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Congratulations to all those that passed the September 2019 CRNI® Exam.

Congratulations to 138 registered nurses who earned their CRNI® by passing the September 2019 CRNI® exam. Your dedication to your employer, patients and your profession is admirable and inspiring! Join us by welcoming them to our elite and global community of CRNIs! Find the full list of passers here

Free Webinar – Leveraging advanced infusion pump technology to help optimize patient safety.

An educational webinar Tuesday, October 29, 2-330 p.m. ET, to learn how you can improve patient safety, enhance clinical workflows, and improve service documentation and reimbursements with smart infusion pumps and IV-EHR interoperability.

First-Stick Success at St. James

Hospital rolls out new vein finder technology purchased thanks to ‘Friends Fore St. James’ golf tournament funds. Read more here.

Leading the Leader

Recognizing employees isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s good business sense. Read how a little appreciation goes a long way here.

Nurses Lead National Effort to Get Hospitals to Hire Specialists

Sheri Pieroni and Connie Girgenti recently launched an effort to get hospitals to hire vascular access nurses to perform IV insertions.

Infusion Centers Help Navigate the Cost of Care

An article posted on medscape.com highlights how the number of ambulatory infusion centers is growing as more payers refuse to cover biologic infusions for patients with chronic illnesses in hospitals because of the higher costs.

12-year-old Invents Plush Partner for Children Receiving IV Therapy

A little girl with an autoimmune disorder—one that may never be cured—is dedicated to creating a “friendlier experience” for children that, like her, require routine infusion therapy. Twelve-year-old Ella Casano was inspired to invent a smiling little companion to hang out (literally) with kids like her—Medi Teddy. It’s a teddy bear that can be placed on a pole, with a specially designed pouch on its back made to hold the IV bag and allow care providers to easily check fluid levels. This 12-year-old patent-holder (along with her parents) recently raised enough money to start making Medi Teddy; their first order of 500 bears will be donated to hospital pediatric units. You can learn more about Ella, as well as support her cause, on her website.

Collaboration between organizations doesn’t just breed new skills in their employees—it can also lead to new resources that dramatically benefit patients. Read all about it in the newest edition of INS’ INSider, available now!

Leading the Leader

Learn why setting personal goals is key to your professional development in this article written by Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® from the latest edition of INSider.

Learn what new authors need to know about getting their work published in this article form the most recent issue of INS’ INSider.

Congratulations to 96 registered nurses who earned their CRNI® by passing the March 2019 CRNI® exam, you truly do soar above the rest!

Join us by welcoming them to our elite and global community of CRNIs!

Find the full list of passers here.

INS to Sponsor Infusion Research Grant Through American Nurses Foundation (ANF)

The Foundation’s Nursing Research Grants (NRG) Program is designed to encourage the research career development of all nurses. Each year, through the NRG Program, the Foundation provides funds to beginning and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute to the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient outcomes. INS is proud to sponsor an infusion grant in 2020.

INS Student Nursing Leadership Scholarship Winner Announced  

Each year INS sponsors a Student Nursing Leadership Scholarship through the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Richelle Herron, RMA (AMT) from Ferguson, MO has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 scholarship. Richelle thanked INS and let us know of her plans:

Upon graduation and licensure, I plan to impact the profession of nursing in a positive way by specializing as a Cardiovascular ICU nurse.  As you know, many comorbidities are the result of cardiovascular disease. It is my goal to treat and reverse illness while teaching my family, friends, and community about how to prevent the causes of these conditions.  I am sure to be utilizing my IV therapy skills while I perform this lifesaving work.

We wish Richelle the very best as she embarks on her nursing career.

The Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) to present a one-hour webinar on history of the Nurses on Board Coalition (NOBC) on April 17, 2019

The webinar will share an overview and history of the NOBC and discuss the roles, resources, and impact that nurses have serving on boards. The NOBC is an organization whose goal is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies. INS is a member of NOA which enables INS members to attend this webinar free of charge.

Share Your Chair: The Patient’s Perspective in Infusion Care

Share Your Chair! In this article Amy Rios discusses the value of improving the patient experience. 

2019 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Conference

Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and gain hands-on experience through scheduling visits and meeting with their members of Congress. NIWI is open to any RN or nursing student that is interested in an orientation to the legislative process. NIWI also features an Advocacy 201 breakout session for repeat attendees or those who already have basic advocacy skills.


Tales From the Institutional Review Board: Changes to the Common Rule  

In last month’s issue of INS’ INSider Britt M. Meyer, PhD, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, NE-BC, provides risk control recommendations to minimize liability exposure and enhance patient safety, based on a recent report done by the NSO. Read the full article here.

Vascular Access Team Implementation and Proving Cost Savings to the C-Suite
January 23, 2019

Change within healthcare organizations is often met with resistance and leadership commitment is crucial to overcome barriers to success. However, gaining administrative support for change can be an intimidating process for many clinicians. Learn from Michael Whitner, BSN, RN, VA-BC, as he describes how the identification and communication of relevant data to key stakeholders helped garner support for creation of a vascular access team. He will also discuss how this team has contributed to improved patient care, better clinical outcomes and the facility bottom line.

INS Announces Bylaw Change 

A proposal to change the election process for members who would like to serve on the INS Board of Directors—from voting by the membership to election by acclamation—was put to a vote by INS members, in accordance with INS bylaws.

The results of the voting have been tabulated and the proposal has passed by a 72% to 28% vote.

This change to the bylaws will become effective immediately, and the new process for selection of board members will begin with the 2019 slate.

We thank all those who participated in the process.

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