The Texas Nurses Association (TNA) is a statewide membership-based professional association of licensed nurses. Founded in 1907, TNA is the oldest and largest nursing association in Texas. Follow us for podcasts on nursing legislation, policy and other issues.
Episode 003: Ernest Grant PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the American Nurses Association
In our fourth episode, we sit down with Dr. Ernest Grant, President of the American Nurses Association. Dr. Grant talks with Danika and Amy about the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole, the related events as of late and the role that nurses play in standing against racial injustices and atrocities made towards the Black community.
#NurseLife Ep. 2 hosted by Amy McCarthy, MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC, and Danika Meyer, MSN, RN-BC, CPN
In our second episode, we sit down with Rachel Barbey, former President of the Texas Nursing Students Association. Rachel recently graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with her BSN. We took a moment to sit down and speak with her about the impact of COVID-19 on her transition from nursing school as well as starting her career in the midst of a global pandemic.
#COVID19 Ep. 8 hosted by Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN.
Hear from nurse leaders and frontline staff responding to COVID-19
Perspectives on Caring was a virtual panel interview with chief nursing officers and direct care nurses caring for COVID-19 patients. They discussed the good, the bad and the possibilities for the future and examined the successes, challenges and where to go from here after assessing the current impact of the pandemic on health care and preparing for a potential surge in the fall and winter.
Linda Lawson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Officer, The Hospitals of Providence and Clinical Assistant Professor, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, El Paso
Enid LeBlanc, MBA, BSN, RN, Director, Infection Prevention and Control, The Hospitals of Providence, El Paso
Sheila Fata, BSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive, St. David’s Healthcare, Austin
Shelly Mouser, Staff RN, St. David's Medical Center, Austin
Adam Sahyouni, BSN, RN, Manager COVID-19 ICU, Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio
Gretta Gast, BSN, RN, COVID-19 ECMO ICU RN, Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio
Josette Armendariz-Batiste, DNP, RN, CCRN, CENP, Chief Nurse Executive, University of Texas Medical Branch Health System, Galveston
Brandon "Kit" Bredimus, DNP, RN, CEN, CPEN, CNML, NE-BC, QMHP-CS, Vice President of Nursing / Chief Nursing Officer, Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland
Heather Hale, Staff RN, Midland Memorial
#NurseLife Ep. 1 hosted by Amy McCarthy, MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC, and Danika Meyer, MSN, RN-BC, CPN
Amy and Danika sit down with Vinh Nguyen. Vinh currently serves as the Assistant Dean at the UT School of Nursing. A transplant from the school of business, Vinh has taken this background and utilized it to help students understand the importance of skills such as marketing and advocacy. Vinh discusses the importance of storytelling in nursing and how it’s essential that nurses learn to advocate for themselves from the beginning of their careers.
#NurseLife Ep. 0 hosted by Amy McCarthy, MSN, RNC-MNN, NE-BC, and Danika Meyer, MSN, RN-BC, CPN
Amy McCarthy and Danika Meyer have a combined 15 years of experience in both leadership and nursing professional development, speaking experience at the local, state and national levels and are millennial nurse leaders. Amy currently serves as Secretary of the Texas Nurses Association and represents District 4. Danika is a member of the Texas Nurses Association and represents District 3.
Danika and Amy are both writers and authors of their lived experience with Masters Degrees in Nursing Education and Executive Leadership, respectively, in addition to related specialty certifications. Danika and Amy both have direct experience in equipping clinical nurses with the tools to propose and manage the changes they want to see.
#COVID19 Ep. 7 hosted by Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, and Kanaka Sathasivan, MPH
"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." - Winston Churchill
Nurse Chats, self-care, resources for sharing nurse stories, updates from the Texas Health Care Industry COVID-19 Strike Force, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), updates from the Texas Governor, modeling, nurses in the media, nurse hackathon.
Originally aired on Facebook Live May 15.
#COVID19 Ep. 6 hosted by Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, and Kanaka Sathasivan, MPH
What does back to normal look like? Reopening Texas, testing and contact tracing expansion in Texas, return to work plans, concerns with long-term care settings, Texas Public Health Coalition discussion on pandemic response, nursing furloughs, telehealth successes.
Originally aired on Facebook Live May 1.
#COVID19 Ep. 5 hosted by Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, and Kanaka Sathasivan, MPH
As cases plateau, we discuss what is happening statewide and in different practice environments. Hear what nurses are experiencing throughout the state and in different countries.
Includes: PPE decontamination, PPE advocacy, legislators’ response to nurse action alert, Nurses Week and Nurses Month, blood clot related symptoms in patients with COVID-19, kidney function, loosening business restrictions, testing inconsistency.
Originally aired on Facebook Live April 24.
#COVID19 Ep. 4 hosted by Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, and Kanaka Sathasivan, MPH
We review the Governor’s announcement on reopening the state, TNA’s survey results, legislators’ response to nurse action alert, working with nurse leaders on communications, nurse rights and PPE shortages, crisis planning, how COVID-19 will change practices, when to follow aerosol precautions vs droplet precautions, retaliation protections in Texas, free benefits and funds for nurses.
Originally aired on Facebook Live April 24.
#COVID19 Ep. 3 hosted by Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, and Kanaka Sathasivan, MPH
An overview of developments this week: TNA’s paid time off statement, Health Care Industry Strike Force updates, transitioning from work to home, wearing masks in public, N95 vs surgical masks, innovative solutions for staying safe, students and residencies, and nurse rights with PPE shortages in crisis situations.
Originally aired on Facebook Live April 9.
#COVID19 Ep. 2 hosted by Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, and Kanaka Sathasivan, MPH
TNA’s survey responses, nurses’ ethical responsibilities to patients, wearing masks in public, predictions for Texas’s response, advocacy work, nurses’ ability to refuse assignments, collaboration with the Board of Nursing, waivers in Texas.
Originally aired on Facebook Live April 3.
#COVID19 Ep. 1 hosted by Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN
We apologize for the audio issues in this episode. COVID-19 has changed everyone’s lives. How can nurses get involved, help with COVID-19 patients, protect themselves, and prepare for the future? Students, residencies and clinical concerns, simulation for clinicals, decontamination of PPE, stay at home orders, testing, PPE in crisis situations.
Originally aired on Facebook Live March 27.
#NursePolicy Ep. 4 hosted by Sola Oyewuwo, BSN, RN
Physical assault, threatening behavior, and verbal abuse are unfortunately an increasingly common risk for Texas Nurses. One in two Texas Nurses has experienced workplace violence, prevention programs. and education is crucial to keeping health care workers safe.
(This previously-recorded audio discusses HB 1146, legislation that unfortunately did not pass in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session. TNA will continue to support workplace violence prevention in future legislation.)
Check out Texas Nurses Association's policy positions on workplace violence.
#NursePolicy Ep. 3 hosted by Sola Oyewuwo, BSN, RN
Despite decades of experience, and a near impeccable track record related to patient outcomes, APRNs still do not have full practice authority in Texas. APRNs can practice to the full extent of their education and training only when they contract with a physician to “supervise” their practice. TNA sponsors legislation every session to extend full practice authority for all four APRN roles.
(This previously-recorded audio discusses legislation that unfortunately did not pass in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session. TNA will continue to support APRN full practice authority in future legislation.)
#NursePolicy Ep. 2 hosted by Sola Oyewuwo, BSN, RN
The funds from the permanent tobacco fund dedicated to health-related programs are crucial for nursing education in Texas to meet the needs of Texas’ rapidly growing population.
#NursePolicy Ep. 1 hosted by Sola Oyewuwo, BSN, RN
The Nursing Shortage Reduction Program helps schools fund nursing programs to address the nursing shortage in Texas. Texas will be short of 60,000 RNs by 2030.