The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
A consensus report from Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls for removal of barriers to practice at national level.
Read Reuters articlesupportive of IOM report and advanced practice nurses. Here's an article in Kansas City.com about IOM, but not quite as supportive of APNs. Download report
Nurse Practitioners are...
As a means to increase awareness of Nurse Practitioners, KCNPNM has launched its first poster and essay contest open to Kentucky students in all grades. The theme is "Nurse Practitioners are…” Entries will be judged at the regional level with various awards and recognition. To learn more click the following links. The Poster Contest is open to Kentucky students in grades K-5. The Essay Contest open to Kentucky students in grades 6-12. Encourage your school-age friends to enter.
Judging will be done at the regional level with state wide prizes awarded in two age categories for each contest. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2010.
Better access to healthcare and benefits information for veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced an initiative to improve veterans' access to healthcare and benefits information using technology. VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki states "Veterans will have a better experience when they contact VA for assistance,…” Read article at Health Leaders Media
Is "Social” Media the best venue for
We've all heard about Facebook and Twitter and some of us use these social networking tools to keep in touch with friends and family. They are great ways to share information and pictures with those important to you.
However, this website is a professional networking site. It's a credible, professional tool, with more privacy than a site like Facebook. It's the appropriate place to discuss issues related to your profession and practice. Here are a few tools available for Coalition members. You can confidently utilize the file storage device for continuing education and other documents (My Profile, Manage Profile, Files and Links) . With each upload, select whether you want other members to be able to view. You can participate in polls and surveys (lower right of home page) pertinent to your profession, and search for colleagues (Member Search). Members are encouraged to write blog posts and articles. Upload your Resume/CV for employers and recruiters to view (My Profile, Manage Profile, Networking and Careers).
Sticks and Stones may break your bones...
Mom might have said "but words will never hurt you”, but we all know careful choice of words can make a big difference. Read a great article found in the Journal of Nurse Practitioners, Words We are
Know a Special Nurse Practitioner?
Nominations are now being accepted for AANP 2011 NP State Award for Excellence and the 2011 NP Advocate State Award for Excellence. This is your opportunity to honor colleagues who are deserving of these prestigious awards by nominating them. You do not have to be an AANP member to be a nominator or nominee. Nomination information can be found on the AANP website . Nominations must be received electronically by Nov. 15 to be considered for the 2011 award.
Parkinson's Across the Lifespan: A Roadmap for Nurses is an online course designed by Parkinson's nurse specialists to help other nurses better understand how to deliver comprehensive care to people and families living with Parkinson's disease (PD).
This free course is designed for nurses who want to better understand Parkinson's in order to better care for the growing population of people living with the disease. It is most suitable for nurses in long-term care, acute care, recent nursing graduates or other nurses who want to improve the care they give to people living with PD. You can view this course online 24 hours a day seven days a week from an Internet-connected computer. After completing all four 90 minute sessions and exams, you'll be eligible for up to 7.5 CEUs. More information
Calendar Items of Interest
November 7-13, 2010 - National NP Week
National Nurse Practitioner week posters are available from Healthcare Celebrations. The theme for this year is "When You Need A Hero". Over 170 designs to choose from. Download at no cost. http://healthcarecelebrations.com/
Holistic Health & Healing Conference
Nutrition: What Nurses Bring to the Table
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Indiana University Southeast, Greater Louisville
KCNPNM Calendar at a Glance
RENEW YOUR NURSING LICENSE BY OCTOBER 31All Kentucky Nurse Practitioners: Remember to renew your license by October 31. Renewal is done on line. Renewals are for one year. You are required to earn 14 contact hours, or the equivalent, per year from November 1 to the following October 31.
If you have earned CME credits, you will need to go to CE forms and Publicationsto submit individual requests for review of CE activities. You may use CME credit for pharmacology only if the CME provider is recognized by their national certifying organization. Contact hours over 14 cannot be carried over to the next year.
Great information is available at FAQs for Renewal
Department for Public Health Earns $1 Million Grant for Performance Management
Award will Enhance Ongoing Quality Improvement Measures
The Kentucky Department for Public Health will receive $1 million in federal grant funding over the next five years to enhance performance management at the state level and at all local health departments.
The grant funding will be used to collect data to inform decisions; monitor and evaluate quality; and make improvements throughout the state public health system. In addition, two full-time staff members will be added to DPH to focus on systems and processes within the state health department and coordinate comparable activities at local health departments.
"We are working to create consistency within the public health system,” said DPH Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. "This grant will fund ongoing efforts to establish best practice standards at both the state and local levels. Our work will be based on the most current research and organizational standards so that we can better serve Kentuckians and ensure the same set of standards are maintained everywhere.” Read more.