In 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. The IOM appointed the Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, with the purpose of producing a report that would make recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing.
- Recommendation 1: Remove scope-of-practice barriers.
- Recommendation 2: Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts.
- Recommendation 3: Implement nurse residency programs.
- Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
- Recommendation 5: Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
- Recommendation 6: Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
- Recommendation 7: Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.
- Recommendation 8: Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of inter-professional health care workforce data.
For more information visit www.iom.edu/nursing
How to join
To join the Student Nurses Association of Arizona (SNAAZ), a student must have an active National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). For more information contact NSNA by phone at (718) 210-0705 or website at www.nsna.org. You can also contact SNAAZ by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership is available to any student in a nursing Associates, Diploma, RN to BSN, Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctoral program preparing student for Registered Nurse licensure. Sustaining membership in NSNA is available to corporations, agencies, schools, and individuals who do not qualify as nursing students. This membership category is for the support of the mission, vision, and goals of the NSNA.
Benefits of a SNAAZ/NSNA Membership
SNAAZ/NSNA members are entitled to many benefits such as:
- Delegate representation in the annual House of Delegates at both the SNAAZ and NSNA conventions.
- Eligible to submit resolutions to the SNAAZ/NSNA House of Representatives.
- Eligible for contest, awards, and scholarships at the local, state, and national levels.
- Affiliation with an influential state student nurses association offering many opportunities to advance and participate.
- Networking with students, nurses, nursing leaders, and companies from all around the United States and the world.
- A free year subscription to NSNA’s Imprint magazine. It is a magazine specifically for nursing students.
- Eligibility to attend and participate in School, State, and National programs and conventions.
How Much Does It Cost
The annual membership fee for SNAAZ/NSNA is $32.00
Sometimes patients just do some wonderfully weird stuff. From the crazy things they try when they’re alone to the odd things they tell you, our patients have been known to make us laugh on more than one occasion! We got to wondering about the explanations they give you for why they’re hospitalized in the first place and what, exactly, they’re doing right now—so we asked our Facebook fans for the funniest excuses and explanations their patients have tried to give them. Which of these have your patients used on you before?
The top 10 funniest explanations your patients have given you
1. An elderly woman came in because she had “fireballs of the universe.” She was very insistent! It took us a few to realize she had fibroids of the uterus! —Kathy Berg
2. Working a 28-day MICA program, we had to check in all belongings, since it’s an addiction unit. Imagine our surprise when we found a bunch of Viagra that a female patient had on check-in! When asked, she responded, “I’ll be damned if my ol’ man is going to be out cheating while I’m in here!” LOL! Sounded quite logical to us. —Tonya Snodgrass Hendershot
3. I had a patient refuse to use her O2 for fear of “getting addicted.” I told her, “Hon, that happened the second you were born; hold your breath and see how long you can go without it. Now put it on please?” She did! —Roxy Dengler-Hauck
4. In the ER, a patient came in with a carrot inside his rectum. When asked to explain, he said, “I fell over in the garden.” —Jodie Priestley
5. Cardiologist to patient: “You need to quit smoking.” Patient to cardiologist: “I will quit smoking 10 minutes after I am cremated.” Too funny. I don’t think the doc liked it too much… —Jodi Cacioppo Stoafer
6. I got a call from our local 911 dispatch stating that they had my patient on the phone, requesting a ride home. When I went back to her room and asked her why she would call them, she said it was because that’s how she got to the hospital, and figured that’s how she’d get home, too. I was thinking to myself, “Reeeeeeaaaaaally?” —Christina Hope Combs
7. A patient who tested positive for cocaine said she was cleaning her bathroom and the cocaine must have been in the Comet…oh lordy. —Morgan Jarrard
8. I had a young male TBI patient saying that his sprinkler was sprinkling. I lifted up his sheet and noticed he was urinating…yep, his sprinkler was sprinkling all right. —Cherie Francis
9. In the NICU we had lots of transports from a smaller town in a neighboring state. I asked a young mother one time why we had so many babies from there. She said, “Well, we don’t have cable.” —Gayle Sherman
10. “Jesus told me to keep pressing the call button.” —Danielle Louque Arceneaux
What’s the funniest explanation or excuse a patient has ever tried to give you?