The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 215,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, is offering a facilitated workshop built around its publication, When Nurses Hurt Nurses Workbook. This workshop will awards 7.0 continuing nursing education credits. When Nurses Hurt Nurses Workbook was created in partnership with Sigma Theta Tau International and is authored by […]
Job satisfaction is an important predictor of RN job turnover, patient satisfaction and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes (including pressure ulcers and falls), which can result in higher health care costs and penalties for hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments. Numerous studies have been conducted to assess nurses’ job satisfaction, asking about nurse-physician relationships, opportunities for […]
After a long winter, is it time to enjoy Pennsylvania’s beautiful outdoors. As nurses, we know the health impacts of air pollutants such as tobacco smoke and carbon dioxide. We also have cared for or know someone who suffers with asthma. Some of the factors influencing asthmatic patients are related to indoor air quality, but […]
The Department of Health today announced that the new application for registering a tanning facility with the department, per the requirements of Act 41 of 2014, is now available on the department’s website, along with a frequently asked questions document and additional information about the new law. Act 41 of 2014, also known as the […]
PSNA has enjoyed the most successful legislative session in years. Thank you to our members who have contacted their State legislators in order to successfully advocate for the profession and your patients. As you can see from this robust list, they can hear you now! Safe Staffing Resolution (HR 920). (Passed 173-29 and Enacted): This […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 215,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, applauds the passing of SB 1182, “Medical Marijuana,” from the Senate Law and Justice Committee to the State Senate floor. PSNA supports the establishment of efficient drug delivery, growing and dispensing systems as contained within SB 1182. It is the position […]
This week, House Resolution 920, introduced by Safe Staffing prime sponsor Representative Mauree Gingrich (R-101), was passed by the House Human Services Committee. This resolution directs the Joint State Government Committee to study nurse staffing levels and has been referred to the House floor for consideration by all 203 State representatives. Representative Gingrich and PSNA […]
From continuing education to advocacy, Pennsylvania Nurse has you covered! Pennsylvania Nurse is the official peer-reviewed publication of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, giving you the opportunity to reach thousands of RNs and nursing students from across Pennsylvania. We are looking for contributors to Pennsylvania Nurse. Click here for submission guidelines and a quick Writing FAQ sheet. Questions? Contact Jennifer […]
The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP), which administers a scholarship fund on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), has announced the recipients of the 2014 Jack E. Barger, Sr. Scholarship totaling $6,000. The fund awards $1,000 individual scholarships to nursing students that are veterans, in active duty military or are the child or […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 215,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, today stood in Harrisburg’s Capitol Rotunda and brought a message of support for SB 1182, “Medical Marijuana,” introduced by Senator Folmer and Senator Leach. PSNA supports the establishment of efficient drug delivery, growing and dispensing systems as contained within SB 1182. It is […]
Since 2012, PSNA has helped to pass six pieces of legislation impacting RNs and patients in the Commonwealth. During the first week of June, PSNA was in the Capitol for the following ceremonial bill signings: Tanning Beds: Prohibits teens ages 16 and younger from using indoor tanning facilities. A 17-year-old must have parental consent. Research […]
Nursing is viewed as the most trusted and caring profession and yet nurse-on-nurse bullying is a reality. Not only does it affect morale and professional self-esteem, but it jeopardizes patient care. The When Nurses Hurt Nurses Workbook provides guidance on recognizing relationally aggressive behaviors, diffusing confrontational situations and applying interpersonal communication skills. Dr. Cheryl Dellasega equips nurses […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a checklist and recommended standards for health care providers to manage hospitalized patients with known or suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1sATkDQ
On May 20, 2014, RNs represented by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association went to the polls. Every PSNA-PAC endorsed candidate was victorious. This proves that they can hear you now. Congratulations to the PSNA-PAC endorsed winners in the primary election. Judy Ward, RN – R – 80th (who will be the only RN in […]
HB 1259, Tanning Beds and Tanning Facilities, was signed into law by Governor Corbett on May 6, 2014. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 215,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, strongly supported HB 1259. Now Act 41 of 2014, sponsored by Representative Frank Farry (R-142), this bill requires tanning facilities to register with […]
In recognition of 2014 Nurses Week, there is a 10% discount off new ANA/PSNA memberships through June 2014. E-mail email@example.com for details.
The PA Action Coalition invites nurses and health care professionals to attend a regional meeting at Penn State Hershey Medical Center on Thursday, May 15 from 9:30 am – 3 pm. There is no cost to attend this event. Agenda items include: (1) an overview of the IOM recommendations on nurse residency programs; (2) a panel discussion […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 215,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, applauds Governor Corbett for listening to patients, parents and professional nurses on the compassionate use of medical cannabis. After meeting with parents of children who have Dravet Syndrome and other related severe seizure disorders, Governor Corbett today announced that he will […]
The nation’s largest database assessing nursing care quality has expanded its measures of nurse staffing to the entire clinical practice area of hospitals by adding several new patient care unit types. By measuring staffing in emergency departments, perioperative services and perinatal services as part of NDNQI®, a quality improvement solution of the American Nurses Association […]
Health care is constantly changing and evolving. Today, more than ever, nurses are stepping out of their comfort zones and becoming active contributors and innovators in the health care system. ANA’s FREE Nurses Week webinar explores and discusses both the professional and personal attributes that characterize the creativity and innovation needed to lead the way in […]
The online submission of abstracts for the International Council of Nurses Conference opens today at https://b-com.mci-group.com/AbstractSubmission/ICN2015.aspx. ICN invites nurses from around the world to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation at the ICN Conference to be held June 19-23, 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea with the theme “Global Citizen, Global Nursing”. As the world’s […]
We invite you to take a moment to watch President Daley provide an overview of ANA’s continuing efforts to grow and transform to become more relevant and responsive to the needs of ANA members, state associations and the profession. View the message here.
On April 9, 2014, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) recognized 25 graduating members of the PSNA Star Leadership Institute at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Malvern. The Institute is a leadership development program designed to assist nurses in contributing to the delivery of high-quality health care while collaborating with other leaders in the […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) awarded its “Standing With Nurses” white lab coats to Senator Joseph Scarnati (R-25) and Representative Steve Barrar (R-160) during PSNA’s Legislative Day Capitol Rotunda event on Monday, March 31. This award is earned by legislators who have demonstrated their commitment to nurses and PSNA. “We are proud to present […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) announced that Aislynn Moyer, MSN/Ed, RN has been named Director of Professional Development. Moyer will oversee the management of continuing education and program development. Moyer will earn a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Capella University in June 2014. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University […]
Pennsylvania Nurse is now online! This issue includes: Nurse Residency Programs; a highlight of Dr. Leni Resick; Creating a Just Culture; PSNA Year in Review; and the Policy Making Process. Access the digital journal here.
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, thanks Governor Corbett for bringing nurses to the table as he submits the HealthyPA Medicaid waiver to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). PSNA appreciates Governor Tom Corbett’s focus on pursuing quality, affordable access to care for […]
Registered nurses from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association – Political Action Committee (PSNA-PAC) have endorsed Judy Ward, RN, for the 80th House District in the upcoming Republican primary. PSNA represents more than 212,000 nurses in the Commonwealth. A registered nurse for more than 30 years, Ward aims to build a health care system that meets […]
PSNA is looking for volunteers to be beta testers for the PSNA Accredited Provider Unit. PSNA’s Accredited Provider Unit has several self-study continuing education programs that we offer each year. We need PSNA members to volunteer to join the beta testing group to read the articles and complete the post-test for these self-study programs. Each […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) agrees with President Obama that the Affordable Care Act is making a positive difference in people’s lives. Already millions of Americans now have access to affordable insurance coverage and a range of health care services, some for the first time. Consequently, people will enjoy better health and greater peace of […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, supports Senate Bill 1182 “Medical Marijuana” introduced by Senator Mike Folmer. SB 1182 both protects patients from prosecution when seeking the use of medicinal marijuana and protects health care providers who suggest medicinal marijuana to relieve intractable medical conditions or symptoms. […]
On January 8, 2014, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported the first confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus identified in North America. The patient exhibited symptoms while returning from travel to Beijing, China, on December 27, 2013. For more information on this patient’s travel itinerary, please refer to a […]
The state needs to do a better job including nurses on state appointed healthcare-related advisory boards when legislation creates such advisory boards, said Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio during floor debate Tuesday. DeLissio raised the point while debating a bill to create the Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Council, HB 1655, but said the overall need is to […]
The Nominating Committee of the ANCC Board of Directors currently seeks nominations for appointments to the Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Magnet Recognition, and Commission on Pathway to Excellence, which serve as the governing bodies for their respective ANCC programs. Appointments will be made by the ANCC Board of Directors in April for terms of […]
The public continues to rate nurses as the most trusted profession, according to this year’s Gallup survey that ranks professions based on their honesty and ethical standards. “Nurses are on the front lines of health care. We advocate on patients’ behalf whether we are at the bedside or in the boardroom,” said American Nurses Association […]
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $55.5 million in funding awarded in FY 2013 to strengthen training for health professionals and increase the size of the nation’s health care workforce. “These grants and the many training programs they support have a real impact by helping to create innovative care delivery models […]
The ANA Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominees for a slate of candidates to be presented to the ANA Membership Assembly at its June 13-14, 2014 meeting at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. The following positions will be elected in 2014: ANA Board of Directors Officers President (2.5 year term: June 14, 2014 […]
Nurses across the State have expressed concerns about unsafe staffing levels and overtime. PSNA currently has Safe Staffing legislation, HB 1631, to address the issues of staffing within individual organizations using nurse-led staffing committees. Learn more about Safe Staffing here or call us to discuss this legislation.
ANA’s Home Health Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup seeks public comment on the draft document Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice available at this link. Please focus your review on the content and clarity of this professional document. Download draft document (also located at the link) and submit your comments and recommendations via the online […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, opposes House Bill 1603, “Administration of Anesthesia.” HB 1603 passed out of the House Representatives on November 20, 2013. This legislation now heads to the State Senate. Currently, HB 1603 places the term “under supervision” into law. This language is inconsistent with […]
This Veteran’s Day, the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) is giving veterans something very special: The Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, the nation’s largest free hotel for veterans receiving medical care. This project, the first of its kind, will serve outpatients at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Hospital in California, and is […]
The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority is releasing $500,000 in grant funding to electronic Health Information Exchanges (eHIEs) in Pennsylvania to launch consumer awareness and education campaigns in their local marketplace. eHIEs that are eligible to apply for the grant are those that have committed to connect to the Authority’s eHIE Network (Community Shared Services layer) […]
In July 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry was scheduled to begin enforcing Act 102 for all health care facilities. Recently, PSNA has received questions and concerns from nurses related to lack of enforcement and continued mandated overtime. What is Act 102? Act 102 prohibits a health care facility from “requiring employees […]
High levels of distraction in health care settings pose a constant threat to patient safety. PSNA, co-provided with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, have posted a new continuing education course titled “Distractions and Their Impact on Patient Safety.” This educational offering is free to PSNA members and $10 to non-members. Click here to visit our […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, recognized four award recipients during the 110-Year Anniversary Celebration on October 17, 2013 at The Desmond Hotel, Malvern. Marilyn D. Harris, Lifetime Achievement: The PSNA Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a PSNA member who has demonstrated leadership that has significantly […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, thanks Governor Corbett for bringing nurses to the table as he unveils his HealthyPA initiative. This initiative focuses on providing quality, accessible and affordable health care to the residents of Pennsylvania. In May 2013, PSNA was a driving force in the […]
Recently, a number of previously healthy individuals developed acute hepatitis and sudden liver failure of unknown cause after using a dietary supplement for weight loss or muscle building. CDC recommends increased vigilance by public health agencies, emergency departments, and healthcare providers for patients who develop acute hepatitis or liver failure following use of a weight […]
Some of your patients and many of your neighbors, family and friends may be asking you - the registered nurse – about the new Marketplace insurance coverage (Obamacare). The following links will help in your answers. https://www.healthcare.gov/ This link is for those seeking to learn about an insurance plan that will match their individual needs. […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 211,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, and the PSNA Environmental Health Committee will hold a Summit titled “Sustaining a Healthy Future: Ecocentric Nursing in a Local and Global Environment.” This premiere event will be held at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Malvern on October 18, 2013. […]
This is a night to celebrate! We’ve saved your seat at our 110-Year Anniversary Celebration. For over a century, nurses have built an unblemished reputation that’s earned us the trust of the colleagues we serve alongside. We are the mortar that holds together a standard of care that’s second to none. In these 110 years, […]
The Fall meeting of the Pennsylvania Nursing Congress on Practice, Education and Policy to be held at Central Penn College will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at Central Pennsylvania College. What role will nurses play in our ever-changing health care system? The Nursing Congress can only begin to answer this question with the help of your […]
PSNA has now posted its Position Statement titled “Patients’ Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana.” History has documented the use of marijuana (cannabis) in medical settings since 28th century BCE China, and it was first introduced to the Western world in the early 19th century (Johnson, 2013). It was quickly adopted by health care professionals to treat […]
It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Representative Dick Hess. Rep. Hess was the epitome of a public servant. The citizens of the 78th Legislative District elected Rep. Hess to the State House in 1987. He served 26 years total. Rep. Hess introduced Lyme Disease Prevention legislation, was a co-sponsor of […]
On Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett held a ceremonial bill signing for SB 5, Community-Based Health Care Clinics, at the Crozer Keystone Health System. SB 5, sponsored by Senator Ted Erickson (R-26), provides for the establishment of the Community-Based Health Care Program within the Department of Health, paving the way for advanced […]
Representative Mauree Gingrich (R-101) has introduced non-ratio safe staffing legislation, House Bill 1631. Watch our video update for details on this important bill.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Health Planning announces the release of Community-Based Health Program RFA 67-26. Applications and Information can be found here. Applications Due: Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Instructions: Go to the website. (www.emarketplace.state.pa.us) Click the box named “Solicitations”. In the box named “Solicitations#” type 67-26. Click “Search”. Scroll down to bottom of page click “67-26”. Scroll down […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has recommended to a federal agency that health insurers seeking to offer plans on state health insurance exchanges must include a certain number of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in each plan’s network of health care providers for the plans to qualify. “Findings from several decades of research consistently demonstrate […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) and the PSNA Environmental Health Committee have issued a Call for Abstracts for the 2013 Annual Fall Summit to be held October 18, 2013, at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Malvern. Interested poster participants are encouraged to submit an abstract following the prescribed guidelines. No more than two […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds the introduction of federal legislation to protect registered nurses (RNs) and other health care workers from costly, potentially career-ending injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) caused by manual patient handling, such as lifting, transferring, and re-positioning. The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 2480) would improve […]
Due to the recent storms that have caused havoc in the Harrisburg area we are experiencing technical issues with the PSNA CE site as well as the District Leadership Administration site. Our IT team is currently working to get both sites up and running as soon as possible.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) held its inaugural Membership Assembly Friday, June 28 through Saturday, June 29 in Crystal City, Va. The Assembly brought together representatives from ANA’s constituent and state nurses associations, Individual Membership Division, ANA Board of Directors and ANA’s specialty nursing organizational affiliates to develop a framework for shaping the future of […]
In November 2012, the National Alert Network (NAN) reported that the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) updated labeling standards for Heparin Sodium Injection, USP and Heparin Lock Flush Solution, USP (including heparin prefilled flush solutions). The labeling changed from dose of drug per ml, to the identification of the total amount of drug per vial. These […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) hailed today’s Iowa Supreme Court decision affirming Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners’ (ARNPs) ability to supervise a certain high-tech X-ray and imaging procedure as a victory for Iowa residents, who will benefit from having broader access and choice in obtaining important health care services. The appeal to Iowa’s highest court by […]
We invite you to share your thoughts to support the research of Penn State University PhD Candidate Catherine Baumgardner. The letter below discusses her research in the area of workforce engagement and what influences nurses. The survey is open through June 20, 2013. In addition, Catherine is offering a drawing to win one of six […]
Senator Ted Erickson’s (R-26) Senate Bill 5, Community-Based Health Care Clinics, was signed into law by Governor Corbett on May 21, 2013. Now Act 10 of 2013, this law provides for the establishment of the Community-Based Health Care Program within the Department of Health, paving the way for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) – certified […]
The PSNA Board of Directors and staff would like to thank our attendees from this week’s Nursing Awards and Summit. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and will join us for our Fall Summit: Environmental Health titled “Ecocentric Nursing Practice: Sustaining a Healthy Future in Local to Global Environments”. Watch our site and Facebook for pictures […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds the introduction of federal legislation that empowers registered nurses (RNs) to drive staffing decisions in hospitals and, consequently, protect patients and improve the quality of care. The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013 (H.R. 1821), crafted with input from ANA, has sponsors from both political parties who co-chair […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) and PSNA applauded today’s vote by the Senate to confirm Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, as the permanent head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner, a former Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse, has served as chief executive officer of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and was […]
PSNA will hold its annual Summit, “Bullying: Are You the Aggressor, the Bystander or the Target,” on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at DeSales University, Center Valley. This event was originally scheduled to be in November 2012 and has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy. PSNA is pleased to host keynote speaker Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, […]
PSNA has added a new continuing education offering titled, “Factors Influencing Excellence in Nursing.” As nurses around the globe confront complex changes in health care, they must seek ways to preserve the quality and effectiveness of the care they provide patients and their families. Nurses report the emotional and moral distress they experience as they […]
Click here to access the latest issue of “Nurses for a Green Keystone”, presented by the PSNA Environmental Health Committee.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that Pennsylvania will be one of only 20 states to be part of a new $3 million initiative, the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. The program is designed to help states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges — access, quality […]
Health care needs interactive and collaborative leaders prepared for today’s dynamic environment – from the bedside to the boardroom. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 211,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for the Star Leadership Institute, a leadership development program designed to assist nurses in contributing to the delivery of […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the professional association representing 211,000 professional nurses in Pennsylvania, and the PSNA New to Practice Task Force announced that it has added an NCLEX review session to its May 21, 2013 Summit at DeSales University, Center Valley. The two-hour NCLEX review session, in addition to a full-day of continuing […]
Members of the association representing more than 211,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania made the case for major legislative changes in a Capitol Rotunda event on April 15, 2013. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) made a push on Safe Staffing – legislation considered highly critical to the protection of nurses and their patients. “Safe staffing […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) today announced that it has added a speaker to its Annual Summit on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at DeSales University, Center Valley. Alicia Gill Rossiter, MS, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC, will present “Accelerated Resolution Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A New Treatment Modality.” This presentation is funded by The Chad […]
The Pennsylvania Nursing Congress on Practice, Education, & Policy will meet on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Central Penn College. The theme for the April meeting is “The Pennsylvania Action Coalition: Your Future as a Nurse.” This presentation provides a perspective on the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing […]
A White House petition was generated February 21, 2013 to “remove barriers that prevent advanced practice registered nurses from practicing to their full scope.” In order for this petition to move forward, there still needs to be more than 95,000 signatures. Please circulate the petition to your colleagues and friends of nursing. The deadline for […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) encourages nurses and others who support the profession to nominate nurses for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking. Recognizing nurse leaders in the “Most Influential” rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession. We encourage you to cast your vote for ANA President […]
The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP), a supporting organization of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), is pleased to announce scholarships it has available for 2013. Pauline Thompson Nursing Education Scholarship: The purpose is to provide scholarships to undergraduate nursing students in Pennsylvania. The amount of the award is typically $2,000 (with four awarded […]
Nurses are invited to take a short online survey that will influence PSNA’s member benefits, guide our strategic plan and focus on better meeting the needs of Pennsylvania’s nurses. Complete it for a chance to win a $25 gift card. We thank you for your participation! Click here.
PSNA joined the American Nurses Association (ANA) today in issuing the following statement attributable to ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN: “The ANA and PSNA are extremely disappointed that the nation’s elected leaders have failed to find common ground to avert the so-called “sequester.” Consequently, painful cuts in health care spending will hurt vulnerable […]
PSNA and PSNA District 16 will host a Town Hall meeting on April 18, 2013 at Millersville University. Join us at 6:00 pm to discuss topics including safe staffing, whistle blower protection, APRN scopes of practice and violence against health care workers. Featured speakers include Senator Lloyd Smucker, Rep. Bryan Cutler, Rep. Keith Greiner, PSNA […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends the White House for its decision to nominate Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, to permanently head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner, a former Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse, has served as chief executive officer of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and was Virginia’s secretary […]
Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that for every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $7.90. This is the highest three-year average return on investment in the 16-year history of the […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the voice for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, recently elected five new members to serve on its board of directors. At PSNA’s November meeting, PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy M. Snook, MEd, BSN, RN welcomed: Patrick E. Kenny, EdD, RN, ACRN, APRN-PMH, NE-BC, will serve as secretary on the PSNA […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be free to do research on the impact of guns on health, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday when he announced a comprehensive set of recommendations for stemming shooting-related deaths and injuries. CDC researchers have collected statistics on firearm-related deaths but have been barred from conducting in-depth […]
It’s hard to fathom that the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, was a month ago. On one hand, the horror of the event feels fresh, the wound still gaping and unhealed. On the other hand, our short attention spans and the media’s 24-hour news cycle have made other events, from the fiscal […]
As we continue to see an increase in flu cases, PSNA would like to share our position on voluntary influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel. Background The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic emphasized the need for annual influenza vaccinations of healthcare personnel (HCP) in all settings. Certainly, influenza outbreaks in acute and long-term healthcare facilities have resulted in increased […]
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) voted on Dec. 17, 2012, to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination (the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). The passing standard will be revised from the current -0.16 logits* to 0.00 logit beginning April 1, 2013, with the implementation of the 2013 […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is seeking applications for its Care Coordination Quality Measures professional issues panel to be convened starting in March 2013. This panel will focus on developing a framework for measuring the contributions of registered nurses engaged in care coordination. Time commitment includes participation on monthly conference calls for approximately six months […]
We invite you to take a moment to review our 2012 accomplishments. It has been a pleasure serving you! Nurse Title Protection was signed into law on May 8, 2012. Attendees were honored to stand with Governor Tom Corbett, Senator David Argall and Representative Jim Cox in the Governor’s reception room. PSNA members had the […]
Congressional Quarterly reported on the release of a National Governors’ Association’s report “The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care.” “Nurse practitioners could play a more prominent role in health care delivery and states should consider easing laws under which they practice, recommends a new report by the National Governors Association,” […]
Harrisburg, PA, December 13, 2012 – The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is profoundly troubled by Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision not to participate in the Affordable Healthcare Acts provision of state-based exchanges. PSNA stands firm in our belief that a state-based exchange should be developed, as well as other legislative avenues that have the goal […]
Click to access the latest issue of Nurses for a Green Keystone, compliments of the PSNA Environmental Health Committee. This issue includes: indoor air pollution; book review “Coal: A Human History”; a Letter to the Editor on soot pollution; and a flyer on properly disposing of medications.
Like the rest of the nation, America’s nurses are heartbroken as we grieve the unthinkable loss and profound tragedy that unfolded last week in Newtown, Connecticut. This horrific event is a tipping point and serves as a call to action. The nation’s nurses demand that political and community leaders across this country address longstanding societal […]
While election season may be behind us, political bickering is far from over. In the coming weeks Congress is delegated the responsibility of preventing the country from going off a looming “fiscal cliff,” which refers to expiring tax breaks and automatic spending reductions set to begin in January. If Congress fails to come up with […]
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) announces the launch of Nursys e-Notify, the national nurse licensure notification system that automatically delivers licensure and publicly available discipline data directly to employers as the data is entered into the Nursys database by U.S. boards of nursing (BONs). Nursys is the only national database for […]
The public continues to rate registered nurses (RNs) as the most trusted profession according to this year’s Gallup survey that ranks professions based on their honesty and ethical standards. “This poll consistently shows that people connect with nurses and trust them to do the right thing,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, […]
Front Line is PSNA’s complimentary e-newsletter. This is your all-access pass to Association legislative updates, member highlights and a calendar of events. Would you like to share an update on your career? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click to access Front Line news.
State health insurance exchanges being developed over the next year as part of the Affordable Care Act could determine whether consumers will have access to affordable health care services provided by RNs, particularly advanced practice registered nurses. It depends on how essential health benefits are defined, and what health care professionals are designated as eligible […]
PSNA has issued a new continuing education manual, effective by no later than January 1, 2013. The forms included with this manual (for both education activities and provider units) are different and must be used for any submissions occurring April 1, 2013 or later. Please contact PSNA CE Assistant Sylvia Hill at email@example.com or 717-798-8915 to […]
766,000 health care and related jobs could be slashed due to sequestration. Tell Congress to protect these vital jobs which are essential to the livelihood of not just those in the industry, but to the health of the nation. Funding for Title VIII, lifesaving cures for diseases, immunizations, public health, and environmental protection are all […]
The Obama administration moved forward today to implement provisions in the health care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness. […]
In a major advancement for RNs, a new Medicare rule calls for paying RNs for services intended to effectively manage patients’ transitions from hospitals to other settings and to prevent complications and conditions that cause expensive hospital re-admissions. The rule also creates new payment codes for “care coordination” activities performed by RNs that reduce costs […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has released draft Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards to a broad array of professions and individuals for public comment, a critical step toward establishing a uniform, national foundation for programs to improve safety for patients and health care workers. The public comment period is open through Nov. 30. […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the professional organization representing Pennsylvania’s 209,000 registered nurses, has engaged legislators and hospital administrators in the process of negotiating and passing the patient-focused Safe Staffing Law in the State Legislature. The proposed law puts professional staff nurses in charge of developing and maintaining staffing plans that prevent errors attributed […]
Front Line is PSNA’s complimentary e-newsletter. This is your all-access pass to Association legislative updates, member highlights and a calendar of events. Would you like to share an update on your career? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click to access Front Line news.
PSNA and the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) announce their partnership with NurseFuture.com. NurseFuture.com is an innovative resource for news, information, community and careers, benefitting nursing students, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse educators and other nursing professionals. “PSNA is eager to spotlight NurseFuture.com,” states PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy M. Snook, MEd, RN, BSN. […]
Click to access the latest issue of Nurses for a Green Keystone, compliments of the PSNA Environmental Health Committee. This issue includes: the passage of PSNA energy resolution; Safe Chemicals Act on Senate floor; a Reading Green book review; and more!
A new report found up to 37,382 health care jobs could be lost in Pennsylvania by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Nationally, more than 766,000 jobs would be lost according to the report released today by the American Hospital Association […]
The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP), which administers a scholarship fund on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), has announced the winners of the 2012 Jack E. Barger, Sr. Scholarship totaling $6,000. The fund awards $1,000 individual scholarships to nursing students that are veterans in active duty military or are the child or […]
PSNA, the voice for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce a partnership with Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (TSX-V: BPL). PSNA has chosen CoursePark®, Bluedrop’s cloud-based learning platform, to host a private online learning network. PSNA’s learning network will provide access to more than 215 hours of approved nursing continuing education courses for thousands […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is pleased to announce it achieved reaccreditation by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an accredited Approver and Provider of continuing nursing education. ANCC Accreditation distinguishes organizations that demonstrate quality and excellence in the curriculum design and delivery of continuing nursing education (CNE). Accredited Provider organizations, like PSNA, meet […]
The Pennsylvania Action Coalition, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AARP, today announced that Frances Ward, PhD, RN, CRNP, has been appointed executive director. Dr. Ward has held several senior leadership positions, most recently Professor and David R. Devereaux Chair of Nursing at Temple University’s College of Health Professions and Social […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) submitted a health care and public policy proposal, Nurses Role in Recognizing, Educating and Advocating for Healthier Energy Choices, that was passed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) House of Delegates on June 15, 2012. This proposal focuses on nurses using evidence-based information to educate other health professionals, the […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) applauds excellence in nursing with its 2012 Courage, Commitment and Compassion Award. Many registered nurses go above the call of duty with an unwavering commitment to the profession. Whether in a hospital, clinic or school, chances are an RN has touched your life. Nominations are accepted through August 1, […]
Participants are needed for a dissertation survey on “Examining the Relationship Between Electronic Health Record Interoperability and Quality Management.” Purpose: You are invited to participate in a pilot test of a research study being conducted for a dissertation at Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The purpose of this study is to examine characteristics of a […]
The American Nurses Association (ANA) lauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the “minimum coverage provision,” hailing it as a victory for all patients and their families. This is particularly true for those 50 million adults and children who currently lack adequate health coverage. ANA praises the […]
“Compassion for the underrepresented and underserved population in the elderly is a research area that begs for an advocate. That advocacy is found in Dr. Earl Goldberg.” “Ruth McDermott-Levy’s passion for environmental health has led her to Harrisburg and Washington, DC where she advocated for cleaner air and water.” “Dr. Donna Ayers Snelson has established […]
Click to access the latest issue of Nurses for a Green Keystone, compliments of the PSNA Environmental Health Committee. This issue includes: the relationship between climate change and our health; potential impacts from Marcellus Shale drilling; the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; a continuing education opportunity; and promoting drug take-back initiatives.
“Partnering to Transform Healthcare in Pennsylvania” was held on June 7, 2012 in Philadelphia to discuss an action-oriented blueprint for the future of healthcare in Pennsylvania where the nursing profession has the potential to effect wide-reaching change in the healthcare system. Click here to read an article from Central Penn Business Journal’s interview with Susan Hassmiller […]
After serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chad filled the government relations post for the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA). His dedication to the nurses of the Commonwealth and his respect for the legislature was admired by many. Chad struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which contributed to his untimely death in 2011. Established in 2012 […]
Join PSNA Districts 25, 1, 23, 22 and 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Plymouth Meeting for our annual 5-County Dinner. Hear “A ‘Wholistic’ Approach in Developing the Neuman Systems Model” (presented by Dr. Betty Neuman) and “Caring for Ourselves and Others: A Holistic Approach” (presented by Meryle Gurmankin and Mary Wilby). Come early for a […]
On May 8, 2012 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 469 and 470 into law making them Act 34 and 35 of 2012. “Nurse” Title Protection sponsored by Representative Jim Cox (R-129) and Senator David Argall (R-29), assures quality patient care by licensed professionals by protecting the title of “Nurse” to those educated and holding a license to […]
On April 11, 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced a commitment from nurses across the country eager to serve our veterans and military families as well as they have served us. In a broad, coordinated effort, more than 150 state and national nursing organizations including the PA State Nurses Association (PSNA) […]
Nurse Title Protection HB 469 and 470 were passed on April 2! PSNA will keep you updated at this legislation moves toward Governor Corbett’s desk!
Please review the proposed changes to the Continuing Education regulations from Section 21.131-21.134. Summarized regulations are as follow: (1) Require registered nurses to verify compliance with the continuing education requirement in order to biennially renew licenses; (2) Prohibit registered nurses from practicing professional nursing until the continuing education is satisfied; (3) Prohibit registered nurses from […]
PSNA is conducting a comprehensive review of staffing practices in Pennsylvania hospitals. This survey was created in an effort to obtain staffing information in various nursing demographics. Safer staffing leads to better patient outcomes — a goal we all share. With your help — and only 10 minutes of your time — we can formulate a […]
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) has issued a call for poster abstracts for the 2012 Annual Summit to be held November 2, 2012, at DeSales University, Center Valley, Penn. Interested poster participants are encouraged to submit an abstract following the prescribed guidelines. No more than two (2) posters may be submitted by the same […]
Registered nurses from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association – Political Action Committee (PSNA-PAC) have endorsed State Senator David Argall, a champion of safe patient care and a nurse advocate, for the 29th Senatorial District. “This year, Senator Argall was a driving force for representing nurses in the State Senate,” stated PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy […]
PSNA will be holding our 2012 Legislative Day on Tuesday, May 8. Join your colleagues and meet your legislators, discuss nursing legislative issues, attend a press conference in the Rotunda, earn credit hours and more. Click here to learn more.
The deadline for Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania’s Pauline Thompson Scholarship Awards has been extended to May 30, 2012. If you have any questions regarding who is eligible and how to apply, please contact NFP Director of Philanthropy Shirl Shaffer at (717) 827-4369 or sshaffer@theNFP.org.
Executive Director: A multi-organization health care coalition seeks an experienced program manager/executive director to coordinate statewide efforts to implement transformative health care practices based on national campaign efforts. The individual must be highly-skilled at meeting coordination, facilitation, event planning, fundraising, communications/marketing, public speaking, multitasking, research and evaluation. Executive director will be held accountable to a […]
Have you ever had to struggle for a full breath of air or witnessed or experienced an asthma attack? With limited air supply coming in and going out, panic often ensues – especially for children; you become lethargic as the body tires and struggles to gain oxygen. As registered nurses, we are positioned to ease […]
PSNA is announcing a new Continuing Education offering that is coprovided with the Patient Safety Authority in Pennsylvania. This article focuses on Aspiration Risk Assessment as a tool to reduce the risk to patients we care for. The successful completion of the article and posttest will result in the awarding of 0.9 contact hour for […]
Nurse Title Protection (HB 469 and 470) has passed the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives by a vote of 193-0. These bills now await a vote by the State Senate Professional Licensure Committee with your help we can make Title Protection a reality. Please contact your state senator and ask for their support of HB […]
PSNA has held several Town Hall meetings this Fall including Chester County Hospital and HACC-Gettysburg. Both had wonderful turnouts—with standing-room only at Chester County Hospital. We enjoy visiting your areas and meeting face-to-face to discuss issues including advocacy and education. Keep an eye on our website for future Town Hall dates!
Congratulations to the 2011 PSNA award recipients. They include: Leadership Excellence Award, Patrick Kenny, DeSales University; PSNA District Excellence Award, District 2 (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill Counties); Nursing Education Award, Donna Ayers Snelson, Misericordia University; Courage, Commitment and Compassion Award, Earl Goldberg, La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences; Nurse […]
Dr. Peter Buerhaus Selected To Be Keynote Speaker At Annual Nursing Summit HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) will hold its annual Summit, “The Cost of Nursing: The Dollars and Sense of Caring,” on Friday, October 28, 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. PSNA is pleased to host keynote speaker Dr. […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 30, 2011 Contact: Jennifer Neidig, 717-798-8942, email@example.com Pennsylvania Named Future of Nursing Action Coalition to Help Ensure High-Quality, Patient-Centered Health Care Announcement Coincides with First Year since IOM Report Release HARRISBURG (September 30, 2011) — The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been selected as an Action Coalition by the Future of […]
A bright pink fountain will flow throughout October at the Pennsylvania State Capitol to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month. The East Wing Fountain at the State Capitol in Harrisburg turned PINK on Wednesday, September 28th thanks to the First Lady Susan Corbett and PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). Read more.
Town Hall Meeting Sponsored by Pennsylvania State Nurses Association | Co-sponsored by PSNA District 22 October 20, 2011 Chester County Hospital The Mira Conference Room 1:30pm – 3:00pm Featured Speakers Senator Andy Dinniman, 19th Senatorial District | Education Committee, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Representative Dan Truitt, R-156 | Education Committee Also speaking: Betsy M. […]
A new air quality study by a Pennsylvania environmental advocacy group found the commonwealth has the sixth-most smog-ridden air in the nation. State Rep. Ken Smith, D-Dunmore, reacts Wednesday to a report as Meredith Meisenheimer of PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center looks on. The air quality in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton region is not as bad as […]
In the op-ed, “Complacency Erodes Sharps Safety Gains,” published in the August 2011 issue of Hospital Employee Health, ANA President Karen Daley contends that preventable sharps injuries are still occurring too often, even 10 years after enactment of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, and calls on health care professionals to create a culture of […]
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Announcing the launch of an exciting new website, Nursing, History and Health Care (NHHC). This unique website provides a lens through which scholars, students, clinicians, journalists, policy makers, and consumers can understand the historical roots of issues and challenges faced by the nursing profession as it devised ways and means of delivering nursing care services […]
Given the pervasiveness of social media, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has released its Principles for Social Networking and the Nurse: Guidance for the Registered Nurse, a resource to guide nurses and nursing students in how they maintain professional standards in new media environments. Read more.
PSNA is holding a Town Hall meeting at HACC – Gettysburg on September 29 from 6-8 pm. We are pleased to host our main speaker Representative Will Tallman (R-193). Join us to discuss nuse title protection, delegation, safe staffing and more. This event includes a Q&A session. Town Hall Meeting Sponsored by PSNA District 15 […]
PSNA is pleased to host Keynote Speaker Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN Dr. Peter Buerhaus, a nurse and healthcare economist, is well-known for his focus on the nation’s nursing workforce. He is the Valere Potter distinguished professor of nursing and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at the Institute for Medicine and […]
Programs take aim at helping nurse managers lead Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) member Susan Kristiniak, DHA, MSN, RN, describes her role as being similar, at times, to an air traffic controller. It also, she says, requires innovation and big-picture thinking. Read more.
Nurses will Gather to Discuss Health Impacts of Natural Gas Drilling HARRISBURG – The PA State Nurses Association’s (PSNA) Environmental Task Force presents “Marcellus Shale: Unearthing Environmental Health Issues for Nurses.” This workshop will bring together healthcare professionals, nursing students and academics to discuss and learn about environmental exposures in our homes, workplaces and communities. […]
To meet nurse leaders needs — an Educational Advancement of Nursing Symposium has been added! Registration opens soon for the September 26 event. Be one of the first to discuss the important White Paper findings in: nursing practice, education, administration, and research and implications. Download the White Paper Register Can’t see the form?
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) has issued a call for poster abstracts for the 2011 Environmental Health Conference, October 7, 2011, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at Wilkes University. Nurses, administrators, educators, dieticians, students and researchers are encouraged to electronically submit their poster abstract no later than September 9, 2011. Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary submissions are encouraged. Submission Guidelines
Notice to Health Care Providers — Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli O104 (STEC O104:H4) Infections in U.S. Travelers Returning from Germany. Official health advisory from the CDC
The Pennsylvania Department of Health will soon begin verifying medical credentials (if applicable) and conducting criminal history record checks on individuals with active accounts in the Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania (SERVPA). When you registered in SERVPA, you authorized the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to research and copy records, including professional, employment, and judicial […]
HARRISBURG | The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) unveiled its “Long White Line Campaign” in a live, State Capitol roll out event this week. The morning press conference in the rotunda was attended by leading members of the state House and Senate who honored the group for being the state’s “leading voice for professional nurses.” […]
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