Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA) Updates
Information compiled by Laura Josefsen, RN, ACHRN from the BNA Website: hyperbaricnurses.org
Annette Gwilliam, president, continues to lead the Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA) to new heights and excitement. Kevin Kraft, vice president, is active in many projects of the board. Robin Ortega, as the administrative assistant and treasurer, also oversees the website hyperbaricnurses.org. This website provides an extensive amount of information, including membership, education (free CEUs for members, nominal fee for nonmembers), newsletters, BNACB updates, nursing guidelines, safety, certification, and contact information for all board members.
We are excited to have additional new members on the board for BNA and Baromedical Nursing Associate Certification Board (BNACB) that began July 1, 2018. They are bringing in new ideas and look at our practice with new eyes. How exciting!
The current board members are:
|Kevin Kraft||Vice President|
|Robin Ortega||Administrative Assistant/Treasurer|
|Jolene Cormier||Senior Director at Large|
|Dana Winn||Junior Director at Large|
|Anthony Johnston||Publication Chair|
|Connie Hutson||Research Chair/Past President|
|Deb Critz||Nominations Chair|
|Eric Hexdall||Education Chair|
|John Duffy||Membership Chair|
|Monica Skarban||Bylaws Chair|
|Terry Beard||Safety Chair|
|Tina Ziemba||Awards Chair|
|Dave Beavers||BNACB Chair|
|Deb Gonzales||BNACB Committee|
|Angela Savage||BNACB Committee|
|Bradley Walker||UHMS Associates Nurse Representative|
|Gus Gustavson||UHMS Past Nurse Representative|
|Janet Bello||BNA Online Forum Monitor|
We invite you to be involved on the BNA board by looking at the committees to find the one that’s for you. The committees provide mentoring and your ideas are encouraged. YOU can make a difference in hyperbaric nursing practice. For example, one area of focus at this time is research. The research committee under the direction of Connie Hutson along with Gus Gustavson is continuing to develop the nursing research process and ideas for evidencebased research in our practice.
The Publications Committee is new starting this year under the direction of Anthony Johnston and is responsible for reviewing and managing articles/papers published by the BNA. The online forum under the direction of Janet Bello is for nursing clinical questions that you may be wondering about. Deb Critz is the Nominations Chair. Please contact her if you are interested in running for a position on the board.
Board positions are for two years, with the Director at Large (DAL) positions being one year. Currently serving are Jolene Cormier and Dana Winn. The DAL positions are a great way to get experience on the board! Mentoring by current board members is provided. We are always excited when new people join!
The Education Committee under the direction of Eric Hexdall reviews the presentations and follows up with getting the CEUs for each presentation. John Duffy oversees the Membership Committee and works on ideas to increase membership. Monica Skarban monitors and keeps the bylaws current, Terry Beard provides safety mentoring and education on the website, and Tina Ziemba searches for qualified candidates for the awards, including the following:
- Diane Norkool Award for excellence in hyperbaric nursing research, clinical practice and leadership, and
- the new (2nd year) Circle of Excellence Award to honor a nominee who is not a member of the BNA but exemplifies extraordinary mentoring and/or professional support to promote the mission and vision of hyperbaric nursing, including but not limited to research, education or safety.
The BNACB members Dave Beavers, Angela Savage, and Deb Gonzales provide updates, regulations and guidelines for certification and recertification. There are three positions on this board, each for a 6-year commitment rotating various roles every two years. This is a very exciting board and works closely with Dick Clarke at the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT).
The UHMS nursing representatives (Bradley Walker and Gus Gustavson) provide updates from the UHMS Board of Directors.
This is the perfect time to become a member and to be active on the committees. We invite you to join the committee that is a perfect fit for you!