August 15, 2005 Vol. 18 Issue 33
Vol. Information for Oklahoma Nursing & Health Care Professionals
www.okcnursingtimes.com Locally Published, Owned and Operated Each Week by Metro Publishing LLC
By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN
W ith each of my pregnancies I was filled with
electric anticipation! I spent the early months of
each pregnancy imagining the bright days ahead.
I ticked the days and weeks off my calender as they passed,
waiting, waiting, waiting for what I knew was coming.
Oh sure, I was going to get a sweet new baby out of the
deal, and that was a pretty nice. But I was really waiting for
something else entirely. I was waiting for another kind of miracle.
I was waiting for the day that I would wake up in the morning
and begin to NEST!
I am not domestic. So, for me to be overcome with the urge
to clean, sort, fold, organize, polish, buff and scrub was an
event. At the first glimmer of the nesting instinct, say closing a
cabinet door on my own volition without being
prompted, I was ready to run with it.
The last days before the
birth of each of my children
by James Cobur
Photo by James Cobur n
was a flurry of activity and, L a u g h i n g
Tammy Dr um, nur se executive at Renaissance Women's Hospital, hopes Edmond can maintain the labor and
ammy Drum, nur executiv at Renaissance
urse labor knowing as I did that it might with
delivery close October.
deliver y hospital set to close in October. very well be the next Elizabeth
pregnancy before the linen
Facing uncertainty: closet got organized or the baseboards
polished again, I made the most of it
A nurse’s hope for the community It has been a long time since my
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Story Pa See Elizabeth , Page 3
Construction underway Today’s Nurse: CAREER
OPTIONS IN NURSING
at Children’s Center Topic: Peadiatric
RN: Head Nurse:
by James Coburn and rehabilitative care unit.
Staff Writer Patients include a number of Pg. 4-5
children with cerebral palsy,
genetic disorders and youngsters
Providing the best care who have sustained neurological Air Force takes
possible for every patient is and other injuries. nurses beyond
the goal of the Children’s Some depend on ventilators the ordinary
Center in Bethany, said Leigh to breathe or have severe
Ann Barr, registered nurse spasticity issues making them
practitioner and director of more fragile. Pg. 6
the pediatric medical rehab One-hundred licensed beds
unit where she has served are included in the facility. RN finds
for six months. Construction is underway at the career change
The Children’s Center Children’s Center for a new
was founded on its nursing acute rehab unit to extend
by James Cobur
Photo by James Cobur n
Leigh Ann Bar r meets with a young
Oklahoma City, Ok 731
Out of the Boxx...
patient at the Childr en’ s Center in
patient at en’
Commentary by Mary Jo Fay, RN,
Presorted Standard Pg. 15
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here, and unfortunately, they’ve decided will be purchased by Edmond Medical
Hope to close.”
Drum said the staff has handled
Center or Mercy Health Center. The
physicians are also considering
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the news of the hospital’s expected purchasing the hospital.
closing with a “business as usual Drum was in the banking industry
attitude.” Special incentives have been until she changed careers 10 years ago, Published each Monday
by James Coburn offered nurses and other health care becoming an RN. She has a bachelor’s by Metro Publishing, L.L.C.
Staff Writer support staff to keep them at the hospital degree in nursing from UCO and is on
until October, Powell said. path to complete her master’s degree in Locally Owned and Operated
Eighteen-percent of the staff has left December at Southern Nazarene Publisher
the hospital. So administration has been University. Steven R. Eldridge
The first cries of newborns at forced to hire nurses on a temporary While expecting her second child, email@example.com
Renaissance Women’s Hospital may soon basis, some being from staffing agencies. Drum was a branch manager of a local Managing Editor
be gone with the wind in Edmond. And the facility has always maintained bank in town. Crystal White-Beshear
In June, Universal Health Services, a vital workforce regardless of staffing As a young girl, she had always
owner of Renaissance Women’s Hospital challenges. wanted to be a nurse. Her baby dolls
in Edmond, announced that the 14-bed “We’ve had some ups and downs,” became good substitutes for real patients, News Consultant
women’s hospital will close effective Oct. Drum explained from her office. “We she said. But Drum didn’t pursue her Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) MPH, MSN, ND, RN, NC
1. expected that business would decline. dream of nursing after high school.
About 100 staff positions, including And exactly what’s happened is the ‘When I had my second child, that W riter s
40 nurses and support personnel will opposite. We are experiencing that child unfortunately was in an acute James Coburn
be eliminated. August could be a record month for (neonatal intensive care) unit,” she said. Elissa Crocker
Renaissance Chief Executive Officer deliveries.” “And walking in and seeing those nurses Mike Lee
Steve Powell said the closing is due to Between 70 to 80 babies had been care for him and the dedication they Mike Ligouri
overlapping factors, including decreased delivered on average each month with had, brought me back to where I really Marty Mitchell
numbers of patients, increased expenses August through October being the busy wanted to be.” Barbara Scarpella Reed
and professional liability insurance delivery season. It is currently Edmond’s Drum took her baby home, quit her Sarah Sangosti
expenses. only birth facility. job and enrolled in nursing school. Her Jason Smith
A decrease of net cash flow resulted, “I think the record number of husband, Robert, is an architect. Lea Terry
causing Universal Health Services to deliveries here was 108, and we expect She believes a management role in firstname.lastname@example.org
make its decision. possibly 104 deliveries,” she added. health care is where she can most greatly
Edmond Medical Center had a birth Meanwhile, Drum is weighing her impact humanity. Leadership and a team Boar d of Commentar y
place unit in the hospital until career opportunities both in and outside spirit have made Renaissance a role Martha Collar
Renaissance opened in 1996. of Oklahoma. Drum also teaches on an model for success, Drum said. Eileen Doherty
The hospital has offered a gamut adjunct basis for the University of “I love the way patients are taken Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
of women’s health services including, Central Oklahoma as well as Rose State care of,” she continued. “They are really Colleen Folsch
child delivery, hysterectomies, biopsy, College. given a lot of individualized one-on- Virginia Gillispie
non-invasive surgeries and plastic “I certainly may go into the one care that you don’t see in the larger Vicki Jenkins
surgery procedures. educational realm,” she said. “But, it’s hospitals.” Larry Leeds, RN
In December, Tammy Drum started my hope that something happens here. The hospital staffs generously with Vicki Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
her role as nurse executive at Renaissance I know there has been a lot of talk a one nurse to one patient ratio. The Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) RN, MPH, MSN, ND
after serving nearly 10 years in women’s with the physicians. And certainly there’s attention to outstanding patient care has Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
services at OU Medical Center. She had some prospective buyers for Renaissance. been rewarding for Drum during her Colleen Folsch
planned on establishing a long career If that comes about, my hope is to Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
eight months of service.
at Renaissance. maintain my employment here.” ‘We are hoping beyond hope that
“This was my home town,” she said. Physicians associated with Edmond maintains a labor and delivery Adv
Ad v er tising
“This is where I wanted to retire. I Renaissance have discussed trying to facility that services the women in Annette Deckard
thought I would have a great career keep the hospital open in hopes that it Edmond,” she said. Melanie Mitchell
working with the adult population. She therapy and speech therapy are offered
Children’s has a lot of rehab experience as a nurse
and case manager.
in the acute rehab services.
And educational services keep
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Continued from Pa “But it’s so exciting being able to children busy six hours a day. Ad Ser vices Mana g er
work with children,” she said. “We’re looking for RN’s, LPN’s, John Melton
“And the greatest thing think about nurse assistants who have an interest email@example.com
the medical rehab unit is seeing the in rehab,” Barr said. Accounts Coordinator
existing services beyond the three children get better. The children “Our whole process here is team Gaye Hannan, LPN
children the unit can currently improve quickly when they do improve oriented. The rehab process is team firstname.lastname@example.org
facilitate. and it’s exciting to see them being intensive.”
Barr anticipates the unit will be able to go home to their family.” Because therapists are not on the Direct Mailed and distributed to a readership of
completed within 12 months. It will Some children stay in the acute grounds 24 hours a day, the Children’s more than 42,000 LPNs, RNs, Administrators
provide nine rooms and an apartment rehab unit for a few weeks while others Center sometimes will rely on nurses and Students in Oklahoma each week. Add your
name to the list for only $30 per year within
which can be used as a patient room are there for a few months, depending to continue therapy services. Oklahoma and $33 for all other states.
when needed. on their injuries. Occupational therapy, for example,
“We’re going to start out with The long-term unit cares for might include helping a child feed him Opinions expressed in columns and letters to
single bed rooms with potential of children who have been there for a or herself in a safe manner. the editor are not necessarily the opinions of
employees, ownership of this newspaper or
making them two-patient rooms,” Barr few months to years. “This is the most wonderful publishing company
the publishing compan y.
said. Acute rehab differs from the long- working environment that I’ve ever
“So in the future, we hope to be term care provided by the Children’s been in,” Barr said. Loving Memory
In Lo ving Memor y of
able to care for nine to 20 patients.” Center. Children in the acute rehab “It’s a very welcoming environment. our brother and friend
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their own clothes, do things with their When I began to protest she said,
Elizabeth friends instead of you, have some privacy.
They begin to develop opinions. Before
“Listen lady, this semester won’t be over
until May and the fall semester doesn’t
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Continued from Pa you know what has happened, they are start until August. How acclimated does
lecturing you on “good fats vs. bad fats” your daughter need to get? Why don’t
and telling you that a trip to Walmart you just come clean with me – you’re
does not count as 20 minutes of aerobic going to have a spare room when she
exercise. leaves, aren’t you?”
last pregnancy. Almost twelve years. You If I can’t have my sweet baby girl Oh yes! I certainly am! I am, I am, I
can probably imagine, if you are that then, to be brutally honest, I want her really am!
kind of person who slows down to gawk room. I close my eyes at night and I see
at car accidents, what the state of my
closets and pantry is. I don’t recommend
the seemingly endless possibilities her
large, cedar lined closet offers. I find
the attempt for persons with a known myself daydreaming about the vacant Makes the
heart condition or delicate stomach. But,
you can if you want. I have made
attempts over the years to recapture that
bookshelves; shelf after shelf after shelf
of pure emptiness beckoning me, enticing
me, inviting me. I have a million plans!
Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal works at OU
Medical Center in the Surgical-Trauma I.C.U.
glowing domesticity, that burning desire And then a million more! It is almost She has also worked in the Bone Marrow
for order, but have found that it is not like winning the lottery, the thought of Transplant Unit and in a Med-Surg unit. Wound & Skin
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Today’s Nurse: CAREER OPTIONS IN NURSING
This Week’s Topic: PEDIATRIC RN: HEAD NURSE:
CAMP CAVETT SUMMER CAMP
by Elissa Crocker, RN, BSN and even undergo hair and beauty director of Pastoral Care at the The organization also participates
Staff Writer makeovers provided by local Children’s Hospital at OU Medical in the Oklahoma Children’s Cancer
hairdressers. Center. “This is a week they get to be Association Ski Camp, a yearly event
And yes, the young campers also normal.” in Winter Park, Colorado. It is held at
Most of us have heard the proverb eat fish – this past summer almost 400 And Camp Cavett sponsors more one of the largest programs for disabled
about kids and fishing: “Give a kid a pounds worth caught while fishing than the Lake Texoma camp. The non- skiers in the world.
fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach a with professional guides on 53 striper profit organization also takes “Kids go through a handicapped
kid to fish and he’ll eat for life.” boats and 57 bass boats. chronically ill children to sporting ski-school with specially adapted
But sometimes the best reason to If these activities sound like run- events such as football, baseball, and equipment,” Cavett said. “And we even
take a kid fishing is simply to have of-the-mill experiences common to hockey games. They also stage day do a night-ski session with them.”
fun. And every summer, about 100 many summer camps, they are. In fact, outings to places like the zoo, museums, Although Cavett has been involved
volunteers, counselors, and nurses with providing a normal camp environment and movies. In addition, they play a in activities with ill children for over
Camp Cavett Summer Camp do just is a big part of what Camp Cavett is role in three other camps for sick 25 years, Camp Cavett, Inc. was
that, taking anywhere from 150 to 160 all about. But what makes this camp children. officially established in 1997. He credits
children to the Crosse Point Methodist special is that all of the kids in One camp is for kids with kidney Doug Williams, a now-deceased football
Campground at Lake Texoma. But attendance are chronically ill and suffer disease which was one of the first of coach, for providing the financial
fishing is just the beginning. from life threatening conditions that its kind in the nation. Another is Camp impetus that set the wheels into motion
For five hot but glorious days in include many forms of cancer; heart Wildfire in Guthrie, a camp exclusively for organizing a formal program.
July, kids at Camp Cavett Summer disease; hemophilia; sickle cell anemia; for spina bifida patients. Cavett said Williams asked him,
Camp get to swim, canoe, and diabetes; seizure disorders; kidney “Kids with spina bifida are very “If you had a big dream, what would
paddleboat; make jewelry, arrowheads, disease; rheumatoid arthritis; physically challenged,” Cavett said. it be?”
and other arts and crafts; play gastrointestinal conditions such as “Some of them are fairly ambulatory, Cavett’s dream was to start a camp
basketball, volleyball, and paint ball; Crohn’s disease; and others. but most aren’t -- it takes two nurses where children with diverse illnesses
participate in ropes courses and “We do things that normal kids for every one kid. So we raise the could participate in outdoor activities
rappelling; ride go-carts and other do, but we adapt them so our kids money for it, but Kramer School of and learn from each other.
amusements at a nearby fun park; can do them too,” said Danny Cavett, Nursing at Oklahoma City University “They have to learn to share and
compete in an American Idol contest; founder of Camp Cavett and also the runs that camp.” to help others like they’ve been helped,”
ONA and ANA applaud
ONA and ANA applaud Medicaid legislationThe American Nurses Association
(ANA) today commended Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) for his leadership efforts to
expand Medicaid coverage of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)
through the introduction of the Medicaid Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician
Assistants Access Act. The Oklahoma Nurses Association is also pleased with
the introduction of this legislation at the federal level.
This proposed legislation will increase patients’ access to essential heath
care services while helping to control Medicaid spending. ANA President Barbara
Blakeney, MS, RN, hailed the introduction of the bill, stating that it would level
the playing field for ARPNs in the delivery of badly needed health care
services, particularly in rural and other underserved areas.
Current federal law requires fee-for-service Medicaid to cover health care
services provided by some APRNs, including pediatric nurse practitioners, family
nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives (CNMs). Some states have
opted to also cover the services of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs)
and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) mainly because these practitioners are
willing to provide services in physician shortage areas. However, under the
Balanced Budget Act of 1997, states also have the option of excluding APRNs as
Medicaid providers in primary care case management and managed care . In
addition, the BBA provides only a vague reference to the types of providers
who must be included in managed care panels.
The Medicaid Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants Access
Act would remove these barriers to practice and alter Medicaid law in the
following three respects:Fee-for-service Medicaid would be expanded to include
direct payment for services provided by all nurse practitioners (NPs), CNSs and
physician assistants (PAs). All NPs, CNMs and PAs would be recognized as
primary care case managers. Medicaid managed care panels would be required
to include NPs, CNSs, CRNAs, CNMs and PAs.
The Oklahoma Nurses Association has asked Governor Henry and the
Oklahoma Health Care Authority to support and include this enhanced access
to advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in the Medicaid plan.
APRNs increase access to health care and decrease preventable acute care
admissions and emergency room visits, Blakeney added.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times August 15, 2005 Page 5
he said. “We want to give the kids an to trust, humor, and
opportunity to cope [normally].” team work.
Adding that the dream soon became In addition, children
Williams’ “passion,” Cavett said, “With are challenged to push
his [ability to raise funds], and my themselves above and
connection with kids and people, we beyond the norm.
got it going.” Examples are the ropes
Because all of the campers have courses and rappelling.
chronic illnesses, volunteer nurses play Trained and certified
a major role in the camp operations. personnel are available
Toni Strickland, a pediatric nurse at and the children have
OU Medical Center, is the head nurse harnesses and safety
at the Camp Cavett Summer Camp, a gear. A number of
role she assumed six years ago. maneuvers are
“Our biggest job is giving the kids performed that require
their medications,” she said. “This year, bravery and build
we had 160 kids, and well over 100 of confidence and self
them were on meds.” esteem.
In addition to giving meds, nurses “They learn to have
typically deal with a hodge-podge of faith,” Cavett said. “It
health care issues. However, Strickland takes a leap of faith to
said they’ve never had a major jump from one point to
emergency or injury. another when you’re 30
As Camp Cavett has grown over feet off the ground.” by ock
Photo by Elissa Cr ocker
the years, the logistics of operating Also attending the Camp Cavett is a not-for-profit organization that sponsor s multiple outings ffor chronically ill childr en, including a
not-for-profit organization that sponsors multiple hronicall hildren,
or chronically childr including
the camps and the day outings has led camp are speakers who
earl at Lake leaders (from Anderson, dinator
year ly summer camp at Lake Texoma. Camp leader s (from left): Belinda Ander son, camp coordinator ; Donna Daniels-
to the addition of an executive director share personal
and camp coordinator, Belinda experiences ector;
activity director Danny Cav president
w i t h Diehm, activity director ; Danny Cavett, ffounder and president of the camp's board of director s; and Toni Strickland,
ounder board director
Anderson. RN, urse
overcoming obstacles. RN, head nur se at the summer camp. camp.
Camp leaders said in order to The group setting also provides an Kohl's. But who are the Camp’s biggest money, and when the kids found out,
prepare for and successfully stage the environment where kids can establish supporters? they were so upset,” she said. “They
outings -- and especially the summer friendships and relationships with peers “Employees here [at OU Medical got on the phone and they started
camp – the number of details that must in similar – and sometimes worse – Center] raise the most money for us,” bringing in a hundred dollars here
be coordinated can be mind-boggling. situations. Cavett said. and two hundred dollars there. They
“You’d have to see it to “These kids know they’re different,” Adding that HCA matches every really live for the summer camp – it’s
understand,” Cavett said. “It’s a huge Cavett said. “Here, they’re not that $5000 contributed by employees, very special to them.”
job and that’s why we brought on different.” Daniels-Diehm said OU Medical Center
Belinda – she’s our logistical person.” To attend Camp Cavett Summer personnel raised $23,000 last year.
One example that appears fairly Camp, children must be from 10 to 18 “One year we didn’t raise enough
minor on the surface is making sure years of age, although Cavett said the
the campers stay hydrated when age limit can be waived “if we know
participating in the various activities.
“It takes three full-time counselors
the kid’s not going to be with us next
Tip of the Week: VIRUS
just to make sure there’s water, pop They receive large packets of
and ice,” Anderson said. information with lengthy consent forms “Emails with attachments MAY contain a
Adding that a church group covering liability issues, as well as a
donates golf carts to shuttle campers “camper’s code of conduct” that virus or worm. Do not open any
to and fro, she said another minor addresses the disciplinary system. attachments unless it is from a trusted
detail with major implications is Daniels-Diehm said a “three strikes and
ensuring the carts remain charged. Yet you’ll be taken home” clause is source or you have good protection.”
another logistical issue is raised by the included, and the children and their
camp’s philosophy to allow children parents are well aware that the policy This tip brought to you by...
to exercise a measure of autonomy in will be enforced. However, behavioral
their daily routine. issues do occur.
“Except for fishing and going to “Child life specialists go with us
the fun park, the kids get to choose
what they want to do and when,”
every year, and we have a lot of
resources available to help us deal with
Cavett said. “Most camps have rigid problem situations if they come up,”
routines and everyone does the same Strickland said. www.onecallokc.com
thing at the same time.” Camp leaders are also mindful that
Consequently, keeping up with parents may have obstacles to
where the children are at any given overcome.
moment necessitates a radio “Sometimes it’s hard to let go,”
communication system. Cavett said.
Donna Daniels-Diehm, the In order to reassure parents that
administrative assistant in Chaplain nurses with professional expertise will
Services at Children’s Hospital, has be available to tend to their children’s
volunteered as the camp’s activity special needs, Anderson said, “The
director since its inception in 1997. nurses meet the kids when they get
“Every day they have an activity on the buses and talk to parents one-
time and there are seven or eight on-one.”
different activities that they can do at Camp Cavett’s budget – around
that time,” she said. $150,000 a year -- depends solely on
The camp also focuses on character the support of donors and sponsors.
building themes geared toward helping Major corporate sponsors include the
the children cope with their handicaps. OU Medical Center Volunteer
This year’s theme was overcoming Auxiliaries, Boeing, the United
obstacles, while past topics have Methodist Camps, North Oklahoma
included flexibility, resiliency, learning City Bassmasters, Braums, WalMart, and
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Air Force takes nurses
beyond the ordinary
by Mike Lee When the Air Force
Staff Writer became a separate service
in 1947, the Institute was
Staff Sergeant Steve Gifford has renamed the Air Force
heard the feedback from Air Force Institute of Technology.
nurses who talk to their civilian That same year, the
buddies. School of Civil Engineering
Gifford hears stories all the time Special Staff Officer’s
about civilian nurses who complain Course began. In 1948
about their lack of mobility in their civilian institution programs
job. were transferred to AFIT.
The stories only help the Air Force AFIT’s flexibility is such
Nurse Recruiter do his job. that it adjusts quickly to
Gifford cites the number one reason changing Air Force
for nurses coming into the Air Force requirements. The faculty,
as the ability to advance quickly in comprised of highly
their chosen profession. qualified military and
“I’ve personally heard many nurses civilian personnel, stay
who have talked to their peers and abreast of projected Air
their peers complain that they’re still a Force operations, and the
floor nurse after 20 years,” Gifford said. programs are continually
“That’s something that just won’t updated to offer its students Photo Submitted
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to progress. The rank system is set up During the past 80 10-month-old's exam in the pediatric clinic here. Clinic wor ker s provide health-care ser vices ffor about 3,000 of
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wor ers pro health-care services or about
with not only more, but more duty.” years, more than 266,000 the youngest member s of militar y ffamilies through well-baby appointments, vaccinations and physicals.
oungest ell-bab ppointments, accinations
young members military amilies through well-ba appointments vaccina ysicals.
“Cross Into the Blue” is the Air Department of Defense
Force’s current slogan. But nurses who personnel, including 30 United States
enter the Air Force can quickly cross astronauts, have attended AFIT career. Gifford said the pluses are many
into the green. programs. “We take the guess work out of it. for nurses.
Nurses automatically enter the Air “You basically go to a college of You don’t have to worry about staffing. “The bottom line is the leadership
Force as a commissioned officer, your choice full time and you maintain You’ll come in as an officer in the U.S. and management experience is
meaning higher pay grades and a wider your full base pay,” Gifford said of Air Force.” phenomenal,” he says.”
range of opportunities in front of them. the process of advancing your degree.
And degrees pay more. “The Air Force is paying you to go to
While some civilian nurses don’t college and you’re still getting your
want to go through the effort of getting pay.”
a master’s degree because they don’t The only thing the Air Force asks
feel it will be financially worth the is to repay one year of service for each
effort degrees are actually encouraged year of paid college tuition.
in the Air Force. Pay and grade rise after graduation
Not to mention they are paid for. but even if nurses want to leave the
“Where the Air Force differentiates Air Force they’ll be a step ahead of the
with that is we actually pay for that competition.
education and highly encourage it,” “I would 100 percent agree with
Gifford said. “When they get the degree that,” Gifford said. “That’s true of any
it leads to a promotion from captain to specialty in the Air Force, but you take
major.” something like nursing and the thing
Nurses can attend the Air Force about us is we can broaden people’s
Institute of Technology to pursue a horizons in a way that’s rare on the
degree and become either a CRNA or outside.”
nurse anesthetist. Gifford remembers a story from a
The Air Force Institute of flight nurse stationed in Korea who
Technology traces its roots to the early had the oppotunity to take a severely
days of powered flight when it was ill child on a medical evacuation flight
apparent that the progress of military from Korea to the United States. The
aviation depended upon special flight was unique given the fact the
education in this new science. child was hooked up to so much
In 1919, the Air School of equipment that such a transfer had
Application was established at McCook never been completed.
Field in Dayton, Ohio, the home of The child arrived safely.
Orville and Wilbur Wright. “She was part of the first crew to
After World War II, 1946, the Army ever do that,” Gifford said. “So many
Air Force Institute of Technology was people spend their entire career in one
established as part of the Air Materiel place, one state, one hospital. With us
Command. The Institute was composed you have the opportunity to travel. You
of two colleges: Engineering and don’t have to but you’ll get the
Maintenance, and Logistics and opportunity to practice your medicine
Procurement. in different places and different
These colleges were later countries. Aside from the travel benefit
redesignated the College of Engineering they’ll have the opportunity very early
Sciences and the College of Industrial on to have a leadership and
Administration. management position early in their
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times August 15, 2005 Page 7
Herman drove his wife to the city
Unity’s ER Makeover where the emergency room physician’s
suspicions were confirmed. Linda had a
Leaves Patient with a detached retina and required emergency
surgery to repair the problem.
Because patients with detached retinas
Pleasant Vision of Health only retain their sight if properly attended
to within a week, Linda’s surgeon knew
the urgent actions of the emergency room
Theresa Chen Thai,
doctors had saved her vision. M.D., has
And after only an hour and a half established her
After the emergency room at Unity Health Center left a less-than- p e r f e c t from walking through the emergency medical practice at
first impression with her husband, Herman, almost two years ago, room doors at Unity, Linda and her OU Physicians.
Linda Jones was apprehensive to return. husband were on their way home to rest Thai is board-
However, when Linda all of a sudden became temporarily and count their blessings. certified in
T her esa Chen T hai, d i a g n o s t i c
blind in one eye and needed immediate Linda was now convinced that M.D.
medical attention, she decided to give Unity’s Unity’s emergency radiology. She
emergency room another chance. It proved room had positively completed her residency at the University
to be the second chance that saved her sight remodeled their of Oklahoma College of Medicine and
and renewed her trust in Unity Health Center’s services and patient her internship at Washington Hospital
commitment to the community and its patients. care system, not just Center, Washington, D.C. She received
Linda’s earlier experience with the their floors and walls. her medical degree from the University
emergency room didn’t leave a great first impression. So when Linda began seeing “After my first experience, I was so of Massachusetts Medical School,
black dots crossing her line of vision two years later, she was certainly not looking scared to walk through the emergency Worcester.
forward to another trip to the emergency room. room doors for the second time,” Linda With nearly 400 doctors, OU
She even suffered through a day at work and a weekend before she decided she said. “But I was treated with such dignity Physicians is the state’s largest physician
needed a doctor’s attention. After realizing that her condition could be serious, and compassion and received top-notch group. The practice encompasses almost
Linda reluctantly and cautiously drove herself to Unity’s emergency room. medical care. Now I will return without every adult and child specialty. Many
When Linda walked through the emergency room doors, she was pleasantly hesitation and refer my family and OU Physicians have expertise in the
surprised. The area had undergone an entire facelift and welcomed visitors with a friends.” management of complex conditions that
clean, spacious waiting area. But Linda didn’t want to get too excited lest she be Though Linda and her husband hope is unavailable anywhere else in the state,
fooled by just a pretty façade. another visit to the emergency room isn’t region or sometimes even the nation.
“The new waiting area was airy and welcoming, but I was also looking for a in the near future, they are convinced Some have pioneered surgical procedures
change in service,” Linda said. “I needed to know that I would be taken care of as that Unity’s emergency room will be their or innovations in patient care that are
a patient, not just as a visitor.” destination of choice. Linda’s leap of faith world firsts. OU Physicians see patients
After being promptly welcomed and questioned by a nurse, Linda waited only proved to be the right step—a priceless in their offices at the OU Health Sciences
a short time to see a doctor who immediately suspected she had a detached retina. second chance that saved Linda’s sight Center and in Edmond, Enid and other
Not wanting to waste any time, the doctor arranged for Linda to quickly seek and restored her faith in her community’s cities around Oklahoma.
medical attention at Dean McGee Eye Institute. healthcare system.
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RN finds career change rewarding
by James Coburn no previous knowledge of the helpful
Staff Writer skills 21st Century can teach them. Some
patients need supervision when taking
A big part of home health is teaching, medications to prevent them from taking
says Lori Fair, a field nurse with 21st an overdose or forgetting to take
Century Home Health in Edmond. medication.
Fair often initiates patients in the “They need the help so badly because
home health process. Among Fair’s a lot of them have nobody else,” Fair
responsibilities is assessing new patients’ said. “They need the assistance with
medications and necessary dressing dressing or bathing. So we¹re able to
changes due to surgical wounds. Some provide that for them.”
patients will require physical therapy, she The compassion nurses exchange with
said. their home-bound residents overflows into
It’s rewarding for Fair and other the environment they share as
nurses at 21st Century to be able to professionals.
provide a must needed service. “I think these people here are so great.
“We start them on home health,” They’re very family oriented,” she said.
Fair said. “That way they can get a nurse “I just love them to death. I consider
or a home health aide to come assist them my family. It’s a really good place
them with bathing or fix their meals to work and you can’t say that about a
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until they’re able to get back on their lot of places.”
feet.” So her drive to work is not one of Education is a rewarding par t of home health care, says Lori Fair, a field nur se with 21st Centur y
Education re arding part care says air,
Fair came to 21st Century about 18 tense expectations after a peaceful Home Health.
months ago. She wanted a career change weekend shared with her family. She and
from working in a medical surgical her husband, Andy Fair, have two The nation is in need of more RNs, lot of other patients,” she continued.
hospital setting and 21st Century was daughters, a son three children and an she said. Fair had always aspired to be a “Here, you have to deal directly with
her first choice. In fact, Fair’s career 8-month-old grandbaby. nurse and fulfilled her dream. She needed the doctors yourself. It’s a little different
includes a little bit of everything including Fair stresses education for her a career that would allow her to help than working in a hospital where you
pediatrics, labor and delivery and intensive children. She became an RN six years people. have so many other peers you can go to.
care. ago after graduating from the nursing Hospital work has it’s rewards, but “Here, if you’re out in the field you
“I love nursing,” Fair said. “It’s the program at Oklahoma City Community Fair enjoys the familiarity of getting to can call the case managers and they’re
best thing in the world I’ve ever done.” College. know patients in their homes. great about that. But when you’re in the
The growing geriatric population led “I find it so rewarding. It’s just fun “You get to spend more time with home or out by yourself, you have to
Fair to work in a home health care and makes me feel good to be able to the patient, whereas in the hospital you’re figure out what’s going on and I like
environment. Family members often have help people,” Fair said. in and out quickly because you have a being able to do that, too.”
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interact with victims of sexual 08/23/05 Introduction to will lead the workshop. Registra- sponsored by INTEGRIS Jim
assault (and domestic violence) in tion is open to two groups – a tion, contact: OU College of
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a multi-disciplinary response team Charles Morgan, M.D., Medical demonstration group consisting of For additional information on any
and address the medical/legal older adults and professionals nursing.ouhsc.edu or enroll at:
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week prior to the start of the These students have the option of
Domestic Violence as it pertains session with the professional who will discuss the most recent
course. INTEGRIS Health taking only the didactic portion of
to Sexual Assault group will cover the following findings and cutting edge treat-
reserves the right to cancel or the course.
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change any programs for due
Rapist typologies How the brain influences behavior for patients with traumatic brain
cause. Cancelation of a program
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Victim’s Rights & Perspective Principles for promoting mental Studies thoughtfully designed to accom-
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refund of travel or hotel expenses Speakers: Brent Beson, MD,
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Nurses and Students Location: reviewed include the body an update in the world of profes- and apply to end-of-life situations. (basement level)/September 22-24,
The Children’s Hospital Rm 3603 systems, issues and trends in sional nursing? The University of Identify issues related to ad- 2005: Southwest Medical Center -
Education Classroom 3rd Floor nursing, biophysical concepts and Oklahoma College of Nursing and vanced directives and health care Dinning Room 3-4. CEU's:
Nicholson Tower 940 NE 13th St test taking strategies. This activity participating Technology Centers proxies. Explore end-of-life issues Application submitted for 18.75
OKC, OK If you wish to park in the for 16.5 contact hours has been of the Oklahoma Department of for special pediatric populations. hours for OT, PT, SLP, LPC &
childrens parking garage you will provided by OU MEDICAL Career Technology are now Discuss the recommendations of Psychology. Prerequisites: This
have to pay. On street parking is CENTER. For more information, accepting enrollments for a Nurse the Oklahoma Attorney General’s course is a 3-day workshop.
available. Questions: Deidra call Deidra Sharp, RN,BC, BSN Refresher Course. This course End-of-Life Task Force. Make Participants must attend all 3 days
SharpRN,BC, BSN@ 405-271- Education Specialist phone: 405- offers three components: a self- recommendations for resolution of to receive certificates of completion.
8365. 271-8365. paced on-line nursing theoretical selected ethical and legal issues Everyone is encouraged to attend
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refresher courses every year once seminars, please call Theresa 10/29/05 Tools: The
certification is obtained. Dress: Hamrick at 405-636-7809. what, when, where, how Touch the lives of patients when they need it most. Volunteer for a local hospice and offer comfort
Participants are encouraged to wear and why - How to use and compassion to patients and families dealing with a terminal illness.
comfortable, loose fitting clothes
with closed toe shoes.
NEW! Tools of NDT Hospice volunteers help in three ways:
Patient care companions visit patients and families, keeping them connected to the community
Disclaimer from Pro-ACT: The 10/01/05 & 10/15/05 Speakers: Steve Dawson, PT,
principles taught in the Pro-ACT
and offering practical assistance in patients’ homes.
Oklahoma Statewide N.D.T.A. and Andrew Heuser, PT Bereavement volunteers assist families with grief following the loss of their loved ones.
workshop have proven to be safe Refresher Course Fee: $100 before September 30,
and effective. However, their proper Special projects volunteers work in the hospice office, make gifts for patients, or help with planning special events.
Are you an LPN or RN in need of 2005 and $125 after September
application is the responsibility of an update in the world of profes- 30, 2005 Course Hours: 8:00 a.m. Hospice volunteers receive training and support. To learn more, call your local hospice.
the employees involved. Instruction sional nursing? The University of to 5:00 p.m. Location: INTEGRIS
cannot be substituted for AUTUMN BRIDGE HOSPICE: (405) 440-2440
Oklahoma College of Nursing and Southwest Medical Center,
professional judgment. participating Technology Centers Cancer Center West Meeting AUTUMN LIGHT HOSPICE: (580) 252-1266
of the Oklahoma Department of Room CEU’s: Application has CARTER HOSPICE: Tarrah Ross, Director of Volunteers at (405) 947-7705, ext. 350
09/23/05 Second Annual Career Technology are now been submitted for 6.5 hours for:
Caring Across Cultures: accepting enrollments for a Nurse PT, PTA, COTA & OT. Parking: COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF OKLAHOMA: Lori Jeppesen at 866-891-7800
A Conference on Refresher Course. This course Parking is near the Cancer Center. CROSSROADS HOSPICE: Jan Foreman, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 632-9631
Multicultural Health Care offers three components: a self- Enter through the Healing
paced on-line nursing theoretical Gardens with the gazebo North of EXCELL HOSPICE: Stephanie Dartez, Volunteer Coordinator, 405-631-0521
course; a nursing skills lab; and a the Cancer Center. Meeting rooms FAITH HOSPICE of OKC: (405) 840-8915
Oklahoma City University’s clinical rotation module. This are on your left.For more informa-
Kramer School of Nursing is proud course can be completed in as tion, visit FRONTIER HOSPICE: Pat McGowin, Volunteer Coordinator, 789-2913
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conference designed to present HEARTLAND HOSPICE: Crystal McKee, Volunteer Coordinator, 848-3305 at 5015 N. Penn, Ste 200, Oklahoma City; Karen Cleveland, Bereavement
six months. Nurse Refresher facility would like information on Coordinator, at (405) 214-6442 at 3700 N Kickapoo, Ste 104, Shawnee; Debbie Tallent at 405-224-9404 at 205 Chichaska Ave, Ste 1, Chickasha
information on improving health Course Facts: Meets requirements how to participate in these
care for culturally diverse popula- of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing seminars, please call Theresa INTERIM HEALTHCARE HOSPICE: Christy Byrd, Volunteer Coordinator (405) 848-3555 Ext 214
tions of Oklahoma from the as an approved Nurse Refresher Hamrick at 405-636-7809. LION HOSPICE: Lion Hospice Volunteer Program at (405) 810-1591
perspectives of both providers course. Easy accessibility through
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Keynote speaker, Dr. June Miller,
any participating Technology
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cans, transition from one culture
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Health Care & Service Directory
culture, Mexican-American States. Nurses who hold a current and move beyond their grief to a
perspectives, and Islamic culture. license but who have been before richer quality of life. Bob Willis,
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Each week we visit
What is your fondest Describe one of your with health care Do you have any What do you think is
memory as a nurse? fondest memories of a interesting hobbies? Oklahoma’s No. 1 biggest
patient or work experience. professionals health problem?
“Being an RN for the past “I was at the bedside of When I “I recently developed an “The uninsured patient —
30-plus years I’ve had a variety an elderly lady and she looked grow up I interest in boat building. I’m young people especially. I think
of experiences and opportunities. up at me and said, ‘You are so want to be teaching myself to read it results in a lot of health
I’ve been able to work in so beautiful.’ I was getting ready to a nurse. blueprints and work the tools problems because people don’t
many different areas and have leave her room and she said, with some precision. It’s fun seek care until they are in an
done so many different things, ‘Honey, can you find my learning how to make the emergency situation. Then they
and each change has seemed glasses because I’m as blind as various curves needed for a don’t seek proper follow-up
like a new career opportunity.” a bat without them.’” boat.” care, which creates a lot of
stress on the whole system.”
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for another, each letter
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Beveridge, MSSW, LCSW
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into open arms and talked to gently, in anyone’s eyes - not even my own.)
My Dog Has Issues . . . compassionately, and lovingly. He is
overtly reminded that I still love him,
It’s important to remember that many
things may have lead to low self-esteem.
anxious, or he can (with a bit of help) unconditionally. Kids at school are not often kind. Coaches
Out of the boxx... become a strong, self-confident dog. How Why do I write about my dog today? have been known to lead through
Commentary by Mary Jo Fay, RN, MSN can he do that? Well, I believe that he can Because over time I have seen dramatic intimidation and belittling. Religious
be “reprogrammed” to believe in himself changes in his once “insecure” personality. leaders may use guilt as part of the
just as people can. He has become stronger. He has more package. And any or all of these issues
My dog has issues. For example, I tell “Asher” at least 20 confidence. He shows more trust. And may lead to us having “issues” such as
I n s e c u r i t y . times per day that he is “the best dog!” I because he has learned his boundaries, Asher had.
Abandonment. go out of my way to praise him just for he is also safer. Whatever your issues are, they are
Call it what you being him. I stop and sit down with him Now, if we apply these same rules changeable, if you create a plan to reverse
will. to just rub his ears and tell him how of behavior to our loved ones, the results negative messages you received at any
I suspect most wonderful he is. He doesn’t have to do can be just as remarkable. We can undo time in your life. You may need to enlist
dogs must be anything special for it. He just has to be scars of the past and lead to a more the support of someone you trust to help
impacted by being himself. fulfilling, satisfying, confident, happy life you on your journey to “makeover”
taken from their I also set up situations where I know in the present and into the future. It just yourself into the new, self-confident YOU!
mommies when he will have success such as asking him to takes having a game plan. Yet the most important piece to
Mary Jo Fa RN,
Mar y Jo Fay, RN, MSN they are barely a perform his tricks or play fetch. These are How hard is it, for example, to tell remember is that if you remain in an
few weeks old, things he knows by rote, so there will be your child or someone else you love that environment where someone is still pulling
but my dog was with his new family no chance of failure. With each of his they are the “best” 20 times per day? Or out the newspaper and slapping you on
only a few days when they sold him to successful behaviors, his tail wags, he feels simply “I love you” over and over and the nose, calling you names, shouting
me. (Something about not fitting in well…) success, and he builds a “new past” upon over? Or “You are just so smart you’re and screaming, or otherwise absolutely
Then, at about age 2, I left him with a which he can build his future. amazing.” (Or pretty, or hard working, ignoring your existence, then remember
friend for 4 months while I ‘ran away By the same token, I am the one who or caring, or whatever is appropriate.) if my dog can develop “issues,” what can
from home’ to live in Mexico during gives him boundaries as well and when I am convinced that part of my own you and your children develop as well?
my divorce. he does something wrong, he still must healing was when I dated a man in By the way, how many unhappy dogs
With his tragic past behind him, he learn that his behavior is not acceptable. Mexico who called me “Preciosa” (precious, have you ever seen? The only ones I can
seems to struggle with self-esteem issues! So, when he runs to the neighbor’s house beautiful one) over and over each and think of are in unhappy environments.
Why do I bring up my dog and his to play with their dogs (when he has been every day. He used the term as if it were See any lessons here?
issues? Because I see so many similarities told not to), he is brought home and spends my name, and as each layer upon layer
between him and people who struggle a few minutes in time-out, each time he of that positive conditioning took place Mary Jo Fay can be reached at
with issues from their past. misbehaves. in me, I started to believe its message. www.outoftheboxx.com. She is a speaker and
Here’s the thing … He can let his Then, after his few minutes of this (Unlike when I first met him, when I award-winning author of When Your Perfect
past determine his future, and remain “reinforcement”, he is once again welcomed certainly didn’t feel precious or beautiful Partner Goes Perfectly Wrong.
happy was I with what I was doing? Was challenged in a different avenue. So I set also know about.
Changing Jobs I being challenged enough on a professional
level? How many more years did I feel I
out to find a new challenging job.
When I set out to improve my job
But no matter what the catalyst is
that stimulates one to look elsewhere it
could continue in this current position? life little did I know I was setting myself all boils down to one thing, change is
Changes in Life... What did I want from a job at this time in up for another round of roller coaster not always fun but at times it is necessary.
Commentary by Mary Pearson, RNC, M.Ed. my life? emotions. These emotions often turned For in life there is nothing constant but
So I set about to answer these questions into questions that were similar to that change itself.
knowing I may endure yet another major of selling our previous house. I have to smile every time I see the
S o m e life change. I made a list of the features So after much thought I updated my comics from Dilbert. He says, “You think
decisions in life of the job I was working at. The list was resume, spent time researching jobs, sent you’re satisfied with your job; in reality
are difficult to both positive and negative. Then I gave out inquiries and located those positions you’re just afraid of CHANGE.” I have
make. Especially thought to the importance of each in that I felt qualified for. I went to group chosen not to be afraid and am going to
those with long relation to my life. Using the pain scale interviews. I mailed thank you cards to make that change, I opted for a transfer
term effects. system of one to ten I assigned each feature the management. I thanked them for the within my current facility.
They can be filled a number. Then I set about to answer the time they spent interviewing me. (Or
with emotions, previous professional questions also giving maybe I should have also thanked them
negative and weight to each of these. for making me sweat.) Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
positive. These I sought out peers whom I respected. I can say that the time I spent in-
Mar y P ear son, RNC , emotions are often Discussing with them my potential decision
exhibited as a to change jobs. I took their opinions
between interviews was tough. I wavered
back and forth on whether I should
Board of Commentary
roller coaster with seriously. I called my friends and family pursue this avenue. There were nights I
ups and downs, highs and lows. asking them to tell me their views on my did not sleep well. I would wonder if Patricia Armenta, RN
We experienced this roller coaster personal debate. Their views would be based making a change was really necessary. I Martha Collar
of emotions about a year ago. We had on what I had told them in the past. Had was comfortable where I was. I did not Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
made the decision to downsize our house I conveyed to them I was happy and need another change in my life. After Colleen Folsch
even though we were happy with that contented? Or had I been complaining all, I knew what was expected of me at Virginia Gillispie, RN, ND
particular residence. We relocated to a about my work situation thus indicating I work. April Goode
smaller house with a smaller yard. I can may be in need of a change? So what is the ending to this job Vickie Jenkins
Larry Leeds, RN
say we experienced the full range of So what was the job analysis dilemma? I was offered a position outside Vickie Mayfield, M.Ed, RN, LMFT
emotions. conclusion? Not to my surprise, I discovered my current facility and one within. Dr. Trisha Phaklides
I found myself recently faced with that the positives far outweighed the I feel I am fortunate in this quest for Linda Mundorff(Rener), RN, MPH, MSN, NDc
another round of roller coaster emotions. negatives. In reality, the negatives were a different job. I was not let go, nor Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
Only this time it was job related. The really not negatives. They were just minor under stress. I got along well with my Elizabeth Sowdal, RN
debate was whether I should change items related to the job. These items were peers and had opportunities to expand Marvel Williamson, Ph.D., RN, CS
jobs or stay where I have been for the things that I would like to change, but by within the department. This is not so
last seven years. no means a job buster. with everyone. Sometimes one is forced Opinions expressed in columns and letters
It all began after we were settled in Why would one want to change jobs to find alternate employment as a result to the editor are not necessarily the
the new home. I began to take stock of if they were happy and not under any of downsizing, which my husband went opinions of employees, ownership of this
where I was at on a professional level. stress? It all boiled down to one single through. Or the stress of a job can force newspaper or the publishing company.
I asked myself several questions. How item. I needed to be professionally one to make a change, which he and I