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Prepare to be Aware, Educate Today for Tomorrow's Possibilities 

Community Health/Disaster Preparedness Committee:
Megan Goodman,Chair 
Johanna Bridges
Adam Tebben

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Awards & Honors Booklet
Guidelines for Planning

                                      September is National Preparedness Month 

    Greetings students and welcome back to a brand new school year! A new semester is the perfect time to get to know your institutions disaster preparedness policies and plans. Do you know what to do in case of fire, flash flooding, or a disease outbreak? September is FEMA's National Preparedness Month. This is a great opportunity to use the tool's found on to host practice drills for different scenarios and educate not only your campus but your communities on how to be prepared for a disaster. This is the perfect chance to complete a community project and start your school year off safe! The Community Health and Disaster Planning (CHDP) Committee want to hear all about your projects preparing your community to be aware, all month long! If your chapter needs some help with ideas and planning, please feel free to email me, the Chair of the CHDP Committee at You can also share your ideas on the CHDP Facebook page. We look forward to seeing how you support National Preparedness Month!

Megan Goodman,  NSNA Director (East)

Nursing students – Take the ANA Health Risk Appraisal (HRA)

The American Nurses Association has developed the HealthyNurse TM  Health Risk Appraisal (HRA), in collaboration with Pfizer Inc, specifically for nursing students and registered nurses.  By participating, you contribute to critical profession data collection; assess your personal and professional health, safety, and wellness risks; gain comparisons to ideal and national averages; and access a web portal with additional health resources.  The HRA is free, HIPAA-compliant, secure, and easy to use.  Visit today.

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

I Believe in a Healthier Nation for All Americans - Healthy People 2020 We Support a Healthier Future - Healthy People 2020 Get Healthy People 2020 program planning tools: MAP-IT - Healthy People 2020 Get Healthy People 2020 program planning tools: MAP-IT - Healthy People 2020

Student Involvement in their Communities

The Benefits of Merging the Two Committees