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End of Life Options Act of Colorado & DNA 4 / DNA 6 Meeting

Posted: August 20, 2017

Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Harbert and Helen Lester, RN, MSN

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00 – 1:30 at the First Methodist Church.

  • Address: 2005 Mullins Ave., Alamosa

Join us as we have a presentation followed by discussion of Colorado’s End of Life Options Act. What does it state, and what are the implications for implementation?

DNA 4 /DNA 6 meeting from 11:15- 1:30 includes further discussion, lunch and meeting.

Lunch - $6.00

RSVP to Charlotte Ledonne by Wednesday, October 4th

Sponsored by Colorado Nurses Association, District 6 and Women's Citizenship Club of Alamosa. Click here for the flyer.


MammaCare® Breast Exam Certification Now in Denver

Posted: August 17, 2017

The MammaCare Foundation is proud to offer training and certification to Colorado nurses at the University of Colorado School of Nursing Anschutz Medical Campus starting Fall 2017. The MammaCare Method® is the recognized standard for performing and teaching clinical and personal breast examination. Thousands of advanced practice nurses have successfully completed the MammaCare certification programs, previously available only at the Illinois, Florida and New Mexico training centers. Certification courses provide in-depth training that validate breast exam competencies while increasing clinician confidence and teaching skills.

MammaCare offers three certification courses to health professionals engaged in clinical practice or teaching. The courses are conducted individually with one or two trainees and are scheduled well in advance of travel to the campus training facility.  Continuing education contact hours are available and certification is valid for three years. The courses include: Certified MammaCare Clinical Breast Examiner, Certified MammaCare Specialist, and Certified MammaCare BSE Instructor.

Trainees begin their program online with a series of didactic and practical examination sessions that focus on baseline palpation skills in preparation for their arrival at the training site. Onsite, trainees learn standardized breast examination procedures and skills, first on tactually accurate MammaCare breast models and then on surrogate patients. Advanced simulation technology is used to measure and validate CBE competencies for reliably detecting small simulated breast lesions without increasing false positives. Exam thoroughness is validated with the MammaCare Proficiency Lamp.

Course materials include:

  • Professional Learning System (MLS-1)
  • Personal Learning System (MLS-2)
  • Skill Maintenance Breast Model
  • BSE/CBE Teaching Poster
  • Three-dimensional Breast Lump Size Displays

The MammaCare Method® of Clinical Breast Examination provides the tactile training needed to enhance sensitivity of clinician’s fingers and the ability to discriminate normal nodular breast tissue from suspicious breast lesions. The MammaCare Method® teaches palpation and search procedures designed to ensure that trained fingers contact every cubic millimeter of breast tissue. Practitioners learn to detect suspicious lesions as small as 3mm while minimizing or eliminating false positive detections.

Contact MammaCare for course fees and scheduling at [email protected]. Additional information about MammaCare training and certification can be found at


Calling all nurses! Take advantage of the early bird rate and register by August 24 for the 22nd Annual Regional Allied Health Conference

Posted: August 16, 2017

Current Perspectives in Asthma, Allergy & Pulmonary Practice

7.0 Nursing Contact Hours


Friday, September 15, 2017 from 7:55 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.


Molly Blank Conference Center at National Jewish Health Main Campus
1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206


Upon completion of this conference, you will be able to:

1. Describe the latest treatments and key self-management strategies for a variety of chronic diseases and conditions.
2. Demonstrate medication updates for selected chronic diseases.
3. Discuss current issues related to inhalation therapy.

Registration fees:

$120 through August 24
$135 regular rate
(Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and course syllabus)

To register and for the conference agenda:


August is Happiness Month

Posted: August 14, 2017

The Texas Nurses Association (TNA) is our C/SNA Spotlight for August! TNA provided study-driven article noting the impact of happiness to health.  The excerpt below lists a number of simple strategies for increasing happiness.

Simple Strategies to Increase Happiness: 
Sometimes activities to improve health and quality of life are time-consuming or costly. The activities listed below are free and only take a few minutes. From "The Happiness Advantage" Shawn Achor  (TEDTalk):

  • Three Gratitudes – Write 3 new things you are grateful for and why, be specific and no repeats.
  • Doubler – For 2 minutes each day, write down the details of something meaningful that happened the day before.  By "reliving" the experience you get double the positive effect.
  • Fun Fifteen – Add 15 mindful minutes of joyful movement to your day.
  • Ripple Effect – Consciously add 3 smiles a day to spread the joy that starts the ripple effect.
  • Battery Charge – Take 2 minutes to write a positive note to someone in your support network. 

Access the full article.

Thank you Texas Nurses Association!


Monday, August 21 in the series titled, “The Role of the Clinical Environment of Care in HAI Transmission: Collaboration between Nursing and Environmental Services”

Posted: August 14, 2017

August 1, 2017 – The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have partnered with 20 nursing specialty organizations to develop the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network). The NICE Network seeks to empower nurses to protect themselves and their patients by providing real time infection prevention and control training to U.S. nurses. 

The NICE Network recently launched a series of six webinars addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities. On Monday, August 21, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time, the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Inc., the Oncology Nursing Society, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing will host the second, live, complimentary webinar in the series titled, “The Role of the Clinical Environment of Care in HAI 

Transmission: Collaboration between Nursing and Environmental Services”. To register for the webinar, visit Future webinar topics in the series include: 

 Acute Care-Environmental Infection Control (October and November 2017) 

 Procedural-Environmental Infection Control (February 2018) 

 Injection Safety (March 2018) 

Archived webinars: 

 Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Device Reprocessing and Sterilization 

Please visit our NICE Network resource page for more information.

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