IntNSA News Wave
Volume 8, Issue 1
In this Issue:
- President’s Message - See below
- IntNSA 2017 Annual Conference
- Treasurers Report
- FIAAN Class of 2016
- IntNSA Board of Directors
- Editor and Contact
Dear Fellow IntNSA Members,
It is an honor and a pleasure to be addressing you as your new President, having taken office at the close of the annual business meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October, 2016. There has never been a more important time to be an addictions nurse, nor greater opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families, communities, the nation, and the world.
I plan to serve you, our society, and associated entities in this capacity until October, 2018. I have already come to realize that two years is a very short time in the life of an organization such as ours, so let’s get to work! You have talented, experienced, and dedicated elected officials on your Executive Board, and Board of Directors, and I am optimistic that together we can accomplish a great deal during these next two years. To help keep you informed as members - without whom we would not be a society - I would like to take this opportunity to review recent progress, plans, and priorities.
IntNSA Conference 2016
Our 40th - yes, 40th - Annual Educational Conference, was one of our most successful ever, with nearly 250 attendees, pre-conference workshops, dozens of posters, concurrent paper presentations, and plenary sessions on a timely and critical theme, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. We wish to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors for helping to make this high-quality educational conference possible.
As conference chair, I had the privilege of introducing our opening night plenary speaker, Dr. Mel Pohl, who also received the Spirit Award for his support of addictions nursing.
The international luncheon panel, moderated by Dr. Carmel Clancy (Board of Directors), with representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, the U.K., and the U.S., was another big hit.
The Awards Banquet recognized important accomplishments of, and contributions by, IntNSA members, including recipients of scholarships provided by the Foundation of Addictions Nursing (FAN), and the induction of new Fellows of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN).
The post-conference tour of Hoover Dam was a fascinating, fun-filled outing. If you haven’t yet “stayed to play” after the conference, then I strongly encourage you to do so in Orlando, Florida, in October 2017. I’ll be there, and I look forward to meeting you, or seeing you again!
IntNSA Conference 2017
Speaking of which, it’s not too early to start planning now for the 41st Annual Educational Conference, to be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, October 18-21. The Call for Abstracts for poster and paper presentations has just been released, and submissions will be accepted until April 30, http://www.intnsa.org/2017/abstracts. Presenting is a great way to share your important work, and to meet other members. This year’s theme is Mobilizing All Nurses to Address Substance Use: The Hidden Faces of Addiction. Our conference chair is Suzanne Kinkle (Board of Directors), and she and her committee promise another great event!
When you register, if you are not already a member of IntNSA, then you will want to take advantage of the special membership offer, which includes a subscription to our official publication, the Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN). And whether this is your first IntNSA conference, or you have been attending every year, consider bringing a colleague to share in the knowledge, wisdom, and caring that defines the International Nurses Society on Addictions.
Once a year, in addition to meetings immediately before and after our educational conference, your Board convenes - along with ad hoc members from the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB), the Foundation of Addictions Nursing (FAN), and the Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN) - in a weekend retreat to establish priorities and plans. This year, we are scheduled to meet in March in San Antonio, Texas.
We do not anticipate major changes in our priorities, which include:
- increased membership, visibility, and influence as global leaders in addictions nursing,
- an enhanced web-site to better attract, retain, and serve our members, and
- continued progress toward accreditation of our CARN and CARN-AP examinations.
Some of these efforts may require sizable investments of time, money, and talent. Fortunately, the state of our society is strong, our fiscal health is sound, and we have never been in a better position to invest in our own organization for long-term growth and stability.
I am genuinely excited about our prospects for the coming year and beyond, and I look forward to working with you to help make IntNSA all that it can be!
By: Bill Lorman, IntNSA Treasurer
We ended the first six months of our fiscal year on a very high note. We had close to $400K in the bank which is an excellent place to be with an annual budget of less than $300K. As an organization, we are very stable. Our investment portfolio’s performance is also very good. With the guidance of our investment company, Edward Jones, we continue to show continual financial growth. And for the first time since prior to 2000, we actually made a profit at our conference. We are also at a point where all of our ‘cost centers’ have become ‘profit centers.’ This includes our Journal, Membership Services, Grants and our Publications. Moving forward, our Board of Directors is considering the provision of additional services to benefit our members, making our IntNSA a “must-join” professional organization.
IntNSA Celebrates the FIAAN Class of 2016
The International Academy of Addictions Nursing recognizes outstanding individuals, who have contributed significantly to the field of addictions nursing. 2016 was a record year for the Academy as 7 individuals were inducted this year. In this issue of the News Wave we want to acknowledge and commend those individuals, who were inducted at the IntNSA annual conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada in October of 2016.
Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, DACACD
Dr. Fildes addictions health policy contribution centers on decreasing the impact of tobacco use in Nevada and in the Philippines. Way back in 1997, when the quitlines in the US were only in California and Washington, she saw the need to advocate for the needs of tobacco users, their families, the professionals who cared for them and the community they lived in. To assure access to services for these populations, she founded the Nevada Tobacco Users Helpline (NTUH). Nineteen years and over 40,000 clients later, the quitline still provides nicotine dependence treatment. The NTUH program she designed was evidence-based, holistic and intensive which required interprofessional collaboration. Quit rates were above the national average. She brought over $10,000,000 in federal and state funding for NTUH.
Because of this advocacy, the Governor of Nevada appointed her for eight years to sit on a taskforce to oversee the distribution of the tobacco master settlement dollars. In collaboration with tobacco control advocates and with her knowledge of comprehensive tobacco control, advocacy, interprofessional relationship dynamics, Nevada was able create a comprehensive tobacco control program leading to the decrease in prevalence of tobacco use from 28% in 1997 to 19.4 % in 2015.
Her passion for policy work led her to helping 11 Las Vegas hospitals become tobacco-free. She shared with administration and staff evidence-based practices, consulted on institutional policy development and conducted staff training. She worked with 50 accountable care organizations, 16 federally qualified health centers and state and three local county health departments to create tobacco use polices during routine patient care.
In 2012, she started working with then Philippine Secretary of Health to create a national quitline in the Philippines. She advocated for access to services on behalf of Filipinos who smoke. Progress includes comprehensively addressing tobacco use at Philippine Lung Center and the Tobacco Cessation Clinic remains in place. In collaboration with private advocacy groups, she was able to publish a smoking cessation series in a Philippine newspaper, with a circulation of over three million.
She is currently working with Philippine health care and nursing school leaders to plan the dissemination of brief intervention for addressing tobacco use. In collaboration with the Western Visayan Region Nurses Association, she integrated evidence-based interventions in a ready to use tool to facilitate addressing tobacco use in twenty-five schools and three healthcare organizations. They are continuing to work together to address implementation opportunities with plans to expand to more schools and organizations. The structure and relationships created from this work is intended to create a seamless process of disseminating evidence-based practice information among nursing schools in the Philippines.
In 2015, she started working with US nursing programs to emphasize the importance of the role of nurses in comprehensive tobacco control programs at the local, state, national and international levels. She advocated for the integration of brief interventions for tobacco use in the curriculum. She provided resources and technical assistance to faculty responsible for integrating the brief intervention content in a course. As a result of this work, smoking cessation is now integrated in the health, wellness and prevention course in 21 undergraduate nursing, a large RN to BSN, and one FNP programs.
Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN
Dr. Fornili has a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a masters’ degree in public health from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in community/public health nursing with an emphasis on addictions nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. As a doctoral student, she served in internships at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Division of Pharmacologic Therapies (DPT) and at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
She has been a public health nurse for over 30 years, and an experienced grant-writer since 1993. She originally focused on maternal-child health, primary care and communicable disease control, but have served in leadership roles in substance use disorder prevention, treatment and research at the city, state and national levels since 1997. She has been certified in addictions registered nursing (CARN) since 1999. Her main interests include primary care and behavioral health integration, screening and brief intervention (SBIRT), pharmacological therapies (specifically buprenorphine initiatives), infectious disease, health policy, and health disparities.
She has extensive state agency experience, where she led grant-writing teams for a number of block grant- and categorical grant-funded community-based substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs. She has developed curricula and conducted educational programs for nurses, physicians, dentists, insurance case managers and addiction counselors.
A full-time Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing since 2005, Dr. Fornili provides clinical instruction in community/public health nursing in addition to teaching an undergraduate elective called Addiction, Society and the Role of the Nurse and research methods for evidence-based practice, as well as graduate level grant-writing, biostatistics, and nursing theory for DNP students. At her clinical practice, she and her students conduct assessment, care coordination and health promotion services in downtown Baltimore for formerly homeless men with histories of drug/alcohol addiction and/or incarceration.
Dr. Fornili has presented at almost every IntNSA conference since 2002. She was the recipient of IntNSA's Community Service/Advocacy Award (2008) and Outstanding Contributions to Administration/Management in Addictions Nursing award (2003).
She contributed content to numerous sections of the Core Curriculum of Addiction Nursing, Second Edition (2006), and to a lesser extent, the Addictions Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2013).
She has served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Addictions Nursing since 2003 and is now an Associate Editor. She was guest editor of the Journal’s Policy Watch column from 2005 to 2011; and was the Co-Editor of the Journal’s special issue on Recovery and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care-ROSC (Volume 27(2), April/June 2016). She has published 17 of her 19 professional publications in the Journal of Addictions Nursing. She was also the co-author of SAMHSA’s Technical Assistance Publication #30: Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses (2009).
Dr. Fornili is currently completing her 3rd term on IntNSA’s Board of and as the Chair of IntNSA’s Health Policy Task Force since 2004.
In that capacity, she has led IntNSA’s efforts to amend federal legislation to enable buprenorphine prescribing by advanced practice nurses since 2004, leading IntNSA’s letter writing with Susanne Fogger and Dana Murphy-Parker to the TREAT Act bill sponsors and committee members, and subsequently advocating for independent practice nurse practitioner prescriptive authority language which was included in the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act CARA 2016 . She went to Capitol Hill with a dozen nursing students to meet with the Congressional staff person responsible for the House Subcommittee on Health, and to hand deliver IntNSA fliers to committee members.
Dr. Fornili has represented IntNSA and made presentations about NP prescriptive authority and safe opioid prescribing at numerous national meetings over the past several years, including Friends of NIDA, the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, and the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose.
She represented IntNSA at the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month celebration at the White House in 2014. In April 2016, she attended, with IntNSA president Dana Murphy-Parker, the White House Champions of Change event both as a representative of IntNSA as well as a representative of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, in support of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) efforts to combat opioid use disorders by incorporating safe prescribing guidelines into advanced practice nursing program curricula.
Now that CARA legislation has been passed and NPs do have prescriptive authority, Dr. Fornili just last weekend testified on behalf of IntNSA at a Dept. of Health and Human Services public comment hearing to advocate for IntNSA to become an approved provider of the 24-hour training required under CARA.
Dr. Fornili has made a long-term commitment to IntNSA which will take her into the next decade of service to IntNSA. She is the new President-Elect for 2016-2018; and will become President of IntNSA for the 2018-2020 term.
EM Garcia, PhD, DHEd, DNS, MBA, MA, RN, FACLNC
Dr. EM V. Garcia has a diverse background in leadership and management. He has first-hand experience in all areas of hospital clinical operations, risk management, quality improvement, accreditation and certification, and clinical service line developments. He has served nonprofit and for profit community hospitals and health systems as an educator, program manager, director, executive director, chief nursing officer, chief operating officer, and hospital administrator. His nursing experience spans to more than 20 years in practice. His progressive experience and growth led organizations to increased productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency.
Currently, Dr. Garcia leads, manages, and collaborates with more than 1,000 nursing, clinical, and allied health professionals. He also supports a multispecialty medical staff members of more than 600 physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses. Through his leadership, he led his organizations to achieve state, national, and accreditation recognitions in the areas of patient experience, quality, and clinical excellence.
Dr. Garcia’s core strengths are in program development, physician and staff engagement, and leading practice implementation and evaluation. He is passionate about nursing excellence by designing and implementing systems and processes that achieve favorable nursing-sensitive outcome measures.
Dr. Garcia’s passion extends beyond acute care and chronic disease management. He is committed to serving the vulnerable and highly stigmatized population, particularly those afflicted with substance abuse. He believes in the science of addictions, specifically the subjects involving neurobiology, vulnerability, genetics, environmental factors, and co-morbid disease states such as mental illness. As a result, Dr. Garcia took an opportunity to establish a medically supervised, acute medical detoxification program at a community hospital in Los Angeles, California. In fact, the program will be undergoing a certification by the Joint Commission in early 2017. The program utilizes a whole-person approach in the provision of care, addressing biophysical, psychosocial, and behavioral conditioning. The client-centered care affords the individual recognition of the need to improve the value of social support, strengthening of inhibitory control and decision making, enhancing stress management, and viewing self-worth.
Dr. Garcia developed continuing education courses in the fields of legal nursing consultancy and forensic nursing. He served as an Associate Dean for Accreditation & Student Affairs and taught graduate and doctoral courses at best ranking universities in nursing, health science and education, community and global health. He remains as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
Dr. EM V. Garcia interest involves the improvement of the client-centered model utilizing innovative and integrative approach in the care, treatment, and management of individuals with substance use and eating disorders. He works with addictions specialists and primary care providers in acute and community-based/residential care settings, as well as emergency medical systems to identify, assess, examine, measure, and evaluate clinical processes, systems, interventions, and outcomes. He strongly proposes to nurses, physicians, and allied health disciplines and specialties to learn about the science behind substance dependence, the essential care planning and interventions, and the continuing needs of the addicted clients throughout the recovery continuum. Dr. Garcia is the Founding President of The California State Chapter of The International Nurses Society on Addictions; and he supports the causes of the Foundation on Addictions Nursing; and the Addictions Nursing Certification Board.
Donna Kazemi, PhD, MSN
Donna is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Her program of research and teaching has focused on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of alcohol induced disorders among vulnerable populations such as young adults, college students, military personnel, and underserved ethnic minority populations. Her program of research leading to a number of published articles promotes a multifaceted integrated approach that addressed the impact of high risk addictive behaviors on individual, community, and society. Over a fifteen-year career at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Kazemi has directed interdisciplinary research projects that focus on high risk alcohol induced disorders. She is principal investigator or has been co-investigator on grants that address alcohol abuse totaling over $5 million in funding from national nonprofit organizations and federal agencies including the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DOD).
Dr. Kazemi serves on numerous local, regional and national organizations, including the American Public Health Association, Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP), American College Health Association, Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS), Alcohol Tobacco and other Drug (ATOD) Coalition, American Association of Community Nurse Educators, Student Advisory Wellness Group (SWAG), and the Mecklenburg County Drug Free Coalition (MCDFC).
Dana Murphy-Parker, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Dana has been a member of The International Nurses Society on Addictions since 1994, when IntNSA was the National Nurses Society on Addictions (NNSA). In 1994, Dana attended the NNSA Annual Conference held in Charlottesville, Virginia. At that conference, Dana knew she was in the right place, and she has attended every annual conference since 1994 with the exception of the 2004 conference due to starting a new position in New York City.
Dana is a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a ADN in 1982 at Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba; a BSN in 1984 from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University), and a MS from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 1999, as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dana also has two Post Master’s Certifications: Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Rush University in 2008, and a Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Colorado, Denver, in 2011.
Since 2000, Dana has worked in an academic setting, holding faculty positions at Arizona Western College, New York University, University of Wyoming, and currently is the Co-Track Director of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia, PA. Dana maintains a clinical practice one day a week in Philadelphia in a Community Mental Health Clinic. In both her academic classroom, and clinical practice setting, Dana incorporates addictions content and addictions screening, and more, when needed, for education with all of her students and patients.
Dana’s service to IntNSA has been extensive over the years. Dana first served on the IntNSA Board of Directors (BOD) from 1998 -2000, when she chaired the Position Paper Committee. Dana was also elected to the BOD from 2001-2003 and again, from 2003-2005. From 2001-2003, Dana chaired the Education Committee, and from 2003-2005, Dana chaired the Practice Committee. Dana also started and was President of the Colorado Chapter of NNSA from 1995-1998. At the IntNSA Conference in 2005, Dana was awarded the Annual Education Award from IntNSA. Dana has also been the conference chair for two of IntNSA’s Annual Conferences; 2009 when IntNSA partnered with The American Association of Nurse Attorneys in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dana chaired the IntNSA 2013 Conference held in Washington, D.C titled Riding the Wave of Change in HealthCare: Interprofessional Collaboration and Caring for Substance Use Disorders. Dana is also a contributing author in the more recent editions of The Scope and Standards of Addictions Nursing, and the Core Curriculum of Addictions Nursing. Dana is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-AP (CARN-AP).
Dana truly found her passion for IntNSA when she was appointed the Chair of the International Task Force in 1997. IntNSA change it’s name to include International in 2000. In 1997, Dana had been appointed as Chair of IntNSA’s International Committee. In this role, Dana forged relationships with many nurses working outside of the United States in the area of Addictions Nursing. One of the cornerstones of Dana’s Presidency of IntNSA from 2014-2016 has been to grow IntNSA internationally, with both international chapters and members. At this time, IntNSA has International Chapters in Ireland, Holland, Brazil, and Canada.
Dana is honored to be inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN), and makes the commitment to IntNSA to continue to develop IntNSA as a highly recognized unified global nursing organization focused in caring for patients, families and their communities on all substance use and addiction disorders.
Phyllis Prekopa, Psy.D., BSN, CARN-AP, LCADC
Dr. Phyllis Prekopa is a highly intelligent and compassionate professional with a depth of understanding, empathy, and willingness to help those in the throes of addiction. She not only makes contributions in her daily role as a provider for patients and their families, she is also a role model and mentor to her peers and disseminates addiction counseling information to other medical professionals and the public. Because of her positive disposition, her reflective way of operating, and her willingness to go above and beyond her role, she has touched the lives of many people. As an educator, Phyllis never leaves a question unanswered and always helps those experiencing addiction discover that addiction is not just about the drug of choice but rather about behavior and making choices.
Phyllis has co-owned Drugcheck Consulting, a specialized drug testing company, since 2001. She has spent the last ten years as facilitator to several peer support groups through the Recovery and Monitoring Program (RAMP). She also worked as a Nurse Manger of a medical detox unit for five years and as a Director of Nursing and Family Counselor for two years prior to that. Her many years of working in the addiction field, both psychologically as a therapist and medically as a nurse, has earned her professional recognition and respect as a knowledgeable colleague and specialist in her fields of expertise. Two years ago she developed a new initiative; special mental health groups for nurses with co-occurring diagnoses through her work with RAMP.
Dr. Prekopa has always been an innovator in her practice, in her business, and in RAMP. She is the only facilitator with four meetings, spread over the weekdays and weekends, to allow for the convenience of participants. These meetings give participants the feeling of hope, instead of despair, and help them to know that they will have a good chance of being able to return to their beloved professions.
Despite an already impressive resume and busy schedule, Phyllis earned her Doctorate in Addictions Studies when she was 70 years old. She continues to influence political change, shares innovations in patient care and inspires others in the healthcare field.
Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMNCNS-BC, CARN-AP
Dr. Stephen Strobbe is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), and the Department of Psychiatry. He is board-certified both in psychiatric and addictions nursing. His professional background has included clinical care, research, administration, and education.
As a registered nurse, Stephen designed and implemented an outpatient detoxification program in 1995, which later served as the basis for his first peer-reviewed publications. After entering advanced practice nursing in 1999, he piloted a substance use consultation service for ambulatory psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He then spent several years in addictions research. He was a member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse-Clinical Trials Network (NIDA-CTN), and was involved in local, national, and international studies. He was the first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS, 2006-2010), for which he received the Administration and Management Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA, 2007). He received his PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 2009, with a concentration in bio-behavioral health. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and other works related to substance use and addictions nursing.
Dr. Strobbe is Specialty Lead for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at UMSN, where he teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. He has been a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (2013), and Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand (2015). In 2015, Professor Strobbe received the 25th Annual Golden Apple Award, the only student-nominated and student-selected teaching award at the University of Michigan. He was invited to give his “ideal last lecture,” which was titled, “Lessons from an Imperfect Life: A Premature Last Lecture.” (Link to article and video: http://nursing.umich.edu/about-our-school/news-portal/201504/4401)
Dr. Strobbe has been a member of IntNSA since 1996. He has been a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN, 1999-2011), and a CARN-AP (Advanced Practice, since 2011). He has served on the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB, 2002-2007), the IntNSA Board of Directors (2010-2014), and the Editorial Board for the Journal of Addictions Nursing (2012-present). He has authored multiple position statements on behalf of IntNSA, often in collaboration with other professional nursing organizations. He has been a contributing author for other authoritative texts in addictions nursing, including Addictions Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, IntNSA, 2013), and the Core Curriculum of Addictions Nursing (IntNSA, 2015). Dr. Strobbe is the current President-Elect of IntNSA, and will assume the presidency of the organization in October, 2016. Stephen has also enjoyed the gift of continuous sobriety since Thanksgiving Day, 1986.
In a nominating letter to the International Academy of Addictions Nursing, one colleague wrote, “To know Stephen is to experience his captivating and charismatic personality. One is drawn to his message, to his passion and commitment to what he does every day, to who he is, to his ideals and values. His entire career has centered on the message of hope in recovery, educating and leading, treating and encouraging, innovating and building up.” Another wrote, “I have known Dr. Strobbe since 1996 when he was a new and enthusiastic member of IntNSA. He was energetic, inquisitive, engaging and demonstrated an eagerness not only to learn but to contribute his time and talents to the needs of the Society…IntNSA has been the recipient of his visionary leadership for over 20 years. His contributions as a long-standing member, his tireless work on core IntNSA committees and his leadership on the Board of Directors have been instrumental on shaping the focus and policies of IntNSA and the addictions [nursing] specialty…We look forward to his continued contributions as President.”
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Al Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA-BC,, CARN-AP, DPNAP, FIAAN
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