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                                                                                                                                  NURSE RECRUITER
                                                                                                                  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
                         Vol.                               Information for Oklahoma Nursing & Health Care Professionals                                                   www.okcnursingtimes.com
                                                         Locally Published, Owned and Operated Each Week by Metro Publishing LLC

Team spirit: Logan Medical                                                                                        One Moment Please
Center rallies for exceptional care
                                                                       by James Coburn                                                By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN
                                                                       Staff Writer

                                                                           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
                                                                                                                                          Elizabeth Pa

                                                                                       See Team, Page 2

Medi Flight earns national                                                                                        aspects of operations.
                                                                                                                      While all air and ground
                                                                                                                  ambulances must be licensed,
                                                                                                                                                                   Today’s Nurse:
                                                                                                                                                                   Career Options in

certification in 25th year                                                                                        earning this accreditation
                                                                                                                  means Medi Flight was
                                                                                                                                                                   This Week’s
                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                   Pg. 4-5
                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                   Registered Nurse
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
       Permit #1
        PAID                                                                                                      in the field. ”
                                                                                                                                                                   My Point of View...Commentary by
     U.S. Postage                                                                                                                                                  Larry Leeds, RN
                                                                                                                                                                    Pg. 15
  Presorted Standard
                                                                                                                                              Flight, Pa
                                                                                                                                          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
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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                    stevene@okcnursingtimes.com
      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                crystalw@okcnursingtimes.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                     news@okcnursingtimes.com
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
                                                                                                                                                             Vicki Jenkins
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
                                                                                                                                                          Annette Deckard
                                                                                                                                                          Melanie Mitchell
                                             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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Continued from Pa                            helicopter, the state’s only helicopter     time location on top of The Children’s                                    Manag
                                                                                                                                                    Ad Ser vices Mana g er
                                             dedicated to the transport of pediatric     Hospital at OU Medical Center to its                              John Melton
                                             patients and critically ill pregnant        new location inside the Trauma One                     advertising@okcnursingtimes.com
                                             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                                     accounting@okcnursingtimes.com
standards answered by providing Medi
Flight statistics, policies, protocols and
                                             to critical patients in eastern Oklahoma.
                                                 A quicker response time and
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for commitment to aviation safety and        performance,” McLellan said.                 clarity and length.                                    our brother and friend
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Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                 December 26, 2005                                                                             Page 3
                                           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
Continued from Page 1
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.
     “Er. Joe? This is Liz. I hope you     kitchen there was this gigantic gray ball    and he is so funny to watch when
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.”
     “Sowdal.”                             Balls Damage Desk.”                               “NO! JOE! He didn’t get to the
     “Falderal?”                                “NO! JOE! Let me finish please! It is   popcorn! I tripped over him when I
     “No, Sowdal. S like . . .”            a little more complicated than that! When    came around the corner and did a
     “Duzuno eer aggund number?            the ice ball crashed through the ceiling     flip in mid-air, which was fun actually
     “No, I don’t have it. You see,”       Johnny was so scared he fell down and        because I wouldn’t have thought that
     “One moment and I will transfer
you to our Automated Account                                                                        Call
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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.
                                                                                                                               by example
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.
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                                                                                                                                                             1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING

                                                                                                                                                                     RN’s & LPN’s
                                                                                                                                                                     Home Health
                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                             resume to:
                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FRONTIER HOSPICE
 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:
                                          TOUCH HOMECARE
1 1 3 Case Management
1 1 5 Chemical Dependency                 Seeking Self Motivated, Caring Enthusiastic                                NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING:

1 1 8 Clinical Instructors              Registered Nurses For Case Manager Positions
1 1 9 Collection                                                                                                                   RN MED/SURG FT NIGHTS
1 2 1 Critical Care                   Case Manager Positions
1 2 3 Certified Medical Assistant
1 2 4 Certified Nurses Aide
                                       • FULL BENEFITS
                                       • COMPETITIVE SALARY
                                                                                                                                          RN ER FT DAYS
                                                                                                                                        RN PRN ALL SHIFTS                                                                                LPN
                                       • GREAT WORK ENVIRONMENT                                                                                                                                                             Want to supplement your current income?
1 2 7 CRNA                                                                                                                               MRI TECH FT DAYS
1 2 9 Dental                            Call 405-603-4951                                                                                                                                                                     Back-up on-call position available
                                                                                                                                          MLT FT NIGHTS
1 3 0 Dialysis                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday-Sunday Great team atmosphere.
                                        fax 405-603-4952                                                                RESPIRATORY THERAPIST FT NIGHTS                                                                            Excellent reimbursement.
1 3 1 Dietary
1 3 7 Education                          Or Stop By Our Office:                                                                                                                                                                        Fax to 782-0541
1 4 0 General Nursing                        5601 Nw 72nd                                                                  Please submit applications to Administration.
                                                                                                                         Competitive salaries, benefits, and shift differentials.
1 4 3 Geriatrics and Long Term Care       Ste 246 OKC 73132
1 4 6 HMO                                                                                                                   For more information call 405-303-4028
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3908 N. Peniel • Bethany, OK 73008
                                                                                                                         Or Email jobs@seminolemedicalcenter.com
1 4 9 Home Health                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (405) 789-2913 Fax (405) 789-2558
1 5 2 Hospice                                                                                                                  Seminole Medical Center is a drug-free workplace
                                                                                                                                     and an equal opportunity employer.
1 5 4 Housekeeping                                                                                                                                                                                    1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING 1 4 9 HOME HEALTH
                                                                         Email: NursebusyB63@aol.com
1 5 5 Infection Control
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                      diem visits. Call or apply at Omni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CAREGIVERS for immediate

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Homecare, 5400 N. Grand Blvd, suite     openings in the OKC area. Non-
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-
1 6 5 Massage Therapy                 health center, seek- ing case           CENTER, 5701 W. Britton Rd., OKC       homecare and facility staffing cases.       RECEPTIONISTS                                                                6700 M-F 9AM-5PM.
                                      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
1 7 9 Office                          position to 405.858.2810 or e-mail
                                      resumes@northca- re.com EOE M/
                                                                                                                                                                dependability a must. Great           CNAs/CMAs                               1 6 1 LICENSED
                                                                                                                                                                                                      needed for home health agency. Fax
1 8 2 Oncology                        F/D/V                                   1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING            PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANTS                       working environment, benefits,
                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                     Yukon, OK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              plus but not required. Send your
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Box 2328 Oklahoma City, OK 73104
2 1 7 School Nurse                                                                                                                                  Ultrasound Tech Ultrasound Tech                                                           Or e-mail to jobopportuni-
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                                                                                                                     LPN & RN for Weekends Apply in US registered preferred but not req.                                                      Employer EEO/M/F/D
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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
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           Come work for a growing and stable team at                                                                                                          in psychiatric and
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                                                                                                                                                                   School or
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           Need extra money and want to make a                                                                                                                   education and
           difference? Opportunity for great earnings for                                                                                                      experience in the
           qualified nurses. Immediate openings for
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                  team for the future, please visit us                                                                                                           management
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             www.heartlandhomehealth.com                                                            compassionate nurses to provide
                                                                                                        quality end -of- life-care:

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                                                                                                        Case Manager
                      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
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                      CMAs                                                                                30 paid days off per year.                                $44K salary + generous
                                                                                                                                                                         sign-on bonus
                7p-7a 3-11 & 11-7                                                                           Organized Bonus Plan.                                • Full Benefits
                                                                                                                                                                 • Friendly Work Environment
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 Enter HR Office from Penn Entrance (between 149th & 150th)                                                 (405) 789-2913 Fax (405) 789-2558
            Monday thru Friday - 9am to 3pm
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                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Compliance           Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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 health_career@yahoo.com 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Resumes to:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fax 405-619-4403
      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
                                                 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 &
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                                                   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,
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                                                                              finest Long Term Care Facility. Must
                                                                              be dependable and love working with
                                                                                                                                                                      Generous Sign-On Bonus
                                                                                                                                                                                                        salary. Please fax resume (speicfy
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                                                   or email to:               the elderly. If you are this person,                                                •   Full Benefits
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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       ava.wooten@integris-health.com. 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 jbales@tsgincorpated.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
                                                                                           like           amily
                                                                                                          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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Continued Education
                                        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
                                        external defibrillation and the use
                                                                               hours)Sponsored by the
                                                                               University of Oklahoma College of
                                                                                                                      long-term care may become
                                                                                                                      certified in home health. 16 hours
                                                                                                                                                              LPNs. Sponsored by the
                                                                                                                                                              University of Oklahoma College
                                        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
Healing Touch Level 1                   the American Heart Association         offers three components: 1) a          in home health. Become eligible to      course offers three components:
                                        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
and healing which uses touch and                                               as an approved nurse refresher         4678 or visit www.metrotech.org         Oklahoma Board of Nursing as
energy-based techniques to clear,                                              course and includes faculty            to enroll.                              an approved nurse refresher
align and balance the human                                                    supervision for all course                                                     course and includes faculty
energy system. Body, emotion,                                                  components. Total course cost:                                                 supervision for all course
mind and spirit are influenced                                                 $1,900. Currently licensed                                                     components. Total course cost:
through this therapeutic process,       01/12/15 – 01/15/06 GRIPE              Oklahoma nurses who would like                                                 $1,900. Currently licensed
helping to restore harmony and
balance, thus assisting the
                                        2006 Winter Meeting
                                        Group for Research in
                                                                               an update of nursing knowledge
                                                                               have the option of taking only the
                                                                                                                                           NEW!               Oklahoma nurses who would like
                                                                                                                                                              an update of nursing knowledge
individual in their own self-healing.   Pathology Education                    didactic portion of the course.                                                have the option of taking only the
                                                                                                                      01/17/06 – 02/09/06
Level 1 is the beginning level of                                              Enrollment process online at http:/                                            didactic portion of the course.
                                                                                                                      Certified Nursing
instruction, allowing individuals       Course 6058, 13.75 AMA PRA             /nursing.ouhsc.edu or                                                          Enrollment process online at
                                                                                                                      Assistant-Long Term
with varying backgrounds to enter,      category 1 credits, San Juan,          www.okcareertech.org For                                                       http://nursing.ouhsc.edu or
acknowledge their previous              Puerto Rico, University of             further information contact Ned                                                www.okcareertech.org For
                                                                                                                      Are you interested in the
learning, and to develop concepts       Oklahoma College of Medicine,          Gray at (405)-743-5568 or Sharon                                               further information contact Ned
                                                                                                                      healthcare field? Prepare for the
and skills in energy-based              405-271-3390.                          Clark at (405)-271-2062. The                                                   Gray at (405)-743-5568 or
                                                                                                                      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
both didactic and experiential                                                 equal opportunity institution.                                                 The University of Oklahoma is
                                                                                                                      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
innerchi@cox.net, 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
heartsmith@sbcglobal.net. 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
                                                                               in a cost-effective manner to
                                                                               promote positive client outcomes.
                                                                                                                                               NEW!           range from 2 to 49 CEU contact
                                                                                                                                                              hours. The cost is $20 per CE
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           marisan@health.state.ok.us 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.

01/11/06 CPR-Healthcare                                                                               NEW!
Provider Recertification                01/15/06 Oklahoma                                                             02/01/06 & 02/15/06
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Continued Education
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
students will receive a certificate of
completion. No academic credit for the                                                                                              FRONTIER HOSPICE: Pat McGowin, Volunteer Coordinator, 789-2913
                                                ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life
program will be awarded. All students will                                                        HEARTLAND HOSPICE: Crystal McKee, Volunteer Coordinator, 848-3305 at 5015 N. Penn, Ste 200, Oklahoma City; Karen Cleveland, Bereavement
                                                Support) Training
be required to meet with faculty for an                                                            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
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
                                                proficient in BLS. Must make an
Admission Criteria: 1. Completion of a
                                                appointment to use ACLS Training                                                           ODYSSEY HEALTHCARE: Susan Burcham at 879-3400
master’s degree from an accredited college
                                                Computer. Training will be held at the new
or school of nursing with preparation as a                                                                                   PREFERRED HOSPICE: Shelly Jackson-Keller at (405) 602-6473, or (866) 602-6473
                                                education classroom (former Materials
clinical nurse specialist or current
                                                Management Warehouse) at the Unity                                                          RED RIVER HOSPICE: Joy Ausmus at (405) 943-8277
enrollment in the last semester of a clinical
                                                Health Center North Campus, 1102 W.
nurse specialist program. Please provide a
                                                MacArthur, Shawnee, Oklahoma. For more
copy of graduate college transcript. 2.
                                                information: (405) 878-3404. Cost: $225.00
Current licensure as a registered nurse in
Oklahoma and current recognition by the
Oklahoma Board of Nursing as a Clinical
Nurse Specialist (CNS) or currently enrolled
                                                                                                                                                                                     Supporting Medical
in the last semester of the CNS graduate
program. If a CNS, present documentation
                                                                                                   The Oklahoma                                                                  Professionals of Oklahoma
of national certification in the clinical
specialty for which prescriptive authority is
sought (i.e., Acute Care, Psychiatric
Nursing). 3. Completion of NURS 5013
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
                                                Grief Recovery Program:

                                                The Hospice of Oklahoma County grief
                                                recovery program is offering grief
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                                                climate forming controlled drug legislation.
                                                However, medical literature has re-opened
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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?
                                                                           throughout Oklahoma.
“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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                                                                        41. Disqualify oneself in a                   12. 1991 film starring Jane Fonda.    merchandise.
                                                                        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.
                                                                                                                      35. Affirmative.
                                                                        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.
Acr oss
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.
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                                                                                                 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
Larr Leeds,
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

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