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2022, Feb. 6 - Comment on U.S. Senate HELP Committee's proposed legistation: Pandemic and Public Health Preparedness and Response Bill (PREVENT Pandemics Act) to include provision for protection of frontline workers during a pandemic.  View Comment

2019, May 17 - NQF Comment on Nursing Sensitive Metric --- Pressure Injury.   View Comment

2018, Nov. 2 - Kentucky Nurses Association Conference.  Kevin Kavanagh, MD. MS. discusses healthcare worker and patient safety issues which are created by the United States Response to the drug resistant bacteria epidemic. Not setting firm standards and research integrity problems have prevented an effective response in may of our institutions.
The Epidemic of Multi-Drug Resistance Organisms -- It is NOT the Nurses Fault!! 
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2018, Oct. 4 - HW USA Conference:  Christine Pontus, MS, RN, reviews the literature and discusses the importance of nursing to assure patient safety. The negative impact of inadequate RN staffing on several key patient outcomes has been documented in the peer reviewed literature. Nationally, unions and associations representing RNs have been advocating for safe staffing legislation at state and federal levels. YouTube Video: 

2018, Jun. 27 - Support Letter:   Signed Support Letter from the Committee to Ensure Save Patient Care.  "Under this proposed ballot question, a safe maximum limit for the number of patients a nurse can care for in all areas of the hospital will be implemented to ensure that patients receive the level of professional nursing care and attention they need when they enter a Massachusetts hospital."   View Letter

2017, Nov. 3 - HW USA Conference: Said Abusalem, RN, PhD - Culture of Safety and Importance of Nursing in Long Term Care Facilities.  YouTube Video: 

2016, Apr. 16 - HW USA Meeting:     Deena McCullum Adequate Nurse Staffing & Patient Safety.   YouTube Video: 

2013, Nov. 1 - HW USA Conference:   Jeannie Cimiotti, PhD, RN, FAAN on Nursing Burnout and the Importance of a Culture of Safety   
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2012, Oct 15 - Peer Reviewed Publication:  Moving Healthcare Quality Forward With Nursing-Sensitive Value-Based Purchasing.   Journal of Nursing Scholarship  . doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01469.x. [Epub ahead of print]   PMID: 23066956     FREE ACCESS   

2012, Jul. 14 - Book Review:  Book Review:  'Appalachian Health and Well-Being'.   Courier Journal,  July 14, 2012.   Healthy living challenge for Appalachia.      Presentation Slides

2011, Mar. 21 - Op-Ed:  UK Wrong To Downplay Loss of Nursing Honor  Herald Leader, Lexington, KY,  Mar. 21, 2011   It is important for hospitals to achieve the Magnet Recognition and to participate in the Leapfrog Group Survey.  

2010, Nov. 19 - HW USA Conference:   Jeannie Cimiotti, PhD, RN, FAAN on Nursing Workforce and Quality of Care.    You Tube Video:       Presentation Slides

2008, May 28 - Op-Ed: Hospitals Reckless to Leave Floors Short of Nurses- Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington Kentucky, May 28, 2008  Low levels of hospital staff has been reported by nurses and lack of facility cleanliness and responsiveness by patients.  Medicare is no longer paying for preventable adverse patient outcomes, Medicaid should follow suit. 

2007, Aug. 8 - Peer Reviewed Publication:  Letter to the editor In response to "Assessing nursing staffing ratios: variability in workload intensity". Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2007 Aug;8(3):182. PMID: 18178924

2007, Apr. 16 - Op-Ed:  Too Much to Expect From Too Few Nurses - Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington Kentucky, April 16, 2007  Frontline Caregivers get little support in protecting patients. _Nursing.pdf