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2015 convention report.

The 2015 Convention and Annual Meeting of SCNA was a great success in Greenville, South Carolina. The education sessions began on October 21, 2015 with three Pre-Convention events. This year there were 28 sessions and in addition, the annual update for all of SCNA's Continuing Education clients was also offered as part of the three day event.

The General Session keynotes presented by Dr. Debbie Hatmaker, Executive Director of ANA and Dianne Jacobs, Consultant at CoMass Group were extremely well received and well attended. (We actually reached standing room only status!)

The attendance for the event was 326 total attendees. This year we added a Call for Posters to our Convention opportunities and were delighted with the response and the high quality of the posters chosen to present.

We had wonderful support from our vendors and the hotel, the Greenville Marriott was a great success as well.

We kicked off the convention with a new member / first time attendee breakfast.

The Annual Meeting, which was standing room only, included the beautiful and moving "Time of Remembrance" for members who had died during the past year.

Honored this year were: Deloris N. Zeigler was born in Lexington County, South Carolina and died December 4, 2014. For many years she was an employee of the Department of Health and Environmental Control in Orangeburg, SC. She served as the director of the Lower Savannah Home Health Service. Deloris was an active member of SCNA and served several terms on the SCNA Board of Directors. She was deeply involved in mission work with her church, the Swansea First Baptist Church and made seven mission trips to Africa.

Eunice Rish Medhurst was born in Pelion, SC on October 5, 2011. After graduating from the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing she went on to study at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of South Carolina where she earned her BSN. While at USC she became the first nursing student to attain membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Her master's degree was earned at Indiana University. A member of SCNA she became the President from 1962-1963 and held offices in nursing organizations and advisory position in community agencies throughout her career. She was the Director of Nursing at Columbia Hospital for 35 years. Upon her retirement she was recruited to design and direct the nursing program at the newly-established Lexington Medical Center and became Vice President for Operations. After retiring from this position she became a 25 year volunteer for LMC. Mrs. Medhurst was highly honored in her lifetime for the many outstand services that she provided to her community and state as a nurse. Married for 58 years to her husband, Merle Medhurst, a professor of business at USC, they loved to travel and participate enthusiastically in the Elderhostel program for dozens of trips. A Scholarship fund, the Rish-Medhurst Fund was established at the College of Nursing at USC. Mrs. Medhurst died on December 31, 2014.

Mona Cannon Perrel was born in Clinton and graduated from the Spartanburg General Hospital School of Nursing. She retired after a career of over 50 from the Newberry County Hospital. She died on May 22, 2015

Karen Sorrow died after a long illness in the middle of May 2015.She taught at Lander College School of Nursing for many years and was an active member of SCNA serving her local district and at the state level.

Emily Collum Davenport was born in Columbia, SC on April 4, 1923. She died at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on August 11, 2105. She was educated in Spartanburg and at USC where she obtained a BSN and Master's in Education. During the time that she was pursuing her Master's Degree she was also the President of SCNA from 1973-1975. She was employed in a wide variety of nursing and educational settings including Lexington County Public Health, Brookland--Cayce School District, the SC State Department of Health and the SC Department of Education where she wrote an educational television series for SC Public Television. The series was distributed across the US and Canada. She was director for Health Education for Lexington County Hospital. Following marriage to Benjamin Gary Davenport she moved with him the Houston, Texas where she established a home health assistants business. To train workers and work in the homes of the elderly. Following retirement from the business she and her husband travelled to all of the 254 Texas courthouses to photograph and document their histories. Their collection is housed at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

The Annual Meeting of SCNA was presided over by President Connie Varn. All attendees received a copy of the SCNA Book of Reports that always contains the reports of all of the operational components of the organization.

President Varn presented a stirring address to those in attendance. The CEO also addressed the group. Following the Report of the Tellers concerning the most recent SCNA Election, the new and continuing members of the SNCA Boar and Chairs of the SCNA Chapters were duly sworn in for the next years' service by the CEO.

The following are those who were elected: SCNA Secretary / Treasurer Stanley Harris; SCNA Commission Chair--Professional Advocacy and Development Selina Hunt McKinney; SCNA Commission Chair--Public Policy Legislation TK Curtis; APRN Chapter Vice Chair Bruce Williams; Nurse Educator Chapter Vice Chair Andrietta Barnett; Nurse Educator Chapter Secretary/Treasurer Jill Murphy; Piedmont District Chapter Vice Chair Pam Collins; Piedmont District Chapter Treasurer / Secretary Norma B. Gaffney; Psychiatric-Mental Health Chapter Vice Chair Sylvia Whiting Mallory; Psychiatric-Mental Health Chapter Secretary/Treasurer Julia Coons; and Women's and Children's Health Chapter Vice Chair Mary Wessinger. The following vacant chapter offices will be appointed by the applicable chapter executive committee: APRN Chapter Secretary / Treasurer and Women and Children's Health Chapter Secretary / Treasurer.

After the meeting was adjourned, the SCNA Board of Directors held its Annual Board meeting as required by SC Corporate law. This meeting is always used to establish the calendar for the next year. The luncheon for the Convention was enlivened by a presentation by Randy Beckett on Motivational Interviewing. He was not only most informative, but, also a really good speaker. During the luncheon Bonnie Holaday, Chair of the Women and Children's Health Chapter, presented their chapter's service project proceeds to Marys House. Marys House provides emergency shelter and services to families fleeing domestic violence.

SCNA would like to thank the following presenters: Kenric Ware (Ophthalmic Pharmacology and Pharmacology Update); Randy Beckett (Trigger Point Injection & Motivational Interviewing); Bruce Williams (Knot Just Suturing & Incision & Drainage); Rebecca Lowman (Risk Management for RNs and APRNs); Catherine Durham and Whitney Smith (Best Practices for Online Teaching); Jemme Stewart (Bringing Mindfulness Into Health Care); Adam Roberson (Street Drugs and What You Need To Know In Your Practice); Sheryl Mitchell and Kahlil Demonbreun (Policy and Regulations 101); David Blake (What's New in ADHD?); Chip Stanley (Retirement Seminar); Barbara Barham (Issues of Capacity in Elders); Debbie Hatmaker (General Session: ANA Year of Ethics); Dianne Jacobs (Ethics ... It Is All About You); John Moore (Women's Health Update with at Hot Flashes); Jane Charles (Autism Spectrum Disorders / Individuals with Developmental Disabilities through the Life Span); Jennifer Klimas and Victor Klimas (Proteinuria: When to Worry or Not?); David Hodson (Insomnia Sedatives and Hypnotics "If only I could sleep like a baby"); Nathan Alexander (An Update on Common Otolaryngology Problems in Children); Nicole Snow (Cardiology Update); Susan Outen, Susan Duggar, and Chris McCoy (Second Chance Nurse); Amber Drewberry and Myra Whiten (Get Well Network); Kelly Bouthillet (Medication Mania: Understanding Polypharmacy in the Geriatric Population); Karen Leon and Sara Pace (Medical Spanish); Faye Blaszak (Stroke Update: Primary Prevention, Secondary Prevention, and Acute Care); Meera Suthar (Chronic Kidney Disease); Bill Robinson (Antibiotic Stewardship); Teresa Durden (Pharmacologic Management of Sleep Disorders); Larry Eberlin and Weatherly Brice (CEAC Update); Nancy Durham (Control Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetic Patients); Kahlil Demonbreun (STDs Across the Life Span); Melissa Mull (Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Non-Traumatic); Babs Edun (SC HIV Update); Janette White (Peds Ophthalmology); Cindy Norris and Mary Wessinger (Gestational Diabetes); Angie Fontana (Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Non-Traumatic)

SCNA would like to thank the following volunteers: Connie Varn, Sheryl Mitchell, Mary Wessinger, Bonnie Holaday, Anita Korbe, Ava Pridemore, Tena McKinney, TK Curtis, Kahlil Demonbreun, Kelly Bouthillet, Jean Massey, Alice Wyatt, Bruce Williams, Ingrid Pearson, Andrietta Barnett, Robin Traufler, and Heather Hyatt Dolan.

SCNA would like to thank the following vendors/ sponsors: Absolute Total Care, ALD Publishing Agency, Alkermes, Anchor Health Administrators, LLC, Boehringer Ingelheim, Building Bridges Health Ministry Network, CVS Health--Minuteclinic, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Clemson University School of Nursing, Genentech, Georgia Regents University, Grand Canyon University, Greenwood Genetic Center, Lasting Impressions Jewelers, McGregor and Company, Merck and Co. Inc, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Open Door Personnel, Patriot Hospice, University of South Carolina Upstate, University of South Carolina, College of Nursing, Upstate AHEC, SC State Scripture Coordinators for the Gideons, Walden University
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