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Vendor registration for state conference now online

Vendors can now register online to reserve booth and table space in the exhibit hall for the 2015 NSRC State Conference:

The conference will be in the Lincoln Haymarket at the Holiday Inn. Vendors will attend on May 13-14.  A manager meet and greet exclusively with vendors will be held on May 13 in the late afternoon. Vendors will be able to meet with attendees on May 14 during meals and breaks.

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Submit information for Summit Award by March 20

NSRC members are being asked to submit information about their activities for the AARC’s 2015 Summit Award.

Information about continuing education credits, public awareness activities, legislative contacts is compiled and submitted by state chapters for AARC review, according to Jenny Bush, chair of the Summit Award Committee.

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2014 Photo Contest: See the top 5

The 2014 NSRC State Conference marked the first photo contest for the NSRC. Photos were submitted to NSRC board members for review, and conference participants voted for their favorites.

The top five photos are shown below.

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2015 photo contest: Changing landscape of the future

NSRC 2015 photo contestThe theme for the NSRC’s 2015 photo contest is “Changing the Landscape of the Future.” Deadline for entries is April 20.

Members are invited to share their photos showing respiratory care and/or patients depicting the following themes:

  • Compassionate care.
  • Innovation.
  • Independence.
  • Technology.

Those who submit photos must be registered to attend at least one day of the State Conference, scheduled for May 13-14 in Lincoln.

Photographers must submit an entry form and signed consent form (PDF). Photos must be submitted in high-resolution jpeg format. Participants also must follow photo guidelines for their work facility.

All entries should be sent to Nan Nathenseon at by 5 p.m. April 20.

Final voting will take place at the NSRC State Conference. Grand prize is a 10-pack of tickets to the 2015 College World Series. Second prize is a $50 gift certificate to Lowe’s.

Photos by the winner and honorable mentions will be displayed at the state conference and on the NSRC website.

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Drive4COPD offers simple screening tool

The NSRC is encouraging its members to support the 2014 Drive4COPD through the AARC website. The process this year has been simplified into a five-question COPD screener. The tool could be used in a booth-type display in a hospital or physician’s office.

“This year the five-question COPD screener is digital, accessible via mobile devices or computers. All answers are submitted online, and the final score is given with the option of viewing, printing, or emailing the result,” said Kathy Geier, instructor of respiratory care at Southeast Community College.

The RT performing the screening must log in to the questionnaire with their AARC member number. The tool is found here: COPD Population Screener

Companies wishing to have access to more COPD resources (free) and/or their own URL for the screening tool may register by going to the link listed above and selecting the “Employer Tools” tab at the top of the page. They will then be asked to complete an electronic form to register.The RT who logs the most screenings under their AARC number in entered to win an iPad mini, Geier said.

If anyone has questions regarding the process or has never held a Drive4COPD screening event and would like suggestions, Geier will be happy to offer guidance. She can be reached at SCC at 402-437-2819.

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is the only one on the rise. Together we can help drive awareness, and promote our profession.

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