Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA) Updates

  • Laura Josefsen, RN, ACHRN
  • Volume 09 - Issue 2

The BNA—so many new and great accomplishments this year! The first successful and exciting Annual Hyperbaric Nurses’ Day on April 3 was enhanced by Annette Gwilliam (BNA President) starting off the webinar presentations with an impressive history of the BNA, followed by Sue Churchill’s excellent presentation of “Calciphylaxsis: A Case Report. Diagnosis and Treatment with Adjunctive Therapies.” Great general discussions followed.

One new and very important item! The BNA invites you to be a part of the Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 3:30-4:30 EST at the UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Orlando, Florida. If you are unable to attend in person, we will again be holding our meeting as a webinar so everyone will be able to call in, see the agenda and participate in the discussion. We will send out the information with the connection link a couple of weeks before the meeting. Please contact any member of the BNA Board (all contact information is available on the hyperbaric website) if you do not receive the information. Discussions will include new items for the year. You may find one that interests you, and this is a great way to become involved. Your ideas and suggestions make a difference.

The Standards of Care Committee has completed the Guidelines of Nursing Care for the Patient Receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2). This dedicated committee has done an outstanding job of bringing the guidelines up to date. These guidelines are available on the website,, and will be available to all HBO2 facilities to assist them to set up appropriate nursing care for their patients.

The BNA Certification Board has issued the new guidelines for recertification. These guidelines are available on the hyperbaric nurses’ website as well as on the NBDHMT (National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology) website at Nursing education toward recertification is offered free to BNA members and for a fee of $15.00 for nonmembers. The webinars are typically offered live as well as available online at a later date.

The BNA will have a presence at all chapter meetings as well as at the UHMS ASM. The dates are as follows:

Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting - August 24-25, 2018

Midwest Chapter Meeting - TBD

Northeast Chapter Meeting - Oct 20-21, 2018

Pacific Chapter Meeting - November 16-18, 2018

See you at the ASM, chapter meetings, or on the webinars!


About the Author

LAURA JOSEFSEN, RN, ACHRN, has been involved in hyperbaric nursing since 1982. A founding member of the Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA) in 1985, she served as BNA president from 1996 to 1998 and as a board member in several positions throughout the years. She served on the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Associates Council for six years, with two of those years as Nurse Representative on the UHMS Board of Directors. She has been a member of the UHMS Accreditation Team as a nurse surveyor, served for many years as an executive board member of the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology and is a previous chairman of the BNA Certification Board. She is a member of the UHMS Associates, former member of Divers Alert Network, and former member of the Hyperbaric Technologists and Nurses Association (HTNA) of Australia. She has numerous publications and is an internationally recognized speaker in the field of hyperbaric medicine. Her passions are quality improvement and education to promote hyperbaric nursing, safety, and optimal standards of care and practice for patients and the community


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