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May
27
2014
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Volunteers Needed! Join a team of medical, nursing, and dental professionals in providing care to the Tibetan people living in the Tsum Valley of Nepal in fall of 2014. 

The Tsum Valley is home to 3000 Tibetan Buddhists who have received very little medical care due to the remoteness of their location.  Modernity has not yet made inroads into the daily lives of the people here because the region has only recently been opened to the West for trekking.

The two villages where we will provide professional care lie at 5,000 and 10,000 feet elevation in the Himalayan border with Tibet. Volunteers will experience the spectacular beauty of the region which lies in full view of Manaslu, “mountain of the soul” in Sanskrit, one of the world’s fourteen 8000 meter peaks, and immersion in the Tibetan Buddhist culture. The Tsumbas, as they call themselves, are described by Westerners as gracious and grateful, a reflection of  their Buddhist way of living.

 

For more information contact:  Rachel Frazin APRN - rachelfrazin01@gmail.com.

 

For details on the trip visit: volunteersfornepal.blogspot.com



May
27
2014
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The Alaska Nurses Association mourns the loss of a longtime leader in the AaNA

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I let you know that our former AaNA, Providence Registered Nurses (PRN) President, Kathleen Gettys passed away last Sunday, May 18th. 

Kathleen served the Alaska Nurses Association in multiple leadership positions. She will always be known for her advocacy for the professional interests of the bedside nurse. Through her positions at the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) she had opportunities to also work with national nursing organizations that advocated for nurses and patients across the country. 

Kathleen was instrumental in the passage of the No Mandatory Overtime for Nurses bill that took 6 years to pass the Alaska Legislature. This legislation finally passed the Senate on the last day of the Session of the 26th Legislature (2009-2010). She spent countless hours educating lawmakers on the dangers of mandatory overtime and the tragic errors that can occur if nurses work over their normal 12-hour shift and mandatory overtime. 

Kathleen dedicated her professional nursing career to helping nurses who needed a union representative and making sure they had an empathetic advocate in their corner. She assisted countless nurses with workplace issues and contract negotiations with administration at Providence Alaska Medical Center. 

She made so many friends in the community of nurses. Kathleen will be missed from New York to Hawaii and by all her Alaskan nurses she worked so hard for. 

Kathleen began her career as a social worker for blind rehabilitation and then transitioned into the profession of nursing. She worked from 1994-2011 at Providence Alaska Medical Center on the Progressive Care Unit. She served the Providence Registered Nurses Union of the AaNA as a Grievance Officer, President, and on multiple negotiating teams. 

Please keep Kathleen's husband Blake and her family in your prayers. Kathleen's family will need strength to be able to move forward from this terrible loss. Kathleen so loved her family. 

If you would like to send Blake and family a card, please feel free to send them to:

C/O Alaska Nurses Association
3701 E. Tudor Road, Suite 208
Anchorage, AK 99507

I will let our members know when there will be a service for Kathleen in Alaska. 


May
23
2014
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May
15
2014
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Join your Alaska labor community for the 2014 Summer Solidarity Picnic on June 8th at the Anchorage Park Strip!  [Read More... ]


Apr
15
2014
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The Alaska Nurses Association is excited to announce our 2014 Nurses Week Banquet!
Attention nurses, students, family and friends: All are welcome to attend! 

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Mar
27
2014
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Click for more information and to register for this FREE event! 



On April 30 - May 2, 2014, the North American Brain Injury Society and the Alaska Brain Injury Network will join together to host the second quadrennial Alaska Brain Injury Conference in Anchorage!

This conference, entitled Shining a Light on Everyday Heroes; Supporting Brain Injury in Your Community, will have a strong focus on rural and underserved communities. Attendees will benefit from nationally and internationally recognized authorities on the subject of brain injury research, rehabilitation and long-term care.

From groundbreaking diagnostic and tele-medicine techniques, to community rehabilitation and reentry for successful lifelong living, an all-star cast of top researchers and clinicians will present the very latest in brain injury treatment and rehabilitation.

The conference will benefit all providers in Alaska, with specialty tracks specific for military and veterans (i.e. blast injuries and caring for wounded warriors) and tribal/rural topics (i.e. telehealth, using technology to delivery medical and community based services). 

Registration is NOW OPEN. Please click here for more details and to register for this exciting conference. 



Jan
09
2014
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The Joint Commission has released the Hospital National Patient Safety Goals for 2014. Below is a brief summary of each of the goals. If you would like to learn more, please visit the Joint Commission website. If you are interested in learning more about improving patient safety, please contact Donna Phillips or Jana Shockman. Please click here if you would like to download the 2014 Patient Safety Goals (pdf). 


Jan
03
2014
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The Professional Practice Committee will be looking into Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome--meeting will take place at the AaNA office, January 6th at 5 pm. Please call in to learn more and assist with  position development.

The Legislative Committee will meet every two weeks while the Alaska Legislature is in session. The first meeting will take place January 14th at 5:30 PM.

The AaNA Board of Directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM and meetings are open to all AaNA members (except when in Executive Session). 

The AaNA Labor Council
 meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM and meetings are open to all AaNA Labor members (except when in Executive Session).  Nurses attending must be covered by an AaNA collective bargaining agreement -- PAMC, CPGH or KGH.


Meeting call-in number: 907-274-0801 or 800-276-2576
To join one of our listservs, please contact Andrea Nutty -- 
andrea@aknurse.org




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