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July 25, 2005           Vol. 15 Issue 30
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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
                                                                                                                               some hives?
                                                                                                                                   I would not like to be a nurse - With a
                                                                                                                               license in my purse.
                                                                                                                                   I would not like to save
                                                                                                                 by Mike
                                                                                                           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
                                                                     ears                nur
                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                 Elizabeth Pa

 Neighborhood Health Clinic brings satisfaction                                                                                                                       Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS IN
                                                                                                                                                                      This Week’s
 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
                                                                                                                                                                      Pg. 4-5
 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
                                                                                                                                                                      Health Care
 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
                                                                                                                                                                      Pg. 6
 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
                                                                                                                                                                      Pg. 10
                                                                                                                  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
      U.S. Postage                                                                                                yet I have more detail than
   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
                                              in longer, your pay goes up.”
                                                                                             high quality nurses. We will not and do
                                                                                             not sacrifice quality for the sake of
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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
and it wasn’t until two years later that      probably the first thing that caught my        to help families before they really need              stevene@okcnursingtimes.com
he enlisted in the Air Force.                 eye.”                                          him.                                                       Managing Editor
     “It’s been a huge growing experience          In the Air Force, Carter’s experiences         “All active duty members are                             Crystal White
for me and a huge learning experience,”       only grew.                                     followed up on a yearly basis,” Carter               crystalw@okcnursingtimes.com
he said. “I think the biggest incentive            “When I first came in I was able to       said. “My family members all have
at least for me coming in to the Air          go into units where I was really able to       preventive health benefits. A lot of people                 News Consultant
Force was just the fact you have              master my skills as a nurse,” he said.         in the civilian world only got to the         Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) MPH, MSN, ND, RN, NC
leadership opportunities and the ability      “With the Air Force I was able to fly as       doctor if they’re sick. They’re very good                        W riter s
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
start over.”                                  incentives that nurses can enjoy in the        of the armed forces.                                      Barbara Scarpella Reed
     In the civilian world, moving from       military.                                           “I’ve been deployed and I’ve taken                          Will Ryan
one floor to another can often times be            Currently, the Air Force is offering      care of our members who have been                              Jason Smith
a lateral move. In the Air Force, the         a $15,000 sign-on bonus or those               injured in conflict,” Carter said. “It was                       Lea Terry
sky really is the limit when it comes to      interested can opt for a loan repayment        a great feeling of satisfaction and pride.              news@okcnursingtimes.com
learning opportunities and pay.               program that nets around $23,000 after         One of the special forces guys told me                    Boar d of Commentar y
     “In the Air Force you move up in         taxes for school loans.                        he could concentrate on his mission                                Martha Collar
rank and you move up in pay,” Carter               Top nurses can also be selected to        when he wasn’t worried about what                                 Eileen Doherty
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
                                                                                                                                                               Colleen Folsch
sector.                                       compete with all the employers trying          or call Staff Sergeant Steven Gifford at
                                                                                                                                                     Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
     “We don’t hit a plateau. There’s no      to hire nurses. The main thing we stress       405-670-1866.
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                                              needing treatment for ear aches, fever,
Employer                                      diabetes, hypertension, thyroid
                                              problems, cholesterol monitoring, sinus
                                                                                          New JCAHO Standards require
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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.
                                                                                              Tobacco Free Nurses is the first
Williamson for two and a half years           but we’re not an insurance doctor,”
                                                                                          national program focused on helping
and hope to work in her profession            she explained. “We fill out the insurance   nurses and their clients quit smoking.
for 15 more years.                            papers and they turn it in. And then            Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for           BEFORE                     AFTER
     Patients she cares for in the practice   their insurance reimburses them. We’re      Nurses contains:
range from babies to a 99-year-old            not an HMO. We see Medicare people.             Easy access to information based           Most Kitchens Around $400!
woman.                                        But we think we Are helping the people      on the “5 A’s” approach to smoking                 METRO WOODCARE cleans greast
     “We see them all and it’s                that don’t have insurance.”                 cessation intervention: Ask, Advise,            (even sticky dirt), covers scratches, and
                                                                                                                                      restores wood’s natural glow in less than a day!
wonderful,” she said. “You get to see             In contrast to other clinics, Rogers    Assess, Assist & Arrange                       We make your old wood look good again.
it all. And you don’t get bored because       said patients need not wait long for            Fold-out table of smoking cessation        CALL TODAY!
you don’t see skin rashes all the time.       their appointments.                         pharmacotherapies including dosage,         Free Estimate
You see everything.”                              “We try to make them feel               duration, side effects, and availability    (405) 946-3330
     A typical day brings her patients        comfortable,” she said.                         National Quitline phone number:
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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
new nurses at the three HCA hospitals      Management Systems, Inc.                      nurses when there’s plenty of girls out                 encountered, resources such as a cluster

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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
                                                                                                                                                                                by          ock
                                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                            Preferr Pedia
                                                                                               efer      ediatric              Care owner Jane Doss,                Preferr Pharmac
                                                                                                                                                                      efer           macy
    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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skilled care for an optimal quality of life
                                                       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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       Join the
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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,
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                                                                                                         • Feels that rules don’t apply to them
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                                                                                                                                                       safety. The EC 130 B4 is one of the quietest
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Continued Education
                                    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
                                                                          information, visit
                                                                                                                  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
                                    Examiner                                                                          .M.
                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                  CEU’s: 1
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

Continued Education
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
Course Description:                                                                                              HEARTLAND HOSPICE: Crystal McKee, Volunteer Coordinator, 848-3305 at 5015 N. Penn, Ste 200, Oklahoma City; Karen Cleveland, Bereavement
                                     For additional information, please   course at your convenience!
The Stroke 101 course includes                                                                                    Coordinator, at (405) 214-6442 at 3700 N Kickapoo, Ste 104, Shawnee; Debbie Tallent at 405-224-9404 at 205 Chichaska Ave, Ste 1, Chickasha
                                     visit www.integrisjimthorpe.com on   Fee: $125 (Free to INTEGRIS
Stroke pathophysiology, applied
                                     the life side look for continuing    employees!) Once registered, you                             INTERIM HEALTHCARE HOSPICE: Christy Byrd, Volunteer Coordinator (405) 848-3555 Ext 214
clinical Neuro-anatomy, Stroke
                                     education series. Call (405) 636-    will receive via e-mail the Internet
syndromes, and thrombolytics and                                                                                                                     LION HOSPICE: Lion Hospice Volunteer Program at (405) 810-1591
                                     7809 for additional information.     Web site and your password for
the acute ischemic stroke
                                                                          accessing the course. Instructions                                  MISSION HOSPICE: Barbara Strickland, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 848-3779
survivor. A brief overview of
                                     CPR (BLS) Instructor                 about accessing the course are
hemorrhagic stroke, stroke                                                                                                                                ODYSSEY HEALTHCARE: Susan Burcham at 879-3400
specific meds, clinical practice     Course:                              also provided. Visit
                                     Designed to prepare the AHA          www.integrisjimthorpe.com for                                     PREFERRED HOSPICE: Shelly Jackson-Keller at (405) 602-6473, or (866) 602-6473
guidelines, complications of
stroke, bedside dysphagia            instructor to disseminate skills     more information. If your facility                                               RED RIVER HOSPICE: Joy Ausmus at (405) 943-8277
screening for RN’s and               necessary in resuscitation.          would like information on how to
competency check-offs used for       No charge to NRH Employees           participate in these seminars,
bladder scanner. A considerable      Community participants: $150.00      please call Theresa Hamrick at
amount of time will be introducing   (includes manual & book)             405-636-7809.
and practicing assessing and
scoring virtual stroke patients                                                                                                                                                                    Supporting Medical
                                                                                                                  The Oklahoma
using the National Institute of
Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS).
                                                           FREE                                                                                                                                Professionals of Oklahoma
Registration is $150 for (non-
Integris Health) employees.
This offering for 16.12 contact
hours if provided by INTEGRIS
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          N u r s                                                                    e                                     t a l k
                                                                        Each week we visit
     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
                                                                                                      When I
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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Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                       July 25, 2005                                                                            Page 15

                                                                                        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
Larr Leeds,
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
                                                                                        it out.
                                                                                                                                      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          RN,
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
                                                                                                                                                        Eileen Doherty
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

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