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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Educating Others About the Office of the National Nurse Initiative

Pictured: Alisa Schneider MSN, RN and Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE

Thanks to Portland Community College employees Marc Cole, Media Services Technician; Rose Leiker, Director of the Office of the National Nurse Event; Sue Quast, District Education Production Manager; Lynn Reese, Instructional Support Technician; Robert Schmitt, Media Services Manager; Steve J. Smith, Curriculum Support Services Director; and Mike Young, Training DOC Distance Learning Services on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, Portland Community College nursing faculty Teri Mills and Alisa Schneider successfully used the college videoconferencing system (ITV) to give a live presentation about the efforts to create an Office of the National Nurse.

A link to the videostream is now available.

The live videoconference included the following community colleges: Holyoke CC, Wachusett CC, and Santa Barbara CC and Portland CC. In all over 100 students, faculty, and staff participated in this event. Students from the NSNA Chapter of Santa Barbara City College were so impressed with the idea of creating an Office of the National Nurse, that they are planning to pass out letters for incoming and returning students to sign in support to be mailed to their U.S. Congressional members.

A very exciting aspect about the video teleconference was that PCC was able to use its recently acquired Mediasite system to capture and stream the presentation thus allowing approximately 1400 other schools access to the program.

We invite and encourage you to watch this program and to use it to educate others about the National Nurse initiative. If you have any suggestions or questions, please email Teri.

Here is a list of suggestions that came in tonight from a viewer in regards to the functions of the Office of the National Nurse:

Recruitment of interested nurses to join local community NN teams
Support for state leadership to enhance statewide networking of NN teams
Regularly scheduled media broadcasts focusing on specific health issues
Providing PSAs to draw attention to current health issues and recommend risk reduction activities
Formation of local NN Team Speakers' Bureaus to blitz community groups regarding certain health issues
Post downloadable materials for health fairs and wellness events that can be adapted and distributed locally
Direct schools and youth service organizations to partner with local NN teams for health promotion for youth.
Encourage NN Teams to partner with local Health related orgs (AHA, Cancer Society, March of Dimes, etc.)
Connect Medical Reserve Corp members and other health professionals to NN Teams for volunteer opportunities.
Advise/support building collaborations between NN Teams and local health care leadership.

Thank you to Mary Young (pictured above) a nursing student at Mt Wachusett Community College who had this to say about the conference:

I am a student in the part-time PN program at Mount Wachusett Community College. I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the teleconference I was able to be part of on Tuesday 5/29/07. I think what you and Alisa are doing is wonderful! The Campaign for a National Nurse is not only for nurses but for the strengthening of us being advocates for the patient we care for. I hope to understand the National Nursing Network Organization better in the future and to take part.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, May 31, 2007  

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