Vol. 80, No. 2Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 58,000 RNs and LPNs in Mississippi.Summer 2018A Message from the PresidentDebra Allen, MSN, RNHow many times havewe used the expression “Ifeel at home here?” Eachof us wants to be valuedas a part of a group andfeel comfortable in oursurroundings. This is thetime of year that many ofour new nurse colleaguesare beginning their careersin nursing, and it’s up tous to make them feel athome in our profession. Debra Allen, MSN, RNThey are experiencing theexcitement and nervousnessof obtaining their first nursing job – just as wedid. I recall that on my second day as a brand newnurse, I had to work by myself due to my preceptor’sunexpected absence. Reflect on how you felt enteringthis fast-paced and ever changing profession, anddetermine how you can make their transition easier.This first experience creates a desire to remainand excel in nursing or, unfortunately, may resultin a decision to pursue a new job somewhere else,or even another profession. When I ask new nurseswhat they find important coming into a new job, theyfrequently respond “to feel accepted and supported.”Those who report feeling valued by their employerare significantly more likely to be motivated todo their very best.1 As seasoned nurses, we shouldstrive to create a nurturing environment for our newcolleagues, fostering respect and support. That meansthat we not only provide advice, we actively seekfeedback as well. Their observations and ideas providean opportunity to view processes in a new light.These new nurses are our leaders of tomorrow. Thesignificant number of nurses at or near retirementage increases the urgency of developing these nurses’leadership skills. It’s much easier to encourage them toembrace leadership opportunities if we connect withthem on a personal level and they feel comfortableasking questions. Let them know that every one of ushas good days and bad days – no matter how many yearswe’ve been a nurse. Let them know that it’s normal tofeel frustrated, tired, or even a little scared, especiallyduring the first year as a nurse. Let them know it’sessential to have a sense of humor to get you throughthose bad days and that the good days are often greatdays! Be the nurse mentor they trust and in whomthey can confide. When they reflect on their first yearas a nurse, be the colleague who readily helped themthrough that first exciting and exhausting year.MNA welcomes these new nurses and wants themto feel at home as members of MNA. From this firstyear as a nurse through retirement, being a memberof MNA is beneficial to your career and shows pridein your profession! Invite a new nurse to lunch anddiscuss the many benefits of being a member of MNA.Encourage them to attend a District meeting withyou and introduce them to other members. MNA’snumerous networking opportunities will allow them toconnect with their colleagues, many of whom are alsonewly entering the nursing profession. Invite them toaccompany you to one of MNA’s continuing educationevents and explain that MNA hosts events throughoutthe state. Relate to them how you have personallybenefitted by being a member, and how the nursingprofession has benefitted from MNA’s successfuladvocacy efforts! Let’s make our new colleagues “feelat home” as they join with us!1Workplace Survey, American Psychological Association,Harris Interactive, March 2012Racing to Meet Nursing Challenges of Today and Tomorrow2018 Annual ConventionOctober 23-26, 2018Biloxi, MSPresort StandardUS PostagePAIDcurrent resident orPermit #14Princeton, MN55371NOTICE OF HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETINGThe Mississippi Nurses’ Association’s House of Delegates will convene onWednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:00 the MS Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, Biloxi, MS.

Page 2 Mississippi RNJune, July, August 2018Board of DirectorsMNA: Meeting the CNE Needs of Mississippi’s RNs & APRNsSinging River Medical System - Pascagoula, MSFriday & Saturday, June 15-16, 2018Opioids: A Wake Up Call – In Conjunctionwith Pine Grove Behavioral HealthForrest General Hospital - Hattiesburg, MSFriday, June 29, 2018Pizza Grocery & Magnolia Regional Health Center - Corinth, MSFriday & Saturday, August 10-11, 2018MS Coast Coliseum & Convention Center - Biloxi, MSTuesday – Friday, October 23-26, 20182018 Annual ConventionMississippi State Capitol – Jackson, MSWednesday, January 23, 20192019 Lobby DayJackson Convention Complex – Jackson, MSTuesday, February 19, 201925th Annual Nursing SummitJackson Marriott – Jackson, MSMonday, March 4, 2019Nightingale Awards GalaTreasures of Northern CaliforniaJuly 22-30, 2018Iceland’s Magical Northern LightsNovember 6-12, 2018Skilled NursingatRuleville Nursing& RehabLPN & RNOPPORTUNITIESContact Tina Alexander, Executive [email protected] VA Medical Centerhas exciting career opportunities available forRegistered Nurses & Nurse PractitionersWe invite you to join our team, where every dayWe Proudly Serve Our Nation’s Heroes!– Summer Student NurseExternship Program– Annual MS Report ofNursing Vacancy,Turnover & AnticipatedFuture DemandExecutive Director:LaNelle Weems, MSN, RNClinical Director:Debbie Logan, MHA, RNPrograms Manager: Robin PowellOffice: 601-368-3321Fax: 601-368-3200SMRATEGIFor more information, contact: Angelique Graham, Nurse Recruiter, 901.523.8990;by email at [email protected]; or,apply online at E.O.EJoin ourtalented team!CA RTFeel free to.CONNECRTIVIELcome in and apply or send us a resume or apply onlineat or onorEABLEContact:Tawnya Pionk, Director of Nursing662-562-5664 [email protected] us online to learn more:MSCQW.ORGDirectorsCouncil on Nursing EducationCouncil on Nursing ResearchTomekia Luckett, PhD, RNLorraine Gaddis, PhD,[email protected], [email protected] on Health AffairsAlice Messer, DNP,RN, [email protected] on Nursing PracticeShonda Phelon, DNP, RN,FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, [email protected] onOrganizational AffairsDeloris Slade, MSN, RN, [email protected] onAdvanced PracticeRebecca Cagle, PhD, RN,FNP-BC, [email protected] StaffExecutive DirectorTeresa [email protected] Administrator/Membership CoordinatorDeborah [email protected] AssistantLaGina [email protected] of Events& MarketingDana [email protected] Practice Coordinator/Publishing CoordinatorDionne [email protected] District PresidentsDistrict 1:Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, andWilkinson countiesBrenda [email protected] 16:Clarke, Kemper, andLauderdale countiesLinda [email protected] 2:Amite, Copiah, Lawrence, Lincoln,Pike, and Walthall countiesTammy [email protected] 18:Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee,Oktibbeha, Webster, and WinstoncountiesAlena [email protected] 6:Jackson, George, and Greene countiesRobbie [email protected] 7:Covington, Forrest, Lamar, Perry,Jefferson Davis & Marion countiesLinda [email protected] 11:Simpson and Smith countiesTeresa [email protected]– Hospital Improvement InnovationNetwork – HIINSTTreasurerCarl Mangum, PhD, [email protected] 8:Jasper, Jones, and Wayne countiesEmily retarySandra Arnold, MSN, RNDistrict 5:Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River, andStone countiesDeborah [email protected]& HealthWorkforcedaily.The Mississippi Center for Quality and Workforce is focused onsolutions for the emerging healthcare workforce challenges dueto changes in the nursing workforce.Vice PresidentTonya Moore, PhD, clinic.comNRCME/FMCSA DOT Medical ExaminerCourse & Pharmacology2018 APRN Symposium: Gateway to aHealthier Mississippi - In Conjuction withTri-State Provider Regional Network andMagnolia Regional Health CenterPresidentDebra Allen, MSN, [email protected] owned and operatedSenatobia, MSDistrict 12:Claiborne, Issaquena, Sharkey, andWarren countiesDebbie HooverDebbie [email protected] 13:Hinds, Rankin, Madison andYazoo countiesBeverly [email protected] 21:Humphries, Sunflower, andWashington countiesKaffie [email protected] 23:Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman,Tallahatchie, and Tunica counties.Shelby [email protected] 25:Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun,Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee,Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah,Tishomingo, and Union countiesDonna [email protected] 28:DeSoto, Marshall, and Tate countiesPhyllis [email protected] 31:Lafayette, Panola, and YalobushacountiesMorgan [email protected] 32:Attala, Carroll, Grenada, Holmes,Leflore, and Montgomery countiesHeather [email protected] 15:Leake, Neshoba, Newton, and ScottcountiesCassandra [email protected] advertising rates and information, please contact Arthur L. 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June, July, August 2018Executive Director’s ColumnWho says continuing education events can’t beexciting? Attendees wholeheartedly declare thatthe MNA APRN’s Charting the Course: Change,Innovation, Opportunity Conference hosted in Natchezwas stimulating on all levels!We were honored to have Dr. Leandro Mena asour opening speaker on Friday morning presentingon Population Health to Address the HIV Epidemic.Dr. Mena is recognized throughout the country for hiswork in developing programs to treat HIV patients. It’sincumbent on nurses across all roles to understand thegrowing challenge of human trafficking in our state.We sincerely appreciate Paula Broome, Bureau Chief,Bureau of Victim Assistance, Mississippi AttorneyGeneral’s Office, for her insightful presentation onTeresa Malonethis issue, and North Sunflower Medical Center forsponsoring this session. We also appreciate the coverage of this session by TheNatchez Democrat. On Saturday, we were privileged to be joined by Dr. MelissaKing, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, President of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, andPhyllis Johnson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Executive Director. Dr. King’s presentationfocused on the opioid epidemic, and Phyllis Johnson provided information onrecent changes, both regulatory and practice oriented. Attendees expressed theirappreciation for the opportunity to interact and pose questions to both of theseindividuals after their presentations. Renowned career coach and sought-afterpresenter, Olivia Martin, engaged attendees with her unique style - blendinghumor and data to encourage attendees to navigate change full steam ahead byassessing their individual energy levels and taking action to improve their careers,their mindsets, and their lives. Everyone enjoyed reading the message in a bottlecomposed by one of their colleagues. For those wanting to take advantage ofadditional continuing education opportunities, the pre-conference sessions includedASCCP Guidelines on Pap Smears and HPV testing presented by Dr. Freddy Grant,and the NRCME/FMCSA DOT Medical Examiner Course presented by DelorisSlade, MSN, RN, FNP-BC. We were delighted to be welcomed to the beautifulcity of Natchez by the distinguished Mayor Darryl Grennell. True to the graciousreputation for which Natchez is known, Mayor Grennell also presented us with a giftbasket containing some of the best finds in Natchez.Replete with steamboat photo opportunities, nautical inspired conference totes,and a Chart Your Course to the Fiesta on the Bluff Street Party, the Conferencesought to interweave the best of Natchez throughout the event. Providing a tastefrom some of the most famous restaurants, the Street Party featured margaritas,tamales, and nachos from Fat Mama’s, and empanadas and tacos from Grindstone.Adding to the ambiance was music provided by one of the Natchez’s most requestedbands, Bubba and Drew. Networking with colleagues is always enjoyable in such afun and beautiful setting!A special note of thanks to the many exhibitors who joined us at the Conference!We also extend our appreciation to Laerdal for use of their simulation models atnumerous sessions during the Conference. Most importantly, we thank the manyattendees who joined us, shared your ideas, and provided feedback to us! Thank youfor your support of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association!We have many more events planned over the next several months and encourageregistered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses to join us as we host eventsacross the state. MNA is here for you and welcomes your suggestions on continuingeducation events. Please contact us so that we may continue to meet your needs!Mississippi RN Page 3izzlingSummer SriMe mb er s h ip D ve!Support Your Nursing Profession!Take part in the Mississippi Nurses’ AssociationSummer Sizzling Membership ChallengeLet’s sizzle along with the summer sun and make our voice even stronger!For Every Application received by July 15th, Recruiting Membersand New Members will be placed in a drawing for great prizes.Visit our website at for details.Encourage your colleagues to Join MNA!Be a part of MNA’s legacy of taking the Lead in advancing the nursing profession!By working together, we will continue to Succeed in Mississippi!

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Page 6 Mississippi RNJune, July, August 2018Report from Council on Advanced PracticeDo You Have Professionalism as a Career Resolution?Rebecca Cagle, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BCDirector, Council on Advanced PracticeSeveral events of late have prompted me toreflect on professionalism in nursing and advancedpractice nursing. Whether one is a new graduatefrom an advanced practice program or a seasonednurse practitioner, I ask each this question: do youhave a career resolution to develop and maintainprofessionalism throughout your career? Is it in yourfive year plan? Often while in nursing school we developplans, be they individual or business. Sometimes oncethe goal of graduation, certification and licensure hasbeen obtained, the long term plan gets set aside forbeing thankful for a NP job and learning the tasks tosurvive in this health care business. As requirementsfor certification and indeed licensure are changing,and with additional certification requirements varying, Rebecca Cagle, PhD,one can become bewildered and confused. Has anyone FNP-BC, PMHNP-BChad the experience of finding out too late their basiclife support credential has expired and you cannot work until it is current? Withall you were keeping up with, you simply missed the basics. Has anyone receivedan unfavorable patient and family satisfaction survey report to realize that despiteyour skill and knowledge, you were not perceived as professional or caring to apatient or family?Hands Only CPRHattiesburg Clinic, Laerdal, and the Mississippi Nurses’ Association hosteda Hands Only CPR event for the public at Hattiesburg Clinic on April 10th.Attendees encouraged each other as they learned how to successfully administerHands Only CPR. We extend our sincere appreciation to instructors PaulThompson, RN with Laerdal and Sandi Arnold, MSN, RN with HattiesburgClinic.A conversation I had this week with a man who was quite satisfied with hisnew PCP, a nurse practitioner, reminded me of the importance of presence andprofessionalism, caring for and caring about our patients. He mentioned that hehad not really had a PCP since his doctor had left the primary care setting fora practice as a hospitalist. He had gotten very sick during the winter and hadneed for a PCP. He selected a local NP, whom he did not know, but she was fromhis area. As he put it “she is the only provider I may ever need.” He describedhow competently she had assessed and treated him with appropriate diagnostictests and medications. She even called to see if he was improving the next day.He felt that his health was cared for, but also that he as an individual was caredabout as a person. I beamed with pride for our discipline as this was a formerstudent of mine of years past. She was still keeping the common touch and waslinked with her purpose many years after becoming a NP. She was the ultimateprofessional by keeping professionalism in the focus, along with CEUs and skillscompetencies.Consider taking a moment to sit down, reflect, and look at several areas inthe next five years. The areas will naturally include requirements for licensureand certification, but also areas of career job goals, overall professional goal, andprofessional service to patients and fellow health care providers, be it medicalmission trips or academic/mentoring roles. The one thing we know for certainis that we cannot do everything all the time or at the same time necessarily. Weneed to look at the season that we are in and the season we want to reach thatis our preferred one. We must find a way to keep ourselves connected to ourinner purpose of serving our patients. I have of late given up television and socialmedia as a distraction to keeping myself balanced, focused, and on task. I am notsuggesting that you should do this. You know what you need to be healthy.Professionalism can be improved through many avenues. Professionaldevelopment through membership, service in a particular office locally, statewide, or even nationally can help us remain connected to the cause. What is yourplan to give back and serve? We can all serve through membership in MNA. Wemay also consider running for office. Might you want to be a local MNA officerin preparation to becoming a state wide board member for MNA? Likewisepresenting your knowledge and expertise to fellow NPs to obtain those CE hourscan be a goal. Sometimes we have a need for a particular CE offering that wedon’t have locally, but what can we do to make that CE happen? MNA is alwaysworking to meet the needs of the NPs in all nursing roles. Let us know your needand we will make an effort to schedule your requested topic.Lastly, on a rather personal note, I lost a family member and mentor this pastmonth. She was my Aunt Jo. She was a nurse. She was my first nurse to work withas a NP in the clinic. At the age of 43 with six children, she went to LPN school.She graduated third in her class and made a perfect score on her boards. She wasthe epitome of nursing for as long as she worked. She was born to be a nurse,some might say. She always kept her patient as her focus. She advocated for thepatient and simply did her job. She helped all that she could for as long as shecould. She always looked and acted professionally.She was the most practical and professional nurse that I have known. I amwho I am because of who she was. She used her talents and abilities despitechallenges to make the world a better place for those about her. Thank you JoyceAnn Stephens, LPN for being professional and caring for and about people. 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June, July, August 2018Mississippi RN Page 7Poster Session Benefits NursesDistrictSpotlight.District 7 presented a donation of 550 toFellowship Health Clinic from proceeds of the FourthAnnual Heart & Sole Race/Walk. Fellowship HealthClinic provides services to uninsured and underinsured in our community. Katie Heindl, RN servesas Assistant Director of Clinic, she accepted the checkfrom Shenika Russell, Race Committee Chair andFirst Vice-President of DNA 7.Pictured: Katie Heindl, RN, Assistant DirectorFellowship Health Clinic; Shenika Russell, RN,DNA 7 First Vice-President and Heart & Sole RaceCommittee Chair; and Linda Holmes, MSN, RN-BC,DNA 7 President.District 13 presented five complimentary one-yearMNA memberships to one graduating nursing studentfrom Belhaven University, Hinds Community College,Holmes Community College, Mississippi College andthe University of Mississippi Medical Center School ofNursing. Each recipient was active in the MississippiAssociation of Student Nurses, and upon successfulpassage of the NCLEX, we look forward to welcomingthese new members to MNA!District 15 hosted a lunch for the graduating classof East Central Community College and providedgift bags to each student. District 15 and MNA arelooking forward to having these new nurse leaders joinwith their colleagues as members of MNA!Lorraine Gaddis, PhD, RN, FNP-BCDirector, Council on Nursing ResearchConvention is rightaround the cornerwith its many excitingopportunities forl e a r n i ng , n e t wo rk i ngand presenting. Pleasetake advantage of theopportunity to submitandpresentyourcompleted scholarly workor work in progress atMNA's poster session!If you have consideredsubmitting and presentinga poster, or even if youhave been reluctant to Lorraine Gaddis, PhD,RN, FNP-BCdo so, read on and askyourself these essential questions.Do I have to be a formal "researcher" to presentmy work? Not at all. Registered nurses andadvanced practice nurses are involved in all kindsof creative enterprises that have a profound impacton the art and science of nursing. Formal researchis certainly a part of what we showcase, but a postersession is the ideal way to share all your efforts inimproving nursing practice. Quality improvementprojects, safety initiatives, needs assessmentoutcomes, community-based endeavors, newpractice prototypes, qualitative findings – these arebut a few of the types of innovative undertakingsyou are encouraged to share. If your project isevidence-based and has the potential to improve thepractice of nursing, chances are others will benefitfrom hearing about it.What is the professional value of presentingat the poster session? The poster session offers achance for a deep level of engagement with otherConvention attendees about your special interests.Presenting a poster is the perfect opportunityto share ideas one-on-one with those whosescholarly work is similar to your own. This sessionis different from the other networking you willdo at Convention. The poster session clearlyidentifies you in your area of scholarly endeavorand facilitates conversation among those whoshare that interest. Many collaborative projects,joint publications, and job opportunities havecome out of a personal interaction that startedat a poster session. In addition, you will likely getpositive feedback as well as friendly critique thatwill help you take your ideas to the next level. Asyou take this feedback home, don't forget that yoursubmission was peer-reviewed and can be added toyour resume as such.Have I been struggling to find a forum todisseminate my work? Students at all levels, alongwith working registered nurses in Mississippi,conduct rich and valuable scholarly work. Toooften the outcomes of evidence-based practiceinitiatives are not disseminated after completion.Podium presentations and publications are toooften considered the "most prestigious" ways toshare ideas and completed works. This thinkingleaves poster sessions to be undervalued for theirrich opportunities to advance ideas and stimulatemeaningful dialogue among professionals. Becauseof time constraints and concurrent sessions, youcould end up with as high attendance at your postersession as your colleagues who presented from thepodium. We structure the poster session to providetime for all attendees to have an opportunity toview the posters and interact with authors.What if I have a fear of public speaking? Luckilyfor you, a poster session is one of the best ways toovercome that fear. Christie Davis, poster presenterat a recent event, had this to say: "I was nervousabout presenting but I passionately believed in mysubject matter. Having the opportunity to presentat MNA gave me the confidence to submit andpresent from the podium at a national conferencejust a few months later." At our poster session,you will present the content of your poster severaltimes to a small number of individuals. This willhelp you hone your presentation skills. Becauseyou are the expert on your project, you cannot failwhen attendees ask questions about your work. Theposter session is therefore ideal for novice speakers.Experts, don't forget that it also gives you thechance to be a role model and mentor colleagues,supervisees, and students.Does presenting my poster really make adifference? Emphatically, yes! A life affirmingvisual might draw the attention of a fellow nursewho is nearing burnout. A safety issue resolvedmight save the life of a patient in another's care.A personal story shared in a private conversationmight change the world view of a colleague seekingto find his or her own core values in nursing.There are many professional benefits to be gainedfrom conducting and presenting scholarly workincluding those that improve a resume. But at itsheart, nursing scholarship is about your passionfor changing practice for the better and deliveringexcellent nursing care. Take a chance. Make thatdifference!The deadline for poster abstracts is September12th. For questions regarding the poster session,abstract submission, or the selection process pleasecontact MNA at (601) 898-0670 or [email protected] to BSNConcentrationLeaders Defining the Art & Science of NursingRNs earn your BSN degree in JUST 3 SEMESTERSDistrict 16 and Eliza Pillars

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