VODEC VOICE www.vodec.org 7 Staff Member Ida Bryant Celebrates her 60th Birthday! VODEC Embraces Social Media! Ida Bryant, long time Day Services staff member for the Elm Program, got a big surprise March 25 for her 60th birthday. Staff, clients, friends and family arranged a VODEC has joined the spectacular and well-deserved birthday bash! Ida has been with VODEC for six years and is one of our most compassionate and dedicated staff members! Happy social media craze with a birthday, Ida and many, many more! Facebook Group, a Face- book Causes page and a Ida (center) with Elm staff members (from new blog! For more information left) Jennifer Blair, and to join our cause, please go to Rose Payne, Rachel our website, www.vodec.org for Lazanis, Cari Allen links. and Tiffany Smith. While you’re there, we’ve added a link to our video, “With a Little Help from My Friends.” So log on ELM and enjoy! clients surround Ida at We’ve Updated our her birth- Severe Weather Policy! day Please visit www.vodec.org The surprise is evi- party! for details. dent as Ida arrives at her birthday party! Kaplan University Student Nurses Learn from ELM Clients Clarion Campbell, VODEC’s RN said that “it’s phenomenal that we can offer these students the experience of working with our cli- ents. Generally, nursing students do not have this level of intensive interaction with people who have multiple disabilities. I’m really proud that VODEC is on the forefront of this kind of project!” Mindy Barna, Director of Nursing at Kaplan University explained that nursing students need a vast array of clinical experiences and is very pleased with the experience the students are getting at VODEC. Cathy Stoakes, Clinical Coordinator, works with the nursing facility to provide students with the best educational experiences possible. “It is the goal that students graduating from the nursing program at Kaplan University are able to provide safe quality care to patients from all walks of life,” said Ms. Stoakes. “Coming to VODEC has been both educational and inspirational for the students. Students say they really enjoy the experience and they get the opportunity to Clinical instructor Trish Montgomery, far left, with some of interact with clients and brighten their day. They also comment on the Kaplan University nursing students the tenacity and courage the VODEC clients Practical nursing students from Kaplan University began have. Our nursing stu- coming to VODEC’s ELM Program as part of their clinical training dents are learning a lot in April. According to Day Services Supervisor Cari Allen, “This is and Kaplan University is an exciting opportunity for all of us that started with Taji Loehr, one grateful to VODEC for of our Day Services Assistants who is enrolled in nursing school at making this experience Kaplan University and Clarion Campbell, VODEC’s RN. What possible.” we’re seeing is that the students are getting an extraordinary educa- tional experience and our clients get to interact with new and won- Don’t miss Kaplan derful people.” University’s The students come to ELM four days a week with a clinical in- First Annual structor and, under the supervision of that instructor, the students Garage Sale! will be able to pass medications and perform a number of other nurs- ELM client Crystal Newton gets help Saturday, May 30, ing skills such as assessing lung sounds, taking blood pressure and with lunch from one of the nursing stu- 8:30 am—4:00 pm skin monitoring. dents 5425 N. 103rd St.