New York State ID/DD Nurses Association


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What's New From The State

Plans for the 2019 State Conference are in full swing. The committee always welcomes input from members. Have you heard a speaker who is a good presenter and has a general interest topic. Even if if wasn't able to be a part of 2019 agenda, it could be for next year.  Part of the Association Strategic Plan is to broaden the number of members who are involved in the executive board and standing committees. This is moving forward and it is good to see new faces and hear new ideas at board meetings. A goal is to find new ways to help our membership work effectively. 

What's New From The Zones?

Zone membership growth has been seen which is a sign of the health of the association and the value of reaching out to those in your field for help and information. Look for information on the website and get in touch with any officer whether State or Zone or contact Nan Rutledge

What's New From OPWDD?

As more and more agency work to become CQL accredited, the state is adapting similar criteria for their assessment visits. DQI reviewers look for clear directions to staff by training through the use of the PONs to the successfully completed task-such as in repositioning to prevent skin breakdown. It is not enough to say reposition every two hours. Documentation needs to give how this will be accomplished and have staff sign off on a tracking sheet.

What's New From Our Members?

There are many associations and nursing directors looking into what's available as far as easing the burden on current nursing staff. Workload is increasing and finding additional nursing staff more difficult. Uses of forms on of online or telemedicine to lessen trips to emergency rooms and use of triage services to assess in off hours may be the answer.

What's New From In The News?

Trials have shown use of accupuncture in the ED results in less pain, stress, anxiety and nausea. Pain scores dropped 6.5 to 3.4 points on a 0-10 pain scale. This didn't change or depend on opiods being used.  ( 4.19) Diazepam buccal film (strips placed inside the cheek) showed bioavailability when used in interictal as well as ictal/peri-ictal conditions in poorly controlled tonic-clonic or focal seizures. This may give a better option especially to families who may hesitate to use rectal meds for cluster seizures.