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TNA annual convention highlights.

The 2009-2010 TNA Board of Directors, including newly-elected officers and District Presidents, were installed October 18 at the TNA Annual Convention. Front row, from left, Janice Harris, District 15; Ruby Black, District 10; Kathleen McCoy, District 9; Lena Patterson, District 4; Mimi Bowling, District 6; Sharon Bailey, Treasurer; Keesha Reid, Secretary; La-Kenya Kellum, District 1; Margie Gale, District 3; Billie Sills, District 5; Laura Beth Brown, Immediate Past President; and Tommie Norris, Vice President. On stage from left, Beth Smith, President; and Susan Sanders, Past President. Not shown in photo are Susie Compton, District 8 President; and Doris Glosson, District 12 President.


Attendees at the 2009 TNA Annual Convention, held October 16-18 in Chattanooga, Tenn., were energized and motivated by presentations on issues of current importance to the nursing profession, educational offerings, special activities, networking with colleagues, and poster presentations.

The educational offerings during the Convention included for the first time a pre-convention offering on Thursday, October 17, entitled Building the Civilized Workplace: It Begins with Me!, by Margie N. Gale, MSN, RN, and James Pichert, PhD.

The conference covered many areas of current interest including men in nursing, information technology in clinical practice, simulation, moral distress, strategies to empower critical thinking, and chemical dependency. The stimulating educational meeting offered a total of 9.75 contact hours of excellent Continuing Nursing Education that provided an important forum for interactive discussion and exchanging ideas with other nursing professionals.

House of Delegates

The House of Delegates opening on Friday included a welcome from The Honorable Ron Littlefield, Mayor of Chattanooga; and greetings from Lena Patterson, District 4 President. Tommie Norris, TNA Vice President, delivered the Nightingale Tribute and a moment of silence in memory of those TNA members who had passed away during the past year.


Laura Beth Brown, MSN, RN, outgoing TNA President, delivered her President's Address, followed by Libby Lund, MSN, RN, Executive Director of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, who gave a brief overview of the activities and actions of the Board of Nursing during the past year.

Sharon Bailey, MSN, RN, APN-CNS, TNA Treasurer, presented the Treasurer's Report, followed by Doris Davenport, DSN, RN, PNP, President of the Tennessee Nurses Foundation, who gave a report on the activities of the Foundation during the past year. Carole Myers, PhD, RN, Chair of the Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee (TN-PAC) gave a report on the PAC, followed by a report from the Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives given by Wanda Perry, BSN, MHSA, RN, TONE President; and a report by Lois Wagner, MSN, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, Executive Director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing.


The HOD session was followed by a general session, Cancer Queens: A Cancer Prevention Musical Revue, filled with dancing, singing, and a heartfelt message.

Also on Friday, Jed Mescon, co-anchor of Channel 3 Eyewitness News for WRCB-TV in Chattanooga served as emcee for the TNA Awards Luncheon. Each year during its annual convention, the Tennessee Nurses Association takes time to recognize and honor those who have contributed greatly to the nursing profession and the organization. Photos with cutlines of the 2009 TNA Award Winners are included in this issue.


The Advanced Practice Council held its annual meeting Friday afternoon and elected new officers for the APN Council Executive Committee. The 2009-2010 officers include: Chair, Diane Pace, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CCD, FAANP, from Memphis; Vice Chair, Jane Thayer, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, from Bartlett; Secretary, Gretchen Davis, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, from Chattanooga; and Treasurer, Margaret Disheroon, MS, RN, FNP-BC, from East Ridge.

On Saturday morning, Heather McQuistion, President, Tennessee Association of Student Nurses (TASN), brought greetings and gave a report on TASN initiatives to the House of Delegates. McQuistian is a student at Middle Tennessee State University.

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, American Journal of Nursing, delivered the keynote address Health Care Reform: What's Nursing Got To Do With It?


On Saturday evening's Fun Night, attendees traveled by bus to the Tennessee Aquarium to enjoy an Exhibitor and Supplier Reception followed by an extensive tour of the aquarium located on the Chattanooga Riverfront.

Visit the TNA website at for a complete photo album of the events held during the 2009 TNA Annual Convention.


House of Delegates Actions

The House of Delegates adopted one resolution, listed below; the 2009-2011 TNA Legislative and Health Policy Statements, included as a separate document; and the proposed amended TNA bylaws. The amended bylaws are available online in the Members Only area of the TNA website.

Resolution: 2009-01

Approved: October 18, 2009

In Honor of Laura Beth Brown

Whereas, Laura Beth Brown has clearly articulated the difference the power of one can make in leading the way to making changes in the world and more particularly in nursing; and

Whereas, The Tennessee Nurses Association patients, and nurses whom she supervises, have experienced first-hand the power of one making a difference in healthcare delivery and professional nursing in Tennessee; and

Whereas, Laura Beth Brown challenges the Tennessee Nurses Association Board of Directors to lead by example by supporting the TNF and political activities including supporting the ANA and TNA-PACS; and

Whereas, Laura Beth Brown seems to get "out-bid" at TNF auction fundraisers, but always puts her "money where her mouth is" in order to support TNA and bring in new membership; and

Whereas, Laura Beth Brown actively models collaboration and partnership building in her professional practice and in advocating for professional nursing practice in Tennessee; therefore be it

Resolved, The 2009 TNA House of Delegates acknowledges the contributions of Laura Beth Brown to the Tennessee Nurses Association, professional nursing and the citizens of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Nurses Foundation

The Tennessee Nurses Foundation General Session on Sunday morning featured a presentation by Todd Monroe, MSN, MS, RN, entitled Addiction & Substance Abuse Among Nurses: Revising Policy in the 21st Century.

During this year's convention, the Tennessee Nurses Foundation (TNF) hosted a Silent Auction for the fourth year as the event has proven so successful in the past. The Silent Auction is held to raise more money to fund TNF programs. This year's auction was a big success due to the donation of numerous items and going online prior ro convention for the first time. The Silent Auction generated $3,472.

Regular donations to TNF to fund its programs totaled $1,260 and contributions and pledges to TNF for the Capital Campaign building fund during convention totaled $2,025.

The Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee (TN-PAC)

The TN-PAC General Session on Sunday morning featured Rep. JoAnne Favors, RN, who presented My Journey to the Hill: A Nurse's Perspective.


During convention, The Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee (TN-PAC) received $5,584 from donations and pledges.

TNA Elections and Installation of the 2009-2010 Board of Directors

Newly-elected officers of the Tennessee Nurses Association include Beth Smith, President; and Keesha Reid, Secretary. Three members were elected to the Nominating Committee including Brad Harrell, Diane Pace, and Jerita Payne. ANA Delegates elected include Mimi Bowling, Laura Beth Brown, Larry Goins, Carole Myers, Maureen Nalle, Diane Pace, Keesha Reid, Susan Sanders, Beth Smith, Peggy Strong, and Clare Thomson-Smith.

The 2009-2010 TNA Board of Directors were installed into office on Sunday following the announcement of the election results.

TNA 2009-2010 Board of Directors

Beth Smith, President; Laura Beth Brown, Past President; Tommie Norris, Vice President; Keesha Reid, Secretary; and Sharon Bailey, Treasurer.

TNA 2009-2010 District Presidents

La-Kenya Kellum, District 1; Mary Gunther, District 2; Margie N. Gale, District 3; Lena Patterson, District 4; Billie Sills, District 5; Mimi Bowling, District 6; Susie Compton, District 8; Kathleen McCoy, District 9; Ruby Black, District 10; Doris Glosson, District 12; and Janice Harris, District 15.


All Convention photos were taken by Jim McCarter, husband of TNA member Connie McCarter. Memphis. TNA sincerely appreciates Jim volunteering his time, expertise, and camera equipment this year to take all official TNA photos during Convention! Jim also took numerous photos during last year's convention.
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Date:Dec 22, 2009
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