Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA)
Letter from the President

Hello Hyperbaric Nurses,

Thanks to all who planned, presented, and listened to our 2nd Annual HBO Nurses’ Day in-service on April 2, 2019. (Next year the 1st Tuesday in April is the 7th, so mark your calendars). The in-service is now available on line as a Category A CEU for those of you who missed it. Our theme this year was “HBO Nurses: The Key to Quality.” Our in-service covered assessment in both the mono- and multiplace programs. As we all know, assessment is a very important part of the HBO nurse’s responsibility.

We have a few news items to share this month.

  1. 1. The BNA research committee has been diligently working on a project. You should all be receiving a survey and we would like to get as many responses back as we can. Let’s work together to forward the recognition and research of HBO nursing!
  2. 2. Check out the website for a new page! Hover over the “Research” tab to access the drop downs. You will see two posters that were presented by BNA board members. WE’D LOVE TO ADD YOUR POSTER! Send to Robin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will publish you! Please share all the good work you do.
  3. 3. Congratulations to the dual winners of the new “Rising Star” BNA award! Mindi Skjordal (Iowa Methodist, Des Moines, Iowa) and Samantha Wooldridge (Cox Health, Springfield, Missouri) are co-winners and will each receive a trophy and a $250 honorarium. This award honors a nurse who is a member of the BNA, has worked in hyperbarics less than 5 years, and has demonstrated a commitment for growth and leadership in hyperbaric nursing.
  4. 4. The UHMS ASM is coming soon in Puerto Rico (June 27-29). The BNA and UHMS associates will be having valuable presentations on safety and other pertinent information.
  5. 5. The Annual BNA membership meeting will be held this year at the Gulf Coast Chapter UHMS meeting in Dallas (September 6, 2019). It will also be available as a live broadcast if you are unable to attend in person. The BNA will have a huge presence at the conference, including several speakers and presentation of our annual BNA awards! Come join us.

Do you have any ideas for research? Quality improvement in HBO? Ways the BNA can improve your practice? Contact any board member! Our addresses are on the BNA website.

Thanks again for supporting hyperbaric nursing by being a member of the Baromedical Nurses Association!

Annette M. Gwilliam, BSN, RN, CWON, ACHRN
Baromedical Nurses Association, President
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