Local 5004 Continuing Education Day a Success

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Kathy Gialenella speaking at the CE Day.

On Wednesday, October 19, over 50 Local 5004 members attended a Continuing Education Day on “Legal Hot Topics for Nurses” at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant in Hackensack, NJ. The speaker was Kathleen M. Gialanella, BSN, JD, LLM.

Gialenella covered some very important legal issues in nursing, including delegation, nurse practice issues, the legal implications of practicing without adequate training/education, and legal issues regarding electronic health records.

The CE Day got rave reviews from the participants. Some of their comments below:


“Useful and very informative, definitely learned so much.”
“So much information that a new nurse and experienced nurse needs”
“Provoked meaningful, stimulating dialogue. We had excellent reflections pertinent to our everyday practice, and I learned so much”
“Very interesting. There is a lot more to nursing than most of us think about.”
“It will keep me more mindful when documenting in my practice”
“Every nurse and especially new nurses’ should attend this kind of seminar”
“EHR pitfalls identified will change my practice”
“Very valuable – worth the time I attended”
“Opened my eyes to practices I need to change.”
“I’ve learned things that were a surprise and the importance of documentation”


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The Local 5004 CE Day is just one of a series of membership activities and events which local officers have organized to build a strong union and to make our local relevant to the membership. One of the benefits of HPAE membership is the opportunity to attend CE events, free of charge. HPAE is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation.