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February 22, 2005
bruary Vol. 6 Issue 8
Vol. Information for Oklahoma Nursing & Health Care Professionals www.okcnursingtimes.com
Locally Published, Owned and Operated Each Week by Metro Publishing LLC
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
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
See UCO, Page 2
OU Physicians Family and Preventive Medicine Committed Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS
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
Oklahoma City, Ok 731 reviewed and utilized by the
Permit #1 project facilitators.
PAID For more information, Information and Prevention
U.S. Postage please contact Katy Duncan Caring for Kids...
Smith 405-271-8000 ext. 32303, Commentary by Martha Collar
or toll free 866-417-4579. Pg.
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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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.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
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
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
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
Classified Ad v er tising
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
R etail Ad v er tising
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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? email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
shape. Toast it and the aroma will awaken anyway? I have never even heard of Letters to the Editor only $30 per year within Oklahoma and $33
your appetite, arouse in you a wave of this new guy, and yet he has been our for all other states.
anticipatory delight. What a fine food, Surgeon General since 2002. And he’s so We welcome your views and encourage readers
to submit letters to the editor. Please include your Opinions expressed in columns and letters
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that one bagel represents two servings in us what was what in no uncertain terms, the author’s name and city of residence will be publishing company
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Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS IN NURSING
This Weeks Topic: MUSIC THERAPY/DRUMMING CIRCLE
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
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
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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.)
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
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
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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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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org “We worked really hard, all the caregivers.
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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
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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
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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,
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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 email@example.com.
situations. The expected 4895 or 605-4785. from 6 – 9 pm, Tuesday and the timely coordination of quality
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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
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$80.To enroll call 605-4895 or
positive client outcomes. Content
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Practices workshop in the
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7.2 Contact Hours. From
Pediatrics to Geriatrics, patients
Case Management knowledge
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* 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
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Learn basic vocabulary, phrases,
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professional nurse in the use of
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*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
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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
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
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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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