TNA & TASN Joint Convention highlights.
Article Type: Conference notes
Subject: Nursing associations (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nursing students (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 12/22/2010
Publication: Name: Tennessee Nurse Publisher: Tennessee Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Tennessee Nurses Association ISSN: 1055-3134
Issue: Date: Winter, 2010 Source Volume: 73 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Tennessee Geographic Code: 1U6TN Tennessee
Accession Number: 245473873
Full Text: More than 250 nurses and nursing students attended the 2010 TNA & TASN Joint Convention, Evidence-Based Practice: Nursing that Works, held October 22-24 in Franklin, Tenn. Attendees enjoyed the different format for this year's event and took advantage of the opportunity to network and hear presentations on issues of current importance to the nursing profession.

The educational offerings during the Convention included for the second year a pre-convention session on Thursday, October 21, entitled Nursing Ethics: When Reality Collides with What's Right, by Kate Payne, JD, RN. The conference covered many areas of current interest including delegation and nursing practice in Tennessee; transforming care through bringing data, information and evidence together; genetics and genomics; global nursing and health care in Ghana and Haiti; maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and the future of nursing. The stimulating educational meeting offered a total of 10.25 contact hours of excellent Continuing Nursing Education.

House of Delegates

The 102nd House of Delegates opening on Friday included a video greeting from Karen Daley, ANA President; a local welcome from Margie Gale, TNA District 3 President; and greetings from Heather McQuistion, President of the Tennessee Association of Student Nurses.

Beth Smith, TNA President, recognized the TNA Past Presidents in attendance including Gary Crotty, Maureen Nalle, Susan Sanders and Margaret "Peggy" Strong. Tommie Norris, TNA Vice President, delivered the Nightingale Tribute and a moment of silence in memory of TNA members who had passed away during the year. Smith delivered her President's Address, followed by Libby Lund, Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, who gave a brief overview of the activities and actions of the Board of Nursing.

Sharon Bailey, TNA Treasurer, presented the Treasurer's Report, followed by a report on the Tennessee Nurses Foundation by Bailey, who also serves as TNF President. Mike Hardreader, Executive Director of the Tennessee Nurses Professional Assistance Program (TnPAP) gave a report on TnPAP activities, followed by Carole Myers, Chair of the Tennessee Nurses Professional Assistance Program (TnPAP) gave a report on TnPAP activities, followed by Carole Myers, Chair of the Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee (TN-PAC), who gave a report on the PAC. A report from Lois Wagner, Executive Director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing was followed by a report from the Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) given by John Jorgensen, TONE member.


The opening HOD session was followed by a general session, A Capstone Journey with TNA-RN Delegation and Nursing Practice in Tennessee by Shelley Cohen, MSN, RN, CEN. Cohen, worked with TNA to develop the online CE module Delegation in Nursing Practice.


Also on Friday, Frances Edwards, MSN, RN, served as emcee for the TNA Awards Luncheon. Each year during its annual convention, the Tennessee Nurses Association takes time to recognize and honor those who have contributed greatly to the nursing profession and the organization. Photos of the 2010 TNA Award Winners are included in this issue following this convention coverage article.


The sponsor of this year's TNA Awards Luncheon, Cody Allison & Associates, PLLC, Attorneys, The Work Comp Team, were a Silver Partner for convention.


The Advanced Practice Council held its annual meeting Friday afternoon and elected a new Chair Elect, Treasurer and two Directors for the APN Council Executive Committee. The 2010-2011 officers include: Chair, Diane Pace, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CCD, FAANP, from Memphis; Chair Elect, Jane Thayer, DNP, RN, ACNP BC, from Bartlett; Secretary, Gretchen Davis, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, from Chattanooga; and Treasurer, Margaret Disheroon, MS, RN, FNP-BC, from East Ridge. Directors include Christopher Bachuss, DNP-DCC, FNP-BC, from Nashville; Irma Jordan, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP/PMHNPBC, from Memphis; Marie Bredy, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, from Memphis; and Linda Quillen, MSN, RN, of Mountain City.


Ronda Hughes, PhD, MHS, RN, FAAN delivered the keynote address Bringing Data, Information & Evidence to Transform Care.

The Schools of Nursing Luncheon held in conjunction with the Exhibits on Saturday was once again a great success, giving attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to network and allowing exhibitors full exposure to promote their services and products.



At Saturday evening's Fun Night with Karaoke, nurses and student nurses joined together to enjoy singing their favorite tunes while dining.


The House of Delegates adopted four resolutions listed below:

95-01 Continued Funding of Tennessee Regional Perinatal Program

RESOLVED, That the Tennessee Nurses Association actively support efforts to insure that the state of Tennessee continue full funding of the regional Perinatal Program and communicate this support to the Governor, the Legislators, and the TennCare Oversight Committee; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this resolution shall be subject to sunset in 2015 if not reaffirmed by the TNA House of Delegates.

95-02 Identification of Registered Nurses in Professional Practice Settings

RESOLVED, That TNA House of Delegates clearly present and identify themselves in their professional practices as registered nurses; and be it further

RESOLVED: That TNA members encourage all registered nurse colleagues in all practice settings to clearly present and identify themselves as registered nurses; and be it further

RESOLVED, That TNA actively oppose any efforts to restrict or constrain registered nurses from using their legal, professional title in any practice setting; and be it further

RESOLVED, That TNA actively oppose any efforts within practice settings which promote the use of any ambiguous title for all employees that misrepresents assistive and non-licensed personnel to their consumers; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this resolution shall be subject to sunset in 2015 if not reaffirmed by the TNA House of Delegates

2010-1 Licensure and Regulation of Registered Nurses

RESOLVED, That TNA reaffirms its position that the Tennessee Board of Nursing is the sole appropriate regulatory authority for all of nursing practice in the State of Tennessee; and be it further

RESOLVED, That TNA oppose any initiative that would eliminate or dilute its authority; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this resolution shall be subject to sunset in 2015 if not reaffirmed by the TNA House of Delegates.

2010-2 TNA Capital Campaign Joint Resolution

RESOLVED, That the TNF/TNA Capital Campaign be refocused from "brick & mortar" to updating and increasing the technological communication capabilities of the Association.

The House of Delegates also passed two motions including:

A motion that the Tennessee Nurses Association explore a plan for a cooperative agreement with the Tennessee Center for Nursing to develop a technological infrastructure for a statewide collaborative in response to the Institute of Medicine Workforce Development recommendations.

A motion that TNA provide information on the website for resources to TNA Districts related to work place violence toward nurses. This would include OSHA guidelines and TNA member speakers available to Districts.

The Tennessee Nurses Foundation

The Tennessee Nurses Foundation General Session on Sunday morning featured a panel discussion on The Diagnosis & Treatment of PSTD led by Mike Harkreader, MSN, RN, CARN. Panel members included Scott Ivey, RN; Holly Cook, LPC-MHSP; Robert Eastwood, BSN, RN; and Jason Carter, PharmD.


During this year's convention, the Tennessee Nurses Foundation (TNF) hosted a Silent Auction for the fifth year as the event has proven so successful in the past. Along with the Silent Auction, held to raise more money to fund TNF programs, TNF also sold individual and group photos of attendees wearing vintage nursing uniforms to raise additional funds. The total amount raised from the Silent Auction, photo sales and convention contributions and pledges was $6,979.


The Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee (TN-PAC)

The TN-PAC General Session on Sunday morning featured Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts, MSN, JD, RN, FAAN, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, who presented Health Care Reform: New Horizons for Nursing.

During convention, The Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee (TN-PAC) received $4,640 from donations and pledges.


TNA Elections and Installation of the 2010-2011 Board of Directors

Officers of the Tennessee Nurses Association include Beth Smith, PhD, RN, CCRA, President; Lena Patterson, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, CCNS, President; Elect; Tommie Norris, DNS, RN, Vice President; Laura Beth Brown, MSN, RN, Past President; Keesha Reid, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Secretary; and Christopher Bachuss, DNP, RN, APRN, BC, Treasurer. Two TNA members were elected to the Nominating Committee including Kimberly Currier, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC; and Carole Myers, PhD, APRN.

The TNA 2010-2011 Board of Directors includes the officers listed above and the following District Presidents: La-Kenya Kellum, MSN, RN, NE-BC, District 1; Angie Hightower, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, District 2; Margie N. Gale, MSN, RN, CEAP, District 3; Allyson Neal, DNP, RN, ARNP, CLNC, District 5; Mimi Bowling, MSN, RN, District 6; Susie Compton, MSN, RN, District 8; Vacant, District 9; Suzette Renfrow, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, District 10; Doris N. Glosson, RN, CNO, District 12; and, Janice Harris, MSN, RN, District 15.

All Convention photos were taken by Jim McCarter, husband of TNA District 1 member Connie McCarter, Memphis. TNA sincerely appreciates Jim volunteering his time, expertise, and camera equipment this year to take all official TNA photos during Convention! Jim has taken many of the official TNA photos during convention for the past three years.
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