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Flying high: You Like
Would You Like to
Nurses’ careers soar
in Air Force
be a Nurse?
By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN
H ello and congratulations- On your recent graduation!
Now you’ve got a new diploma, You are faced with a
I’m you counselor. I am Jane - And I want to ask you
plain, Would you like to be a nurse?
With a licence in your purse?
Would you like to save some lives? Would you like to cure
I would not like to be a nurse - With a
license in my purse.
I would not like to save
Photo by Mike Lee
some lives, I would not like L a u g h i n g
orce Russell Carter R.N.,
ter, thirteen year adv
ursing career military
Air Force Maj. Russell Car ter, R.N., has spent the past thir teen year s advancing his nur sing career in the militar y. to cure some hives.
I want to be a movie with
star, I want to travel near Elizabeth
by Mike Lee NICU. Most of Carter’s days
Staff Writer and far.
But what he never planned now are spent as a flight I want to be a novel writer,
on was that he would be doing commander, recruiting I want to be a freedom fighter,
Major Russell Carter, R.N., it in the Air Force. And never pilots, engineers, doctors,
always liked babies so it was did he think that it would be dentists and nurses.
no surprise that he would up one of the best decisions he ever
taking care of them in the made for himself and his family. See Sur vivor , Page 2
Survi Pa See Elizabeth , Page 2
Neighborhood Health Clinic brings satisfaction Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS IN
by James Coburn On the walls Performance
at all of this.’” Rogers said. Development
Staff Writer The Neighborhood Health throughout the Manager: OU
Registered nurse Sylvia Clinic, located at 2811 NW 23 spacious and Med Center
Rogers works in a spacious Street in Oklahoma City, opened colorful interior are
facility that doesn’t appear in February and is owned and several paintings
like a typical doctor’s office. operated by Paul S. Williamson, rendered by him or
Patients come through MD. his staff nurse, Preferred
the front door and are His wife, Marvel Williamson, Sylvia Rogers. Pediatric Home
beckoned by color at every is dean of the Kramer School of Her still life oil expands services
corner. Nursing on the campus of paintings and to Oklahoma
Paintings compliment the Oklahoma City University. Dr. nature scenes are City
interior with a comforting Williamson also teaches religion also of the
appeal. at OCU. Impressionist style.
“We have some patients He designed the new clinic The subject matter
OU Medical adds
that come in and I’ve seen with rooms named after the is captured much urn
by James Cobur
Photo by James Cobur n pediatric
them just stand in that great artists of the Impressionist like the eye quickly helicopter
doorway say, ‘Oh, my. Look period. absorbs seamless Neighborhood Health Clinic nur se Sylvia Roger s.
nur Ro ers
degrees of light without hard
Oklahoma City, Ok 731 edges that would otherwise
Permit #1 deliver a stagnant composition. My Point of View...
PAID “I’m not a detailed person, Commentary by Larry Leeds, RN
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Presorted Standard Pg. 15
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‘you maxed out your pay grade.’ You is we place a high priority on recruiting
Survivor make rank, your pay goes up. You stay
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Carter grew up in Colorado Springs, numbers.”
Colorado and had a family member who Now 38, Carter has no regrets in
worked in the NICU. She took him to joining the military. He’s advanced both Published each Monday
work one day and Carter was awed. personally and professionally and says by Metro Publishing, L.L.C.
Thirteen years in the armed forces, Always interested in medicine, Carter there’s no other job like it.
Carter said he’s received training he had no designs to be a doctor. Not only does he get to work with Locally Owned and Operated
couldn’t have received anywhere else. “She said ‘Let me show you this,’” critical patients but with the military’s Publisher
Carter started his career in neo-natal Carter remembers. “The technology was focus on preventive medicine, he gets Steven R. Eldridge
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to progress your career with the rank a nurse. I was able to request Air Force at seeing us when we’re well and making James Coburn
structure. In the Air Force a nurse can sponsored continuing education.” sure we stay that way. Elissa Crocker
move up and progress his or her career. The master’s degree Carter is “It’s comforting to me to know my Mike Lee
When we move from one place to pursuing is being funded by the Air family is well taken care of.” Mike Ligouri
another we don’t lose seniority, we don’t Force. It’s one of many financial The comfort extends to all members Marty Mitchell
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said. “You get mentored and you’re able become CRNAs with the military funding would happen if he got hurt.” Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
to supervise other folks and learn to the education and getting back one year The pay, continuing education and Colleen Folsch
manage other areas as you progress your of service for each year of school paid opportunity to see the world aside, Virginia Gillispe
career overall. for. Carter said there’s an even better reason April Goode
“When I first came in my pay was Competition for nurses is tough in to pursue nursing in the Air Force. Vicki Jenkins
a little short of civilian pay, but by the the private sector and it’s just as hard “They fact is they’re joining the Air Larry Leeds, RN
four-year mark I was moving leaps and if not harder for the military. Force and they’re serving their country,” Vicki Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
bounds over what I made as a civilian. “There is a nationwide shortage and he said. Dr. Trisha Phaklides
Now that I’ve become a Major my pay it makes a challenge in our recruiting You can find out more about the Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) RN, MPH, MSN, ND
is more than competitive with the civilian efforts of nurses,” Carter said. “We Air Force online at www.airforce.com Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
sector. compete with all the employers trying or call Staff Sergeant Steven Gifford at
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(Williamson) does,” she described her Besides patient care, Rogers does smoking cessation advice/counseling
paintings. “It’s like the blurred edges a little bit of lab work, makes
blended in. ...I love that. It’s not like appointments and paper work for
photography.” insurance and Medicare. The Joint Commission on 1-800-QUIT-NOW
Painting is her passion outside of The clinic hopes to hire somebody Accreditation of Healthcare Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide
nursing. But the Neighborhood Health on staff who can speak both English Organizations (JCAHO) now requires for Nurses can be viewed on-line at
Clinic allows Rogers to blend both and Spanish. Hispanics are part of a hospitals and other health care www.ahrq.gov/path/tobacco.htm or as
worlds. growing population in Oklahoma City. organizations to document adult a pdf file at http://www.ahrq.gov/
Many of the patients enjoy Rogers’ “South of here there is a large smoking history and smoking cessation about/nursing/hlpsmksqt.pdf.
free tour of the facility. They are given population,” she added. advice/counseling for three specific Call 1-800-358-9295 and identify
refreshing drinks. And Williamson Her long career has enabled her diagnoses: acute myocardial infarction, yourself as a nurse to receive up to
chose furniture that is easy for elderly to see young patients gracefully age heart failure, and community acquired 100 free copies.
patients to manage. into grandparents. Being a nurse allows pneumonia.
Rogers has been a registered nurse her be as familiar with patients as one One way that nurses can help meet
since the mid-1970s and is without would distant cousins. this requirement is to use the new
pocket guide: Helping Smokers Quit:
plans to retire. She had worked for a
general practitioner, Dr. Gale Kimbell,
Another unique feature of the
Neighborhood Health Clinic is that A Guide for Nurses. Treat your cabinets
for 43 years before joining the Williamson can offer services at a lesser The guide was developed by the
Agency for Healthcare Research and
to a face-lift!
Neighborhood Clinic. price for financially challenged patients
The Oklahoma State University or those without insurance. Quality (AHRQ) in collaboration with
nursing graduate has worked with “We see people that have insurance Tobacco Free Nurses.
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Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS IN NURSING
This Week’s Topic: Performance Development Manager:
OU Med Center
by Elissa Crocker, RN, BSN
Staff Writer on the OU Health Sciences Center According to St. Cyr, the there.”
campus, as well as the two other implementation process to get PBDS up A startling statement indeed!
Oklahoma-based HCA facilities, Edmond and running at OU Medical Center took Upon completion of the assessment,
As a certified oncology nurse and Medical Center in Edmond and about six or seven months and became it is rated by comparing the employee’s
unit educator for the oncology and bone Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton. fully operational in May of 2003. answers to model answers that St. Cyr
marrow transplant units at OU Medical Further explaining the nuts and bolts The program begins with a baseline said were developed and validated by
Center, Sheila St. Cyr thought she had of PBDS, she said the program consists assessment that consists of a number of nurses at OU Medical Center. Core to
found her niche. But then she sat in on of three components — critical thinking exercises in one of four clinical areas: the PBDS program, this rating system
an informational meeting about the skills, interpersonal skills, and technical med-surg, critical care, neonatal ICU, is not a trivial process.
Performance Based Development System skills. Although the new employee’s and OB. “It took me about eight months
(PBDS). coach – a term synonymous with “The exercises are done with working one-on-one with a consultant
“I never thought I would leave my preceptor – has the responsibility to different formats,” St. Cyr explained. [from Performance Management Sytems,
world of oncology,” she said. “But this ensure the nurse’s technical skills are “Some are pen and paper, some are Inc] to become validated as a rater,” she
was so fascinating that I made a career adequate, St. Cyr’s end of the process pictures, but the majority are video said.
change.” primarily focuses on the other two vignettes.” With information gleaned from the
And just what is PBDS? components. In the critical thinking exercises, rating process, St. Cyr hones in on the
“It’s a tool we use to assess nurses “With PBDS we look at their various scenarios depicting common identified weaknesses and develops an
during orientation in order to help interpersonal skills [such as] customer clinical situations and complications are individualized plan.
develop an individualized orientation relations, conflict resolution, team presented. Nurses are asked to define “Once I finish a plan, I turn it over
plan for them,” St. Cyr replied. “As a building, and those types [of issues],” the problem, offer a solution and its to the unit educator,” she said. “They
unit educator previously, I didn’t know she said. “But the majority of the rationale, as well as prioritize its need play a huge role in the process and
a whole lot about my new nurses – so assessment looks at critical thinking for action. work closely out on the units with the
they all got what I now lovingly refer skills.” Interpersonal skills are evaluated by coaches.”
to as a cookie-cutter orientation.” Developed over 20 years ago by presenting different situations in which In turn, the coaches are responsible
However, those days are history. In Dorothy del Bueno, a nurse in a nurse must give a response. Using the to bring the new employee up-to-speed
her current role as the Performance Philadelphia whose master’s and doctoral example of “startling statements,” St Cyr by posing various scenarios and asking
Based Development Coordinator at OU work provided the data that PBDS is said in one situation a physician says, for responses in which critical thinking
Medical Center, St. Cyr develops based upon, the program is a commercial “I don’t know why the administration or interpersonal skills are similarly tested.
individualized orientation plans for all venture offered through Performance of this hospital won’t hire any decent If difficulty in mastering an area is
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of videos based on their clinical area successful on PBDS the first time
are available to assist in filling the gaps. around.”
Although the nurse may be With responsibility to oversee the
reassessed to confirm improvement, PBDS program at the five Oklahoma-based
is only used as a tool to facilitate HCA facilities, St. Cyr said her workload
orientation. has peaks and valleys.
“We do not hire by this process and “We just got through with our big
we do not fire by this process,” she push with new graduates,” she said. “But
said. “The most important determiner then it starts to taper off until we start
of continued employment is whether they to get the December graduates.”
can do the job with real patients.” Additional duties include performing
Another important issue from St. transfer assessments and ratings when
Cyr’s perspective is that PBDS is a employees move within the system into
benchmark for basic competency. a different clinical area. And during the
“We’re looking at that minimal slower periods, St. Cyr also provides
expectation of safe [practice],” she said. coach and mentor development using
“The bottom line is patient safety.” scenario based situations to hone their
And because the program is geared coaching skills. Not only are personality
toward evaluating entry level issues common to all interpersonal
competency, several local nursing relationships, an added point of
programs have asked for data regarding contention with PBDS can occur if an
Photo by Elissa Crocker
their graduates’ overall performance. experienced nurse feels threatened by
“They want to know how their new the process. Cyr, RN, OCN, Performance
erfor Dev dinator
Coordina at Center.
Sheila St. Cyr, RN, OCN, is the Perfor mance Based Development Coordinator at OU Medical Center.
grads are faring,” St. Cyr said. “Since “Unfortunately, those situations can
we have had it in place for several years, get sticky,” St. Cyr said. “We try to do emotional support, mentors also help every day, St Cyr said her role allows
they can look at those trends to see role playing with statements a nurse new nurses to acclimate to the social her to meet every new nurse at OU
what they can do to improve and make might make and how [the coach] would and institutional culture of the Medical Center, while broadening her
their education programs better.” handle the situation.” organization. knowledge base in the process. In
Adding that her data is also Adding that PBDS assessments and Although PBDS start-up costs addition to presenting programs on the
submitted to del Bueno at Performance follow-ups are private affairs, St. Cyr represent a large investment, the system in the local community, she also
Management Systems, St. Cyr said it is said she strives to make the process as program is backed up with data that receives calls from nurses in facilities
factored in with national averages and non-threatening as possible. validates its long term pay-off in terms across the nation seeking information
reflects the quality of local nursing “We let them know this is a good of channeling resources during the about the tool.
programs. tool, but the most important thing is orientation process most effectively, as “I’m very much a proponent of the
“Nationally in 2004, only about 30 how they take care of patients on a well as in the overall professional development of nurses,” she said.
percent of new grads are successful on daily basis,” she said. development an individualized plan “Education is extremely important and
PBDS,” she said. “About 48 percent of The mentoring role that follows the provides. if I can make just a little bit of an
[new graduates hired at the five initial coaching period may last for An avowed “cheerleader” of PBDS impact on new nurses when they come
Oklahoma HCA facilities] will be several years. In addition to providing who looks forward to coming to work through, then I’ve done my job.”
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Preferred Pediatric Home
Health Care expands
services to Oklahoma City
by Marty Mitchell very lucky to be here.”
Staff Writer In August 1989, at age 23, she opened
Preferred Pediatric Home Health Care.
Her staff consisted of herself, another
Shortly after graduating and becoming nurse and a secretary.
an RN, Jane Doss found herself where “My parents came down a lot during
she always wanted to be — in the heart those early years,” she recalls. “They were
of a bustling emergency room in Illinois. instrumental. They answered the phone
Her career took an unexpected turn and did whatever they could to help.”
one evening at the hands of a combative When looking at Preferred Pediatrics
trauma patient, who injured her back so today it’s hard to imagine those modest
badly she was forced from the floor and beginnings.
behind a desk. In addition to its spacious main office
“A physician asked me to work with in Tulsa, the company has facilities in by Mitchell
Photo by Mar ty Mitc hell
him on a research grant involving vent Enid, Sallisaw and a recently opened office
children and Medicaid,” she says. in Oklahoma City. Prefer red Pediatric Home Health Care owner Jane Doss, right, discusses Prefer r ed Phar macy
efer ediatric Care owner Jane Doss, Preferr Pharmac
The grant dried up after a year, but Preferred Pediatrics now has 300 inventory pharmacist Jason
inventor y with phar macist Jason Sutton.
the deep demand for pediatric home health employees.
services only served to fan an “They are an awesome group to work is still ensconced in home pediatric a day at any given time,” she says, adding
entrepreneurial fire that always burned with,” Doss says. services, most geared toward traumatically that the most difficult part of the business
deep within her. “We have a lot of headstrong injured and ventilator dependent children. is dealing with the loss of a child.
There were so many children out employees that have a lot of autonomy. The company has since ventured into “When a child dies, the group goes
there needing services, she reasoned, and They operate the business and don’t want other pediatric areas such as high-risk to the funeral and walks through the
no companies to help them. to be told what to do – they want to neonates, wound care, asthma entire process. We have done this so long
After conducting demographic studies create something. I have moved into more management and apnea monitoring. we know how to get a handle on any
of several states, Doss soon packed her of a developmental role, and I like that. The company also offers enteral potential problems our employee may
bags and headed south to Oklahoma. I like doing the research because it helps feedings, respiratory therapy, central line experience. We don’t have a lot of
“It had what I was looking for – a me keep up with the clinical side of maintenance and care, and RN case burnout.”
white-collar community that was things.” management services, to name a few. There’s little doubt the group’s main
growing,” she says. “I love Tulsa and feel A majority of the company’s business “We are treating about 800 children focus is still on children, evident in its
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Testing cardiac victims’ relatives may reveal risks
and health for our children.”
Preferred Pediatrics has now moved Medical detective work could reveal occurred one hour after complaints or could they detect an increased risk of
into adult services, providing home skilled potential victims of sudden “unexplained” within 12 hours of the victim being seen sudden death.
nursing visits, pain management, cardiac death who are unaware of their alive. Some of these deaths are considered Researchers identified the cause of
respiratory therapy, diabetic teaching and vulnerability, according to a report in unexplained because the victims had no sudden unexplained cardiac death in
assistance with durable medical equipment. Circulation: Journal of the American family or personal history of heart disease, 17 families (40 percent).
It also offers chronic care, sleep studies Heart Association. plus either an autopsy revealed no obvious “The main thing that surprised us
and ventilator and trach management. A Dutch study had a high success heart problem or an autopsy was not was that we could identify the cause
The group also provides a rate in finding a cause of sudden done. of death in 40 percent of the 43 families,”
comprehensive asthma management unexplained cardiac death in people Most sudden cardiac deaths result Wilde said. “We expected about 25
program geared to patients, their family under age 40 and in identifying from some structural problem in the heart. percent.”
and caretakers. surviving relatives with the same This abnormality can lead to a fatal Of 333 family members tested, 151
Perhaps Doss’ favorite addition is the inherited abnormality. The study is the irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). had the same previously unrecognized
preferred pharmacy, which provides a first comprehensive report on the Usually the cause of the arrhythmias is and potentially deadly abnormality.
coordinated approach to infusion therapy, diagnostic potential of cardiologic and determined, but sometimes even an That’s an average of 8.9 people per
including education, clinical services and genetic testing of family members of autopsy cannot explain the underlying family. Of these, 138 carried mutated
support. unexplained sudden cardiac death cause. Among young victims, postmortem genes known to predispose people to
The group offers patients victims. studies show that 60 percent to 75 percent an early death.
individualized care planning and cost “Based on our findings, we strongly of deaths stem from a potentially inherited Among their other findings: The
effective pricing. advise that first-degree relatives and heart problem. cause of death in 12 families was a
An entrepreneur at heart, Doss has second-degree relatives be referred to a Wilde and his colleagues studied 43 disruption of the heart’s electrical
never been one to back down from any cardiologist for testing,” said senior families in which at least one family activity, resulting in the heart’s inability
challenge. author Arthur A. M. Wilde, M.D., Ph.D., member age 40 or younger had suffered to pump enough blood to maintain life.
While she’s excited about the professor of cardiology at the University sudden unexplained cardiac death from A gene mutation was the culprit in 10
expansion into Oklahoma City, it does of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “Most 1996 - 2003. of these 12. Other causes were abnormal
come with a little apprehension. of the diseases we identified in our study Physicians conducted routine resting heart enlargement due to heart muscle
“The demand for our services in are not only amenable to treatment, but electrocardiogram (ECG), treadmill ECG disease or inherited high cholesterol.
Oklahoma City has been there for quite if treated correctly, are also associated tests, and ultrasound examinations on The proportion of families with two
awhile. We are almost afraid of it,” she with a virtually normal life expectancy.” 333 first- and second-degree relatives. or more sudden deaths at or before
laughingly says. Sudden cardiac death strikes about These tests were often followed by genetic age 40 was higher in those for whom
But with its dedicated and innovative 400,000 to 460,000 Americans a year, or studies of families and more tests the cause could be determined.
employees behind the wheel, it probably about 60 percent of the nation’s annual depending on the suspected cause. Wilde said future studies exploring
won’t take long for death toll from diseases of the heart Researchers sought to learn for how the treatment and outcomes of these
Preferred Pediatrics to exceed and congenital malformations of the many of the 43 families could they “presymptomatic disease carriers” may
expectations and begin looking for other heart, Wilde said. These deaths are determine a cause of death, and in how determine exactly how many lives can
markets to conquer and services to offer. considered sudden because death many first- and second-degree relatives be saved.
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RN Quality Managers
RNs needed to monitor
quality systems as part of risk
management program. We have a
position for the Metro Area and a
position for our homes in Chickasha or
Wynnewood. Our benefits are
competitive salary, 401k, health and life
insurance, paid vacation and education
1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING fund. If interested send your resume to:
Rambling Oaks Courtyard Grace Living Center
Assisyed Living in S. OKC is ac- 4350 Will Rogers Pkwy, Suite 300
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING: cepting applications for the follow- OKC, OK 73108
ER MANAGER ing positions:
1 + year ER Manager experience preferred.
LPN/FT • LPN/PT
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ment. Please call 691-6555. LIVING CENTER
“Continuing the Celebration of Life”
Please submit applications to Administration Email to: Amber.Nowling@gracelivingcenters.com
Competitive salaries, benefits, and shift differentials. Website: www.gracelivingcenters.com
For more information call 405-303-4028
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Seminole Medical Center is a drug-free workplace
1 6 1 LICENSED 1 6 1 LICENSED
and an equal opportunity employer. PRACTICAL NURSE PRACTICAL NURSE
1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING
LPN needed, exc. benefits & working LPN
CNA/CMA needed 4 p.m.-12 a.m. RN needed, also need OT-per visit at conditions. Contact: Kim Tigert, IF you are a people oriented,
Monday—Friday. El Reno Care Intrepid Home Health. Apply at 515 DON. Lindsay Municipal Hosp. 405- energetic, dedicated LPN, who enjoys
S. 3rd, McAlester. Ask for Stephanie
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Home, 262-2440. working with the elderly, Westminster
or call 918-426-3541 Linda Decker RN, Director of Nursing, Village needs you to join our nursing
is looking for a RN/LPN to join team. We have a pleasant working
Greenbrier Nursing Facility’s environment and friendly co-workers.
professional nursing team on the Benefits are available with this 10 p.m.
2p.m.-10p.m. shift. Working 32 hours/ to 6 a.m. full time position.
paid for 40. Please contact:
Call Gayle Thorpe 402-1734 Cindy Driggers at:
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Love to work with people? Want to be
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So are more than 35,000 RNs, LPNs, setting with emphasis on wellness
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ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS throughout Oklahoma. are full time 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.,
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Oklahoma’s Nursing Times July 25, 2005 Page 9
Mercy Health Center – Oklahoma’s
only Magnet hospital – is looking
for a few great nurses. If you believe
you can make a difference in people’s
lives, we may have a career for you.
Join us at our nurses job fair
to find out what Magnet means
and what it takes to be part of the
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Nurses Job Fair
Tuesday, July 26
7 am to 7 pm • Mercy Conference Center
Or apply on-line: www.mercycareers.net
2 0 4 REGISTERED 2 0 4 REGISTERED
$15,000 Sign-on Bonus! or 21st CENTURY
Over $29,000 Loan Repayment HOME HEALTH AGENCY®
The U.S. Air Force is currently
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hiring highly qualified BSNs in a
You can work at one of OKC’s
variety of clinical andnon-clinical
largest and friendliest Home
nursing areas. If you are looking
for the ability to step into a Health Agencies. $85/SOC;
leadership role early in your career, $60/Recert; $27/Visit
consider serving your country as a • Mileage
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yearly opportunities to attend Air • Full Benefits
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education conferences. We care Call Lesa at 414-4158
about helping you advance your
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maintain your credentials and
licensure. Our salary is very
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and every step up in rank will result
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To learn more about Air Force
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Excellent benefits including
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BSN and willingness to pursue a
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preferred. License in the State of
1 6 1 LICENSED 2 0 4 REGISTERED 2 0 4 REGISTERED 2 0 4 REGISTERED Oklahoma and in good standing.
PRACTICAL NURSE NURSE NURSE NURSE 2 0 4 REGISTERED 2 0 4 REGISTERED Two years full-time practice as a RN
within the last 5 years. Seeking one
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LPNs 3-11 & 11-7 21st CENTURY WEEKEND RN position available, Registered Nurse Infusion nurse for
position. Excellent benefits including
Administration HOME HEALTH AGENCY®
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Occasional (11-7) 1700 E. 141st St., Glenpool or Fax 5:00 pm. Salary comparable to AutumnBridge Hospice has
Call Reba Houston Full-Time RN Case Manager resume to: 918-291-2429 experience.No week- ends/holidays. immediate opening for a FT Field RN when suitable applicant is identified.
329-2655 for info RN, Relief House Supervisor needed at one of OKC’s most Part Time who is interested in Palliative Care
established agencies. Vacation/ benefits available. Clinic Moore Norman
shifts vary RN near Mercy Hosp.Fax 405-755-9510 Nursing & has a strong work ethic.
$44K salary + generous Technology Center
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sensitive to patient needs. Fax Call Lesa at 414-4158 BONE & JOINT OK 73040 or call: 405-884-5440 and to set up an interview.
resume, Attn: Sharri 844-0562 1111 N. Dewey • OKC, OK 73103 Norman/S-OKC.
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ask for Belinda. 329-4545/or fax 573-5190
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Deadlines - F rida y, noon ffor Monda y issue
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OU Medical adds pediatric helicopter
by Mike Lee
magnitude and impact,” Dilley said recently
Staff Writer from his office inside OU Medical. “We’re
not even in the same category (from five
Nathan Dilley, R.N., has come upon years ago). The stuff we got a month ago
many an accident scene during his career is state of the art. The hospital spared no
as a flight nurse. expense.”
Some have had happy endings, while Medi Flight’s other two choppers were
others have just been endings. designed by those who fly and ride in it.
But the Chief Flight Nurse for Medi The equipment in the choppers is all
Flight of Oklahoma knows that the transport specific, meaning that there’s
presence of him and his crew can and no need for nurses to gather up equipment
does make a difference in the lives of in the hospital and lug it to the chopper
Oklahomans. for various runs.
Now with another chopper bringing Quite simply, there’s a place for
Medi Flight’s stable of helicopters to three, everything and everything has its place,
Dilley knows that even more Oklahomans Dilley says.
will be helped Dilley says he loves his job at Medi
Medi Flight of Oklahoma - owned Flight and with five years at OU Medical
and operated by OU Medical Center, has it’s all he could have asked for.
added the state’s only full service “This is kind of everything coming by Mike
Photo by Mike Lee
helicopter dedicated to the transport of to fruition and the pinnacle of all the Nathan Dilley, R.N., is the Chief Flight Nur se ffor Medi Flight. The ser vice recently added a third
Nathan Dilley R.N., Flight Nurse or Flight. ecently
service recentl added third
pediatric patients and critically ill pregnant training,” Dilley said. hich
leet, whic tients.
specialize pediatric patients
helicopter to its ffleet, which will specialize in pediatric patients.
women. The 47-year-old father of three enjoys
With its unique pediatric paint going out on runs and using his nursing hospitals throughout Oklahoma, include availability of our two existing helicopters
scheme, the helicopter, will be the third and paramedic background, but he also the ability to immediately administer Nitric to respond to scene emergencies and inter-
EC 130 B4 helicopter in the Medi Flight gets to stay in the management side, oxide and surfactant life saving therapies hospital transport requests in the
fleet. Several years ago, Medi Flight ensuring that Medi Flight operates for premature born babies with respiratory community while filling the rapidly
made worldwide news becoming the first seamlessly. It’s been doing that for nearly failure. In addition, the Medi Flight team growing need to provider more extensive
helicopter service in the world to use a quarter of a century as Medi Flight is that will staff the new helicopter is services and specialized care for our high
the EC 130 B4 for medical air services. set to celebrate its 25th year of continues specially trained in the care of high risk risk maternal, neonatal and pediatric
The new helicopter has been built service in the state this year. pregnant patients. patients.” Because of the increased speed
and equipped to fill the rapidly growing The new chopper just adds to the “The addition of a third helicopter to and longer range of the of the EC 130 B4
need to provide more extensive services excitement, Dilley says. the Medi Flight system will significantly helicopters, Medi Flight’s new pediatric
and specialized care for high risk Several cutting-edge patient therapies, impact the lives of many in Oklahoma,” helicopter will be able to provide
maternal, neonatal and pediatric patients. which the new pediatric-centered said Marvin McLellan, director of Medi emergency transport services to any child
“Each change has increased the helicopter will provide for community Flight. “It will allow us to enhance the in Oklahoma and return him/her to The
Children’s Hospital at OU Medical, the
Are you involved with someone who: state’s only free standing pediatric hospital.
Attention Administrators, Managers! The helicopter’s unique tail design,
• Is egotistical and controlling called the Fenestron shrouded tail rotor,
WE’RE NOT #1 IMPROVE
• Feels that rules don’t apply to them
• Is NEVER happy, no matter what you do
provides qualities of silence, comfort and
safety. The EC 130 B4 is one of the quietest
YOU ARE! YOUR SERVICE... • Feels more important than others
helicopters in the world because of the
encased tail rotor. The helicopter is
REDUCE YOUR • Doesn’t know the meaning of compassion?
Do you know someone
equipped with an automatic rotor speed
system, which adjusts the engine to match
the flight conditions. The system insures
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But speed is where it’s at. Dilley said
Cards Accepted the new chopper can make a flight from
OU Medical to Yukon in about 10 minutes.
www.onecallokc.com Housed in OU Medical Center, Medi
Flight is staffed 24 hours a day with
dedicated specialty flight teams consisting
of adult, pediatric and neonatal Flight
Nurses, Flight Paramedics, Nurse Clinicians
Strategic and Nurse Practitioners.
Since beginning operations in 1980,
Medi Flight, which runs both helicopters
Mortgage and ground ambulances services, has
flown over 3.5 million miles and cared
for more than 30,000 patients of all ages.
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08/11 & 08/12/05, 08/13/05 Health is not responsible for the Mental workouts to develop brain with closed toe shoes.
July & 08/18 & 08/19/05, 08/20/ refund of travel or hotel expenses power Disclaimer from Pro-ACT: The
NEW! 05 YWCA Sexual Assault
Nurse Examiner Training
under any circumstance. For more
Adaptation for age-related losses
and other special characteristics
principles taught in the Pro-ACT
workshop have proven to be safe
07/26/05 National Institute August 11-12th 5 pm-9 pm and www.integrisjimthorpe.com. If your Creative ideas for applications in and effective. However, their proper
of Health Stroke Scale 13th 8 am – 5 pm facility would like information on local settings The afternoon application is the responsibility of
(NIHSS): Application to August 18-19th 5 pm-9 pm and how to participate in these session with professionals will the employees involved. Instruction
Practice 20th 8 am – 5 pm seminars, please call Theresa focus on promoting mental fitness cannot be substituted for
Gaylord Complex YWCA Hamrick at 405-636-7809. with older adults in a variety of professional judgment.
2460 NW 39th Str. local settings. The program,
Speakers: LeighAnn Morrill, RN,
This program will provide educa- 08/23/05-08/24/05 funded by the MetLife Foundation, 09/30/05 RESNA Test -
BSN Fee: $10 Course Hours: 4pm
tion to Registered Nurses who Medical Surgical is part of the American Society on ATP/ATS/RET
to 6pm Location: INTEGRIS
interact with victims of sexual Certification Review Aging’s MindAlert Initiative to Credentialing Exams
Southwest Medical Center,
assault (and domestic violence) in Course promote innovative practices that
Auditorium CEU’s: 2 a multi-disciplinary response team help older adults maintain and ATP/ATS Exam: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00
and address the medical/legal This 2 day workshop is designed enhance mental fitness. There is p.m.
examination to prepare Medical Surgical no cost to register, but pre- RET Exam: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Topics included are: nurses registration is required. For more Fee: $500 Deadline to register is
Role and Responsibility of the practicing in a variety of settings information or to register, please August 19, 2005
07/29/05 BLS Instructor Forensic Sexual Assault Nurse call Connie J. Eggleston, M.S.W.,
to take the ANCC Medical Visit www.RESNA.org for eligibility
C.P 405-522-3121, or e-mail
Course Surgical and application information.
Rape Trauma/Crisis Intervention Certification Exam. It has also her at Location: INTEGRIS Southwest
Cost/Fee 150.00 Start Time 8:00 Overcoming myths and stereo- Connie.Eggleston@OKDHS.org.
been found helpful for nurses Medical Center, Cancer Center
am End Time 5:30 pm Location types surrounding sexual assault changing West Meeting Room
NRH Education Center, 901 N.
Porter Person/Phone American
Forensic Evidence Collection &
specilties, or returning to practice.
New graduates have found it
September Parking: Parking is near the
Cancer Center. Enter through the
Stroke Association The American Use of Colposcope in Evidence helpful to prepare to take the Healing Gardens with the gazebo
Stroke Association is offering Collections 09/01/05 Stroke Case
NCLEX exam. Registration is free North of the Cancer Center.
healthcare professionals a free, Blunt force trauma, strangulation and starts at 7:30 am. Class is Studies Meeting rooms are on your left.
CME/CE certified, online training
program for healthcare
and other injury patterns
Domestic Violence as it pertains
from 8:00 am-4:30 pm Topics NEW! For more information, visit
reviewed include the body Speakers: Brent Beson, MD, www.integrisjimthorpe.com. If your
professionals to learn or review to Sexual Assault systems, issues and trends in Neurologist, Jeremy Bearden, DO facility would like information on
how to administer the NIH Stroke Role of Law Enforcement nursing, biophysical concepts and and Shawn Smith, MD Fee: $5 how to participate in these
Scale for acute stroke Rapist typologies test taking strategies. This activity Course Hours: 12pm to 1pm seminars, please call Theresa
assessment. The NIH Stroke Role of Patient Advocacy for 16.5 contact hours has been Location: INTEGRIS Southwest Hamrick at 405-636-7809.
Scale is a critical component of Victim’s Rights & Perspective provided by OU MEDICAL Medical Center, Auditorium
acute stroke assessment. The Judicial System & Court Room CENTER. For more information,
American Stroke Association, in
conjunction with the American
YWCA OKC SANE Coordinator
call Deidra Sharp, RN,BC, BSN
Academy of Neurology (AAN) and
Education Specialist phone: 405- 09/15-16/05
Phone #: (405) 947-4506 Fax #: 271-8365. 10/03/05-12/10/05Case
the National Institute of HOLD THE DATE: Management Principles
(405) 943-7177 2nd Annual Neural Perspectives
Neurological Disorders and Stroke
(NINDS), has developed this free, 08/26/05 MindAlert
NEW! Conference, September 15-16, and Practice
CME/CE certified, online training 08/18/05 Intracerebral 2005, Reed Conference Center, The University College of
Trainng Program - OKDHS
program for healthcare Midwest City, OK. Topics focus on Nursing presents a 10 week on-line
Hemorrhage Stroke and Brain Injury issues
professionals using footage from
the new 2004 NIH Stroke Scale
NEW! The workshop runs from 9 a.m.-
sponsored by INTEGRIS Jim
course. October 3 - December 10,
2005. This course is structured for
Speakers: Charles Morgan, MD, 3:30 p.m. at Shepherd Mall,
Training DVD developed by the Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital. 60 contact hours of self-paced
Neurologist, Medical Director of Activity Center, 2401 N.W. 23rd
NINDS. The target audiences for For additional information on any study with online student-to-student
Stroke Center of Oklahoma Fee: St., Suite 40B. Ruth Flexman,
this program are emergency of our courses, please visit interaction with faculty guidance.
$5 Course Hours: 12pm to 1pm Ph.D., Academy of Lifelong
physicians, neurologists, nurses, www.integrisjimthorpe.com on the This web-based course is designed
Location: INTEGRIS Southwest Learning coordinator at the
and medical students.Physicians life side look for continuing to explore the concept of case
Medical Center, Auditorium University of Delaware in
receive a maximum of 3.00 education series. Call (405) 636- management as the timely
CEU’s: 1 Wilmington and a faculty member
category 1 credits toward the 7809 for additional information. coordination of quality healthcare
of the MindAlert Trainer’s Bureau,
AMA Physician's Recognition will lead the workshop. Registra- services to
Award.Nurses receive 3.5 hours, 08/23/05 Introduction to tion is open to two groups – a 09/22/05-09/24/05 meet specific healthcare needs in
CERP Category A. See Stroke Management demonstration group consisting of Professional Assault Crisis a cost-effective manner to promote
www.asatrainingcampus.org or 1- Charles Morgan, M.D., Medical older adults and professionals Training - Pro-Act positive client outcomes. The
888-4STROKE for more Director, INTEGRIS Stroke Center who work with older adults. The course is approved for 51 clock
information. of Oklahoma LeighAnn Morrill, demonstration group will learn Fee: $0 - This course is only offered hours
RN, Stroke Nurse Coordinator, new methods of cognitive stimula- to INTEGRIS Employees Course through The Commission for Case
INTEGRIS Stroke Center of tion and will participate in experi- Hours: Days 1 & 2: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 Manager Certification. Register at
http://nursing.ouhsc.edu or call
August Oklahoma Fee: $150
Location: Southwest Medical
ential exercises to increase
mental fitness and demonstrate
p.m./Day 3: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: May 5-7, 2005: Southwest 405-325-1316 or 1-800-522-0772,
NEW! Center Cancer Center (building to
the North of ISMC) CEU’s:
that learning can be fun. Profes- Medical Center Auditorium extension 1316.
sionals will focus on skills they (basement level)/September 22-24,
08/09/05 Clinical Overview Application has been submitted can use to work with older 2005: Southwest Medical Center - 10/29/05 Tools: The
of Pseudobulbar Affect for 13.75 hours for PT, PTA, OT & persons. The morning session Dinning Room 3-4. CEU's: what, when, where, how
(Emotional Lability) and COTA Cancelation Policy: All features Flexman demonstrating Application submitted for 18.75 and why - How to use
Stroke cancelations must be in writing. new ideas for mental stimulation hours for OT, PT, SLP, LPC & Tools of NDT
Refunds less a 20% administra- with a group of older adults and Psychology. Prerequisites: This
Speakers: William Ruwe, PhD, tive charge will be given until one professionals. The afternoon course is a 3-day workshop. Speakers: Steve Dawson, PT,
PsyD, NeuroResources & Pam week prior to the start of the session with the professional Participants must attend all 3 days N.D.T.A. and Andrew Heuser, PT
Forducey, PhD, ABPP, Director, course. INTEGRIS Health group will cover the following to receive certificates of completion. Fee: $100 before September 30,
NeuroScience Institute reserves the right to cancel or topics: Everyone is encouraged to attend 2005 and $125 after September
Fee: $10 Course Hours: 4pm to change any programs for due How the brain influences behavior refresher courses every year once 30, 2005 Course Hours: 8:00 a.m.
6pm Location: INTEGRIS Baptist cause. Cancelation of a program How behavior influences the brain certification is obtained. Dress: to 5:00 p.m. Location: INTEGRIS
Medical Center, Auditorium by INTEGRIS Health will result in Principles for promoting mental Participants are encouraged to wear Southwest Medical Center,
CEU’s: 2 a full refund of tuition. INTEGRIS fitness comfortable, loose fitting clothes Cancer Center West Meeting
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times July 25, 2005 Page 13
Room CEU’s: Application has for pressure ulcers 2. Assess and Community participants
been submitted for 6.5 hours for: recommend treatment for vascular Recertification: $75.00 Touch the lives of patients when they need it most. Volunteer for a local hospice and offer comfort
PT, PTA, COTA & OT. Parking: and lower extremity wounds. 3. Cancellations must be received 24 and compassion to patients and families dealing with a terminal illness.
Parking is near the Cancer Center. Discuss importance of ABI hours prior to the program. Hospice volunteers help in three ways:
Enter through the Healing assessment and demonstrate Cancellations after this time or no-
Gardens with the gazebo North of techniques of ABI assessment. 4.
Patient care companions visit patients and families, keeping them connected to the community
shows will be charged a $25
the Cancer Center. Meeting rooms Discuss current research in the administrative fee. Registration is
and offering practical assistance in patients’ homes.
are on your left.For more informa- prevention of pressure ulcers. 5. available 24 hours/day, 7 days/ Bereavement volunteers assist families with grief following the loss of their loved ones.
tion, visit Identify common treatment week. PLEASE BRING CURRENT Special projects volunteers work in the hospice office, make gifts for patients, or help with planning special events.
www.integrisjimthorpe.com.If your strategies and explore product CPR CARD TO CLASS For Hospice volunteers receive training and support. To learn more, call your local hospice.
facility would like information on options from vendors. Faculty: W. information regarding the
how to participate in these Darren Hammond, MPT, CWS and American Heart Association AUTUMN BRIDGE HOSPICE: (405) 440-2440
seminars, please call Theresa Mary Zeigler, RN, MS, CRRN, Guidelines for Instructor AUTUMN LIGHT HOSPICE: (580) 252-1266
Hamrick at 405-636-7809. CWOCN from Rehabilitation Certification and Training Center
Institute of Chicago. Registration Affiliation. Jennifer Sims, BLS CARTER HOSPICE: Tarrah Ross, Director of Volunteers at (405) 947-7705, ext. 350
Open $395.00. This offering for 15.8
contact hours if provided by
Instructor 307-1728 Carol Reed,
BLS Coordinator 307-1777.
COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF OKLAHOMA: Lori Jeppesen at 866-891-7800
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. Healthlink 405-440-8802 CROSSROADS HOSPICE: Jan Foreman, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 632-9631
Introduction to Stroke
INTEGRIS Health is accredited as EXCELL HOSPICE: Stephanie Dartez, Volunteer Coordinator, 405-631-0521
Management E-Learning Introduction
a provider of continuing education
in nursing by American Nursing FAITH HOSPICE of OKC: (405) 840-8915
sponsored by: INTEGRIS Jim to NDT
Credentialing Center’s Steve Dawson, P N.D.T.A.
.T., FRONTIER HOSPICE: Pat McGowin, Volunteer Coordinator, 789-2913
Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital
Commission on Accreditation. Take this online E-Learning
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Why did you get into If you could invite with health care What’s the favorite part If you won the lottery,
nursing? anyone to dinner, living or of your job? what’s the first thing you
dead, who would it be? professionals would buy?
“My grandmother owns a “Bill Clinton, because he’s
throughout Oklahoma. “When residents hug me “I would buy a house with
bone-healing clinic in Ghana, the second greatest Democratic grow up I and tell me they love me. It acreage. I would have farm
West Africa. My mother is a president behind Franklin want to be really does make you feel animals, four bedrooms, three
nurse here in Oklahoma. In fact, Delano Roosevelt. They both a nurse. super good.” baths, a two-car garage and a
my mother and I both graduated did a lot for America. FDR barn. That way I wouldn’t have
from the Oral Roberts School of pulled the country out of the to raise my children in the city.”
Nursing. It’s a very rewarding Great Depression and Clinton
field to provide patient care and had one of the biggest budget
see results, especially in long- deficits in the history of the
term care. I also enjoy helping United States.”
families during their trying times
and helping them through their
trials and tribulations.”
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automatic level of respect that females we can all begin to inspire a more
Respect or Lack Thereof may not receive without having at least
once stood up for themselves against
respectful atmosphere in our own
working environment. Respect is
years. I was eager to learn everything I someone that is disrespectful. contagious and will begin to spread if
My Point of View... could. It was a Catholic hospital and the I have seen physicians that are enough people just begin being respectful
environment was always fun and friendly. rude, dismissive, belittling, and courteous and helpful to one
Commentary by Larry Leeds, RN
After one year I returned to Oklahoma argumentative and disrespectful. I have another. Managers as well want to have
which is my birthplace and began even on occasion stood up for co-workers a level of professionalism. What can make
working as an agency nurse. I worked that I felt were being mistreated. I have an entire setting seem more efficient
all over OKC and in every possible setting stood before physicians and asked them and together than a team that is all
with the exception of ER and OR. I was to please refrain from being insulting working toward the same goal?
I have been always well received and never had any and rude and explained that their Finally I must impart this one piece
doing more problems or lack of respect. I returned behavior is unacceptable. Respect is of personal wisdom. I would encourage
research and to school in 2002 and earned my ADN however in most instances earned. The anyone that is just miserably unhappy
exploration since and passed NCLEX-RN July 1st 2003. I level of respect you receive is usually and can see no light at the end of the
my Nursing was already working very frequently at in direct response to the respect you tunnel to seek out a new position. Life
Shortage series St. Anthony and almost exclusively in give. If you are giving your full attention is shorter than most of us understand
back in august of CCU. I was hired as staff in CCU on July to the person with whom you are and it can change or end at any moment
Lar r y Leeds, RN last year. There 14th 2003 and have since been employed interacting and making certain that you and if you spend too much time of
are many nurses and received all of my critical care are well understood and that you your life in an unhappy, unappreciated,
that refute a nursing shortage exists. credentialing and am now one of three understand them communication is non-nurturing position you are only
There are many theories that have some dayshift charge nurses. instantly improved. Presentation is hurting yourself. There is a place that
validity but the most frequently and I have never had any real problems another aspect that can lead to poor will be the perfect fit for you! You
extensively expounded on is lack of with treatment or respect in any of my treatment. If a physician is asking however must have the strength and
respect by employers and poor working levels of employment. Perhaps it is the questions or inquiring about the the courage to leave something that may
conditions. facilities I have chosen or perhaps I have condition of one of your patients and be comfortable or safe and take a chance
I have been a nurse for ten years been lucky. I understand there may be you are lax or non-compliant with giving on finding the place you desire.
now. I have gone over my history many other factors that contribute to a or assisting with finding information It is my point of view that one
before but I will review for those that happy working environment or to the then you will likely lose some points person can make a difference! You can
missed it or have forgotten. I began level of respect or treatment an employee toward earning the respect you desire. be the one that gets the ball rolling
by earning my LVN from a Jr. College receives. One example that I have explored The respect of the management and toward having a happier more
in Texas. I worked my first year as is the difference between male and female co-workers is also often seen as lacking respectable and courteous workplace. You
floor staff on an ortho-neuro floor. I acceptance of situations. I do not want or nonexistent. I may be some sort of be the one to start being more courteous
worked with many nurses that had to offend anyone. I personally feel that Pollyanna but I feel that if we are all and helpful and respectful and it will
been in nursing for ten and twenty males (unfairly so perhaps) receive an more courteous and helpful to each other spread as fast as any other contagion.
often enough, you might end up with a reads it, will like it. But nothing I you have a killer scrapbook lay-out you
The River bee in your nose. There is risk in
everything. One of my favorite quotes
write will be published if I don’t send
want to send in to that magazine.
Keep rowing until the river runs
tells us to “Remember to Dance”, but Maybe you have a secret desire to dry. Don’t be afraid of those rapids. Be
My Point of View... once again, you can injure yourself hang glide. You could fly. If you persistent when you go after that goal.
dancing. don’t jump off the cliff wearing those It’s not always the best or strongest
Commentary by Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
Helen Keller says you can’t be afraid wings, you will never fly on the wind. who reaches the goal; it’s the one who
of danger because those who try to stay Could you get hurt or look stupid? Sure. hangs in there no matter what.
out of danger’s way may be just as liable But then I am capable of getting hurt Don’t be the person who says I could
to be injured. How does all this apply or looking stupid walking across the or should have. Be the one who says, I
to me, you wonder? Oh. You didn’t floor. I’d rather hurt myself doing did it.
wonder? Well, I’m going to tell you something exciting than simply tripping
anyway, just because I can. over my cat.
We live our lives the best we can. Now don’t get up in arms here.
We get married, raise children, have a I’m not saying go out there and get Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
Garth Brooks has career or not, depending on our desires. scraped up. Don’t let fear keep you
a song called If you are reading this column, you are
“The River.” In most likely a nurse. You live with a
from what you want. This is a great
time for nursing. There are more fields
Board of Commentary
Carol Shenold, RN, CIC it he talks about certain amount of danger and risk every to go in to than ever before. Money is
rowing until the day. The question is are you where you just waiting for the right person who Patricia Armenta, RN
river dries up, not being afraid of the want to be right now? wants to go for that advanced degree Martha Collar
rapids and essentially keeping on No, I don’t mean in Cabo Cabo, on a in forensic pathology or public health. Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
keeping on. beach with a tall drink in your hand. I Look at where you are. Look at Colleen Folsch
I’ve seen a lot of articles, songs mean, where are you in relation to your where you want to be or at the one Virginia Gillispie, RN, ND
and essays about making use of your career, your life? dream you have, nursing or not. Set April Goode
time, doing it now instead of putting Have you taken the risks you need your goals, realistic and achievable ones, Vickie Jenkins
Larry Leeds, RN
it off, whatever “it” might be. Live to take to advance in nursing to the and go for it. If you wait for the Vickie Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
like you were dying, depressing place you want to be. Maybe you’re “right” time, when the kids are grown, Dr. Trisha Phaklides
thought but you know what I mean. satisfied with patient care, and that’s good. when your daughter is married, your Linda Mundorff(Rener), RN, MPH, MSN, NDc
When you are young, you have But maybe you want to do patient care son is on his own, your husband is Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
forever to do what you want to do. in ICU, but are afraid to try for ACLS or happier, you have more money, it may Elizabeth Sowdal, RN
When you are old ((like me) you know take the critical care certification exam. never happen. Do it now, for you, to Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
you have no time left to do everything You might fail. Of course you will never build your own confidence.
you want to do. How can we reconcile pass if you never take the exam. You don’t really have to jump off a Opinions expressed in columns and letters
this with our life as it really is? We As a writer, I have to take risks. I cliff, or jump into graduate school. Your to the editor are not necessarily the
are admonished to “stop and smell the run the risk of rejection every time I goal may be as simple as applying for a opinions of employees, ownership of this
roses.” send out a piece. If the piece is published, position on another unit in your hospital, newspaper or the publishing company.
If you stop and smell the roses there’s the possibility that no one who tackling a new specialty. Or maybe