CALIFORNIA: The Cannabis Nurses Network announced the success of its fourth Cannabis Nurses Network Conference, the only ongoing professional development and education conference in the country designed exclusively for Registered Nurses and wellness professionals to advance their understanding of cannabis medicine, the endocannabinoid system and practical applications in day-to-day patient care and practice. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) released guidelines in July 2018 for cannabis patient care, proving the immediate need for medical professionals to gain practical medical marijuana patient care education.
For the past 17 years, nurses have been ranked as the most trusted profession, and with nurses being the heart of healthcare and the front line for patients, Heather Manus RN, CEO and founding member of the Cannabis Nurses Network, says it’s a travesty patients have been denied access to cannabis medicine. With the research now available and the support of the NCSBN, every nurse should be educated in cannabis medicine and the Endocannabinoid System, she said.
“We are revolutionizing the future of healthcare,” Manus said. “The emergence and discovery surrounding the Endocannabinoid System is a paradigm shift for all practicing nurses. Once you understand it, there’s no turning back.”
The landmark conference, celebrating its fourth year, was hosted and welcomed for the first time by San Diego on Feb. 28. The event kicked off with councilwoman and future mayoral candidate Barbara Bry delivering opening remarks, thanking the hundreds of attendants for their compassionate work and for traveling from all parts of the country. With San Diego being a leader in life sciences and biotech along with its more than 80 research institutes, including the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, Bry declared the city as being the ideal backdrop for the conference.
“You may know that our city legalized the entire supply chain for adult use, and we did so with few restrictions and barriers to cannabis testing facilities; and I’m very proud I was a co-author of the ordinance that we passed,” Bry said. “The exciting world of CBD research is still a fresh frontier, and it’s wonderful that you are all here today to share your knowledge and to learn new things. There’s a lot more to do to treat the many people out there who need help with cannabis, and that’s why this conference is so important.”
The Cannabis Nurses Network Awards were held the second evening of the conference. Jim Bartell, a local public affairs leader and former mayor of Santee, received an award for his work to draft a bill allowing cannabis to be used in all hospitals and medical facilities in California. Earlier this year, just six months after his son passed away from pancreatic cancer, Bartell drafted a bill that would permit all California hospitals to allow patients who are terminally ill to have access to cannabis treatment should they so choose. The bill has been introduced by California State Senator Ben Hueso, as SB 305, and is scheduled for review by the Senate Health Committee in March 2019. Cannabis Nurses Network has submitted a signed letter of support to Sen. Hueso for SB 305.
Other awardees included Leaders of Nursing; Marcie Cooper, Janna Champagne, James Schwartz, and Uwe Blesching who authored the Cannabis Health Index. Awardees also included the first graduating class of Speakers Bureau trained by Maureen McNamara of Cannabis Trainers
“We can not understate the efficacy of cannabis in medical treatment,” said Manus. “It’s important our nurses, who are at the forefront of patient care, learn all they can about the endocannabinoid system and the proper medicinal use of cannabis. We believe strongly believe that in five years or less, we will get medicinal cannabis approved for use in hospitals, medical centers, and nursing homes nationwide.”
Sponsors for the conference included: Eden Labs, Sacred Garden, Incredibles, Nature Nurse, and Cannabiniers.
Cannabis Nurses Network 2020 will take place in San Diego during Nurses Week, May 6th-May 8th.