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Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer

December 6, 2017

Are you a nurse interested in helping communities throughout Colorado, the country and internationally during emergencies? The Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer needs volunteers like you!

Volunteers make a world of difference in emergency situations. After Hurricane Irma, there was a shortage of nurses. During emergencies it is crucial to have nurses prepared to volunteer with short notice. Nurses who were pre-registered and pre-qualified in the Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer were able to quickly respond and deploy where needed.  These amazing men and women gave their time to others with just 5 days’ notice. 

The Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer is a database that provides a way for volunteers to register, track trainings, verify occupation information and activate during events such as fires, flooding or Emergency Management Compact Assistance requests.  The CVM is housed at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in the office of Emergency Preparedness.

Depending on the situation, nurses may be requested to provide a variety of services including providing vaccinations, drawing blood, and respiratory care, provide care in a shelter situation, and assist with a medical surge or completing health assessments. Some requests may require special skills such behavioral health or Spanish speaking.

Nurses who register in the CVM will have the option to select an organization to belong to or choose the option of medical professional in their home county. Once registered you will need to take two online courses. The time commitment will depend on the organization selected or on the deployment.

Thank you for considering joining the CVM. Please register on line at https://covolunteers.state.co.us or contact Koral O’Brien, koral.obrien@state.co.us for additional information. 

 

Ways to Celebrate Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2017 

Today is Giving Tuesday, a National Day of Giving where people across the country show how much they care about the world they're living in. If you're looking for ways to celebrate, we have some ideas:

  1. Schedule your Colorado Gives Day Gift: Since we're one week away from Colorado Gives Day (December 5th), today would be a perfect time to schedule your gift in advance!
  2. Give! Give a little, give a lot, give what you can, give to what you love. That's what today is about. No deals or steals, just big-hearts and fierce kindness.
 

Being Thankful Can Help You Become Happier – And Healthier

November 27, 2017

It’s easy to feel grateful when your life is going well. But, did you know that actively focusing on being thankful can help you become happier? Research  suggests that spending time thinking of things you’re grateful for can also lead to better health.
 
Here are just a few of the benefits you may reap from saying “thank you” and truly meaning it:
 
Better sleep: People who spent 15 minutes writing about what they were grateful for right before bed, slept more soundly and didn’t wake up with those worrisome thoughts that tend to keep people from falling asleep, suggests a study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.
 
A stronger immune system: Research from the University of Utah reported that stressed-out law students who considered themselves to be optimistic and grateful, had more disease-fighting cells in their bodies than those who didn’t identify with those traits.
 
More empathy: Although nurses are known for their compassion, being grateful can make them even more empathetic. A study from the University of Kentucky suggests that thankful people show more sensitivity and empathy toward others.
 
Enduring self-esteem: Multiple studies surmise a link between being grateful and social comparison. So, a person who regularly gives thanks for what they have is less likely to compare their circumstances to others. Plus, a study published in the Journal of  Applied Sport Psychology suggests that athletes who are grateful have a stronger self-esteem.
 
Rock-solid relationships: For a study published in Emotion, researchers divided participants into three groups. The first group was asked to pay attention to what they did for three weeks. The second group was tasked with noticing what they were grateful for in a friendship or relationship during that time period. And the third group was asked to not only think of what they were grateful for, but to express it to the person. At the end of the experiment, the people in the third group, who expressed gratitude to the people in their lives, had the strongest relationships.
 
Ready to get grateful and reap these benefits? Sign up for our 5-day Get Your Gratitude On Challenge for a new tip on incorporating more gratitude into each day. What are you thankful for today? Who can you say “thank you” to? Tell us in our discussion or in our private Facebook group.

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Create Your Nursing Legacy Webinar December 5 2pm EST

November 25, 2017

You've reached that phase of your nursing career when you begin to consider how to leave a lasting impact on our profession and on the many nurses who look to you for guidance and inspiration.  Whether you are in nursing management, academia, or clinical practice, with thought and intention, you can create a legacy that touches the lives of many and influences the direction of nursing for years to come.

Creating Your Nursing Legacy

December 5 from 2 to 3:30 pm ET

Register now – attendance is FREE

By attending this live and interactive webinar, you will enhance your ability to:

  1. Develop your vision for your legacy
  2. Apply the concepts of generous leadership and caring to the development of a nursing legacy
  3. Profile three examples of nurses in various roles and their nursing legacies
  4. Take actions to launch your nursing legacy now
Speaker: Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

Who should attend:  Seasoned RNs in all practice settings and roles

Register now 

OFFER EXTENDED: Register by November 28, 2017 to receive our digital e-book: Hone Your Leadership Skills.

Important information:  Individual registration required. Register no later than December 4, 2017 to receive 24/7 access to this webinar – so even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day after the webinar so you can view the webinar at your convenience. This program is informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.

 

ANA Responds to the American Medical Association's Resolution 214 Amendment

November 18, 2017

This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) took action at its interim House of Delegates meeting on a resolution that calls for the creation of a national strategy to oppose legislative efforts that grant independent practice to non-physician practitioners through model legislation and national and state level campaigns.

The AMA resolved to:

·         Effectively oppose the continual, nationwide efforts to grant independent practice (e.g., APRN Consensus Model, APRN Compact) to non-physician practitioners; 

·         Effectively educate the public, legislators, regulators, and healthcare administrators; and 

·         Effectively oppose state and national level legislative efforts aimed at inappropriate scope of practice expansion of non-physician healthcare practitioners; with report back at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

ANA has strong concerns about this resolution and has issued a public statement in response to this latest action by the AMA HOD.

 
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