Please Join Us for our next Greater LA Chapter meeting

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Governing Board Room
Adventist Health White Memorial
1720 Cesar E. Chavez LA CA 90033
(There is a fee for parking. Max is $6.00)

GLA Chapter meeting 6 pm – 8 pm

Dinner Provided

Speaker will be Lisa Vargas, Human Trafficking Outreach Coordinator with the East LA Women’s Center

RSVP to Ruth Keniston via email: rkeniston@hotmail.com or phone 562-708-9663

Chapter Officers

Chapter Report to State Council

August 2019
We had a great chapter meeting on Thursday, 8/22/19. We had a variety of attendees. There were several members who hadn’t attended in some time, new members who had never attended, newly graduated RN students looking to go into Emergency Nursing, and a ED volunteer from Huntington Hospital. And, of course, there were the attendees whose participation forms the backbone of the chapter. I am very grateful for everyone’s participation, The biggest draw of the evening was our speaker, Lisa Vargas, Human Trafficking Outreach Coordinator for the East LA Women’s Center. Powerful is the best word I can use to describe her presentation. Her passion and dedication to helping those being trafficked is palpable and rooted in her own harrowing experience of being trafficked as a child. She shared with us ways to better identify those being trafficked and gave us resources to know what to do. She is amazing. Dinner was provided by Debbie Famularcano, representative of Ofirmev.

June 2019
Our chapter meeting on May 23, 2019 in Duarte at The Old Spaghetti factory was really GREAT! We had a wonderfully diverse group who are passionate about Emergency Nursing. Our sponsor, Dan Ballas with EchoNous, gave a brief overview of their newest ultrasound equipment that has the capacity to continue learning through feedback updates it receives. We were also allowed the opportunity for hands-on learning. Following dinner, our speaker, John Ball, gave a riveting talk about the challenges patients with Parkinson’s Disease face while in the ED. His talk was riveting and very informative about ways we can provide better care and prevent potential harm to this population of patient.

March 2019
Our March 23rd meeting, hosted by Torrance Memorial Hospital, was GREAT! Our theme for the meeting was resilience for the community, the nation, and ourselves. Attendees were able to provide their first-hand experience of this year’s Leg Day in Sacramento. We were also urged to voice our dissent for the California Assembly Bill intended to remove the ENA as a consulting body on the EMS Commission. Our guest speaker, Tanya Piazza, RN provided us with an interactive presentation on personal resilience as care providers. We had an in-service on Stop The Bleed®, the public health campaign intended to educate the public on how to stop bleeding in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. This included a hands-on portion in which we practiced using C.A.T. tourniquets and packing different kinds of extremity wounds. Following our delicious lunch, provided by Kcentra®, we set up a couple of tables at the on-going health fair, organized by Torrance Memorial. From there, we were able to share with many of the attendees what we had learned from our Stop The Bleed® in-service. Our next meeting will be May 23, 2019 at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Duarte. It will be a sponsored by EchoNous, Inc. Our guest speaker, John Ball, will share with us his extensive knowledge about having Parkinson’s and what it is to be a patient in the Emergency Department. You won’t want to miss this fun and informative presentation. John’s book, Living Well, Running Hard: Lessons learned from living with Parkinson’s Disease will be available for sale. Proceeds go directly to funding Parkinson’s Research. Please RSVP to Ruth Keniston if you would like to attend. Email: rkeniston@hotmail.com

August 2018
June 23rd, 2018 hosted nearly 40 participants from 8 different area hospitals at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena for a fun educational event, CEN Olympics. There were 8 teams who competed against each other in a series of games. The games were focused on review questions for the CEN exam and some for TNCC. Also, we had Jenny Van Slyke, PCC for Huntington Hospital do tape reviews and discussion in order to fulfill requirements to award 1 CEs for the event. The team of 4 from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital captured the $500 first place prize. Three of the participants used the money to offset the cost of taking the exam, the other gave money to the hospital foundation which provides stuffed bears for pediatric patients. August 30 will be our next chapter meeting at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. We will have a highly respected speaker, Dr. Brant Putnam, Chief, Division of Trauma/Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care presenting on The 10 most important things to remember in a bad trauma. Eligible participants will receive 1 CE. A light meal will be served, thanks to a vendor from Kurin®, Inc who will talk briefly about their blood culture collection set which aims to reduce contamination. We have sent out a nominations request to chapter members for the 2019 board positions. We have a couple of newer members who have voiced an interest in serving. We plan on announcing the winners at our August 30 meeting. We currently have 799 members.

May 2018
On April 12, 2018 at Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale we were fortunate to be a part of a very interesting presentation by hematologist, Dr. Vinod Balasa, MD on the first ever product created by Shire specifically for the treatment of von Willebrand Disease. The speaker was excellent and the attendees agreed that they took away a lot more information and knowledge that they had prior to the presentation. There was an excellent turnout for the meeting. Following the presentation, we discussed upcoming events, such as the State Meeting in Santa Barbara on May 11, becoming a delegate for the upcoming National Conference in Pittsburgh, plans for other speakers at our chapter meetings, and discussion about becoming involved in the chapter at the board level. A primary focus of our discussion surrounded our upcoming CEN Olympics event, how to get involved and a request to encourage our colleagues to participate.

March 2018
In January we had two members attend the state meeting in Laguna Beach. On February 10, our chapter met at The Daily Brew Coffee Bar in Montebello. We watched/listened to a webinar from the American Hospital Assoc. entitled Mass Casualties Preparation and Response; Lessons Learned from Las Vegas and Orlando. Afterward, we had a great discussion about practical things we could implement in our own hospitals in the event of a mass casualty event. Our next chapter meeting is April 12 and will be a sponsored event at Bourbon Steak in Glendale. The topic will be treatment options for patients with von Willebrand disease. We are also offering $50 worth of opportunity prizes to entice members to attend. At our April 12 meeting, we will encourage members to serve on the chapter board for 2019. We will arrange our elections to coincide with the states elections in May 2018. We have sent out a “Save The Date” for our big event, The CEN Olympics, on June 23 at Huntington Memorial Hospital. We are already getting a lot of interest in this event and hope to have a very exciting and fun afternoon of competition between teams from area hospitals. Great prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. Lunch included. Registration with a minimal entrance fee are required. CEs will be provided for RNs and MICNs. We are continuing to promote service as a delegate at the upcoming National Conference in Pittsburgh. August 30 we will have our chapter meeting at Harbor/UCLA in Torrance where we will have one of their trauma/ED MDs as our guest speaker.

May 2017
We had an excellent turnout for our May 17th chapter meeting at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Pasadena which was sponsored by Shire and included a presentation on treatment for a rare condition known as acquired hemophilia A. The presentation was interesting and the group seemed engaged by asking lots of intelligent questions. It was exciting to have in attendance an influx of members who are either new to the organization or have not been active for some time. They expressed interest in being delegates to this year’s National Conference in St. Louis and curiosity about being part of the Board of Directors at the chapter level. it was a rousing success all the way around. We are working on the details for our homeless outreach event in August. One of our members has made contact with a group that offers an array of resources to this population and offered their services to help create a robust event. Through attendees’ suggestions, we have plans for another sponsored meeting that includes a speaker on the topics of hospice, advanced directives, comfort care, and the legalities that surround this important topic. There was interest surrounding the scholarships that are available through the GLA Chapter and the State Council. We continue to move forward in our efforts to collaborate with the Los Angeles National Association of Hispanic Nurses. We are brainstorming about the creation of a joint scholarship and/or the best ways to join our efforts to benefit the members of both organizations. One May 8th, the GLA Chapter was represented at a recruitment event at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. The event centered around Advanced Certification Awareness and benefits. We had an opportunity to talk with a variety of nurses and students and hopefully raise awareness about the important work that the ENA does. During our chapter meeting, we reached out to many different hospitals, represented by attendees, to offer the GLA Chapter members to participate in recruitment events that may arise. It was a successful and delicious event.

March 2017:
Our March 11, 2017 meeting was in Pasadena over brunch. We were pleased to see some new faces that helped contribute to an excellent discussion and the flow of ideas for upcoming plans. We made a plan to formalize an upcoming volunteer opportunity during our next meeting in May. We hope to invite representatives of the Orange Coast and Inland Empire chapters to be a part of that discussion. One member in attendance is also active within the Hispanic Nurses Association (HNA). We proposed the idea that she consult with the board of HNA on combining our efforts to fund 1 or more scholarships for Hispanic ER Nurses, thus representing both groups. In addition, we will be putting out information on scholarship information for GLA Members to apply for the Jean Kirby Scholarship for 2017. We are working on a gift to recognize Pomona Valley Medical Center on their recent designation as a Trauma Center. Our recruitment efforts will soon be expanding through the use of Instagram.

January 2017
The GLA Chapter had their first meeting of 2017 on January 18 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier. Members in attendance were updated on information received during the State ENA meeting. Two members plan on attending Leg Day, Sacramento in March. The chapter approved the contribution of $1,000 towards the ENA Foundation State Challenge that runs from March 1 – May 30, 2017. Members voiced a commitment to help coordinate the State MCI event at Universal Studios in May. We are arranging a volunteer opportunity to provide personal care items and clothing to homeless individuals and/or those living in shelters in the area. We plan on collaborating to host a local EDAP conference later in the year. Our next meeting will be a brunch on Saturday, March 11 at a restaurant in Pasadena. The location will be determined shortly.

November 2016
Elections were held in September. We will be adding one additional board member for the recruitment and retention position. GLA held another successful EDAP conference at PIH Health in Whittier, CA. We will be donating $150 to the ENAF from the conference proceeds. GLA has approximately 100 2016 ENA national conference pins available. We will be selling them for a discounted rate, please contact carole.snyder@pihhealth.org. GLA will be donating an additional $100 to ENAF from the sale of these pins.

Why should I attend?

Chance to meet other Emergency Nurses! Collaborate with your colleagues!! MICN? We have pins!

Who should attend?

All Emergency Nurses

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