AMSN Connections - October 2018

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Recap of the 2018 AMSN Convention
Robin Hertel
Meet Robin Hertel, Your New AMSN President!
Let me introduce myself to you! I’ve been blessed with life experiences that have shaped my career and outlook. I am a proud military brat and had the opportunity to live in many states and countries during my childhood. Moving around all the time, I loved being able to learn more about how people live, what they think, how they spend their leisure time and hearing their stories. Most of all, being a military brat taught me the importance and value of service to others; of dedication and sacrifice.

My professional life as a nurse started at the PN level and has progressed to the master’s level in nursing. I began working on a Medical-Surgical Unit at Hays Medical Center soon after graduating and remained at the acute care level for more than 10 years as a staff and charge nurse. I eventually left the acute care setting and taught both the PN and the Associate Degree levels at my alma mater, North Central Kansas Technical College. I have always loved working with students and the challenge of making education relevant and meaningful.

Today, I work in the corporate setting. I am a nursing education specialist at ATI Nursing Education where I work with a team to develop educational products for nursing students.

I’ve had a long history with AMSN. Two years after I became a Registered Nurse, my best friend and colleague, Glenda Rowe, brought a brochure to work about the AMSN National Convention and the opportunity to become certified as a Medical-Surgical Nurse. I remember standing behind the podium at the Convention and looking out across the empty room at all of those chairs. I thought to myself – “One day, I will be a leader and I will be up here behind this podium speaking to other nurses.” And the rest is history. Dreams do come true!

Shortly after that convention, I volunteered on the editorial committee of AMSN’s newsletter, MedSurg Matters! What I gained was an increasing admiration of the nurse authors for their passion about medical-surgical nursing and the nursing profession. I also became part of the AMSN legislative team as a Nurse in Washington Internship where I met one-on-one with my state senators and representatives about legislation that impacted nursing. I went on to serve as the national secretary on the Board of Directors. This position allowed me to continue to grow professionally and personally and I was contributing to nursing in ways I had never imagined.

I encourage you to volunteer with AMSN. My volunteer work helped me grow professionally as well as personally in so many ways. I have made some lifelong friends and become more confident and proficient in board governance. It also taught me how to think and act strategically.

I look forward to working with you over the next 12 months. Feel free to reach out at any time I am here to serve!

Robin Hertel

President, AMSN

Nursing Education Specialist

Ascend Learning, Leawood, KS

Save The Date
Maureen Murphy is the 2019 Program Planning Committee Chairperson for the 28th Annual AMSN Convention which will be held in Chicago.
We’ll be back with new educational tracks, opportunities to network and inspirational thought leadership – all created to keep you ahead of the curve in professional development and community support.
What’s more, we have a special; payment plan to make it easier to cover the registration fee.
Full meeting registration is only $480!
You save $65!
Your first payment is due upon registration.
This is your first installment of $90, plus a $30 nonrefundable convenience fee.
Then, no more payments until 2019!
Don’t worry, you will be able to select the sessions you plan to attend at convention later.
Your next payments will be withdrawn automatically from the account used with the first payment.
Each installment will be $90 and will occur on January 25 th , March 29 th , May 31 th, and July 26 th, 2019.
September 26-29, 2019
Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago IL, 60605

Speaker abstracts are due by October 30, 2018 - View the Call for Speaker Abstract Submission Guide

Poster abstracts are due by May 15, 2019 -View the Call for Poster Abstracts Submission Guide
Fast Times at the AMSN Annual Convention
Passing the Baton
Linda Yoder gave an inspirational speech at the opening ceremony with a call to action for research on the evidence-based practice and empowering medical-surgical nurses across our AMSN community to become stronger and more informed about policy and advocacy. Robin Hertel, our new President set her agenda urging attendees to make that personal commitment to keep the excitement and energy they’ve gained at the convention going and make things happen; continue to connect with members met at the event, on the HUB or at a chapter meeting -- and most importantly to take care of yourself. She says you cannot provide compassionate care to others if your personal bucket is empty.
Spark Videos
Watch the three Spark Videos to celebrate the past, present and future of the power of med-surge nurses and how AMSN can spark your career. 
After watching, share your "Spark" with your peers and the medical surgical nursing community.
What was the spark that inspired you to become a nurse?  Here’s what we heard at the Convention.
M y best friend’s mother was a nurse and she let me listen to my heart with her stethoscope when I was a kid. Ever since then I knew the body was an amazing thing and wanted to learn all about it. “
“M y spark for nursing started a long time ago. I was a sickly kid and spent tie in hospitals, and I noticed how the nurses cared for me so much. They inspired me when I was a kid, and I said, someday I will be a nurse.”
“I  was in a miserable desk job career and I realized that if I became a nurse I could make a difference everyday even if it was only for one person.”
“I was caring for an elderly patient for some time when one day she asked if my mom were still alive. I said yes and asked her why. She said, “I want to meet your mom to tell her that she did a wonderful job raising me.” She reaffirmed that I made the right decision to be a nurse.”
“W hen my daughter was born she had a lot of health problems. We had a lot of doctors and nurses, but it was the nurses that helped my wife and I learn to live with what was going on. I was ready to change careers so I got into nursing.”
“M y nursing sparked when I got a thank-you card form a patient’s family. I had cared for the same woman for about a month and she was going through some really uncomfortable and painful procedures and I got to explain everything to her, educate her and hold her hand. When she left, I felt a deep connection to her. The card her family sent was so validating and the care I provided was as meaningful to them as it was to me.”
“M y mother and sister are both nurses. I saw how caring and compassionate they are and I knew that I had those same qualities within me. I followed in their footsteps.”  
Stars in the AMSN Constellation
Six stellar professionals were recognized with leadership awards, presented at the Conference. They are not only role models, they are significant change agents, leading the way to elevating the profession, strengthening the practice and making innovation and imagination actionable.
Congratulations to all!

AMSN Anthony J. Jannetti Award for
Extraordinary Contributions to Health Care

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and founding Director of Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation

2018 AMSN President's Award
Denise Verosky, MSN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, CMSRN
Director of Palliative Care at the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital in
Pittsburgh, PA.

The Anthony J. Janetti Award (fondly known as the AMSN Tony Award) is given to an individual in recognition of extraordinary contributions towards the enhancement of health care. 

Dr. Baernholdt was selected for this award because she is a pioneer in the area of health care quality and safety, which is a strategic initiative of AMSN. She has a broad background in clinical practice and education. She teaches courses and mentors national and international students and junior faculty in leadership, quality and safety, and health services research. Her research focuses on how quality of care is defined and factors affecting quality of care in global rural areas across the healthcare continuum.
The President’s Award is given to an individual who consistently volunteers their time, has served in a leadership position in the organization and has made significant contributions to assist AMSN in achieving its strategic goals.
Denise has been a member of AMSN for more than 14 years and has been a passionate volunteer. Additionally, she has been active on the AMSN PRISM Award Committee, the Affiliations Task Force, the Nominating Committee and as faculty and chairperson of the Certification Review Course on the Road program. Denise has spent her entire nursing career, which spans more than 26 years, in the specialty of medical-surgical nursing. She validated her expertise and knowledge by earning the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) credential in 2014.

2018 CCCTM of Distinction Award
Helen Vigh, RN, CCCTM

Hospital Coordinator at Akron Children’s Home Care Group in Akron, Ohio

    2018 CMSRN of Distinction Award
    Kathryn Collins, MSN, RN, CMSRN

    St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN.
The CCCTM of Distinction Award recognizes a registered nurse who is Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management and exemplifies the mission, vision and core values of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board.

Helen has held several certifications throughout her 25+ years as a pediatric nurse and encourages, mentors, and role models for other nurses. In June 2016, she became the first nurse at her organization to become Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM). Helen believes, “Certification gives you a sense of pride and joy in your nursing career and what you, in your role, help to accomplish. It lets others know that you value what you know and that you stay current and diverse in your understanding of all cultures." 
The CMSRN of Distinction award acknowledges a registered nurse who is dedicated to promoting and communicating the value of certification by providing education and support to peers, a healthcare organization, patients and the community.
Kathryn Collins has been a Med-Surg nurse for over 20 years. She takes a personal approach to evangelizing certification at St. Cloud Hospital; she created the lending library, where any staff member has free access to study guides and resource books to study and prepare for the certification test. She also developed the study buddy group where staff meet and review test questions and provide each other with feedback on how to prepare and take the exam. 

Clinical Leadership Award
Sponsored by Philips Healthcare
JoAnna Kavanah, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Assistant Nurse Manager, Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas

2018 Clinical Practice Award
Sponsored by an Educational Grant from Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. through the Nursing Economic$ Foundation 

Patricia K. Schrader, PhD, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Nursing
The Clinical Leadership Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement and leadership within the medical-surgical clinical setting.

JoAnna Kavanah demonstrates leadership through developing innovative approaches to her practice that have resulted in 63% of the staff being more engaged in their practice. Her efforts have also resulted in increased patient satisfaction and decreased staff turnover. She initiated, and continues to serve on, a unit-based council where she reduced redundant documentation and involved nursing staff in facility-wide committees. She also helped nurses overcome financial barriers to achieve their certification. JoAnna also has mentored 47 staff members and collaborated with her unit’s nursing assistants to rewrite and implement performance standards that resulted in improved quality of patient care.
The Clinical Practice Award recognizes an exemplary nurse who is a role model and demonstrates high skill level in the direct care of patients.
Patricia Schrader has been a nurse since 1983 and has dedicated herself to the specialty of medical-surgical nursing for the last 13 years, earning the CMSRN credential in 2015. In addition to her teaching role, she also serves on the Houston Methodist Sugarland Advisory Council where she strives to improve the clinical education of the next generation of nurses. She is a staunch supporter of her colleagues and strongly advocates for them to be recognized for their competency in the broad spectrum of skills required to successfully practice medical-surgical nursing. Additionally, Patricia has a passion for research and evidence-based practice that keeps her knowledgeable about the latest practice innovations and she embraces change within the practice. meaningful.
Convention Learning Sessions In The Rear-View Mirror
When you attended this year’s Convention, did you miss a session or two?  Good news!  For no additional fee attendees can catch what they missed.  Look for an email letting you know when access is available.  

Convention attendees should go to here to get to handouts and do your CE evaluations.  If you go to this page and are NOT logged in, you won’t be able to see what you need.  

If you were unable to attend the Convention, check back late October to purchase Convention content.  All sessions qualify for contact hours towards your certification. Here’s the AMSN Online library link.
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
PO Box 56 Pitman, New Jersey 08071-0056
(866) 877-AMSN | |

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