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TNA District 1 News

District 1 Board of Director and Continuing Nursing Education dinner/speaker meetings continue to be held on alternate months. The April CNE topic addressed new nursing programs in our District. A panel presentation included speakers from the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis, the Nursing College at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and the Union University School of Nursing. The June 17 CNE program is entitled Horizontal Hostility in the Workplace: Stop the Madness. All programs are held at the Memphis/Shelby County Public Library at 3030 Poplar in Memphis. District 1 Vice President Laura Long is the coordinator of the CNE programs. Visit, click on About TNA, then District Associations, to view our District meetings and webpage for additional details.


Shayla Green, MSN, RN, has been facilitating our ad hoc nursing scholarship committee. The committee has revised the scholarship guidelines and recommended $1000 scholarships. We will be awarding the scholarships at the June CNE speaker program.

Diane L. Ruppel, MSN, RN, APRN, BC

District 1 President

TNA District 8 News

The next scheduled meeting is September 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Harton Regional Medical Center. This will be a business meeting for the election of officers and convention delegates.

Charlene Stewart, BSN, RN

District 8 President

TNA District 10 News

Students from UT Martin Department of Nursing attended the April meeting where current legislative issues and events were discussed. Students were encouraged to voice their concerns to their elected representatives. Plans for the Nurses Walk for Health and National Nurses Week celebration were discussed. The board and banquet committee also met in April to review the nominations for the awards and finalize plans for the walk and banquet.

Our district co-sponsored Excellence in Nursing Day at UT Martin on April 27, 2009. TNA District 10 members Peggy Davis, MSN, RN, CNS, and Linda Luther, MSN, RN, opened the program with a welcome and history of Pi Tau Chapter. Longtime TNA member from Red Boiling Springs, Carolyn Whitaker, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, FAAN, presented Fifty Years of Nursing Leadership, where many accomplishments of TNA were accentuated. She emphasized leadership responsibilities for new graduates. Students were encouraged to join their professional organizations (TNA) and become politically involved in their communities. LTC Angela Odom, professor of Military Science at UT Martin, presented Women Leaders in History. She stressed the accomplishments of women worldwide, especially those in leadership positions, and emphasized the importance of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Merck Pharmaceutical representatives Denise Miller and Jason Culbreath took us to the future with a webcast highlighting resources available through Merck Medicus. To showcase student work, research posters by the senior class were displayed during the program.

Ruby Black, MSN, RN

District 10 President

TNA District 12 News

Attending the annual TNA Legislative Summit in Nashville at the War Memorial Auditorium and Capitol Hill with the entire Senior Nursing Class at Dyersburg Community College was impressive in terms of program presentations and the enthusiasm that student nurses from all areas of Tennessee bring to the meeting. Students identified key issues of concern while learning more about current legislation that could impact their nursing practice. All members should try to attend these annual meetings at the Legislative Plaza. Visibility with the Legislators is important, believe it or not!

The District 12 officers, Faye Sigman, MSN, RN, District 12 Vice President and Dean of DSCC; Belinda Douglas, BSN, RN, C, District 12 Treasurer and Director of the Four Rivers LPN Programs; and I were guests on the local television show The Doctor is In, hosted by Loren Crown, MD, in April. We talked about Nursing Educational opportunities for students to move from one level to another within our District as well as plans for our Nurses Walk for Health held on May 2.

Doris Glosson, RN

District 12 President
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Date:Jun 22, 2009
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