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                                                                                                                           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

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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
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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
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                       stevene@okcnursingtimes.com
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                      priyaj@okcnursingtimes.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                           news@okcnursingtimes.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
                                                                                                                                                               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                    advertising@okcnursingtimes.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                                                                    advertising@okcnursingtimes.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.                accounting@okcnursingtimes.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
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the first time, enjoy a bite of jell-O for     enough? I love you baby.” That kind of
the first time in weeks and continue to        thing. How nice, I thought. How lucky
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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.”
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
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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
                     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
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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
                                                                                                                                                                            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)                                          news@okcnursingtimes.com. 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


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Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy, more than 1,700 children in
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bars, single-serving fruit cups and more, during 2005.
      Mercy is partnering with Food 4 Kids, a pilot program through the Regional
Food Bank of Oklahoma, to target low-income schools and provide backpacks for
children to re-use each Friday to carry “kid-friendly” food home for the weekend.
By providing children with some healthy food, the program hopes to increase                                                              ALL
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      The Sisters of Mercy, based in St. Louis, Missouri, established the grant,                                                         NEW
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Named after Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley, the grant is yet another way
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1 1 5 Chemical Dependency
1 1 8 Clinical Instructors                                                                                                                                  is needing
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1 2 3 Certified Medical Assistant
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                                                                                        ASSISTANT                                                                                in the clinical and nurse care       The setting is small, the work is vital, the rewards are
1 4 9 Home Health                                                                                                                                          Please come           setting:
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1 5 5 Infection Control                                                                 CNAs/CMAs                             ARE YOU                   application at 4300      by mail or Fax to: Rolling Hills
                                                                                  All shifts available. Apply at      READING THIS?                     Highline Blvd Suite      Hospital, ATTN: Human                Full-Time Staffing Needs:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Charge RN
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                                                                                                                                                                                 (580) 332-0295                            7p -7a
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1 6 4 Managerial                                                                                                  throughout the Oklahoma.
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1 6 7 Medical/Surgical                                                                                                                                     Office hours:                                                  • ICU RN/LPN
1 7 0 Nurse Practitioner                                                                                                                                                                                                   7p -7a
1 7 3 OB/Gyn                                                                         CEDAR CREST                                                          8 am-4:30 pm.                LPNs &                             • Monitor Tech/Unit Sec.
1 7 6 Occupational Health                                                              MANOR                                                             M-F. Must pass              CNAs Needed!                          7p -7a
                                                                                  Now hiring CNA's- all shifts.
1 7 9 Office                                                                      Apply in person 1700 Ft. Sill Blvd                                       OSBI Check.           Apply in person at Mitchell Manor        • CNAs
                                                                                                                                                                                 Convalescent Center, 315 W. Gene
1 8 2 Oncology                                                                    in Lawton. No Phone Calls.
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                                                                    Edmond Clinic. Send resumes to
                                                                    HR 701 NE 10th Street, OKC OK
                                                                    73104 or FAX to 405-280-5200.
                                                                                                           ATTENTION RN
                                                                                                               Want a new career?
                                                                                                           Nice LTC Facility in need
                        • Fax 810-1591                                                                     of an energetic RN that
      Contact: 842-2215                                             Medical Greenbrier Skilled             wants to train for DON.
                                       om
                  tpenrod@lionhospice.c                             Nursing seeking to hire LPN, 6am-
                                                                    6pm shift. Call Gayle Thorpe
                                                                                                           Extensive training and
                                                              EOE   Personnel Director at 580-402-         support. Will also accept
                                                                    1734. Benefits plus a yearly           experienced DON.
1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING 1 6 1 LICENSED                                anniversary
                                                                                                               Call 843-5900 or
                            PRACTICAL NURSE
                                                                                                           fax resume to 842-0994.
   Sign on Bonus!!!
Colonial Lodge is accepting                                                                                                                                                                                             2 0 4 REGISTERED                      2 0 4 REGISTERED
applications for the following
positions: CNAs, CMA¹s 3-11                                         2 0 4 REGISTERED                                                                                                                                          NURSE                                 NURSE
shift, LPN, and weekend RN. We
offer competitive wages, sick time,            L.P.N.
                                                                          NURSE
Paid vacations. Apply in person                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Experienced Director of Nursing
at 614 W. Harrison. McAlester.            An LPN is needed for                                                                                                                                                                                                DON needed. 31-bed facility in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A SMALL LTC FACILITY,
                                       Southside OKC Outpatient                                                                                                                                                         LOOKING FOR RN/DON TO                 western OK. Submit resume to:
                                        Substance Abuse Clinic.         RN, FT, Rehab                          DON Needed                                                                                               LEAD A GREAT TEAM IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Erick Nursing Center,112 S.
  RN, FT, Med/Surg                     Working hourse are 5 am to
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Magnolia, Erick, OK 580-526-3088.

        11:00p-7:00a
                                        1 pm. Competitive wage/
                                                                           11:00p-7:00p
                                                                                                          taking applications for a               NURSE                                NURSE                            RESUME TO:
                                        benefits package offered.                                         Director of Nursing (RN).                                                                                           PAULS VALLEY
                                         Please fax resumes to                                            Rewarding, challenging, and                                                                                     HEALTH CARE FACILITY
  Jobline: 405-552-9369                                              Jobline: 405-552-9369                flexible. Submit resumes via                                                                                         P.O. BOX 250
                                           Clinic Director at                                                                                                                    RN- WEEKENDS ONLY. Great pay                                                 RN/ DON A small LTC facility
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                                                                                                                                            Days/Nights, 12 hr shifts. Acute     atmosphere! Apply at Westhaven             FAX # 405-238-9278                great team in quality care. Mail /
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                                                                                                                                            Care Facility. Excellent wages and   Nursing Home, 1215 S. Western,              ATTN: SANDRA                     fax resume to Pauls Valley Health
                                                                            BONE & JOINT                  Damendenhall@fellowshiphome.com
         BONE & JOINT                                                     1111 N. Dewey • OKC, OK 73103
                                                                                                                                            benefits. Call sharon Boling,        Stillwater, 405-743-1140.                                                    Care Facility. PO Box 250 Pauls
       1111 N. Dewey • OKC, OK 73103                                                                                                        DON at 405-756-1404.                                                                                              Valley, OK 73075. Fax 405-238-9278
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Attn Sandra. Published 2005-02-1




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Kindred Hospital
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
                                                                                                                                                                     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: imss@prtc.net
                                                                                           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: fmcp@uhsa.edu.ag or uhsa@candw.ag
                                                                                                “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.
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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
                                                                                                 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.
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graduate and can work in a variety of                Meadows said while the new
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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. The Childrens
                                                                                                                      04/20/05 Best Practices in
                                                                                                                      Long Term Care
                                                                                                                                                            children. * Explain how pain is
                                                                                                                                                            managed after surgery. *
03/14/05–04/08/05 Certified            Effective                               Hospital 5th Floor Nicholson           Conference                            Describe the appropriate use of
Nursing Assistant-Long                 Oklahoma City University Kramer         Tower Auditorium 940 NE                This workshop is designed for         patient-controlled analgesia in
Term                                   School of Nursing is proud to           13th Street OKC, OK. For more in-      nurses, social workers, activity      children.Describe
Are you interested in the health       present a conference designed to        formation please contact Deidra        directors, CNAs, caregivers,          nonpharmacologic techniques for
care field? Prepare for the state      enhance nurse educators and             Sharp, RN,BC, BSN, Education           senior advocates, long term care      managing post-operative pain in
nurse aide in long term care           nursing faculty. Topics include         Specialist Education and Organi-       administrators, dieticians,           children. See www.oknurses.com
certification exams. Total hours       adult learners, addressing              zational           Development         pharmacists, physical therapists,     then click on ONA Online
(90) from 8 am – 2:30 pm,              sensitive topics, injecting humor       OU MEDICAL CENTER P.O. Box             and students who care for the         Continuing Education.
Mondays through Fridays at Metro       in the classroom, assessing             26307 OKC, OK 73126 phone:             elderly population in a long term
Tech’s Adult and Continuing            competencies, mutual respect in         405-271-8365 pager: 405-575-           care setting. Topics will include     Administering
Education Campus, 201 NE 48th          the classroom, creative clinical        3374 fax: 405-271-5153.                medication administration, fall       Intramuscular, Intradermal
Street. Cost is $370. To enroll call   opportunities, on-line nursing                                                 prevention, dementia guidelines,      and Subcontaneous
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        voden@okcu.edu.                         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 kbwinfrey@cox.net.              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 kjrollins@ou.edu.
                                                                               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               news@okcnursingtimes.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
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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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.


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           N u r s                                                                                    e                                  t a l k
Have you had a child-rearing                  What part of your job do you                Each week we visit with                What's your favorite TV show                If you could have a fantasy
problem that you were able to                 enjoy the most?                             health care professionals              and why?                                    job, what would it be?
turn around? What and How?                                                                throughout Oklahoma.
                                                                                                                 When I
I have three kids and I knew                                                                                     grow up I       Speed Logic. It comes over
they could make better grades,                I like doing medical procedures                                    want to be      Satellite Dish and it's all about
so I started paying them $5                   like dressing changes on a                                         a nurse.        cars -- from Nissan Skylines to             I'd be an attorney. Either
dollars for every A -- just A's --            diabetic patient that has a foot                                                   350 ZXs, all kinds of Hondas,               medical malpractice or criminal.
and it worked. One of my                      ulcer or an open wound. It's                                                       Dragsters, Lowriders,                       But I'd want to work both sides.
daughters was making C's and                  only a small part of what we do,                                                   Lamborghinis -- all customized.             I wouldn't want to defend a
D's and on her last report card,              but I enjoy cleaning and                                                           They race all over the world. I             guilty person or prosecute an
she made five A's.                            dressing wounds.                                                                   love cars, especially fast cars.            innocent person.




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                        CryptaQuote                                                       TO SOLVE:
                                                                                          Substitute each letter


                                                                                                                                     LoveTips
                                                                                          for another, each letter
JZE YGLLZU AS DGK GU XZDSAZKJ                                                             consistently
                                                                                                                                                                               by Martha Baldwin
ICZ DGPSX JZE FGERC - HU'X GX                                                             represents another.                                                                  Beveridge, MSSW, LCSW
                                                                                          One clue is given (e.g.
XHDMFS GX UCGU.                                                                           F=O), so for every                          What are LoveTips?
                                                                                          occurence of “F”
                                                                                          within the quote and                        LoveTips are concise, practical tips for finding and keeping
                                                                                                                                      a passionate, fulfilling relationship. While many are for
OGJ FSLZ                                                                                  author you would                            couples who want to make the most of their relationship or
                                                                                          substitute a “O”.                           marriage, other LoveTips address friends, parenting, co-
                                                                                          Answer in next                              workers, in-laws and more.
Solve Puzzle Here                             CLUE:         G=A                           week’s issue.
                                                                                                                                      Are you blaming your mate for things only you
                                                                                                                                      can change?
                                                                                          SAMPLE:
___ ______ __ ___ __ ________                                                             FQMAM OY, QIRMLMA,                          It can be a miserable power struggle waiting for your
                                                                                                                                      partner to change before doing what you need to do. You
                                                                                          E SOBOF EF RQOJQ
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _’_ _ _                                                                                           may feel frustrated because he's the way he is, but you
                                                                                          DIAZMEAEUJM
                                                                                                                                      don't have to be his victim. Do some growing up instead.
                                                                                          JMEYMY FI ZM E                              Stop blaming him for what's wrong and take a good look at
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.                                                                  LOAFNM.                                     yourself. Are you afraid to rock the boat by taking a stand?
                                                                                                                                      Have you convinced yourself that you're not powerful
___ ____                                                                                  MGBNUG ZNACM                                enough to make a difference? Are you really being clear
                                                                                                                                      and firm about what you need? You may be amazed to
                                                                                          The clue was: M = E                         discover what happens when you stop being helpless. Your
                                                                                                                                      partner may respond far more positively to your strength
           Last Week’s CryptaQuote Answer                                                 There is, however, a limit                  than to your acting like his victim.
                                                                                          at which forbearance
                                                                                          ceases to be a virtue.                         View Martha’s Web Site at www.lovetips.com
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
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                                                                              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. 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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