Association News | 5.17.2023
May 2023: Association News

We're Celebrating YOU All Month Long

May is National Nurses Month and we're celebrating your dedication to orthopaedic nursing! Your work is truly an inspiration and makes a difference every single day. This year's National Nurses month theme, "You Make a Difference," was selected to encourage nurses and the general public to recognize and promote the vast contributions and positive impact of America's nurses. 

Join us as we celebrate the amazing, impactful work you do this month and every month!

Thank You For Making Congress Such A Success

We hope you had as much fun as we did at Congress. Thank you for joining us! While you might still be re-living some of your favorite moments, our team is hard at work planning the NAON 44th annual Congress. 

Save the date and mark your calendar for May 18-21, 2024, to join us in Louisville, KY. 

Welcome Our New Board Members

Our NAON 2023-2024 Executive Board was announced at Congress after attendees heard from President Michele Hughes for the first time. Take some time to get to know our two new members, Heather Barnes and Ashley Streett. Learn more here

Advancing Health Equity and Access to Care 

The NAON supported John Lewis Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment (EMMT) Act was introduced by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) on May 2. The landmark bill would require development of a payment model that addresses social determinants of health and health disparities, particularly with respect to minorities, underserved areas and high-risk individuals. 

NAON is in full support of the bill, as our members know firsthand the inequities within the healthcare system and struggles that many patients have to pay for the care they need. Learn more here

Join NAON for Nurse Navigator Networking Activites Next Month! 

Join NAON for Nurse Navigator Networking Activities in June by joining the Zoom link at 1 p.m. CT on June 15. 

Did you have to miss the last few meetings? To watch previous recordings of Nurse Navigator Networking events, access the file library here.

Healthy Tips from ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog Submitted by Laura Hixon, MSNE, RN-BC, ONC

In the Healthy Nurse, Health Nation a challenge has emerged. It is called "move your body, clear your mind." We know nurses are stressed with life, work and families and it is a great idea to take a moment to care for your joints by stretching every day. We do this when something hurts, but including movement everyday can improve the way the body feels and ease your mind! There are different types of stretching including static (holding a position), dynamic (active movements through a full range of motion) and ballistic stretches (bouncing to emphasize a stretch).

Here are some benefits of adding even five minutes daily of static and dynamic stretching to your routine:

  1. Improve flexibility and muscle performance, lengthen muscles, improve range of motion
  2. Can make daily tasks feel better like sqautting, sitting and bending
  3. Can prepare body for a workout
  4. Can decrease injuries
  5. Can calm body after excercise
  6. Help identify stiffness or tightness in body, especially in the hips
  7. Can help you relaxe
  8. Stretching is an act of self-care! It is time for your body
  9. Helps you to end your workout feeling calmer and happier

Stretches should be held for a minuimum of 30 seconds, enough time to feel your muscles relaxing. Stretching should not hurt, you can feel tight at first, but it should not be painful. Read more here for suggestions.

Happy Nurse's Month, I'm proud to serve together. I hope that no matter what enviroment you practice in or have practiced in, you know your contribution is valued and appreciated. Enjoy your stretching and relaxation, you have earned it!

Recorded Webinars for General Members

In 2023, NAON is offering general members free access to five of the webinars that took place throughout 2022. These webinars were chosen based on popularity and results of the surveys taken following viewing of the webinars. Once you register for these webinars, you should be able to access the recordings within the Education Center. Learn more.

Access Your Membership Card Online

Looking for your NAON membership card? Finding it is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Log in to your account on the NAON website and go to your profile by clicking “My NAON” in the top right corner
  2. Click on Memberships to view your active memberships
  3. Download your ID card


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