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March 14, 2005
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Palliative Use of Reassurance and Endearment
By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN
t has been a fairly long time since I graduated from nursing
school, but I doubt that very much has changed. One thing
that I was taught was not to use endearments such as
“honey” and “sweetie” when addressing a patient. The use
of these and similar words was thought to be demeaning
and disrespectful. We were taught that to address any
patient in this familiar way was to rob them of some of
their dignity and some of their power.
This lesson struck a chord with me and throughout my practice
I have always addressed adult patients as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” I make
free and frequent use of the words “sir” and “ma’am.” Patients that
are much younger I call by their first names, reasoning that if you
call a sixteen year old boy “Mr. Smith” he may think that he is in
trouble. But time has a way of softening up the sharp edges of
things. As the days and months and years have rolled by I have
adapted things I learned in nursing school to suit my own style.
There are many things in nursing which must not
be altered. You may not play fast and loose with
aseptic technique for example.
by James Cobur
Photo by James Cobur n There are other areas in which L a u g h i n g
HealthCar e Innov ations is a prime choice ffor healthcar e professionals, says K athy Garis, medical healthcar e
HealthCare Innov ofessionals
choice or healthcare professionals, says Kathy Garis, healthcare there is a little wiggle room.
manager, Sharon Bartlett, manager.
manager, Sharon Bar tlett, case manager. One of these areas for me is with
the use of endearments, and, Elizabeth
Taking worry out of home health after a recent experience, I feel
that I may be able to justify this practice.
More and more often in recent years
S enior adults want to maintain their independence as long as possible. Nobody wants to
lose their home.
"Our goal is to keep them home as long as possible, said in Oklahoma City.
The need for home healthcare providers will continually increase as the baby boom generation
See HealthCare, Page 2
I have found endearments slipping into
my vocabulary. I think it might have
See Elizabeth , Page 2
Health Officials Celebrate National Social Work Month Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS
This Weeks Topic:
The Oklahoma State their families. discrimination, abuse, health services are provided WELLNESS CENTER
Department of Health and There are approximately addiction, physical illness, by social workers,” said James AT THE OU
National Association of Social 600,000 social workers in the divorce, loss, unemployment, Marks, MSW, public health NURSING
Workers announce the United States, of which about educational problems, social work coordinator. Pg. 4-5
kickoff of March as National 1,400 are licensed to work in disability, and mental illness. “Social workers stand up
Social Work Month. The Oklahoma. They are They help prevent crises and for others to see that they Kindred Hospital expanding
presence in OKC
theme for this year’s dedicated to helping people counsel individuals, families, are informed about the same
celebration is “Social Workers: of all ages, religions, sexual and communities to cope basic rights, protections and
Help Starts Here.” The multi- orientations, and nationalities more effectively with the opportunities that others
year public education gain access to adequate stresses of everyday life. receive. Social workers are Pg. 10
campaign will reinforce that resources and services. At the “Many people don’t there to make sure that
social workers can connect Oklahoma State Department realize that social workers are happens,” Marks said. RN helps
people to a variety of of Health, social workers employed at hospitals, For more information into medical
resources in their community help people overcome some schools, community health about the types of work that career at MNTC
to help them improve the of life’s most difficult clinics, and even corporations. public health social workers
options for themselves and challenges: poverty, Most of the country’s mental perform in your community, Pg. 11
contact James Marks at (405)
Oklahoma City, Ok 731 271-4480, or via e-mail at REFLECTIONS
Permit #1 JamesMM@health.ok.gov , or A Moment of
PAID visit the Oklahoma State Inspiration...
U.S. Postage Department of Health Web Commentary by
Presorted Standard site at: http:// Vickie Jenkins
www.health.ok.gov. Pg. 15
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And the company is committed to perform her job in a timely, efficient
HealthCare efficient handling of business details.
Certified home health aides offer
manner, while knowing she's helped
improve the quality of life for patients.
Continued from Page 1
Continued from Pa most of the direct care offered by the "I love meeting with the families
company. and of course the clients as well --
"The advantages to being a certified explaining our services and answering Published each Monday
home health aide is that it's flexible," questions," Bartlett added.
Garis said. "You can work for a few HealthCare Innovations ensures each by Metro Publishing, L.L.C.
become older, Garis said. hours a week on up to almost a full- staff member has the personal Locally Owned and Operated
"We have patients who have been time position, depending on what your characteristics needed to offer compassion Publisher
in an assisted living situation. And needs are on those various shifts and dignity to the residents. Reliable
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Steven R. Eldridge
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they don't get it, then they're going to school." dress professionally, and have good Editor
go on to the next level of care. So Weekend hours are also available. communication skills. Priya S. Jenkins
oftentimes we supplement their level Home health aides working 32 hours "We look very carefully when getting firstname.lastname@example.org
of care temporarily until they're back weekly are considered full-time a new client at matching an appropriate
on their feet." employees and receive an attractive caregiver," Garis said. "So, you have a News Consultant
The agency offers private services benefit package, she continued. good outcome for everybody. Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) MPH, MSN, ND, RN, NC
with a new approach to home healthcare. "It's a large company. There's a lot Garis recalled how her father's Wr i t e r s
Three types of services are provided of stability," she explained. "We care medical problems during her childhood James Coburn
by the company including a Medicare very much for the people that work was pivotal for her in choosing a nursing Elissa Crocker
office, private duty, and an Advantage for us and the clients we're providing career. She fulfilled her LPN training at
program that is reimbursed under a service for." Autry Technology Center in her Mike Lee
Oklahoma's Medicaid services. HealthCare Innovations registered hometown of Enid five years ago after Mike Ligouri
Private duty home healthcare nurse for the approximate 50 clients working 15 years as a medical assistant. Marty Mitchell
nursing is typically for home healthcare served by the company. RNs from the HealthCare Innovations staff Barbara Scarpella Reed
patients recovering from surgery, Advantage program will occasionally members have a caring concern for the Jason Smith
workers compensation clients, and assist her in admitting patients. clients, said Bartlett, who became an RN Lea Terry
patients with dementia needing "They also take calls," said Bartlett, 10 years ago after graduating from Rose email@example.com
assistance to cope with everyday who has been with HealthCare State Community College in Oklahoma
challenges. Medication and meal Innovations for three years. "We have City. Boar d of Commentar y
preparation helps patients stay in their an RN on call 24-hours a day, seven- She has also been a licensed practical Martha Collar
home without having to go into an days a week to take any type of calls nurse and has worked in several areas Eileen Doherty
assisted living center or nursing home. for admissions or for medical concerns of nursing including physician offices Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
Private duty services are not that the client or family may have. and hospitals before focusing her career Colleen Folsch
reimbursable under Medicare or the Bartlett has found her niche at on home healthcare. Virginia Gillispe
Advantage Medicaid program, Garis HealthCare Innovations. "I like the freedom of being able to April Goode
explained. "I like our director and I like Kathy," get out," she said of HealthCare Larry Leeds, RN
A vast array of the state is covered she explained. "And that means a lot to Innovations. "I also enjoy getting a little Vicki Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
by the HealthCare Innovations' offices work with people you like." bit more involved with families then you Dr. Trisha Phaklides
in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Sallisaw. Her flexible schedule allows her to would in a doctor's office or hospital." Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) RN, MPH, MSN, ND
Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
patients and their families. As more and me feel better too.
Elizabeth more of the technical aspects of nursing
have become second nature to me I have
So, I am going to respect my patients.
I am going to continue to call them “sir”
Ad v er tising
Continued from Page 1
Continued from Pa been able to focus more energy and and “ma’am” as appropriate. But Molly Harris
thought on my patients as people with sometimes, when I think it will help, when
minds and hearts and hopes and fears as it comes to my lips naturally, I am going
oposed to a mere conglomeration of to call them “honey” and “dear” and best Linda Norris
started when I was working on the bone systems and symptoms and physical needs. of all “sug.” I am going to quit beating Char Posey
marrow unit. Some bone marrow patients As this trend has progressed, so has my myself up about it and from now on, Mary Walewski
had very, very long hospitalizations. After use of endearments. I have struggled when it happens, I will congratulate myself firstname.lastname@example.org
you have spent forty hours a week for with this. I have felt guilty and a bit for my continued ability to be touched by
weeks in a row with someone, you might ashamed everytime a “dear” or a “hon” my patients. I am adding “sug” to my Manag
Ad Ser vices Mana g er
be able to justify calling them something slipped past by accident. Even though therapeutic vocabulary, prn. Michael Hannan
other than “sir.” my intentions were good, my compassion email@example.com
Then I moved on to the trauma ICU. genuine, I felt it showed a sorry lack of
Suddenly I was taking care of very young professionalism. Accounts Coordinator
patients who, in the process of recovery, Until two weeks ago. I had two Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal works at OU Gaye Hannan, LPN
were often not functioning at their normal patients, one recovering and one still very Medical Center in the Surgical-Trauma I.C.U. firstname.lastname@example.org
developmental stage. You can not work unstable. I was feeling tense and worried She has also worked in the Bone Marrow Direct Mailed and distributed to a readership
so hard with someone, witness their and rushed. I went into my recovering Transplant Unit and in a Med-Surg unit. of more than 42,000 LPNs, RNs,
particular miracle and not develop some patient’s room on some task. I felt like I
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Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS IN NURSING
This Weeks Topic: THE HEALING COMMUNITY WELLNESS
CENTER AT THE OU COLLEGE OF NURSING
by Elissa Crocker, RN, BSN others,” said Margo MacRobert, faculty
Staff Writer member and the director of the newly
established Healing Community Wellness
Center at OU College of Nursing. “There
needs to be a point that we stop and
take care of ourselves as well.”
“Taking care of
the caregiver” isn’t
a new concept, but “Nurses are so into taking care of others,”
it is an important said Margo MacRobert, faculty member
one. Consider its
root words – “give” and the director of the newly established
and “take” and Healing Community Wellness Center at
“care.” They imply
that nurturing is a OU College of Nursing. “There needs to
reciprocal action be a point that we stop and take care of
that provides a
f r a m e w o r k f o r ourselves as well.”
cycle of health and wellness. In order to address this need, the
Unfortunately, many nurses and OU College of Nursing established its
allied health care practitioners know a own wellness center in October of 2004.
lot more about giving than taking. And Available to students, faculty, and staff
while neglecting one’s personal well- at the nursing school, the facility is
being may be seen as an unselfish and also open to nurses and other interested
Photo by Elissa Crocker
perhaps noble virtue, adopting it as a individuals in the community at-large.
long-term lifestyle is unwise, unhealthy, A number of services are offered, Margo MacRober t, RNC, MS, CNAA, is the director of the Healing Wellness Community
Marg MacRober RNC, MS, CNAA, director Community
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therapeutic massage, reflexology, here for those who feel it might be of facilitates the natural flow of energy in An eight week yoga class is limited
hypnosis, vibrational energetic medicine, benefit to them.” the environment, enhancing harmony to 20 participants. The first class filled
and yoga. With approval from the dean, Dr. and balance, while promoting a soothing up in 10 days and the second class is
“We focus on wellness and Carole Kenner – who also has an interest and therapeutic atmosphere. scheduled to start this month.
complementary therapies to traditional in wellness therapies – a portion of a Elaborating on some of their services, Currently, the center is open
medicine,” MacRobert said. clinic on the second floor of the nursing MacRobert said the stress management Monday through Friday from eight to
Also referred to as “integrative school was converted to house the program involves a detailed interview five. However, future goals include
medicine,” complementary medicine wellness center. Partnering with fellow that takes into account individual offering packages with group rates and
encompasses health care practices and faculty member and psychiatric/mental circumstances. A plan is then devised scheduling appointments after business-
products outside the realm of health clinical nurse specialist, Beverly with specific strategies. hours. Smoking cessation support groups
conventional medicine. However, a Patchell, MacRobert said the process of Hypnosis is primarily directed and other educational support activities
growing number of mainstream health developing the menu of services, toward smoking cessation and eating are in the works, and the addition of
care practitioners are embracing these obtaining equipment, and setting up the management, although it can be applied acupuncture services is under
therapies – so much so, in fact, that in clinic, began in the summer of 2004 to other problematic behaviors as well. consideration.
1998, the US Congress established the and took about three months. Therapeutic massage is a popular “We’re also looking at relaxation
National Center for Complementary and Currently, the center is staffed by stress reliever available in sessions that packages and putting together creative
Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), one of two massage therapists, a yoga vary according to time and type — packages that will allow nurses to get
the 27 institutes and centers that make instructor, and four psychiatric/mental including hot stone therapy. away and relax and take care of
up the National Institutes of Health health clinical nurse specialists, three of “And we have a program called themselves,” MacRobert said.
(NIH). whom are also OU College of Nursing Traveling Chairs,” MacRobert said. “If Pointing out that rates were set to
The goal of NCCAM is to explore faculty members. Appointments are you call us and you’re relatively close, be affordable to those on limited budgets,
complementary and alternative healing scheduled in advance, while the yoga we’ll send a therapist over and give she said students are also taking
practices in the context of rigorous class is held during the lunch hour. you a massage.” advantage of the facility.
science, train complementary and Rates are competitive, and stress Based on reflex points in the hands, “The younger generation is into self-
alternative medicine researchers, and management and hypnosis can be billed feet, and ears that are believed to care, exercise, eating right, and
disseminate authoritative information to to some insurance plans. correspond to various parts of the body, relaxation,” she said.
the public and professionals. “The therapists that we’ve contracted reflexology applies pressure to these As utilization of the wellness center
According to NCCAM, with to provide the services actually areas, increasing circulation and steadily increases, MacRobert said it is
complementary therapies are used came to me and asked to be a part of promoting bodily and muscular especially gratifying to receive comments
together with – not in place of — this when they heard about our concept functions. and e-mails from clients expressing their
conventional medicine. In accord with and our commitment to complementary A more complex treatment modality, gratitude for the services.
this position, MacRobert stressed that medicine,” MacRobert said. “We didn’t vibrational energetic medicine, involves “Seeing people come in and find
the goal of the Community Healing have to go out and recruit.” the vibrational frequency emitted by all out it has a lot to offer and embrace
Wellness Center is not to “replace the The center is designed according to objects — whether animate or inanimate. the fact that they want to be well and
medical model” but rather to augment principles of Feng Shui, an ancient It incorporates multiple methods — such feel good is very rewarding,” she said.
it. Chinese practice that incorporates as aromatherapy, homeopathy, touch,
“It works for a lot of people, and elements such as water, plants, soft and sound — and promotes healing
this is what a lot of people want,” she lighting, music, and furniture placement. through processes that seek to stabilize (Editor’s note: Please continue to read our
said. “It’s not for everybody, but we’re Practitioners believe the art of Feng Shui and balance these frequencies. Today’s Nurse section in every issue.)
Association Health Plans Need State Regulation The Oklahoma Nurses
Association is not alone in its
opposition to legislation that would
exempt AHPs from state regulation.
More than 1300 groups and national
past several years. financial solvency laws, consumer organizations – including governors,
ONA News... As the cost of health care protection provisions or benefit state officials, insurance
Commentary by Jane Nelson, CAE , continues to rise, a growing number design rules as required of virtually commissioners and consumer
Executive Director, Oklahoma Nurses of businesses and their employees all health insurers. Being able to organizations – have opposed this
Association are finding it increasingly difficult avoid coverage for some state type of legislation for more than a
to afford health insurance. Insurers, mandated benefits may be one way decade.
small businesses, and business to reduce costs, but it isn’t desirable Allowing Association Health
advocates, have been working on when consumers, hospitals and Plans to be exempt from state
creative ways to develop health physicians are being paid for claims regulation and oversight, as called
plans that offer small employers several months later (if at all) or the for in the proposed legislation
more flexibility and choice in closest available physician’s office is (S.406 & HR.525), is a recipe for
meeting the needs of employees. hours from your home. Customers, failure. Health insurance is a
Oklahoma Unfortunately, Congress is members and providers could also be complicated industry that varies
has taken considering legislation (S.406 & left “holding the bag” in the event from state to state. What works for
several steps HR.525) that would exempt an AHP failed financially. Oklahoma may not work for
toward Association Health Plans (AHPs) Vital benefits like well-child care, another state – and vice versa.
providing from state regulation and oversight, immunizations, maternity care, Therefore, the Oklahoma Nurses
consumers effectively undermining Oklahoma’s mammography screening, cervical Association firmly believes
Jane Nelson, CAE , Executive important efforts to ensure a healthy insurance screening, colorectal cancer regulatory decisions in the area of
Director, ONA protections market that can provide consumer screenings, mental health parity, health insurance should be made at
with regard protections to all participants. alcohol and substance abuse the state level and not by the
to the financing and delivery of The creation of AHPs is being treatment and certain emergency federal government.
health care services. Legislation pushed as a way to keep costs down services may not covered. AHPs will Write or call your U.S Senator
enabling consumers direct access to and reduce the number of uninsured likely drop benefits in order to cut and Representative today! Tell
specialists; prohibitions against gag employees, but a closer analysis costs. Access to Advanced Practice them you oppose legislation that
clauses between providers and shows that the very opposite would Registered Nurses such as nurse removes state regulation of
health plans; timely payment of happen. A report by the midwives, family nurse practitioners, Association Health Plans.
consumers’ health care claims; and Congressional Budget Office predicts and nurse anesthetists may also be
full financial solvency requirements that four out of five small businesses eliminated. Groups that join these Senator Coburn
for health insurance companies are would be worse off under the AHP national plans will find themselves 202-224-5754
just some of the many state laws exemption. with bare bones benefits and greater
that have benefited small and large AHPs could also offer health out of pocket expenses in their Senator Inhofe
employers in Oklahoma over the plans that do not comply with state access to care. 202-224-6008
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Recognize and React to the
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains survival of an event, and reacting to the
America’s number one killer. This is signs in a timely manner by calling 9-1-
especially true in Oklahoma where each 1,” Worley said.
day 30 Oklahomans die of heart disease, Some heart attacks are sudden, but
according to officials at the Oklahoma most heart attacks start slowly, with mild
State Department of Health (OSDH). pain or discomfort. Often people affected
“In fact, while a report released last aren't sure what's wrong and wait too
month indicated that nationally, cancer long before getting help.
now surpasses cardiovascular disease as Here are warning signs that can mean
the number one killer in the United States a heart attack is occurring:
for those under age 85, that shift from • Chest discomfort. Most heart
CVD to cancer did not occur in attacks involve discomfort in the center
Oklahoma,” said Misty Worley, OSDH of the chest that lasts more than a few
program manager of the Oklahoma Heart minutes, or that goes away and comes
Disease and Stroke Health Program. back. It can feel like uncomfortable
“Oklahoma statistics show that pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
cardiovascular disease continues to be the • Discomfort in other areas of the
leading cause of death for Oklahomans.” upper body. Symptoms can include pain
CVD includes high blood pressure, or discomfort in one or both arms, the
congestive heart failure, stroke, congenital back, neck, jaw or stomach.
heart defects, and coronary heart disease • Shortness of breath. This feeling
(heart attack and angina, or chest pain). often comes along with chest discomfort,
Of the cardiovascular diseases, it is but it can occur before the chest
Write for OKCNT coronary heart disease that remains the
single largest killer of Oklahomans. The
• Other signs: These may include
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times is designed to share news white photograph of the author and/or a color or black and disease continues to devastate both men breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or
and information between nursing and health care white photograph representing the event.
professionals. Experiences and items of personal growth are • Please include name, address and telephone number
and women. It accounts for one in five lightheadedness.
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This publication seeks writing submissions from RNs possible. Health-related behaviors contribute to Oklahomans, especially women, to
and LPNs, as well as other professionals on informative and • All material will be reviewed by the editor of the onset of heart disease as well as other improve their heart health. Your heart
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A “Super Sitters” class, sponsored by the Oklahoma
SAFE KIDS Coalition, is scheduled for novice and would-
be babysitters during spring break at The Children’s Hospital
at OU Medical Center.
The one-day class is scheduled for Wednesday, March
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The course will include an introduction to CPR, first
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The class is open to youths 11 to 14 years old, and will
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To register or for more information, call the Oklahoma
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SAFE KIDS is a program of the Oklahoma State
Department of Health, Children’s Hospital at OU Medical
Center, and OU Children’s Physicians.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times March 14, 2005 Page 7
Sisters of Mercy Give $50,000
to Oklahoma Kids WHY BUY USED?
For some Oklahoma children, Game Boys and Barbies and Tamagotchis are CABLE KIA HOUSE OF SAVINGS
secondary to the fact that at most any given time, their cupboards are bare.
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy, more than 1,700 children in
45 schools throughout the state will receive backpacks of food each week this year. 2005 Sportage LX
“There are so many staggering stories of Oklahoma children who have very All Power & Air
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expanding presence in OKC
by Mike Lee Beaty said Kindred has set a
Staff Writer tentative opening date of March 21
for the 22 additional medical-surgical
beds and 10 ICU beds.
Both Kindred Hospital and the new
hospital will remain as long-term acute
care facilities with an emphasis on
In a move that has been in the patients who require longer to heal.
planning stages for the past two years, Beaty said Kindred has been
Kindred Hospital has announced its searching for a facility that would meet
intentions to add additional long-term its needs and the 22,000 square feet of
acute care beds on the city’s south space at St. Michael’s was a good fit.
side. Expanding to another facility made
Kindred Hospital Oklahoma City sense, Beaty said.
South will operate as a satellite facility “They have an absolutely beautiful
at 2129 SW 59th in Oklahoma City. The facility there,” Beaty said. “It’s got a by Mike
Photo by Mike Lee
hospital will occupy the second floor great location and has had a great
of St. Michael’s. reputation over the years.”
Kindred expanding new location
Kindred Hospital is expanding to a new southside location on the second ffloor of the St. Anthony's
Kindred Hospital Chief Clinical St. Michael’s will still serve as a r un St. Michael's.
Officer Betty Beaty, RN, said the geriatric facility for St. Anthony’s. In
current facility has seen tremendous recent years, St. Anthony downgraded would have died 25 years ago.” the LTAC market simply because short-
growth. its emergency room and notified One of the most immediate needs term acute hospitals need us to help
“We have run full here with a ambulance services to divert patients for the new facility will be staffing. take care of those catastrophically ill
waiting list to admit patients,” said to other facilities. Beaty said Kindred is actively recruiting patients ... that need a longer recovery
Beaty, a nurse of 22 years. “We needed “It really spiked here in about 1999 for all positions and is looking to hire time,” Beaty said.
to utilize more ICU beds and more or 2000. That’s the local market,” Beaty 14 full-time nursing positions. That will In Oklahoma since 1992, the
medical-surgical beds. There is a market said of the demand for long-term acute likely be split between nurses and Oklahoma City hospital has blossomed
for an LTAC in that part of the city. A care. “People are sicker and living longer. LPNs. within the Kindred system.
lot of physicians are very anxious for Technology has really allowed more There is also a need for part-time The hospital has won the system’s
us to get open.” intervention for patients who probably and per diem nurses. quality hospital of the year in the south
At its current location, Kindred is region in 2003 and 2004. The hospital
licensed for 59 beds with seven of those benchmarks against 22 other Kindred
serving ICU needs. facilities.
M.D. In the market, Beaty said there is
only one other long-term acute care
facility which is located inside Integris
Chief Executive Officer Kathleen
Cahill won Kindred’s CEO of the Year
last year among the system’s 76
Southwest Medical. hospitals.
On Your Resume “A lot of our rural hospitals like
to refer to Kindred,” Beaty said. “For
some of them (a southside facility) will
The Hospital of the Year award is
a yearly statistical analysis of five
benchmark standards set every year
be more convenient for families to by Kindred Healthcare, whose corporate
visit.” offices are located in Louisville,
Because It Can Come The hospital will operate under
federal hospital in a hospital (HIH)
guidelines. Under the agreement,
Kentucky. The five benchmarks are
response to call light, lowest acquired
pressure wound rate, patient
To You! Kindred will not take any St. Michael’s
“We will be looking for referrals
satisfaction, admissions above budget,
and lowest hospital employee turnover
from the rural area and southside Other awards Kindred Hospital –
Our graduates and your colleagues in the Nursing profession who are now M.D.s physicians,” Beaty said. “We’ll do a lot Oklahoma City has received was the
thru our medical program as well as those presently in the program cannot be all of wound care in that building. 4th quarter Gold Award for Quality
wrong. The advantage of our medical program is in its content. Hopefully, we’ll be doing some Hospital. This award is also based off
There are reasons your colleagues educate here. Our excellent track record for rehabilitation services there and the benchmarks and Kindred Hospital
over 22 years, a high pass rate (90%) in the United States Medical Licensing respiratory care.” – Oklahoma City won the Quarterly
Examination (USMLE) for licensure in the U.S.A. Chris Cain has been hired as the Award for the 4th quarter of 2004.
Our graduates who are your colleagues in the Nursing profession are in residency new administrator for the southside This award marks the 5th time out
programs in various parts of the United States. location. Donald Jameson, RN, has been of the last 7 quarters that Kindred
We will put you in contact with your colleagues upon acceptance (not before) to named the chief clinical officer and Hospital – Oklahoma City has won.
the program. These colleagues are readily available to be your mentors, and guide Diane Blackmon, RN, will serve as the Not only does the hospital receive a
you while in the program as well as throughout your career in medicine. hospital’s quality manager. plaque, which will be displayed in the
What are you still waiting for? Come join your colleagues today and stop “Primarily what we’re looking for lobby, but each and every employee
procrastinating. Do it now because later is sooner than you think!!! is RNS and LPNS with acute care receives a cash reward in appreciation
Visit us Nurses area online at: http://www.uhsa.ag/pstudent/nurses/ backgrounds or ICU backgrounds,” of their hard work and dedication.
Visit our Nurses area online at: http://uhsa.ag/pstudent/nurses/ Beaty said of the remaining hiring Kindred Healthcare has a presence
For further information, contact: University of Medicine, c/o IMSS Ashford Ave., work. in approximately 40 states, operating
Suite 403, Condado, Puerto Rico, 00907; Beaty said Kindred receives about 250 skilled nursing centers, more
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referrals from across the state expects than 70 long-term acute care hospitals,
to grow in the South Oklahoma City more than 30 institutional pharmacies
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market. and a contract rehabilitation services
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“I do see a continued growth in business.
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RN helps students step into medical career at Moore Norman Technology Center
by Mike Lee offices and even in education.
Staff Writer Since beginning the program of
August 2003, the technology center has
seen two classes of students. The first
class of 10 students was all female.
Seeing the faces of those expectant Meadows said the current class of
mothers light up when they see their eight, which began this January, has two
new child for the first time on the monitor males enrolled.
is a feeling like no other. Each of the 10 students in the first
It’s a sensation mothers can only get class found jobs coming out of the
with the help of a trained sonographer. program.
Those precious moments are too “There’s a good demand in the city
important to be trusted to someone who and nationwide there is a large need,”
is unsure of what they are doing. Meadows said. “Ultrasound is being used
That’s why students at Moore more often by physicians.”
Norman Technology Center come under Unlike some other programs at the
the watchful eye of Dr. Barbara Patterson. technology center, the sonography
The RN is the director of health education program requires a bachelor’s or associates
at the technology center and said it’s degree as a prerequisite.
places like Moore Norman Technology Other prerequisites include having
Center that will help fill the healthcare completed a course in medical
employment gap in the coming years. terminology and physiology/anatomy by Mike
Photo by Mike Lee
Patterson said Moore Norman’s before coming. Moor e Nor man Technolo gy Center Clinical Instr uctor Alma Cody (left) and Pr ogr am Dir ector
Moore Norman echnolo Instructor Cody Pro Director
Health Careers programs are a great With prerequisites out of the way, Meadows are char harg Sonog phy pro at school.
Meleah Meadows are in charge of the Sonogr aphy progr am at the school.
starting point for those wanting to get getting into the program still isn’t a given.
into the profession or maybe those already Meadows said it’s a competitive entry also opened a door that some wish was value.”
in healthcare looking for a segway into process comprised of an application, the closed. And the difference between the two
another area. prerequisites, an essay and eventually an “What they’ve learned from it was images is often several hundred dollars.
“We see high school juniors and interview. that two-dimensional was pretty good,” Regardless of what a student wants
seniors and adult students,” Patterson “You have to have a desire to be in Meadows said. “What it’s done is it’s to specialize in, Meadows said students
said. “We offer total training for people this profession to make it into this created a market for people to charge will be prepared and eligible to take the
interested in a health career.” program,” she said. more to see what a baby might look American Registry of Diagnostic Medical
Patterson’s road to a health care Clinical Instructor Alma Cody agrees. like. It doesn’t have a lot of diagnostic Sonographers exam.
career started in technical school some A long-time veteran of doctor’s offices
32 years ago when she graduated as an and hospitals, Cody said students need a
LPN. From there she became an RN and
then eventually worked her way up to a
master’s and finally her doctorate.
strong desire to work in healthcare before
they even set foot inside her classroom.
Meadows said Moore Norman
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“People still have the same desires Technology Center is current applying
and they have the same experiences,”
Patterson said, alluding to the time
honored stories of future nurses who
for an accreditation that will allow
students graduating to finish with a
degree from Oklahoma City Community
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“The Baby Boomers have different One thing that sets Moore Norman’s Concrete Landscape
experiences as students … We try to program apart from others is the borders with the look and
accommodate the different learning styles experiences students have on Fridays. feel of brick or stone.
and different experiences.” The technology center has been
Amid programs for surgical
technology, practical nursing, medical
taking appointments for months for OB
patients who want to stop by and have
assisting, dental assisting, dental lab
technology and health science technology
is the diagnostic medical sonography
an ultrasound. The cost is $7 and the
only prerequisite is a normal ultrasound
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program. “It’s amazing,” Meadows said of the
Meleah Meadows is the program Fridays. “We can’t control at a clinical
director for the sonography program. She site how much OB work they can get.
said students come from all backgrounds,
including healthcare, and leave ready to
Here we can guide them and we know
how much work they’re doing and how
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enter the workforce. well they’re doing.”
Salaries of the entry-level Registered Cody said the Friday’s go a long “For good computer protection, use a
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer vary way towards preparing students.
greatly per geographical location. Salaries “I think they’re great,” Cody said.
good anti-virus program and a firewall.
range between $30,000 - $40,000 per year “The only way to really learn OB is to For maximum protection, use both a
and also depend on the number of years just do it. If they’re doing five or six a
of experience, as well as the registries day, per week then they’re learning. hardware and software firewall.”
obtained by the Sonographer – such as “I think any of them, after going
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Meadows said sonographers in the her 20 years working. One of the biggest
region are usually looking at making
between $20 and $25 an hour once they
is the new 3D imaging that grabbed so
many headlines the past couple of years.
graduate and can work in a variety of Meadows said while the new
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605-4895 or 605-4785. programs, maximizing the clinical 04/12/05-06/19/05 Case oral care, and wound care. Injections
experience, and teaching Management Principles Workshop is sponsored by CEU contact hours: 2 Goal: The
03/22/05–03/31/05 CNA- challenges. The conference is and Practice the Oklahoma Gerontological purpose of this program is to
Home Health Deeming from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Friday, 6 CEUs 60 Contact hours. Nursing Assocation, and will be provide nurses with an
Certified nursing assistants in April 8, 2005, at Oklahoma City This course, presented by the held at Metro-Tech Business understanding of the elements
long-term care may become University. Registration prior to University of Oklahoma College Conference Center, 1900 and legal consequences of
certified in home health.16 hours March 30th is $89 for educators of Nursing, is an on-line Springlake Drive, OKC, from 8:00 negligence, and describe positive
of training are included or $49 for students. CEUs continuing education course, am to 2:15 pm. Workshop fee is ways to avoid it. Objectives: *
specifically in applications of application pending. For more especially suited for health care $15.00; students $10.00. For Define civil and criminal liability.
nurse aide skills in home health. information contact Virginia Oden providers, licensed nurses, and more information please contact * List the five elements of
Become eligible to take the at 405-208-5832 or e-mail social workers. This Web-based Wanda Bishop, RN, BSN, MEd negligence. * Define vicarious
certification exam for the home firstname.lastname@example.org. course is designed to explore the at 720-8006, or visit our website liability. * Describe contributory
health aide. Total hours (16) 8 am concept of case management as www.okgna.org and comparative negligence
– 4:30 pm, Thursday and Friday at 04/09/05 ACLS the timely coordination of quality statutes. * List ways to prevent
Metro Tech’s EMS Technology Recertification Course healthcare services to meet 04/21/05 - 04/22/05 Every accidents. * Describe proper
Center,1720 Staton Drive. There Cost/Fee 50.00 Start Time 8:00 specific health care needs in a Step of the Way: Meeting documentation. See
is an additional cost for the am End Time 5:00 pm Location cost-effective manner to promote the Challenges of Today www.oknurses.com then click on
certification exam. Cost is $50. NRH Education Center - 901 N. positive client outcomes. Content and Tomorrow AWHONN ONA Online Continuing
Call 605-4605 or 605-4785. Porter Person/Phone HealthLink areas to be explored include: 2005 OK Section Education.
405-440-8802 DescriptionCourse Case Management knowledge Conference
03/22/05–04/14/05 Sign includes small group interaction and relationships, healthcare Helemerich Conference Center, Administering Oral,
Language-I as well as recertification by management, community Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, Topical, Suppository and
In this class, you will receive a written test and mega code. No resources and support, service OK Keynote Speakers: Kathleen Inhalant Medications
basic overview of the skills tuition charge to NRH employees delivery; psychosocial Brehony, PhD, Pam Price- CEU contact hours: 2 Goal: The
needed to communicate with the but pre-registration is required. intervention, and rehabilitation Hoskins, PhD, MSN, Nancy Lowe, purpose of this program is to
hearing impaired. Learn basic Course $50.00 to non-employees case management. This program PhD, CNM, Charlotte Gish, MSN, provide nurses an understanding
signs, phrases and word (includes book). OKCCCC has been approved by the CNM, Sherri Tapp, PhD. Content of the different ways of
combinations. Total hours (24) members' charge is $25.00 to Commission for Case Manager will be examining challenges administering oral, topical,
from 6 – 9 pm, Tuesday and cover refreshments and materials Certification (CCMC) for 51 clock nurses face ethically, spiritually, suppository and inhalant
Thursday at Metro Tech’s - payable at the class. hours of continuing education and emotionally, as well as medications. Objectives: * Name
Information Technology Center, Cancellation must be received 24 credit. The certificate prepares the numerous issues to expand six forms of oral medication. *
1700 Springlake Drive. The cost is hours prior to the program. learner to take one of the national clinical knowledge and skills. State the six rights of
$80.To enroll call 605-4895 or Cancellations after this time or case management certification Registration materials to be administering medication. *
605-4785. no-shows will be charged a exams. For more information mailed early Feb. Questions? Describe techniques for applying
$25.00 administrative fee. contact Kara J. Rollins at 405- Email email@example.com. topical medication. * Explain
03/22/05–05/03/05 325-2891 or (800) 522-0772, ext techniques for instillation of
Learn basic vocabulary, phrases,
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The University of Oklahoma is an
ONA Online ophthalmic, optic, and nasal
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expressions and conversation in
Spanish. The exercises are fun
This 2 day workshop is designed
equal opportunity institution.
Continuing insertion of the rectal suppository
and the vaginal suppository or
and helpful for enhancing your
language skills. Total hours (39)
to prepare Medical Surgical
nurses practicing in a variety of
04/17/05 Academy of
Medical Surgical Nursing Education tablet. See www.oknurses.com
then click on ONA Online
from 6 – 9 pm, Tuesday and settings to take the ANCC March Meeting Continuing Education.
Thursday at Metro Tech’s South Medical Surgical Certification "Quality Care for Heart Failure: Acute Pain Management
Bryant Campus, 4901 S outh Exam. It has also been found What Every Nurse Should Know" in Children: Operative or
Bryant. The cost is $120.To enroll helpful for nurses changing Angie Willis, RN, BSN Outcomes Medical Procedures
call 605-4895 or 605-4785. specilties, or returning to practice. Case Manager OU MEDICAL CEU contact hours: 2 Goal: The
New graduates have found it CENTER Thursday, March 17, purpose of this program is to
April helpful to prepare to take the
NCLEX exam. Registration is free
2005 6:30-8:30 pm Free to
Nurses and Students Questions:
provide nurses an understanding
of how to assess pain in children, CONTINUED
and starts at 7:30 am. Class is Deidra SharpRN,BC, BSN@ 405- and how to use pharmacological
04/05/05 - 04/09/05 Sexual
Assault Nurse Examiner’s
from 8:00 am-4:30 pm Topics
reviewed include the body
271-8365 The Children's Hospital
5th Floor Nicholson Tower
techniques to help manage the
Training systems, issues and trends in Auditorium 940 NE 13th St pain. Objectives: * Describe the Submit your classes
Kathy Bell will be presenting at nursing, biophysical concepts OKC, OK If you wish to park in the self-reporting tools that may be and announcements in
the workshop. The workshop is and test taking strategies. This childrens parking garage you will appropriate for assessing pain in
free. Those interested in getting activity for 16.5 contact hours has have to pay. On street parking is children. * Give examples of to Priya Jenkins at
more information or attending the been provided by OU MEDICAL available. Location The Childrens types of behavioral and email@example.com
workshop please contact Susie CENTER. OU MEDICAL CENTER Hospital 5th Floor Nicholson physiological signs that may
Stone at 701-5550 or e-mail her is an approved provider of Tower Auditorium 940 NE 13th supplement the self-report. * Check out our continued
at SusieMS@health.ok.gov. contining education by the Street OKC, OK Questions: Describe specific pharmacologic education classes at
Colorado Nurses Association, an Deidra SharpRN,BC, BSN@ 405- and nonpharmacologic
04/08/05 Innovative accredited approver by the 271-8365 management techniques for
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Healthy Living: A Calendar for Life
City. 610-3627 of the Okla Lupus association 848-4079 for a current
Midwest Regional and it's function in striving to schedule.
support the Lupus patient and Hospice
The following support family.
groups and educational Edmond Medical
classes are offered by Breast Cancer Support Mercy Bereavement Support
Midwest Regional Group Group
Medical Center: 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Breast Cancer Support Bariatric Seminar 6:00 p.m. second Tuesday of
Arthritis/Osteoporosis; Better Tuesday of each month in the Group PROMISE 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second each month at Russell- Murray
Breathers; Codependents NRH Breast Care Center. 307- is a support group for women and fourth Tuesday of Hospice, 221 South Bickford,
Anonymous; Diabetes 2620. Provides education and diagnosed with breast cancer. every month. Located in the El Reno; and Noon the second
Education Class; Diabetes emotional support to patients Meetings are the third Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Friday of each month at
Support Group; Grief Support diagnosed with breast cancer. Mondays of each month at Conference Rm. 1, One Russell-Murray Hospice, 106
Group; Healthy Heart Support 7pm in the Mercy Conference S. Bryant. 844-5700. The West Miles, Kingfisher; and at
Group; Lupus Support Group Parkinson’s Disease Center. Call 762-3600 for more program is designed to educate 6:00 p.m. the third Monday of
Midwest City Chapter Support Group information. and discuss the each month at Park View
Depression Bipolar Support 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first options of bariatric surgery. Hospital, 2115 Park View Drive,
Alliance; Monday's Friends Thursday of each month in the Care for Caregivers El Reno. These groups are
(Breast Cancer); Parkinson's Education Center. 364-4493. Meets monthly on the third open to all who are going
Support Group; P .R.I.D.E. Thursday. A support group for Integris Baptist through the grief process. For
(Parents Responding to Infant people who share the common more information call 405-262-
Death Experience); Stroke experiences of caring for a NICU-Parent To Parent 3088
Support Group; Thursday's Association loved one. 752-3600. Supportive individuals meet
Friends (Cancer). For more with parents of infants in the Integris Southwest
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(DOCS) 3627. Facilitator: Revonda Blanding Monday. A support group for 6626. Leukemia Family
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watching as you celebrated your 2 nd when I was still a child, around 11 or 12…
REFLECTIONS birthday, sending all her love.
Sneaking into Grandmother’s closet one
day, I found my Mother’s wedding gown
GRANDMOTHER’S PEARL tucked safely in a garment bag. Carefully
By Kari Moroz I took it out and, without hesitation,
Regardless of how scarce or prevalent slipped in on with ease. I buttoned myself
they are in my life, love, and death are into it, all 25 buttons down the back. I
A Moment of Inspiration... the two most puzzling events I have ever took out my pigtails and brushed my long,
Commentary by Vickie Jenkins attempted to understand. I never truly blond hair. That hand-made veil was way
even pondered such thoughts until I began too elegant for my silly braids! I stared
planning my wedding. at my reflection in the mirror, trying to
Chris and I were friends before we imagine myself ten years older. My
dated, so naturally he was there for me thoughts wandered, “What will I look
during my Grandmother’s illness, and like when I’m older? Will I get taller?
ultimately, her death. It was an extremely I wonder who my husband will be…Did
difficult time for my family and me, for Grandmother really sew this lovely Gr ac
Dear Gracie, we were all very close to her. She had dress?” Stepping into the hallway, I ie
Happy 2 nd suffered tremendously in the last few days wondered if Grandmother would be upset
birthday! You are of her life and it pained us horribly to see with me for snooping. I debated not to
truly a blessing as I her in such agony. Chris would come to show her, but it was such a beautiful gown! then tucked it away in the back of her
thank God for the house almost daily just to check on And I felt so pretty and grown-up! I just own closet.
giving me a me or lend a shoulder if I needed to cry. couldn’t resist. It was not until I had bought a gown
Vickie Jenkins b e a u t i f u l Our romantic feelings came about just a “Grandmother?” I called out. of my own that I decided to pull out that
granddaughter. When I see you, I see a few weeks after Grandmother passed away. “Yes, Dear? I’m here,” she answered. wonderful handmade dress again. With
reflection of memories bouncing about and She had always said I would find the As I entered the room she gasped, “Oh, extra care, I clipped a single brilliant pearl
an innocent child in a world waiting to ‘perfect one’ and she just couldn’t wait to Kari…” from the collar of my Mother’s gown and
be discovered. meet him. “You’re not mad, are you? I just attached it to the shoulder of my own.
You never knew your great- The realization that Grandmother was wanted to try it on.” Smaller than all other others and seemingly
grandmother but as I watch you play, I gone and that Chris was probably my Grandmother smiled and shook her out of place, that pearl “completed” my
see some of her traits in you. Why, you future husband seemed to blur together head slowly, “Honey, one day you will be gown. I finished my work, smiled and
have her blue eyes and her sweet smile! the whole month of December in 1998. a beautiful bride! I made that dress, you breathed a prayer that God would let
The following story, Grandmother had so badly wanted to see know. Each pearl was sewn onto that Grandmother be honored on my special
GRANDMOTHER’S PEARL was written by me married. And finally, I had found gown just for your Mother.” Her baby day.
your mommy. Your mommy had a special him-tall and attractive, a great smile, a blue eyes danced with joy. She seemed On May 20th, 2000, I will be married
relationship with her grandmother, your good Christian and strong leader-only enchanted with the memory of my mother to the most wonderful man. Chris is the
great-grandmother. Days were filled with weeks too late to be introduced to each as a young bride. “Maybe one day, you type of man that Grandmother would have
love and laughter as they shared a special other. could wear it, too.” loved. I am hoping that on that day, God
bond that no one could take away. Not long after Chris and I were Eventually, I got taller-too tall for the will give her a glimpse of what is
Likewise, I hope that you and I can have engaged, I started to attempt to find that wedding dress my Mother wore, and the happening down here. When I walk down
that same kind of relationship. ‘perfect dress.’ While trying on gowns in veil that was once pure white turned ivory the aisle, she will be watching with those
My dear sweet Gracie, I love you. I a bridal boutique, I had a flashback of with age. When Grandmother passed away, heaven-perfected baby blue eyes. She
am sure that great-grandmother was Grandmother. It was a memory of a time the dress was returned to my Mother, who wouldn’t miss our wedding for anything.
teaching, how can one be certain that Communication, a coalition of national
Did You Know?
Ask Me Three patients understand concepts basic to
their health or illness? And, must we
not also be certain that patients
organizations that include the AMA
and the APHA. Ask Me 3 instructs
patients on how to better understand
Oklahoma has more man-made
lakes than any other state, with
understand the need for shared their health and illness, urging them over one million surface acres of
responsibility related to the outcome to ask their physicians, nurses and water.
of illness or the continuation of good pharmacist three primary questions:
My Point of View... health? • “What is my main problem?” www.50states.com/facts/okla.htm
Commentary by Mary Ann Remshardt As the nurse’s primary • “What do I need to do?”
RN, MSN, Ed.D. intervention, assessment of each • “Why is it important for me
patient’s health literacy must answer to do this?”
three questions: The focus of this campaign is to Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
• What does the patient know encourage the discussion of those
• What must he know to be a
three simple but critical questions. A
primary goal of the campaign is to
Board of Commentary
vested partner in his own care? reassure patients not to be
• What motivates an individual embarrassed or hesitant if they have Patricia Armenta, RN
As nurses we not only to compliance but to active difficulty understanding the Martha Collar
make daily participation? complexity of their illness or the Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
contributions to “The main currency of healthcare prescribed plan of care. The program Colleen Folsch
patients’ health is communication,” affirmed Dr invites patients to become full Virginia Gillispie, RN, ND
care. How, we Carolyn Clancy M.D. during a partners in their care and reminds April Goode
Mar y Ann R emshar dt RN , may ask, are presentation addressing the issue of them that in tandem with the right to Vickie Jenkins
MSN, Ed.D. Larry Leeds, RN
those health literacy and the steps that better health outcomes comes the tacit Vickie Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
contributions must be taken to address this responsibility to be active participants. Dr. Trisha Phaklides
impacted by the patient’s individual challenge. Even though complex Such an approach creates a safe Linda Mundorff(Rener), RN, MPH, MSN, NDc
health literacy? We recognize that issues can rarely be simplified, a environment in which patients may Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
health literacy, at least a basic program currently gaining respect talk openly with health care Elizabeth Sowdal, RN
understanding of one’s own health may render patient education, at the personnel. Open communication Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
status, is essential to wellness. We very least, less problematic. The allows the health care provider a
certainly understand that teaching is American Medical Association is better view of any barriers to Opinions expressed in columns and
a crucial component of good care and asking all health care professionals to understanding that may exist and letters to the editor are not necessarily the
that knowledge promotes compliance implement the “Ask Me 3” program clues to behaviors that may dissolve opinions of employees, ownership of this
and improves positive health which was initiated by the those barriers. For more information newspaper or the publishing company.
behaviors. With regards to patient Partnership for Clear Health see: http://www.askme3.org
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