The Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders (KONL) is a non-profit organization and chapter of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). It is also an allied society of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA). The purpose of the organization is to advance the development of effective administrative leadership in nursing services, in sites where healthcare is delivered.

The organization operates for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. KONL provides educational programs for nurse leaders throughout the state, funds scholarships for members, shares scientific works between members and provides forums for discussion and networking through district and state level meetings. KONL is divided into four districts: Bluegrass, Cumberland, Ohio Valley and Twin Lakes. Districts are equally represented in statewide decisions, and forums are provided, at both the district and state level, for members to become involved and share their views.

Membership is open to all registered nurses serving as a nursing leadership professional along with KONL members who have retired from a nursing leadership position.

Associate membership is available for aspiring nurse leaders and those in relevant degree programs with a career path in nursing administration.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

At Issue:
An intensive care unit nurse in Dallas who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., has tested positive for Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Oct. 12. The CDC said the nurse contracted Ebola in caring for the patient. Although specifics about the case remain unclear and the CDC is conducting an investigation, it is critical for hospitals to make sure they are prepared so that they are able to detect, protect, and respond to Ebola and properly care for patients.
Our Take:
The AONE and AHA strongly encourage nurse leaders and health care organizations to follow the CDC’s Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness and review their efforts in the following areas.
  • Detect: Put procedures into place to rapidly screen arriving patients for symptoms and risk factors for Ebola, including fever of greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or other compatible symptoms and travel to West Africa (in particular, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone). Patients meeting these criteria should be immediately isolated and tested for Ebola. Make sure your hospital conducts periodic spot checks and inspections to determine whether triage staff and other front-line staff are incorporating Ebola screening procedures and are able to initiate notification, isolation and personal protective equipment (PPE) procedures.
  • Protect: Use CDC-recommended infection control practices that have proven to be effective against communicable disease. This means assuring the consistent and correct use of PPE, frequent hand washing, and proper decontamination of surfaces and equipment in order to eliminate the transmission of Ebola and other communicable diseases. If you have not already done so, it is critical to review, implement and conduct drills on the following elements with all first-contact personnel, clinical providers, ancillary staff, and any other staff as appropriate:

    • Appropriate infectious disease procedures and protocols, including PPE donning and removal;
    • Appropriate triage techniques and Ebola screening questions;
    • Disease identification, testing, specimen collection and transport procedures;
    • Isolation, quarantine and security procedures;
    • Communications and reporting procedures; and
    • Cleaning and disinfection procedures.
  • Respond: Have an Ebola plan. All health care workers should know what to do when encountering a suspected Ebola patient. It is critical to know who to notify and to make that notification immediately. Ebola is a nationally notifiable disease and must be reported to local, state and federal public health authorities. Make sure your hospital is in contact with your local and/or state health department to confirm communication strategies and plans for working together should your hospital receive a suspected Ebola patient. Further, make sure to review plans and protocols, and exercise/test the ability to share relevant health data between key stakeholders, coalition partners, public health, emergency management and other relevant partners.
  • Care for Patients: While there is, as yet, no proven treatment available for Ebola, symptoms of Ebola are treated as they appear. CDC states that basic interventions, when used early, can significantly improve the chances of survival. These include providing intravenous fluids (IV) and balancing electrolytes (body salts), maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure and treating other infections if they occur. Experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. Hospital clinical leadership should make sure to review resources, as they become available on the Ebola websites for CDC and the World Health Organization and in peer-reviewed medical journals, as patient treatment recommendations emerge.

What You Can Do:
  • Visit the CDC’s Ebola website and the Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness website regularly for the latest information. CDC officials are available to assist 24/7 by calling the CDC Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100; eocreport@cdc.gov.
  • Call into the following conference calls hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services and CDC:

    • On Oct. 14 from 2-3 p.m. ET, the CDC will host a call featuring representatives from Emory Healthcare in Atlanta and Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha – two health care facilities that have treated Ebola patients. The representatives will share how their organizations prepared for Ebola and the lessons learned. The call-in number is 888-603-9630, passcode 9976995.
    • On Oct. 20 from 1-2 p.m. ET, officials from CDC, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs will host an Ebola preparedness call for hospitals and health systems. Hospital representatives should visit the ASPR webpage for more information and use this form to submit questions for the call. AONE will share the dial-in information for the call when it is available.



To Join as a KONL member just click on "Become a Member" and fill out the application formand pay via credit card or PayPal. This is the preferred method for joining.

Annual Membership is only $50

Another option is to print this paper application. Print the application, fill out the requested information and mail in with your $50 check made out to the KONL

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KONL Membership Application