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August 15, 2005     Vol. 18 Issue 33
                    Vol.                                     Information for Oklahoma Nursing & Health Care Professionals                                    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
                                                                                                                 each time.
    A nurse’s hope for the community                                                                                  It has been a long time since my

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                                                                                                                                                               This Week’s

 at Children’s Center                                                                                                                                          Topic: Peadiatric
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                                                                                                                                                               Camp Cavett
                                                                                                                                                               Summer Camp
 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
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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,    
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       
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.
                                                                                                                                                          Christina Gomez
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
                                                                                                                                                           Lyn Wazny

                                                                                                                                                   Administrative Assistant
                                             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
                                                                                                                                                         Jennifer Copeland
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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     
                                             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        
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
     Barr has been an RN for 15 years        unit must meet certain criteria               The nurses, I find, genuinely know                 Randall (Randy) I. Eldridge
and has a master’s degree of nursing         including being under 14 years of age.        each other and care about each other,              Phone (405) 631-5100
from the University of Oklahoma. Her             They must have the stamina to             and are willing to help each other.                 Fax (405) 631-5103
undergraduate work was at Wichita            tolerate three hours of therapy services      There are so many layers of support            328 1/2 W. Commerce, OKC, OK 73109
State University.                            a day. Music therapy, recreational            built into administration. All of the
     Most of her history as an RN is         therapy, physical therapy, occupational       employees are extremely important.”
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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
something you can fake very effectively.        an entire, pristine, empty room! A room
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                                                             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
                                                                                       Medicaid legislation
                                                                                            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.
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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
                                                                                  Cav               or-pr
                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                     ectors;             Strickland,
Anderson.                                                                 RN,          urse
                                                                                      nur at
                                             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.                                                       
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
happen with the Air Force. You’re going      the latest available material. K arisa Washington carefully studies cer tified pediatric nur se pr actitioner Major Nancy O'Connell's fface during the
                                                                                               carefull                                urse
                                                                                                                 certified pediatric nur practitioner            Nancy               ace
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
                                                                                            exam          pediatric clinic here           ork
                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                       Radiologist joins
Leaves Patient with a                                                                   detached retina and required emergency
                                                                                        surgery to repair the problem.
                                                                                                                                       OU Physicians
                                                                                             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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 Index to Classifieds
1 0 0 Ambulatory
1 0 8 Administrative                                                                                              1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING
1 1 3 Case Management
1 1 5 Chemical Dependency
                                         RN Quality Managers
                                                                                                                          Unit Clerk
1 1 8 Clinical Instructors                                                                                                Full-Time
1 1 9 Collection                                                  RNs needed to monitor
                                                            quality systems as part of risk                        Experience in hospital
1 2 1 Critical Care                                      management program. We have a                             setting preferred.
1 2 3 Certified Medical Assistant                    position for the Metro Area and a                                 Please contact:
1 2 4 Certified Nurses Aide                        position for our homes in Norman or                               Kindred Hospital
1 2 7 CRNA                                        Wynnewood. Our benefits are                                               South
1 2 9 Dental                                     competitive salary, 401k, health and life
                                                                                                                    2129 S.W. 59th OKC
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1 3 1 Dietary                                                Amber Nowling                                                 or email:                                                 PRACTICAL NURSE       PRACTICAL NURSE
1 3 7 Education                                            Grace Living Center                                        Donald.Jameson                     Cedar Creek Living Center,            ••••• LOVING CARE IN-HOME            LPN needed, exc. benefits & working
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1 4 0 General Nursing                                4350 Will Rogers Pkwy, Suite 300                                    Positions. Part-time & Full-time     has immediate positions open for      DON. Lindsay Municipal Hosp.
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Vacations, a Retirement Package and
1 4 9 Home Health                                                       LIVING CENTER
                                                            “Continuing the Celebration of Life”
                                                                                                                                                                                              many other benefits too numerous to
1 5 2 Hospice                                                                                                                                                                                 Apply in person @ 312 Cherry St.,
                                               Email to:                                                                                                  Noble or call Human Resources
1 5 4 Housekeeping                             Website:                                                                                                              for more information: 872-1515
1 5 5 Infection Control
1 5 8 IV Therapy
1 6 1 Licensed Practical Nurse        1 1 3 CASE                           1 2 4 CERTIFIED NURSES
1 6 4 Managerial                            MANAGEMENT                           AIDE                                                                                                                                               ARE YOU READING THIS?
                                                                             Cimarron Nursing Center now taking                               PEDIATRIC Home Health Agency is                                                       So are more than 35,000 RNs, LPNs,
1 6 5 Massage Therapy                 RN CASE MANAGERS                                                                                        looking for full-time private duty RN                                                 and other healthcare workers
                                                                             applications for CNA & CMA, $100                                                                       Wanted LPN for Assisted Living in
1 6 7 Medical/Surgical                    NEEDED!!!                          hire on bonus. Contact Beverly                                   or LPN’s for various shifts.                                                          throughout Oklahoma.
                                      LOCAL HOME HEALTH AGENCY Schmidt, 405-375-6857.                                                         Call 481-8111 orFax 481-8110 Norman, PT, Great Working                                Recruiters - call 631-5100 Today!
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1 7 3 OB/Gyn                          Must have excellent organizational
                                                                                                          Arbuckle Memorial Hospital is                                                     or call 364-4229
                                                                                                          currently seeking: Full Time & Part
1 7 6 Occupational Health             skills, high energy, and dependable.                                Time RN s Flex RN s & LPN s Nurse
                                      Home Health experience is preferred,                                Aides7a-3p & every other weekend
1 7 9 Office                          but not required. Very competitive                                  Excellent Nurse to patient ratios,
1 8 2 Oncology
1 8 5 O.R./PACU
                                      salary & benefits package. Flexible
                                      work hours M-F. Apply in person @
                                      312 Cherry St., Noble or call 872-1515
                                                                                                          403B, insurance, incentive program
                                                                                                          Call Ginger or Beverly @ (580) 622-
                                                                                                          2161 Join our team at Arbuckle
                                                                                                          Memorial Hospital, 2011 W.
1 8 8 Orthopedic                                                                                          Broadway, Sulphur OK 73086, Pick                Ask about internet advertising at
1 9 0 Pediatric                                                                                           up an application or fax resume to
1 9 1 Pharmacist
1 9 2 Physicians Assistant
                                                                           NORTHSIDE NURSING HOME (580)
                                                                           SEEKING A CERTIFIED NURSES
                                                                           AIDE FOR EVENING SHIFT. IF YOU
                                                                           WANT TO WORK AS PART OF A
1 9 7 Public Health
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2 0 7 Research
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2 1 3 Service
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                                                                          needed. Duties include assisting        environment.Clinical         Office
2 2 5 Traveling Nurse                                                     physicians with procedures and          Experience Preferred. Bring resume
2 2 6 Miscellaneous
                                                                          general office duties. Please fax
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                                                                          2 0 4 REGISTERED

                                                                            21st CENTURY
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                                                                            FT Field RN
                                                                            You can work at one of OKC’s
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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
                                                                                                                                                                                              by James Cobur
                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by James Cobur n
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           urse
                                                                                                                                                                                nur              Century
     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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                                                                                                         • Feels that rules don’t apply to them
                                                                                                       • Is NEVER happy, no matter what you do
                                                                                                                                                         go to the doctor
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                                                                                                                                                        hospitals across the country was
                                                                                                                                                        analyzed to identify the busiest day
                                                                                                                                                        and hour.
                                                         Strategic                                                                                           “Never visit on a Monday, if you
                                                                                                                                                        have a choice,” said CyraCom CEO
                                                                                                                                                        Michael D. Greenbaum. “And Tuesday
                                                         Mortgage                                                                                       is the runner-up. Avoid mornings
                                                                                                                                                        because 11 a.m. is the busiest hour of
                                                                                                                                                        the day, followed by 8 a.m.”
                                                                                                                                                             Hospital representatives echo this
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Continued Education
                                      08/18/05 Intracerebral                  08/26/05 MindAlert                     course; a nursing skills lab; and a    in small group settings.
        August                        Hemorrhage                              Trainng Program - OKDHS                clinical rotation module. This
                                                                                                                     course can be completed in as
                                                                                                                                                            Registration Fee: $50 (7.2 Contact
                                                                                                                                                            Hours) Space is limited so please
08/18 & 08/19/05, 08/20/05                                                    The workshop runs from 9 a.m.-         little as six weeks or as long as      register early.
                                      Speakers: Charles Morgan, MD,                                                  six months. Nurse Refresher
YWCA Sexual Assault                   Neurologist, Medical Director of        3:30 p.m. at Shepherd Mall,
Nurse Examiner Training                                                       Activity Center, 2401 N.W. 23rd        Course Facts: Meets requirements       09/15-16/05
                                      Stroke Center of Oklahoma Fee:                                                 of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing
August 18-19th 5 pm-9 pm and          $5 Course Hours: 12pm to 1pm            St., Suite 40B. Ruth Flexman,                                                 HOLD THE DATE:
20th 8 am – 5 pm                                                              Ph.D., Academy of Lifelong             as an approved Nurse Refresher
                                      Location: INTEGRIS Southwest                                                                                          2nd Annual Neural Perspectives
Gaylord Complex YWCA                                                          Learning coordinator at the            course. Easy accessibility through
                                      Medical Center, Auditorium                                                     any participating Technology           Conference, September 15-16,
2460 NW 39th Str.                     CEU’s: 1                                University of Delaware in                                                     2005, Reed Conference Center,
This program will provide educa-                                              Wilmington and a faculty member        Center in the state. Self-paced
                                                                                                                                                            Midwest City, OK. Topics focus on
tion to Registered Nurses who                                                 of the MindAlert Trainer’s Bureau,     on-line nursing review with
                                                                                                                     instructor support For informa-        Stroke and Brain Injury issues
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
                                      Stroke Management                                                              Nursing Website http://
                                                                                                                                                            Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital.
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 or enroll at:
                                      Director, INTEGRIS Stroke Center                                               Oklahoma Department of                 of our courses, please visit
examination                           of Oklahoma LeighAnn Morrill,           who work with older adults. The                                      on the
Topics included are:                                                          demonstration group will learn         CareerTech
                                      RN, Stroke Nurse Coordinator,                                         Or         life side look for continuing
Role and Responsibility of the        INTEGRIS Stroke Center of               new methods of cognitive stimula-                                             education series. Call (405) 636-
Forensic Sexual Assault Nurse                                                 tion and will participate in experi-   contact Ned Gray, Adult and
                                      Oklahoma Fee: $150                                                                                                    7809 for additional information.
Examiner                                                                      ential exercises to increase           Career Development, Program
                                      Location: Southwest Medical                                                    Specialist, 1licensed in the United
Rape Trauma/Crisis Intervention       Center Cancer Center (building to       mental fitness and demonstrate
Overcoming myths and stereo-                                                  that learning can be fun. Profes-      States. Nurses who hold a current
                                      the North of ISMC) CEU’s:                                                      license but who have been before       09/15/05 & 09/16/05 2nd
types surrounding sexual assault      Application has been submitted          sionals will focus on skills they
Forensic Evidence Collection &                                                can use to work with older             the Board for disciplinary action.     Annual Neural Perspec-
                                      for 13.75 hours for PT, PTA, OT &                                              (Must present a copy of their          tives Conference: Neural
Chain-of-Custody                      COTA Cancelation Policy: All            persons. The morning session
Use of Colposcope in Evidence                                                 features Flexman demonstrating         Board order) Currently licensed        Perspectives: Acquired
                                      cancelations must be in writing.                                               Oklahoma nurses who would like         Brain Injury
Collections                                                                   new ideas for mental stimulation
Blunt force trauma, strangulation
                                      Refunds less a 20% administra-
                                      tive charge will be given until one     with a group of older adults and       an update of nursing knowledge                                NEW!
                                                                                                                                                            This two day seminar will feature
and other injury patterns                                                     professionals. The afternoon           are welcomed to take this course.      speakers from around the country
                                      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.
Role of Law Enforcement                                                       topics:                                                                       ments in the field of rehabilitation
                                      change any programs for due
Rapist typologies                                                             How the brain influences behavior                                             for patients with traumatic brain
                                      cause. Cancelation of a program
Role of Patient Advocacy                                                      How behavior influences the brain      09/01/05 Stroke Case                   injury or stroke. This has been
                                      by INTEGRIS Health will result in
Victim’s Rights & Perspective                                                 Principles for promoting mental        Studies                                thoughtfully designed to accom-
                                      a full refund of tuition. INTEGRIS
Judicial System & Court Room                                                  fitness                                                                       modate the learning needs of
                                      Health is not responsible for the
Testimony                                                                     Mental workouts to develop brain                                              health professionals in the field of
                                      refund of travel or hotel expenses                                             Speakers: Brent Beson, MD,
YWCA OKC SANE Coordinator                                                     power                                                                         rehabilitation, survivors of brain
                                      under any circumstance. For more                                               Neurologist, Jeremy Bearden, DO
Phone #: (405) 947-4506 Fax #:                                                Adaptation for age-related losses                                             injury and stroke, and their
                                      information, visit                                                             and Shawn Smith, MD Fee: $5
                                                                              and other special characteristics                                             families. Application has been
(405) 943-7177               If your                                             Course Hours: 12pm to 1pm
                                                                              Creative ideas for applications in                                            submitted for 12.9 contact hours
                                      facility would like information on                                             Location: INTEGRIS Southwest
                                                                              local settings The afternoon                                                  (entire conference)for
                                      how to participate in these                                                    Medical Center, Auditorium
                                                                              session with professionals will                                               PT,OT,SLP,LSW,CCM,and
                                      seminars, please call Theresa                                                  CEU’s: 1
                                                                              focus on promoting mental fitness                                             Psychology.Nursing is
                                      Hamrick at 405-636-7809.
08/18/05 Hardwiring Your                                                      with older adults in a variety of                                             submitted for 15.3 contact hours
Practice for Patient Safety                                                   local settings. The program,           09/08/05 & 09/16/05 Legal              for entire conference.INTEGRIS
                                                                              funded by the MetLife Foundation,      and Ethical Issues at End              Health is accredited as a provider
                                                                              is part of the American Society on     of Life Workshop                       of continuing education in nursing
Central Oklahoma Chapter
Academy of Medical Surgical
                                      08/23/05-08/24/05                       Aging’s MindAlert Initiative to        8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   NEW!           by American Nursing
                                      Medical          Surgical               promote innovative practices that      Oklahoma University health             Credentialing Center’s Commis-
Nursing August Meeting                Certification     Review                                                       Science Center College of              sion on Accreditation.Number of
                                                                              help older adults maintain and
Karen Tomajan, MS, RN,BC,             Course                                                                         Nursing – Rm. 138 Guest Speak-         hours actually assigned will
                                                                              enhance mental fitness. There is
CRRN Director Education and                                                                                          ers: Laura Cross, J.D., M.S., R.N.;    depend on board approval.
                                                                              no cost to register, but pre-
Organizational Development OU         This 2 day workshop is designed                                                Carole Kenner, D.N.S., R.N.C.,         Registration costs vary. For more
                                                                              registration is required. For more
MEDICAL CENTER This course            to prepare Medical Surgical                                                    F.A.A.N., Dean,                        information regarding the confer-
                                                                              information or to register, please
describes communication strate-       nurses                                                                         OUHSC College of Nursing;              ence and registration, call (405)
                                                                              call Connie J. Eggleston, M.S.W.,
gies to facilitate patient safety.    practicing in a variety of settings                                            Marianne Matzo, PH.D., A.P.R.N.-
                                                                              C.P 405-522-3121, or e-mail                                                   636-7809.
This activity for 1.2 contact hours   to take the ANCC Medical                                                       B.C., F.A.A.N., Frances E. and A.
                                                                              her at
has been provided by OU MEDI-         Surgical                                                                       Eari Ziegler Chair In Palliative
CAL CENTER. OU MEDICAL                Certification Exam. It has also                                                Care Nursing, OUHSC College of         09/22/05-09/24/05
CENTER is an approved provider        been found helpful for nurses                                                  Nursing; Linda Edmondson,              Professional Assault Crisis
of continuing education by the
Colorado Nurses Association, an
                                      specilties, or returning to practice.
                                                                                 September                           L.C.S.W.; and
                                                                                                                     Annette Prince, Assistant Attorney
                                                                                                                                                            Training - Pro-Act
                                                                                                                                                            Fee: $0 - This course is only offered
accredited approver by the            New graduates have found it
                                                                                                     NEW!            General Objectives: Identify           to INTEGRIS Employees Course
American Nurses Credentialing         helpful to prepare to take the          09/01/05   &    09/15/05               situations that trigger legal and      Hours: Days 1 & 2: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00
Center’s Commission on Accredi-       NCLEX exam. Registration is free        Oklahoma      Statewide                ethical issues at the end of life.     p.m./Day 3: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
tation. When: Thursday, August        and starts at 7:30 am. Class is         Refresher Course                       Discuss the Continuum of Care.         Location: May 5-7, 2005: Southwest
18, 2005 6:30-8:30 pm Free to         from 8:00 am-4:30 pm Topics             Are you an LPN or RN in need of        Review ethical and legal principles    Medical Center Auditorium
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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Continued Education
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
to present our second annual           little as six weeks or as long as your
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
and recipients of health care.                                                                                                                    MISSION HOSPICE: Barbara Strickland, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 848-3779
Keynote speaker, Dr. June Miller,
                                       any participating Technology
                                       Center in the state. Self-paced                   Open                                                                 ODYSSEY HEALTHCARE: Susan Burcham at 879-3400
President of the Transcultural         on-line nursing review with
Nursing Society International and      instructor support For informa-                                                                          PREFERRED HOSPICE: Shelly Jackson-Keller at (405) 602-6473, or (866) 602-6473
Adjunct Assistant Professor at         tion, contact: OU College of
                                                                              Grief Recovery Program:
                                                                                                                                                               RED RIVER HOSPICE: Joy Ausmus at (405) 943-8277
Johns Hopkins University will          Nursing Website http://
discuss transcultural nursing or enroll at:        The Hospice of Oklahoma County
theory. Other topics include           Oklahoma Department of                 grief recovery program is offering
enhancing care through communi-        CareerTech                             grief counseling for health care
cation, smoking cessation, class Or         providers or anyone else in the
ceilings, Cherokee Native Ameri-       contact Ned Gray, Adult and            community. They provide a step-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Supporting Medical
cans, transition from one culture
to another, African American
                                       Career Development, Program
                                       Specialist, 1licensed in the United
                                                                              by-step approach for those who
                                                                              wish to resolve their loss issues       The Oklahoma                                                                 Professionals of Oklahoma

                                                                                                                      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,
The conference is from 8:00 am –       the Board for disciplinary action.     Bereavement Counselor is
3:30 pm, Friday, September 23,         (Must present a copy of their          available for interviews on this
2005, at Oklahoma City                 Board order) Currently licensed        topic. For more information,
                                                                                                                      Associations                                   Hospital                                       Medical Transportation
University’s Freede Wellness           Oklahoma nurses who would like         contact Hospice of Oklahoma
Center. Registration prior to          an update of nursing knowledge         County at (405) 848-8884 and ask                                                                    Revealing God’s                   Mortgage Lenders
September 9 is $89 ($79 without        are welcomed to take this course.      for the grief support program. All                      405.840.3476                                Healing Presence
                                                                              programs are free of charge,                                  Serving the
lunch) or $29 for students ($19        These students have the option of                                                                    Needs of All                  St. Anthony Hospital Nursing Centers
without lunch). CEUs application                                              confidential and open to the
                                       taking only the didactic portion of
                                                                              public. Hospice of Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                          Oklahoma Nurses           St. Anthony Heart Hospital Orthopedic Services
pending. For more information          the course.                                                                                                                      1000 N. Lee, Oklahoma City
contact Virginia Oden at 405-208-                                             County, is an affiliate of INTE-        Education                                               (405) 272-7000
                                                                              GRIS Health and a nonprofit                                                                                                           Pharmacies
5832 or e-mail                                                                                                                                      Bone & Joint Hospital
                                       10/03/05-12/10/05Case                  United Way agency dedicated to          Health Care Staffing                            1111 N Dewey Oklahoma City                    Pharmaceutical Manufac.
                                       Management Principles                  serving the physical, emotional                                                                (405) 272-9671
09/30/05 RESNA Test -                                                         and spiritual needs of the termi-               Providing quality nurses and                                                          Physicians and Surgeons
ATP/ATS/RET                            and Practice                           nally ill and their families                    continuous service since 1987

Credentialing Exams                    The University College of                                                      • 405-943-7946
                                                                                                                      • 888-456-0860
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rehabilitation Services
                                                                                                                                                                         “Focused on Your Health”
                                       Nursing presents a 10 week on-line                                            Fax 405-943-7947                                    901 North Porter, Norman
ATP/ATS Exam: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00         course. October 3 - December 10,                                                                                                       (405) 307-2020
p.m.                                   2005. This course is structured for    E-Learning Introduction
                                                                                                                      Home Health                                                                                       10001 South Western #102
RET Exam: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.        60 contact hours of self-paced         to NDT                                                                                Quality Hospital of theYear,2003 & 2004                  Oklahoma City
Fee: $500 Deadline to register is      study with online student-to-student   Steve Dawson, P N.D.T.A.
                                                                                                 .T.,                       21st CENTURY
                                                                                                                                                                    & Gold Award Winner, 5 Quarters 2003-2004              (405) 692-2366
August 19, 2005                        interaction with faculty guidance.     Take this online E-Learning                   HOME HEALTH AGENCY TM          
                                                                                                                            “Care is what we do”                                                                    Supervised Living Facil.
Visit for eligibility    This web-based course is designed      course at your convenience!                                                            Kindred              Healthcare
                                                                                                                        1421 Northwest 150th st.
and application information.           to explore the concept of case         Fee: $125 (Free to INTEGRIS                Edmond 405-348-3459                                                                        Real Estate
Location: INTEGRIS Southwest           management as the timely               employees!) Once registered, you                                                       Hospital Services
Medical Center, Cancer Center          coordination of quality healthcare     will receive via e-mail the Internet     Hospice                                                                                      Uniforms
West Meeting Room                      services to meet specific healthcare   Web site and your password for                                                         Long-Term Care Ins.                              eferring a patient, client,
Parking: Parking is near the
Cancer Center. Enter through the
                                       needs in a cost-effective manner to
                                       promote positive client outcomes.
                                                                              accessing the course. Instructions
                                                                              about accessing the course are
                                                                                                                       FRONTIER HOSPICE
                                                                                                                     Serving patients in need                        Long-Term Acute Care
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  R   resident or friend to that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      special service can be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  timely process - allow these
Healing Gardens with the gazebo        The course is approved for 51 clock    also provided. Visit                      3908 N. Peniel • Bethany,                                                                 supporting businesses and
North of the Cancer Center.            hours through The Commission for for                 (405) 789-2913                           Medical Manufacturers                        organizations to help!
Meeting rooms are on your left.        Case Manager Cer tification.           more information. If your facility
For more information, visit            Register at                            would like information on how to            Include Your Facility, Organization or Service If your or call       participate in these seminars,
facility would like information on     405-325-1316 or 1-800-522-0772,        please call Theresa Hamrick at
                                                                                                                       Only $25 Per Month • 405-631-5100
how to participate in these            extension 1316.                        405-636-7809.                                  CALL CHARTO PLACEYOUR AD HERE
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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?
                                                                         throughout Oklahoma.
       “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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                                                                         author you would                                  couples who want to make the most of their relationship or
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 Solve Puzzle Here                         CLUE: Q = A                   week’s issue.
                                                                         SAMPLE:                                           Do what you say and say what you’ll do...
                                                                         FQMAM OY,                                         When you tell your partner you’ll do something, be sure
                                                                         QIRMLMA, E SOBOF                                  you do it. Even little promises are important to keep,
  _________ __ _____ ____‘_                                              EF RQOJQ                                          because they effect your mate’s trust and confidence in
  _____ ____ ______‘_                                                    DIAZMEAEUJM                                       you. Though it can be tempting to agree to what your
  _______                                                                JMEYMY FI ZM E                                    partner wants just to satisfy her and avoid a conflict, it pays
                                                                         LOAFNM.                                           to think carefully before you make a commitment. If you
                                                                                                                           need to say No have the courage to be true to yourself by
                                                                         MGBNUG ZNACM                                      declining her request. If you decide to say Yes, follow
                                                                                                                           through with your decision so you don’t disappoint her and
                                                                         The clue was: M = E                               shake her faith in you. Keeping the commitments you
                                                                                                                           make to yourself and to your partner builds and sustains
       Last Week’s CryptaQuote Answer                                    There is, however, a
                                                                         limit at which forbear-                           your faith in each other.
    It is in the character of very few men to honor                      ance ceases to be a
without envy a friend who has prospered.”                                                                                     View Martha’s Web Site at
    Aeschylus                                                            Edmund Burke
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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. 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
        Pear      RNC,
                        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
                                                                                                                                                                Eileen Doherty
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

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