February is Heart Month

Image February is National Heart Month! Make sure you know all the information to keep your heart healthy and be able to tell your patients what they need to do as well.

Key Risk Factors for Heart Disease:

High blood pressure

 High LDL cholesterol

Smoking

 About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.

These medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also increase your risk:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Click the link below and complete the assessment to see if you are on the right track to a healthy heart!

http://mylifecheck.heart.org/

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Take Action Against the Flu

ImageMany 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.

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

  • 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.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • 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 Adobe PDF file [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).

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

  • 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 Adobe PDF file [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

KANS 2012 Annual Convention

Here are some long awaited pictures of the KANS 2012 Annual Convention. Thank you to all who attended and we hope you spread the word and come back again this year. If you have any pictures of your school group that you would like added, please email them to:kans.kynurses@gmail.com

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Poster2Cervical Health Awareness Month 2013: We Have the Means to Prevent Cervical Cancer; Let’s Find the Will
RTP, NC — As we recognize January 2013 as Cervical Health Awareness Month, the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) call for expanded access to life-saving screening tests and vaccines.
Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. The numbers are even more soberng globally; approximately 80% of deaths from cervical cancer occur in the developing world. In both the U.S. and around the world, the disease disproportionately impacts poor women.
ASHA/NCCC President and CEO Lynn B. Barclay says we can do better: “Cervical cancer is preventable through vaccines and screening tests. Making sure these tools reach the most vulnerable women is critical, of course, but so are efforts to educate women about the disease. Accurate, culturally-sensitive information and access to care are an unbeatable combination.”
It’s also important to reach out to health care providers, Barclay says. “Only about 35% of girls and young women who are eligible for these vaccines have completed the three-dose series. Parents are strongly influenced by the recommendations of the family doctor or nurse, so we’ll continue developing cervical cancer information and counseling tools designed specifically for health professionals. “
ASHA/NCCC address the challenges of cervical cancer prevention by offering numerous programs that include national advocacy, publications, and interactive services that provide education and support for patients, families, and health professionals. For more visit us online at http://www.ASHAsexualhealth.org and http://www.nccc-online.org/index.html.
Click here to order materials.
The American Social Health Association (ASHA) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1914 to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities, with a focus on educating about and

Raffle at Convention

iPad is a magical window where nothing comes between you and what you love.

Be prepared to win some amazing prizes at this years 2012 Annual Convention

We will be selling tickets for multiple items, including (but not limited to):

Stethoscopes!

NCLEX Review Books!

NCLEX Flash Cards!

iPad!

Macbook Air!

So bring your loose change/spare cash to make sure you have a chance at these great prizes that will aid in your success at Nursing School!

Apple’s thinnest, lightest and most portable notebook ever. Despite its amazing thin dimensions, it packs a punch and comes with a large high definition screen and full keyboard

RUN FOR STATE OFFICE!

               

                     An important aspect of this year’s convention will be an election process that involves voting in new officers for the 2014-2015 KANS State Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in being an active member of KANS who would like to exercise their leadership skills in a pre-professional organization.

                The positions for the state board are open to active members in attendance at the convention who are willing to commit to serving on the board for one year. We welcome and encourage any attending member who has the desire to serve on the state board to sign up.

               So, make this your time to shine! Being on the KANS state board is a great opportunity for you to build your leadership qualities in collaboration with students from KANS chapters across the state. Besides, it also looks great on your resume! Open nominations for all offices will be held on Thursday night.

              Don’t forget there are also positions open for KNA Consultant and Faculty Consultant for faculty members interested in being involved in KANS. Let the campaigning begin!

Don’t miss your chance on voting during the election process;                      

REGISTER AS A DELEGATE!

                       The Board of Directors is elected every year at our Annual Convention and Business Meeting by your House of Delegates. Being a delegate is an imperative part of the voting process, because without delegates, we would have no votes/voters. Each school gets one delegate per five KANS members. These votes make a huge difference in making sure the person you want to be in office gets voted in. So make sure you spread the word, and register as many delegates from your school as you can.

To view eligibility requirements to run for office please see our KANS ByLaws on the Archives page.

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at the address below.

See you there!

 

September Newsletter

The September Issue is now available for download on the Archives page. 

 

Attention LPN students!

EVERY NURSE COUNTS!

 As of June 30, 2011, there were a total of 14 baccalaureate nursing (BSN) programs, 38 associate degree (ADN) programs, and 35 practical nursing (PN) programs approved by KBN. For the 2010-2011 year there were over 1300 PN graduates. Kentucky Association of Nursing Students recognizes Practical Nursing as an integral part of nursing and the health care team and wishes to extend an invitation for membership to those not already involved with KANS.

So many of our Nursing Programs here in Kentucky have integrated the LPN students and the RN students, as well as provided a streamlined way for LPNs to transition into the RN program. I believe belonging to the same student organization further promotes this integration and only encourages the team work that is so essential in our profession.

You can find the NSNA Mission Statement  HERE, and below is an excerpt regarding membership.

“* RN-to-BSN students are also eligible for membership. Prenursing students enrolled in college or university programs who are taking the prerequisite courses designed as preparation for entrance into a program leading to an associate degree, diploma, or baccalaureate degree in nursing are eligible to join as associate members.”

THE TOP TEN REASONS TO JOIN NSNA

  • Share the Experience
  • Passion for the Profession
  • To Have A Voice
  • Broadening Knowledge
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Career Building
  • The NSNA Convention
  • Benefits
  • Access to Professional Role Models
  • Community Outreach

So join today online at https://nsnamembership.org/ and we will look forward to seeing you at this year’s KANS State Convention!

Needlestick Safety

Kentucky Association of Nursing Students has partnered with Safe In Common to decrease the risk of needlestick injury.

Each year, 5.6 million workers in the U.S. healthcare industry are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens via needlestick injuries and other sharps-related injuries. This is a major problem.

Safe in Common is a nonprofit organization committed to making healthcare personnel’s working environment safe from the risk of needlestick injury. This past March, the Organization announced the launch of a nationwide campaign to unite healthcare personnel who believe current Federal standards for needlestick prevention are largely inadequate and that safer devices, along with other measures, are needed to protect those at risk of harm.

 

The cornerstone of the campaign is the Needlestick Safety Pledge. SIC is working toward the goal of getting 100,000 healthcare personnel to sign the Pledge to acknowledge and support the importance of needlestick safety – an issue near and dear to all of our hearts.  

 

One added bonus: each person who takes the Pledge will be entered to win an iPad.  Please take the Needlestick Safety Pledge and share with your friends and colleagues today!

Build on to your nursing career today by becoming an NSNA member.

NSNA conducted a recent survey on how NSNA has influenced them in their nursing career or the job market.

1. Helped developed my professional and leadership skills.

2. Helped me to decide to continue my education once I completed my RN.

3. Provided me with contacts that I can network with after convention.

4. Employers have been interested in the fact that I am part of a national organization.

5. It has helped me with these interview skills that I need to be successful.

6. Membership is an example of leadership involvement.

7. Shows that I am committed to the profession.

8. Many employers find it impressive that I am an active member of NSNA®.

9. How to market myself (Imprint tips and convention resources).

10. Being part of a professional association determines if you’ll be involved in professional organizations once you are a nurse.

So join today https://nsnamembership.org/ and we hope to see you at State Convention!