TB Notes Newsletter
No. 4, 2006
The Red Snappers of NTNC
At this year’s annual meeting of the National Tuberculosis
Nurses Coalition (NTNC), there was excitement in the air. Several
of the members wanted to highlight the importance of TB control
and share the camaraderie they enjoy at these annual meetings. They
decided to organize their own section of the “Red Hat Society”
(a national organization with many state chapters; members are women
“of a certain age” who meet and go out together—in
red hats—to celebrate life and friendship). The group’s
section will be entitled “The Red Snappers of NTNC.”
Their Queen Mother will be Lorena Jeske, and her royal court will
consist of Ellen Murray, past-president of NTNC; Jane Moore, NTNC
current President; Jo-Ann Arnold, President-Elect; and Kathy Kolaski,
Secretary. Other members include Judy Gibson and “Pink Snapper”
(meaning not yet “of a certain age”) Toni Johns.
For those readers not familiar with the term “Red Snapper,”
it is a reference to the red-stained acid-fast bacillus that is
seen under the microscope in the sputum of infectious TB patients.
For the Red Snappers of NTNC, it becomes a term for TB control nurses
finding new ways to discuss TB in a creative way.
When you see these red-hatted ladies (and yes, they are trying
to get men involved as well) out and about, they will be talking
about TB and some of the challenges that nurses and other health
care workers face every day. Tuberculosis is an age-old problem
that often has a new face. As the disease declines, we are faced
with more and more challenges to keep our awareness on the forefront.
Here’s one more way!
The Red Snappers of NTNC will soon be official members of the Red
Hat Society. Call them, join them…and enjoy the fun!
—Submitted by Lorena Jeske
National Tuberculosis Nurses Coalition
PITCA Workshop for TB Nurses
Staff of CDC, the Australian Respiratory Council (ARC), and the
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) worked together to develop
a training workshop for six northern Pacific island countries. The
workshop was held in Hawaii during the week commencing November
27, 2006, as part of the annual Pacific Island TB Controllers Association
(PITCA) meeting. It focused on providing training for nurses working
in TB control in the Pacific Islands. The workshop also aimed to
raise awareness among all health care workers involved in TB control
about the importance of quality data collection and utilization.
Dr. Phil Lobue, Phil Talboy, and Andy Heetdeerks from DTBE and Subroto
Banerji with the Global AIDS Program facilitated the workshop.
—Submitted by Vivian Siler
Div of TB Elimination