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TB Notes 3, 2004

National TB Nurse Consultant Coalition, June 2004

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

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