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We are passionate about lobbying for change in Board's and in Administrative Law that fail to offer basic civil rights and due process to nurses who are accused of violating their state practice act. We believe that nursing boards operate with impunity. They deny the accused the protection of their civil rights, they assume guilt without first establishing guilt, they accept and consider as evidence hearsay and they fail to offer due process. The civil rights of an accused is guaranteed in civil and criminal law but is not afforded in Administrative Law. Nursing Boards all too often do not offer a pursuit of the truth and justice. The truth does not matter (but it really does.) Nursing Boards claim the right to such latitude because they claim responsibility for protecting the public. Boards of nursing in their failure to determine the truth as proven by evidence do fail to protect the public.

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The time is now...the call for the creation of state boards of nursing practice. Traditional state boards of nursing fail to provide effective or necessary oversight of nurses practices because the role of these boards is to protect the public from harm and not to oversee the actual practice of nurses.  State boards of nursing are comprised of more than just nurses, most boards are staffed with non-nurses appointed by the Governors of individual states. These individuals do not have the specialized training, experience, or education to oversee the actual practice of nurses, yet they are the very individuals who are making decisions about nurses' practices.  It is mere hypocracy for licensed professionals not to have a practice board made up of only nurses who have the knowledge and experience to judge the practice of another nurse as a prudent nurse peer.  The very practice act and scope of practice which govern nurses' practices includes the requirement for nurses to exercise prudent and professional nursing judgment to ensure the nursing standards are met at all times. Each nurse must practice within the level of his/her education preparation, experience, knowledge, and physical and emotional ability to provide safe and effective care, but they need a reliable board who can guide and support the practice of nurses as experts and experienced nursing professionals.  It is time to restructure the profession of nursing to include state boards of nursing practice.  These boards must operate separately, yet in collaboration with the current boards of nursing to protect nurses and patients.  We can no longer accept the status quo which is destroying the lives and professions of nurses. 

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NAA Connecticut is our newest organization.  The organization kicked off their first committee meeting on June 29th led by Sharon Gauthier.  Committee members discussed the history and mission of NAA then moved into discussions about the need to become active and visible at the State Board of Nursing meetings.  The members were encouraged to attend the board meetings as a mechanism of understanding what is happening to nurses and their rights to due process.  Networking is cornerstone to the work of the organization, nurses must encourage other nurses to join NAA and to work collaboratively to correct problems in the profession.  In addition, making contact with other key stakeholders who can join forces with NAA is critical to effect change that is needed.  NAA is very excited to have our new organization and look forward to working together as a team.  We encourage nurses in other states to join NAA and to start an organization in their state.  Please contact Janet Henriksen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.today to learn how to become an active member.

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Advanced Practice Nurses Play an Essential Role in Health Care

Let’s change antiquated laws that limit what APRNs can do


 

Few professionals enjoy the trust and respect that nurses do. They’ve earned every bit of it and deserve even more.

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Nurse staffing ratios: What is the 2018 Massachusetts ballot question all about?

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Repeal of Reporting "Minor Incidents" Proposed by Texas Board of Nursing

 The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has proposed the repeal and replacement of the reporting requirements for minor incidents. The Nursing Practice Act defines a "minor incident" as "conduct by a nurse that does not indicate that the nurse's continued practice poses a risk of harm to a patient or another person. This term is synonymous with 'minor error' or 'minor violation of this chapter or board rule.'" §301.401(2).

The Board "believes protection of the public is not enhanced by the reporting of every minor incident that may be a violation of the Texas Nursing Practice Act or a board rule." 22 Tex. Admin. Code §217.16(a). When there are mechanisms in place to identify nursing errors and take corrective action to remediate deficits in a nurses training or skill, then reporting to the BON is not necessary.

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Why Nurse Practitioners Should Not Do Primary Care Without Physician Oversight

“She said my back pain was caused by micro kidney stones.”

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By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

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Posted by on in Speak Up

Jennifer Thew, RN, August 29, 2017

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Hughes, Vickie DSN, MSN, BSN, CNS

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Friday, September 1, 2017

I woke up this morning to a disturbing and saddening video of Salt Lake City Nurse, Alex Wubbels, being dragged out of her hospital and into a police car. Why was this Utah nurse arrested? What did she do? Her job.

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Striking Nurses Turn Out in Force to Face Down Bullying Allina Health


Open-ended Unfair Labor Practice Strike Begins

For Immediate Release

 

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Jun 15, 2016, 15:02 ET

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News

September 5, 2016 4:02 PM

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Jackson County

September 6, 2016 8:09 PM

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Interview with The Murses.

The Murses’ is a video originally posted way back in 2011 by a group of six (then) student nurses in California who were given the nickname ‘The Murses’ by fellow classmates.
I still think its a pretty funny video, so check it out…. and don’t forget to watch through to the bloopers at the end.

Shortly after the video was originally posted I managed to snag a short interview with one of the Murses.
I am assuming all the Murses completed their studies and are now 4 years post graduate, well into their nursing careers.
Whatever happened to that follow up movie guys?

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The mindful nurse leader: Improving processes and outcomes; restoring joy to nursing

Pipe, Teri PhD, RN; FitzPatrick, Kate DNP, RN; Doucette, Jeffrey N. DNP, RN; Cotton, Amy MSN, RN; Arnow, Debra DNP, RN

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Rally for Nurse to Patient Ratios

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The Texas Board of Nursing continues to use tactics which arguably violate and abuse the due process protections guaranteed Texas nurses under the Federal and Texas State Constitutions. The Board’s tactics can put your employment and reputation in jeopardy without any opportunity to defend yourself.

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In part 1 of Climbing out of the Bully Pit, I discussed the bulling behaviours of nurses and their effects on the individual through the lens of my own experiences.
In part 2, I offer some suggestions on what I consider important strategies to help you climb out of the pit.

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