Profiles & Perspectives: January-June 2013 Edition

AJJ Profiles & Perspectives is the enewsletter of Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. It highlights AJJ clients, associations and employees.

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Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)

22nd Annual Convention

The 22nd AMSN Annual Convention will take place September 26-29, 2013 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

At the AMSN 2013 ConventionAMSN inspires medical-surgical nurses to apply best practices within the clinical setting based on the latest available evidence. View the brochure.

The goal of the convention is to provide high-quality education that nurses will integrate into their practice to promote positive patient outcomes.

There is a wide array of topics that span the specialty presented by the industry's foremost experts.

New for the 2013 convention is live video broadcasting of selected sessions. Virtual attendees can participate in the live presentations right from their home or workplace.


Results of the Recent Election

AMSN has elected two directors and a president-elect: Incumbent Dee Eldardiri, MS, RN-BC, CMSRN, of South Riding, VA, and Renee Thompson, MSN, RN, CMSRN, of Pittsburgh, PA, and Jill Arzouman, MS, RN, CMSRN, ACNS, BC, of Tucson, AZ, respectively.

AMSNDee, who has worked in medical-surgical nursing for over twenty years, says, "It is important to serve in this leadership role as way of giving back to the nursing profession. I have a passion and desire to promote medical-surgical nursing to the world through volunteer leadership in AMSN."

Having spent the same amount of time in medical-surgical nursing, Renee states, "This organization above all others has demonstrated consistency regarding commitment to the nursing profession; a vision to recognize the role of the medical surgical nurse; and the compassion to do the right thing - every time. I want to serve on the AMSN Board of Directors because, like a moth to a flame, I am drawn to other human beings who act as exemplary role models for other nurses. AMSN has inspired me to be a better nurse. I want to do the same for others."

Jill, who has been a working medical-surgical nurse for an impressive thirty years, has three specific goals in mind: Advocate for the specialty of medical surgical nursing at the local and national level through strategic relationships; promote EBP and research for the bedside nurse by providing relevant and timely resources; and mentor new leaders in the organization to develop a more formal succession plan. Jill previously served as national treasurer (2007-2012) on the AMSN Board of Directors.

Dee, Renee, and Jill will officially begin their roles at the AMSN Annual Convention on September 29, 2013.


American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)

Nurses Learn Latest on Patient-Centered Medical Home and More at Annual Conference

An outstanding education program drew over 700 nurses to the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) 38th Annual Conference, April 23-26, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV.

AAACNAttendees advanced their practice and leadership skills with clinical, management, and leadership sessions. Hot topics this year included the latest on care coordination and patient-centered medical homes. View the brochure.

Another important aspect of the conference was addressed at the very popular Town Hall meeting: patient and nurse wellness. Attendees learned about wellness in the ambulatory care setting and shared their thoughts and initiatives on taking care of both their patients and themselves.

The pre- and post-conference workshops and education opportunities were also a hit with attendees.

AAACN ConventionNurses explored the work and workflows in ambulatory practice, learned how to write for publication, prepared for certification with the Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Course, and polished their telehealth skills with the Telehealth Nursing Practice Core Course (TNPCC).

Conference Highlights Susan M. Paschke, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, was inducted as the 2013-2014 AAACN President at the conference.

Attendees raved about "Why Courage?", the keynote address by Virginia R. Beeson, MSN, NEA-BC. Beeson explored courage as a leadership skill and provided several suggestions on how to become a more courageous leader.

Attendees networked with colleagues, met with vendors in the packed exhibit hall, and viewed 75 poster presentations.

Finally, the AAACN Silent Auction on Tuesday, April 23, raised over $4,600 for the scholarship and research grant program.


Awards and Scholarships Presented at 38th Annual Conference

During the Opening Ceremonies at AAACN's 38th Annual Conference, several individuals were recognized for their contributions to ambulatory care cursing.

The President's Above and Beyond Award (the highest possible award, given to an individual who exceeds the expectations of a volunteer role), was given to Margarita Gore, MBA, BSN, RN-BC of Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ.

ViewPointTwo Excellence Awards (sponsored by the Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. Nursing Economic$ Foundation, given to AAACN members who personify administrative and clinical excellence in ambulatory care) were awarded: Sharon Holland, RN-BC, of Scott and White health care, Temple, TX received the Administrative Excellence Award; Beth Ann McMurtry, RN-BC, CDE, HC of Scott and White health care, Temple, TX received the Clinical Excellence Award.

The 2012 ViewPoint Writer's Award was given to Sarah Muegge, MSN, RN-BC, of Cox Health, Springfield, MO, for her article, "Practice the Right ‘Rights:' A Strategy Promoting Effective Immunization Delivery," which was published in the September/October 2012 issue.

Two Conference Scholarships (to provide financial assistance to attend the AAACN conference) were awarded to Diane Lapars, LPN, of Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, and Kathleen Martinez, BSN, RN, CPN, of Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO.

Lastly, a new award—the Perpetual Certification Scholarship, named for Candia Baker Laughlin—was unveiled: A $1,000 Certification Scholarship, which will be instituted in Baker Laughlin's honor and will be awarded annually to a nurse member seeking certification. The scholarship will cover the exam fee, study materials, and other expenses related to achieving certification.


Ambulatory Care Coordination Competencies in Final Stages

Three panels comprised of representatives from nursing practice and education, medicine, and pharmacy have been working toward developing ambulatory care nursing care coordination and transition management competencies.

AAACNThe first Expert Panel completed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary literature review and analysis focused on care coordination and transition management.

The second Expert Panel defined the dimensions, identified core competencies, and described the activities linked with each competency for care coordination and transition management in ambulatory settings.

The third Expert Panel reviewed, confirmed, and created a table of dimensions, activities, and competencies (including knowledge, skills, attitudes) for ambulatory care RN care coordination and transition management.

Now that the panels have completed their work, AAACN will be developing a core curriculum and education modules for each of the dimensions. The creation of a certificate credential is being explored.


American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)

Norma Gomez Inducted as President of ANNA

American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)Norma Gomez, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, of Russellville, TN, was formally inducted as national president of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) during the association's recent 44th Annual Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.

Gomez assumed her new position during ANNA's Nurse Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 23, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. She accepted the transfer of responsibility from outgoing President Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN, of Duncanville, TX.

"It's a great honor to be trusted to lead ANNA," Gomez told the audience. "I will work to solidify the transformation underway and move ANNA to the next phase." During her speech, she also asked each member to take action to help ANNA become an even more proactive, powerful, and innovative association for nephrology nursing.

As president, Gomez will lead one of the country's largest nursing associations. During her term, she will serve on the ANNA National Board of Directors and will be a liaison to assigned committees. She will guide the association as it implements its strategic plan, which includes promoting excellence in nephrology health care, as well as providing outstanding services to ANNA's 10,000 members.ANNA

Gomez, who is currently president of NJG Consultants, Inc., in Russellville, TN, has also been a staff nurse, educator, manager, and researcher during her career. She has been particularly devoted to educating nephrology nurses, and collaborated with ANNA members in Jacksonville, FL, to establish a local ANNA chapter.

She also developed a continuing education program for nurses in that state and spearheaded a vascular access care program that helped decrease catheter use in patients with chronic kidney disease.


Innovation at Symposium: Treatment Advances Generate Excitement

More than 1,000 nephrology nurses convened at the Rio All-Suite Hotel, April 21-24, in Las Vegas, NV, for the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) 44th National Symposium, the specialty's landmark annual education event that features the country's top experts as well as networking and leadership opportunities.

Nurses and other health care professionals attended sessions, on hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, and other areas germane to the specialty.

ANNA"ANNA's focus is to inspire nephrology nurses with the best education and resources so they can enhance the quality of care for their patients with kidney disease," said Norma Gomez, MSN, MBA, RN, CNN, ANNA's new president. "The energy and excitement at the symposium have the end result that everyone wins: the nurses, their patients, and their facilities."

According to Gomez, the event isn't all work. ANNA holds a "Big Event Dance Party" that is a hit every year, and celebrates award and scholarship winners during special events. There are also opportunities for attendees to connect with colleagues and tour the exhibit hall to meet vendors and learn about the latest nephrology-related innovations.

Staying current on advances in nephrology nursing practice is crucial for these nurses, Gomez said, because the specialty calls for sophisticated skills and high-level critical thinking. Kidney disease, which has been steadily climbing for decades, is complex and treatments are often lifesaving or life preserving.

A full recap of symposium highlights is available on the National Symposium page of the ANNA Web site. The site also features a complete listing of ANNA award, scholarship and grant recipients.

ANNA's 45th National Symposium will be held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel & Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, April 13-16, 2014.


ANNA Hosts Health Policy Workshop: Advocacy in Action

ANNA hosted its 12th biennial Health Policy Workshop June 24-25, 2013 in Washington, DC.

ANNANephrology nurses from across the country convened in the nation's Capitol to speak with legislators on the importance of patient access to quality nephrology care and the impact of kidney disease on their constituents.

Nurses unable to travel to Washington, DC, for the workshop were encouraged to contribute to the advocacy efforts from home, work, or "on the go" by participating in ANNA's first-ever Virtual Lobby Day on June 25.

Nephrology nurses used online letter templates to send personalized email messages to Members of Congress requesting them to: Maintain a commitment to the nearly 400,000 Americans with end stage renal disease (ESRD) by preventing reductions in payment to outpatient dialysis facilities

Extend immunosuppressive drug coverage for kidney transplant recipients. Support increased funding for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs.


ANNA Prepares to Host Fall Meeting in New Orleans

ANNA's 2013 Fall Meeting for Nephrology Nurses, Managers, and Advanced Practice Nurses will be held September 20-22, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)The educational program will address the challenges of providing care to patients with chronic kidney disease within a variety of clinical settings.

Optional preconference workshops, including hands-on programs, are one exciting feature of this year's meeting.

Concurrent sessions provide a choice of "hot" topics addressing current issues and trends in nephrology nursing practice and offer attendees the opportunity to tailor the program to meet their specific interests.


American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)

20th Anniversary Conference a Huge Success!

This year's 20th Anniversary Conference was held at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk May 2-4, 2013 and it surely did not disappoint.

American Nursing Informatics AssociationThis beautiful Texas city saw over 400 nurse informaticists gather to help navigate the river from data to wisdom.

The Thursday pre-conference offerings kicked off with some exciting presentations, ranging from using data to prove that nurses make a difference, to the TIGER initiative sharing their message of increasing the presence of nursing informatics.

Attendees networked with colleagues, met with vendors in the packed exhibit hall, and viewed over 30 poster presentations. All of the sessions were well attended, and for the first time ever are available to our membership in the Online Library.

Other Conference Highlights:

Friday kicked off with Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, MD, CPE, FACPE, FAAFP, the President of AMIA, sharing on how nurses will be a part of the multidisciplinary approach to transforming health care and using analytics to help improve outcomes.

Saturday morning, Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, from the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, shared a fascinating presentation that covered how informatics and technology can help nurses, in coordination with how the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Future of Nursing report can help nurses to be transformational leaders as health care information technology systems are implemented and integrated.

For the closing session, a long-time friend and podium favorite, Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, provided an overview of some of the fascinating work that is taking place at the ONC and how these tools will help reshape health care in the coming years.


Patricia Sengstack Inducted as President

American Nursing Informatics AssociationPatricia Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, of Damascus, MD, was formally inducted as president of the American Nursing Informatics (ANIA) during the 20th Anniversary Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Patricia is the Deputy CIO and Chief, Clinical Informatics, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD.


Looking Ahead: 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas

VegasLooking ahead to next year, the 21st Annual Conference will take place March 27-29th at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The call for abstracts is now open and will be through June 30th. New for 2014, there will be a novice category for those who have not spoken as a podium presenter previously.


Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)

Convene in Chicago for 32nd Annual Conference

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Chicago, IL. GAPNA's 32nd Annual Conference will be taking place September 18-21, 2013, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Chicago, IL.

Members will have opportunities to interact with approximately 500 advanced practice nurses (APNs), who are decision-makers and industry leaders; network with like-minded members; and meet with members of the GAPNA Research Committee to receive one-on-one guidance to researchers.

GAPNA is the organization of choice for APNs who want to pursue continuing education in gerontological care and who seek peer support from experienced clinician.

GAPNA provides APNs with the most current information on care, research programs, and health policy affecting older adults.


Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)

New FailSafe Certification Program a Popular Choice

The new Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) FailSafe Certification ProgramTM removes two significant barriers for a med-surg nurse in becoming a Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®): fear of failure and upfront payment of exam fees.

FailSafe Certification ProgramHow it works: A health care facility agrees that in one year, 10 medical-surgical nurses will take the CMSRN certification exam. Each nurse has the opportunity to take the exam two times, and the facility only pays if the nurses pass the exam!

Twenty facilities have already chosen to participate in this new program, and we receive more agreements every week. Is your facility taking part?


Board Strategic Plan

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) of Directors has finalized the revised strategic plan.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)The Board met with a consultant to conduct strategic planning at the March Board meeting. Information from surveys of CMSRNs, non-certified AMSN members, and managers was used to guide the strategic planning process.

We have listened and learned that in order to better serve current and future certificants, their patients and their workplaces, we must focus on initiatives to expand the evidence related to certification, extend our circle and increase our value.

Mission Statement
Validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

Vision Statement
MSNCB certification is universally valued as essential to positive patient outcomes. MSNCB will be sending out information as they move through implementation through Certification Central and email updates, so stay tuned!


Society of Urologic Nurses & Associates (SUNA)

44th Annual Conference to Be Held in Chicago

Online registration is now open for SUNA's 2013 Annual Conference, which will be held October 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

Colleagues will convene in the Windy City and take advantage of the many educational, networking, and professional development opportunities the conference will offer.

The meeting will feature optional preconference workshops, a choice of concurrent sessions on varied topics, an advanced practice track, Special Interest Group meetings, networking opportunities, social events, and an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and services in the specialty.


Network with Colleagues the Forums

Introducing the SUNA Forums!

SUNASUNA has launched online forums, or discussion groups, to promote information sharing and professional networking among members. Visit the forums to share clinical tips, ask practice-related questions, and network with colleagues with similar interests.

The forums correspond with SUNA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and discussion groups are available in the following categories:

  • Advanced practice
  • Continence
  • ESWL/OR/Cystoscopy
  • Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Long-Term Care
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
  • Urodynamics.

SUNA members may subscribe to any of the discussion group(s) of interest.

Are you a SUNA member? Subscribe today!


Urologic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition, Now Available

SUNA's Urologic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition, is now available in its online store.

SUNA’s Urologic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second EditionThis resource defines and describes the scope of practice, educational preparation, certification, and practice environment/population focus of the urologic registered nurse (RN) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). These standards outline current challenges to urologic nursing and the competencies all urologic nurses are expected to attain.

"SUNA is committed to exemplary patient care and supporting the professional development of urologic nurses through education, research, and evidence-based clinical practice," said SUNA Past-President Valre Welch, MSN, CPNP. "The Urologic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition, is the epitome of that commitment and is an invaluable resource for urologic nurses."

The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes urologic nursing as a nursing specialty, and has acknowledged and approved the Urologic Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. Visit the SUNA online store to purchase a copy today.


Traces: Making Sense of Urodynamics Testing Now Available on DVD

A series of articles originally published in Urologic Nursing journal is now available for purchase on DVD.

Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, a professor and nurse practitioner in the Department of Urology at the University of Virginia, authored the series of 13 articles.

Each article provides education related to urodynamics techniques and interpretation and offers continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours.

A total of 17.2 contact hours are available.



Jannetti Publications, Inc. News

Nephrology Nursing Journal, MEDSURG Nursing, and Pediatric Nursing Make "99 Best" List

Jannetti Publications, Inc. is proud to announce that three of its journals, Nephrology Nursing Journal, MEDSURG Nursing, and Pediatric Nursing, have been included on LPN to BSN Online's list of the 99 Best Journals & Publications for Nurses.

Best Nursing Publication Nephrology Nursing Journal MEDSURG Nursing Pediatric Nursing

"The field of nursing continues to evolve at a rapid pace," explains LPN to BSN Online. "This makes keeping up with current research and the latest trends in the field even more important for professionals and students. Because of this, we thought showing our readers, mostly nursing students, some of the best scholarly publications, journals, and magazines for nurses would be helpful. We think yours is a great addition to the list!"

View the full list of winners.

MEDSURG Nursing Explores Challenges for Nurses in Stressed Health Care Environment

MEDSURG NursingMEDSURG Nursing Explores Challenges for Nurses in Stressed Health Care Environment.

The explosion of immigration of the Hispanic population into the United States has placed considerable challenges on the health care system—one that is chronically overburdened and inadequate. The authors of a January/February article, "The Aging Hispanic in America: Challenges for Nurses in a Stressed Health Care Environment," explore the challenges that the health care system is facing in caring for this population.

For example: Older Hispanics are at high risk for depression; missed diagnoses are more common among Hispanics; Hispanics have a higher rate of diabetes, end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes, and are more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites.

It is important for nurses to use clear communication skills, and understand and value the health beliefs and practices of Hispanics and individuals from different cultures. This is imperative to providing culturally competent health care.

You can read the article now, or request a complimentary copy of MEDSURG Nursing by visiting the journal's website.

Nursing Economic$ Editor Emeritus and Former Board Member Co-Author New Publication on Nurse Leadership

Claiming the Corner Office, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), authors Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, and Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, show nurses how to leverage their knowledge and expertise in patient care to achieve success as a senior executives, entrepreneurs, or governing board leaders.

Author Donna M. NickitasCurran and Fitzpatrick focus on teaching nurses how to develop their personal leadership potential, highlighting those skills, competencies, and experiences required as nurses carve career strategies that lead to senior executive or entrepreneurial positions.

"The authors recognize the personal qualities that make a great nurse and provide a road map that uses them to obtain leadership success," said Janice Gries, DNP, RNC, IBCLC, APN, president of JCG health care LLC. "Their lessons are specific, concrete, and adaptable. An absolute must-read for graduate nursing students and experienced nurses wishing to develop their career path in leadership, this book recognizes the importance of having the right person in the corner office and supplies the tools to get there."

Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, served as Editor of Nursing Economic$ for 18 years, with more than 200 publications and several research programs to her credit.

Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, is executive vice president of Assay health care Solutions and a former Nursing Economic$ Editorial Board Member.

Get your own copy of Claiming the Corner Office.

Visit Nursing Economic$.

Nursing Economic$ National Academies of Practice Inducts Editor Donna M. Nickitas

Donna M. Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, of New York, NY, and Nursing Economic$ Editor, has been inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow member.

Dr. Nickitas was inducted at a gala membership banquet on April 6, 2013 in Alexandria, VA.

Pictured in photo [L to R]: John Herbold, Donna M. Nickitas, Donna Felber Neff, and Joanne Singleton.Founded in 1981, NAP is an interdisciplinary, non-profit organization, with membership representing ten health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere.

Pictured in photo [L to R]: John Herbold, Donna M. Nickitas, Donna Felber Neff, and Joanne Singleton.

The ten academies of practice within the NAP include: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine.

Membership in the NAP is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care. Only 150 distinguished members can be elected to membership. The central purpose of NAP is to advise public policy makers on health care issues using NAP's unique perspective – that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interdisciplinary dialogue.

New members were inducted following a forum on "Interprofessional health care: Working Together for Healthy Aging."

Read more about NAP.

Nursing Economic$ Plans Third Focus Issue on Staffing Based on Evidence

In August of 2011, Nursing Economic$ released the first "Forging the Future of Staffing Based on Evidence" special issue. A second issue followed in October of 2012.

Nursing Economic$With an eye on the September/October 2013 issue, Nursing Economic$ editor Donna Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BCC, CNE and guest editors Kathy Douglas, MHA, RN, and Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN plan to revisit this topic with a new collection of articles that examine just how significant staffing has become to different organizations.

"Effective staffing plays a central role in the success of both individual health care organizations and our nation's overall ability to care for our population," explain Douglas and Kerfoot.

Back copies of the first two issues can be ordered directly from the Nursing Economic$ Website.

Pediatric Nursing to Hold 29th Annual Conference in Philadelphia

Pediatric Nursing's 29th Annual Conference will be taking place July 11-13 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, PA.

Pediatric NursingAttendees will have the opportunity to earn 15.25 continuing nursing education contact hours, plus additional contact hours for pre-conference sessions; network with friends and colleagues; attend cutting-edge, information-packed sessions on the latest in pediatric health care; visit with vendors in the Exhibit Hall; and finally, enjoy all that Philly has to offer!

The conference is valuable to pediatric nurses in multiple settings, including community acute care, school, rehabilitative, and long-term care; advanced practice pediatric nurses; and pediatric nurse practitioners

Bookmark Pediatric Nursing's Conference Website and keep your eyes peeled for all the latest developments!

Visit Pediatric Nursing.

Pediatric Nursing Publishes Article on "Bridging Gaps in School Wellness Programs"

Published in the January/February issue, this article by authors Glenda Avery, PhD, RN; Teresa Johnson, DCN, RD, LD; Misty Cousins, BSN, RN; and Bernita Hamilton, PhD, RN.

Pediatric NursingThe article focuses on the incidence of pediatric overweight that continues to pose significant national health threats due to associated co-morbid, chronic conditions, including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and others. Interventions to address health behaviors of children often focus on the school environment because of the opportunity to have an impact on child health through nutrition education and optimization of the school food and physical activity environments.

Federally mandated school wellness policies provide schools with clear objectives to address poor health behaviors of their students.

Unfortunately, these policies are largely ineffective because of identified gaps in their administration. Competing school and community factors further fragment their implementation. To bridge the gaps between wellness policy development and implementation, a school wellness nurse model is proposed.

The role of the school wellness nurse serves to weave health interventions into the fabric of the school and community environments – displacing behaviors and policies inconsistent with national health goals to reduce incidence of overweight.

Read this CNE article!


What's Happening Around AJJ

AJJ Welcomes Four New Employees

Join us in welcoming four new employees to AJJ:

Megan Golle

Megan GolleMegan Golle, of West Deptford, NJ, began in January as bookkeeper in the accounting department.

Megan studied Allied Health at Gloucester County College before opening and operating her own construction company in 1995, which allowed her to spend more time at home with her children.

Megan has experience working in accounting, billing, and customer service.

Trish Maurer

Trish MaurerTrish Maurer, of West Deptford, NJ, is Customer Service Coordinator for AMSN and MSNCB.

Her responsibilities include responding to phone calls and e-mails from current and prospective members and CMSRNs, working with AMSN and MSNCB volunteers, and assisting with special projects.

Trish graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University Camden, NJ in May 2012 with a B.S. degree in Business Management. Trish brings with her ten years of customer service and administrative experience.

Cheryl Page

Cheryl PageCheryl Page, of Woodbury, NJ, has been hired as the Director of Association Services for the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) since the retirement of Cheryl Underhill.

She will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association, work directly with the Board of Directors, Committees and various other volunteers within the association, and support the Executive Director and National Office staff.

Cheryl was a former AJJ employee in the same position but for the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the National Federation of Specialty Nursing Organizations (NFSNO) prior to relocating out of state.

She and her husband, Russell, have relocated back to Woodbury, NJ to be closer to family.

Casey Pladus

Casey PladusCasey Pladus, of Pitman, NJ, was hired in December as the Membership Services Coordinator for ANNA.

She assists the ANNA team by answering phone calls and emails from current and prospective members as well as creating and distributing marketing materials to help generate an increase in association membership.

Casey graduated summa cum laude from American University (Washington, D.C.), where she received her B.A. in Public Communication with minors in Marketing and Sociology.

Casey has experience interning in the Communications and Community Relations departments for several professional and collegiate sports teams.

She also has experience interning with a sports and entertainment PR firm in Washington, D.C. as well as the popular online wedding planning company WeddingWire. She is looking forward to improving her marketing skills as well as meeting and speaking with members from across the country.

Three Longtime AJJ Employees Announce Retirement

Noreen Dunn, Certification Services Manager for the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB), retired on April 30.

She began her career at AJJ in January of 2000 working for the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) as a membership services coordinator. She transferred to Fulfillment and Information Services (FIS) as FIS Coordinator for the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

AJJ Staff dressed in jeans for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, October 2013.
(left to right)
Barbara Bates, Tony Jannetti,
and Noreen Dunn.

AJJ staff volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.
Cheryl Underhill

She was later promoted to AMSN Association Services Coordinator and from this position she advanced to her role with MSNCB.

Additionally, Barbara Bates, who began in December of 1980 as an Administrative Assistant for the Conference Department, retired on May 3. At the time of her retirement, she was working as a marketing coordinator and had account responsibilities for the Oncology Nursing Society. In addition she also worked on the Academy of Neonatal Nursing and Foundation for Neonatal Research Education accounts. Barbara has been a valued employee for over thirty years and her service was an asset to AJJ.

Lastly, Cheryl Underhill, has announced her retirement from her full-time position as Director of Association Services of SUNA as of June 27, 2013. Cheryl joined AJJ in 1991 where she worked for the American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing Administration and the Dermatology Nursing Association.

Cheryl won AJJ's 2000 Employee of the Year in recognition of her work for SUNA, which consisted of working with SUNA's board and committees, as well as SUNA's 2,600 members. Among her many responsibilities, she oversaw annual conference brochures, the annual membership directory, and member brochures. Though her time as SUNA's Director of Association Services has come to a close, she will remain with AJJ to assist in special projects and in other support positions.

All of us at AJJ will remember them fondly and we wish them the best of luck in this next stage of their lives.

Barbara and Noreen receive the traditional AJJ send-off.

AJJ's Own Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk to be Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing 2013 Class of Fellows

On October 19, 2013, in Washington, DC, Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, MSN, RN, CAE, AJJ Vice President for Organizational Development and Chief Executive Director for AAACN, AMSN, and MSNCB, will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Class of Fellows for 2013.

Cynthia Nowicki HnatiukThe Academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. The Academy Fellows include health care and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. With this new class, Fellows will represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 countries.

"Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing," said Academy president Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN. "I congratulate all of the new Fellows and look forward to honoring their accomplishments and welcoming them into the Academy."

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Dr. Hnatiuk was sponsored by Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, and Jo Manion, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing careers influenced health policies and the heath and well being of all.

Cyndee is recognized by the Academy for her development of specialty nursing organizations and certification boards. She has mentored volunteer leaders of these organizations to forge the future of their nursing specialties. Of notable significance is her book, Mentoring the Stars: A Program for Volunteer Board Leaders.

New Fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.

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Surprise Guest Drops in to visit AJJ!

Darin's HawkThis 18" hawk, likely a Red-Tail, can be found all over in North America, but on one June morning, was instead found on a tree branch right outside the editorial department wing of AJJ!

Red-tailed hawks can grow between 18 to 26 inches in length, which means this particular hawk was an adolescent.

After perching on a branch for about an hour, it took back to the sky.

The art department was able to snap a couple photos of the hawk, eager to capture this uncommon occurrence.

Photo Credit: Darin Peters.