1 The voice The Greater Cleveland Nurses Association April 2010 Volume XIV, Issue 2 Special points of interest: Inside this President s Message 2 June District Meeting 25+ members 2 GCNA Scholarship 3 GCNA Calendar 3 GCNA Election Results 4 GCNA Members participate in career day at the Science Center Page 2 Get the VOICE via Page 3 Be part of GCNA Facebook development Page 3 CELEBRATE NURSES WEEK 20 th Annual Nurses Week Luncheon Friday May 7, 2010 Registration 11:30 - Luncheon 12:00 to 2:00 PM Windows on the River To Register Call Co-Sponsored by Northeast Ohio Region of the Ohio League for Nursing, Cleveland Council of Black Nurses and the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association Speaker: Janice Murphy, RN, BSN, MSN, FACHE President Fairview & Lakewood Hospitals Janice Murphy began her career at Fairview Hospital as a nurse in Oncology in Since then she has served in various leadership positions at Fairview Hospital and in the Greater Cleveland Healthcare Community and led Fairview Hospital to magnet status. Ms. Murphy has a diverse background in both clinical and administrative settings as well as a first-hand understanding of patient and employee needs. She received her diploma in practical nursing from Marymount SPN, diploma in nursing from Fairview Hospital SON, BSN from Bowling Green and MSN from Akron University. In 2009 she was named a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. If your organization wishes to be listed in the program as a collaborating organization for this event by donating a door prize please call the Ohio League for Nursing at or The Greater Cleveland Nurses Association at NURSES DAY LUNCHEON FRIDAY MAY 7, 2010 NAME ADDRESS CITY/STATE/ZIP PHONE # AMOUNT ENCLOSED Registration: Includes luncheon, program, and door prizes. Make Checks payable to and Send Registration to: Ohio League for Nursing Center Ridge Rd. Suite 205 Rocky River, OH Cost: $38.00 Early Bird Before April 28, 2009 $48.00 After April 28, 2009 $27.00 Full-time pre-licensure nursing students (attach copy of student ID.) Registration Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2010
2 Page 2 THE VOICE April 2010 Volume 1, Issue 2 PRESIDENT S CORNER Spring is finally here, and so is the energy and enthusiasm of your new Board of Directors. For the first time, three generations are represented. Incoming and outgoing BOD members met in March to review our mission and goals and develop strategies for a successful future. From that dialogue, a plethora of ideas emerged. Be prepared to be tapped as we begin new work groups for our future and the future of our community. Two of our service projects include a health clinic at St. Malachi s on Monday evenings and working with the Cleveland City Schools to improve the health of our kids. We need nurses and nurse practitioners to staff an additional 4 th Monday clinic at St. Malachi s. Contact Jeff Groth or Harriet Coeling if you can regularly attend the St. Malachi clinic. News about the Cleveland schools project will be forthcoming. Once again, we have the privilege of working with Cleveland Magazine (Great Lakes Publishing) for the Faces of Nursing supplement to June 2010 issue. In addition to recognizing the best graduating seniors from area colleges, the issue will focus on diversity within advanced practice nursing. Later in the year, we will participate in a celebratory event for nurses in the Cleveland area. In the meantime, I hope to see you on May 7 th at Windows on the River, for the annual Nurses Week luncheon. Best wishes, Carol Sams President June District Meeting ATTENTION 25+ YEAR MEMBERS The June GCNA District Meeting will be held on Tuesday June 8, This meeting traditionally recognizes and honors members with 25 years or more of membership. Any member that has 25 years or more of membership and has not been contacted by the GCNA office by May 22, 2010 should contact the office at or us at GCNA MEMBERS JOIN CLEVELAND SCIENCE CENTER IN STUDENT CAREER DAY On February 23, 2010 GCNA participated in the Student Career Day at the Cleveland Science Center. Along with a number of area colleges and employers GCNA members shared experiences about how they became nurses and opportunities and rewards a career in nursing can provide. A number of area schools from Cuyahoga County attended. Topics discussed with students including area nursing schools, the diversity if opportunities available to nurses and the satisfaction of helping others. We would like to thank GCNA members Susan Cobb, Benitha Garrett and Kathryn Reinhardt for taking time out of their schedule and volunteering for this event. And a special thanks to Carlton Daniel, one of the featured nurses in the 2009 Cleveland Magazine Faces of Nursing supplement.
3 GCNA members Benitha Garrett and Susan Cobb explain the rewards of a nursing career to high school students at the Great Lakes Science Center on February 23, 2010 GCNA President Carol Sams leads the discussion with Board GCNA members Judy Beeler, Geri Pangrac, Meghan Zona, Jennifer Davis and Shirley Hemminger at the Board retreat on March 20, 2010
4 THE VOICE April 2010 Volume 1, Issue 2 Page 4 SAVE THE DATES JOIN GCNA IN THE DIGITAL AGE We all live very busy lives and find that we have to plan far ahead. In order to help you plan those events important to you we are providing a calendar of upcoming GCNA events for 2010: May 7 Nurses Day Luncheon June 8 GCNA Spring/Summer District Meeting October 13 GCNA Nursing Careers Unlimited Job Fair December 7 GCNA Fall/Winter District Meeting We will be providing an event calendar in every issue of the VOICE to keep you updated on upcoming events in the NE Ohio nursing community. If you would like an event listed please con- During the GCNA retreat in March one of the major topics discussed was our continued effort to move GCNA into the digital age. This includes a revision of our website, the construction of a GCNA Facebook page and probably most importantly expanded electronic distribution of the VOICE. Distributing the VOICE electronically via has several major benefits. For the organization one of the big benefits is cost. If every member were able to receive an electronic copy we would have an additional $2,500-3,000 in our annual budget. In addition to cost savings an electronic VOICE allows us to communicate with members on a more frequent and timely basis. And an electronic version allows the inclusion of more color, graphics, internet links and photographs. We realize that at this time every member may not have access to a computer to receive the VOICE electronically but we are asking all members who are able to take advantage of an electronic VOICE to provide us with a current address so you can start receiving the VOICE and VOICE updates immediately. Are you a Facebook fan? We are currently in the process of developing a Facebook page for GCNA but unfortunately some of us older folks are not well versed in this area. If you are a Facebook fan and would like to help out we could use your assistance in getting started. To help out just contact us via or by calling STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR THE 2010 GCNA ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP The Greater Cleveland Nurses Association (GCNA) is pleased to announce the 2009 Annual Scholarship! GCNA will award one $1000 scholarship to a nursing student in a basic RN program entering their final year of school. Any junior who will be a senior in good standing in the fall of 2010 is eligible to apply. CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION AND AWARD Be a resident of Cuyahoga or Geauga County. Be enrolled full-time in a basic RN program in Cuyahoga or Geauga County. Have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average if currently enrolled in college, or if college work has been completed within the past five years. A copy of the most recent transcript must be included with the application. Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A copy of the transcript/grades must be submitted within two weeks following each grading period. Provide proof of membership in the school's Student Nurse Association. Complete a 1000 word essay answering the following questions. Students should write a professional paper using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Margins should be 1 inch, papers should be double spaced, and the font should be no smaller than What is your personal philosophy of nursing? 2. How will you use your education for the advancement of nursing? Interested applicants should call or contact us at to receive an application. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday May 7, 2010 to the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association, 1289 East Avenue, Elyria, Ohio
5 The Gr eat er Cl evel and Nur ses 1289 East Ave Elyria, OH VISIT THE GCNA CAREER CENTER AT Phone: Fax: GCNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carol Sams, MSN, RN President Betty Freund, MSN, RN President Elect Meghan Zona BSN, RN Vice President Jennifer Davis BSN, RN Secretary Geraldine Pangrac RN Treasurer Luvenia Lewis, BSN, RN Director, Administration Robin Collins Blake, ND, MSN, RN Director, Administration Marylin Lotas PhD, MSN, BSN, RN Director, Education Harriet Coeling, PhD., MS, BSN, RN Director, Education Donna Hughes, BSN, RN Director, At-Large Nour Abdallah, MSN, RN Director, At-Large Stacy Booker, RN Director, Staff Nurse Marcia Schneider, RN Director, Staff Nurse Jeff Groth Office Manager 2010 GCNA ELECTION RESULTS The following Greater Cleveland Nurses Association Members were elected to the GCNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Members will serve for two (2) years. New officers are indicated in bold. Congratulations to all and a special thanks to everyone who ran for office. PRESIDENT PRESIDENT ELECT VICE PRESIDENT TREASURER SECRETARY ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATION AT LARGE AT-LARGE CAROL SAMS BETTY FREUND MEGHAN ZONA GERALDINE PANGRAC JENNIFER DAVIS ROBIN COLLINS BLAKE LUVENIA LEWIS MARILYN LOTAS HARRIET COELING NOUR ABDALLAH DONNA HUGHES STACY BOOKER MARCIA SCHNEIDER NOMINATING COMMITTEE ADMINISTRATION JANE MAHOWALD ADMINISTRATION NANCY HAAS MARGARET WHEATLEY DOROTHY HAMILTON OPEN BILL NEALY AT-LARGE OPEN AT- LARGE STACY BOOKER