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Annual ISNA meeting of the members: over 80 nurses and students attend the Annual ISNA Meeting of the Members on September 30, 2011.


The morning continuing education in nursing program, Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture, was presented by Jennifer Embree, DNP, RN, MSN, CCNS, NE-BC. She and colleague Ann H. White, RN, PhD, NE-BC were also recently published in Nursing Forum with their concept analysis entitled "Nurse-to Nurse Lateral Violence.'

Embree said "Nurses must understand what constitutes lateral violence and what antecedents predispose nurses to this behavior There must be escalation of nurses' insightfulness that nurses mistreat each other Nurses allow lateral violence by failing to recognize that it is unacceptable and by collaborating against other nurses Organizations must put in place mechanisms that prohibit lateral violence, and stop accepting this inappropriate behavior as normal or expected Allowing these actions to continue without consequences supports aggravation of the overtaxed, complex, nursing work environment."

Attendees overwhelming rated the program as "Excellent." They commented:

* "This was very interesting and the topic held my attention.... I'm so glad that I came."

* "I am interested in pursuing research"

* "This was extremely beneficial as a nursing student. I have experienced the bullying firsthand and will in the future, feel more comfortable reporting this abuse Thanks!"

The PowerPoint of the presentation is available on More information is available from the American Nurses Association at violence and Nursing Knowledge International at aspx?pageid=36&sku=110981.


Rose Gonzalez, PhD, RN, Director of Government Affairs for the American Nurses Association, led off the afternoon with the Keynote speech She reminded the attendees that ANA (and ISNA too) were founded to influence public policy. "The power of the nursing profession was dependent upon its ability to maintain the cooperation of individual nurses who had the ability to influence public opinion" Sophia F. Palmer (February, 1895) during ANA's second annual convention. Rose noted that ANA truly has been ahead of the curve on the issue of health care reform. As early as 1991, with the national health care system already in a state of crisis, ANA collaborated with the nursing community to develop Nursing's Agenda for Health Care Reform.

ANA was actively involved in the deliberations and passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) While many (including ANA) don't like some or all of the Act, great strides were made for nurses and funding for nursing education. Since the recent elections, many of those gains are in jeopardy For many members in Congress it is "my way or no way." The art of negotiation and compromise has disappeared. The number of nurses elected to Congress doubled with the last election, with several of them running to repeal the ACA. The chasm that divides them is so large that they will not even sit down with their fellow nurses for lunch and just talk about nursing issues.

In 2010, for the 11th straight year, Americans ranked nurses as the most trusted profession and the number one health care provider for quality of care in two separate Gallup polls. Our credibility provides us with a unique opportunity to use our communication and teaching skills to help the public understand how the new health care law benefits them.

Stories about how the law has helped your patients, your families and neighbors are essential to help legislators and the public put a face on this issue. That's why we're asking you to share stories with us about how the law has helped your patients, your families and your neighbors at


Attendees had the opportunity to review and get updates to ISNA's biennial report to its stakeholders, The Indiana Nurse It was mailed to all members in July 2011 and is also available on the ISNA members-only web page.

Three resolutions were adopted and will be incorporated into ISNA's Public Policy Platform:

* To promote the appointment of nurses as voting members of hospital and other governing boards.

* That the Indiana State Nurses Association condemns acts of violence toward nurses in all environments in which nurses practice; and, that the Indiana State Nurses Association continues to support the Indiana State Department of Health, that requires agencies to adopt policies and procedures to reduce the risk of injury and violence to nurses, which may include establishing a security policy intended to prevent acts of workplace violence toward nurses.

* That the Indiana State Nurses Association promote the development of a comprehensive, inclusive state-wide trauma system.

Also adopted was a motion that the immediate past president of ISNA remain on the Board of Directors for one year after serving in order to mentor the new president and support the work of the board. This motion will be reviewed by the new board of directors for appropriate action which may include a Bylaws amendment at the next Meeting of the Members.

As at any meeting of ISNA, a request is made for contributions to the ISNA-Nurses PAC (Political Action Committee) This year $1,615 was collected in non-deductible contributions and pledges The meeting ended with the newly elected officers and board members taking the oath of office.

ISNA would like to thank its sponsors Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, publisher of the ISNA Bulletin and Marsh U. S. Consumer, administrator of ISNA's endorsed liability insurance program for their generous support of the Meeting of the Members.
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