Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA)

The very active BNA board has had a busy year and is looking forward to the new decade! Do you know that 2020 will be the 35th anniversary of the Baromedical Nurses Association?

The BNA board is busy planning the 3rd annual Hyperbaric Nurses Day on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Be sure to check the BNA website for this exciting day at for updates, time, presentations, and events.

You are invited to check the new and improved BNA website for the latest news and information. The tabs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • About Us: Gives you information about the board members and committee chairs. You are encouraged to nominate yourself or another nurse for any of these positions or committees. A description of the positions and committee responsibilities are in this area. You will make a great difference in the growth and success of the BNA.
  • Membership: RN and LVN/LPN
  • Education: Offers Category A credits free to BNA members and at a nominal charge for nonmembers and provides education and resources for your nursing practice.
  • Certification: Includes requirements, updates, and discounted fees to take the exam for BNA members
  • Safety: Includes safety drills and hot topics
  • Members-Only Forum
  • Chamber Spotlight: Includes international facilities
  • Newsletters: Up-to-date info on hyperbaric nursing
  • Research: This very active committee is developing the first BNA research project
  • Awards: There are now four awards to recognize outstanding contributions

Are you familiar with the “BNA Guidelines of Nursing Care for the Patient Receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) Position Statement?” It states: “These hyperbaric nursing guidelines reflect and promote actual knowledge and judgment to practice hyperbaric nursing safely. It is recommended that each facility develop guidelines based on, but not limited to, the hyperbaric nursing guidelines, the Policy and Procedure Guidelines for Hyperbaric Facilities, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 99) and their own facility guidelines.” There are 17 problem guidelines, each with detailed goals and interventions to assist the hyperbaric nurse with assessment, documentation, and safety. These guidelines are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

You are invited to be active in the BNA. The total membership of experienced and new members this past decade has resulted in tremendous growth of hyperbaric nursing. The next decade holds promise of an exciting future. The BNA has an active presence in the UHMS annual meetings as well as the chapter meetings. You are invited to visit the BNA table at each of the meetings to see familiar as well as nurses new to the hyperbaric field. We look forward to seeing you!

About the Author

LAURA JOSEFSENLAURA JOSEFSEN, RN, ACHRN, has been involved in hyperbaric nursing since 1982. A founding member of the Baromedical Nurses Association (BNA) in 1985, she served as BNA president from 1996 to 1998 and as a board member in several positions throughout the years. She served on the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Associates Council for six years, with two of those years as Nurse Representative on the UHMS Board of Directors. She is a member of the UHMS Accreditation Team as a nurse surveyor, served for many years as an executive board member of the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology and is a previous chairman of the BNA Certification Board. She is a member of the UHMS Associates, former member of Divers Alert Network, and former member of the Hyperbaric Technologists and Nurses Association (HTNA) of Australia. She has numerous publications and is an internationally recognized speaker in the field of hyperbaric medicine. Her passions are quality improvement and education to promote hyperbaric nursing, safety, and optimal standards of care and practice for patients and the community.

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