October 2010 FNPN New Bullets
As we begin October 2010, we would like to bring you up to date on what’s new in your own backyard of Florida. In this newsletter you will find the following:
- Message from the FNPN Board of Directors
- FNPN Annual Elections
- Education Updates and upcoming CE events
- Legislative Update!
- Membership Update
- Job Announcement
- From Your AANP Representative
- FNPN PAC Update
- Around the State and Around the Nation
- News You Can Use
- Kudos Corner
Quote of the Month:
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
Message from the FNPN Board of Directors
FNPN in collaboration with coalition for advance practice nursing has had a great start to the campaign. It is critical for us to raise more than $100,000 though the coalition efforts. This successful campaign will ensure an effective public relations effort in moving Advance Practice Nursing to the next level. The need to raise public awareness and stimulate effective access to healthcare can be achieved though this unity. Please read on as the campaign continues.
In October, the Florida NP Network is officially launched our “$10 for 2010” campaign in collaboration with the Florida Coalition for Advanced Practice Nurses. This unified effort to raise funds for a public relations campaign will be the first unified approach to increase visibility and awareness to the public. While each organization has worked diligently as a separate entity, we realize the importance of ensuring a successful campaign through unification. The goal: to raise at least $100,000 to fund the absolute best public relations campaign possible and empower our profession through visibility and awareness.
Your donation can make that happen! If every one of the more than 14,000 Advanced Practice Nurses were to donate at least $10 (or more), we would quickly surpass our goal. The campaign will not limit supporters from donating more than $10. In addition, supporters can encourage their colleague, friends and family to donate as well. Imagine the possibilities!
Please take a moment today to pledge your commitment of being an active supporter of this campaign and start nurturing those around you to help carry us to victory!!
FNPN Annual Elections fast approaching
It is time once again to begin the election process for the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network. This year, our President, Second Vice President in charge of Education, and Treasurer positions will be nominated and voted on.
We will be in need of several volunteers to assist as the election committee nominations and elections this year. If you are interested in becoming more involved (and we really need folks to get involved), please contact our Executive Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of your interests.
For those that may wish to run, the positions of President, Vice President of Education and Treasurer hold the following responsibilities:
Be the chief elected officer and shall preside over meetings of the FNPN and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors;
Recommend individuals to do special projects to further the work of the FNPN;
Recommend ad hoc committees;
Be an ex-officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee (
Serve as a representative of the organization.
Second Vice President shall:
Oversee educational programs and conferences for the FNPN;
- Assume other duties as assigned by the President.
Be responsible for the fiscal soundness and integrity of the organization;
Oversee the preparation and implementation of the annual budget;
Oversee records of all debits and credits of the FNPN;
Maintain checking and credit accounts, make deposits and write checks as required;
Report an overview of expenditures, balances and foreseeable monetary needs to the Board of Directors quarterly;
Complete and maintain any financial documents as required by law and as assigned by the President;
Oversee fund raising as directed by the President and Board of Directors.
The following important educational opportunities have been posted for December; be sure to check back on our website at www.fnpn.org for additional updates and additions!
- 1st Annual ANPB CE Cruise Event from Tampa to Cosumel
- Thursday, December 02 2010
Remember Elections are fast approaching!!!!
- Book Closing Deadline - General Election
- Early Voting Begins - General Election
- Early Voting Ends - General Election
- GENERAL ELECTION
What is Early Voting?
Voters may vote in person by casting a ballot prior to election day. The voter will use the same type of voting equipment that is used at the polls on election day. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on the 2nd day before an election. During this period, early voting is conducted 8 hours per day on each weekday and for 8 hours in the aggregate for each weekend. Supervisors of Elections designate early voting sites 30 days prior to an election. Early voting will be offered in the main or branch office of the Supervisor of Elections. They may also designate any city hall or public library geographically located so that all voters in the county will have an equal opportunity to cast a vote. Contact your Supervisor of Elections for dates, times and locations in your county.
How to Early Vote
Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on the 2nd day before an election. During this period, early voting is conducted 8 hours per day on each weekday and for 8 hours in the aggregate on each weekend. Supervisors of Elections designate early voting sites 30 days prior to an election. Early voting will be offered in the main or branch office of the Supervisor of Elections. They may also designate any city hall or public library as an early voting site. Voters who want to vote early should present the following at the early voting site:
- a valid photo identification; and
- a signature identification.
We can’t let Gayle Harrell win! What do we need to do to help Alan Fetteman?
By Michael Peltier
9/1/2010 © The News Service of Florida
It will be incumbent versus former incumbent as two candidates face off in the politically shifting sands of House District 81 where Rep. Adam Fetterman, D-Port St. Lucie, will defend his seat against Republican challenger Gayle Harrell in a post-term limit showdown that will be one of the most watched in the state.
Harrell, who held the seat for eight years, was termed out in 2008. A veteran campaigner, Harrell last ran unsuccessfully in 2008, losing by 1,000 votes to fellow Republican - now U.S. Rep. - Tom Rooney in the Congressional District 16 primary.
During her tenure in Tallahassee, she often sided with the medical profession on issues such as insurance mandates and malpractice. Her husband is a physician, and during her House tenure, Harrell championed a series of health care issues that generally favored physicians and health care providers, including a proposal making it easier for hospitals to expand open-heart surgery units and other specialty services. From her own website, she is quoted to say
“Any expansion of scope of practice issues is contingent upon graduation from medical school and appropriate training”
Fetterman, the general counsel for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, was an increasingly visible Democratic member during his freshman term, backing a slate of issues that included lifting the statute of limitations on certain sexual crimes involving children. He also became a vocal opponent to Republican efforts to relax class size requirements.
The battleground continues to change. House District 81, which encompasses portions of northern Martin County and the Port St. Lucie area, is trending Democratic. In 2008, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a 39.4 percent to 37.6 percent margin, with 18.6 with no major party affiliation.
(Note from Member: Please share with this all members, and they must in turn share with family and friends who may live in her county from Jensen Beach, Port St Lucie, Hutchinson Island, Indiantown area. Note this is from a diehard Republican but also a realist who knows Harrell will fight any chance we have!)
There have been many new job postings around the state on our web site at www.fnpn.org for those of you that may have an interest. On our new website, the most recent postings are on the front page. A new feature will allow postings to be visible for 90 days. Please feel free to pass this along to your colleagues who may be interested in it as well, or who may have an interest in finding out more about our network. For those of you that have found jobs on our website, please be sure to let us know!
Do you know an employer who might find the FNPN Job posting a worthwhile site? If so, please be sure to tell them about the website and the fact that on average 20 or more jobs are posted each month. The traffic to our website is incredible and we have more and more folks seeking employment through this site than ever before. Let them know you saw it on the FNPN Website!
Armando Riera-Membership Chair
- Membership in FNPN runs on an annual basis Jan-Dec.
- Please renew your membership today.
- Membership in FNPN can be as a group or individual member.
- FNPN now has a special on membership through December 2011, join now and membership is only $100!
Individual members belong and receive many benefits as part of their membership-frequent communication during the legislative session (or special sessions), a paid lobbyist based in Tallahassee, access to posted job opportunities, access to posted upcoming conferences and many more benefits. If you belong to your local NP group you are not an FNPN member until you join FNPN individually, group and individual membership are two separate levels of membership. I encourage you to visit our newly redesigned web page today www.fnpn.org and while you're there you can renew online.
Group Presidents please renew today and continue to be an integral part of our growing organization. We value our group members as this creates a vital network of NP groups throughout the state. These groups help disseminate information about trends, issues and changes impacting NP's at the state and national level. As a group member we will also assist with conference planning and obtaining approval for CEU's if offered. We will also assist with promoting your conferences and activities and can provide assistance or link you with support in web design.
Just a reminder, students and retired ARNPs have special rate dues, and we encourage you and your peers to join!
From your AANP Representative
Doreen Cassarino MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM
At a time when finances limit opportunities, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Foundation is proud to announce $92,000 in offerings available for nurse practitioner (NP) educational scholarships and project/research grants through the AANP Foundation Scholarship & Grant Program 2010 Funding Cycle. The AANP Foundation works year-round with leaders in the NP community, members of the Corporate Partner Council (CPC) and other corporate supporters in the healthcare industry to evaluate funding needs and define the allocation of financial support. This year, the wide-range of topics supported through grant offerings for practicing NPs include, childhood obesity, diabetes and nutrition. The 2010 Funding Cycle also offers NP student scholarships at the master's and doctoral levels.
Complete details related to the AANP Foundation Scholarship & Grant Program 2010 Funding Cycle, including a full list of offerings, eligibility requirements, application information and deadlines, are available on the AANP Foundation website.
FNPN PAC Update
Marifrances Gullo - PAC Chair
The purpose of the FNPN~PAC is to promote the ARNP profession through advancing the outcome of political issues or legislation. This is accomplished by contributing to the support of worthy candidates for State or Local offices who we believe have demonstrated their support of the principles to which this professional organization is dedicated. To further their purpose the PAC is empowered to solicit and accept these voluntary personal contributions (up to $500 per year per person). These contributions are used to attempt to influence the selection, nomination, or election of any individual to any State or Local office. Your decision to make a PAC contribution will help to continue our efforts wherever possible. Contributions can be made @ www.fnpn.org via Pay Pal…or your check payable to FNPN-PAC sent to 4637 Golden Apples Tr. Port Orange, FL 32129. Let’s make things happen together! Thank you for your support!!
Around the State and Around the Nation
Remember to Vote November 2
This year marks a critical opportunity for all nurses in the state of Florida. Many candidates who are supportive of our issues need your vote! Please click here to visit the following link and find out how you can participate. Remember early voting as well as on election day give us many opportunities to have our voices heard. Don’t be left silent-vote today!
National NP Week 2010
National NP Week will be held November 7 - 13, 2010. The theme this year is “Everyday Heros”. Make plans now to host events in your communities to help spread the word about the value of having an NP as your healthcare provider.
News You Can Use
The Florida NP Network has taken the next step to keep our members informed. Keep abreast of changes in your practice around the state and around the nation. You can join us today on Facebook under Florida Nurse Practitioner and Twitter under FloridaNP. We hope to hear from you.
Health Reform Resource Center
What is in the Affordable Care Act? Click here for useful resource on health care reform.
It is Flu Season: A good time for vaccination catch-up
A complimentary CME/CE online learning activity from Practicing Clinicians Exchange. Developed specifically for Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. Click here to access this program.
Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation Announces 2010-2011 Scholarships & Awards Program Bellevue, WA, September 20, 2010 – The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation today announced its 2010-2011 Student Scholarships & Awards Program. This program includes 3 scholarships and 11 awards.
Applications are available on the NPHF website (http://www.nphealthcarefoundation.org). Scholarships and awards are available for the 2010-2011 academic year in the following areas:
NPHF/AstraZeneca Diversity Scholarship Program- three (3) scholarships will be awarded to minority NP graduate students. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to caring for minority/underserved populations. (Supported through an educational grant from AstraZeneca) Amount of each award: $4,000
NPHF/sanofi-pasteur Health Through Immunizations Awards- three (3) awards will be given to graduate NP students or practicing NPs whose research or educational project is in the area of immunizations. Each recipient will receive an initial award of $2,500. Upon completion of the project, an additional $1,000 will be awarded to each recipient to support project dissemination (e.g., travel expenses for presenting at a national meeting; editing a paper for publication; preparing a poster, etc.). The target audience may be patients, the general public, or healthcare professionals. The project must be completed within 2 years. (Supported through an educational grant from sanofi pasteur U.S.) Total amount of each award: $3,500
NPHF/Purdue Pharma Pain Management Awards- five (5) awards will be given to graduate NP students or practicing NPs to support research or educational projects related to pain management. Priority will be given to projects that target pain relief while avoiding misuse/abuse/diversion. Each recipient will receive an initial award of $3,500. Upon completion of the project, an additional $1,500 will be award to each recipient to support project dissemination (e.g., travel expenses for presenting at a national meeting; editing a paper for publication; preparing a poster, etc.). The project must be completed within 2 years. (Supported through an educational grant from Purdue Pharma L.P.) Total amount of each award: $5,000
COMING SOON NPHF/Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc. Heart Health Through the Ages Awards- three (3) awards will be given to graduate NP students or practicing NPs to support service, research or educational projects in the area of heart health. There will be one award each in pediatric, adult, and geriatric heart health. Each recipient will receive an initial award of $3,000. Upon completion of the project, an additional $1,000 will be awarded to each recipient to support project dissemination (e.g., travel expenses for presenting at a national meeting; editing a paper for publication; preparing a poster, etc.). The project must be completed within 2 years. (Supported through a charitable donation from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.) Total amount of each award: $4,000
Information about eligibility criteria, deadlines, and applications is available on the NPHF website: http://www.nphealthcarefoundation.org. Click on Projects & Programs.
“Top 20 Most Influential People In The Nursing Field.”
Congratulations to our own Dr. Christopher Saslo, DNS, ARNP, BC Read the whole article click here.
Congratulations Lolita Melhado!
Submitted by Jacquie Byers, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing, University of Central Florida
Lolita Melhado participated in a summer C mentoring fellowship sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies. I served as her mentor. Her (our) paper titled "Patients' and Surrogates' Decision Making Characteristics: Withdrawing, Withholding, and Continuing Life Sustaining Treatments" has been accepted with minor revisions by Betty Ferrell, the editor of The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. The report out/ submission was on July 27-29, So by peer-reviewed journal standards, the acceptance turnaround was fast and only needing minor revisions! I am proud of her and proud to be her advisor!
Note to faculty- this is a bridge program to transition new students to masters or doctoral study. Lolita was the only non-UCF grad in the program. We need to use this as a recruitment tool! The student gets their tuition credits paid and a small stipend. It shouldn't just be for UCF grads, but the program seems to be a hidden pearl. Steve Talbert was kind enough to let Lolita be a guest in his web ngr 6813 course this summer, so that I did not need to reinvent the systematic review structure/ deadlines. Any questions, let me know or check out the CGS fellowship website. /jb Congrats Lolita!