AnnaLee Hughes

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AnnaLee M. Hughes BSN, RN
Lewis-Clark State College
INA Member Since 2009

I grew up in Clarkston, WA and by my sophomore year at Clarkston High School I knew that I wanted a career in Healthcare.  I pursued my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree at Lewis-Clark State College and graduated in 2007.  After graduation I was lucky enough to obtain an ICU preceptorship position at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, ID and continued my education in critical care as I gained invaluable experience working the night shift over the next couple of years.

In the fall of 2008 I decided to pursue another interest in nursing, public health, and accepted a position as Community Programs Nurse/Case Manager for SE Washington’s Aging and Long Term Care (SE WA ALTC) based out of Clarkston, WA.  In this position I case managed 30-40 clients, performed in-home nursing assessments for our entire office and the Division of Developmental Disabilities, and taught basic health care classes for our in-home providers and community members.  During my time with SE WA ALTC I had he privilege to be a part of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services pilot study called Intensive Chronic Case Management (ICCM).   According to the Dept. of Social and Health Services Aging and Disability Service Administration (ADSA) ICCM’s goal is to integrate medical and long term care services through care management, coordination of care among medical home, family and LTC providers, improved self management & use of evidence based practices that improve health outcomes and reduce hospitalization and the need for higher levels of medical care.  The ICCM program was truly amazing, as a result we saw the cost of care for our chronically ill long term care clients drop, ER visits for chronic illness related conditions decline, and the number of hospitalizations for participating clients decrease.
In the summer of 2010 I applied for an open faculty position in the Practical Nursing Program at Lewis-Clark State College and was offered the position.  I have been teaching ever since and absolutely love my job.  I teach Pharmacology, IV Therapy, our Med/Surg lab and am lead faculty for our long term care, acute care and community out-rotation clinicals.  I continue to grow in my nursing practice and knowledge as I learn and implement new ways to educate our future nurses.

In what ways has membership in INA been valuable to you?
My membership in INA has been valuable as it has allowed me to become connected with other INA involved nurses in my rural region of Idaho.  Making those connections and forming new relationships with nurses in other clinical areas of practice has proven to be quite beneficial from a resource standpoint.

Why would you encourage other RNs to join INA?
I would encourage RN’s to join INA because it provides opportunities for invaluable networking (through socials and conferences that provide the opportunity to gain continuing education credits) and you also get to be a part of a larger organization whose voice has sway in the formation of policy at the state and federal levels.