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District 8 report.

District 8 had a year when we enjoyed events that have become cherished traditions as well as many changes. We started the year with a wonderful representation at the CNA Convention with a full slate of delegates.

In October, we enjoyed a presentation by Molly Wright, Cardiac Nurse Educator at North Colorado Medical Center, on the award-winning Cardiac Alert Program. The Cardiac Alert Program is a partnership between the Cardiovascular Institute and Weld County Ambulance Service that has resulted in a remarkable median door-to-balloon time for STEMI patients of 64 minutes during business hours and 69 minutes after hours. "Time is muscle" so the patient outcomes are remarkable.

Among the traditional events we participated in was the Blessing of Hands event at North Colorado Medical Center in partnership with the Chaplains and other volunteers in December and May. In May we bid farewell to our faithful Secretary of many years, Karen Thompson, and welcomed a new member, Robert Lovett, to the position. We also celebrated Nurses Week by awarding four scholarships to nursing students at the University of Northern Colorado. Funding was provided by proceeds from the 2007 Garden Tour sponsored by UNC School of Nursing Faculty Emeritus and Colorado Nurses Association members.

* Kim Hartmann has completed the second semester in the School of Nursing and is a member of the National Student Nurses Association. She was a nurse intern at National Jewish Medical and Research Center last summer and participated in the UNC Relay for Life.

* Joan Parrish graduated in August of 2009. She has worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant at Poudre Valley Hospital and volunteered for the UNC Relay for Life and served on a medical mission trip to Honduras.

* Hebah Refaat graduated and completed her fourth semester in the School of Nursing. She is a member of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau and volunteered at the 9 Health Fair. She plans to work in the Emergency Department at North Colorado Medical Center and pursue graduate degrees in a few years.

* Leah Schichtel graduated in August 2008. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau and has worked for Home Health Care Professionals and The Medical Center of Aurora. Leah has many family members in the health care field and she plans to follow the family tradition of compassion by serving the uninsured population.

Poor attendance at many of our events prompted a re-thinking of how we operate. We are focusing on addressing the needs and interests of busy nurses and especially the emerging generation of nurses. We are moving toward an online community and we've re-designed our website to serve as the hub for connection and communication.

In March we supported the teams led by student nurses at the University of Northern Colorado Relay for Life event. We handed out "Future Nurse" buttons and juice boxes as they raised thousands of dollars for cancer research. In April we hosted a Moderated Blog focused on new graduate nurse issues. Blog authors Stacie Seaman, Bret Lyman, Teri Egan and Diane York contributed articles on "How to be Happy," "Legislation and Nursing Practice", "The Power of Nurse Mentors," and "I'm Graduating from Nursing School Soon. How Do I ... " We had a Blogging Party where the authors responded to comments from students. We learned a lot and came up with some ideas for improvement during our next Blog Event.

Respectfully submitted,

Stacie Seaman

President DNA 8
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Title Annotation:Colorado Nurses Association District and Committee Reports
Author:Seaman, Stacie
Publication:Colorado Nurse
Geographic Code:1U8CO
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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