SPNN 360º | Completing the Circle in Infusion Nursing
A Newsletter of the Specialty Pharmacy Nursing Network (SPNN) September 2021.

Words of Welcome.

My name is Cherylann Gregory, writing to express my thanks for the time and energy of every practicing specialty nurse in the country.

Those of us who made a career out of providing infusion care and therapy management services in the home know the kind of effort that goes into it.

So, we decided to put together a resource that celebrates what we do best, while encouraging practitioners to think about where they might do it next. Just about every state in the country is facing a shortfall in highly experienced infusion nursing.

If you read no further, let me speak to the need for qualified candidates in hot spots like Boston, MA San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL along with several cities in Maryland and Massachusetts, among others.

Click here for a look at the latest job openings: https://www.spnninc.com/nursing-opportunities/

Here at SPNN, our goal is to earn your trust, confidence, and interest in joining us. We represent an nationwide network of more than 400 specialty nurses who focus on bringing clinical patient care, drug administration, and therapy management education services to people in the comfort of their homes.

If that’s what you’re all about, read on to learn what we’re all about.

Cherylann Gregory, CEO
Specialty Pharmacy Nursing Network

Recruitment Corner: Just Like the Job You Love, Only Better
SPNN’s professional staff consists of CRNI®, OCN®, IgCN®, PICC and IV-certified nurses.
If your background fits one or more of those descriptions, there’s a good chance we can make some good company on your next resume update. Here are a few points in favor of putting your hat into the ring:

• Specialty Pharmacy Nursing Network (SPNN) has established favorable patient and clinician satisfaction rates, delivering generally positive outcomes and building quality relationships with its pharmacy partners.

• One sustained side-effect of the pandemic has been a steady increase in demand for SPNN’s nursing support services, particularly as many elderly patients request home infusion services.

• Existing Pharma reps have expressed their intention to continue using SPNN services; also, there are roles for SPNN staff to offer infusion training to pharmacy professionals in support of CEU accreditation. 

• SPNN is committed to delivering the highest quality of nursing services nationwide, emphasizing evidence-based medicine, optimizing clinical treatments, and eliminating barriers to medication adherence. When you begin your nursing career from a more advanced starting point, it only stands to reason that you’ll get further in a shorter period of time.

The more SPNN, the better! Contact us today at recruiter@spnninc.com

Social Media: Take Us for a SPNN!
In the coming weeks and months, we will be dramatically expanding our touch points on social media.

The work is in progress. Check-in with us regularly for our latest posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and always remember to follow, like, and share.

Good news travels fast, but it doesn’t travel without a push! A little side-SPNN.

The disease of Hypogammaglobulinemia can be just as hard to live with as it is to say, but our compassion is one thing that’s never lost in translation.

Speaking of her son, a customer recently told us how thankful she was for the compassion of one of our specialty home infusion nurses.

If that sounds like the kind of company you’d like to work for, we’d like to hear from you!

The SPNN Blog: Well-Rounded Thoughts in Infusion Nursing
If it’s a trending topic in the industry or the kind of subject matter in home infusion services that requires an expert’s perspective, you’ll find it on our blog page.

Even among professionals who work with specialty pharmacies and biopharmaceutical manufacturers every day, there’s always a higher purpose at work and a call for greater insights into the practice.

As explained in our first blog, SPNN centers on treating rare, chronic, and orphan diseases through in-home drug administration, clinical support, and patient outcome reporting, among other methods.

Most readers will likely be familiar with the conditions treated, yet not realize that we routinely go above and beyond what’s considered standard. In fact, all our SPNN nurses regularly see patients on weekends and after hours, outside of the typical “Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm” timeframe.

Even more importantly, they often travel to underserved, geographically hard-to-reach locations to ensure that people receive the treatments they need.

The cause is an easy one for many of our current RNs to get behind. Isn’t it time you joined them?

Our next SPNN Spotlight honors Michelle Kraft, RN.
Michelle has been at the top of her field for over 34 years and provides patient services in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.
Michelle prides herself on having strong clinical skills as well as being very passionate about nursing.
Of SPNN, Michelle says “SPNN is a nurse-owned, nurse-operated company.
SPNN is dedicated to excellent patient care as well as the nursing staff.
There is someone who you can reach with a question or concern at all times.”
Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our team, Michelle! We are proud to put you in the spotlight!


State-by-State Vaccine Mandate for Nurses
Posted on August 26, 2021

COVID-19 and the more transmissible Delta-variant of COVID-19 are continuously spreading throughout the nation.
Health care workers across all states are working hard to control and combat the spread of the virus by administering vaccinations to the masses.
This is no easy feat and so far, at the time of this blog post, only around 60% of the adult population are considered to be fully vaccinated.
Health care workers, who are on the front lines of combatting this virus, are at a higher risk for getting COVID-19 due to frequent and prolonged exposure to the virus.
In response to this, the federal government has already issued a vaccine mandate for federal nurses and a state-by-state vaccine mandate for nurses has been slowly rolling out.

A vaccine mandate changes a lot of things for our nation’s nurses and the purpose of this blog is to give you additional insight on the state-by-state vaccine mandate.

The Mandatory Vaccine Mandate for Nurses
The COVID-19 vaccinations have been scientifically proven to be effective in managing the spread of COVID-19.
However, the virus, and its variants, continues to spread–especially amongst those in the population who have not been vaccinated.

After trying and exhausting many avenues to encourage people to get vaccinated, state officials are escalating things and turning to statewide mandates to get the vaccine administered.

At this time, there is not a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandate across all fifty states for nurses.

However, following suit with the federal vaccine mandate, that could be changing very quickly.

As the COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise, more and more states are mandating that healthcare workers, such as nurses, must get fully vaccinated against the virus or get tested and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test every week in order to remain employed.

Currently, there is a lot of contradictory information circulating on the vaccine mandate and it may be difficult to keep things straight–particularly for those who work across different states.

A great resource, and one that will tell you of the mandatory vaccine mandate on a state-by-state basis can be accessed here.

Though this is a great resource for state-related information, it does not have information on local guidance, which may differ.

What Does The Mandatory Vaccine Mandate Mean for SPNN Nurses?
At SPNN, the health and safety of our front-line nurses and patients are our top priority.

We truly value all of our employees and patients.
While we encourage everyone to get vaccinated to help continue stopping the spread, we understand that there are some people who do not feel comfortable getting the vaccine.

However, when there is a state mandate for the vaccine that concerns nurses, we encourage you to abide by the state mandate and either get vaccinated or continue to get tested weekly for COVID-19 to stay in compliance with your state’s mandate.

We believe that together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and together we can get through this pandemic.

SPNNews: Around the Horn
• Specialty Pharmacy Nursing Network recently posted a job opening for Recruiter/Interview Specialist at our Sarasota, Florida headquarters. The Nurse Recruiter works collaboratively with the Administrator and Staffing Coordinator of Specialty Pharmacy Nursing Network, Inc to actively recruit nursing and clinical personnel. Learn more HERE.

• In April 2021, HealthEdge Investment Partners completed an investment that pairs its own experience, network contacts, and industry resources together with those on SPNN in hopes of accelerating growth on both sides of the ledger.

• More news to come…

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