September2013

2013 MNA Convention to be held at AAMC. Register today!

Registration for the Maryland Nurses Association 110th Annual Convention is now open.  The deadline for early registration (with lower registration fees) is Friday, September 20, 2013.  Nursing:  Expanding Horizons for Better Outcomes  October 10-11, 2013 Anne Arundel Medical Center, Martin L. Doordan Health Sciences Institute Copies of the online registration form and agenda are available[…]

  1. Carol Fickinger: This just in! As a member of the MNA Convention Planning Committee, I can let you know that The early…

MAGNET MONDAY: We’re almost there! Complete the Workforce questionnaire today.

Nine hundred forty-nine of our 1252 nurses have completed the Nursing Workforce Data questionnaire. That’s 76%! We’re almost there! If you are not among those who have been counted, you have until Friday, September 13. Why does it matter? We need a clear, up to date picture of the education[…]

You’re invited to attend the MHA Staff Nurse Advisory Forum

All Maryland staff nurses are invited to attend the Maryland Hospital Association’s (MHA) Staff Nurse Advisory Forum. This gathering provides a meaningful and rewarding opportunity for staff nurses to network with peers across the state, share ideas, experiences, and best practices from the front lines. Participants also learn about and discuss quality[…]

Megan Bowlding, RN, left a piece of her heart in Uganda

Recently, I traveled with the MACC (Mid Atlantic Community Church) in Crofton, MD  to Kampala, Uganda in Africa on a mission trip. We traveled for about 24 hours to get to and from Uganda. While there, the missions group did a number of different service projects. Four EMTs and I[…]

  1. vivian danso: I am so proud of you Meggy! You are a great nurse that have such a great personality.You have a…

  2. Matthew LeBlanc: Megan is a great nurse and a great person. I have enjoyed working with her very much

  3. Jan Clemons: We are so proud of Megan! Her integrity and sense of true "mission" is seen everywhere she goes, whether at…

“We always sharpened our needles between patients”: tales from the “old, old hospital”

“We always sharpened our needles between patients!” This was the start of a very interesting conversation I had with my mother-in-law, Margret Evans, who work as a Registered Nurse at Anne Arundel General Hospital in the 1950s. I assumed she was talking about “the old hospital” on Franklin St.  “Oh no,”[…]

  1. Geri: Her spirit of professionalism and caring are the timeless elements of nursing! Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

    • Kathy Evans: I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Kathy Cacioppo: What a great article--thanks for sharing!!

    • Kathy Evans: I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Brandy Brown: I couldn't agree more! Thank you Kathy for giving your "all" for our patients and each other!

MAGNET MONDAY: What’s so special about 828?

What’s so special about 828? It’s the number of nurses that have taken the FY13 Nursing Workforce Data questionnaire as of this morning. Awesome! Have you been counted? If you haven’t taken this survey since August of 2013, please do so now at www.aahs.org/thelink/  Last week, the following nurses won FABULOUS prizes: Robert O’Bryhim (CCU)[…]

Who will be next to join this bunch of DAISY winners?

Annie O’Sullivan. Bob O’Bryhim. Teresa Putscher. Terri Carter. Kathy Cacioppo. Despina Smith. Mary Cohn. Stephanie Thompson. Kristina Gibson. What do these extraordinary nurses have in common? They are all winners of previous DAISY awards, a nationwide program that celebrates exceptional clinical skill and compassionate care given by bedside nurses every[…]

Mission trip to Guatemala was life changing for nurse as well as patients

I knew my trip to Guatemala would be amazing, but I didn’t know how life changing it would end up being! This February, I was a part of a team of medical professionals from AAMC who traveled with the organization HELPS International to provide free medical care and necessary surgeries to children[…]