Association News | 3.27.2024
March 2024: Association News

Let's Louisville This May

Now is your moment, register today to join more than 500 fellow orthopaedic nurses and healthcare professionals, May 18-20 in Louisville, KY. Make an investment in yourself and dedicate 2.5 days to come together, to move NAON and the field of orthopaedics forward, and to re-discover the passion and excitement that brought us here. 


Call for Applications for NAON Past Presidents Quality/Process Improvement Grant 

Applications are now being accepted for the NAON Past Presidents Quality/Process Improvement (PI) Grant! The grant provides up to $1,500 for Quality/Process Improvement Project(s) that will benefit orthopaedic nursing. The grant will cover potential project costs of supplies and project conduction, staff, and statistical analysis. The amount of the grant will be based on needed funding for the project along with other sources of funding identified. 


Survey Request: Organizational Responses, Attitudes, and Nurse Preparedness to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Joint Commission Social Determinants of Health Requirements

The purpose of this project is to investigate whether nurses in Orthopedic settings across the country feel adequately prepared to address the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) requirements put out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission that are becoming mandatory in January 2024. By gaining a better understanding of Nurse preparedness, we can then do subsequent studies aimed at highlighting best practices or methods to address the needs of nurses as it relates to complying with the CMS and Joint Commission requirements.


Healthy Tips from ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog

Laura Hixon, MSNE, RN-BC, ONC

The Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation has introduced the Mindful Eating Challenge this month. Mindful eating is being present and building the mind-body connection. Pike (2019) notes mindfulness as attending to each moment's experiences, thoughts, and emotions without judgment. When considering eating, one might take time to notice smell, texture, and taste, reduce eating speed, and be aware of physical hunger or satiety cues.

Benefits of acting mindfully include:

  • Reduce anxiety and weight gain
  • Improved emotional eating, recognizing fullness
  • Nonjudgmental food attitude
  • Healthier diet quality and healthy snacks

Something to Try

While eating, gauge your hunger on a scale from 0-10. Once at a 6, you would stop eating and save the rest for later. Here are some definitions of each number on the scale.

  1. Starving
  2. Very hungry
  3. Stomach growling
  4. Slightly hungry
  5. Neither hungry nor full
  6. Satisfied
  7. Pleasantly full
  8. A little too full
  9. Uncomfortable full
  10. Stuffed

Good luck with the mindfulness challenge this month and I hope your spring renews your mind-body connection!

Pike, A. (2019). The science behind mindful eating. Food Insight.

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