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February 22, 2005
  bruary                     Vol. 6 Issue 8
                             Vol.                                     Information for Oklahoma Nursing & Health Care Professionals                                    www.okcnursingtimes.com
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 UCO prepares nursing students for Mystery of the Pyramid
 the future                                                                                                                              By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN

                                                                                                                                           ou may be thinking, as you start reading, of huge,
                                                                                                                                           ancient pyramids standing dark against a firey
 by James Coburn
                                                                                                                                           desert sunset. You may be imagining towering
 Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                           symbols of ancient might looming up out of desert
                                                                                                                                           sands; seeing in your mind’s eye these symbols of
                                                                                                                                           a glorious past, a mighty empire, erected as
                                                                                                                                           monuments to kings and queens in a pathetically
                                                                                                                                           human bid for immortality. I am not, however
                                                                                                                        referring to this type of pyramid, but rather one which looms large

N         ursing students
          coming into the
          College of Nursing
          at the University of
 Oklahoma can be assured that
                                                                                                                        in my mind and imagination of late. One whose mystery I began
                                                                                                                        exploring with hope and ended up viewing with dread. I refer to
                                                                                                                        The Food Pyramid.
                                                                                                                             This enduring symbol, whose image may be found in school
                                                                                                                        cafeterias across the nation, was conceived and constructed long
 they will graduate with the                                                                                            years ago, in 1992 to be precise, by the high priests of our own
 nursing skills the need to be                                                                                          Department of Agriculture in a bid to bring nutritional enlightenment
 competent practitioners, says                                                                                          to the improperly nourished masses. In these days of calorie confusion,
 Allen Nottingham, assistant                                                                                            dietary dilemma, these days of seeking for exactly the right
 professor and chair of the                                                                                             combination of fat grams, carb. grams, calories and
                                                                                                                        fiber, seekers may turn to this great symbol in
 Department of Nursing at the                                                                                           hope of gaining Understanding
 University of Central                                                                                                  and Knowledge. Not pie in
 Oklahoma. He's also senior                                                                                             the sky, this hope, but rather L a u g h i n g
 level coordinator and the                                                                                              half a cup of raw fruit in the with
 career liaison for students                                                                                            sky. These supplicants to the
 who are already RNs but are                                                                                            Temple of Better Nutrition may Elizabeth
 at UCO studying for their                                                                                              come away disappointed. They may find
 bachelor's degrees.                                                                                                    themselves awash with self-loathing.
                                                                                                     by James Cobur
                                                                                               Photo by James Cobur n   Overcome by conflicting sins of both
     In June, Nottingham will
                                                              prof          chair         partment Nursing
 celebrate his 32nd year as a Allen Nottingham, assistant professor and chair of the Depar tment of Nur sing            dietary omission and excess. They may
                                       University Central                says                               ursing
 registered nurse. He is a 1991 at the Univer sity of Centr al Oklahoma, says he quality of the UCO's nur sing
 master's degree graduate of progr am makes it a prime choice ffor nur sing students to enroll in the college.
                                pro      makes               choice or nur
                                                                        ursing            enroll          colleg
                                                                                                                                        See Elizabeth , Page 2
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                                                                                                          UCO, Pa
                                                                                                      See UCO, Page 2
OU Physicians Family and Preventive Medicine Committed                                                                                                           Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS
                                                                                                                                                                 IN NURSING
                                                                                                                                                                 This Weeks Topic:

to Educating Women about HPV (Human Papillomavirus)                                                                                                              MUSIC THERAPY/

    HPV               (Human            an abnormal Pap smear within            still come into contact with this       Some of these viruses are                Pg. 4-5
Papillomavirus) is the most             the last year and be 15 to 64           virus,” said Robert Hamm, Ph.D.         classified as “high-risk,” and
common sexually-transmitted             years old with no history of            and principal investigator of the       may cause abnormal Pap tests.            Providing
disease in the United States. In        cancer. The HPV DNA is a                study with OU Physicians. “By           They may also lead to cervical           exceptional care:
an effort to increase the               standard test performed by a            sharing their information with          cancer. Those classified as “low-        HCR provides
awareness of Oklahoma women             physician if a woman has                us, women who participate will          risk” may cause mild Pap test            dignity for
about this disease, OU                  abnormal Pap smear results. The         help others avoid or successfully       abnormalities or genital warts.          patients
Physicians is currently                 process requires one interview,         manage this disease in the                  Women may choose to be               Pg. 10
conducting research to assess           which takes approximately two           future.”                                interviewed in person at the
knowledge and attitudes about           hours to complete. Participants               Human papillomavirus is           OU Physicians Family Medicine
HPV and educating women who             are reimbursed for their efforts.                                                                                        Southpark
                                                                                the term used to reference a            Building at 900 N.E. 10th St. in
have the virus.                             “Because HPV is so                  group of more than 100                  Oklahoma City, or complete a             honored for
    Participants must have              common, a person who hasn’t             different viruses, of which more        survey and mail it to OU                 their giving
received an HPV DNA test after          had many sexual partners may            than 30 are sexually transmitted.       Physicians. All information is           spirit
                                                                                                                        kept private and will only be
                                                                                                                                                                 Pg. 10
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                                               nurses about what they need in terms          title Career Transition for the BSN. It's
UCO                                            of prerequisites and how UCO's career
                                               ladder program works. This semester,
                                                                                             a course for career ladder student that
                                                                                             is geared toward discussing professional
Continued from Page 1
Continued from Pa                              three UCO courses are taught on the           issues.
                                               campus of Baptist Medical Center.                  The male population generally
                                                    The arrangement adds more                averages about 10 percent in the College                      Published each Monday
the University of Oklahoma College of          convenience to already busy nurses            of Nursing, which is almost twice the                        by Metro Publishing, L.L.C.
Nursing. And he has been a professor           schedules. They don't have to make the        national average of men choosing a
at UCO since August of 1991.                   trip to Edmond and are already familiar       nursing career.                                             Locally Owned and Operated
      More than 150 nursing students are       with the hospital. Furthermore, Baptist            "When I graduated, I think                                         Publisher
enrolled at UCO, giving the university         Medical Center has multiple conference        nationally it was 1.5 percent of all                                 Steven R. Eldridge
the second highest enrollment for              room conducive for classroom settings.        registered nurses were men," Nottingham                       stevene@okcnursingtimes.com
nursing students in Oklahoma. Seventy-              "They provide all the audiovisual        said.                                                                     Editor
four nursing students will be graduating       equipment you'd ever need," Nottingham             He if the trend for more men
in May.                                        continued.                                    entering the nursing profession will
                                                                                                                                                                   Priya S. Jenkins
      "I think probably the biggest asset           The courses Nottingham offers at         continue. But he said men realize the                          priyaj@okcnursingtimes.com
for the Department of Nursing at UCO           Baptist are Research in Nursing 2, with       opportunities are diverse in scope,                                   News Consultant
is the quality of the program and the          eight students enrolled. And 12 students      whether one works in research,                           Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) MPH, MSN, ND, RN, NC
focus upon clinical practice," Nottingham      take Nottingham's Leadership                  education, becomes a nurse practitioner,                                    Wr i t e r s
said. The program makes certain that           Management course.                            clinical nurse specialist -- among others.                              James Coburn
student have enough clinical experiences            Leadership management explores                "From the basic baccalaureate                                      Elissa Crocker
during their course of study here that         organizations, changes in the healthcare      education, the opportunities are certainly
                                                                                                                                                                        Mike Lee
they are clinically competent upon             system environment, problem solving           open," he said.
graduation to be entry-level nurses.           and critical thinking, career management           Before coming to UCO, Nottingham                                    Mike Ligouri
      “It prepares the graduates to go out     and ethical/legal aspects of leadership.      served as director of remote cardiac                                    Marty Mitchell
and be successful,” said Oklahoma Heart             "(There are) a lot concepts and ideas    services, nursing education, continuing                             Barbara Scarpella Reed
Hospital Cardiac Rehab Director Denise         that they are using already in their          medical education, and the cardiac-cath                                    Will Ryan
Bragg, a graduate of the UCO College           nursing practice and therefore can build      labs at Presbyterian Hospital in                                         Jason Smith
of Nursing. “They have a great leadership      on it, or they're concepts that are fairly    Oklahoma City. He was a career minded                                      Lea Terry
program. The senior staff has been there       new but can certainly be utilized both        student who came back to school to                                news@okcnursingtimes.com
for quite some time. Dr. Allen                 in a clinical practice and as a               receive his bachelor's degree from UCO
Nottingham is                                  professional."                                in 1988.                                                         Boar d of Commentar y
                                                                                                                                                              Board     Commentary
                                                                                                                                                                          Martha Collar
      one of them. His background is in             Students in the Research in Nursing           "When I was sitting in class one                                        Eileen Doherty
cardiac and he has a passion for that          2 class collaborate in writing a research     day my senior year, I thought, 'I think                                   Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
still. It definitely led me down this road.”   proposal. The students choose their own       I can do that. I think I can become a                                        Colleen Folsch
      It's a very rigorous, high-quality       topic and do the library investigation        faculty member,'" he said.                                                   Virginia Gillispe
program with an intense focus on               research needed for completion. They               Two months before he graduated                                            April Goode
                                                                                                                                                                           Vicki Jenkins
clinicals, Nottingham continued.               write the proposal and turn it into           with his master's degree from OU, he                                        Larry Leeds, RN
      Two years ago, UCO began a               Nottingham, one chapter at a time, for        was hired to teach at UCO.                                          Vicki Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
coordinated effort with Integris Baptist       his feedback and critique.                         With today's nationwide nursing                                      Dr. Trisha Phaklides
Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Many               "At the end of the semester, their       shortage of RNs, there's little hardship                    Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) RN, MPH, MSN, ND
of the Integris RNs with associate             actual research proposal is their actual      for nurses to find employment.                                           Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
                                                                                                                                                                          Colleen Folsch
degrees were interested in upgrading           grade in the course, he explained.                 "I think I could be safe to say that                           Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
their education to a bachelor's degree.             The third course being taught at         nearly all, if not all of our student have
      Nottingham serves to counsel the         Baptist Medical Center this spring is         a job when they graduate," he said.                                               Adv
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                                                                                                                                                                       Annette Deckard
                                                                                                                                                                       Melanie Mitchell
                                                                                                                                                                        Mary Walewski
                                               you into trouble of the ten pounds per        the fats and sugars. What, may I ask, is
Elizabeth                                      decade type. Who has half a cup of apple?
                                               We have an apple. One complete, discrete
                                                                                             Surgeon General Vice Admiral Carmona
                                                                                             going to do if the next Ice Age decends
                                                                                                                                                                         Lynn Wazny
                                                                                                                                                                   R etail Ad v er tising
                                                                                                                                                                         Molly Harris
Continued from Page 1
Continued from Pa                              unit in and of itself. Who, other than        upon us unannounced and we have no
                                               those caring for toddlers, routinely grabs    protective layer of blubber to help us                                      Char Posey
                                               an apple out of the fruit bowl and takes      survive? Did he think of that? Because                          advertising@okcnursingtimes.com
                                               the time to chop it and measure out half      it could happen, any minute. And he                               Ad Ser vices Mana g er
                                               a cup. I’ll bet Vice Admiral Richard H.       can’t cuddle all of us to share body heat.                             Timothy Locklear
weigh themselves and find that they are        Carmona, our Surgeon General, doesn’t         Did he think of that?                                         advertising@okcnursingtimes.com
wanting; smack their grease-slicked lips       even do that. The fact that our Surgeon
in dismay at the sorry lack of legumes in      General is a Vice Admiral says everything.                                                                       Accounts Coordinator
their daily dietary devotions.                 This, coupled with the whole serving size     Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal works at OU                                   Gaye Hannan, LPN
     Here is the scoop, and I am very sorry    business, is just one more example of the     Medical Center in the Surgical-Trauma I.C.U.                   accounting@okcnursingtimes.com
to give it to you. Let us take the humble      way that a bureaucracy can take anything,     She has also worked in the Bone Marrow
bagel as our first example. The bagel is a     even something as simple an apple (or a                                                                Direct Mailed and distributed to a readership
                                                                                             Transplant Unit and in a Med-Surg unit.                  of more than 42,000 LPNs, RNs,
homey kind of food. It is satisfying to        person’s rank) and make it much more
the senses – the heft of it, the chewiness,    complicated than it needs to be. And                                                                   Administrators and Students in Oklahoma
the golden gloss of it. It is a satisfying     what happened to C. Everett Koop                                                                       each week. Add your name to the list for
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                                                                                                                                                              In Lo ving Memor y of
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                                                                                             Nursing Times reserves the right to edit submissions            our brother and friend
accompaniment to a couple of scrambled         couldn’t quit smoking. This new guy
eggs and a big blob of cream cheese. Just      looks like he might have you keel-hauled
                                                                                             for clarity and length.                                       Randall (Randy) I. Eldridge
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     An African proverb states that “It takes a village to raise a child.”
 From the outset of their education, nurses learn that “it takes an inter-
 disciplinary team to heal a patient.”
     A variety of health care practitioners provide professional input
 along the continuum of health and wellness. Although their treatments
 and types of care may differ, their goals are the same; to foster healing
 and promote wellness.
     Over the next four weeks, Today’s Nurse will focus on treatment
 modalities and health care practitioners furthering health and wellness
 from a different angle.

by Elissa Crocker, RN, BSN                         percussion instruments probably aren’t the
Staff Writer                                       first instruments that come to mind —
                                                   that distinction belongs to the piano,
                                                   guitar, and instruments more closely
                                                   associated with melody making.
    Complementary therapy is a term                     However, think bongos and congas
used to describe treatment modalities used         — not snares and cymbals — and throw
in conjunction with — not in lieu of —             in maracas, tambourines, frame drums,
standard medical care. The goal is tap             and other unusual instruments in which
into other avenues that can improve                various tones are produced by one object
                                                                                                                                                                                         by           ock
                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Elissa Cr ocker
mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.        striking another. Add a group of people
Herbs and nutrition are examples of                and a leader trained to facilitate putting                          music wellness pro         sponsored by       Community
                                                                                                HealthRHYTHMS is a music wellness progr am sponsored by the Community Cancer Coalition. It is
complementary medications, while art and           the elements together. The result is               at             or Healthy Living                              Center. Members       drumming
                                                                                                held at the Center ffor Healthy Living on the OU Health Sciences Center. Member s of the dr umming
music therapies are examples of                    recreational music making known as a         circ                           Mary          odd                    acilitator/w
                                                                                                                                                            MT-BC acilitator/wellness educator/m
                                                                                                circle (bottom left to right) Mar y Neal; Todd Balcom MT-BC ffacilitator/wellness educator/music
complementary treatment strategies.                drumming circle.                             thera       Ja Martin (Integ               Sherr Martin, (Leukemia-L
                                                                                                therapist; Jay Mar tin (Integris Health); Sher r y Mar tin, (Leukemia-Lymphoma Society); (standing
    In the realm of music therapy,                      The process incorporates several                              ubb; Harold Dozier Carr Jac
                                                                                                                                       zier;         ackson; Shirle Jac
                                                                                                                                                                  ley ackson.
                                                                                                left to right) Sissy Tubb; Harold Dozier ; Car roll Jackson; Shir ley Jackson.

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unique factors that set it apart as a           and rhythm, said Balcom, is the magic         said. “But there is evidence that it supports   outreach coordinator at the Transition
powerful and versatile form of music            created when a group of strangers can         a healthier immune system. How long             House, a United Way based-organization
therapy.                                        come together and take part in an activity    that lasts is yet to be proven.”                in Norman that provides apartment living
     “Drums are easier to play,” explained      in which every person has something to             Currently, Balcom is facilitating a        for persons transferring out of mental
wellness educator and board certified           contribute, in which silence can be as        HealthRHYTHMS program sponsored by              health facilities. He is also the coordinator
music therapist, Todd Balcom. “It’s easier      important as sound, and in which the          members of the Community Cancer                 for ADD-FIRE, an organization that
to get 15 people to drum together than it       end result is greater than the sum of its     Coalition – Integris Health, Mercy              sponsors community based wellness
is to get 15 people to play violin together.”   parts.                                        Hospital, OU Medical Center, and the            programs and rhythm events.
     Furthermore, Balcom disputes the                “It’s not about the quality of music     Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.                       At a recent conference attended by
contention that some people are “beat           being created, but the quality of                  The program is being held once a           350 members of the American Business
incompetent,” without a sense of rhythm.        relationships created in the process of       month for six months at the Center for          Women’s Association, Balcom led a circle
He said aside from certain neurological         making music,” he said.                       Healthy Living on the OU Health Sciences        in which the goal was to improve
disorders or brain damage, the ability to            Balcom utilizes a drumming protocol      Center campus. It is free-of-charge and         communication and team-building skills.
tap a foot or clap in unison is a universal     based on research conducted by Barry          open to anyone impacted by any cancer           Partnering with the Norman Public
skill, requiring little talent.                 Bittman, a physician at the Meadville         diagnosis.                                      Schools and the Norman Arts Council,
     Pointing out that our exposure to          Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville,            A professional musician, Balcom            he also works with school counselors and
rhythm begins with our mother’s heartbeat       Pennsylvania. In order to determine the       started drumming at the age of 10 and           small groups of students experiencing
in the womb, he said, “We’re naturally          effect group drumming has on the              attended college on a scholarship as a          common difficulties, such as family
rhythmical creatures. We walk in rhythm,        immune system, Bittman conducted a            percussionist. In 1994, he obtained a degree    disruption through death or divorce.
we breathe in rhythm, our hearts beat in        study in which physiological responses        in music therapy, but was unable to                  Allowing that some participants have
rhythm.”                                        to several group drumming protocols were      incorporate drumming into his practice.         preconceived ideas about drum circles,
     In addition, Balcom said that              compared to physiological responses in             “It never worked,” he said. “Being a       Balcom said, “I try and break the
drumming rhythms have been proven to            non-drumming control groups.                  professional drummer, I had high                stereotype of the New Age, hocus-pocus,
influence the human body in a                        The study revealed that one              expectations as to how it should sound.”        touchy-feely groups. The drumming
phenomenon of nature called                     drumming protocol in particular increased          However, he read a book by Arthur          process is built on a sound base of
“entrainment.”                                  two forms of white blood cells that           Hull entitled, “Drum Spirit Circle” which       research.”
     Defined as the synchronization of two      enhance the body’s immune system —            addressed the process of facilitating the            Again underscoring the use of
or more rhythmic cycles, entrainment was        NK cells — natural killer cells – and LAK     human spirit through percussion and             drumming as “the vehicle to something
first discovered in 1665 by a Dutch             cells – lymphokine-activated killer cells.    drum circles.                                   bigger,” he said, “People generally leave
scientist, Christian Huygens. Working on        In addition, the level of stress hormones          In 2001, Balcom traveled to California     feeling more connected. Whether it’s a
the design of the pendulum clock,               were decreased, also an immuno-               in order to study under Hull. Finding           cancer group, a school group, a church
Huygens found that when two clocks              enhancing effect.                             this missing piece of the puzzle enabled        group, or a corporation group, the
placed on a wall near each other were                Based on these findings a music          him to focus exclusively upon percussion        principle behind it is a group coming
started at different times, they would          wellness program referred to as               as a music therapist.                           together in a micro-community and
eventually end up ticking in unison. A          HealthRHYTHMS was developed. It uses               “I learned to be a better communicator     building a community spirit through
universal force in nature, this phenomenon      a drumming protocol that incorporates         and be more comfortable as a leader,” he        camaraderie, friendship, and support.”
will act on any two or more vibrating           self expression, camaraderie, and team        said. “I learned not to be a drummer, but
bodies with similar rhythmic cycles.            work within a group of people.                to be a facilitator.”                           (Editor’s note: Please continue to read our
     However, more powerful than melody              “It’s not a cure for cancer,” Balcom          Currently, Balcom is the community         Today’s Nurse section in every issue.)

                                                                                                                                                   Day 5
 Wellbutrin®: Possible Delayed Seizures                                                                                                            • The patient was discharged
                                                                                                                                                   In establishing a treatment protocol
                                                                                                                                              for a potentially toxic ingestions of
 by Marda Riley, RN, CSPI                            After much research and discussion,      on Effexor SR® 75mg and Wellbutrin®             bupropion, the OPCC recommends
 Oklahoma Poison Control Center                 the OPCC recommends that with any             300mg approximately 24 hours prior.             activated charcoal be given if within
                                                intentional overdose of > 600mg in an         On arrival, she was awake and alert             an hour of ingestion and observation
                                                adult or any accidental pediatric             with no seizure activity present, but           of the patient for a minimum of 24
                                                ingestion be referred to an emergency         stated she had a seizure before arriving        hours with continuous cardiac
      It seems as though we are                 department. We recommend a minimum            to emergency room.             She also         monitoring. If the ingestion in an
 constantly being told about the                observation of 24 hrs. With the sustained     complained of visual hallucinations and         adult is >900 mg sustained release,
 alarming increase in suicide attempts.         released medication there is an increased     dizziness.                                      whole bowel irrigation with PEG
 As nurses many of us face the reality          possibility of a delayed onset of seizures.       • The patient was started on                solution (Golytely®) may be considered;
 of this. The Oklahoma Poison Control           In overdose there may be mild                 charcoal 50gm q6h                               the goal being to speed the elimination
 Center (OPCC) is often the beginning           anticholinergic symptoms noted. Other             • Ativan and fosphenytoin was               of the toxin before it is absorbed.
 point of treatment either by providing         symptoms seen with an overdose may            given for seizures                                   Those who are prescribed
 information to emergency room                  include tachycardia, prolonged QRS and            • Frequent neurological and                 Wellbutrin® should be warned about
 personnel or by telephone triage with          QTc. Neurological symptoms can                cardiopulmonary assessments were done           the potential risks associated with
 the person who calls about an exposure.        include tremors, hallucinations,                  • She had tachy dysrhythmia then            taking the medication, including
      In the past year, we have seen an         paresthesias, confusion, agitation and        brady dysrhythmia and then full                 seizures, which can occur at therapeutic
 increase in the intentional overdose and       possibly coma. Early onset symptoms           cardiopulmonary arrest                          doses. These medications should not
 accidental pediatric exposure to               may be nausea and vomiting. Tremors               • She was intubated and received            be given to anyone with a history of a
 Wellbutrin® (bupropion). With the              and seizures are usually the most likely      bicarb, Mg sulfate, CaCl, and epinephrine       seizures disorder or with conditions
 drug being used to treat depression            effect and the onset is usually within 1                                                      that alter the seizure threshold such
 and also as an aid in smoking cessation,       to 4 hours but can manifest at any time           Day 2                                       as people with head trauma, who are
 it is widely prescribed and is therefore       within 24 hours. In studies of sustained          • The patient has had no further            taking antipsychotic drugs, systemic
 more accessible. It is likely that             release bupropion overdose patients,          seizure activity                                steroids, quinolone antibiotics,
 bupropion overdose will continue to            those who remained seizure-free for 10            • Her eyes are open and seems               antimalarial drugs or MAOIs.
 become more common since the                   hours did not develop seizures regardless     confused                                             The Oklahoma Poison Control
 sustained release formulation is               of the formulation or dose ingested.              • No significant change in therapy          Center is a program of the University
 currently the choice of most physicians             The following is a case study of an                                                      of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
 when prescribing this medication.              attempted suicide in Oklahoma having              Day 3                                       and the Children’s Hospital at OU.
 Bupropion is a unique antidepressant           a delayed onset of seizures following             • The patient was extubated and             Specially trained and certified registered
 with structural similarities to                an ingestion of Wellbutrin®.                  is off EEG monitoring                           nurses and pharmacists are available
 amphetamines and diethylpropion. It                                                              • She is awake, alert, and oriented         24hrs a day, 7 days a week to answer
 acts by inhibiting the reuptake                    Day 1                                                                                     questions and provide treatment
 dopamine, norepinephrine and                       • A 17 year old female arrives at             Day 4                                       information. Our emergency line for
 serotonin.                                     the emergency room who had overdosed              • No significant changes                    is 1-800-222-122.
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 Providing exceptional care: HCR provides dignity for patients
by James Coburn                                                                                                                                                       Hunter to devote herself to
Staff Writer                                                                                                                                                          patient care and meet those
                                                                                                                                                                      needs. She oversees the
                                                                                                                                                                      activities of 20 nurses,
                                                                                                                                                                      including RNs and LPNs.
                                                                                                                                                                           Hunter looks to hire
                                                                                                                                                                      nurses who demonstrate
     There comes a point for                                                                                                                                          stability in work
many primary caregivers                                                                                                                                               performance. She usually
when the care they provide at                                                                                                                                         discerns the applicant who
home is no longer adequate to                                                                                                                                         jumps from job to job every
meet their loved one’s health                                                                                                                                         two months.
needs. So a nursing home                                                                                                                                                   “I like to meet the
becomes a viable option.                                                                                                                                              person, I like to look in their
     “Once they’re here it’s our                                                                                                                                      eyes to see the compassion
job to not only make the                                                                                                                                              and whether they’re really
residents comfortable -- meet                                                                                                                                         hear for just the job or to
their needs — but also meet                                                                                                                                           provide the care to our
the needs of the family                                                                                                                                               elderly residents.”
member,” said Shannon                                                                                                                                                      A special type of nurse
Hunter, administrative director                                                                                                                                       or healthcare worker is
of nursing services at HCR                                                                                                                                            needed to work in a
ManorCare Northwest in                                                                                                                                                geriatric, long-term care
Oklahoma City.                                                                                                                                                        facility. Nurses should have a
     Hunter has been with                                                                                                                                             lot of heart and compassion,
HCR for more than seven                                                                                                                                               Hunter explained.
years and came to the                                                                                                                                                      “It’s obviously end of life
Brookline location in                                                                                                                                                 care so it’s sometimes very
September.                                                                                                                                                            difficult for some people to
     She began her career with                                                                                                                                        do,” she said. “It takes a lot
HCR while involved in the                                                                                                                                        urn
                                                                                                                                                     by James Cobur
                                                                                                                                               Photo by James Cobur n of strength, in my opinion.
company’s nurse management         Nurses       re ards                 eriatric tients,
                                                                    or geria patients says               Hunter, administrativ director nur
                                   Nur ses find rewards in caring ffor geriatric patients, says Shannon Hunter, administrative director of nur sing ser vices at It’s pretty thankless
                                                                                                                                            ursing services at
training program in Oklahoma            ManorCare Northwthwest
                                   HCR ManorCar e Nor thwest in Oklahoma City. City.                                                                                  sometimes.”
City. She trained with a                                                                           consultant and learned to be a nurse                       Meanwhile, nurses who have been
                                                                                                   manager. At the time, there were                     in the long-term care profession find
                                                                                                   seven HCR facilities in Oklahoma, she satisfaction in providing services to the
                                                                                                   said. There are currently three HCR                  elderly when a lot of people choose
                                                                                                   ManorCare facilities in Oklahoma City otherwise.
                                                                                                   and one in Tulsa.                                          She said it’s generally easier for
                                                                                                        “I think the biggest thing with the society to accept touching a new life
                                                                                                   company is stability,” she said.                     than to accept the reality of losing a
                                                                                                        “We’re a big company. We have                   parent or grandparent. Such the case
                                                                                                   lots of resources. We have                           can be very difficult for some people
                                                                                                   opportunities for advancement,                       to deal with emotionally.
                                                                                                   relocation. We go from East Coast to                       Hunter came to the nursing career
                                                                                                   West Coast.”                                         arena wanting to make a difference.
                                                                                                        An excellent benefit package                          And the nursing home industry
                                                                                                   encourages nurses to work at HCR,                    has made remarkable progress in long-
                                                                                                   Hunter continued. HCR allows room                    term care, she said.
                                                                                                   for employee career growth by paying                       “There are perceptions to be
                                                                                                   for education. CNAs gain opportunities changed,” Hunter added. “I don’t
                                                                                                   to become nurses, and LPNs are                       know if its ever going to happen but
                                                                                                   motivated to become RNs.                             we have a lot of good facilities.”
                                                                                                        “We do tuition reimbursement,”                        The HCR facility also provides
                                                                                                   she explained. “The company’s just                   skilled nursing and each of the
                                                                                                   really solid.”                                       licensed beds are dually certified. So
                                                                                                        Her mother Sandra LeGrand is                    the rewards of rehabilitating a patient
                                                                                                   also a nurse. LeGrand is employed by                 so he or she can return home is an
                                                                                                   Community Hospice in Oklahoma                        awe inspiring experience for dedicated
                                                                                                   City. Both mother and daughter                       nurses, she added.
                                                                                                   graduated from RN school in 1994.                          “It’s not just a typical nursing
                                                                                                        Hunter was an accounting major                  home,” she added.
                                                                                                   in her second year at Phillips                             Her facility employs staff that
                                                                                                   University in Enid when realized being have worked in the building for more
                                                                                                   an accountant would not provide her                  than 30 years. The longevity of CNAs
                                                                                                   the type of opportunities she wanted                 is outstanding.
                                                                                                   in interacting with people. She needed                     “We have some that could
                                                                                                   a profession that allowed her to teach, probably run the building alone,
                                                                                                   see progress with clients and                        without anybody else in the building,
                                                                                                   employees’ goals.                                    because they’ve been around so long,”
                                                                                                        Hunter graduated with her                       Hunter continued. “And I think that
                                                                                                   bachelor’s degree in nursing from the                says a lot for the company, and the
                                                                                                   University of Arkansas for Medical                   facility, and the compassion and caring
                                                                                                   Sciences. Becoming a nurse allows                    of the employees that we have.”
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                 February 21, 2005                                       Page 7

OPA awards Coburn top honor
     The Oklahoma Press
Association's annual Better
Newspaper Contest awarded The
Edmond Sun first place in feature
writing for a group of stories
written by Sun Feature Editor
James Coburn. OPA Division 1
daily newspapers with a
circulation exceeding 9,000
subscribers competed for the
honor. The contest was judged
by the Montana Press Association
and winners were recognized on
February 11th.
     In addition, Coburn's public
service reporting has twice earned
him the Sweepstakes award (best
of show) given by the Associated
Press /Oklahoma News
     Coburn writes feature stories
for Oklahoma's Nursing Times on
a weekly basis. And he was the
first writer hired by Oklahoma's
Nursing Times when the weekly
publication started in October James Cobur n, Feature Editor ffor The Edmond Sun
                                             urn, eatur
                                          Cobur Feature             or
2000. His nursing profiles and         staff          or Oklahoma’s Nursing Times.
                                   and staff writer ffor Oklahoma’s Nur sing Times.
stories appear weekly in the
state's most comprehensive news publication dedicated to nurses. The Guthrie
resident estimates he has written more than 350 articles about nurses for
Oklahoma's Nursing Times.
     "Nurses are among the unsung heroes of America," Coburn said. "They
share a common thread of compassion, acute organizational skills, and team
spirit. And most of all — they save countless lives."

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                                                                                                                                                                                  sciences and 2 years of exper as described; or
        Apply online at                                                                                                              $   3,000                                    an equivalent combination of educ. and exper.; or                       1-866-943-0094.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Nursing and 1 year of nursing exper. or a bachelors
                                                                                                                                                                                  degree in nursing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           8 am-4:30 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          M-F. Must pass
                  Fax resume or apply in person!                                                                     STAFF RNS - FT - All Shifts                                                                                                            OSBI Check.
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                                                                                                                             (Hospital Experience Required)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        mail to:                                            HealthCare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I N N O VAT I O N S
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  RN QUALITY MANAGER                                                                                              RN, STAFF DEVELPMENT COORDINATOR - FT
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                                                                  Oklahoma is looking for a full-
                                                                  time Flight Nurse. Must possess                Specialty Hospital              of   Midwest City                 RN, PT, Rehab                                                       min sal requirements to:
 RN needed to monitor quality systems as part of                  minimum qualifications: weight                                                                                                                                                       tvaughn@ortho-ok.com
                                                                  limit 210 lbs., height limit six feet
                                                                                                                                                                                     (3 days/week)                   RN/ DON A small LTC facility
 risk managment program. This is a position that                  three inches (6’3”), at least three                8210 National Avenue, Midwest City, OK 73110                     3:00p-11:00p                   looking for an RN/ DON to lead a
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                      LIVING CENTER                                                                                                        Experienced Director of Nursing
           “Continuing the Celebration of Life”

                                                                       LPN or MA
                                                                     Norman Urology
                                                                     Associates, p.c.
                                                                                                          Medical CNA/NA’S Needed for all DON needed. 31-bed facility in
                                                                                                          shifts. Will train. Medford care western OK. Submit resume to:
                                                                                                          center 580-395-2105              Erick Nursing Center,112 S.
                                                                                                                                           Magnolia, Erick, OK 580-526-3088.
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                                                                 LPN or MA Very busy surgical                                                                                                Effective January 1, 2004
                                                                 practice in pleasant working
                                                                 environment with good benefits           LPNs!! Westhaven Nursing Home
                            PRACTICAL NURSE                      and generous paid vacation.              is currently seeking caring,
                                                                                                          dedicated LPNs, CNA, CMA, all
                                                                 Candidate can look forward to                                                  A SMALL LTC FACILITY,
                                                                                                          shifts. Incentive pay offered. Best
                                                                 participating in all facets of
                                                                 nursing from first encounter with        competitive wages in town! Call
                                                                                                          405-743-1140 or come by 1215 S.
                                                                                                                                                LOOKING FOR RN/DON TO
                                                                                                                                                LEAD A GREAT TEAM IN
                                                                                                                                                                                  Per Line, Per Insertion
                                          LPN                    patient to postoperative care.This
                                                                 is a fast paced clinic and candidate
                                                                 must be a self starter, multi-
                                                                                                          Western, Stillwater.                  QUALITY CARE. MAIL/FAX
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                                                                                                                                                      PAULS VALLEY
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                                                                                                                                                  HEALTH CARE FACILITY
                                    Abuse Clinic
                                                                 Applicant must have excellent
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                                                                                                                                                  PAULS VALLEY, OK 73075
                                                                                                                                                                                    $4.69 $4.31 $4.12 $3.93 $3.56
                                                                 well with others and possess a           A growing community health
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                                       Hours 5:00am              experience preferred. Please E-          accepting applications for a Full-         ATTN: SANDRA
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                                     Competitive pay
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                                                                                                          treatment setting. Previous                                             Logos For Line Ads (Per Insertion)
                                                                                                          experience preferred but not
                                      and benefits.                                                       required. Good communication
                                                                                                          skills a must. Some travel required.
                                                                                                          Competitive benefit and RN - Labor and delivery travel
                                                                                                                                                                                      Open                    4x                12x                26x               48x
                                        Fax resume:                          LPN                          compensation package available. assign. $70/hour + housing and
                                      (918) 610-3344             Must have current Oklahoma               Fax resume to COFMC, Attn: travel. 12 hour shifts, 877-314-4633
                                                                                                          Leslie Martin (580) 925-2362 or
                                                                                                                                                                                       $20                   $15                $10                $8                $5
                                                                 State LPN lic. & current CPR
                                       Phone John:               certification. Knowledge basic           apply in person at 527 West Third
                                                                 medical terminology, diagnostics,        Street, Konawa.
                                      (918) 610-3366             and procedures required. Must                                                 RN- WEEKENDS ONLY. Great pay
                                                                 have previous Pediatrics exp.
                                                                 Position will function in the
                                                                                                                                               & benefits. Wonderful family
                                                                                                                                               atmosphere! Apply at Westhaven      Classified Display: 14 lines to an inch.
                                                                 Edmond Clinic. Send resumes to                                                Nursing Home, 1215 S. Western,
                                                                 HR 701 NE 10th Street, OKC OK
                                                                 73104 or FAX to 405-280-5200.
                                                                                                                                               Stillwater, 405-743-1140.          Color
                                                                                                   Medical LPNS needed See Chris
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                                                                                                   Manor, 502 W. Pine, 233-2722.
                                                                                                                                              RN, DON Nursing home seeking                            (color as available)
                                 LPNs 3-11 & 11-7                Medical Greenbrier Skilled                                                   a caring, compassionate,
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       or call
                                    Call Reba Houston
                                                                 6pm shift. Call Gayle Thorpe
                                                                 Personnel Director at 580-402-
                                                                                                          RN position available. FT/PT, Days/ of Nursing. Apply in person at
                                                                                                          Nights, 12 hr shifts. Acute Care Lindsay Manor Nursing Home,
                                                                                                          Facility. Excellent wages and Hwy 19 West, Lindsay, OK 73052
                                                                                                                                                                                 WORLD-WIDE! YOUR AD ONLINE FOR
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Southpark employees honored for their giving spirit
by Mike Lee                                                                                                                                                  staff did,” Kuiper said. “We’re very
Staff Writer                                                                                                                                                 proud of the staff and we’re
                                                                                                                                                             already working on next year’s
                                                                                                                                                                  Kuiper said the staff undertook
                                                                                                                                                             nearly 20 fundraisers throughout
     Some places, people come to                                                                                                                             the year designed to collect money.
work every day, punching in and                                                                                                                                   “Most of it came from our
punching out just to collect that                                                                                                                            front-line staff, a dollar here and a
paycheck every two weeks.                                                                                                                                    dollar there,” Kuiper said. “They do
     The work environment is a                                                                                                                               it continually throughout the year.”
sterile one and the workers there                                                                                                                                 Alzheimer’s disease is the most
don’t have much of a stake in the                                                                                                                            common of the dementing
facility or the disease they are                                                                                                                             disorders, affecting as many as 4.5
trying to combat.                                                                                                                                            million Americans.
     But at Southpark, the front line                                                                                                                             Alzheimer’s disease is a
employees have taken a stance in                                                                                                                             progressive, degenerative disease
the fight against Alzheimer’s and                                                                                                                            that attacks the brain and results in
have dedicated themselves to raising                                                                                                                         impaired memory, thinking and
money to find a cure.                                                                                                                                        behavior. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
     Southpark Healthcare Center                                                                                                                             disease include a gradual memory
was recently presented the “Team                                                                                                                             loss, decline in ability to perform
with Most Members” and “Most                                                                                                                                 routine tasks, disorientation in time
Money Raised by facility/support                                                                                                                             and space, impairment of judgment,
group” awards in conjunction with                                                                                                                            personality change, difficulty in
the Annual Oklahoma Alzheimer’s                                                                                                                              learning and loss of language and
Association Memory Walk held on                                                                                                                  by Mike
                                                                                                                                           Photo by Mike Lee communication skills.
September 18th.                                         Southpark Mark        Director
                                                                                  ector,       ackson
                                                                                              Jac           administrators Marilyn eakley
                                         Left to right, Southpar k Mar keting Dir ector, Chad Jackson and administr ator s Marilyn Yeakley and Julie  Julie       Reynolds said the staff at
     For a year, Southpark                        eceiv Southpark's award from
                                                 recei                                              Association or      staff's fundraising efforts
                                         Kuiper received Southpar k's award from the Alzheimer's Association ffor the staff's fundr aising effor ts last Southpark tries to slow down this
employees created and                     ear.        by Mike Lee.
                                         year. Photo by Mike Lee.                                                                                            degeneration but it is a long battle.
participated in a variety of                                                                                                                                      As with all dementias, the rate
fundraisers to raise money for                 that affects not only patients but                unstoppable but can be slowed.                         of progression in Alzheimer patients
research of the debilitating disease           their families. The disease is virtually               April Metwalli, Oklahoma City                     varies from case to case, he said.
                                                                                                 Regional Director, presented the awards                      From the onset of symptoms, the
                                                                                                 and conducted Alzheimer specific                       life span of an Alzheimer victim can
                                                                                                 training to Southpark employees with a range anywhere from 3 to 20 or more

                                    M.D.                                                         focus on the newly designed high-
                                                                                                 functioning memory care unit.
                                                                                                      The new unit consists of 24 beds
                                                                                                                                                        years. The disease eventually leaves its
                                                                                                                                                        victims unable to care for themselves.
                                                                                                                                                              While a definitive diagnosis of
                                                                                                 and maintains a secured living                         Alzheimer’s disease is possible only

                               On Your Resume                                                    environment.                                           through the examination of brain
                                                                                                      The new unit is designed for those tissue, which is usually done at
                                                                                                 patients showing early onset signs of                  autopsy, it is important for a person
                                                                                                 Alzheimers. A high-functioning unit is                 suffering from any symptoms of
                                                                                                 designed to keep the patient on the go dementia to undergo a thorough
                            Because It Can Come                                                  mentally so that their mind stays sharp clinical examination.
                                                                                                 and the onset of the disease is slowed.
                                                                                                      The new unit was designed to
                                                                                                                                                               In fact, after such an evaluation,
                                                                                                                                                        approximately 20% of suspected
                                         To You!                                                 meet the needs of individuals who are                  Alzheimer cases prove to be a medical
                                                                                                 in the early stages of memory loss and condition other than Alzheimer’s,
                                                                                                 is the first of it’s kind in Oklahoma                  sometimes treatable.
                                                                                                 City.                                                        The money raised by the staff at
  Our graduates and your colleagues in the Nursing profession who are now M.D.s                       Terry Reynolds, L.P.N., is the                    Southpark will go towards much
  thru our medical program as well as those presently in the program cannot be all               Program Care Manager, at Southpark                     needed research, which to this point,
  wrong. The advantage of our medical program is in its content.                                 and said employees worked tirelessly to Reynolds says, has been largely
  There are reasons your colleagues educate here. Our excellent track record for                 raise the funds.                                       underfunded.
  over 22 years, a high pass rate (90%) in the United States Medical Licensing                        “The staffed worked so hard to                          Donations to help fund Alzheimer’s
  Examination (USMLE) for licensure in the U.S.A.                                                raise money for research,” Reynolds                    research can be made payable to
  Our graduates who are your colleagues in the Nursing profession are in residency               said. “We see what this disease does to Alzheimer’s Association and mailed to
  programs in various parts of the United States.                                                people and it snatches the life away                   Alzheimer’s Association, 6465 S. Yale
  We will put you in contact with your colleagues upon acceptance (not before) to                from you. We want our residents to                     Ave., Suite 206
  the program. These colleagues are readily available to be your mentors, and guide              have a better life.                                    Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136-7810.
  you while in the program as well as throughout your career in medicine.                             “The award shows we are trying so                       Or, if you prefer, you may call the
  What are you still waiting for? Come join your colleagues today and stop                       hard to help find a cure for this                      Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association at
  procrastinating. Do it now because later is sooner than you think!!!                           disease.”                                              918-481-7741 or toll-free at
         Visit us Nurses area online at: http://www.uhsa.ag/pstudent/nurses/                          Southpark Executive Director                      1-800-493-1411.
          Visit our Nurses area online at: http://uhsa.ag/pstudent/nurses/                       learned of the award weeks ago and                           The mission of the Oklahoma
  For further information, contact: University of Medicine, c/o IMSS Ashford Ave.,               said the staff deserves so much more                   Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate
                       Suite 403, Condado, Puerto Rico, 00907;
                                                                                                 recognition, not only for what they did Alzheimer’s disease through the
                                                                                                 to help fund research but also for the                 advancement of research and to
           Tel: 1-787-725-5282; Fax: 1-787-725-5283; Email: imss@prtc.net
                                                                                                 day-to-day care they provide to                        enhance care and support for
                Main Campus: Tel: 1(268)460-1391 | Fax:1(268)460-1477
                                                                                                 Southpark patients and their families.                 individuals, their families and
                   Email: fmcp@uhsa.edu.ag or uhsa@candw.ag                                           “We worked really hard, all the                   caregivers.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                     February 21, 2005                                                                    Page 11

Radiologist and Pediatrician join OU Physicians                                                                                          Look To Us...
                                                    Radiologist Laurie Jill Hast, M.D., a native of Oklahoma City, has established her
                                               practice with OU Physicians.
                                                    Hast is board-certified in diagnostic radiology. She comes to OU Physicians from     when you want someone with the
                                               Radiology Associates in Oklahoma City. She completed a body-imaging fellowship at         latest emergency training.
                                               Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and a diagnostic radiology residency at
                                               Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, both in Chicago, Illinois. She received her
                                               medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.               By advertising in our HELP
                                                    Pediatrician William J. Wells, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU    WANTED section, you’ll find the
                                               Children’s Physicians. He sees patients in The Children’s Hospital at OU MEDICAL          person with knowledge of the
                                               CENTER’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where care is provided for newborns
                                               with life-threatening conditions, including premature babies and those born with          newest emergency equipment...
                                               serious illness, birth defects or injuries.
                                                    In addition to his training in                                                       Look to
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                                               internal medicine and specializes in
                                               inpatient medicine. He has a specific                                                       Oklahoma’s
                                               interest in pain medicine.
                                                    Wells completed a combined residency
                                               in pediatrics and internal medicine at the
                                                                                                                                          Nursing Times
                                               University of Texas Medical Branch,
                                               Galveston, where he also received his
                                               medical degree.                                                                              Classifieds
                                                    OU Children’s Physicians practice as
Laurie Jill Hast, M.D.                         part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest
                                               physician group. The practice encompasses
nearly every child and adult medical specialty. More than 100 of these physicians
committed their training and, now, their practices to the care of children. OU Children's
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year. 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 The Children’s Hospital at OU MEDICAL CENTER. Many
children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped
elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on

sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
                                                                                                  J. ells, M.D.
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Continued Education
                                      education certificates.               With Dr. Dave Carpenter                 from 8:00 am-4:30 pm Topics            medication administration, fall
      February                        Cancellations must be received
                                      24 hours prior to the program.
                                                                            (Traditional Naturopath &
                                                                            Acupuncturist) Time: 7:00 pm
                                                                                                                    reviewed include the body
                                                                                                                    systems, issues and trends in
                                                                                                                                                           prevention, dementia guidelines,
                                                                                                                                                           oral care, and wound care.
02/22/05 HBDI Application             Cancellations after this time or      Unity Church 5603 NW 41st               nursing, biophysical concepts          Workshop is sponsored by
Cost/Fee 50.00 Start Time 9:30        no-shows will be charged a $25        OKC, OK 789-2424                        and test taking strategies. This       the Oklahoma Gerontological
am End Time 12:00 pm Location         administrative fee. This program is                                           activity for 16.5 contact hours has    Nursing Assocation, and will be
NRH Eductation Center Person/         approved for 9.9 CEU's upon                                                   been provided by OU MEDICAL            held at Metro-Tech Business
Phone HealthLink @ 405-440-           successful completion of the          03/03/05 Current                        CENTER. OU MEDICAL CENTER              Conference Center, 1900
8802 Description In this              course. Successful completion         Concepts in Pain                        is an approved provider of             Springlake Drive, OKC, from 8:00
workshop, participants will           means that the participant            Management                              contining education by the             am to 2:15 pm. Workshop fee is
complete several exercises            attended the full workshop and        Cost/Fee $30.00 Start Time 1:00         Colorado Nurses Association, an        $15.00; students $10.00. For
designed to help them apply the       passed all skill stations and         pm End Time 3:15 pm Location            accredited approver by the             more information please contact
information covered in the HBDI       written examinations. No partial      NRH Education Center, 901 N.            American Nurses Credentialing          Wanda Bishop, RN, BSN, MEd
Whole Braining Thinking class.        credit will be awarded. The           Porter Person/Phone HealthLink          Center's Commission on                 at 720-8006, or visit our website
We will address such topics as        American Nurses Credentialing         405-307-1776 DescriptionPain is         Accreditation. For more                www.okgna.org
communication, productivity and       Center Commission on                  more than just the fifth vital sign.    information please contact Deidra
strategic thinking. *Fulfills         Accreditation accredits AWHONN        Come join us in a relaxed               Sharp, RN,BC, BSN, Education
Preceptor CE Requirement              – the Association of Women’s          atmosphere to learn more about          Specialist Education and               04/21/05 - 04/22/05 Every
                                      Health, Obstetric and Neonatal        the identification and treatment of     Organizational Development             Step of the Way: Meeting
                                      Nurses as a provider of               pain. Cast these old preconceived       OU MEDICAL CENTER P Box    .O.         the Challenges of Today
02/22/05 Fetal Monitoring             continuing education in nursing.      ideas aside. No charge for NRH          26307 OKC, OK 73126 phone:             and Tomorrow AWHONN
Workshop - Advanced                                                         employees. Pre-registration             405-271-8365 pager: 405-575-           2005 OK Section
Program                                                                     required. $30 for external              3374 fax: 405-271-5153.                Conference
Cost/Fee 100.00 Category              02/22/05–03/08/05 Historic            participants. Cancellation must be                                             Helemerich Conference Center,
Professional Educ. Start Time         Herbs: 2,000 Years of                 received 24 hours prior to the                                                 Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa,
8:00 am End Time 4:30 pm              Medicine                              program. Cancellations after this       04/12/05-06/19/05 Case                 OK Keynote Speakers: Kathleen
LocationNRH Education Center          Learn the therapeutic values of       time or no-shows will be charged        Management Principles                  Brehony, PhD, Pam Price-
901 N. Porter Person/Phone            herbs and plants. A historical        a $25 administrative fee.               and Practice                           Hoskins, PhD, MSN, Nancy Lowe,
HealthLink (405) 307-1776             perspective will be presented of                                              6 CEUs 60 Contact hours.               PhD, CNM, Charlotte Gish, MSN,
Description The Advanced Fetal        the plants’ healing and dietary                                               This course, presented by the          CNM, Sherri Tapp, PhD. Content
Heart Monitoring Principles &         properties within the framework of    03/22/05–04/14/05 Sign                  University of Oklahoma College         will be examining challenges
Practices (AFHMPP) workshop           scientific verification. Discover     Language-I                              of Nursing, is an on-line              nurses face ethically, spiritually,
focuses on revalidating the           how these plants can enhance          In this class, you will receive a       continuing education course,           and emotionally, as well as
standard knowledge and skills         your own health and lives. Total      basic overview of the skills            especially suited for health care      numerous issues to expand
taught in the FHMPP workshop          hours (9) from 6:30 – 9:30 pm,        needed to communicate with the          providers, licensed nurses, and        clinical knowledge and skills.
and on applying advanced critical     Tuesday at Metro Tech’s South         hearing impaired. Learn basic           social workers. This Web-based         Registration materials to be
concepts in fetal heart monitoring    Bryant Campus, 4901 S. Bryant.        signs, phrases and word                 course is designed to explore the      mailed early Feb. Questions?
(FHM) in relevant clinical            Cost is $36. To enroll call 605-      combinations. Total hours (24)          concept of case management as          Email kbwinfrey@cox.net.
situations. The expected              4895 or 605-4785.                     from 6 – 9 pm, Tuesday and              the timely coordination of quality
outcomes of this workshop are                                               Thursday at Metro Tech’s                healthcare services to meet
that the participant should be able                                         Information Technology Center,          specific health care needs in a
to: * Synthesize the knowledge        02/24/05-02/25/05 Health              1700 Springlake Drive. The cost is      cost-effective manner to promote
and skills from the Fetal Heart
Monitoring Principles and
                                      Care Across the Lifespan
                                                                            $80.To enroll call 605-4895 or
                                                                                                                    positive client outcomes. Content
                                                                                                                    areas to be explored include:
Practices workshop in the
analysis of complex cases.
                                      7.2 Contact Hours. From
                                      Pediatrics to Geriatrics, patients
                                                                                                                    Case Management knowledge
                                                                                                                    and relationships, healthcare
* Demonstrate necessary               require specialized care! This        03/22/05–05/03/05                       management, community
decision making for the proper        one-day workshop (offered on          Spanish-I                               resources and support, service            Submit your
selection and verification of fetal
heart monitoring techniques.
                                      two different days) will provide an
                                      update about some of the hot
                                                                            Learn basic vocabulary, phrases,
                                                                            expressions and conversation in
                                                                                                                    delivery; psychosocial
                                                                                                                    intervention, and rehabilitation
                                                                                                                                                              classes and
* Analyze complex fetal               topics related to selected patient    Spanish. The exercises are fun          case management. This program           announcements
monitoring scenarios. * Correlate
critical fetal heart rate patterns/
                                      conditions across the lifespan
                                      including: overview of growth and
                                                                            and helpful for enhancing your
                                                                            language skills. Total hours (39)
                                                                                                                    has been approved by the
                                                                                                                    Commission for Case Manager
                                                                                                                                                               in to Priya
characteristics with related          development concepts, pediatric       from 6 – 9 pm, Tuesday and              Certification (CCMC) for 51 clock          Jenkins at
maternal-fetal physiology and         respiratory update, the emerging      Thursday at Metro Tech’s South          hours of continuing education
indicated clinical interventions.     epidemic of Type II diabetes          Bryant Campus, 4901 S outh              credit. The certificate prepares the    news@okcnursingtimes.com
* Evaluate fetal-maternal             mellitus in childen and               Bryant. The cost is $120.To enroll      learner to take one of the national
response to accountability            adolescents, women’s heart            call 605-4895 or 605-4785.              case management certification
interventions. * Describe the role    health update, adult home                                                     exams. For more information
and responsibility of the             respiratory care, and medications                                             contact Kara J. Rollins at 405-
professional nurse in the use of
fetal heart monitoring.
                                      in the elderly. The workshop is
                                      presented by the Continuing
                                                                                        April                       325-2891 or (800) 522-0772, ext
                                                                                                                    2891, e-mail at kjrollins@ou.edu.
*Communicate verbal and written       Nursing Education Consortium at                                               The University of Oklahoma is an
data to verify. Obstetrical nurses    the University of Oklahoma            04/12/05-04/13/05 Medical               equal opportunity institution.
should have previously                College of Nursing. Cost is $80.      Surgical Certification
completed the AWHONN Fetal            To register or for more               Review Course
Heart Monitoring - Principles and     information, please contact           This 2 day workshop is designed         04/20/05 Best Practices in
Practices workshop. This is an        Kristina Taylor at 405-271-2043.      to prepare Medical Surgical             Long Term Care
advanced workshop and not             The University of Oklahoma is an
                                      equal opportunity institution.
                                                                            nurses practicing in a variety of
                                                                            settings to take the ANCC
                                                                                                                    This workshop is designed for
                                                                                                                                                              Check out our
appropriate for nurses without at
least 9 months of obstetrical                                               Medical Surgical Certification          nurses, social workers, activity           continued
experience. No charge to NRH                                                Exam. It has also been found            directors, CNAs, caregivers,
obstetrical nursing staff. External
participant registration is $100.
                                                March                       helpful for nurses changing
                                                                            specilties, or returning to practice.
                                                                                                                    senior advocates, long term care
                                                                                                                    administrators, dieticians,
Tuition fee includes registration,                                          New graduates have found it             pharmacists, physical therapists,          classes at
all instruction, course syllabus,     03/03/05 Natural Health               helpful to prepare to take the          and students who care for the
materials, continental breakfast,     Night                                 NCLEX exam. Registration is free        elderly population in a long term       news@okcnursingtimes.com
refreshments and continuing           "Let Your Food Be Your Medicine"      and starts at 7:30 am. Class is         care setting. Topics will include
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                                                                  February 21, 2005                                                                                                  Page 13

                                                                       Healthy Living: A Calendar for Life
                                                        City. 610-3627                                            Diet and Nutrition.
  Midwest Regional                                                                                                                                                    Edmond Medical                                  Russell-Murray
                                                            Norman Regional                                                         Mercy                                                                                Hospice
The following support                                                                                                                                             Bariatric Seminar
groups and educational                                                                                            Breast Cancer Support                           6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second
classes are offered by                                  Breast Cancer Support                                     Group PROMISE                                   and fourth Tuesday of                            Bereavement Support
Midwest Regional                                        Group                                                     is a support group for women                    every month. Located in the                      Group
Medical Center:                                         7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first                               diagnosed with breast cancer.                   Ambulatory Care Pavilion,                        6:00 p.m. second Tuesday of
Arthritis/Osteoporosis; Better                          Tuesday of each month in the                              Meetings are the third                          Conference Rm. 1, One                            each month at Russell- Murray
Breathers; Codependents                                 NRH Breast Care Center. 307-                              Mondays of each month at                        S. Bryant. 844-5700. The                         Hospice, 221 South Bickford,
Anonymous; Diabetes                                     2620. Provides education and                              7pm in the Mercy Conference                     program is designed to educate                   El Reno; and Noon the second
Education Class; Diabetes                               emotional support to patients                             Center. Call 762-3600 for more                  and discuss the                                  Friday of each month at
Support Group; Grief Support                            diagnosed with breast cancer.                             information.                                    options of bariatric surgery.                    Russell-Murray Hospice, 106
Group; Healthy Heart Support                                                                                                                                                                                       West Miles, Kingfisher; and at
Group; Lupus Support Group                              Parkinson’s Disease                                       Care for Caregivers                             Bariatric Support Group                          6:00 p.m. the third Monday of
Midwest City Chapter                                    Support Group                                             Meets monthly on the third                      meets on the fourth Thursday                     each month at Park View
Depression Bipolar Support                              7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first                               Thursday. A support group for                   of every month in the                            Hospital, 2115 Park View Drive,
Alliance; Monday's Friends                              Thursday of each month in the                             people who share the common                     Ambulatory Care Pavilion                         El Reno. These groups are
(Breast Cancer); Parkinson's                            Education Center. 364-4493.                               experiences of caring for a                     Conference 1, One S. Bryant,                     open to all who are going
Support Group; P  .R.I.D.E.                                                                                       loved one. 752-3600.                            at 5:45 p.m. For more                            through the grief process. For
(Parents Responding to Infant                                                                                                                                     information call 844.7783                        more information call 405-262-
Death Experience); Stroke
                                                            Oklahoma Lupus                                        Coping with Cancer                                                                               3088
Support Group; Thursday's                                     Association                                         Meets monthly on the second
                                                                                                                                                                        Integris Baptist
Friends (Cancer). For more                                                                                        Monday. A support group for                                                                       Integris Southwest
information or to receive a                             Oklahoma Lupus Association                                people who share the common
brochure, please call 610-                              Support Group Meeting                                     expeiences and problems of                      NICU-Parent To Parent
(DOCS) 3627.                                            Facilitator: Revonda Blanding                             cancer. 752-3600.                               Supportive individuals meet                      Leukemia Family
                                                        (405)794-1847 When: 3rd                                                                                   with parents of infants in the                   Support Group
Codependents                                            Thursday of the month at 7:00pm                                      Deaconess                            neonatal intensive care unit.                    7 p.m first Thursday of each
Anonymous: 12-Step                                      Where: Hillcrest Christian Church                                                                         For more information call, 949-                  month in Dining Rooms 1 and 2
Support Group for                                       1501 SW 59th, Okla City, Ok.                              Freedom from Smoking                            6626.                                            in the cafeteria. Sponsored by
Improving                                               Misti Leyva, M.S. R.D. L.D. with                          This is a 7 week proven clinical                                                                 the Lymphoma and Leukemia
Relationships                                           the general Clinical Research                             stop-smoking program. Call                      Hepatitis C Support                              Society of America, this group
7 to 8 p.m. each Friday in the                          Center at the University of Health                        848-4079 for a current                          Group                                            provides educational support
Educational Classrooms                                  Sciences Center will the guest                            schedule.                                       7 to 9 p.m. first and third                      for persons with leukemia,
located on the second floor.                            speaker at our February 17th                                                                              Monday of each month. Room                       lymphoma, myeloma, and
2825 Parklawn Dr., Midwest                              meeting. She will be discussing                                                                           L. Contact David at 373-4601.                    myelodysplasia syndromes.

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                                          Hospice volunteers help in three ways:
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      Patient care companions visit patients and families, keeping them connected to the community and offering
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                                               AUTUMN BRIDGE HOSPICE: (405) 440-2440                                                          Education                             Hospital
                                                AUTUMN LIGHT HOSPICE: (580) 252-1266                                                              Legal Nurse                                  Revealing God’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               Healing Presence         Pharmaceutical Manufac.
                             CARTER HOSPICE: Tarrah Ross, Director of Volunteers at (405) 947-7705, ext. 350                                   Consulting Acadamy
                                                                                                                                              Legal Nurse Consultant Course               St. Anthony Hospital          Physicians and Surgeons
                                  COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF OKLAHOMA: Lori Jeppesen at 866-891-7800                                                (405) 321-8025 or (405) 329-7750      St. Anthony Heart Hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                       1000 N. Lee, Oklahoma City       Rehabilitation Services
                              CROSSROADS HOSPICE: Jan Foreman, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 632-9631                                                                                       (405) 272-7000
                                 EXCELL HOSPICE: Stephanie Dartez, Volunteer Coordinator, 405-631-0521
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          N u r s                                                                                   e                                  t a l k
Cats or dogs?                               Cats or dogs?                               Each week we visit with                Cats or dogs?                                Cats or dogs?
                                                                                        health care professionals
                                            Dogs. My dog is a seven year                throughout Oklahoma.
                                            old chocolate Lab named
                                            Kasey. She is always happy to                                      When I
                                            see me no matter what mood I                                       grow up I
                                            am in. She can fetch things                                        want to be
                                            from the yard, alert me when                                       a nurse.                                                     Dogs. They love you
Cats. They have personality                 she hears strange noises, picks                                                                                                 unconditionally and are always
that is all their own. More like            up clothes I drop on the way to                                                    Cats. They keep the mice population          there when you need them. You
real people. They are truly                 the laundry room, and can even                                                     down. They don't dig big holes in            can take them for walks and car
domesticated and able to use a                                                                                                 your yard. They don't lay on your            rides. They don't claw your
                                            pull my socks off. She performs                                                    plants in the flower bed. They mind
toilet -- a catbox. When they               tricks, such as roll over, turn                                                    their own business most of the time.         furniture or spit up hair balls.
give you their attention you                around, sit, jump -- and my                                                        They are affectionate and at the             And as the saying goes, dogs
know it is because they truly               personal favorite -- plays dead                                                    same time leave you alone if you             are man's -- and woman's --
like YOU!                                   when I say, "Bang!"                                                                don't want them in your space.               best friends.

                                                                                          If you would like us to visit
                                                                                           your facility, please email
                                                                                               Priya Jenkins at:
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                                                                                        Email your thoughts and comments
Lar r y Leeds, RN
Larr Leeds,                                 Tonya Madden, RN, BSN
                                             ony Madden, RN,                            regarding Nurse Talk to                         Ja ers
                                                                                                                               Denise Jagger s, RN                          Brenda Str atton, RN
                                                                                                                                                                            Brenda Stra
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                                                                                        for another, each letter
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                                                                                        One clue is given (e.g.
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                                                                                                                                     a passionate, fulfilling relationship. While many are for
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                                                                                        substitute a “O”.                            marriage, other LoveTips address friends, parenting, co-
                                                                                        Answer in next                               workers, in-laws and more.
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                                                                                                                                     about you
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                                                                                        E SOBOF EF RQOJQ
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                                                                                        LOAFNM.                                      pleasant and soothing or harsh and scolding? Is it very
 ______ ________                                                                                                                     loud or so soft that he has to strain to hear? Do you sound
                                                                                        MGBNUG ZNACM                                 powerful, positive, and lively or helpless, negative, and
                                                                                                                                     depressed? Are you whining and complaining or do you
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                                                                                                                                     what you hear, but do notice the new choices you create
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Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                  February 21, 2005                                                                             Page 15

                                                                                       for generations: How would the world         confidentiality. I’m only suggesting that
Information and Prevention                                                             be different if you were not in it? The
                                                                                       answer of course, for all of you nurses
                                                                                                                                    you give our phone number or web
                                                                                                                                    site address to these families. The
                                                                                       and prevention people out there is:          family can choose to contact us or
                                                                                       Much worse!                                  not.
                                                 This sort of thing always gets my         So, think about that the next time            This information furthers the cause
Caring for Kids...                          attention. I suspect most people who       you start to feel burned out. I certainly    of child injury prevention in several
Commentary by Martha Collar                 are affected positively by our programs    do.                                          ways. First, such survivors are the most
                                            don’t take the time to call or write to        In the meantime, tell us your stories    effective advocates we have found. I
                                            tell us about it. When they do, nothing    about injuries/fatalities that didn’t        can stand in front of a TV camera or
                                            is more rewarding.                         happen because of an instance where          an audience and tell them to buckle
                                                 It’s also a little spooky to wonder   prevention worked. It’s never been           up their kids, and people may or may
                                            what might have happened had that          easier. If you know a child who is           not listen. “It’s that safety fanatic
                                            child not received the free car seat.      alive today or was spared from injury        again,” is what they’re probably
                     Recently, in the       What if the employee dealing with that     by something they or someone else            thinking. But when the parent of one
                     deluge of e-mail I     family was having a bad day or for         did, please let us know. There is now        of these children speaks, people
                     receive every day,     whatever reason told the family they       an easy form on our web site that the        definitely listen.
                     one message got        weren’t eligible? What if the volunteer    parent can fill out and submit. Go to:            Second, such stories help to
                     my attention more      firefighter in the small town didn’t       www.oksafekids.org, then go to “Parent       increase funding for child injury
                     than most. It          take the time to request smoke alarms      Advocates.”                                  prevention, which is currently grossly
Mar tha Collar       seems a child who      from our matching program – a smoke            It might be a child who was saved        under-funded, considering it is the
Oklahoma SAFE KIDS had received a           alarm which ultimately awakened a          by a bicycle helmet, like the one a          number one health risk for children
                     free child safety      family and alerted them to a fire? What    few weeks ago in Edmond. It might            over age 1.
seat through a county health                if the family who came late to the         be a child who was saved by a smoke               Finally, this kind of feedback helps
department program had subsequently         child safety seat check was turned away    alarm, a car seat or seat belt, a life       to recruit and retain volunteers. Like
been in a serious car crash. The child’s    and drove off, only to have a crash        jacket, or any number of other               I said, nothing is more rewarding than
life was being attributed to this car       down the road, with unprotected kids       preventive measures.                         this kind of primary prevention.
seat. The department head responsible       in the vehicle?                                I know nurses run across these                The Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition
for this save was sharing the good               It reminds me of my favorite          scenarios all the time. And yes, I’ve        can be contacted at (405) 271-5695, or
news. I’m sure this e-mail made             movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Sappy,     heard of HIPPA and rest assured, I’m         safekids@ouhsc.edu,                    or
everyone’s day as much as it did mine.      I know, but the theme has held true        not asking you to violate a patient’s        www.oksafekids.org.

                                                    LETTER                 TO THE                   EDITOR
Dear Editor,                                him home alone. I was told during          HR department was also appalled by           but…". I had to add my 2 cents on this
                                            the interview that it "would not be a      the Nurse Managers decision after hir-       subject because of my frustration and
      I read with interest Larry Leeds,     problem" that the nurses in that de-       ing me. None of the hospitals in my          being sick of hearing "you’re a nurse,
RN article "Is there a nursing short-       partment did self scheduling and they      area that can pay a decent wage will         you could get a job anywhere", yeah
age?". I have questioned this issue in      had a very strong night staff. After       get off the "rotating" only shifts.          right! What a joke! Nurses, don't
the past but not more than I do right       the interviews I was hired and I went      Straight day shifts are kept for the         quit your current jobs without research-
now. I have been an RN since 1992           through 5 days of hospital orienta-        veteran nurse that has "paid her dues"       ing and finding the "perfect" job first,
working almost exclusively in the area      tion. My 1st day of orientation on the     at that particular institution. I have       you will be greatly disappointed.
of Oncology in the hospital setting,        floor I was told that I would have 2-      paid my dues and did plenty of night
with a short stint in the outpatient        weeks of floor orientation on the 12       shifts over the years but my situation       Kathy, RN
arena. I have extensive experience in       hour night shift. When I questioned        has changed since then. The position
the hospital setting working with medi-     this and reiterated my position about      I was originally hired for is still va-
cal, surgical, neuro patients, especially   not being able to work nights the Nurse    cant. If there is such a shortage of
with an oncology/hematology diagno-         Manager said "yes" she remembered          nurses and so many job openings, why
sis. In November I left the outpatient      our conversation during the interview,     aren't these facilities clambering to hire
practice that I had been working in         but could not guarantee I would not        an experienced nurse that is commit-
for the last 2-years for personal rea-      be scheduled for a night shift. I was      ted to the profession and would be              Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
sons. It was a spur of the moment           told they would try to find me an-         committed to the job? Why is there
decision and I quit without having
another job lined up (which I have
                                            other position within the hospital where
                                            I could work straight days. The other
                                                                                       so much in-flexibility within the sys-
                                                                                       tem?      This so called nursing short-
                                                                                                                                    Board of Commentary
never done before) thinking that I          nurse that was hired for this same         age maybe what it is because of the
would easily get another position with      position and was orienting with me         institutions believing that they cannot                    Patricia Armenta, RN
the "current shortage". I am hear to        had a full 6 months of nursing expe-       and will not change just to cover short                        Martha Collar
                                                                                                                                                      Eileen Doherty
tell you that it is now February and I      rience. She had no experience with         staffing. Patient safety related to ra-                     Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
am still looking and interviewing for       pumps, procedures, in short no expe-       tios are not being calculated into their                       Colleen Folsch
positions. Employers are not in any         rience. This Manager was more will-        needs. I remember when the shortage                      Virginia Gillispie, RN, ND
rush to hire experienced nurses and         ing to keep an untrained RN that could     was "true", the new grads were able                             April Goode
they are not at all flexible. The start-    "rotate" which requires extensive train-   to come into these institutions and                            Vickie Jenkins
                                                                                                                                                     Larry Leeds, RN
ing pay for a 12 year veteran at most       ing (this was an MICU position) over       basically write their own ticket, wages,             Vickie Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
of the Private hospitals is a joke. I       a nurse (me) with extensive experi-        hours, vacation time etc. I am sick at                      Dr. Trisha Phaklides
was recently hired by a local hospital      ence because of a lack of flexibility on   heart that I cannot practice in an area        Linda Mundorff(Rener), RN, MPH, MSN, NDc
that caters to the indigent population      their part regarding rotating shifts.      that I am truly qualified because of                      Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
after they reviewed my resume which         Why did they offer this position to        the rules that all new nurses hired                        Elizabeth Sowdal, RN
clearly stated that I was seeking a full    me after interviewing with me and          will rotate shifts, regardless of an in-            Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
time (36 hr.) DAY position. I inter-        knowing what my personal issues were       dividuals situation. Some of the other
viewed with HR and the Nurse Man-           and why would they pay me for 40           interviews I have had at other                Opinions expressed in columns and
ager for the department and again           hours orientation? Did they think I              Institutions also have very strict      letters to the editor are not necessarily the
clearly stated that I was a single par-     was not serious? I am currently inter-     "rules" in this area with comments be-        opinions of employees, ownership of this
ent with a disabled child and that I        viewing for other "day" positions in       ing made; "I am sorry, you are so quali-      newspaper or the publishing company.
could not work night shifts leaving         areas that are not what I wanted. The      fied and you would be a perfect fit,
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