I am in Lake Ozark, Mo., attending the Second Annual MOENA Conference on Management, Clinical and Skills Education. What a wonderful group of people! They have been so warm and welcoming to me. They invited me to speak at their conference on the topics of “Leadership According to Lincoln” and “Toxic Waste: Bullying in Nursing.” Last night I tried fried lobster. I wonder what my cholesterol is today?
This group had a very interesting opening presentation: Bikers Against Child Abuse. BACA’s motto is “Whatever it takes.” BACA exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. They work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. What an amazing group of individuals! They come from all walks of life with a love for biking and the desire to protect abused children. The three individual who presented were Ike, Porkchop and Thor. It was obvious they were passionate about what they do. At the end of their presentation they received a standing ovation from the nurses in the room.
Their message to us was to keep children safe. As emergency nurses, our role is to identify children who are victims of abuse, report our suspicions to the proper authorities and recommend BACA when appropriate. How many of you have heard of this organization (www.bacaworld.org)?
Saturday it is back to Boise, Idaho, for me. Have a great weekend!