Large prestigious healthcare provider seeks dynamic NURSE RECRUITER to
coordinate recruitment and retention activities of all nursing personnel in a variety of
specialty areas. The successful candidate will have graduated from a School of Nursing
(Bachelors of Nursing required), and have current registration with the Oklahoma
Board of Nursing. Additional requirements include three to five years clinical experience
as a Registered Nurse, demonstrated Human Resources experinece, and ability to
create & analyze information to present executive reports. Excellent benefits package
and compensation commensurate with experience.
For consideration, please forward a resume to:
P.O. Box 239 Mustang, OK 73139
December 26, 2005 Vol. 37 Issue 52
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Team spirit: Logan Medical One Moment Please
Center rallies for exceptional care
by James Coburn By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN
Nurses become more
than mere co-workers at
Logan Medical Center in
Guthrie. A team effort elcome to Super Global Conglomerate
develops because everyone Monopoly Enterprises. We are happy to
serves at Logan for the same take your call. For a menu in English say
reason - exceptional patient the word ‘English.’ Para Espanol . . .” BEEP.
care. “Welcome to the SGCME Automated Help Desk in English.
“You want to help each If you have called to check on your most recent transactions
other,” said Jan Ruhl, Logan please say the word ‘Accounting,’ into the receiver. If you
Medical Center registered have called to check on the status of a claim, please say the
nurse and case manager. words, ‘Hopeless Runaround’ clearly into the receiver. If you
“You want to help all the have called to explore employment opportunities, please say
patients do well, and the the words, ‘Your mother warned you not to stop your
patients, they know all the education with a bachelor’s degree in sociology,’ into the
nurses.” receiver. If you have called to file a claim, please say,
It’s not uncommon for ‘Purgatory.’” BEEP.
Ruhl to be greeted by former “Welcome to the SGCME Claims Desk.
patients when she’s out in Please state in a few words
the community, be it a the nature of your claim. For L a u g h i n g
restaurant or grocery store. example you may state, with
And it makes patients feel “storm damage” or “short
term disability.” BEEP. Elizabeth
“Welcome to the SGCME Home and
Lo g an Medical Center case
Log Property Claims Desk. Please listen to
manag Janet Ruhl says
mana g er J anet R uhl sa ys the the directions completely. You may
hospital is c hanging with the say the word ‘Operator’ at anytime
times. to speak to a representative. Please
by James Cobur
Photo by James Cobur n
See Elizabeth , Page 3
See Team, Page 2
Medi Flight earns national aspects of operations.
While all air and ground
ambulances must be licensed,
Career Options in
certification in 25th year earning this accreditation
means Medi Flight was
benchmarked against more Cardiovascular
by Mike Lee hospital/air ambulance and goal,” McLellan said. than 160 national accreditation Manager: OHH
Staff Writer ground critical care transport “Really, it was an standards and has earned the
service recently learned of the objective for many, many “Gold Standard” in critical care
accreditation by the Commission years here. It was so medical transport signifying
A whirlwind year with a on Accreditation of Medical important from all our the ability to deliver service
new base and new helicopter Transport Systems (CAMTS). perspectives that this be a and exceptional quality. finds time for
was capped off recently after The accreditation is for three capstone for our 25th year Not all helicopter transfer both her
Medi Flight learned it had years. celebration.” services in Oklahoma have passions
received the most prestigious Medi Flight Director Marvin Similar to the strict achieved CAMTS accreditation.
certification in the air McLellan said the certification assessment of hospitals by the “The accreditation indicates Pg. 6
ambulance business. coming to fruition has been a Joint Commission of what we have known, that
As Medi Flight of work in progress for some time. Accredited Healthcare Medi Flight is one of the top
Oklahoma celebrates its 25 “Our staff and my chief Organizations, CAMTS air ambulance services in the Healing Touch
years in service this year, the flight nurse have worked accreditation is a voluntary world,” McLellan said. Home Health
hospital-based emergency tirelessly to accomplish that assessment of quality on all “After months of Care goes the
preparation, it is rewarding to extra mile
Oklahoma City, Ok 731
know that Medi Flight is this
highly regarded by the experts Pg. 11
PAID in the field. ”
My Point of View...Commentary by
U.S. Postage Larry Leeds, RN
See Flight, Page 2
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she’d be amazed with Logan Medical You treat them like VIPs because you’re
Team Center’s latest developments, Ruhl said.
The hospital has been expanding its
going to see them on the street corner.”
Her career at Logan Medical Center
Continued from Pa
Continued from Page 1 spectrum of care with upscale state-of- has included being nurse educator,
the-art services. A sleep lab was recently intensive care head nurse, supervisory
added to the hospital. roles, emergency room work, infection Published each Monday
In addition, a new rehab unit is control and risk management, associate by Metro Publishing, L.L.C.
offering more aggressive therapy chief nursing officer over pharmacy,
better knowing the person who is taking services. surgery and home health. Locally Owned and Operated
care of them, who doesn’t only know “We’re getting a new specialty Now as case manager, Ruhl reviews Publisher
them as a patient behind a room number clinic,” Ruhl said. “We’ve got some new the orders of patients admitted to the Steven R. Eldridge
on a door. specialists that are coming here - a hospital while making sure they meet firstname.lastname@example.org
Feeling a sense of community has surgeon from Mercy and an OBGYN admission criteria. She also visits with Editor
long been part of Ruhl’s life. Her from Stillwater.” patients and their family members. Ruhl Crystal White-Beshear
grandmother, the late Vera Hege, was Logan’s myriad of care includes an will contact family members if they are email@example.com
an RN for several years in Kansas and orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, not immediately available. The patients’
got Ruhl her first job in health care as oncologist, podiatrist, and ENT, among needs are discussed and also any needs News Consultant
a physical therapy aide before Ruhl others. Cardiologist Dr. Brook Scott of a patient might have following discharge Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) MPH, MSN, ND, RN, NC
graduated from Wichita State University. the Oklahoma Heart Hospital is also on such as oxygen, durable medical
“She secretly got married when she staff at Logan. equipment, rehab, nursing home W riter s
was in nursing Logan Medical placement or home health. James Coburn
school because if Center is a county- Her previous roles gave her a Elissa Crocker
y o u w e r e i n “I think you see a lot in a o w n e d f a c i l i t y comprehensive understanding of hospital Mike Lee
nursing school small hospital that you don’t under the auspices nursing. Clinical experience is imperative Mike Ligouri
back then, you of the county when working with different diagnoses Marty Mitchell
c o u l d n ¹ t b e in larger hospitals,” Ruhl commissioners who encountered. Sarah Sangosti
married,” Ruhl explained. appoint the board Ruhl said nurses find gratification Jason Smith
said. of directors. QHR is in their work at Logan due in part to Lea Terry
Hege, who a management the low patient to nurse ratio. Logan firstname.lastname@example.org
was born in 1910, managed to hide her company hired by the Logan hospital Medical Center is a critical access hospital
marriage certificate in a piano bench in board of directors to manage the hospital. licensed for 25 beds that offers LPNs
her parents’ home before announcing Guthrie’s friendly and dedicated staff and RNs extensive variety in patient Boar d of Commentar y
her marriage after graduating from is one of the reasons Ruhl’s loyalty to care. Martha Collar
nursing school around 1930. Logan continues in full force. She became “I think you see a lot in a small Eileen Doherty
Ruhl recalled her family dinner an RN in 1977 and has served at the hospital that you don’t in larger Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
conversations with her grandmother, a Guthrie hospital for 23 years. hospitals,” she explained. “Larger Colleen Folsch
“I lived here and didn’t really know hospitals are more specialized in Virginia Gillispie
medication nurse, who always made full
circle to discuss the changes in nursing anybody because I had married my pathology, neuro or orthopedic, and here
Larry Leeds, RN
that had occurred by the time her husband,” she said. “And we moved you get it all.” Vicki Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
granddaughter became a nurse. down here; he’s from Guthrie. And I Physician relationship is another Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) RN, MPH, MSN, ND
“I just remember as she got older worked in Edmond and at Presbyterian, important factor for RNs in the role Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
and retired from nursing when she was and I thought, ‘Well, it would be a case manager and Ruhl has established Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
about 70-something-years-old, that she great pportunity to get to know people a good rapport with physicians during Christina Gomez
was real picky about medicine,” Ruhl in the community.’” her service at Logan. ‘Guthrie’s very
said with a laugh. “I think what keeps me here is you lucky to have the group of physicians
If her grandmother was still alive, really take care of people you know. that we have here,” she continued. Adv
Ad v er tising
Flight. located at OU Medical Center in Lyn Wazny
Flight In addition to the CAMTS
accreditation, Medi Flight added a third
Oklahoma City, however, the base is
in the process of moving from its long
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dedicated to the transport of pediatric Hospital at OU Medical Center to its John Melton
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women. Center at OU Medical Center.
The accreditation process included Also, the service opened a second Accounts Coordinator
completion of a 100-page list of base in Seminole, Okla., which allows Gaye Hannan, LPN
questions based on the CAMTS Medi Flight to respond more quickly Letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
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you to our Automated Work Related as he fell he ripped the bag of I could flip like that anymore, but I
Elizabeth Injury Desk,”
“NO! JOE! I wasn’t at work. I was
popcorn open and the popcorn spilled.
I guess a lot of it went down the
did and when I landed my foot went
right through the wall. It’s only
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Continued from Pa getting ready for work you see and the heating vent. Anyway, we were all plasterboard, not like the good old
kids were downstairs making some standing in the kitchen staring at houses with nice sturdy walls,”
microwave popcorn for breakfast,” the ice ball and the hole in the ceiling “One moment and I will transfer
state in one or two words the nature “One moment and I will transfer wondering what we should do. you to our Automated Home
of your claim. For example, ‘Fire’ or you to our Automated Health and “The furnace kicked on because Construction Complaint Desk.”
‘Flood.’ BEEP. Nutrition Desk.” of all the cold air coming in through “NO! JOE!”
“Thank you for calling the SGCME “NO! JOE! That’s not what I called the hole in the ceiling. Next thing Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. “Thank you for
Operator’s Desk. All our operators are about and really, it must be better for you know we heard popopopopop and calling . . .”
busy at the moment helping other them than cereal if they have some milk we realized that the popcorn in the
customers. Our busiest hours are with it and they like it, you know – heating duct was popping. I ran to
between midnight and 11:55 p.m. wait – that’s not the point! So, they go turn the thermostat down so that
Monday through Sunday. You may were going to make some popcorn. I there wouldn’t be a fire. I turned the
have better luck reaching an operator had just finished drying my hair and corner into the hall and ran smack Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal works at OU
if you call at another time. BEEP” Johnny had the popcorn bag and there dab into the dog who had smelled Medical Center in the Surgical-Trauma I.C.U.
“Welmiddel fritz woogle Joe. was this huge crash! I went running the popcorn, I guess, and was running She has also worked in the Bone Marrow
Howmena fifi zergall?” down the stairs and when I got to the for the kitchen. He loves popcorn Transplant Unit and in a Med-Surg unit.
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are the right person to speak to, I got of ice on the floor and a big hole in the he tries to chew it because it gets at
a little confused during the automated roof,” the back of his mouth and,”
voice menu.” “One moment and I will transfer “One moment and I will transfer
“Lazznum?” you to our Automated Jet Plane Waste you to our Automated Pet Tips Desk.”
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Today’s Nurse: Career Options in Nursing
This Week’s Topic: Director of Nursing: Mercy Health Center
by Elissa Crocker, RN, BSN see the shadows of your footprints,” as a Magnet Hospital. But their predicted to get worse.
Staff Writer she said. “It’s not about showcasing the achievement didn’t mark the end of the “Nurses come to us,” Fanning said.
Leadership styles can make or break leaders; it’s about instilling the values journey – it was the beginning of a “They’re so excited there’s a Magnet
an organization. Regardless of whether and beliefs of the organization’s new one. facility in Oklahoma.”
the goal is to deliver fast food or deliver leadership into the staff.” “You don’t get there and stop,” she And while individuals outside the
health care, employees want to be treated Currently, Fanning is one of three said. “Magnet continuously challenges health care industry may not understand
with respect, to be recognized for their nurses at the helm of nursing us. We have to constantly prove our the process involved in attaining the
contribution, and given the freedom to administration at Mercy Health Center. excellence — and that’s good. It keeps award or the principles behind it, the
function as autonomously as the scope The chief nursing officer, Christine us thinking ahead and always trying to Magnet designation is becoming the
of the position and their demonstrated Weigel, has responsibility for nursing do better.” Coca-Cola of health care providers in
capability of meeting its job description services overall, while the hospital’s Maintaining the American Nurses terms of “brand recognition” of
allows. multiple nursing departments are divided Association’s standards as a Magnet excellence in the public domain. Fanning
Employees who’ve worked in and oversight is split between two facility is an ongoing process which said many of her husband’s colleagues
systems staffed by graduates of the “Me- directors of nursing, Teri Round and includes periodic onsite surveys and in the banking business recently
Boss-You-Not” School of Management Linda Fanning. continued documentation. And while mentioned the subject at Christmas
can attest that these environments spawn Although her nursing career began Fanning said a designated Magnet parties.
discontent, deflate morale, and decrease at Mercy during nursing school and for Planning Committee exists to oversee “They know it’s a great award,” she
productivity — ultimately defeating the five years after graduation, Fanning the effort, the quest is more than a goal said.
purpose of any organization. spent a number of years in management of the hospital’s administrators; it’s a But even though the Magnet
On the other hand, some leaders positions at another local hospital. goal of Mercy Health Center. designation is an honor, it merely reflects
recognize the invisible power inherent However, she returned to Mercy as a “The staff earned this and they own the sum of many parts – the contribution
in the human spirit, rather than wielding director of nursing in 2003. it,” she said. “We don’t have to explain every employee makes each day on the
the big-stick of visible power delegated “The title was the same, but the why we need to do something – our job.
by a rung on life’s ladder. Instead they challenges of this job raised the bar,” staff will say, ‘We need to do this because Fanning’s contribution encompasses
adopt a management style that fosters she said. “I knew Chris wanted to go we are a Magnet facility, and that’s many duties involved in the managerial
loyalty and inspires excellence – for Magnet, and I knew the management what Magnet facilities do – they strive oversight of about 487 employees in a
ultimately elevating the organization as team and that they were going for great for excellence.’” number of patient care arenas. They
a whole. things. I wanted to be a part of that.” Among the award’s many benefits include the Family BirthPlace, the NICU,
Linda Fanning, director of nursing In April of 2004, Fanning and the is recognition as a stellar work pediatrics, ortho/neuro, palliative care,
at Mercy Health Center, understands entire Mercy staff achieved those “great environment, a fact that comes in handy and several med/surg units that also
the value of leading by example. things” as the first and only hospital in in the recruitment and retention of care for cardiac and renal patients.
“In leadership roles, you have to Oklahoma to be awarded the designation nurses when the nursing shortage is Assisted by seven nurse managers,
Safe Kids Oklahoma
schedules child safety trainings
In an effort to reduce motor vehicle-related injury, the leading killer of
children, and because four out of five child safety seats are used incorrectly,
six introductory classes in child passenger safety will be conducted by Safe
Kids Oklahoma across the state in the coming months. One certification
class is also scheduled.
The introductory classes will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and are scheduled
for Jan. 17, Stillwater; Feb. 21, Madill; March 29, Pawhuska; April 20,
Purcell; April 29, Perry; June 14, Woodward. The certification class will be
held June 6-9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Children’s Hospital at OU MEDICAL
CENTER, Oklahoma City.
The classes will focus on crash dynamics, proper use of child safety
seats and common mistakes with seats. The class is geared for law
enforcement, firefighters, health professionals, child care providers and
other child passenger safety advocates. Continuing education credits are
approved for law enforcement, emergency medical service providers and
child care providers.
Cost of the introductory class is $10; cost of the certification class is
$50, with an additional fee of $60 payable to the certifying body. Interested
persons should call (405) 271-5695 to pre-register or for more information,
or they may register online, www.oksafekids.org.
Each year, nearly 1,400 children (ages 14 and under) die in motor
vehicle crashes and another 280,000 are injured — most because they are
not properly secured in vehicles.
“Most parents believe they are taking all the right steps to protect their
kids in the car. They are shocked to learn how complex the process really
is,” said Collar. “With hundreds of car seats and several different types of
seat belt systems in cars, the potential combinations are numerous, which
is one reason installation can be so difficult.”
As part of the classes, the students, under the supervision of certified
instructors, will check parents’ car seats for proper installation. The check-
up event locations can be found at www.oksafekids.org. Free child safety
seats will be available for the first 20 eligible families at each event.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times December 26, 2005 Page 5
Fanning said each manager is assigned Fanning also attends a weekly
to around 50 to 75 beds, usually on a physicians’ committee meeting that deal
combination of units, while each unit with various issues such as practice
has a shift charge nurse. guidelines or unit activities that may
“Everything I do has something to need fine-tuning and coordination.
do with nursing and patient care,” she “It’s collaborative and primarily
said. “I make rounds on the units every physician driven but they want nursing
day, and I have weekly meetings with representation,” she said.
each of the managers individually to Another unusual but enjoyable part
address their special needs because each of her job is the opportunity to provide
area is different.” insight from a nurse’s perspective by
Topics on the agenda range from working with the facility’s maintenance
matters related to patient care and and engineering departments during
satisfaction to staffing concerns. A major construction and building projects.
component touching many areas, staffing “We just designed the new Family
issues may be as simple as requests for BirthPlace, and we’re looking at
additional employees to more complex remodeling other areas,” she said.
processes such as mentoring and If there is a drawback to Fanning’s
succession planning for staff members itinerary, she said it’s not having “the
interested in career advancement. And energy I had in my 20s.”
of course there’s the “M” word – money. Even so, Fanning has found her
“Each manager develops a budget, niche. And while a number of ingredients
and once a year, we sit down and get factor into the big picture of her job
those finished within the parameters satisfaction, she chose to illustrate it with
given us,” she said. “We also do monthly the following example.
variance reports [to evaluate where we “Today in nursing leadership, our
stand].” chief nursing officer started the meeting
Fanning also provides input on by asking us to tell each other what
multiple committees and councils that we’re thankful for,” she said. “It was
deal with administrative and clinical just so moving.”
aspects of running the hospital in Among the group’s blessings were
general. the usual heartfelt appreciation for
As the chair of the Institutional family, friends, and health. But she said
Review Board (IRB), she attends meetings many of those in attendance also placed
that address physician-sponsored as well working at Mercy hospital “with a leader
as nursing-sponsored research. She said like Chris” at the top of the list. by ock
Photo by Elissa Cr ocker
a recent meeting provided an update “Having a leader who keeps you
on ongoing nursing research being grounded ethically and morally every anning,
Fanning RN, BSN, MS, ectors nur
two director ursing at Merc
Linda Fanning, RN, BSN, MS, is one of two director s of nur sing at Mer cy Health Center and
conducted in the NICU. Called the HELP day is awesome,” Fanning said. under stands the value of leading by example.
understands value xample.
trial, the study is evaluating heat-loss Obviously, the shadows of the
prevention through the use of a special footprints of leadership at Mercy Health
material wrapped around premature Center are well illuminated and easy to
infants at birth. follow.
OU to host classes for
female cancer patients
Look Good, Feel Better is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, OU
Physicians and OU Medical Center. The program is designed to help women
undergoing cancer treatment feel good about their appearance by helping
them cope with treatment-related side effects. Women receiving treatment for
any type of cancer may participate. They do not have to be receiving treatment
through OU Physicians.
During the program, licensed cosmetologists will help patients enhance
their appearance using a 12-step program developed especially for women
undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. They will demonstrate how women
can use makeup, wigs and other accessories to look like themselves again and
restore their self-image, confidence and sense of control. Participants will
receive cosmetics and skin care products to use at home.
The free event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., in room 2107 of the OU
Physicians Building, 825 N.E. 10th Street. Valet parking will be available and
refreshments will be served. Participants may bring a female guest. Reservations
are suggested as space fills up quickly. For more information or reservations,
call Susan Nagelhout, 405-271-5885, or Susie Bullock, 405-271-4022.
With nearly 400 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician
group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many
OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that
is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation.
Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that
are world firsts. OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health
Sciences Center and in Edmond, Enid and other cities around Oklahoma.
When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical
Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro
area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of
Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
Page 6 December 26, 2005 Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
Registered nurse finds time
for both her passions
by Mike Lee Colonial Art Gallery & Co. “It’s
Staff Writer organized chaos.”
Salley Carter’s parents took the Chaos does reign at The Colonial,
news hard. Just a short time after owned by Willard E Johnson II. But
graduating from the University of the chaos inside the walls of the early
Oklahoma in 1998 with a bachelor’s in 20th century home situated in
art and art history, Carter informed downtown Oklahoma City is the chaos
her folks that she felt the need to of art through the ages.
head back to the classroom. While most might not pay the early
Seems a sick friend, followed by 1900s home much attention on N.W.
one who passed away, had inspired 1st street, art lovers across the country
Carter to go back to the classroom for have made the pilgrimage to take in
a more hands-on career – one that an impressive collection of art from
included helping people. charcoal drawings to masterpiece
So Carter enrolled in nursing school paintings.
and became a registered nurse. It’s all in a day’s work for Carter,
But as luck would have it, Carter who actually wakes around 4:30 a.m.
has now come full-circle. She’s still a so she can be by her first patient by
nurse by day – tending to the 5:30 a.m. She’s usually done by 4 p.m.,
chronically ill at the Fresenius Dialysis which means she’s usually at The
Center at Integris Hospital – but when Colonial by late afternoon.
she’s not on shift you can find Carter People ask her all the time how
roaming the back rooms of The Colonial she can finish one job to start another,
Art Gallery & Co. but Carter just smiles.
And while so many people have “They’re both my passions,” Carter
the good fortune of finding one thing says with a grin. “Art happens to be
they are passionate about, Carter now by Mike
Photo by Mike Lee
my first one. Art was first, but I fell
has two things in her life that she in love with nursing.”
feels totally absorbed by. She likes both jobs for the freedom Salley Car ter, R.N., and Dan Hamilton wor k at The Colonial Ar t Galler y & Co. in Oklahoma City. The
Salley Carter R.N., ork
wor at Art Gallery Co. City.
“I was absolutely impressed,” Carter they provide. gistered nur takes care patients by day
register ed nur se takes car e of patients by day and can often be ffound at the Galler y in the
urse ound at Gallery
said of the treasure trove that is The “This is part time, but I love it,” ening.
Carter said. in the market for a Monet.
At The Colonial, Carter tends to “I just got the bug,” Hamilton says
the matting and framing. The store of his work at The Colonial.
offers its custom framing services to Hamilton has heard Johnson tell
the public at a reasonable cost. the stories of Willard Johnson Sr., who
But then there is the art that is was a one-man, roving art lecture for
sold. Many of the pieces are those you Oklahoma’s public schools decades ago.
would expect to find hanging in a Johnson would take works of art to
museum, but Carter says it’s not Oklahoma schools who called him,
unusual to find priceless pieces tucked giving the students at each school an
away in a cluttered corner somewhere. up-close look at things they probably
Literally thousands of works of art would never see otherwise.
reside at the residence/store. More are He would talk about the masters
situated at the 50 Penn Place Gallery. and answer any and all questions.
For those who can’t find what they’re Now, much of the art business has
looking for at 50 Penn, they are more moved online. Art is posted on the
than welcome to come browse through World Wide Web at an alarming pace.
Johnson’s store downtown. The Colonial has sold several pieces
Auctions are now held on a regular online and will continue to do so,
basis with the next coming January 20 Hamilton says, as collectors and
at The Waterford. For more information decorators go on the Internet to find
call the store at 232-6607. that special piece.
Carter says working for someone Carter says she has the bug, too,
like Johnson is amazing. and thanks Johnson for giving her the
“He teaches me so much about opportunity to do something she loves.
everything. He’s taught me more in Who knows, maybe one day, she’ll give
the last seven years than I ever could up caring for patients and call art a
have hoped to have learned,” Carter career.
says. “I’ve thought about it a lot lately,”
The same is true for Daniel Carter says of diving deeper into the
Hamilton, the store’s manager. artistic world. “I’m so not the artist,
Hamilton has spent the last 15 years but I’ve always wanted to work at a
working side-by-side with Johnson. He’s big auction house, behind the scenes.”
intimately involved in all facets of the But for now, she’s more than happy
operation. If he’s not meeting and to be behind the scenes at The Colonial,
greeting a local artist you might find working with art that most people will
him talking on the phone with a client only see in books.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times December 26, 2005 Page 7
CDC releases fertility
statistics associated wit ART
More than 48,000 babies were born more likely to have a successful ART
in the United States as a result of assisted procedure if they use donor eggs. Egg
reproductive technology (ART) donors are typically in their 20s or 30s.
procedures carried out in 2003, the The average live birth rate for women who
Centers for Disease Control and used ART with donor eggs is 50 percent,
Prevention (CDC) recently reported. and is independent of age.
This is up from the 45,751 babies About 35 percent of ART deliveries
born as a result of ART in 2002. ART among women who used their own fresh
includes infertility treatment procedures eggs were multiple births (twins or more),
in which both egg and sperm are compared with 3 percent in the general
handled in the laboratory. The most U.S. population during the same time period.
common ART procedure is in vitro This is because multiple embryos are often
fertilization. transferred to increase the likelihood of a
CDC’s ninth annual ART report live birth.
summarizes national trends and provides Multiple births are associated with
information on success rates for 399 greater risk for both mothers and babies,
fertility clinics around the country. such as cesarean section, low birth weight,
Overall, 28 percent of ART procedures premature birth, and infant disability or
resulted in the birth of a baby for women death.
who used their own fresh eggs. In general, the findings for 2003 were
The 2003 report offers more evidence similar to those for 2002. More procedures
that a woman’s age is one of the most were reported (122,872 in 2003 compared
important factors in determining to 115,392 in 2002), and more infants were
whether she will have a live birth by born as a result of ART (48,756 in 2003
using her own eggs. compared to 45,751 in 2002).
Overall, 37 percent of the fresh non- The full report, including an in-depth
donor procedures started in 2003 among frequently asked questions section, is
women younger than 35 resulted in available at www.cdc.gov/ART. An
live births. This percentage of live births interactive version of the report is also
decreased to 30 percent among women included as part of CDC’s Reproductive
aged 35-37, 20 percent among women Health website (www.cdc.gov/
aged 38-40, 11 percent among women reproductivehealth), which features
aged 41-42 and 4 percent among women information on topics of concern to women
older than 42. Women 40 or older are and men of reproductive age.
Page 8 December 26, 2005 Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING
RN’s & LPN’s
FT & PT, & RN Field Case Managers
FT & PT RN’s / LPN’s - Hospice
On-Call Part Time - Eve- nings &/or
Weekends Excell Home Care & Hos-
pice, Inc. is looking for quali- fied
individuals with similar experience
preferred. Would like self-directed
people who are team players, have
ex- cellent clinical & interper- sonal
skills, strong work ethic and are
innovative. Competitive salary &
benefit packages. Join our growing
team! Please apply in per- son, or fax
Excell Home Care & Hospice, Inc.
1200 SW 104th, Suite D Oklahoma
City, OK 73139
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL
SERVICES Home Health Agency in
Metro area, seeking an indi- vidual
with excellent leader- ship and
interpersonal skills. Must be willing
and able to motivate, develop and en-
courage staff to be the best they can
be! Competitive sal- ary and bonus
package. Send resumes to: Human
Resources Dept P.O. Box 893208
OKC, OK 73189-3209
Index to Classifieds has immediate opening for
1 0 0 Ambulatory
1 0 8 Administrative
HEALING compassionate nurses to provide
quality end -of- life-care:
1 1 3 Case Management
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Competitive salaries, benefits, and shift differentials.
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Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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1 5 2 Hospice Seminole Medical Center is a drug-free workplace
and an equal opportunity employer.
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1 5 8 IV Therapy 1 1 3 CASE 1 2 4 CERTIFIED NURSES 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING RN, LPN, home health aide, OT, VISITING ANGELS Now hiring
1 6 1 Licensed Practical Nurse MANAGEMENT AIDE MSW. Great rates, home health per
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1 6 4 Managerial CASE MANAGEMENT- ADULT
North Care, a non-profit be- havioral
CNAs for all shifts. Please apply in
person @ THE LAKES CARE
CHHAs, CNAs, RNs, LPNs and
Live-ins Needed for private duty LPNs, MAs & 145, OKC, 942-1223. smokers preferred. Please call 350-
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managers. Bache- lor’s in a human NO PHONE CALLS Call 235-1468 or fax resume 235-
1 6 7 Medical/Surgical services field and case management 1476. Smile easily? Can you help
1 7 0 Nurse Practitioner certificate preferred. Com- petitive
pay and benefits. For a complete
motivate people to succeed in a
medical weightless clinic at a
1 7 3 OB/Gyn listing, visit our website at company with a heart beat? No
www.northca- re.com. Fax resumes weekends! No holidays! Outgoing,
1 7 6 Occupational Health with cover letter indicating caring personality and
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dependability a must. Great CNAs/CMAs 1 6 1 LICENSED
needed for home health agency. Fax
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bonuses, advancement. Locations re- sume to 405-341-5190 PRACTICAL NURSE
& HOME HEALTH AIDES Caring
1 8 5 O.R./PACU at 91st & Memorial and 51st & MEDICAL OPPORTUNITIES
people needed for personal care and
Harvard. Fax resume 392-4908
1 8 8 Orthopedic COME GROW WITH US! or home- making tasks. Full and part- LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
Our rapidly growing office in time. Competitive wages + paid travel (Pediatrics) Must have current
1 9 0 Pediatric Yukon is looking for ener- getic & mileage reim- bursement. Please
contact BAPTIST HOME CARE 720-
Oklahoma State LPN license and cur-
rent CPR certification. Knowledge of
1 9 1 Pharmacist & self motivated indi- viduals 2401 basic medical ter minology,
1 2 3 CERTIFIED MEDICAL for the following: diagnostics, and procedures required.
1 9 2 Physicians Assistant ASSISTANT • RN FULL TIME Pediatrics experience is pre- ferred.
LPN or RN, For OB/GYN Of- fice, CHRISTIAN chiropractic/ medical Spanish is a plus but not required.
1 9 7 Public Health • RN/PRN
Busy Physician/Great Benefits. Fax clinic desires Doctors Medical LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
2 0 0 Rehabilitation Medical Assistant •LPN/PRN Resume with cover letter to 405-936- Assistant for physical exam, lab, and Must have current Oklahoma State
At least 2 yrs exp. preferred for an Call, fax or apply in person: 1001 X-rays. Must be health conscience, LPN license and cur- rent CPR
2 0 4 Registered Nurse Internal Medicine practice in Moore. P: 354-2958 F: 354-2912 C N A / C M A team oriented, energetic individual certification. Knowledge of basic
Fax resume to 733-5235 507 W. Vandament Now Hiring All Shifts with a customer service mentality. medical terminology, diagnostics, and
2 0 7 Research Suite #115 Broadway Living Center Apply in person with resume at: 4503 procedures required. OB/GYN
2 1 0 Sales Representative Call Deanna at 527-6519 S. Harvard Ave. experience re- quired. Spanish is a
plus but not required. Send your
2 1 3 Service resume to: Human Resources, PO
Box 2328 Oklahoma City, OK 73104
2 1 7 School Nurse Ultrasound Tech Ultrasound Tech Or e-mail to jobopportuni-
2 2 0 Spec Producers needed for a growing conservative email@example.com Or fax to:
Visit The Web values Imaging Center in Norman. (405) 280-5200 Equal Opportunity
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LPN & RN for Weekends Apply in US registered preferred but not req. Employer EEO/M/F/D
person SOUTH PARK EAST 225 SW Email Resume: employment@ Emergency Medical Techni- cian
2 2 5 Traveling Nurse or call (405) 631-5100 35th normanimaging.com
(EMT) Full-Time Needed. Call 681-
2 2 6 Miscellaneous
Career Alternatives FAX 405-631-5103 or Call 405-631-5100
riday or Monday
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2 0 4 REGISTERED
We are looking for Health Care NURSE
Professionals who believe in Psychiatric
making a difference... Nurse Manager
one life at a time.
Must be a RN with
RN Case Manager (Full-time) a master’s degree
Come work for a growing and stable team at in psychiatric and
Heartland Home Health Care where you feel mental health or
appreciated for what you do. For this position,
we offer excellent benefits: from medical, equivalent from
dental and vision to, 401-K, PTO and more. accredited NLN
Registered Nurse qualified by
Need extra money and want to make a education and
difference? Opportunity for great earnings for experience in the
qualified nurses. Immediate openings for
weekend on-call. care of the
If you are ready to join us as we build our Previous
team for the future, please visit us management
Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice preferred.
1100 N. Porter #104
Norman, Oklahoma 73071
FRONTIER HOSPICE Memorial Hospital
Idabel, Oklahoma at
has immediate openings for 580/208-3241
www.heartlandhomehealth.com compassionate nurses to provide
quality end -of- life-care:
NOW FT RN
Full & Part Time
for patient care
Benefits Package includes 21st CENTURY
CNAs HOME HEALTH AGENCY®
3-11 & 11-7 and Life insurance.
Full-Time RN Case Manager
needed at one of OKC’s most
CMAs 30 paid days off per year. $44K salary + generous
7p-7a 3-11 & 11-7 Organized Bonus Plan. • Full Benefits
• Friendly Work Environment
Competitive Pay, Benefits! • Home Health Nursing
Excellent Working Environment - EOE/Drug Free Call Lesa at 414-4158
Apply in person: 3908 N. Peniel • Bethany, OK 73008
Enter HR Office from Penn Entrance (between 149th & 150th) (405) 789-2913 Fax (405) 789-2558
Monday thru Friday - 9am to 3pm
1 6 1 LICENSED 1 6 1 LICENSED 2 0 4 REGISTERED 2 0 4 REGISTERED 2 0 4 REGISTERED
PRACTICAL NURSE PRACTICAL NURSE NURSE NURSE NURSE
NURSE RECRUITER LPN 11/7 Looking for reliable and loyal NORTHWEST SURGICAL
HOSPITAL 9204 N. MAY Small
Physicians Surgical Center
Crossroads Hospice has an
immediate opening for RN/
LPNs to join us. $800 sign on bonus
Large prestigious healthcare provider seeks dynamic
NURSE RECRUITER to coordinate recruitment and
LPN and benefits available to FT
employees. Apply in person at
Ranchwood Nursing Center 2730 N.
hospital atmosphere with competitive
salaries. RN FT, for 3p-1lp, ACLS and
BLS required, PALS
M-F Full Time
Registered Nurse-responsible for
facility compliance with accreditation
Assistant Clinical Director,
Admissions, QA. Must be detail
oriented, flexible, able to prioritize in
retention activities of all nursing personnel in a We are looking for a Mustang Rd Yukon Foundation Surgery Center of preferred....$5,000.00 Sign On Bonus standards, Performance a fast-paced environment. Hospice
RN FT, for 11p-7a, ACLS and BLS Improvement, Staff Education/ and Marketing experience a plus but
variety of specialty areas. The successful candidate LPN for our 11pm to Oklahoma Foundation Surgery
Center of Oklahoma i seeking highly required. PALS preferred....$5,000.00 Training, and preparation for Medical not required. Fax resume to 643-9624
will have graduated from a School of Nursing 7am shift. We need Sign On Bonus RN PRN for 11p-7a Executive Committee meetings. or call 632-9631
skilled individuals to fill positions at Experience in Infection Control
(Bachelors of Nursing required), and have current our new facility in Oklahoma City. The on weekends.. ACLS and BLS
a LPN who will give following positions are available: required, PALS preferred RN FT, protocol is also preferred. Submit
registration with the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Director of Quality/Compliance. min. resume to: 805 East Robinson
Additional requirements include three to five years the quality care our PRE-OP RN, CIRCULATING RN,
of 2 yrs exp. in JCAHO, Quality, Norman 73071 or fax: 405-366-8081
RECOVERY RN, Scrub Tech.
clinical experience as a Registered Nurse, residents deserve. Competidve salary commensmate Compliance and Infection Control Attn: Sandra Vaughn.
Receptionist PT, Evenings for front
demonstrated Human Resources experinece, and We offer an with experience, Excellent benefit
package, including health, dental and office, medical office procedures RN’s Full time & Per Diem RN’S
ability to create & analyze information to present needed in busy ambulatory surg
excellent salary, life, 401K and paid leave. Interested preferred Northwest Surgical
Hospital Offers Excellent Benefits! center. Must be highly motivated with
executive reports. Excellent benefits package and 401k, health candidates can mail, fax or mail their 2 years circulating and/or PACU
LPN 3/11 Looking for reliable and loyal resume with salary requirements and Please submit resume referencing
compensation commensurate with experience. position of interest and salary experience. Must be ACLS. Health
For consideration, please forward a resume to: education fund. LPNs to join our team. $800 sign on references to: Foundation Surgery
requirements to: Human Resource Benefits. E-mail Resumes,
bonus and benefits available to FT Affiliates, Attention: Employment FT R.N. CIRCULATOR: References and Salary requirement
P.O. Box 239 Mustang, OK 73139 employees. Apply in person at Opportunity 13900 N. Portland, Suite Department 16 N.W. 63rd, Suite 201
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Attention: Hours 10am-7pm, Mon-Fri. to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax
Apply in person at: Ranchwood Nursing Center 2730 N. 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 F. to: OR Experience Preferred to 405-616-2679.
Mustang Rd.Yukon 4056081830 Email to: HR Manager Fax: (405) 419-5480
1 6 1 LICENSED 1 6 1 LICENSED HR@fsamail.com
PRACTICAL NURSE PRACTICAL NURSE Grace Living O.C.O.M./HR Dept.
8100 S. Walker Bldg. B
Center OKC, OK 73139
21st CENTURY LPN’s 7000 NW 32nd St. RN needed for the position of MDS
Coordinator. Experience preferred
HOME HEALTH AGENCY®
WHO CARES? Bethany, OK 73008 but will train the right person. Also
FT Field LPN need Charge Nurses all shifts, most
You can work at one of OKC’s weekends off. CMA needed FT days,
We do. We are Correctional CNAs all shifts. Please contact
largest and friendliest Home Healthcare Management, and we
Health Agencies. $18.50/Visit (+ RN - Weekends Heather or Diana at 703-3400 or apply
provide quality medical services
to our inmate patients at the David 2 0 4 REGISTERED in person. 959 SW 107th.
State Leader in Cancer Care is looking Competitive salary. Benefits after 90 MEADOWLAKE
• Mileage L. Moss Criminal Justice Center NURSE for individuals to fill the following days. Fax resume to: 291-2429. ESTATES
• Generous Sign-On Bonus in Tulsa. We have opportunities positions RN (FT FLOAT) Oncology
• Full Benefits for LPN’s to work on Day, RN- Case Manager Experience Required Chemotherapy
• Job Satisfaction Evening or Night schedules. Home Health, Medicare, Experience Preferred OCN
Call Lesa at 414-4158 Make the break from the typical Cond of Participation & Preferred OCN Exam or Renewal
hospital environment and use OASIS Exp Required 21st CENTURY Paid ONS/ONCO Dues Paid License
your skills in a fast-paced Benefits: Renewal and Liability Insurance Paid
medical dept. No lifting, no HOME HEALTH AGENCY® (Mercy Campus) PHLEBOTOMIST
401K, PTO, Paid
bedpans. We offer a highly FT Field RN (FT, FLOAT) Experience Preferred
competitive compensation &
Dental, Vision Insurance You can work at one of OKC’s OKC Metro Area We offer immediate Ask about internet advertising at
benefits package. Sign on Bonus largest and friendliest Home employment in a beautiful outpatient
Fax Resume to 607-8152 Health Agencies. $85/SOC; $60/ setting. Monday - Friday, 8 to 5, no
Fax resume to: Recert; $27/Visit holidays. Excellent Benefits and
LPN Experience needed, pleas- ant,
energetic, dependable LPN needed as
LPNs with experience for OKC’s
finest Long Term Care Facility. Must
be dependable and love working with
Generous Sign-On Bonus
salary. Please fax resume (speicfy
position interested in) to Human
Resources (405) 943-8168 - Fax.
or email to: the elderly. If you are this person, • Full Benefits
physicians’ nurse in a busy reputable AREYOU READING THIS?
NW Peds office. Great bene- fits. Fax email@example.com
please stop by THE LAKES CARE
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• Job Satisfaction
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resume with salary requirements to and other healthcare workers
405-755-0389. for more information. and fill out an applications. NO
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Tulsa RediClinics offer flu receive prescriptions at a RediClinic may
fill them at the in-store pharmacy.
For a full list of Get Well and Stay
convenient, accurate and affordable
health screening and other personal
health management services.
shots without an appointment Well services, retail locations, and other
information about RediClinic, visit
Today the company is the largest
provider of retail health screening
www.rediclinic.com or call 1-866-607- services in the United States and its
Two RediClinics in the Tulsa area Flu season can begin as early as REDI. RediClinics are a leader in convenient
are currently offering flu shots to help October and last as late as May. To expedite their visits, patients may care.
you stay well during this flu season. According to the CDC, most healthy register in advance online or speak to a The Houston-based company also
According to the U.S. Centers for adults may be able to infect others Customer Care Specialist by calling 1- provides health screenings, flu shots,
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), beginning one day prior to showing any 866-607-7334. and other health-related services to major
more than 200,000 Americans are symptoms and up to five days after Since 1989, InterFit Health has employers, and to consumers through
hospitalized each year from flu becoming sick; the vaccine helps offer provided people with easy access to its Internet site at www.interfit.com.
complications and about 36,000 die from protection when exposed to others
infected with the flu.
the virus. The CDC also says that the
best prevention against the flu is to get
The CDC defines high-risk “priority
groups” as, people aged 65 years and
Integris Health seeks abstracts
“The RediClinics located in the Wal-
Mart Supercenters in Owasso on 12101
older, with and without chronic health
conditions; residents of long-term care
for upcoming conference
East 96th Street North and in Broken facilities; people aged 2 to 64 years with Integris Health and its partners in All presenters will be given a discounted
Arrow on 2301 West Kenosha Street are chronic health conditions; children aged the Evidence Based Practice Center of rate for conference participation.
offering flu shots for $24 and FluMist, 6 to 23 months; pregnant women; health- Oklahoma: a collaborating center of the Deadline for abstract submission is
a nasal spray vaccine, for $27,” said care personnel who provide direct patient Joanna Briggs Institute, the University February 15, 2006. Notification of
RediClinic Nurse Practitioner Ken care; and household contacts and out- of Oklahoma College of Nursing and acceptance will be by e-mail on March
Warren. of-home caregivers of children less than Veterans Administration Hospital in 6, 2006. Abstracts should include: poster
“We have plenty of vaccine and no six months of age. Oklahoma City, would like to extend title; category of submission; whether
appointment is necessary.” RediClinics are staffed with certified an invitation to nursing students, staff you are submitting for poster only or
Influenza, more commonly known nurse practitioners who treat a limited and faculty to submit abstracts to our poster and oral presentation; abstract is
as the flu, is a respiratory infection range of common medical conditions (Get upcoming conference spotlighting limited to 300 words; list of presenters
caused by a variety of flu viruses. The Well services), and they administer evidence based practice. with one presenter being identified as a
flu is contagious and can cause mild to screenings, medical tests, immunizations, This year’s conference, Quest for primary contact; and the organization(s)
severe illness, and at times can lead to physicals, and other preventive services Quality, Incorporating Evidence into represented
death. (Stay Well services). Nursing Practice, seeks to spotlight the Please forward abstracts to Ava
While most healthy people recover RediClinics are open seven days a role of the bedside nurse in using Wooten, Integris Health, Nursing
from the flu without complications, some week, with extended hours on weekdays. evidence to improve the quality of care Research and Education, 3400 NW
people, such as older people, young Adults and children over age two are provided. Expressway, Bldg. C, Suite 602,
children, and people with certain health welcome, no appointment is necessary, Abstracts will be accepted in two Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Electronic
conditions, are at high risk for serious and a typical visit takes about 15 minutes. categories, original research and creative submissions may be made to
complications from the flu. For further convenience, patients who concepts/solutions. Four of the accepted firstname.lastname@example.org. Ava
poster applicants will be requested to may also be reached by calling: 405-
provide a 10-minute oral presentation. 949-3757.
TSG, Inc. names Bales senior
services executive director
TSG Incorporated welcomes new counseling services and information are
Executive Director of Senior Services, intended to help beneficiaries and those
Jeanene L. Bales, whom will oversee the eligible understand health insurance
Senior Services at the six hospitals owned options in an objective manner that
and operated by TSG Incorporated and supports independent decisions.
Jefferson’s Garden Assisted Living in Bales’ mission is helping seniors and
Edmond. their caregivers by educating them on
“I have advocated for seniors my ways they can maintain their
entire career, its important for me to independence with dignity. Everyday
protect their ability to receive care on seniors and their caregivers are dealing
their terms, and by the professionals with difficult situations, struggling to
they feel are best able to meet their maintain their independence and are
needs in the environment they choose,” confused and frustrated about the maze
said Bales. “Senior Services, in general of decisions they need to make regarding
is an underserved area in the health their health and wellness.
care system. As the Executive Director In the mist of all the stress they
of Senior Services with TSG Incorporated, often need an advocate who can help
my goal is to enhance through local them by educating them about options
community hospitals the services on appropriate care, housing or health
provided to seniors. insurance benefits, according to Bales.
“I will be working closely with Area As the Executive Director of Senior
Wide Aging Agencies and Councils on Services with TSG Incorporated, Bales’
Aging to enhance the programs they goal is to provide education, advocacy
provide through strategic partnerships and information to communities and
that serve senior’s in Oklahoma.” seniors in need.
Bales is a licensed volunteer through If you are interested in contacting
the Senior Health Insurance Counseling her for an educational seminar or
Program (SHICP) a state sponsored, non- Medicare D Enrollment Event you can
profit program for Medicare beneficiaries reach her at (405) 715-1717, or email me
and persons eligible for Medicare. The at email@example.com.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times December 26, 2005 Page 11
Healing Touch Home Health
Care goes the extra mile
by James Coburn “We just made a day of it,” Allen
Staff Writer said. “You know the smile on those
women’s faces showed they were a
part of society again.
“They were out and about
Healing Touch Home Health Care interacting with other people. And it
gave Sandi Allen the opportunity to be was fun to be able to do that for
the type of nurse she always wanted to someone, and they were so
be. The RN case manager is given the appreciative.”
time she needs to take care of her patients. Allen said it is her mother’s
“With Sandie Bussey and her “caregiver” personality that inspired
company, she gives you that time her to become a nurse. Many of the
whatever the need is,” Allen said. women related to Allen on her
Patients can expect holistic nursing mother’s side of the family have lived
rendered by compassion. Patients and beyond 100 years of age. Allen grew
nurses become friends, Allen said. up in Oklahoma City with her mother
Allen became a registered nurse four taking care of a mentally retarded
years ago and has had a career in hospital son, a great-grandmother and two
pediatrics, med/surg and transplant care. great-aunts.
She had already decided to focus her Allen had been an LPN for several
career on home health when she years prior to graduating as an RN
discovered an opportunity at Healing from OSU/OKC in 2001. She described
Touch in 2004. The agency was new in the OSU regimentation as being
the market and offered her the “tough, stringent and demanding.”
opportunity to excel in her career. “They told us the first day of class
Allen no longer wanted to be rushed to kiss our families good-bye — that
while caring for seven patients at a time, we’d see them in two years,” Allen
she said. She sought to focus her energy said. “And that’s pretty much how it
in a one patient at a time setting. was.” urn
by James Cobur
Photo by James Cobur n
“It’s been wonderful,” she said. “It’s But there was much to be gained,
the exact kind of nursing and company she added. Community Educator Carrie Spires Manag say patients staff are
Community Educator Car rie Spires and RN Case Manager Sandi Allen say patients and staff are
I was looking for.” “You know your stuff when you like one big ffamily. Patients can expect holistic nur sing r ender ed by compassion at Healing
amil expect ursing render by
nur endered at
The staff makes Healing Touch a come out of OSU/OKC,” Allen ouch according
Touch Home Health, according to Allen.
special place to work, she continued. continued. “I felt prepared for all
“Everyone is here because they want situations.”
to be here and they want to do the job However, Allen said there is not
that we do. It’s not ‘here’ for the money. any such thing as a nurse who knows
It’s not ‘here’ for recognition. It’s ‘here’ all there is to know about nursing.
to take care of our patients at all costs, Experience is the best teacher.
no matter what we have to do.” Med/surg nurses bring a much
She is satisfied knowing she can make needed background to home health,
a difference in somebody’s life whether Allen said, because it deals with
it be offering a smile or medical treatment. general aches and pains to recovery
Being an RN case manager has Allen from surgery. Home health nurses
doing skilled nursing assessments, should be ready to deal with cancer
supervisory visits of aides and LPNs, start- patients, wounds and postoperative
up admission care, arranging physical surgical incisions.
therapy, occupational therapy, speech At the time of receiving home
therapy, supplies, recertifications, health, patients don’t need to be
discharges and updating patients’ hospitalized but require skilled care
conditions with physicians. and monitoring, said Community
Healing Touch gives her the Educator Carrie Spires, who has been
opportunity to take being an RN to a with the company since its inception
new level. Her favorite memory of 2005 nearly two years ago. The company’s
involves a patient she had who was home growth is bringing it to add another
bound because of a hip fracture. The RN case manager.
elderly woman lived with her sister in “We’re bursting at the seams in
an upstairs apartment in downtown that aspect that we actually have to
Oklahoma City. She learned to use a add on to our nursing staff,” Spires
walker and bear weight on her hip before continued.
being discharged. In December, all of the Healing
“Her last words to me were that she Touch nurses will have received
hadn’t been out of her apartment in nine training for lymphodema
months,” Allen said. decompression wraps as requested by
“And she was just mortified because a physician referral source.
she had to have her hair done. You know “I think we try to listen to what
the hair’s important, and the lipstick.” they need,” Spires said.
Allen contacted the woman after her Spires said the nursing staff is an
discharge, asking her if she’d like to go extension of her family.
have her hair styled. So, they spent a “We all feel that way about each
day at the beauty shop. Both had their other,” she said. “We’re just a big
hair styled, bought make-up and dined family together and we’re here for
at a restaurant. each other.”
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lifesaving skill of CPR for infants, For RNs and LPNs (240 contact Certified nursing assistants in 240 contact hours For RNs and
January children and adults. Automatic
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of the bag-valve-mask device are Nursing and Participating Career of training are included specifically of Nursing and Participating
01/07/06 – 01/08/2006 also included. Course adheres to Technology Centers. This course in applications of nurse aide skills Career Technology Centers. This
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guidelines. Class is on self-paced, online nursing take the certification exam for the 1) a self-paced, online nursing
OU Tulsa, 4502 E. 41st, Tulsa, Wednesday, 3:30-7:30 pm at theoretical course 2) a nursing home health aide. The state exam theoretical course 2) a nursing
OK.Hours: 9:00 AM-6:00PM. Metro Tech’s EMS Technology skills lab and 3) a clinical module. is an additional fee. Classes are skills lab and 3) a clinical
Instructors: Carol Hjersted-Smith, Center, 1720 Staton Drive. The This course can be completed in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-9 module. This course can be
RN, CHTP/I and Raine Benham, cost is $30. Call 605-4678 or visit as little as six weeks or as long as pm at Metro Tech’s Health completed in as little as six
RN, CHTP/HTI. Healing Touch is a www.metrotech.org to enroll. six months. It meets requirements Careers Center, 1720 Springlake weeks or as long as six months.
holistic based approach to health of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing Drive. The cost is $50. Call 605- It meets requirements of the
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Are you interested in the
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state nurse aide in long term care
therapy. The program includes University of Oklahoma is an Sharon Clark at (405)-271-2062.
certification exams through day or
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evening classes. Book included in
learning in which participants an equal opportunity institution.
tuition. Certification exams require
practice and share experiences
an additional fee. You may opt to
using energy-based techniques.
enroll for additional hours to
For more information contact
prepare yourself for certification in
Raine at (405)706-7716 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Carol at
home health, too. Class consists Open
01/12/06 Oklahoma of lecture, lab, clinical hours and
(405)627-3606 or Arthritis Network (OAN) CPR class. Early enrollment is
email@example.com. Cost Network Meeting 01/16/06 - 03/03/06 Case encouraged as classes fill quickly.
is $300, with discounts available Management Principles TNEEL Self-Study
Classes are Monday through
for students and early registration. It’s a New Year! Oklahoma is not and Practice Program
Friday, 8 am-2:30 pm at Metro
sitting still for arthritis. The Tech’s South Bryant Campus,
Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN) This online course is especially 4901 S. Bryant. The cost is $370. The TNEEL-SS program is
will share some new information suited for health care providers, Call 605-4678 or visit designed to help caregivers
about resources that will benefit licensed nurses and social www.metrotech.org to enroll. improve palliative care for
NEW! both partners and non-partners workers. The course will explore
the concept of case management:
patients across the life span. The
alike, as well as the people they course has open entry, affording
01/09/06 – 02/02/06 serve, at the Oklahoma State the timely coordination of quality participants the opportunity to
Certified Nursing Department at 2 p.m. Come and health care to meet specific needs begin at any time and offers a
Assistant-Long Term learn how to access, manage and
protect your personal health
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Are you interested in the information electronically. Deresa Content areas include: case hour. Participants may choose to
healthcare field? Prepare for the
01/18/06 – 01/23/06 CPR-
Claybrook, MS, RHIT, from the management knowledge and Healthcare Provider take either 2 CE or 8 CE
state nurse aide in long term care American Health Information relationships, health care programs in any of the following
certification exams through day or Management Association will be management, community areas: 1. Pain and symptom
Learn the lifesaving skill of CPR
evening classes. Book included in explaining the importance of resources and support, service management (Comfort); 2.
for infants, children and adults.
tuition. Certification exams require maintaing your personal health delivery, psychosocial intervention Clinician-to-patient
Automatic external defibrillation
an additional fee. You may opt to record. Adult and child health and rehab case management. communication skills
and the use of the bag-valve-
enroll for additional hours to information kits will be given away This program has been approved mask device are also included. (Connections); 3. Legal and
prepare yourself for certification in in Oklahoma City. Seating is by the Commission for Case Course adheres to the American ethical issues at the end-of-life
home health, too. Class consists limited so please arrive early. If Manager Certification for 51 clock Heart Association guidelines. (Ethics & Law); 4. A
of lecture, lab, clinical hours and you cannot come to Oklahoma hours of continuing education Classes are on Monday and comprehensive understanding of
CPR class. Early enrollment is City, let’s see if your local county credit. The certificate prepares Wednesday, 5:30-9:30 pm at grief (Grief); 5. The economic
encouraged as classes fill quickly. health department is available to the learner to take a national case Metro Tech’s EMS Technology and emotional impact of death
Classes are Monday through videoconference. Please call management certification exam. Center, 1720 Staton Drive. The (Impact); 6. Alternative therapies
Friday, 8 am-2:30 pm at Metro Marisa New at (405) 271-9444, For more information or to enroll cost is $30. Call 605-4678 or visit for the patient’s well-being (Well-
Tech’s Adult and Continuing ext. 56410, or email contact Sharon Clark at (405)271- www.metrotech.org to enroll. Being) For further information
Education Campus, 201 NE 48th firstname.lastname@example.org to 2062 or e-mail at about any OU College of Nursing
Street. The cost is $370. Call 605- check on availability or for NursingCE@ouhsc.edu. The Continuing Education Offerings
4678 or visit www.metrotech.org additional information. University of Oklahoma is an please contact Beverly Bowers
to enroll. equal opportunity institution. @ Beverly-Bowers@ouhsc.edu
February or call 405-271-2062 or Sharon
Clark @ Sharon-
Clark@ouhsc.edu or call 405-
NEW! NEW! 271-2062.
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Provider Recertification 01/15/06 Oklahoma 02/01/06 & 02/15/06
Statewide Nurse 01/17/06 - 01/26/06 CNA- Oklahoma Statewide
Update your knowledge on the Refresher Course Home Health Deeming Nurse Refresher Course Prescriptive Authority
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Preceptorship for Clinical Nurse requisite or co-requisite to this course and
Specialists preceptor experience. This program meets Touch the lives of patients when they need it most. Volunteer for a local hospice and offer comfort
the preceptorship requirements of the and compassion to patients and families dealing with a terminal illness.
The University of Oklahoma, College of Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The individual Hospice volunteers help in three ways:
Nursing is offering a preceptorship program student is responsible for meeting other Patient care companions visit patients and families, keeping them connected to the community
to prepare qualified Clinical Nurse OBN prescriptive authority requirements. and offering practical assistance in patients’ homes.
Specialists for Prescriptive Authority in Link to Oklahoma Board of Nursing to
Bereavement volunteers assist families with grief following the loss of their loved ones.
Oklahoma . The preceptorship involves 320 review Prescriptive Authority Application
Special projects volunteers work in the hospice office, make gifts for patients, or help with planning special events.
contact hours of appropriate practice under Guidelines http://www.youroklahoma.com/
the supervision of a qualified preceptor and nursing/pa-4.pdf. For further information Hospice volunteers receive training and support. To learn more, call your local hospice.
nurse faculty. Enrollment must be for 20 about any OU College of Nursing AUTUMN BRIDGE HOSPICE: (405) 440-2440
hours per week over a 16 week period or Continuing Education Offerings please
for 10 hours per week over a 32 week contact Beverly Bowers @ Beverly- AUTUMN LIGHT HOSPICE: (580) 252-1266
period. Students must meet the admission Bowers@ouhsc.edu or call 405-271-2062 CARTER HOSPICE: Tarrah Ross, Director of Volunteers at (405) 947-7705, ext. 350
criteria, secure the services of a qualified or Sharon Clark @ Sharon-
preceptor, and, under the direction of a Clark@ouhsc.edu or call 405-271-2062. COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF OKLAHOMA: Lori Jeppesen at 866-891-7800
College of Nursing faculty, satisfactorily CROSSROADS HOSPICE: Jan Foreman, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 632-9631
complete preceptorship requirements. The
Prescriptive Authority preceptorship is a EXCELL HOSPICE: Stephanie Dartez, Volunteer Coordinator, 405-631-0521
continuing education offering. Successful FAITH HOSPICE of OKC: (405) 840-8915
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orientation to the course. Faculty will
American Heart Association INTERIM HEALTHCARE HOSPICE: Christy Byrd, Volunteer Coordinator (405) 848-3555 Ext 214
conduct visits to the preceptor site as well
Computerized training for healthcare
as seminars and consultation via the LION HOSPICE: Lion Hospice Volunteer Program at (405) 810-1591
personnel only. Applicants must be
Internet. MISSION HOSPICE: Barbara Strickland, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 848-3779
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The Oklahoma Professionals of Oklahoma
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Grief Recovery Program:
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What would be your Have you ever experienced Each week we visit with health
Each week we visit with health Who would you like to have What is your ideal pet?
dream vacation? a miracle? care professionals
care professionals throughout dinner with and why?
“Anywhere with a beach and no “We recently took care of a “Oprah, because she is such a “I don’t know the actual pet but
phones. And of course my patient who has leukemia and humanitarian and she gives so it would be something warm
husband would have to be has been in and out of this freely to others. She is self- and cuddly and doesn’t talk
there.” hospital for the past 11 years. I less.” back. Something that would do
think that’s a miracle because what I say and not what I do.”
there are very few patients with
leukemia that can fight it that
long. Also, I think it’s a miracle
I’ve worked in oncology for St.
John for 30 years.”
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particular case. 14. Daniel _, Phil Berquist in City 50. Achievement requiring great
43. Fruit juice especially when Slickers. courage.
undiluted. 15. Descendant of a native of 51. Makes brown by sun
45. Gain upon. Thailand. exposure.
49. Separate out. 17. Male monarch. 52. _ Thomas, Matt McGuire
53. Something causing misery. 21. Existing thing. on Lizzie McQuire.
54. Child who behaves badly. 24. _ Herbert, author of Dune. 55. Stretched tight.
56. Beverage made by steeping 27. Past tense of “do.” 58. Open state of armed conflict.
tea leaves in water. 28. _ Foley, Beverly Hills Cop. 59. Period of time marked by
57. Causing awe. 29. State of being purchasable. distinctive character.
60. Relating to the Ural 30. Acronym for Atomic Mass 61. _ Wait, historical novel
Mountains. Unit. writer for children.
62. Someone from Kashmir. 32. Fill to an excessive degree. 63. In the event that.
64. Entertains as a guest. 33. AKA killer whales.
65. Previous to. 34. Inflammation of a nerve Crossword puzzle solutions for
66. Crisp, smooth, lustrous fabric. accompanied by pain and the week of December 19, 2005
Down sometimes loss of function.
1. Put something in a particular 38. _ (clean), it is said of an
place. honest wine with the well-
2. Lacking in brightness. defined characters.
3. Small plant of the Alps with 42. Toxic secretion in animals.
white flowers. 43. Steal.
4. Function word to indicate 44. Very light brown.
Across 25. Traveling about without any direction toward. 46. Excessively fat.
clear destination. 5. Allow a line to feed freely. 47. Hastily.
1. Plural of “spectrum.” 26. Commands given by a 6. Make amends for. 48. Send money to pay for
7. Ornamental trophy in sports superior. 7. Small, rough-haired breed of
competitions. 29. Island in Western Samoa. terrier from Scotland.
10. Fine cord used in sewing. 31. Objective case of “we.” 8. Large pot for making coffee
13. Stare longer. 33. Chalcedony with alternating in large quantities.
16. Little root. black and white bands. 9. Small cylindrical pins used to
18. Quality of no importance. 36. Compensation for an injury plug a hole.
19. Whole. or insult. 10. Light one-horse carriage with
20. Different. 37. Unwind from a reel. springs.
22. Closely connected. 39. Hide. 11. Hollow area in something
23. Money. 40. In order that. solid.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times December 26, 2005 Page 15
true, maybe Pagans did worship in believe then why should that offend
The Reason for the Season late December, but that just happened
to coincide with the birth of Christ.
you? If atheism is your choice then
why should that offend me? The only
hustle and bustle of the season seems Perhaps Immaculate Conception is real stipulation that must be adhered
My Point of View... to have taken over. Gifts seem to be impossible, for all but one person which to are the laws of the nation. As long
the most important reason for the season is why it is so spectacular a feat. Many as your rituals don’t involve the
Commentary by Larry Leeds, RN
to the younger generation. I still things are possible. sacrifice of any living beings and
remember that there is another reason What I don’t understand is why remain within the limits of the law in
for the season. we are expected to allow everyone else all other aspects, then you should be
Things have gotten out of control. to believe whatever they wish but a allowed to practice whatever you want!
I know we have There are many groups who seem to be Christian’s beliefs are to be shunned. But so should I!
all heard this overly upset about the original purpose Merry Christmas is offensive to say to Happy Holidays is fine for
saying before. to remember this time of year. I know someone unless you know their belief department stores that want to remain
“Christ is the not everyone has faith that Christ was system is the same as yours. We as neutral and try not to offend anyone.
reason for the real. I know you have read my previous good Christians are willing to live and Have a nice day, come back and see
season.” I also feelings on this issue. I know that we let live, but we are not afforded the us, come again - all of these are things
know that in as Americans try to be accepting of same treatment. said to entice your return. On a
recent years every other culture, race, religion, creed No public prayer? This is one of personal level though, I will continue
Lar r y Leeds, RN there are many and ethnicity. Christians, however, do the most ridiculous things I can think to say Merry Christmas to anyone and
that think this is not receive the same respect. of. The way I see it is if you don’t everyone that the urge strikes me to
“Politically Incorrect.” There are also many myths, legends believe in God, nor Christ then why say it to.
I have always loved Christmas. I and misconceptions about the truth or should my prayer offend you, you have If you happen to be someone that
think there is something about this if it is true. Of course, the obvious that no belief so you should just consider is offended by this I would like to
time of year that always makes me there was no Christ, no immaculate me superstitious or simple. Superstitions hear from you. I would really like to
happy. When I was a child I looked conception, nothing but possibly a very get more notice than the Christian know exactly what the big deal is. I
forward to Christmas all year. I think charismatic person that was able to religion. You are not allowed to say a mean you can burn the flag if that is
many of us must have felt this way. convince the simpletons of the time that public prayer before a school athletic your thing because under the first
When you’re young there is magic he was all powerful. Another is that event but you can be sure than many amendment that is your right. You can
surrounding Christmas. Not just that Pagan worship rituals were originally of the participants are repeating rituals, believe or not believe or even be
we believe in Santa Claus, but the celebrated in late December and the wearing certain clothes and performing undecided. You can worship any way
weather is fun, families get together, Catholic Church used these times in an in ways that they think will bring the you chose and you can follow any
special foods are served and many attempt to make people change from return of good fortune. path that you feel is the way to your
other things. their original ideas to Catholicism. Books I say everybody should learn to salvation. So hey, while your at it,
Now at Christmas time things are have been written and studies performed be more accepting of everyone else how about let us Christians have the
hectic and furious. Shopping has taken and yada, yada, yada. and all of the idiosyncrasies we all same freedom?
the place of calmer activities. The Perhaps some of these things are have. If religion is what I want to
and loss. They had experienced life, the count on. This is why long term care is
The Art of...Compassion good and the bad, only to end up here.
Now, they need good caring people who
I have no doubt that I made the
say that one bad apple will ruin the bunch. can appreciate them for the inspiration right choice to leave the hospital and
The Art of... This has to be true for long term care they are. They need respect and empathy, face the new challenges that lie ahead in
Commentary by Licia McCurdy, LPN facilities. I’m not saying they’re all good, encouragement and laughter. long term care. I also have no doubt that
but the bad ones sure make it hard on the Speaking of laughter, I would like the trials will be well worth the rewards.
rest of them. to share a funny story, a true story, about I can only hope that the lesson I’ve learned
Not long ago I Just consider this, if it’s a hard decision my grandmother. For the past few years will be passed on to others who have
decided it was for a nurse to want to work for a long my grandmother has lived with my fallen victim to those responsible for
time for a change term care facility, how do you think a mother. I went over to my mother’s house painting a negative picture for long term
professionally. I family member feels when they have to to show off some new clothes I had care facilities. Maybe a new trend can
switched jobs place mom or grandma in one? It’s the purchased. I sat the clothes down and emerge. Maybe this new trend can help
from a hospital to negative connotations that make the went into the kitchen. Within minutes I others to feel more compassion and respect
a long term care decision to place a family member in a turned around and found my for the elderly.
facility. This was long term care facility even more difficult grandmother had put on the clothes. My
a big challenge for than it already is. mother and I laughed and tried to figure
me because this As I sat in the dinning room filling out a way to get my clothes back. She Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
hospital happened out paperwork, I couldn’t help but to notice believed she had been shopping and she
Licia McCurdy, LPN
to be my first job
out of nursing
the residents who were sitting around at
the tables. One would smile and wave at
believed she looked beautiful in her new
clothes. Board of Commentary
school. me as if I were some long lost friend. I didn’t have the heart to tell her to
As I walked around the long term Another lady fumbled with her napkin in take them off, so I went in her room Christina Gomez
care facility, something very interesting between bites of food while staring at her and found her favorite sweater. She’s had Martha Collar
occurred to me. I realized how wonderful lunch date who had subsequently fallen this sweater for at least three years. I Eileen Doherty
and important these facilities are to our asleep at the table. A little man sat in a brought it out and told her I had just Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
aging population. Long term care facilities chair with oxygen in his nose. I thought bought it for her and would she try it Colleen Folsch
take so much negative heat from the he was asleep until the Christmas music on. She smiled the biggest smile then Virginia Gillispie, RN, ND
media. They are often portrayed like started to play. I looked up and he was took my clothes off and put on the Vickie Jenkins
smelly prisons where the elderly are singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, sweater. All day long she told everyone Larry Leeds, RN
malnourished and abused. I am guilty as loud as he could. Many of the other she saw about the beautiful sweater her Linda Mundorff(Rener), RN, MPH, MSN, NDc
of believing this, I hate to admit it. residents got a kick out of this and so did granddaughter had bought. I felt so guilty, Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
Elizabeth Sowdal, RN
I was very reluctant to accept this I. One of the other nurses told him to and yet it was so very cute. Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
job because I feared the work. I realized, keep his day job. I never laughed so hard It goes to show that it’s the little
after walking through the facility, how in my life. things that matter. Those little moments
unfair this was. Many long term care of enjoyment that make every minute of Opinions expressed in columns and letters
As I looked at each one of these people
facilities do operate on the premise of I could see the significance of who they time you have left with them worth to the editor are not necessarily the
good health and compassion. Many strive were. They were all once young like me, spending. My grandmother is lucky to opinions of employees, ownership of this
for excellence and have only the best and I in turn will become old like them. have my mother, but not everyone has newspaper or the publishing company.
interest of their residents in mind. They They had whole lifetimes filled with love that person in their life that they can