Northeast Region Officers
The Northeast Wyoming Region meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month except June and December at 6:30 pm – Mountain.
Meetings are held virtually by accessing Zoom, a video and audio technology system. Access the meeting from the comfort of your home and office! Tablet or desktop accessible. The smartphone app in your app store as well.
Zoom meeting information is sent via email.
If you prefer to be with others, you are welcome to be physically present at 405 W. Boxelder Rd Suite B-8 Gillette, WY 82718. Please RSVP a space to firstname.lastname@example.org so the WELCOME mat is laid out and the lights are on!
January 9, 2018
Attendees: Alicia Le Pard, Jennifer Rasp-Vaughn, Josie LeMaster, Rose Rennell, Gwen Reed, Sue Howard, Anne Raga, Rosanna Parker, Dee Gilson
Alicia opened the meeting with requests for additions to the agenda. There were none initially. Sue Howard joined late for a short BON report.
Of note, the scholarship drive netted $1250 this year to date to add to our scholarship funds. Letters were sent to all area high schools for inclusion in the 2018 Scholarship for senior applications. Scholarships for high school students are received by the school and forwarded to the President. A scholarship committee will vet and choose the winner.
Tonight is the inauguration of our region’s FACES OF NURSING. We have invited the entire state to join us for these events.
The Compact Licensure is available via the Wyoming Board of Nursing website to apply starting Jan 19, 2018.
Day At the Legislature is Feb 22, 2018. Registration is available on the Wyoming Nurses Association website.
Alicia Le Pard, Gwen Reed and Sue Howard agreed to coordinate a “Dessert and Chat with our Legislators” on Feb 8, 2018 at the Health Sciences Center at Gillette College to discuss upcoming legislative issues with our local legislators.
Jennifer Rasp-Vaughn and Dee Gilson agree to coordinate a similar event for the Sheridan area. Stay tuned for their details.
Sue Howard notes that the ANA is looking for panel volunteers for the upcoming Violence in the Workplace Workgroup and there are also openings for the TeleHealth Panel. See nursingworld.org
FACES OF NURSING – Josie LeMaster, Child-Maternal Health Watch NOW at via this link.
November 7, 2017
Attendees: Alicia Le Pard, Jennifer Rasp-Vaughn, Savannah Fiest, Gwen Reed, Dee Gilson, Elaina (Sheridan), Rose Rennell (late)
A review of the current membership report (65 persons) and financials were done. A question arose from Jenn about the difference in the previous financial report and current report and will be explored with Tobi Moore for clarification.
Scholarship Funds: The sustainability of the scholarship funds was discussed. Although not directly seen on the financial report, we currently carry about $3000 in the line for funds. We have potential to disburse up to $1000 a year with the two current scholarships (High School and Upwards Bound Returning Scholar). Previously these are funded with raffles done at the Nurses Day celebration, however this year the celebration was not well attended and raffle sales were significantly decreased. There was brainstorming with increasing opportunities including virtual run, virtual wine tasting, more than one raffle per year, using the online forum to promote engagement. It was also discussed if the Region could promote attendance to the Legislative Day session with a scholarship for registration, housing, travel and meals. Alicia Le Pard will send the annual request for donation letter in November and see if we can solicit direct donations from our members.
Membership: The NEW Region continues to maintain its status as the third largest membership (of 5) at 75 members in October. However less than 1% of this membership has active involvement with communication with a Board member or engages in our meetings. The question on the table, is how can we engage them further. Alicia Le Pard or Brooke Jackson will start sending meeting minutes after their creation and posting online, hopefully within a two week period of the meeting. We will continue to encourage participation monthly and at special events. A postcard is being sent to let membership know of the current Board members for the Region as well as contact numbers with our Zoom meeting dates and times.
Another effort to increase the value of the membership is to start the “FACES OF NURSING” campaign. Each person at tonight’s meeting committed to presenting their focus of nursing. The goals of this campaign is to illuminate the many areas that nurses have opportunity to provide nursing practice and to expose our participants to the various practice modalities and chances that are available in their career path by having our own members share their unique focus within nursing. Watch for more details!!!
We will start an ATTITUDES and GRATITUDE campaign as well, with the creation of a form within the Region page that will allow anyone to express their appreciation of a nurse’s efforts and dedication. It is hopeful we can use these to increase our contributions to the annual awards presented both regionally and at the state level.
We’d also like to start a MEMBER SPOTLIGHT by having a member or two come forward with their story about nursing. This is a work in progress and we hope to have a rollout by the new year.
December’s meeting will include Toni Decklever, RN to give us our update on the upcoming Legislative session in 2018. JOIN US at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Business Office at 61 S. Gould St in Sheridan, WY at 7pm (subject to weather and date finalization). For details email Alicia Le Pard
Mea Culpa – Fall Report
A thousand apologies, but meeting minutes from August, Sept and Oct are pretty sketchy as our secretary has changed and I was out of town for hurricane response. Here’s an update as best I can give –
There are no meeting minutes at this time for August or Sept to be located.
October 3, 2017 meeting minutes are submitted by Josie Le Master as follows
Attendees-Sue Howard, Josie LeMaster, Rose Rennell, Darla Parks
WNA Convention Takeaways–
- Compassion Fatigue Survey-it would be nice to know where staff is sitting as a whole within facilities and between facilities. It would be nice to partner ie. Sheridan and compare results. (Josie f/u Charlotte Mather, Dee Gibson, Darla Parks). Josie L. also will review the flash drive from convention
- Everyone thought it was awesome that the Board approved to extend membership of ½ price for student members.
- Suggestions requested on what to do to increase membership: Rose suggested that she could follow up with SD chapter of AOHN to see what they do. Suggestion to have applications available at the Dinner and event with Toni Deklever.
- Jen will give next report
- As of August there was a balance of $6,846.33 with zero deposits and zero expenses.
- October will be the next dues deposit
- Alicia paid out of pocket for the booth and the stretch band to promote the NE region at the convention (we will encourage her to submit for reimbursement).
- Upcoming expenses-Feb. 2018, Nurse’s Day at the Legislature and Nurse for a Day; May 2018, Nurses’ Week-Scholarships, Entertainment suggested would be to have Baerbel and Alicia report on their experience and work in Puerto Rico.
- Fundraising Ideas-Scholarship Raffle (please brainstorm ideas), Raffles throughout the year, Letters to members to fundraise have worked well in the past, Do a float for the Parade of Lights 12/02/17 in Gillette to increase awareness. Perhaps brainstorm short term small projects.
Meeting News – July 2017
The July meeting of the NEW WNA convened at 1837h online and was attended by A. Le Pard, A. Raga, J. Vaughn-Rasp, G. Reed, S. Howard.
Presidents report was a quick overview of fall convention, membership status and fiances. Introduction to ANA Foundation Healthy Nurse, Health Nation http://www.healthynursehealthynation.org/
Elections are upon us – commencing July 15 thru July 30 for the position of President and Treasurer. Tobi Lyon Moore will send out ballots. Anne Raga agrees to vet the consent to serve from the nominees.
Membership engagement was discussed. A plan to create a forum for learning more about our professional opportunities as well as educational offerings is being developed. Equally, more opportunities to create scholarship funds is being explored using a virtual forum (bake sale, virtual run/walk event). We are asking for a professional commitment from each member in the Region to accomplish this, either as a resource or to find resources. Again, we are actively trying to find a forum that each member can spotlight nursing in a way of giving back to the community. Examples include BP checks during Nurses Week, Medication Reconciliation at the local Senior Center, donating a day at the local Food Bank or Soup Kitchen. The goal would be a coordinated group effort across the Region, but also to tally the individual work each of us does.
Meeting adjorned at 1905hours.
Meeting News – May 2017
No minutes recorded due to a lack of secretary. FEEL FREE TO SEND IN FOR THE POSITION, contact President using the above email link
Meeting News – April 2017
The April meeting of NEW WNA occurred via Zoom with an in-house attendance of Alicia LePard, Brenna Kirsch, online with Rose Rennell, Anne Raga, Dee Gilson and Josie LeMaster.
Rose reported that the refrigerator and plaque for the refrigerator was sent to Gillette College for the simulation lab.
The annual Nurses Fun Run will be held on the 9th of March (Tuesday) at Dalby Park in Gillette.
Fall WNA convention is slated in Laramie starting 09/21/2017 with Pam Cipriano in a Town Hall meeting on 9/20. This years them is Healthy Nurse Health Wyoming.
Request for nomination and scholarships are due 4/15/2017, send to email@example.com
Josie LeMaster has agreed to fill out a Consent to Serve for the position of Vice President. Position of secretary is still open.
Meeting News – March 2017
The March meeting of NEW WNA occurred via Zoom with an in-house attendance in Gillette of Sue Howard, Alicia LePard and guest Elizabeth Crawford, nursing student at Gillette College AND University of Wyoming BSN program. Rose Rennell attended via video link! Budget is stable and no changes are anticipated after the purchase of refrigerator and plaque for Gillette College’s Nursing Simulation Lab.
A Call to serve was sent to the members to fill the vacant positions of Vice President and Secretary after a lack of response posted on the Region page.
Sue Howard reported that the Governor has cut all funding for the Preventative Maintenance Organizations in the state. June 30, 2017 will show a close to tobacco cessation, alcohol cessation, suicide prevention programs funded by the state/federal grants.
A Monkey Survey is posted here and has been sent to membership to inquire to needs and wants of the 2017 Nurses Week event.
The Northeast Wyoming Region of the Wyoming Nurses Association hosts several scholarships annually. Deadline is April 1, 2017!
High school students interested in a healthcare career as a nurse are invited to apply through Campbell County High School, Wright High School, Newcastle High School, Crook County High School, Sheridan High School and Buffalo High School. One scholarship for a high school student for $500 is offered each year and is paid directly to the institution the recipient is attending.
College students already enrolled in a health career program are invited to apply for up to $500.
Meeting News – February 2017
The Feb. meeting of the NEW Region occurred via Zoom!. Attendees included Alicia LePard, Rose Rennell, Sue Howard, Gwen Reed and Brenna Kirsch. The group voted on and approved spending money to buy Gillette College Nursing Program a tissue samples refrigerator for their new Sim Lab. Sue Howard and Brenna Kirsch graciously agreed to function as a Scholarship Review committee for this year’s high school and nursing scholarships. Possibilities for the 2017 Nurses Week Awards night include Buffalo, Sheridan and Gillette.
Meeting News – January 2017
The last meeting of the NEW Region of WNA met online on 01/10/2017. Rose Rennell, treasurer and Alicia Le Pard, president were in attendance. The meeting was brief, and authorization was approved for sending a planter to Northeast Wyoming Community College’s new Nursing Simulation Center in Gillette for their Grand Opening on 01/11/2017.