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MHA Today | May 12, 2023



MHA Today

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In This Issue

Missouri General Assembly Concludes The 2023 Legislative Session
DHSS Finalizes TCD Regulations
MSPN Launches Suicide Prevention & 988 Guide For Missouri Schools
Champions of Care Winner: Health Care Team

North Kansas City Hospital Night Shift Council

North Kansas City Hospital’s Shared Governance has a Night Shift Council that is worthy of recognition. The NSC is dedicated to ensuring continuous quality patient care through empowerment, teamwork and education. The NSC has three primary goals: advocate for a healthy work environment, promote interdisciplinary communication and education, and increase satisfaction and retention. The NSC provides a voice and community to those who have a scarcity of resources and often aren’t at the proverbial table.

Work the NSC has done includes meaningful recognition efforts across disciplines, providing input about night shift workflows to ensure practice changes align with resources, team building activities hosted at times amendable to night shift workers, and multiple events to provide supplies to those that serve vulnerable populations of the community, such as the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Succinctly, the NSC is the disenfranchised caring about the marginalized to ensure that everyone (staff, patients and the community) is seen and cared for.

Night Shift Council Members
Cookie Martin, BSN, RN, (Chair); Jeanette Vernon, BSN, RN, RNC-LRN (Past Chair); Abbi Pope, BSN, RN; Cassie Burton, BSN, RN; Carla Sims, BSN, RN; Tonya Speer, BSN, RN, ENPC; Missy Thomassy, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Christina Thomas, RN, CCRN, TNCC; Michelle Johnson-Lunn, BSN, RN; & Maureen Reese, BSN, RN


More than 90 individuals and teams were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond to care for the communities they serve every day. Champions of Care winners, as well as all who were nominated, are featured on MHA’s website in stories submitted by their peers.

Before You Go

ATTEND: APS is hosting a webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, to provide details on a new vendor, Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal System. Deterra is a patented process that permanently and irreversibly deactivates and destroys prescription medications, OTC medications, most illicit drugs and vape fluid directly in the home. Online registration is available.

PARTICIPATE: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Both the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America offer resources, including social media assets, events and outreach ideas, for individuals and organizations wanting to get involved.

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