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June 12, 2006             Vol. 38 Issue 20
                          Vol.                                 Information for Oklahoma Nursing & Health Care Professionals                           
                                                           Locally Published, Owned and Operated Each Week by Metro Publishing LLC

Vision of integrity, excellence                                                                                       Must Be Nice
brings focus, unity to HealthBack
by James Coburn
Staff Writer
                                                                                                                      To Be A Man
                                                                                                                                By Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal, RN

     With customer
service the patient wins,
the staff wins, says                                                                                                          en have a bit of anatomical equipment which serves
Karen Brown, registered                                                                                                       multiple purposes and I want one too. You know
nurse and chief clinical                                                                                                      which one I mean. It has two physiological functions.
officer for HealthBack                                                                                                        It also has a magical, mysterious psychological
Home Health and Faith                                                                                           function. You might call that bit of equipment any number of
Hospice. “You can’t go                                                                                          things. Seems like everyone has their own name for it. I am
wrong if the patient is                                                                                         going to call it the “Wand of Ultimate Authority.”
taken care of and the                                                                                               Sometime last year my brakes started "chirping." I told my
staff’s happy.”                                                                                                 husband about it and he said that I was due to have my brake
     HealthBack has                                                                                             pads changed. He went on to say that he was going to be very
prioritized a vision to                                                                                         busy the next week or so and suggested that I take it to a garage
nourish and attract                                                                                             to have them changed and save him some trouble. "Oh honey, I
employees to share their                                                                                        don’t mind taking the car in and I know that you are very busy,
vision of absolute                                                                                              but if I take the car to have the brake pads changed they are
integrity, excellence and                                                                                       going to tell me that I need a $600 brake job.
stewardship. Unity and                                                                                          Couldn’t you take it?" Don’t be silly, he said. All
focus is the result.                                                                                            you need is brake pads.
     “That’s what we                                                                        by James Cobur
                                                                                      Photo by James Cobur n        I called him from the L a u g h i n g
strive for every day,”                                                                                          garage later that week.
                           HealthBack                  Faith        thriv             employ values
Brown said. “I want HealthBack Home Health and Faith Hospice thrive because of employee values of               "Remember when I asked you with
                           integrity, ex                dship,
                                                  stewardship says        Bendure president Bendure
people that are integrity, excellence and stewardship, says William Bendure, president of Bendure               to bring the car in because I Elizabeth
                           Associates       aren
                                           Kar Bro chief clinical officer HealthBack         Faith Hospice.
responsible. I want Associates, and K aren Brown, chief clinical officer of HealthBack and Faith Hospice.       thought they would tell me
people who know they                                                                                            that I needed a $600 brake job? Well, I
will be held accountable for the providing full-service home care Ardmore, Atoka, Chickasha,                    was wrong. They want $700. I told him
job that they do.”                   out of 28 locations throughout Davis, Durant, Enid,                        no, I only want brake pads. He said
     HealthBack Home Health Oklahoma. With headquarters in Holdenville, Hugo, Idabel,                           that he couldn’t in good conscience let
is a Medicare certified, Oklahoma City, HealthBack is also Kingfisher, Lawton, McAlester,                       me have the car back without the
community service organization located in Ada, Anadarko, Mangum, Norman, Poteau,
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                                                                            has been shown to be effective for women up to 55 years
FDA approves HPV,                                                           old.
                                                                                 Both Merck’s HPV vaccine and the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine
                                                                                                                                                        Today’s Nurse:
                                                                                                                                                        Career Options in
cervical cancer vaccine                                                     have proven 100% effective against the two strains of HPV.
                                                                                 These two strains of HPV account for approximately 70%
                                                                            of the incidents of cervical cancer in the United States.
                                                                                                                                                        This Week’s Topic:
                                                                                                                                                        Director of Nursing
                                                                                                                                                        Care: Rambling
                                                                                 Recent studies suggest that the Merck vaccine is also                  Oaks Courtyard
    The Food and Drug               public health victories since the
Administration (FDA) has            polio vaccination.                      effective against strains that cause vaginal and vulvar cancers.
                                                                                                                                                        Pg. 4
approved Gardasil, Merck’s               FDA experts declared the                Studies also suggest that the Merck vacine is 99% effective
new vaccine that protects           vaccine safe and effective for          against the two strains of HPV responsible for 90% of genital
against human papillomavirus        girls and women ages nine to            warts.                                                                      From Nigeria to
(HPV) and cervical cancer.          26, and a similar vaccine                    HPV is a little known, but a very common sexually                      Oklahoma: Home
    This is one of the greatest     produced by GlaxoSmithKline             transmitted infection that is the primary cause of cervical                 health care fulfills
                                                                                          cancer in the U.S.                                            dream
                                                                                               The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
                                                                                                                                                        Pg. 7
                                                                                          estimates that some 20 million Americans have
                                                                                          been exposed to HPV, although the vast majority
                                                                                          of these infections are with strains that cause no
                                                                                          significant health consequences.                              Longanacre to
                                                                                                                                                        speak at death
                                                                                               Two strains, however, are responsible for                and dying seminar
                                                                                          most cases of cervical cancer in the U.S.
                                                                                               Cervical cancer affects over 10,000 women in
                                                                                                                                                        Pg. 10
                                                                                          the U.S. and kills more than 3,700 of them each
 Oklahoma City, Ok 731                                                                    year.
       Permit #1                               MUSTANG, OK 73064                               For more information on both Merck’s HPV                 Natural Lifestyles...Commentary by
                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Linda Mundorff, RN, MSN,
     U.S. Postage
                                               P.O. BOX 239                               vaccine and GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine, visit the              MPH, ND, CNC, CTN
  Presorted Standard                           OKLAHOMA’S NURSING TIMES                   Food and Drug Administration’s website at
                                                                                                                                   Pg. 14
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                                                                                               and Associates, a strategic planning and     bigger percentage of employees’ insurance,
                                                   HealthBack                                  business development group.
                                                                                                   He served as a consultant for
                                                                                                                                            does direct deposit every two weeks, has
                                                                                                                                            created an employee hand book and has
                                                   Continued from Pa
                                                   Continued from Page 1                       HealthBack’s ongoing initiative to           streamlined paper work. Solutions were
                                                                                               strengthen the culture and relationship      recommended by representative
     Published each Monday                                                                     of HealthBack employees. “Absolute           committees that identified key issues,
                                                   Purcell, Seiling, Seminole, Shawnee, integrity, excellence and stewardship,”             Bendure said.
    by Metro Publishing, L.L.C.                    Smithville, Stillwater, Talihina, Tulsa and were chosen to be the company’s core              “We have identified that our biggest
   Locally Owned and Operated                      Watonga.                                    values. Also, the HealthBack management      problem was communication,” Brown said.
                  Publisher                             Brown also played an active role in and supervisors trained in “The Seven           “And in a company this big, that’s to be
              Steven R. Eldridge                   the company’s formation of Faith Hospice, Habits of Highly Effective People”             expected. But we’ve hired a                an integral part of HealthBack. She said program designed by author and speaker          communications officer which came out
                                                   HealthBack is an aggressive company with Stephen Covey, a program of powerful            of the planning.”
                   Editor                          plans to expand regionally. Plans are to lessons for personal change.                         Brown can draw from her own
               Crystal Beshear                     also expand the number of it’s seven Faith      “It was a little scary at first and a    experience as a nurse when empathizing                Hospices that                                                               little       with the HealthBack staff. Her career in
              News Consultant                      are already                                                                 tough        health care sparked when she was certified
Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) MPH, MSN, ND, RN, NC    strategically        “They go in and they’re affecting b e c a u s e                     nurse aide at the Oklahoma Memorial
                                                   placed in                                                                   you think    Hospital. In 1991, she graduated with a
                   W riter s                       Oklahoma             that patient’s life and they know y o u ’ r e                       nursing degree from Oklahoma City
               James Coburn                        C i t y ,            it,” Brown said. “They take that doing a                            Community College. From there she
               Elissa Crocker                      Anadarko,                                                                   good job,”   worked for three years as an oncology
                   Mike Lee                        Ardmore, Elk         responsibility seriously. Our nurses she said.                      nurse at Norman Regional Hospital before
               Marty Mitchell                      C i t y ,            do that every day — they touch “ A n d                              entering the realm of home health care.
                 Jason Smith                       Mangum,                                                                     then you          “I came here from Purcell, but I had
                  Lea Terry                        Norman and           that life and make a difference.”                      go out       been commuting to Texas to work,” Brown
               D ouglas Walter                     Seminole.                                                                   there and    said of joining HealthBack in 2000. “So a
                      HealthBack                                                             you hear     position opened up, and I came here,
                                                   employees bring their values to work each that their perception is not what your         and we’ve built a large company. It has
             Boar d of Commentar y                 day. So Brown looks for integrity when perception was. But by doing that, it’s           a lot of things to offer people that we’re
                   Martha Collar                   hiring staff members to become synergetic allowed us to make those corrections.”         really excited about.”
                   Eileen Doherty                  team members.                                   Brown credits HealthBack’s employees          She believes in the mission of home
               Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS                      “I can’t say we’ve always done that for the company’s renaissance in health         health care.
                   Colleen Folsch                  in the past and we’ve paid for it,” Brown care. Many of the company’s dedicated               “I believe that the patient gets better
                  Virginia Gillispie               said. “And so our whole new attitude the employees have been on staff since the          in his own environment,” Brown said.
                    Vicki Jenkins                  last year has only been that we only hire company was founded in 1996.                   “So if you can keep him in his own
                 Larry Leeds, RN                   people that have that good integrity.”          “We’ve had our ups and downs with        environment and then give him the clinical
  Dr. Linda Mundorff (Rener) RN, MPH, MSN, ND           A shared vision for the company has the company because we grew so fast,”           things that he needs, then he or she will
              Carol Shenold, RN, CIC               been developed by the HealthBack she said. “But those employees and their                recover quicker.”
                  Christina Gomez                  administration and staff with room for dedication to the belief that we’re doing              HealthBack Home Health and Faith
                Licia McCurdy, LPN                 personal growth and creativity. An the right thing have made us what we                  Hospice employees are qualified workers
            Deresa Claybrook, MS, RHIT             employee opinion survey was sent out to are today.”                                      who are dedicated to service. It’s important
                                                   the company’s 425-member staff that             Brown is inspired by HealthBack’s        for patients to know that health care
           Classified Ad v er tising               includes 279 nurses and 100 nurse aides. home health and hospice nurses who              workers are there to benefit their health
                 Annette Deckard                   Strategic planning meant that every consider their work as more than earning             care needs, Brown said.
                    Lyn Wazny                      employee had the opportunity to attend a paycheck.                                            “Happy people provide great results,”
                   Ashlyn Pratt                    a regional meeting and discuss the changes      “They go in and they’re affecting that   Bendure said. “So we’re looking at the             and improvements based on the survey. patient’s life and they know it,” Brown            internal customer which is employees, and
                                                        “We developed our plan from what said. “They take that responsibility               we’re looking at the external customer
              R etail Ad v er tising               the employees had given us,” Brown said. seriously. Our nurses do that every day         which is the patient. And if these people
                  Dawnell Foster                        Of primary importance was that the — they touch that life and make a                are feeling good about where they work,            company decide as a group what the difference.”                                          and coming to work, and have passion
                                                   values of the company would be, said            In turn, the company has improved        about it — the result is the kind of care
           Ad Ser vices Mana g er                  William E. Bendure, president of Bendure its benefits. Now, the company pays a           that we want to provide.”
                  John Melton                                                          my husband told the doctor about my             I am pretty sure that is not going to

            Accounts Coordinator
                                                   Elizabeth                                    symptoms "in case she forgets." Then the
                                                                                                doctor came in and I told him my
                                                                                                                                            happen, so I was thinking, why not just
                                                                                                                                            get one? I know that you can buy them.
               Gaye Hannan, LPN                    Continued from Page 1
                                                   Continued from Pa                            symptoms from my perspective. He then       I could wear it on a string around my                                                          began to explain them away to me based      neck and when I started to get the $700
                                                   brake job."                                  on what my husband knew and told            flim-flam I could just say, "Oh wait! I
                                                        "Put him on the phone," said my         him. Which, by the way, was not the         forgot to mention that I have one of
Direct Mailed and distributed to a readership of   husband. I left the garage with my car       whole story or even the part of the story   these," I could brandish it. "Sure, you can
more than 42,000 LPNs, RNs, Administrators         reassembled, no new pads, no charge and      that I was concerned about.                 change the brake pads! Thanks! And how
and Students in Oklahoma each week. Add your       my husband changed them later that                The doctor was very astute and         about them Cardinals?"
name to the list for only $30 per year within
                                                   week. And why did I have to go to all        probably noticed early into my exam that        If I’m at work and I notice a change
Oklahoma and $33 for all other states.
                                                   that trouble? Because I don’t have a Wand.   I had no Wand and knew that my              in my patient’s condition I could pull out
                                                   That is the long and short of it.            husband does have one. Neither my           my Wand and use to point to the pertinent
 Opinions expressed in columns and letters to           I have been in a patient’s room many,   husband nor the doctor actually went so     parts of the chart. Next time I go to the
 the editor are not necessarily the opinions of                                                                                             doctor I could take it out and say, "Well,
 employees, ownership of this newspaper or
                                                   many times with male nursing students        far as to pat me on the head, and only
       publishing company
 the publishing compan y.                          helping me change the bed or something       one of them called me "hon," but they       I am not having any trouble with this,
                                                   and had a doctor or a family member          might as well have. So, being the           but I am having trouble with X, Y, Z." I
            Loving Memory
         In Lo ving Memor y of                     come in and begin addressing questions       reasonable and rational person that I am,   think it would be very handy! Going to
        our brother and friend                     to the student. I usually let them answer    I am hoping that I will drop down dead      buy a car? Here’s my Wand, now how
      Randall (Randy) I. Eldridge                  as long as they are able. Sometimes if it    later today and then they will know to      much is it?
                                                   is something important or complicated I      listen to me next time. Er. Okay, maybe
      Phone (405) 631-5100                         say, "Well, I am the nurse today and the     not all the way dead. Maybe just a close
       Fax (405) 631-5103                          answer is . . . ." Why do they assume        call that would have no long term
                                                   that the nursing student has the answers?    consequences, would not require                 Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal works at OU
     4501 N. Classen Blvd., Suite 106,             The Magic Wand of All Knowledge.             hospitalization and would not make me       Medical Center in the Surgical-Trauma I.C.U.
             OKC, OK 73118                              Today my husband and I both went        look or smell icky. Just enough to make     She has also worked in the Bone Marrow                            for check-ups. After his exam was finished   my point.                                   Transplant Unit and in a Med-Surg unit.
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This Week’s Topic:
                                                                            Director of Nursing Care
by Lea Terry                                    reassure their
Staff Writer                                    families, and be
                                                able to gain their
                                                trust,” she said.
                                                     Choate and
                                                                         Rambling Oaks Courtyard
 N            urses in an assisted living
              facility provide more than just
              physical care; they also form
long-term relationships with residents,
                                                her assistant, also
                                                an LPN, oversee medication
                                                administration; follow up on physician
                                                orders; coordinate physical, occupational,
helping them transition through the final       and speech therapy; and administer some
stages of their lives. This bond, says the      treatments, such as monthly B12 shots.
nursing care directors of two local                  Choate has been at Rambling Oaks
facilities, is one of the most rewarding        for about two and a half years, previously
aspects of working in assisted living.          working with disabled grade school
     “You form a close bond with them           students. She started working at
and their families, and you have a higher       Rambling Oaks on weekends, but found
level of trust than you get in a hospital       that the facility provided her with a
setting,” said Lesa Choate, LPN, director       needed change and decided to come there
of nursing care at Rambling Oaks                full-time.
Courtyard Assisted Living in southwest               “It was a challenge to me, something
Oklahoma City. “They’re there long              different,” Choate said. “I’d been working
enough to know you and trust you,               in the same environment for about eight
and you grow on that trust.”                    years, and I wanted to spread my wings
     This relationship extends to the           and do something different.”
residents’ families, and nurses must know            At Choate’s previous job, she found
how to relate to both patients and family       ways to help the children function more
members, Choate said.                           independently, a skill that prepared her
     “The residents treat you like a            for helping residents adjust to physical
grandchild or daughter, and it’s such a         challenges.
warm, family-oriented environment, that              “These residents are working off a                                                                                               by      err
                                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Lea Ter r y
you have to have the ability to not only        certain amount of disability and physical              te,
                                                                                                  Choate LPN,          director nurursing care at Ramb
                                                                                                                                                    ambling           tyar
                                                                                                                                                                 Courtyard           Living
                                                                                             Lesa Choate, LPN, is the director of nur sing care at Rambling Oaks Cour tyard Assisted Living in
care for the residents, but assure and          needs, and it’s a challenge to find things
                                                                                             southwest            City.
                                                                                             southwest Oklahoma City.

                                                                                             to help them live their lives to the fullest      be over there for several years, but it’s
                                                                                             and be as independent as possible,”               always very hard.”
                                                                                             Choate said. “It’s rewarding when you                  While assisted living is becoming
                                                                                             come up with those solutions, and it’s            more common, not everyone understands
                                                                                             rewarding to them to be able to do                how it works, Helms said. Overcoming
                                                                                             things they thought wouldn’t be able to           misconceptions is one of the biggest
                                                                                             do.”                                              challenges assisted living centers face,
                                                                                                  Shirley Helms, LPN, first encountered        she said.
                                                                                             assisted living while in nursing school                “Everybody has their own idea when
                                                                                             in Kansas City, MO nearly 30 years ago.           they come in the door of what they
                                                                                             She worked at one of the city’s first             think assisted living should be,” Helms
                                                                                             retirement communities, and is now the            said. “Families often expect us to provide
                                                                                             director of nursing care at Rambling Oaks         a higher level of care than we do, and
                                                                                             Assisted Living in Norman. Overseeing             sometimes that’s frustrating for them.”
                                                                                             an assisted living facility is similar to              State guidelines dictating who’s
                                                                                             running a small hospital, she said, where         eligible for assisted living can also be
                                                                                             the duties include evaluating residents’          challenging, she said, especially when a
                                                                                             conditions and implementing physician             facility has to turn someone away because
                                                                                             orders.                                           they don’t meet the requirements.
                                                                                                  “Every time you see a resident, you’re            “You’re trying to find this family
                                                                                             mentally assessing them,” Helms said.             find the right place, and sometimes they
                                                                                             “In a hospital, patients stay a limited           don’t know what the next step is, because
                                                                                             time and leave, and someone else is               most of the time when they come
                                                                                             admitted. But in assisted living, patients        through here they’re in a family crisis,”
                                                                                             that stay for years at a time, so we’re           Helms said.
                                                                                             constantly assessing them and looking                  “We’re trying to see how we can
                                                                                             for any changes.”                                 help, and can that person qualify to be
                                                                                                  After several years together, the            here, and can we meet their needs?“
                                                                                             residents and caregivers grow close,                   Helping residents is fulfilling, Helms
                                                                                             Helms said, which, though rewarding,              said, but working in assisted living has
                                                                                             can be painful when a resident’s condition        also helped her think about her own
                                                                                             worsens.                                          future.
                                                                                                  “When our residents’ health begins                “It helps you get in touch with who
                                                                                             to deteriorate, most of them go to the            you are, because when you see residents
                                                                                             nursing home next door,” she said. “That          struggling and you’re helping them, it
                                                                                             helps us transition, because it’s kind of         makes you stop and think—who’s going
                                                                                             like letting them go next door. I go              to help you when you’re that person?”
                                                                                             back and forth, and sometimes they will           she said.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                              June 12, 2006                                                              Page 5

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It is based on the small group Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP) developed
at Stanford University in 1985 and later adopted by the Arthritis Foundation. ASMP,
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        Techniques to deal with problems such as pain, fatigue, frustration, and
        Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and
        Appropriate use of medications
        Effective communication with family, friends, and health professionals
        Healthy eating
        Planning to take action
      Arthritis Yes I Can participants can study the materials in their own homes at
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From Nigeria to Oklahoma:
Home health care fulfills dream
by James Coburn                             continuing changes in Medicare
Staff Writer                                regulations. For Chukwuma, management
                                            represents a challenge.
                                                “Sometimes it’s crazy but I really
     Mary Chukwuma’s warm smile enjoy it,” she said.
and friendly manner greets you at               Chukwuma was a licensed practical
21st Century Home Health Care in nurse before becoming an RN three years
Edmond. Her eyes tell it all.               ago. She received her LPN training at
     P e a c e o f m i n d i s w h a t Metro Technology Center in Oklahoma
Chukwuma found when coming to City and her bachelor’s degree in nursing
21st Century Home Health. She had from Southern Nazarene University.
never been in such an ingratiating Chukwuma also has a health care degree
working environment before investing from Langston University and a master’s
her career as a registered nurse at degree in health care management from
21st Century, she said.                     the University of Phoenix.                                                                                            Photo by James Cobur n
                                                                                                                                                                        by James Cobur
     She came to work as a case                 “I just want to help,” Chukwuma          Mar y Chukwuma says she’s never wor ked in such a hospitable environment as that of 21st
                                                                                         Mary            says she’s nev wor
                                                                                                                          ork       such hospitab envir vironment    that
manager at 21st Century six months described her inner drive to be a nurse.              Centur y Home Health.
ago after seeing an advertisement “I love to help. It’s simple. I love to see
placed in Oklahoma’s Nursing Times. (home bound patients) get better.”                   they call me anytime and we talk about            “My manager cares so much, I’ve
Some friends working there told her             She was exposed to health care at        things,” she continued. “I have to know      never seen her get mad,” Chukwuma
                                                         an early age in her native      where my patients are. I have to know        said. “It doesn’t matter what she does.
                                                         Nigeria. Her father was a       what’s going on with them, with the          She makes your job so easy, and that
  “I’ve had other jobs, but when I m e d i c a l d o c t o r a n d                       family.”                                     anxiety is gone.”
  came here it was like it’s not Chukwuma had a job in his
                                                                                             And she doesn’t hesitate to be                She said RNs enjoy their big
                                                                                         assertive to patients or their family        $20,000 bonuses they receive.
  real — the type of friendships                              Nearly 20 years ago,       members about matters they need to                “Free food — big bonuses,” she said.
  and personal care they give the m a r r i a g e                            brought     handle in order to produce the patients’     “It’s so wonderful. I’ve been a nurse
  staff here, and the way they treat Chukwuma to immigrate
                                                         from her native Nigeria to
                                                                                         best outcomes. She gets her point
                                                                                         across, Chukwuma said with laughter.
                                                                                                                                      for a very long time and I’ve not seen
                                                                                                                                      the type of care that they give to their
  the staff here,” Chukwuma said. the United States. Her                                     Compassion flows at all levels, she      staff. They don’t want you to leave.
                                                         husband teaches graphic         said.                                        They want you to stay.”
about the nice work environment that            Chukwuma said there are differences
21st Century offers its staff.              in the way health care is administered
     Her career history varies from in the U.S. and in Nigeria.
hospital cardiac units, intensive care,         “Over there if something costs $1,000
h o s p i c e n u r s i n g h o m e s a n d to $3,000, it’s like you have to pay the
psychiatric nursing.                        whole money before they take care of
     “I’ve had other jobs, but when I you,” she said.
came here it was like it’s not real —           According to Chukwuma, hospitals
the type of friendships and personal are expensive so many people take care
care they give the staff here, and of themselves at home. People line up
the way they treat the staff here,” at clinics, she continued. Still, some
she said. “In the company we have a health care providers in Nigeria take
refrigerator; we have free food. I care of those who cannot afford to pay
thought, ‘It’s not real.’ I had not seen for free.
something like this. It’s way laid              Meanwhile, 21st Century provides a
back.”                                      caring staff to advocate for homebound
     Nurses are allowed to work in patients, she said.
their own niche whether it’s office             “They go back and they love it. They
work or in the field. The company tell a lot of people,” she said.
allows Chukwuma to fulfill her dream            Patients and their families know their
of working on a management level. best interest is at heart. They know
     She said she likes sorting through they’re taken care of, Chukwuma said.
paperwork and assessing the                     “My patients — we have that tie —

 OU offers amputee support group
     Amputees’ Next Step Support Group, hosted by OU Physicians Orthotics
and Prosthetics, will meet June 13, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the O’Donoghue
Rehabilitation Institute on the campus of the OU Health Sciences Center.
     This group offers a support system for patients and their families throughout
the amputation surgery and rehabilitation process. The group provides important
educational information and resources. Amputees have the opportunity to visit
with others who understand the same trials and triumphs and also discover
helpful tips for daily activities.
     For more information about Amputees’ Next Step Support Group, please
call Barbara Kelly at (405) 728-2587.
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                                               WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW MORE

                                          Apply for nursing & allied positions online:
                                               Contact Healthcare Recruiters
        EOE                      Julia Burleson 405-307-1554 Sue Nicholson 405-307-1591


  Elmore City EMS seeking First
                                        Loving Care Management
Responders. Basic, Intermediate, &
                                                                         RNs • Baylor Plan • RNs • Baylor Plan • RNs • Baylor Plan • RNs

  Paramedic EMT's. Full Time &
 Part Time needed. Starting ASAP .          Director of Nursing
        Contact Danny Reed
                                     Experience Required Benefits incl
                                         medical, dental & 401(k)                                                                            RN
                                         Fax resume to 946-2642
                                                                                                                                           ARE   YOU LOOKING
                                             Heritage Manor
                                             Weekend LPN’s                                                                                  FOR A WAY TO
                                               7-3 & 3-11
EMT Intermediate & Paramedic -                Weekend RN                                                                                     MAKE SOME
FT/PT Eufaula/McAlester. Sign on
bonus. Benefits available Paramed          Apply at 3804 N. Barr                                                                           EXTRA INCOME?
        1-800-364-0433                             EOE

                                                                            Well, we can help.
                                                                               Come talk to us
 Recruiters...             Ask about internet advertising at
                                                                             about a weekend                                                      position. We are
 More than 70,000 hits per month                                            offering the Baylor 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING
 Call 405-631-5100                                                             Plan, work two,
                                                                                 eight shifts, 32     Leading national respiratory co.       Certified Home
                                                                            hours, Saturday & seeks respiratory thera- pist, RN,
                                                                                                       or LPN, for patient education,           Health Aides
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                                                                              for 40 hours. We       great bene- fits. If you are looking       SENIOR CARE (CCSC)
                                                                                                      for a great career with room for    is accepting applications for
                                                                              are a Long Term        advancement fax resume to 405- energetic, loving hearted Certified
                                                                                                        307-9106 or apply at 1356 N.      Home Health Aides. The right 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING
                                                                                Care/Medicare             Interstate Dr., Nor- man        candidates will have a heart for

 Index to Classifieds                                                         Nursing facility. If
                                                                               you have never
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                                                                                                                                          experience or desire and possess
                                                                                                                                          strong time management skills.
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1 1 5 Chemical Dependency
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1 1 8 Clinical Instructors                                                    Their generation Basic preferred, but current licensure                                              LPN'S, RN'S,
                                                                                                   not required. Indoor job, no
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1 3 1 Dietary                                                                         salary.      LPNs with experience for OKC’s
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1 3 7 Education                                                                                    the elderly. If you are this person,
1 4 0 General Nursing                                                                 Grace        please stop by THE LAKES CARE            LPN to work in our
                                                                                                   CENTER, 5701 W. Britton Rd. OKC            Long Term Care/
1 4 3 Geriatrics and Long Term Care                                               Living Center    and fill out an applications. NO
1 4 6 HMO                                                                   400 South Scott St. PHONE CALLS                                  Medicare nursing
1 4 9 Home Health                                                           Del City, OK 73115                                               facility. The shift is
1 5 2 Hospice                                                                                                                                 7pm to 7am. We
1 5 4 Housekeeping                                                                                                                         want someone who
1 5 5 Infection Control                                                                                                                           can give our             Excellent Benefits & Competitive
1 5 8 IV Therapy                                                                                   LPN Experience needed, pleas- ant,        residents the care            Salaries. Now hiring at new starting
                                                                                                   energetic, dependable LPN needed as                                     salary. Excellent benefits. Looking for 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING
1 6 1 Licensed Practical Nurse                                                                     physicians’ nurse in a busy reputable        they need and              compassionate people to give our
                                                                                                   NW Peds office. Great bene- fits. Fax deserve. We offer a               veterans the care & services they
1 6 4 Managerial                                                                                   resume with salary requirements to                                      deserve. Norman Veterans Center
1 6 5 Massage Therapy                                                                              405-755-0389.                            competitive salary,            405-360-5600 Ext. 203
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     CMAs • CNAs • LPNs •RNs
1 6 7 Medical/Surgical                                                                                                                      sign on bonus and                                                            HOLIDAY HEIGHTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RN's, can we talk?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you are blessed with the gift of
1 7 0 Nurse Practitioner                                                 ARE YOU READING THIS?                                                  great benefits.                                                           NURSING HOME
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             gab, why not work for HealthLink
                                                                         So are more than 35,000 RNs, LPNs,                                                                                                                                                                          - F/T or P/T
1 7 3 OB/Gyn                                                             and other healthcare workers                                                                                                                                                                     - Paid Holidays - Paid Vacation -      in NW OKC as a telephone triage
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Apply in person:                                                     - Competitive Wages - Insurance -          nurse. Basic computer needed.
1 7 6 Occupational Health                                                throughout Oklahoma.                                                                   LPNs needed for Comfort Living                                     LPNs & PRNs PT Weekends for           Apply in person M -F, 9 am-4 pm         Call Tony Waltrip RN 440-8921 for
                                                                         Recruiters - call 631-5100 Today!                                                                                          Grace Living
1 7 9 Office                                                                                                                                                     Home Health for patient care.
                                                                                                                                                                  Competitive rates & benefit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    small Guthrie ICF-MR facility.           at: 301 E. Dale St, Norman,            info. Send resumes by fax to:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Call Troy 321-7932
1 8 2 Oncology                                                                                                                                                 package. Fax resume Attn: Melva         Center                     Light load. EOE Call or fax. ph 405
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        282-0205. fax 282-6531
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         440-8857 or email to
1 8 5 O.R./PACU                                                                                                                                                           735-6701.               2400 SW 55th St.                                                                                              

1 8 8 Orthopedic                                                                                                                                                                                   OKC, OK 73119
1 9 0 Pediatric                                                          $$ Earn Extra Cash $$ Small Long
                                                                         Term Care Facility needs every other                                                                                                                                                           Ultrasound Tech Ultrasound Tech
1 9 1 Pharmacist                                                         weekend RN 6am-2pm. Great                                                                                                                                                                      needed for a growing conservative
1 9 2 Physicians Assistant                                               working conditions & competitive LPNs Correctional Healthcare                                                                                                                                  values Imaging Center in Norman.
1 9 7 Public Health
                                                                         wages. Call Ella Mae or Lisa 405- Management has immediate F/T and
                                                                         238-6411                                P/T opportunities for LPNs to provide                                                                              21st CENTURY                        US registered preferred but not req.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Email Resume: employment@                     The Citizen Potawatomi
2 0 0 Rehabilitation                                                                                             healthcare services at the Oklahoma                                                                                HOME HEALTH AGENCY®       
                                                                                                                 County Detention Center. Must have                                                                                                                                                                    Nation Health Services
2 0 4 Registered Nurse                                                                                           current OK license. Previous correc-                                                                              Full-Time RN Case Manager                                                     is seeking a MT/MLT needed for a
                                                                                                                 tions healthcare experience preferred,                                                                            needed at one of OKC’s most                                                   multi-physician family practice
2 0 7 Research                                                                                                   but not necessary. Day, evening and                                                                               established agencies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 clinic. Associate degree in
                                                                                                                 night shifts available. Make the break                                                                            $44K salary + generous
2 1 0 Sales Representative                                                                                       from the typical hospital en-                                                                                     sign-on                bonus                                                  Laboratory Science required,
                                                                         Medical office looking for full-time vironment and use your nursing skills                                                                                                                                                              Bachelor degree preferred. Excellent
2 1 3 Service                                                            person who must be friendly, without the hectic hospital pace. No                                                                                         • Full Benefits                                 LPN 11/7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Friendly Work Environment                                                   benefit package. Native American
2 1 7 School Nurse                                                       outgoing, energetic & be able to multi- lift- ing, no bedpans. Fax resume to                                                           LPN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Home Health Nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looking for reliable and loyal LPNs to   preference, but not absolute. All
                                                                         task (greet & schedule patients, Pam at 405.713.1933 or email to                                                        for Internal Medicine position                                         join us. $800 sign on bonus and
2 2 0 Spec Producers                                                     make charts, answer phones, etc). phoisington@                                                        in Norman. Competitive pay         Experience Required                benefits available to FT employees.      interested applicants please apply
                                                                                GREAT BENEFITS.                                                                                                  withgreat benefits. Fax resume        Call Lesa at 414-4158            Apply in person at Ranchwood             online at
2 2 3 Support Staff                                                           Fax resume to 701-1428
                                                                                                                 See for more
                                                                                                                                                                                                           to: 292-6055                                                 Nursing Center 2730 N. Mustang Rd        Closing Date: May 5, 2006.
2 2 5 Traveling Nurse                                                                                            information. EOE
2 2 6 Miscellaneous

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                                                                                                                 Director of Nursing                       Positions Available...
                        FRONTIER HOSPICE                                                             OKC’s Professional
                       has immediate openings for                                                                                                               Hospice Administrator (Gen. Mgr.)
                                                                                                     Health Care Services
                     compassionate nurses to provide
                                                                                                   has an excellent opportunity                                           RN Case Managers - FT
                         quality end -of- life-care:                                                     for a dedicated, highly

                            FT RN                                                                         motivated RN looking
                                                                                                                  for a top-level                                      On-Call Nurse - RN or LPN

                         Case Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                          ($ per visit)
                                                                                                        management position.
                                                                                                                                                               Business Development Specialists
                            for patient care                               This individual must be computer literate and will be responsible for
                                                                         the overall operation within a Medicare Certified Agency, including
                           Benefits Package includes                     quality of care, establishing growth targets and the coordination of other               Join our exciting, growing organization &
                             Health/Dental/Vision                        health care related operations.                                                          Make A Difference In Someone’s Life!
                                                                           In addition, Home Health Administrators, LVN’s & HHA’s with
                               and Life insurance.                       proven job stability need to apply.
                           30 paid days off per year.                      If you are an enthusiastic, result-oriented, team player who enjoys                Excellent Pay, Affordable Insurance Benefits,
                                                                         working with people, we want to talk to you!                                          401(k), Great PTO & Vacation, & Bonuses!
                             Organized Bonus Plan.
                                                                          We offer competitive salary plus an excellent bonus program.

                                                                                      To apply, please mail or fax your resume’ to:
                                                                                            Medical Electronics Corp. USA
                             3908 N. Peniel • Bethany, OK 73008                      3545 NW 58th St., Ste. #370 • OKC, OK 73112
                             (405) 789-2913 Fax (405) 789-2558                        Fax (405) 602-1813 • Office (405) 602-1806
                                                                                        (866) 602-1806 •

                                                                       1 6 1 LICENSED        1 6 1 LICENSED
                                 Seeking                                     PRACTICAL NURSE       PRACTICAL NURSE
                                                                                                                                                                  Visit us online at:
                                                                                                                 Are you working late hours only to
                                                                          21st CENTURY                           receive a disappointing paycheck?
                                                                                                                                                           Email or Fax:                              Mail or Stop in:
                                                                                                                 Wouldn't you rather work daytime
                                                                          HOME HEALTH AGENCY ®                   hours for a family oriented Home Care     (405) 810-1591 Fax                         HR Department

                                                                         FT Field LPN                            Agency? Our OKC area Home Care
                                                                         You can work at one of OKC’s            Agency is seeking caring, dedicated
                                                                                                                                                           (405) 842-2215 Ph                          2601 NW Expressway, Ste 910W
                                                                         largest and friendliest Home            RNs. Additionally, our OKC area                     OKC, OK 73112
                                                                         Health Agencies. $18.50/Visit (+        Home Care Agency is seeking car-
                                                                         mileage)                                                                                               An Equal Opportunity Employer
                                                                                                                 ing, dedicated LPNs (with at least one
                                                                           •   Mileage                           year nursing experience) desiring to
                                                                           •   Generous Sign-On Bonus            become Advantage Case Managers.
                                                                           •   Full Benefits                     We offer competitive pay, an excel-

                                                                                                                                                                           Pick a Card... Any Card
                                                                           •   Job Satisfaction                  lent working environment and a great
                                                                                Call Lesa at 414-4158            benefit package. EOE.
  Windsor Hills Nursing Center, a privately
  owned skilled nursing facility located in                                                                                                                        Oklahoma’ s Nur sing Times Acce pts
                                                                                                                                                                   Oklahoma’s                 Accepts
  Northwest Oklahoma City is seeking RNs
                                                                                                                                                                   credit cards for your convenience
  and LPNs to lead an outstanding nursing
  team. Qualified candidates will have                                                                                                                                                Visit The Web
  experience in geriatrics/LTC, strong                                 LPN 3/11 Looking for reliable and loyal   2 0 4 REGISTERED
                                                                       LPNs to join our team. $800 sign on
                                                                       bonus and benefits available to FT
  organizational skills and a customer                                 employees. Apply in person at                                                                           or call (405) 631-5100
  service orientation.                                                 Ranchwood Nursing Center 2730 N.
                                                                                                                     Accenting Applications for
                                                                       Mustang Rd.Yukon
                                                                                                                      Weekend RN Supervisor
                                                                                                                  ADON (LPN or RN) experience             2 0 4 REGISTERED                          2 0 4 REGISTERED                      2 0 4 REGISTERED                        2 0 4 REGISTERED
  Windsor Hills Nursing Center                                                                                      preferred LPNs 2 to 10 Shift
                                                                                                                 Seeking experienced, caring LTC
                                                                                                                   professionals with stable work
                                                                                                                                                                NURSE                                     NURSE                                 NURSE                                   NURSE

  Apply in confidence to Director of Nursing @ 2416 N.                                                             history to work various shifts.     If you’re a Registered Nurse looking           MEADOWBROOK SPECIALTY
                                                                                                                   Competitive salary & benefits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   21st CENTURY
                                                                                                                                                       for that perfect opportunity to provide        HOSPITAL 918-663-8183 Great
  Ann Arbor, OKC, OK, 73127, (405) 942-8566. This                       LPN's Evening Shift Correctional          including: Medical, Dental, Life     compassionate care while managing                                                            RN’s
                                                                           Healthcare Management has                                                                                                 Pay, Great Benefits, Great Prople.
  position offers a competitive salary and a full package                                                           Insurance, Vision, Paid time       your own flexible schedule… InFinity                                                 Full time & Per Diem                   HOME HEALTH AGENCY®
                                                                         immediate F/T and P/T Evening                off, 401K. No phone calls.                                                      Ask About A Sign-On Bonus for
  of benefits.                                                         shift (4p-Midnight) opportunities for     Apply in person @ SWEETBRIAR          Care of Tulsa is the place for you!          Full-Time Positions. Current team     RN’S needed in busy ambulatory          FT Field RN
                           EOE                                            LPN's to provide health- care            NURSING 1400 Buena Vista,           Laugh often, share ideas, work with           member positions: RN-FT, PRN         surg center. Must be highly motivated   You can work at one of OKC’s
                                                                       services at the Okla- homa County             MWC 73110 Ask for Tina            clear expectations, and build strong                                               with 2 years circulating and/or PACU    largest and friendliest Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                    LPN-FT,PRN Nurse Tech-Ft, PRN                                                 Health Agencies. $85/SOC; $60/
                                                                          Detention Cen- ter. Must have                        AA/EOE                  connections. Currently seeking Full-                                               experience. Must be ACLS. Health
                                                                       current OK license. Prefer previous                                                                                             Respiratory Therapist- PRN         Benefits. E-mail Resumes,               Recert; $27/Visit
1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING 1 4 0 GENERAL NURSING                              cor- rections healthcare experi-
                                                                                                                                                       Time RN Case Managers, Home                  Maintenance Tech- FT Coder-PRN        References and Salary requirement         •   Mileage
                                                                        ence, but not mandatory. Make the                                              Health Aides, RN Training and Com-              HIMS Clerk- PRN Qualified          to or fax         •   Generous Sign-On Bonus
                                                                         break from the typ- ical hospital                                             pliance Coordinator, and LPN Patient         applicants may apply in person. Or    to 405-616-2679.                          •   Full Benefits
                                                                        environment and use your nursing                                               Information Coordinator! Don’t miss            mail resume to: MeadowBrook                                                   •   Job Satisfaction
                                                                       skills in a fast-paced medical dept.
           RN/LPN                                                      No lifting, no bedpans. Fax resume
                                                                                                                                                       this exciting opportunity! Offering           Specialty Hospital Attn: HR, 3219
 Make extra money in your                       RN/LPN                     to 405.713.1933 or email to:
                                                                                                                                                       highly competitive pay, excellent ben-       S. 79th E. Ave Tulsa, OK 74145 Or
                                                                        phoisington@             Home Health Director Great         efits, and a team-spirited and healthy         email as a Word Attachment to:
     home. Home health                       BELLEVUE                                                                opportunity for RN in OKC-        work environment. Come in and fill
                                                                         See for more                                                                                       ONE
   experience required.                                                                                            Norman area, must have good
                                              HEALTH                                 information.
                                                                                                                  management and communication
                                                                                                                                                       out an application and visit us on the          HOSPUTAL... ONE TEAM...
 Call Debbie: 405-951-8420                  AND REHAB                                                             skills, salary up to 60k depending web at INFINITY CARE OF TULSA
                                                                                                                 on qualifications. . Fax resume to at 6914 S. Yorktown Avenue, Ste 115                                                   AREYOU READING THIS?
                                          SEEKING RN/LPN                                                                     405-273-6007.             Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136 Phone:                                                    So are more than 35,000 RNs, LPNs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and other healthcare workers             PART TIME RN
                                          FOR 3-11 M-F, RN/                                                                                            918.392.0800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Salary negotiable u 16-30 hrs per
                                                                                Rambling Oaks                                                                                                                                          throughout Oklahoma.
                                        LPN FOR MDS/CP M-F                                                                                                                                                                                                                week u Monday thru Friday u
                                                                                                                                                                                                    RN FIELD CASE MANAGER Full Recruiters - call 631-5100 Today! Excellent Teamwork Atmosphere
                                                                                Assisted Living
LPNs Home Health OKC Metro area,         7-3, AND PART-TIME                                                                                                                                         time, Call 720-2401 or fax resumes
                                                                          Now recruiting a Special                                                                                                                                                                        Fax Resume to Day Surgery 580-
FT/PT Excellent pay and benefits        RN/LPN 11-7. WE ARE                                                                                                                                         to 720-2556.                                                          226-5035
                                                                         LPN for a rewarding career                                                                       DAVITA
      FAX 405-840-2187 OR                 A FAMILY OWNED                 opportunity. Come be one                                                                                                                                             DIALYSIS RN’S
                                           AND OPERATED                   of our success stories!                                                         Are you ready for a change? Do you
                                            FACILITY WITH                       2 locations:                                  RN or LPN                   want to be part of an organization that
                                        EXCELLENT SALARY                     S OKC            Norman              Full or part time, 3-11. Come and       values your contribution and demon-
                                                                           (691-6555)       (360-4755)           join our wonderful team. Insurance       strates integrity? Then DaVita is the
             RN or LPN
 Full or part time, 3-11. Come and
join our wonderful team. Insurance
                                           AND BENEFITS.

                                               APPLY IN
                                                                                                                  now available. New Competitive
                                                                                                                      wages. Apply in person at
                                                                                                                           Eastwood Manor
                                                                                                                                                          company for you. Great fulltime op-
                                                                                                                                                          portunity for Dialysis RN’s in our
                                                                                                                  6th and Hwy. 69, Commerce, OK           Sapulpa, Tulsa, Central Tulsa Acutes
 now available. New Competitive
     wages. Apply in person at               PERSON AT:                                                                         675-4455                  and Greenwood facilities. We offer
                                                                                                                                                          an extensive training program to those
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ask about internet advertising at
          Eastwood Manor                  6500 N. PORTLAND                   Lead LPN for busy Internal
 6th and Hwy. 69, Commerce, OK
                                            AVE OR CALL
                                                                         Medicine Clinic. Duties to include
                                                                        the following: Front and back office
                                                                            w/some supervision. 1 year
                                                                                                                                                          without prior dialysis experience.
                                                                                                                                                          Great benefits package and educa-
                                                                                                                                                          tional opportunities. Oklahoma li-
                                          TO SCHEDULE AN                medical work exp req. Supervisory
                                             INTERVIEW.                  exp. a plus. Please send resumes
                                                                          to HR at PMG 3433 N.W. 56th
                                                                           Street #400, OKC, OK 73112,
                                                                                                                                                          cense required. EOE Apply on-line at
                                                                                                                                                                            More Than 50,000
                                                               or fax to 405-              RN Needed!
   PT School Nurse
   Licensed RN/LPN
                                                                          945-3150          at growing Dialysis Unit.
                                                                                                             Experience in Dialysis & or
                                                                                                             Nephrology. If you are hard
                                                                                                                                                              We re looking for                      Hits Per Month
                                                                                                             working, dependable & a caring                     caring RNs
   Please fax or email
       resume’ to:                   ARE YOU READING THIS?
                                                                                                             nurse apply in person at 310 S.
                                                                        FIELD RN This full time position Chickasaw in Pauls Valley.
                                                                                                                                                          for Part Time 7-3 Full and Part Time
                                                                                                                                                          3-11 and 11-7 Also, Flex positions
                                                                                                                                                          available for RN, LPN & CNA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Call 405-631-5100
  Fax (405) 524-9471                 So are more than 35,000 RNs, LPNs, will be for the Moore Shawnee Monday, Wednesday or Friday                         Competitive salary & shift differential
                                     and other healthcare workers area. Interested applicants please 8:30am-3pm or fax resume to 405-                  throughout Oklahoma.               fax resumes to 405-275-6777 or 238-3242.
                                     Recruiters - call 631-5100 Today! apply in person 657 N. Broadway,
                                                                        Shawnee, OK
                                                                                                                                                          Join our team at Arbuckle Memorial
                                                                                                                                                          Hospital, 2011 W. Broadway, Sulphur,
                                                                                                                                                          OK 73086 Pick up an application or                                 We’ll Prove it!
                                                                                                                                                          Fax resume to: (580) 622-5519
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Reports available on demand

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                                                                                                                                                        or Monday
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                                                                                             the State
                                                                                                                                  Longanacre is executive vice president of
Longanacre to speak at                                                                                                            Ross Health Care Services headquartered
                                                                                                                                  in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Concentrating
                                                                                                                                  in non-metro areas, Ross is the fastest
death and dying seminar                                                                                                           growing provider of hospice, home health
                                                                                                                                  and private duty services in Oklahoma.
     Well-known author Cindy               nursing education, marketing and                                                            The seminars, entitled “Delving
Longanacre, RN, CHPN will be the           development of new hospice programs.                                                   Deeper into Death and Dying”, will be
keynote speaker at the PESI Healthcare          She is a frequent speaker on subjects                                             held in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on
statewide seminars on death and dying.     relating to hospice care, including ethics,                                            June 19th and 20th, and are designed for
     Longanacre, co-author of the book     communication, pain management, the                                                    experienced professionals dealing with the
“Hospice, A Labor of Love,” is a veteran   death experience and the Medicare hospice                                              terminally ill patient population. Issue titles
professional with nearly 17 years          benefit. She has presented at the National                                             such as “Aggressive Treatment in the
experience in the hospice field. She has   Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s                                             Terminally Ill,” “The Long Difficult
served in numerous hospice roles,          annual conference and the Texas and New                                                Conversation,” “The Patient with No
including patient care management,         Mexico Hospice organization conferences.                                               Advance Care Planning,” “Survival Skills
                                                                                                                                  for Difficult Dying Patients” and “The
                                                                                                                                  Death Experience” will be presented.
                                                                                                                                       For more information or to register,
                                                                                               Cindy Longanacre, RN, CHPN
                                                                                               Cindy Longanacr RN,                visit

                                                                                         Scoggins and Cross honored
                                                                                             Scoggins and Cross, PLLC, an         by the University of Oklahoma College
                                                                                         Oklahoma City law firm, was recently     of Nursing as the first recipient of its
                                                                                         honored by the Oklahoma City             Distinguished Alumnus Award. Scoggins
                                                                                         University School of Law with the Law    was honored by the Ruth Bader Ginsberg
                                                                                         Firm Mark of Distinction Award.          American Inn of court with the John
                                                                                             The award was presented at OCU’s     Shipp Award for Professionalism.
                                                                                         Legal Affair held at the Oklahoma City       Scoggins and Cross, PLLC, was
                                                                                         Golf and Country Club. Principals of     established in 2002. The firm provides
                                                                                         the firm, Linda G. Scoggins and Laura    legal services and advice primarily to
                                                                                         L. Cross, have also recently received    corporate and individual healthcare
                                                                                         individual honors. Cross was honored     providers.
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                          June 12, 2006                                                                             Page 11

                                                                                            more frequent doctors’ visits and other         underlying factors that contribute to
Recent OSDH study                                                                           contacts with the health care system
                                                                                            during this time. Brief cessation counseling
                                                                                                                                            increased tobacco use during and after
                                                                                                                                            pregnancy, and especially when caring
                                                                                            sessions delivered by a trained provider        for most affected populations.
confirms risks of smoking                                                                   with the provision of pregnancy specific,
                                                                                            self help materials, telephone counseling
                                                                                                                                                 · Use support therapy when needed
                                                                                                                                            such as pharmacotherapy and/or nicotine
     A recent Oklahoma State Department        pregnancy, and premature rupture of          and effective pharmacological agents for        replacement therapy when the benefits
of Health (OSDH) study affirms that tobacco    membranes. There is a strong link            women also should be readily available.         outweigh the risks of the therapy and
use during pregnancy remains one of the        between tobacco use during pregnancy              The OSDH suggests the following            continued smoking.
most important preventable causes of poor      and poor infant outcomes including           recommendations for health care providers            · Provide more targeted intervention
birth outcomes, including low birth weight     more preterm deliveries, low birth           to assist their pregnant patients in quitting   and discussion with mothers and family
babies. Mothers who smoked during              weight, stillbirth, neonatal and perinatal   smoking:                                        members about the dangers of secondhand
pregnancy were shown to be almost twice        mortality. In addition, secondhand                · Offer effective smoking cessation        smoke and what they can do to limit
as likely to have a low birth weight baby      smoke aggravates childhood illnesses like    interventions to pregnant smokers that          exposure.
as mothers who did not smoke.                  otitis media, asthma, bronchitis,            exceed the minimal advice to quit.                   · Encourage the use of the Oklahoma
     In a report published in the winter       pneumonia, wheezing, and respiratory              · Assess smoking status at each visit      Tobacco Helpline 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-
2006 issue of the OSDH publication PRAMS       illness. Infants exposed to secondhand       and use relapse prevention strategies to        800-784-8669). For more information on
GRAM, the study found that about 30            smoke are at higher risk for SIDS.           minimize the possibility of relapse during      this issue, contact Ameyka Pittman, health
percent of Oklahoma mothers smoked                  According to the Centers for Disease    the postpartum period.                          educator in the OSDH Maternal and Child
during the three months prior to pregnancy     Control and Prevention, the costs of              · Increase efforts to identify             Health Service, at 405/271-4476.
and 18 percent smoked during the last          neonatal conditions in Oklahoma related
three months of their pregnancy. Nationally,   to tobacco use during pregnancy are
only 11 percent of women smoked while          estimated at $5.7 million per year, mostly
pregnant. Other findings showed that 59        due to increased need for neonatal
percent of the women who quit smoking          intensive care unit services. Research
during pregnancy began smoking again           from the National Center for Chronic
after the baby was born, exposing the baby     Disease Prevention and Health
to harmful secondhand smoke.                   Promotion showed that countering the
     “The information tells us that there      problem with treatment aimed
are far too many Oklahoma pregnant             specifically at pregnant smokers can be
women smoking during pregnancy,” said          cost effective. For every dollar spent on
Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Dr.            tobacco cessation intervention with this
Michael Crutcher. “There is a tremendous       population, six dollars can be saved in
need for more education and interventions      medical costs.
to help mothers quit smoking during                 Health care providers who have
pregnancy to improve the baby’s growth         contact with pregnant women can use
and to lower the risk of having a low          those opportunities to intervene with
birth weight baby.”                            women who are more motivated to quit
     Women who use tobacco during              smoking for the sake of their babies’
pregnancy are more likely to experience        health. Providers can access pregnant
complications such as miscarriage, ectopic     women easier because they may have
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Continued Education
                                        06/16/06 Nurse Assistant               professional nursing? The               including BLS, ACLS or PALS.           3:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the NRH
                                        Skills Workshop                        University of Oklahoma College of       This course must be completed          Education Center 901 N. Porter,
                                        8:00 am - 12:00 pm at the NRH          Nursing and participating               before taking BLS Instructor,          Norman, Oklahoma. An 8-hour
06/15/06 Nurse Refresher                Education Center, 901 N. Porter,       technology centers in Oklahoma’s        ACLS Instructor or PALS                class for RNs with 1 year ICU
Course                                  Norman, OK 73070. Using both           Career Tech system are now              Instructor courses. This class is      experience to learn how to
Are you an LPN or RN in need of         lecture and skills check-offs, this    accepting enrollments for a Nurse       required for those who are new         recover CABG patients.
an update in the world of               refresher course includes topics       Refresher Course. This course           instructors or those who are           Participant will learn how to teach
professional nursing? The               such as skin care, foley catheters,    offers three components: 1. a self-     currently instructors in one           patients prior to surgery, to
University of Oklahoma College of       enemas, documentation and              paced on-line nursing theoretical       discipline and wish to become an       recognize order set and Caremap,
Nursing and participating               more. Call 405-440-8802 to             course; 2. a nursing skills lab; 3. a   instructor in a second or third        how to set up room, how to use
technology centers in Oklahoma’s        register. No charge for NRH            clinical rotation module. Courses       discipline. NRH Education Center,      PA catheters and what to do when
Career Tech system are now              employees. $50 for outside             conveniently begin the 1st and          901 N. Porter, Norman, OK For          patient returns from surgery.
accepting enrollments for a Nurse       participants Cancellations must be     15th of every month. This course        more information call, Sheila Reid,    Prerequisites: 1-year ICU
Refresher Course. This course           received 24 hours prior to the         can be completed in as little as six    Training Center Faculty 387-5802       experience, Hemodynamics class,
offers three components: 1. a self-     program. Cancellations after this      weeks or as long as six months.         Carol Reed, BLS Coordinator 307-       Mechanical Ventilation class and
paced on-line nursing theoretical       time or no-shows will be charged       Nurse Refresher Course Facts: 1.        1777. For information regarding        IABP class. No charge for NRH
course; 2. a nursing skills lab; 3. a   a $25 administrative fee.              Meets requirements of the               the American Heart Association         employees but pre-registration is
clinical rotation module. Courses                                              Oklahoma Board of Nursing as an         Guidelines for Instructor              required. External participant
conveniently begin the 1st and                                                 approved Nurse Refresher course.        Certification and Training Center      tuition is $50, which covers
15th of every month. This course                                               2. Easy accessibility through any       Affiliation. Hours of class to be      materials and refreshments. To
can be completed in as little as six                                           participating technology center in      determined pending publication of      register call, HealthLink 405-440-
weeks or as long as six months.         06/22/2006 Preceptor                   Oklahoma. 3. Self-paced on-line         course materials. Materials to be      8802. Cancellations received less
Nurse Refresher Course Facts: 1.        Continuing Education                   nursing review with instructor          published June, 2006. Fees are to      than 24 hours prior to the class or
Meets requirements of the                                                      support 4. For Information:             be determined pending publishing       no-shows will be charged a $25
Oklahoma Board of Nursing as an         1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the NRH
                                        -                                      Oklahoma Department of                  of course materials. Cancellations     administrative fee.
approved Nurse Refresher course.        Education Center, 901 N. Porter,       CareerTech                              must be received 24 hours prior to
2. Easy accessibility through any       Norman, OK. Series of 2-hour  Ned         the program. Cancellations after
participating technology center in                                             Gray, Adult and career                  this time or no-shows will be
                                        professional development
Oklahoma. 3. Self-paced on-line         programs designed for those who        Development Program specialist          charged a $25 administrative fee.
nursing review with instructor          have already taken the Preceptor (405)            To register: Healthlink @ 440-
support 4. For Information:             Workshop and are currently             743-5568 or any technology              8802. Registration is available 24
Oklahoma Department of                  Preceptors. Each session focuses       center in your area. OU College of      hours/day, 7 days/week.
CareerTech                              on a different topic and may           Nursing Web site http://                Registration closes one week prior     Prescriptive Authority Ned         include communication skills, Sharon Clark          to class date. Please bring current    Preceptorship for Clinical
Gray, Adult and career                  leadership skills, teaching skills,    Administrative Secretary (405)          CPR provider card to class.            Nurse Specialists
Development Program specialist          and/or new topics. Preceptors are      271-2062. 5. Faculty supervision        Course Book will be available for (405)            required to attend 2 additional        for all lab skills and clinical         purchase in the NRH Education          The University of Oklahoma,
743-5568 or any technology              classes per year. Each class will      rotation. 6. Total course cost:         Center.                                College of Nursing is offering a
center in your area. OU College of      meet one of these requirements.        $1900. 7. Prerequisites. This                                                  preceptorship program to prepare
Nursing Web site http:// Sharon Clark
                                        No charge to NRH employees.
                                        $30.00 to non-NRH employees.
                                                                               course is recommended for the
                                                                               following persons: Applicants for               August                         qualified Clinical Nurse Specialists
                                                                                                                                                              for Prescriptive Authority in
Administrative Secretary (405)
271-2062. 5. Faculty supervision
                                        Call 440-8802 to Register.
                                        Cancellation must be received 24
                                                                               registered nurse or practical nurse
                                                                               licensure by endorsement,                                    NEW!              Oklahoma . The preceptorship
                                                                                                                                                              involves 320 contact hours of
for all lab skills and clinical         hours prior to the program.            reinstatement, or return to active                                             appropriate practice under the
rotation. 6. Total course cost:                                                status who need to complete a           08/09/2006 Care of the                 supervision of a qualified precep-
                                        Cancellations after this time or no-
$1900. 7. Prerequisites. This                                                  Nurse Refresher Course to meet          Orthopedic Patient                     tor and nurse faculty. E nrollment
                                        shows will be charged a $25
course is recommended for the                                                  Board of Nursing requirements;          8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the NRH         must be for 20 hours per week
                                        administrative fee
following persons: Applicants for                                              Graduates of nursing programs           Education Center 901 N. Porter,        over a 16 week period or for 10
registered nurse or practical nurse                                            who have not taken and/or passed        Norman, Oklahoma. A workshop           hours per week over a 32 week
licensure by endorsement,                                                      the NCLEX within two years of           designed to provide staff with         period. Students must meet the
reinstatement, or return to active                                             completion of their nursing             information and skills necessary       admission criteria, secure the
status who need to complete a                                                  education program; Foreign-             to care for the orthopedic patient.    services of a qualified preceptor,
                                        06/28/06 Mentor Training                                                       Course content will focus on care
Nurse Refresher Course to meet                                                 educated nurses who are seeking                                                and, under the direction of a
                                        for Nurse Assistants                   licensure in Oklahoma but who           of the total hip and knee patient
Board of Nursing requirements;                                                                                                                                College of Nursing faculty,
Graduates of nursing programs                                                  have never been licensed in the         as well as other commonly seen         satisfactorily complete
                                        1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the NRH                                                  orthopedic procedures. Hands on
who have not taken and/or passed                                               United States; Nurses who hold a                                               preceptorship requirements. The
                                        Eduation Center - 901 N. Porter,                                               approach will include equipment
the NCLEX within two years of                                                  current license but who have been                                              Prescriptive Authority
                                        Norman. Training for Nursing                                                   used in the clinical setting as well
completion of their nursing                                                    before the Board for disciplinary                                              preceptorship is a continuing
                                        Assistants on how to effectively                                               as potential complications. A must
education program; Foreign-                                                    action. (Must present a copy of                                                education offering. Successful
                                        mentor new hires. Topics include                                               for those new to the orthopedic
educated nurses who are seeking                                                their Board order); Currently                                                  students will receive a certificate
                                        mentoring skills, communication,                                               setting! Anyone who provides care
licensure in Oklahoma but who                                                  licensed Oklahoma nurses who                                                   of completion. No academic credit
                                        teamwork, and mentor                                                           for orthopedic patients is
have never been licensed in the                                                would like an update of nursing                                                for the program will be awarded.
                                        development. Call HealthLink at                                                encouraged to attend. No charge
United States; Nurses who hold a                                               knowledge are welcomed to take                                                 All students will be required to
                                        405-440-8802 to register No                                                    for NRH employees but pre-
current license but who have been                                              this course. These students have                                               meet with faculty for an orientation
                                        charge to NRH employees. Pre-                                                  registration is required. External
before the Board for disciplinary                                              the option of taking only the                                                  to the course. Faculty will conduct
                                        registration is required. $35 for                                              participant tuition is $50, which
action. (Must present a copy of                                                didactic portion of the course. This                                           visits to the preceptor site as well
                                        external registrants. Cancellations                                            covers materials and
their Board order); Currently                                                  course was developed in a                                                      as seminars and consultation via
                                        must be received 24 hours prior to                                             refreshments. To register call,
licensed Oklahoma nurses who                                                   partnership between the                                                        the Internet. Admission Criteria: 1.
                                        the program. Cancellations after                                               HealthLink 405-4440-8802.
would like an update of nursing                                                University of Oklahoma College of                                              Completion of a master’s degree
                                        this time or no-shows will be                                                  Cancellations received less than
knowledge are welcomed to take                                                 Nursing and participating                                                      from an accredited college or
                                        charged a $25 administrative fee.                                              24 hours prior to the class or no-
this course. These students have                                               technology centers in Oklahoma’s                                               school of nursing with preparation
the option of taking only the                                                  Career Tech system.                     shows will be charged a $25            as a clinical nurse specialist or

didactic portion of the course. This                                                                                   administrative fee.                    current enrollment in the last
course was developed in a                                                                           NEW!                                                      semester of a clinical nurse
partnership between the
University of Oklahoma College of       07/01/06 Nurse Refresher               07/14/2006 AHA Core                                         NEW!               specialist program. Please provide
                                                                                                                                                              a copy of graduate college
Nursing and participating               Course                                 Instructor Course                                                              transcript. 2. Current licensure as
technology centers in Oklahoma’s        Are you an LPN or RN in need of        Designed to prepare the                 08/09/2006 Care of the                 a registered nurse in Oklahoma
Career Tech system.                     an update in the world of              participant to teach AHA courses        CABG Patient                           and current recognition by the
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times                                                           June 12, 2006                                                                                                                       Page 13

Continued Education                                                                                             The Oklahoma                                                              Supporting Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                      Professionals of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Board of Nursing as a
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or
currently enrolled in the last
semester of the CNS graduate
                                     combination of self-paced online
                                     programs with instructor support
                                     and student interaction and an
                                     optional clinical practicum. Part
                                                                           call 405-271-2062 or Sharon
                                                                           Clark @ Sharon-
                                                                  or call 405-
                                                                                                                Health Care & Service Directory
                                     I: Case Management Principles                                              Associations                             Hospital                                    Medical Transportation
program. If a CNS, present                                                 271-2062.
documentation of national            and Practice (60 contact hours).                                                                                                Revealing God’s
certification in the clinical spe-   This web-based course explores                                                             405.840.3476                         Healing Presence
cialty for which prescriptive        the concept of case management                                                                   Serving the
                                                                                                                                      Needs of All
                                                                                                                                                              St. Anthony Hospital                     10001 South Western #102
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oklahoma City
authority is sought (i.e., Acute     as the timely coordination of                                                                  Oklahoma Nurses     St. Anthony Heart Hospital                        (405) 692-2366
Care, Psychiatric Nursing). 3.       quality healthcare services. The      Differential Diagnosis of                                                       1000 N. Lee, Oklahoma City
Completion of NURS 5013              course will cover ways to meet        Drug Seeking Behavior                Health Care Staffing                             (405) 272-7000
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mortgage Lenders
Pharmacology for Advanced            specific healthcare needs in a        1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit,                 Providing quality nurses and    Bone & Joint Hospital
Practice Nurses, or PHSC 5010        cost-effective manner to promote      course #5E008web. The                        continuous service since 1987     1111 N Dewey Oklahoma City
                                     positive client outcomes. This        provincial attitude of avoiding       • 405-943-7946                                  (405) 272-9671
Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics at
                                     course is approved for 51 contact     prescribing opioids has formed        • 888-456-0860
OUHSC or in the process of                                                                                      Fax 405-943-7947
completing this type of course. If   hours of continuing education         the basis of much of the
an Advanced Practice Pharmacol-      credit by the Commission for          regulatory and legal climate         NURSE REGISTRY, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                             “Focused on Your Health”
                                     Case Manager Certification. The                                            Licensed Medical Staffing
                                                                           forming controlled drug                                                           901 North Porter, Norman
ogy course was not part of the                                                                                  for Oklahoma, Kansas
                                     fee for this 10-week course is        legislation. However, medical        & Texas.                                         (405) 307-2020
graduate curriculum when the
                                     $500 per participant. Next                                                    • 888-870-8086
CNS student received a Graduate                                            literature has re-opened this
Degreethen student must com-         session begins April 17. Part II:     issue, leading regulatory                                                    Quality Hospital of theYear,2003 & 2004
                                     Practicum in Case Management          agencies to adopt a more             Home Health                             & Gold Award Winner, 5 Quarters 2003-2004
plete a 3 credit hour graduate                                                                                                                
                                     (40 contact hours). This clinical     permissive environment, it is              21st CENTURY
level pharmacology course or 45
                                     practicum course allows               imperative tolearn how to                  HOME HEALTH AGENCY TM              Kindred             Healthcare
contact hour Advanced Practice
                                     learners who are new to case          differentially diagnose drug-               “Care is what we do”
Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics                                                                                     1421 Northwest 150th st.
                                     management an opportunity to          seeking behavior and what to do
Course which is acceptable to                                                                                      Edmond 405-348-3459                   Hospital Services
                                     practice case management              about it. Many of the legitimate
OUCN. The Clinical Pharmaco-
                                     principles in a preceptored
therapeutics course must be                                                pain patients exhibit co-morbid       Hospice
                                                                                                                                                         Long-Term Care Ins.                            eferring a patient, client,
completed within 3 years of
application for Prescriptive
                                     environment. The fee for this five-
                                     week course is $300 per
                                     participant. Next session begins
                                                                           drug-seeking disorder and must
                                                                           be dealt with carefully.
                                                                                                                 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
Authority with the OK Board of       April 17. Part III: Advanced                                                 3908 N. Peniel • Bethany,                                                         supporting businesses and
Nursing. 4. Agreement of a           Concepts of Case Management                                                      (405) 789-2913                     Medical Manufacturers                      organizations to help!
qualified preceptor to oversee the   (30 contact hours). This course
preceptorship. A qualified precep-   explores advanced concepts,                                                    Include Your Facility, Organization or Service
tor is a physician or advanced
practice nurse with prescriptive
                                     issues and trends of relevance to                                           Only $25 Per Month • 405-631-5100
                                     the practice of case                  Grief Recovery Program:
authority who is practicing in the   management. The fee for this
                                                                                                                 CALL DAWNELLTO PLACE YOUR AD HERE
appropriate clinical specialty. A    five-week course is $250 per          The Hospice of Oklahoma

                                                                                                                        Hospice Directory
Preceptor Data Record and the        participant. Next session begins      County grief recovery program is
preceptor’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)    July 17.For more information,         offering grief counseling for
must accompany the Prescriptive      visit our Website at http://          health care providers or anyone
Authority Preceptorship program To enroll,     else in the community. They
registration form. Preceptors will   please contact Sharon Clark at        provide a step-by-step approach      Alleve Hospice: Linda Aron, Volunteer Coordinator,
subsequently be required to sign     (405)271-2062 or send an e-mail       for those who wish to resolve        (405) 605-7787
a letter of agreement to confirm     to               their loss issues and move           Autumn Bridge Hospice: (405) 440-2440
their willingness to serve as a                                                                                 Autumn Light Hospice: (580) 252-1266
                                                                           beyond their grief to a richer       Carter Hospice: Tiffany Wagner, Volunteer Coordinator,
Preceptor. 5. The Board of                                                 quality of life. For more            (405) 947-7705, ext 341
Nursing requires completion of an                                          information, contact Hospice of      Community Hospice of Oklahoma: Lori Jeppesen,
additional 2 Academic Credits or                                           Oklahoma County at (405) 848-        866-891-7800
30 Contact Hours in Pharmaco-                                              8884 and ask for the grief           Companion Hospice: Jessica Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator,
therapeutic Management appli-        TNEEL Self-Study                      support program. All programs        Guthrie (405) 282 - 3980, Edmond (405) 341 - 9751
cable to the scope of practice and   Program                                                                    Compassionate Care Hospice: (405) 948-4357
                                                                           are free of charge, confidential
specialty area as a pre-requisite                                                                               Crossroads Hospice: Dara Evans, Volunteer Coordinator, (405) 632-
                                                                           and open to the public.              9631
or co-requisite to this course and   The TNEEL-SS program is
                                                                                                                Excell Hospice: Stephanie Dartez, Volunteer Coordinator, (405) 631-
preceptor experience. This           designed to help caregivers                                                0521
program meets the preceptorship      improve palliative care for                                                Faith Hospice of OKC: (405) 840-8915
requirements of the Oklahoma         patients across the life span. The                                         Frontier Hospice: Pat McGowin, Volunteer Coordinator,
Board of Nursing. The individual     course has open entry, affording                                           (405) 789-2913
student is responsible for meeting   participants the opportunity to       ACLS (Advanced Cardiac               Good Shepherd Hospice: Julie Williams, Volunteer Coordinator, (405)
other OBN prescriptive authority     begin at any time and offers a        Life Support) Training -             943-0903
                                                                                                                Heartland Hospice: Crystal McKee (405) 848-3305, OKC; Karen
requirements. Link to Oklahoma       range from 2 to 49 CEU contact        American Heart                       Cleveland (405) 214-6442, Shawnee; Debbie Tallent (405) 224-9404,
Board of Nursing to review           hours. The cost is $20 per CE         Association                          Chickasha
Prescriptive Authority Application   hour. Participants may choose to                                           Hospice of Oklahoma County: Ruth Ann Frick, Volunteer Coodinator,
Guidelines http://                   take either 2 CE or 8 CE              Computerized training for            (405) 848-8884        programs in any of the following      healthcare personnel only.           Interim Healthcare Hospice: Christy Byrd, Volunteer Coordinator (405)
pa-4.pdf. For more information,      areas: 1. Pain and symptom            Applicants must be proficient in     848-3555
                                                                                                                Lion Hospice: Thomas White, Volunteer Coordinator, (405) 810-1591
call 1-877-FOR-OURN.                 management (Comfort); 2.              BLS. Must make an appointment        Mission Hospice: Barbara Strickland, Volunteer Coordinator, (405) 842-
                                     Clinician-to-patient                  to use ACLS Training Computer.       2215
                                     communication skills                  Location: Training will be held at   Odyssey Healthcare: Kelly Morris, Volunteer Coordinator, (405) 879-
                                     (Connections); 3. Legal and           the NEW Education Area (former       3400
                                     ethical issues at the end-of-life     Materials Management                 Preferred Hospice: Shelly Jackson-Keller (405) 602-6473 or 866-602-
Case Management Series               (Ethics & Law); 4. A                  Warehouse) at Unity Health
                                                                                                                Red River Hospice: Joy Ausmus (405) 943-8277
The Case Management Series           comprehensive understanding of        Center at the 1102 W. MacArthur
                                                                                                                Vista Care: Linda Murphy, Volunteer Services Manager, (405) 843-
provides the healthcare              grief (Grief); 5. The economic and    location in Shawnee. For more        4907,
professional an avenue to            emotional impact of death             information: (405) 878-3404.         Palliative Hospice: Janet Lowder - Seminole & Sabrina Johnson -
demonstrate a higher level of        (Impact); 6. Alternative therapies    Cost: $225.00 (includes book.)       Durant, 800-648-1655

                                                                                                                            Lend a Helping Hand
case management knowledge            for the patient’s well-being (Well-   You may register online by
and professional development.        Being) For further information        visiting
The series is offered through a      please contact Beverly Bowers @
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                                                                                              its rescue? A medicine to help with          do that specific car repair because your
Defending your right to know                                                                  hyperacidity.
                                                                                                   As consumers of health marketing
                                                                                                                                           model car is too old? I have heard of
                                                                                                                                           insurance companies that will actually
                                              been a great stimulus to purchasing             gimmicks, free samples, and rebates must     total a car out because it is cheaper to
Natural Lifestyles...                         products.                                       not lure us. We must find our voice          do so then to repair the vehicle. Well,
by Dr. Linda Mundorff MPH, MSN, ND, RN,             When was the last time you went           among the big pharmaceutical houses,         that might be cost effective for the
                                              into the grocery store and said to yourself,    American Medical Association, and other      insurance company but what about the
                                              “Oh, I have been meaning to try that; I         big corporate money machines that are        claimant? Suppose that person still has a
                                              saw it on television the other night.”          focusing on the health struggles within      car loan on that vehicle that is more
                                              Television commercials are persuasive           in our country. If you truly want choices,   than the payout by the insurance
                         According to the     indeed. I try not to watch any infomercials     like naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic   company?
                         Health Keepers       late at night because I know that one of        services, massage therapy, and the like,          If you want to ensure that your rights
                         Alliance, Inc,       them is going to get me to buy the              then write to your congressional             as a consumer are being protected and
                         people have a        magic bullet or try Susan Lucci’s               representative, the insurance commission,    you want the freedom to choose your
                         right to choose      amazing at home dermo-abrasion kit.             and your insurance company and let them      health care team, then I urge you to step
                         their own type of          Why are pharmaceutical companies          know as consumers of health you want         up to the plate. Please do not shift the
                         treatment            relying on this type of marketing scheme?       choices.                                     blame and think that the next person
                         modalities. The      Because they know that the commercials               Alternative health practitioners are    will do it. We need you and the next
                         Alliance sponsors    work! If you have heartburn and see             not always a covered benefit through         person to do it. The more we speak, the
Dr.       Mundorff RN,
Dr. Linda Mundorff RN, health freedom         one of the famous heartburn commercials         health insurance. But the only way we        louder we will be.
MPH, MSN, ND              expositions all     where the person is complaining that he         are going to change this is by lobbying
                          over the country    cannot eat pizza with his uncle anymore,        and letting the government know that
encouraging the mind-body-spirit model        and he misses pepper and sausage heros,         the majority of Americans do want a
of health care.                               etc., then you know how convincing they         choice. We know this because natural
     When you watch T.V., what type of        are. The next time you go to your doctor,       food stores, vitamin houses, books, and
commercials do you see? Have you noticed      you are going to ask for a prescription         alternative health practitioners are
that more and more pharmaceutical             for that miracle drug!                          springing up all over the place. The              Dr. Mundorff is a Board Certified
companies are airing commercials                    Moreover, what about rheumatoid           demand is here but the reimbursement         Naturopath, and not a medical doctor. The
regarding their products? I have seen         arthritis? As nurses we know how                for those services and products are not.     information in this column is for educational
commercials for everything from condom        debilitating R.A. can be, now imagine           Why should we pay for health services        purposes only and should not be used to self-
brands to antacids, and everything in         some miracle drug that gives you back           when in fact we have health insurance?       diagnose and treat diseases. Please consult
between. The pharmaceutical companies         your freedom of movement, and without                It is like having car insurance that    your physician before starting any alternative
have huge lobby groups that can get           pain! Heck, if I had R.A. I would be on         will only cover claims that are on their     modalities.
almost anything pushed through                the phone with my doctor the next day           menu of covered benefits. Can you                 Linda Mundorff is the author (Rener)
Congress; and has the public relations        asking for a prescription. I especially liked   imagine calling your car insurance claims    of Medical Terminology: a Student Workbook,
budget to do just about anything on           the commercial that had the giant               department and being told that your          and Memories of My Sister: Dealing with
television, billboards, and the like. It is   stomach; you know the one where the             accident will not be covered because you     Sudden Death. You can reach Dr. Mundorff
astute marketing, as television has always    stomach is in agony and what comes to           were driving after 8pm? Or, they won’t       at email:

                                                  I know that it doesn’t always                    The flip side is the stress and the     of times each year to get away from
Nurse Burnout                                 happen for every patient. I also know
                                              that many nurses may not even know
                                                                                              constant rush to get things done in a
                                                                                              timely manner. The necessity to
                                                                                                                                           all the stress. Maybe a long weekend
                                                                                                                                           camping out if that is your idea of
                                              they have this ability.                         perform three or four tasks at a time        leisure, a night in a nice hotel with
My Point of View...                               Usually the most touching thing             in order to get everything done that         someone you enjoy, or a shopping trip
Commentary by Larry Leeds, RN                 for those that are really ill and just          must be completed. The energy                to someplace other than your
                                              not feeling well are the little acts of         required to keep working when it             hometown.
                                              kindness that happen naturally. When            seems like you will never reach the               Planning and taking small trips
                                              a nurse makes a tender gesture or is            end.                                         and giving yourself some time to
                         As I struggle        able to bring a smile with a light                   The struggle to help others             unwind and de stress will improve
                         through my           hearted joke.                                   understand the processes they are            your nursing longevity. After all “all
                         daily routine            When a nurse is teaching about              dealing with. Explaining or educating        work and no play” really does stink!
                         which        has     something and has the ability to make           patients or their family members about
                         recently become      the patient understand and finally see          the procedures, tests, indications and
                         somewhat more        the entire process with which they              consequences of treatment or the
                         routine than         have been living. When a nurse talks            decision not to treat.
                         usual, I begin to    with family members and explains                     These are many of the things that          Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
Lar r y Leeds, RN
Larr Leeds,              see why many         things in a way that puts them at               we deal with 24/7, 365. You can’t leave

experience burnout.
                         nurses      may      ease. These are the things that nurses
                                              are really all about.
                                                                                              at the end of the day without taking
                                                                                              some part of your duties and
                                                                                                                                           Board of Commentary
    There are a multitude of causes               Obviously these moments are far             responsibilities with you.                                  Christina Gomez
and reasons that may drive any nurse          too few. During the course of a year                 Ultimately the people that suffer                       Martha Collar
                                                                                                                                                           Eileen Doherty
to the end of their endurance levels. I       nurses are in very intimate contact             for the feelings you are unable to leave                  Mary Jo Fay, RN, MS
know many of us are driven by forces          with thousands of their fellow human            behind are those that are closest to                         Colleen Folsch
that we ourselves don’t always                beings. Nurses have a direct influence          you. When you are at a high level of                   Virginia Gillispie, RN, ND
understand. I know in the beginning           on monumental decisions. In fact,               stress for extended periods of time                          Vickie Jenkins
for me it was all about the ability to        nurses are often the people informing           eventually there will be a breaking                         Larry Leeds, RN
                                                                                                                                             Linda Mundorff(Rener), RN, MPH, MSN, NDc
assist others and try to help patients        patients and families that these difficult      point. You find yourself becoming                       Carol Shenold, RN, CIC
who were not feeling well to have a           decisions must be made.                         overly anxious about normal everyday                     Elizabeth Sowdal, RN
better day.                                       We see human nature at its best             life situations that happen to all of us              Deresa Claybrook, MS, RHIT
    I still believe that the bottom line      and worst from joy to misery and the            such as dealing with our children,                        Licia McCurdy, LPN
of being a great nurse is that certain        remaining spectrum of human                     paying bills, buying groceries and
something we bring to our patients;           emotions. Nurses comfort the hurting            taking the cat to the vet.                   Opinions expressed in columns and letters
that something that lifts them up just        and console the grieving. We offer                   This is why I would like to suggest     to the editor are not necessarily the
a bit and helps them, if even for just        solace to hundreds of people and we             to all nurses that you make time to          opinions of employees, ownership of this
a moment, forget their troubles and           do it all for those few brief moments           take a sanity break. Figure out a way        newspaper or the publishing company.
pain.                                         that make it all worth while.                   that you can plan and take a couple
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 What is your favorite               What is the most important          Each week we visit with health                   What do you wish you had                What do you do to relax?
 summer activity?                    lesson you’ve learned as                 care professionals                          learned in nursing school?
                                     a nurse?                               throughout Oklahoma.

“Taking walks with my family.”       “Patience.”                                                                         “I would have liked to have              “Spend time with my family.”
                                                                                                                         learned more about IV pumps--
                                                                                                                         about how to set them and do
                                                                                                                         the fluid count. They can be
                                                                                                                         confusing as a new nurse.”

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                                                                          54. Tool for digging.                         11. Psychological dependence          53. Type of drum.
                                                                          58. Off-Broadway award.                       on others.                            55. Pertaining to a virus.
                                                                          60. Sicily volcano.                           12. Attach suddenly.                  56. Equals.
                                                                          62. Subtropical evergreen tree.               13. Catch sight of.                   57. Projecting mountain ridge.
                                                                          63. Intended to deceive.                      18. Make reference to.                58. Buckeye state.
                                                                          64. Having keen hearing.                      24. Appropriate for.                  59. Stick to firmly.
                                                                          66. Inca sun god.                             26. Long periods of time.             61. Elaborate, lengthy solo.
                                                                          67. Mysterious.                               28. Money owed.                       65. Domesticated companion.
                                                                          68. Sharp taste.                              30. Lacking in good judgment.           Crossword puzzle solutions for
                                                                          69. Lengthly lyrical poems.                   31. Adjust for functioning.                the week of June 5, 2006
                                                                          70. Pay for.                                  32. Money in Papua New
                                                                          71. Different to.                             Guinea.
                                                                          Down                                          33. Covered with icing.
                                                                          1. Face with courage.                         34. Reach agreement by
                                                                          2. Wound antiseptic.                          compromise.
                                                                          3. Fortuneteller’s cards.                     36. Geological time division.
                                                                          4. Soon.                                      37. Become agitated.
                                                                          5. Women’s undergarment.                      38. Fits of madness.
                                                                          6. Snakelike marine animals.                  41. Temple.
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5. Gets the better of.              25. Carve in an ornamental way.
10. Atoll in Loyalty Islands.       27. Obligation.
14. Laugh boisterously.             29. Swindle.
15. Drive back.                     32. Most important chess piece.
16. Burden.                         35. Debilitated.
17. Hormone secreted by adrenal     39. Old French copper coin.
gland.                              40. Frozen water.
19. Lid fastener.                   41. Having fibers.
20. Second-highest member of        42. Son of Apollo.
the violin family.                  43. Film negative.
21. Indention on bridge of the      44. Achieve desired goal.
nose.                               45. Small island.

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