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Lend a Hand: Connecting Communities

Community Health/Disaster Preparedness Committee:
Thomas LewandowskiChair
Caroline Miller
Janna Boren

Community Health/Disaster Seasonal Memos
Fall Memo
Summer Memo


Awards & Honors Booklet
Guidelines for Planning

National Week of Service
January 16 - 23, 2015

This important opportunity allows you to give back to your community either as an individual, a local SNA or a state chapter. Start planning your event and use the resources of the NSNA in the Community Health Guidelines Booklet and those of your fellow students to be ready for this week! Together, the 60,000 members of NSNA can show the people of their communities, our states and our nation that we are the future of nursing and we can make a real and lasting impact on our communities. Find ideas from national organizations.  Work with the American Red Cross, or March of Dimes to educated and help those in need.  You can also visit sites like VoulunteerMatch for ideas.  Support local food banks, organize a clothing drive or a book and school supply drive.

Don’t forget, National Week of Service projects can be used to apply for the Community Health and Disaster Preparedness awards.  Applications can be found in the Awards & Honors Booklet on the NSNA website.  The deadline to submit award applications is March 13, 2015. 

I look forward to hearing about your projects.  Feel free to send me photos and descriptions of your events to  Who knows?  You may see them in a future issue of Imprint.  Thank you for all that you do to make our association the strongest independent nursing student association in the world! 

The CDC, along with AAP and AAFP, created a one-stop for healthcare providers called Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents. This website contains information about vaccine preventable diseases, CDC recommended vaccination schedules, and tips on how to talk to parents about vaccines. This resource  prepares  healthcare providers  for the important conversation about vaccines, and to also keep updated on the latest information about vaccines.

Resolution References for this information can be found on the NSNA web site under Resolutions by Index title or individual year:

Educating Parents on the Advantages of Vaccinations Despite the Speculated Correlation Between Vaccines and Autism.

Increased Awareness for School Employees About Adult Vaccinations

Increased Education about Immunizations for Families.

Safe in Common is a movement of healthcare personnel committed to making their working environment safe from the risk of needlestick injury. With the safest equipment, the best practices and the right culture, we believe all needlestick injuries can be prevented.  Read more              

Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarships 
Please visit
American Red Cross for more information..  

Know Your Dose

Know Your Dose Campaign: Cold & Flu Rally
Throughout cold and flu season, Know Your Dose will be reminding consumers to double check their medicine labels before doubling up on medicines containing acetaminophen. Below are a few ways you can help us spread the important message to your members – a newsletter blurb and sample social media posts. I have also attached an infographic that tells the story of safe acetaminophen use during cold and flu season for you to distribute as you see fit – this infographic is a short way to visualize our safety message, and is also available for download at


Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
The Alliance for Nurses for Healthy Environments is the website for nurses, faculty, and nursing students to gather essential environmental health information, connect with nurses, faculty, and nursing students, and participate in the activities of ANHE.  Explore ANHE’s communities and start making positive environmental change today!


Smoking Prevention Awareness Links

  1. How Nicotine Causes Addiction
    A nine minute audiovisual PowerPoint slide presentation on the Mechanisms of Nicotine Addiction. Although many physicians and nurses appreciate that nicotine addiction (which drives compulsive smoking) is the worlds deadliest chronic medical disease, most do not fully understand how nicotine causes addiction. The aim of our PowerPoint lecture is to concisely explain this.  Link: TSP Powerpoint Pres.
  2. Teenage Smokers Now
    A three minute video in which 7 teenage smokers confess how smoking has ALREADY seriously affected their lives in Sports, Dating, Health and severe Nicotine Addiction. Although they all wanted to quit smoking, they were unable to do so! Adolescents are uniquely susceptible to nicotine addiction and often become "hooked" for life. (See PowerPoint lecture above) Link:
  3. Teenage Smokers Now and Later
    An award winning 24 minute Health-Science Video in which each of the Surgeon General's Warnings as printed on packs of cigarettes (cancers, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, heart disease, complications of pregnancy) are presented as medically illustrated patient histories followed by explanations of how smoking caused their diseases (Pathogenesis). The patients (all but one from our medical center) wanted to warn adolescents not to make the same mistake they did by starting to smoke. Adolescents are uniquely susceptible to nicotine addiction and often become "hooked" for life. (See PowerPoint lecture above) Link:
  4. Teenage Smokers Now and Later – Questions, Answers and ReferencesThe most common questions posed by adolescents after seeing our Smoking Prevention Videos are listed. This is followed by suggested best answers to the questions, selected best references and links to the references. Link:

  5. Teenage Smokers Now and Later Handout with Take home Messages
    A Handout which includes Take Home Messages and images of handkerchiefs which were severely tar stained from the smoke of only  2 tobacco and 2 marijuana cigarettes. The medical significance of the tar is discussed. Link:

  6. Consequences and Therapy of Nicotine Addiction
    A 25 minute audiovisual Powerpoint Lecture on the consequences and therapy of nicotine addiction emphasizing therapy by practicing physicians and nurses. Link:


Show your support for Healthy People

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Student Involvement in their Communities

The Benefits of Merging the Two Committees