can be downloaded from the foundation website.

Request for Proposals

Please review the RFP for Patient & Caregiver Education for Stroke Risk Reduction in Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation. For consideration, please be sure that your proposal addresses all of the questions posed in the attached document. The deadline for proposal submission is 5/16/2014.

Please submit your proposal using the sponsorship and support for specific activities application available at: http://bms.com/responsibility/grantsandgiving/Corporate_Giving/Pages/Sponsorships.aspx

NW NGNA Welcomes NGNA President at March Educational Program

You are Invited to the NGNA Northwest Chapter March Educational Program:
Technological Advances of Aging in Place & Welcome President of NGNA Mary Rita Hurley!

Thursday, March 20th
6 pm – 8 pm
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N Highlands Pkwy, Tacoma, WA 98406

Speakers: Tours of Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community and Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
Cost: Free!
Light dinner and certificates of attendance provided

Please RSVP by Monday, March 10th so we have a close count for our hosts at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/hilderme/227460