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TB Notes 3, 2004
National TB Nurse Consultant Coalition, June
On Tuesday, June 8, 2004, members of the National TB Nurse Consultant
Coalition (NTNCC) were joined by members of the National TB Controllers
Association (NTCA) and CDC staff at the annual NTNCC Education Session;
78 persons attended. We missed those colleagues who were unable
to join us because of funding cutbacks and travel restrictions.
This year our focus was “Nurses – Critical Partners
in TB Elimination.” Denise O’Conner, former NTNCC member
and current Nurse Manager of Winchester Hospital, Massachusetts,
presented “Empowering Nurses to Tackle the Declining Knowledge
of TB,” reminding us to anticipate change, monitor change,
adapt quickly to change, and be ready to change again quickly (they
keep moving the cheese). Carol Pozsik, Director of the TB Control
Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental
Control, presented “Nurses As Advocates for Public Health;”
provided examples of advocacy; and discussed education vs. lobbying,
conflict of interest, and advocacy partners (national, state and
local). Carol’s passion for advocacy spread to all of us,
energizing us to return to our areas of work and to look for additional
opportunities to advocate for public health. A panel discussion
on Staffing Standards for Public Health Nurses was led by NTNCC
President-elect Ellen Murray (Florida). Panel members Denise Dodge
(Florida), Shea Rabley (South Carolina), and Lynelle Phillips (Missouri),
who served as site leaders of the Staffing Standards Tools 2003
pilot test, shared their experiences in using the acuity tool and
the workload analysis instrument.
A collaborative accomplishment for NTNCC this year was our poster
submission. The poster presentation was one developed jointly by
NTNCC and NTCA Staffing Standards Committee members to describe
the tools and instruments that were used for this very important
project. The poster discussed the acuity and workload analysis tools
and the findings from all the areas that pilot tested the tools,
and demonstrated the need for ensuring that the critical element
of acuity levels in TB clients is measured and also that there are
enough full-time employees to get the job done effectively. It also
demonstrated that having the time to perform core public health
functions such as community education is severely limited or even
nonexistent for many nurses after caring for their clients.
We are proud of our NTNCC nursing staff and look forward to another
year of continued collaboration and outstanding representation.
The picture here represents only a few of our NTNCC nursing staff.
We encourage all nurses who work with TB to join NTNCC and hope
to have our numbers increased in 2005!
—Submitted by Lorena Jeske
Washington State Dept of Health
and Ellen Murray
Florida State Dept of Health