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Nurses Week Activities Educate and Entertain
Education, entertainment and even a little pampering will be
offered during the Nurses Week celebration at The University of Kansas Hospital Monday, May 7, through Saturday, May 12. This year’s national theme is Nursing: a Profession and a Passion. Boehm, RN, PRIDE committee advisor. Kansas nurses must have 30 continuing education units (CEUs) every two years to maintain licensure. Staff nurses are encouraged to partner with their peers to attend these educational offerings. In addition, Nursing Excellence Awards winners will be recognized at a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Indian Hills Country Club. These Nurses Week events honor the contributions of more than 1,500 full- and part-time nurses at the hospital. In fiscal year 2006, nurses provided more than 1.9 million direct patient care hours. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, which is National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. There are nearly 2.7 million registered nurses in the U.S., and 2.2 million are employed. RNs top the list of 10 occupations with the largest projected job growth for 2002-2012.

Nurses Week 2007 Activities
Monday, May 7: Cookies delivered to units, and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Extravaganza begins. • “Animal Therapy,” Martha Fuller, Susann Schinkle, RN, Pets for Life volunteer, and Buccleigh, the Old English Sheep Dog, 8-9 a.m., 1050 School of Nursing (SoN). • “Leading from the Bedside: Hitting the Mark for Excellence Right Where You Are,” Tammy Peterman, RN, MS, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, 10-1 a.m., 1050 SoN. 1 • “Rekindling the Flame from the Three Sages,” Kathy Robinson, RN, assistant director of Nursing and Joint Commission coordinator; Suzanne Shaffer, RN, assistant director of Nursing and Magnet coordinator; and Noella McCray, RN, Unit 46 nurse manager; 1-2 p.m., 1050 SoN. Tuesday, May 8: Massages for nurses, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nurse Resource Center, ID badge required. • “Humor in the Workplace,” Shaun McMahon, Plaza Group, 8-9 a.m., B018 SoN. • “Leading from Within,” Beth Clark, RN, director of Cardiovascular Services, 1-2 p.m., G013 SoN. Wednesday, May 9: • “Animal Therapy,” 8-9 a.m., G013 SoN. • “Exploring Energetic Healing,” Nancy Lankston, RN, Heart of Healing, 10-1 a.m., G013 SoN, and 1-2 p.m., B018 SoN. 1 Thursday, May 10: Massages for nurses, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Center for Advanced Heart Care, north end, first-floor lobby, ID badge required. • “Humor in the Workplace,” 8-9 a.m., 1050 SoN. • “Stress Management,” Noreen Thompson, RN, Nursing 1 Clinical Excellence, 10-1 a.m., 1050 SoN. Friday, May 1 1: • “Generations in Nursing,” Candace Parker, RN, Johnson County Community College, 8-9 a.m. and 10-1 a.m., 1050 SoN. 1 Saturday, May 12: Breakfast coupons will be available for Weekend Option Nurses. Most units have planned their own celebrations, whether it’s a meal, contest, treat bags, etc. Throughout the week, nurse managers will deliver gifts for every Department of Nursing employee.

A CEU Extravaganza (see sidebar) is the focal point of this year’s activities planned by Nursing’s PRIDE committee, which stands for Promote, Retain and Identify Dedication to Excellence. Amanda Meats, RN, Labor and Delivery, and Angela Welch, RN, Post-Anesthesia Care, chair the PRIDE committee, with Beth Clark, director of Cardiovascular Services, as advisor. “The PRIDE committee wanted to offer several special opportunities for classes that were fun and informative,” said Heidi

Radiothon Fundraiser Sets Record
Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) raised a record $562,000 for the
University of Kansas Medical Center Pediatrics Department and Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics through the annual “Mix for Kids” Radiothon. Nancy Fisher, CMN director, said this year’s funds will benefit pediatric oncology at KU Medical Center. Now in its eighth year, the event hosted by Mix 93.3 FM’s deejays Rocket and Teresa has set fundraising records for the past three years. This was the second year the radiothon surpassed $500,000 in donations. “We’ve had tremendous growth each year with the radiothon, but we’re not stopping,” said Megan Hunter, CMN senior coordinator at

KUMC. “Someday, we’d like to hit the $1 million mark.” CMN is a non-profit international organization dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals. Since CMN and Mix 93.3 FM partnered to raise money and awareness for both hospitals, the radiothon has raised more than $3 million to provide various services, equipment and treatment for children in need.

presentations included the 2007 Student Voice Awards, which honor outstanding educators and courses from the basic sciences and thirdyear clerkships, as determined by student vote. There were more than 30 winners in the following categories: • Outstanding Teaching • Outstanding Small-Group Leader • Best Course Overall • Third-Year Clerkship Honors for Attending Physicians and Residents • Best Third-Year Clerkship This marked the second year for the Professionalism in Residency awards to honor exceptional student mentors who exhibit altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, honor, integrity and respect for others. Brenda Mellies, MD, surgery, Wichita, received this distinction. KUMC campus

SoM Celebrates “Grande Affair”
KU School of Medicine students joined faculty, residents and volunteer
physicians to celebrate medical education at the ninth annual spring formal, “A Grande Affair,” Saturday, March 31, at the HyattRegency at Crown Center. Faculty and resident award

nominees were David Naylor, MD, and Anne O’Dea, MD, Internal Medicine; Marsha Ditto, MD, Anesthesiology; Adam Leight, MD, Family Medicine; and Brent Woodbury, MD, Orthopedic Surgery. The ceremony concluded with the distinguished Rainbow Award, which honors a physician who students deem a “hero in medicine.” Issac Opole, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, received the honor. Students nominated and selected five finalists for the award, including Brenda Issa, MD, Pediatrics, Wichita; Mary Duff, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Michael Moncure, MD, Trauma and Critical Care Surgery; and Dennis Diederich, MD, Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.


Celebration of Life Honors Organ Donation
The Celebration of Life spotlighted the importance of organ donation April 25 in the School of Nursing Atrium. Transplant recipients and their families attended, as well as families of donors and champions of the cause. Back row, from left, are Michael Moncure, MD, Timothy Williamson, MD, Matt McCall, Donate Life driver in the NASCAR truck series, and Gigi Vulgamott, hospital and family services coordinator, Midwest Transplant Network. In front are Riley and Logan Whiting, brothers of the late Cody Prewitt, who became an organ donor after a fatal car accident. Logan spoke at the program.

Thursday, May 3
BOOKS ARE FUN Book Fair: 8 a.m.4 p.m., Stoland Lounge. Sponsored by Student Wellness. Also May 4. and Metabolism at the Placental Barrier,” Peter Swan, MD, University of Maryland, 2 p.m., Clendening Auditorium.

Thursday, May 10
WILLIAM ROOT Lecture: “The Snake and the Staff: Physicians and Pharmaceutical Promotion in Historical Perspective, 19062006,” Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, fellow, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, noon, G013 School of Nursing. CAREGIVER SUPPORT Group: Resources for caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and memory

Please send news, classified ads and calendar items to or contact Marli Murphy at 8-0446. Items must be received by noon on the Monday prior to publication.

Friday, May 4
EDUCATOR’S BREAKFAST Series: “Teaching and Technology, Interactive Sessions,” visit som/facdev/educators.html, 7-9 a.m., 1025 Orr-Major. PEDIATRIC GRAND Rounds: “ADHD Medications, a Practical Approach,” Leona Therou, MD, 8-9 a.m., Wahl Hall West Auditorium. PSYCHIATRY GRAND Rounds: “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Historical Perspective,” Deborah Krause, DO, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sudler Auditorium. BIOCHEMISTRY AND Molecular Biology Seminar: “G Protein Signaling at the Endosome,” Henrick Dohlman, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1 a.m.-noon, 1 1023 Orr-Major. OB-GYN Grand Rounds: “Holding Back the Flood: Drug Transport

Tuesday, May 8
SAFETY TRAINING: KUMC employee orientation, 8-9 a.m., Lied Auditorium. GI GRAND Rounds: “Fellow Presentation,” 5-6:30 p.m., B018 School of Nursing.

disorders, 2-3:30 p.m., 145 Landon Center on Aging. HUDSON LECTURE: Susan Lederer, PhD, professor, History of Medicine and African American Studies, Yale University, 4:30 p.m. reception, Clendening Foyer, 5 p.m. lecture, Clendening Amphitheater.

Wednesday, May 9
KANSAS MASONIC Cancer Research Institute Benefit: “Taste Around the World” winetasting event, $30 donation, 6-8 p.m., Boozefish Wine Bar, 51 1 1Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Reservation: or e-mail INTERNAL MEDICINE Grand Rounds: “When and How to Use Noninvasive Ventilation for Acute Care,” Nicholas Hill, MD, chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, 8-9 a.m., Sudler Auditorium.

Landon Center Hosts Senior Celebration
The Landon Center on Aging will host the third annual Senior Celebration, a free festival open to the community, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Held in conjunction with “Older Americans Month,” the event features music, food, information and craft booths, and Lulu Belle the Clown. A pancake breakfast starts at 9 a.m., followed by free health screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index calculation and blood glucose, plus chair massages and information on fall prevention. C.W. Gusewelle, author and columnist for The Kansas City Star, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Call Hallie Calloway, 8-0606, for more information.

Deadline for PTO Buyback Is May 15
Hospital employees who wish to sell paid time off (PTO) hours must
complete forms and return them to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 5. To participate in the PTO Buy-Back Program, you must have earned at least 80 hours of PTO as of your April 20 paycheck. Human Resources recently mailed forms and instructions to the homes of employees who are eligible.

Place completed forms in these drop box locations: Hospital • Lobby • Cafeteria • Outside Human Resources, B131 Westwood • Suite 305 • First floor by mailboxes

Keener Earns State Honor in Audiology
The Kansas SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association named
Sandy Keener, audiologist

and clinical instructor with the University of Kansas School of Allied Health, 2006 Audiologist of the Year. Keener has served children and their families across Kansas for nearly two decades. She was the first clinician in the state to use the otoacoustic emission (OAE) test when diagnosing hearing problems in children. “Sandy Keener has played a vital role as both a clinician and clinical educator,” said Karen Miller, PhD, dean, KU School of Allied Health and senior vice chancellor for KUMC academic and student affairs. “She is widely

recognized for her expertise in pediatric diagnostic hearing testing, as well as cochlear implantation in children.”

Hospital Needs Nearly New Magazines
Donate your gentlyread magazines to The University of Kansas
Hospital for patients and their families. Remove all identifying information from magazines that are four months old or newer, and drop them off at the information desk at the Center for Advanced Heart Care.

2005 DODGE Grand Caravan SXT, 53K, red exterior, gray cloth interior, Stow-n-Go, power windows/locks/ drivers seat, rear heat/AC, stereo with steering wheel controls and CD/DVD player, loaded, $1 6,800. 6-536-6997 . 81 1997 CHEVY Venture van, 97K, navy blue, very nice condition, $4,500. 913-381-6661. 1995 FORD Mustang GT convertible, 45K, V8, automatic, red with tan top, leather interior, excellent ,000. 91 3-962-2278. condition, $7 PHONE/ACCESSORIES, V3i Dolce+Gabana edition, gold, new in box, data cable w/CD to stereo, hands-free headset, MP3/MPEG4 playback, Bluetooth, camera, more, $170. 913-636-6712. WESTSIDE CHARMER, 1 757 Holly, 3 BR, 2 BA, attached garage, deck, skyline view, 6 years old, tax abated, $198,500. 81 6-561-8800. WEDDING DRESS and matching veil, size 1 fully beaded, long 4, sleeves, detachable train, online pictures available, $75. 81 6-878-5638. INFANT CAR SEAT, never used, dark blue, $40. 816-878-5638. FURNITURE, stone tile dining table and 4 chairs, $275; matching coffee table, $60; black bookshelf, $20; night stands, $30 for 2; dresser, $70; other items, pictures available. 913-636-6712. DOONEY AND BURKE handbag, letter-carrier style, dark brown trim, authentic, never used, photos available, $85. 816-878-5638. CONDO, 1261 W. 1 1 10th Terr., Overland Park, spacious 2 BR, refrigerator, stove, fireplace, newer carpet, new kitchen countertops, maintenance-free community, clubhouse, pool, 5 minutes to Edwards Campus, $95,000. 816-797-3925. 4-in-1 JUMPSTART system with air compressor, new, fluorescent and work lights, DC charger and AC adaptor included, retails for $1 10, asking $55. 816-363-8696.

Classified ads
Send or bring your ad, 30 words or less, to 2330 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Suite E1 Westwood, KS 66205-2005, fax to 8-0241, or e-mail 10, by noon Monday of the week it is to run. Ads run free of charge for employees, students and volunteers. All ads must include the advertiser’s name and work extension (or student box number) for verification. Only home phone numbers – no pager numbers or work extensions – will be published. Please include area code. No ads for commercial services or pets for sale will be accepted. Ads will not be taken by telephone. Ads may be held a week if space is limited.

TODDLER BED, Thomas the Tank Engine, bedding, valances, lamps, desk with chair, like new. 816-853-4245. 5-PIECE LIVING room set, hunter green, good condition, $400 OBO. 913-206-5755. TOWNHOME, 2 BR, 11/2 BA, large eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace, deck, garage, extended warranty on major appliances, security, 3 years old, $20K property tax rebate, $169,500 negotiable. 913-549-3481. ANTIQUE DISPLAY case, 1940s, 7' x 5' x 2', shelving, brackets, locks/keys, new light fixtures and wiring. 913-375-1848. 2 TICKETS for Kansas Speedway, Busch series race, Sept. 29, section 231, row 47 seats 19-20, , $160 for both. 913-915-1457 . DOWNTOWN LOFT, 7th and Central, brick interior, structural timbers, stone tile, granite countertops, appliances, in-unit laundry, same-floor storage, indoor basement parking, 70874, $245,000. 816-522-1602. MULTI-FAMILY garage sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, May 4, 51st Terrace and Switzer, Merriam, kids’ 0-2 clothing, baby

gear, toys, furniture, electronics and more. 913-831-6585.

For Rent
WEST PLAZA CONDO, 2 BR, 1 BA, maple hardwoods, marble in bathroom, granite countertops, community pool, off-street parking, walk to KUMC, $1,250/month. 913-375-0575.

For Sale
HOUSE, 5532 Maple, Mission, 2 BR, 2 BA, new kitchen and baths, lots of updates,, $161,850. 913-530-4687 . UPDATED HOME, 7248 Floyd, 3 BR, hardwoods throughout, huge fenced yard, appliances, some furniture available, 10 minutes from KUMC, 913-206-3585 or 913-780-2325. HOUSE, 7252 Widmer St., Shawnee, 4 BR, 31/2 BA, 2,600 sq. ft., formal sitting room, updated kitchen, huge backyard w/playground, 15 minutes from KUMC. 913-780-9900. ENGAGEMENT RING, 2 carat princess-cut cubic zirconium, platinum setting, .75 carats of diamonds in band, cost $2,100, asking $600. 913-626-4668.

HOUSE CAT, de-clawed, spayed, black and white, yellow eyes, owner has allergies. 81 6-836-1 102.

LAWNMOWER with bag attachment, nothing fancy, willing to spend $75. 816-878-5638. eXtra: Find classifieds on the hospital intranet,, under “Quick Links.”

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Memorial Gift Benefits Patients
To Physical Therapy Department employees at The University of
Kansas Hospital, the new

stationary bike in the Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic is more than just a physical therapy tool. It’s a tribute to their friend and colleague Jayne Ann “Jann” Higgenbotham, who was a physical therapy assistant in the Rehabilitation

Services Department for 10 years. When she lost her battle with ovarian cancer Oct. 2, 2005, she was the senior-most physical therapy assistant in the department. The stationary bike was purchased through a memorial fund established in her honor.

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