A huge thank you to everyone who planned and attended the KANS 2013 Annual Convention at the Center for Courageous Kids this past week! It was a huge success. Here are some of the pictures from the Convention, remember if you have any pictures you took, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be included on the website and the newsletter! We hope to see you next year!
It’s almost time! The KANS Convention is just around the corner. Be sure to register online and print your convention packet. You will find the convention agenda, scholarship applications, advisor of the year nomination form and much more! We have planned a great convention this year, so join us and see where you fit in!!
This is the lowest price that membership has been for KNA and ANA together. Please take advantage of this opportunity! The following is from their website:
Join Both Kentucky Nurses Association and ANA for Just $11/month or $126/year.
Joint membership in KNA and ANA is now highly accessible and affordable at only $11/month or $126/year. Together with KNA, ANA represents the largest and most inclusive group of registered nurses in the country.
Now is the best time to join to advance your career, your profession and your patient care. You’ll have full access to resources that will help you:
- Enhance your skills through ANA online Continuing Education
- Meet new peers and colleagues
- Continue your higher education through ANA’s education alliance discounts
- Advance your career with ANA’s Career Center
- Develop your leadership skills
Please visit http://www.kentucky-nurses.org/Main-Menu-Category/Member-Center and join!
The board has been working hard this summer to prepare an amazing State Convention for all nursing students. We will have many break out sessions covering a wide variety of topics for all levels of nursing students and faculty, and a 3 hour mini NCLEX review! Please click on the top of the page where it says 2013 State Convention to register. Check back soon for more details and a student packet.
After a fun filled week in Charlotte for NSNA’s 61st Annual Convention, we found out that KANS won the award for Most Outstanding State Website! This is a great accomplishment for our chapter and a great way to let people know we are here! All of us who attended have some great ideas for our upcoming convention in October. We are very excited to implement these ideas and were so happy to meet all of the other nursing students from across the country. We also sold some merchandise to make money for our chapter. The tumblers and towels were a big hit. If you have any pictures from the national convention, be sure to email them to email@example.com.
As future nurses, we should all know about one important woman, Florence Nightingale. In class we always learn about what she did for our profession, and hopefully we all remember her contributions to the healthcare field that is so important to all of us, men and women. If you have an extra three minutes and would like a brief overview of her life, please take a moment and watch this short video.
Get excited for the 2013 KANS conference! This year’s theme is “Putting the Pieces Together…Where Do You Fit in?” We will focus on the many roles we will assume as nurses. We have remained the most trusted profession for many years, and we plan to stay on top! We will have many break out sessions and activities for you this year. Please check back often for more information about the conference and registration.
Nurses ranked most trusted profession in Gallup poll
Eighty-five percent of Americans rated registered nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high,” earning them the top spot in a Gallup poll ranking perceived ethical standards across a wide range of professions.
Nurses outperformed pharmacists by 10 percentage points (75%) and medical doctors (70%) by 15 points, scoring the highest of all professions on a list that included teachers, policemen and members of congress.
Survey participants were asked to rank 22 professions on a five-point honesty and ethical scale ranging from “very high” to “very low,” in telephone interviews conducted from Nov. 26-29, 2012. The random sample consisted of 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
This is the highest ranking nurses have ever received since the profession was first included in the poll in 1999. Nurses have received the highest ranking each year except in 2001, when firefighters ranked first after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Many cases of influenza have been confirmed around the state, and in our chosen profession, we must take steps to prevent spreading the flu to our patients and each other. Read below how to protect yourself and the information to tell your patients to keep everyone healthy during flu season.
- CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See upcoming season’s Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines are available.
- Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- See Everyday Preventive Actions [257 KB, 2 pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions – apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine – that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).
- If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness.
- Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
- Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors [702 KB, 2 pages], treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
- Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
- Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
More information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm