Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and AAMCN wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.

The good news?
  • The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, AAMCN encourages:
  • Women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21
  • Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.

Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.
Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.

For more information, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition's website

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Tribute to Jacquelyn Smith, Esteemed President of AAMCN

Jacquelyn Smith, RN, BSN, MA, CMCN started her nursing career in 1974 by attending the University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing in 1979. Jacquelyn eventually went on to complete her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 1998.

Over the years, Jacquelyn has worked in various Medical Management positions and designed, developed, and implemented Medicare/Medicaid, Dual Eligible, Long-Term Services and Supports programs. More recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor of Business Development at NextLevel Health. Today, she is the Associate Vice President of Long-Term Services and Supports Clinical Operations with UPMC Health Plan.

Jacquelyn Smith has been a loyal member of the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) since September of 1995. Jacquelyn earned her Certification in Managed Care Nursing (CMCN) in November of 2006. She was named the Managed Care Nurse Leader of the Year and received her award at the Fall Managed Care Forum in November of 2011.

Jacquelyn Smith was named the 2011 Managed Care Nurse Leader of the Year at the Fall Managed Care Forum in Las Vegas, NV.

Jacquelyn has served on various AAMCN Councils, contributed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Managed Care Nursing (JMCN), and led the Board of Directors activities as President of AAMCN since January of 2012. She has given years of her time towards the goals of educating, leading, advising, and advocating for managed care nurses. Jacquelyn’s continuing commitment to others is an inspiration to all those around her.

Rosalind Handy (left), Jacquelyn Smith (center), and Katie Eads (right) attending the Fall Managed Care Forum of 2013.

Jacquelyn’s ambitions and need to give back to the community will not stop with her passing of the AAMCN President’s torch at the end of this year. She will go on to serve on the board of Bethlehem Haven homeless shelter for women and continue her mission of advocacy. Jacquelyn, as you continue to move on in life and face new events, adventures, and challenges, we all wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors.

Jacquelyn Smith (left) and Ashley Austin (right) running the Membership Table at the Fall Managed Care Forum of 2015.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses would like to give our sincere thanks to Jacquelyn Smith for all of her efforts, diligence, leadership, laughs, and smiles she has brought to our association.   You have fortified our foundations for years to come and we are forever grateful for your dedication to the advancement and growth of our family. We hope you continue to lend your insight and presence within AAMCN far into the future.


Monday, December 4, 2017

40% Off Everything AAMCN Sale 

Now until December 25, 2017, enjoy 40% off all AAMCN memberships, publications, and products at

Membership can make a great gift for friends and colleagues. Imagine yourself and your friends attending our next forum in Orlando or Las Vegas together! Registration to our forums is complimentary for AAMCN members.

This sale includes the AAMCN Home Study preparatory course for certification in managed care nursing (CMCN), the Managed Care Nursing Practice Standards 4th Edition, and the Nurse's Introduction to Managed Care Nursing textbook.

You may be asking yourself, "What is the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) all about?" Click the link below for a quick overview of who we are and what we offer.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award 2017

The 2017 Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award Winner is
Michelle Greene Rhodes, MHS, RN, CCM, CMCN!

Michelle serves as an Independent Coach and Consultant, focusing on Diabetes prevention through lifestyle change. She has partnered her business with the CDC as a Diabetes Prevention Provider, in which she participates to decrease obesity in her community. 

In addition to offering Life, Health and Business Coaching to Nurses, Michelle serves on the Mayoral African American Advisory Council for the City of Tampa, and she also serves as the Co-Chair of Health with The National Coalition of 100 Black Women. 

This year, she has authored two books that offer advice for the Nurse Entrepreneur. She also serves as a Nurse Mentor strategizing on career, business, and life goals with her 6 Mentees.

Michelle is an active speaker at various healthcare workshops. Ultimately, her goal is to decrease the health care dollars spent while improving the quality of life for her clients.

The Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award is regulated by AAMCN's Leadership Council and is presented annually at the Fall Managed Care Forum held in Las Vegas, NV. Join AAMCN to participate in next year's 2018 Managed Care Nursing Leader of the Year Award competition! Visit to join.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. 

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector, buy one soon.

CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.


How to Recognize CO Poisoning

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.

CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • If conditions are too hot, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter.
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.
For more information, please visit the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning website. 

The original article can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website at