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Recruiter Showcase See our ad inside this week’s Specialty Hospital edition! of Midwest City March 14, 2005 Marc Vol. 6 Issue 11 Vol. Information for Oklahoma Nursing & Health Care Professionals www.okcnursingtimes.com Locally Published, Owned and Operated Each Week by Metro Publishing LLC Therapeutic Communication: Palliative Use of Reassurance and Endearment By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN I 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. urn 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 HealthCare Pa See HealthCare, Page 2 I have found endearments slipping into my vocabulary. I think it might have See Elizabeth , Page 2 Elizabeth Pa Inside Health Officials Celebrate National Social Work Month Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS IN NURSING This Weeks Topic: THE HEALING COMMUNITY 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 COLLEGE OF 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 Pg. 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 Pg. 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 students step 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 Pg. 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 Pg. Page 2 March 14, 2005 Oklahoma’s Nursing Times 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 maybe they've had surgery and require available," Garis said. "That's handy, and dependable workers each projects a Steven R. Eldridge a little more extra help," Garis said. "If especially for moms that have kids in professional attitude. They should also firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Board Commentary 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 Vicki Jenkins 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 Colleen Folsch 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” Adv Ad v er tising Annette Deckard 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 Melanie Mitchell 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com 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 Administrators and Students in Oklahoma affection for that person. You cannot had a tight band around my head, my each week. Add your name to the list for nurse them, and coax them, and encourage stomach felt clenched and acidic, I was them as we do through the worst thing thinking, “I need to do this, then this, Letters to the Editor only $30 per year within Oklahoma and $33 in their lives (we hope!) and depend on then this, and don’t forget that.” My for all other states. We welcome your views and encourage readers yourself to remain detached and entirely patient’s mother was at the bedside talking to submit letters to the editor. Please include your Opinions expressed in columns and letters professional at all times. Watch a beautiful to her. 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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.” perpetuating a 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 by ock Croc 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 obert, Marg MacRober RNC, MS, CNAA, director Community and unnecessary. including an individualized stress at Colleg Nursing sing. director Manag Center at OU College of Nur sing. She is also the director of Case Mana gement “Nurses are so into taking care of management program, multiple types of Pro teaches administration/manag at ursing school. nur Programs and teaches administration/management at the nur sing school. 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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 ecutiv Executi Jane Nelson, CAE , Executive important efforts to ensure a healthy insurance screening, colorectal cancer regulatory decisions in the area of ector, Director ONA 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 Page 6 March 14, 2005 Oklahoma’s Nursing Times 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 discomfort. • 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. very important features (work and home), fax number and email address when women’s deaths. The OSDH encourages all 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 timely topics. Personal experiences are preferred with an Oklahoma’s Nursing Times and may be edited for clarity or emphasis on useful information that will instruct readers or length. related conditions, such as high blood health can begin by maintaining regular may be used in their practices. • Submit material to the attention of: Oklahoma’s pressure, high blood cholesterol, and physical activity, improving nutritional Please follow these guidelines when submitting stories: Nursing Times, 328 1/2 W. Commerce, Oklahoma City, OK diabetes. “We want to encourage intake, and eliminating tobacco use. For • Submissions must be no more than two to three 73109. Fax information to (405) 631-5103 pages long, typewritten double-spaced on 8.5 by 11 inch Emailed submissions may be sent to Oklahomans to pay more attention to their more information, contact your health care paper (unless emailed) firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding hearts by recognizing signs and symptoms provider or local county health • When possible, please submit a color or black and submissions, please call (405) 631-5100. of a heart attack, which is vital to the department. SIGN UP FOR ‘SUPER SITTERS’ Wednesday, March 16, 2005 CONTACT: Jerry Lojka, Publicity Chair, (405) 271- 5695 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 16, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course will include an introduction to CPR, first aid, child safety, child development and tips in starting a babysitting business. Certificates will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the class. The class is open to youths 11 to 14 years old, and will be limited to 25 participants. Cost is $20 and includes all materials and snacks. Participants should bring a sack lunch. To register or for more information, call the Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition, (405) 271-5695. Registration is also available online at www.oksafekids.org. 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 little to eat on the weekends and over holidays and literally live from one free school meal to the next,” said Sister Rose Elizabeth Power, Mercy Ministry Services. “When kids are hungry, they can’t focus on their studies. It affects their ability to $ 17,988 * learn.” According to the 2001 Hunger in America study, one in five children in Delivered Oklahoma faces going to bed hungry. 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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 loor Anthony's Kindred Hospital Chief Clinical St. Michael’s will still serve as a r un St. Michael's. hael's. 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 referrals. “We will be looking for referrals satisfaction, admissions above budget, and lowest hospital employee turnover rate. 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 Tel: 1-787-725-5282; Fax: 1-787-725-5283; Email: email@example.com 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 Main Campus: Tel: 1(268)460-1391 | Fax:1(268)460-1477 market. and a contract rehabilitation services Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com “I do see a continued growth in business. Oklahoma’s Nursing Times March 14, 2005 Page 11 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 hnolog 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 Discover the Beauty of “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 Maintenance Free Edging... cared for a sick relative growing up. College. “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 405-691-6005 Border 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 at least 16 weeks into the pregnancy. www.bordermagic.com Magic Ask About Our 10 Year Warranty ® 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 Tip of the Week: FIREWALL 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 Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, through our clinic, could go in and turn This tip brought to you by... Breast, Vascular Technology, and in a study any radiologist could read.” Echocardiography. Cody has seen advancements during 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. 634-1313 graduate and can work in a variety of Meadows said while the new settings including hospital, clinic, doctor’s technology did grab a lot of attention it www.onecallokc.com Page 12 March 14, 2005 Oklahoma’s Nursing Times Continued Education Strategies for Nurse American Nurses Credentialing procedure-related pain in March Educators: How to Make Your Instruction More Center's Commission on Accreditation. 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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. 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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 Spanish-I Learn basic vocabulary, phrases, 04/12/05-04/13/05 Medical Surgical Certification 2891, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Oklahoma is an ONA Online ophthalmic, optic, and nasal drops. * Describe techniques for expressions and conversation in Spanish. The exercises are fun Review Course 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 and non-pharmacological techniques to help manage the EDUCATION 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 www.okcnursingtimes.com 04/08/05 Innovative accredited approver by the 271-8365 management techniques for Oklahoma’s Nursing Times March 14, 2005 Page 13 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. Russell-Murray Norman Regional 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- Oklahoma Lupus 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 information or to receive a Oklahoma Lupus Association Coping with Cancer neonatal intensive care unit. brochure, please call 610- Support Group Meeting Meets monthly on the second For more information call, 949- (DOCS) 3627. Facilitator: Revonda Blanding Monday. A support group for 6626. Leukemia Family (405)794-1847 When: 3rd people who share the common Support Group Codependents Thursday of the month at 7:00pm expeiences and problems of Hepatitis C Support 7 p.m first Thursday of each Anonymous: 12-Step Where: Hillcrest Christian Church cancer. 752-3600. Group month in Dining Rooms 1 and 2 Support Group for 1501 SW 59th, Okla City, Ok. 7 to 9 p.m. first and third in the cafeteria. Sponsored by Improving Wesley Daniel, Past president of Deaconess Monday of each month. Room the Lymphoma and Leukemia Relationships the Okla Lupus association and L. Contact David at 373-4601. Society of America, this group 7 to 8 p.m. each Friday in the who is also a lupus patient will provides educational support Educational Classrooms be the guest speaker at our Freedom from Smoking for persons with leukemia, located on the second floor. meeting March 18, 2005. Mr This is a 7 week proven clinical lymphoma, myeloma, and 2825 Parklawn Dr., Midwest Daniel will be sharing the history stop-smoking program. Call myelodysplasia syndromes. Supporting Medical The Oklahoma Professionals of Oklahoma Touch the lives of patients when they need it most. Volunteer for a local hospice and offer comfort and compassion to patients and families dealing with a terminal illness. Hospice volunteers help in three ways: Health Care & Service Directory Associations Hospice Medical Transportation Patient care companions visit patients and families, keeping them connected to the community and offering practical assistance in patients’ homes. FRONTIER HOSPICE Mortgage Lenders Bereavement volunteers assist families with grief following the loss of their loved ones. 405.840.3476 Serving the Serving patients in need Special projects volunteers work in the hospice office, make gifts for patients, or help with planning special events. Needs of All 3908 N. Peniel • Bethany, Nursing Centers Oklahoma Nurses (405) 789-2913 Hospice volunteers receive training and support. To learn more, call your local hospice. Orthopedic Services AUTUMN BRIDGE HOSPICE: (405) 440-2440 Education Hospital Pharmacies AUTUMN LIGHT HOSPICE: (580) 252-1266 Legal Nurse Revealing God’s Healing Presence Pharmaceutical Manufac. CARTER HOSPICE: Tarrah Ross, Director of Volunteers at (405) 947-7705, ext. 350 Consulting Acadamy Legal Nurse Consultant Course St. Anthony Hospital Physicians and Surgeons COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF OKLAHOMA: Lori Jeppesen at 866-891-7800 (405) 321-8025 or (405) 329-7750 St. Anthony Heart Hospital 1000 N. 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View Martha’s Web Site at www.lovetips.com The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. e e cummings Edmund Burke Oklahoma’s Nursing Times March 14, 2005 Page 15 OPINION watching as you celebrated your 2 nd when I was still a child, around 11 or 12… REFLECTIONS birthday, sending all her love. Love, Grandmommy 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 ickie Jenkins 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 right now? • 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 Eileen Doherty 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 Remshar RN, emshardt 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. 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. 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