2ECRUITER3HOWCASE /CTOBER )NFORMATIONFORTHE/KLAHOMA.URSING(EALTH#ARE0ROFESSIONAL WWWOKNURSINGTIMESCOM 0UBLISHED7EEKLY,OCALLY/WNEDAND/PERATEDBY-ETRO0UBLISHING,,# 6OL)SSUE /KLAHOMA0ERINATAL 1UALITY)MPROVEMENT #OLLABORATIVE PRESENTSAWARDS /35S TOP NURSE HAVINGA BLAST photo by provided Dr. Suzy Harrington, DNP, RN, MCHES, is the chief wellness officer for Oklahoma State University. As the Chief Wellness Officer for Oklahoma State University, Dr. Suzy Harrington, DNP, RN, MCHES, easily has one of the most unique nursing jobs in the country. “It is a fabulous opportunity,” Harrington said. “To be a leading change driver is a tremendous opportunity.” Harrington reports directly to OSU President Burns Hargis and recently celebrated her first year on the job. Her goal is to keep OSU’s community of 35,000 healthy and thriving. Harrington became the nation’s first fully dedicated university chief wellness officer in October 2013. OSU even trademarked the name “America’s Healthiest Campus” with the move. Harrington is leading the charge system-wide across OSU’s various campuses and 77 County Extension offices as OSU strives to improve the total health of students, employees and its communities. As a land-grant university, OSU is committed to sharing its wellness successes and knowledge with Left to right: Terry Cline, PhD, commissioner of health and secretary of health and human services; Julie Wiley, D.O. and Angela Strickland, RN MSN. 3EE/350AGE 3EE!7!2$30AGE /+,!(/-!3.523).'4)-%3 0/"/8 -534!.'/+ BY-IKE,EE 3TAFF7RITER Sixteen Oklahoma hospitals recently received awards for their perinatal quality improvement efforts from the Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative. The awards were presented at the first annual summit of the collaborative in Midwest City. Approximately 200 providers of maternal and infant care came together at the event to discuss continued efforts to improve outcomes for Oklahoma mothers and babies, and to celebrate success from their ongoing work. In addition, Christine Taylor, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist 0RESORTED3TANDARD 530OSTAGE 0!)$ 0ERMIT /KLAHOMA#ITY/K 0AGE /CTOBER /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES /CTOBER /35 #ONTINUEDFROM0AGE the citizens of Oklahoma. Harrington came to Oklahoma State University from the American Nurses Association, where she was the director of health, safety, and wellness. There she led the development in national inter professional standards and built the national Healthy Nurse program, becoming a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson. Since her arrival, she has been busy advancing the OSU culture of wellness as “America’s Healthiest Campus,” leading and aligning goals and resources, locally, statewide, and nationally. Harrington has been a leader in a variety of health related roles including the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Director of Customer Resources in which she spoke nationally on health care quality topics to include health reform and Patient Centered Medical Home. She served as the Air Force Health Promotion and Fitness Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert where she provided health expertise, consultancy, and advocacy to plan and direct all aspects of the Air Force Health Promotion for 74 Health and Wellness Centers systems and interdisciplinary staff, worldwide. Harrington says one of her goals is to increase the definition of wellness. “People think diet and exercise,” Harrington began. “For me those are four-letter words. Wellness is about being the best you can be. It’s about lifestyle, being productive and successful.” Harrington has long been a change agent. Her work as the Health Education Program Manager at Randolph AFB Health and Wellness Center in San Antonio propelled her into the Air Force level national role. At Randolph AFB, she orchestrated the first Air Force “Tobacco Free Medical Campus” and first Air Force “Tobacco Free Fitness Center Campus.” She also revolutionized the way the Air Force evaluated health promotion programs through the creation and implementation of an outcomes and evaluation tool to quantify knowledge gained, intent to change, participant satisfaction, and social marketing. The evaluation tool is now mandated for usage by all HAWCs throughout the Air Force. Other positions held by Harrington include the Director of Education at the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Denver, Manager of Clinical Services in Baltimore, and Outcomes Management Project Director for an Army Congressional grant in Maryland. Her nursing experience includes critical care, community health, nurse recruiter, school health, radiology, course development, and military nursing. She has also taught online health care management and health promotion courses at several online universities and is also a freelance healthcare writer. “My experience with the ANA led me here,” said Harrington, who’s closet is now packed with every shade of orange imaginable. Harrington concentrated her Rush University Doctorate of Nursing Practice in healthcare business and management, and health promotion, earning the College of Nursing Dean’s Award and the Rush Nurse Alumni Association Award. She received her Certified Health Education Specialist in 2001 after graduating with her Master of Science in Health Sciences, and was one of the first to receive her master’s 0AGE certification, or MCHES in 2011. Her baccalaureate in nursing is from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. She likes the fact that she’s writing her own job description and she’s excited about what’s to come. “We’re building a foundation for the wellness process here,” she said. “We have these pockets and certified healthy departments and we want to make them outcome-based. We want grassroots champions in each department. It’s building the structure that provides a cohesive channel.” 0AGE /CTOBER CAREERS IN /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES NURSING NURSES NEED FIRST AID, TOO: INTEGRIS CANADIAN VALLEY BY-IKE,EE7RITER0HOTOGRAPHER Things go bad in nursing. Sometimes really bad. It’s an inescapable fact that no matter what specialty you’re in, at some point you’re going to find yourself dealing with that harsh reality. And while it’s part of the job, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital’s Lindsey Brown doesn’t think nurses should have to handle it alone. That’s why Brown, a registered nurse, has been working so hard on the Emotional First Aid and Debriefing Lean project. “It’s designed to address staff needs after an unplanned bad outcome on the unit,” she said. “We have a lot of things in place to take care of patients and patients’ families after a bad outcome but we really didn’t address the need of staff.” Working in labor and delivery at the women’s center, Brown noticed that when the occasional bad outcome would happen it seemed like it would let the air out of the entire staff - leaving everyone in a daze for weeks. “It was affecting us pretty negatively and we didn’t have any way to deal with it,” Brown said. “This was our solution to that. We just got together and talked about ways we could remedy that.” The idea was nurse-born. “As nurses we take care of everybody around us and it kind of gets overlooked that we don’t take care of ourselves or each other,” Brown said. “We just contacted the leadership and said we would like to do a project and see what we could get in place. Everybody was really supportive of it.” Brown said Integris leadership was interested and wanted updates as soon as possible. The program is open to anyone on the unit. The outcome doesn’t even have to be patient related, it could be a death in the family. The team manager or house supervisor or lead shift nurse is contacted. Folders are located on every unit that walks through what to do next. In the case of a negative outcome everyone who is present is put on the list along with their contact information. A quick, five-minute debrief is completed immediately along with some immediate resources that can be used until a longer meeting is able to be scheduled. The corporate assistance program provides a counselor to come in and ask nurses what their needs are. “They can get everything off their chest. It’s a safe environment where everything is confidential and they can say anything they want to say,” Brown said. “If that’s enough, then that’s it. If it’s not enough then the resources are there to continue and people can schedule individual sessions with a counselor if that’s what they need. “The corporate assistance program was already there but nobody was really aware of it and it wasn’t really being used. Nobody was thinking of using this for themselves.” Brown said nurses don’t need to accept that they should be able to handle every negative outcome. “We want them to get it off their chest,” Brown said. “The other really great thing is that everybody at the debriefing process can be a support system for everyone.” So what’s it like knowing you don’t have to be super woman all the time. “It feels a lot better,” she said. Brown celebrated her three-year anniversary at Canadian Valley this summer. She went to nursing school at Northern Oklahoma College in Stillwater after moving from Tulsa. /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES /CTOBER Lindsey Brown, RN, understands the toll caring for others can have on nurses. She completed her bachelor’s this past December at Oklahoma Panhandle State. The emotional first aid program has been used several times over the past 18 months with tweaks coming after each session. The feedback has been positive so far. Several nurses have remarked how nice it was to have the focus put on them for a period of time. The program is open to all units at Canadian Valley. Brown presented the program at a summer OB consortium. Moving forward, Brown says she hopes the program continues to grow as needs arise. She wants it to be nurse-led as much as possible but the program is open to all. “It’s for everyone clinical and non-clinical staff,” Brown said. “Especially during the tornado everybody was affected by that - dietary, housekeeping, everybody. We’ve invited physicians to come to the debriefings. 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MAILORDROPOFFAT POSITIONS0LEASECONTACT $EPARTMENT 0/ "OX !RLINGTON3TE 4AHLEQUAH /+ (EIDIAT OR !DA/+ ,ICENSED 7EAREHIRING 0RACTICAL.URSE FOR2EGISTERED .URSEAND ,ICENSED 0RACTICAL.URSE POSITIONS ,0.OR2. ,0. !REYOU 2EADING4HIS 3OAREMORE THAN2.S AND,0.S 0AGE /CTOBER PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS TACKLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants Conference The Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants will spotlight the state’s prescription drug abuse crisis at this week’s conference. Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, will discuss the prevalence of prescription drug abuse on Thursday, Oct. 23. Weaver understands the challenges health care professionals face involving this issue. “Physician assistants play a key role in health care in our state and often are on the front line of the growing prescription drug abuse crisis. We want to help these medical professionals combat Oklahoma’s troubling epidemic by recognizing addictive and fraudulent behaviors among their patients,” he said. A new report released by the National Governors Association (NGA) stated that physician assistants are increasing health care access to rural populations. The PA profession is one of the fastest growing career paths in the nation. In Oklahoma, nearly half of 1,300 practicing PAs in Oklahoma will join the threeday conference and participate in a variety of medical topics to improve the quality of health care in their practice. The 41st annual continuing medical education conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 24 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa. Other conference topics include updates on early detection for breast cancer and the fight against childhood obesity. For more information, visit www.okpa.org !7!2$3 #ONTINUEDFROMPAGE at Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, Durant, received the first Warren H. Crosby Award for going above and beyond to display exemplary effort to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in the local community and statewide. Hospitals receiving “Dedication to Quality” awards were recognized for participation and sustained improvement in the areas of early elective deliveries (inducing labor and scheduling cesarean births before 39 weeks without a medical reason), education to prevent abusive head trauma (commonly known as shaken baby syndrome), and supporting women in breastfeeding. Hospitals receiving “Best Performance” awards were recognized for achieving and sustaining a low rate of early elective deliveries. Terry Cline, PhD, commissioner of health and secretary of health and human services, welcomed the group and gave them the good news that Oklahoma’s infant mortality rate (number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births) dropped from 8.6 in 2007 to 6.8 in 2013, a decrease of 21 percent. Dr. Cline congratulated the group saying, “Your efforts have made a significant contribution to this positive change. This improvement means that more babies will survive to be with their parents as they celebrate that first birthday. I am grateful for all of those working together to save lives, including the governor and the Legislature, which appropriated additional funding to reduce infant mortality.” He went on to say that, “While we are excited to celebrate the lowest infant mortality rate in Oklahoma’s history, we still have much to do to reach the national average infant mortality rate of 6.1, and I hope once we reach the goal, we will strive to save even more babies.” Receiving “Dedication to Quality” awards were: Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid INTERIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES INTEGRIS Health Edmond OU Medical Center Edmond Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital Stillwater Medical Center The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City Woodward Regional Hospital Receiving “Best Performance” awards were: Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus Northeastern Health System, Tahlequah The Warren H. Crosby Award is named in honor of Dr. Warren Crosby, often called the “father of perinatal quality improvement” in Oklahoma. Event participants were encouraged to continue this important work by implementing strategies that are known to affect outcomes within their own practices as well as contributing to the statewide efforts. The summit was funded by the March of Dimes and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Partners in the Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative include: Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates, Community Health Centers, Inc./Central Oklahoma Healthy Start, Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Family Expectations, Indian Health Services, Infant Crisis Services, Inc., March of Dimes, Oklahoma Child Death Review Board, Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma Family Network, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative, Oklahoma State Department of Health and County Health Departments, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, OU Medical Center, Safe Kids Oklahoma, Smart Start Oklahoma, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, The State Chamber, Tulsa Health Department/Tulsa Healthy Start, Turning Point Coalitions, University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education, and University of Oklahoma Departments of OB/GYN and Pediatrics. /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES /CTOBER 0AGE New Emergency Department Provider FACEBOOK FUNNIES - SHARED - JOIN US! Joins Mercy Hospital in El Reno For John Ross Williamson, his passions for science and for working with people collided into the perfect career in the medical field. Williamson is a new nurse practitioner in Mercy Hospital El Reno’s Emergency Department. He believes in a holistic approach to caring for patients that treats the whole patient. “As a provider, it is important that I can talk to patients, find the cause of their problems and concerns, and work with them to improve their situation,” he said. Williamson is a native Oklahoman and received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. In June, he graduated with his master’s degree through the family nurse practitioner program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Prior to completing his nurse practitioner program, Williamson worked as a registered nurse for three years. Williamson is married and enjoys spending time with his wife and staying involved in his church when not working. Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Oklahoma’s Nursing Times Hospice Directory - another free service provided by Oklahoma’s Nursing Times Alpha Hospice: 7512 N Broadway Ext., suite 312 Okc, 405-463-5695 Keith Ruminer/ volunteer coordinator/chaplain Alleve Hospice: 405-605-7787 Autumn Bridge Hospice: 405-440-2440 Cornerstone Hospice: Vicky Herrington, Vol. Coordinator, 918-641-5192 Hometown Hospice: Robin Boatman, Com. Relations, Broken Arrow: 918-251-6441; Muskogee: 918-681-4440. Autumn Light Hospice: 580-252-1266 Crossroads Hospice: Sheila Guffey, Vol. Coordinator, 405-632-9631 Carter Healthcare & Hospice: OKC - Adam Colvin, Vol. Coordinator, 405-947-7705, ext. 134; Tulsa - Mike Gregory, Vol. Coordinator, 918-425-4000, ext. 114 Cross Timbers Hospice: Ardmore-800-498-0655 Davis-580-369-5335 Volunteer Coordinator-Shelly Murray Centennial Hospice: Becky Johnson, Bereavement Coordinator 405-562-1211 Chisholm Trail Hospice: Tiffany Thorne, Vol. Coordinator, 580-251-8764 Harbor Light Hospice: Randy Pratt, Vol. Coordinator, 1009 N Meredian, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 405-949-1200 Horizon Hospice: LaDonna Rhodes, Vol. Coordinator, 918-473-0505 Heartland Hospice: Shawnee: Karen Cleveland, 405-214-6442; Norman: Tana Shaw, 405-579-8565 Heavenly Hospice: Julie Myers, Coordinator 405-701-2536 Hope Hospice: Bartlesville: 918-333-7700, Claremore; 918-343-0777 Owasso: 918-272-3060 Interim Healthcare Hospice: 405-848-3555 Image HealthCare : 6116 S. Memorial Tulsa, Ok. 74133 (918) 622-4799 LifeSpring In-Home Care Network: Terry Boston, Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator 405-801-3768 LifeLine Hospice: April Moon, RN Clinical Coordinator 405-222-2051 Mays Hospice Care, Inc. OKC Metro, 405-631-3577; Shawnee, 405-273-1940 Hospice by Loving Care: Connie McDivitt, Vol. Coordinator, 405-872-1515 McCortney Family Hospice OKC/Norman metro 405-360-2400 Ada, 580-332-6900 Staci Elder Hensley, volunteer coordinator Excell Hospice: Toni K. Cameron, Vol. Coordinator 405-631-0521 Hospice of Green Country: Tulsa: 918-747-2273, Claremore: 918-342-1222, Sapulpa: 918-224-7403 Mercy Hospice: Steve Pallesen, Vol. Coordinator, 405-486-8600 Faith Hospice of OKC: Charlene Kilgore, Vol. Coordinator, 405-840-8915 Hospice of Oklahoma County & the INTEGRIS Hospice House Ruth Ann Frick, Vol. Coordinator, 405-848-8884 Mission Hospice L.L.C.: 2525 NW Expressway, Ste. 312 OKC, OK 73112 405-848-3779 Choice Home Health & Hospice: 405-879-3470 Freedom Hospice: Tulsa: 918-493-4930; Claremore: 918-343-0493; Tollfree: 866-476-7425 City Hospice: Beth Huntley, Vol. Coordinator, 405-942-8999 Frontier Hospice: Pat McGowin, Vol. Coordinator, 405-789-2913 Comforting Hands Hospice: Bartlesville: 918-331-0003 Full Life Hospice: Vicki Barnhart, Vol. Coordinator, 405-418-2659 Companion Hospice: Steve Hickey, Vol. Coordinator, Guthrie: 405-282-3980; Edmond: 405-341-9751 Good Shepherd Hospice: 4350 Will Rogers Parkway Suite 400 OKC OK 73108 405-943-0903 Compassionate Care Hospice: Amy Legare, Bereavement/Vol. Coordinator, 405-948-4357 Grace Hospice Foundation: Sharon Doty, Dir of Spec. Projects Tulsa 918-744-7223 Hospice of Owasso, Inc.: Todd A. Robertson, Dir. of Marketing, 877-274-0333 Hospice of the Cherokee: 918-458-5080 Humanity Hospice: Kay Cole, Vol. Coordinator 405-418-2530 InFinity Care of Tulsa: Spencer Brazeal, Vol. Director, 918-392-0800 Indian Territory Home Health & Hospice: 1-866-279-3975 Oklahoma Hospice Care 405-418-2659 Jennifer Forrester, Community Relations Director One Health Home Health in Tulsa: 918-412-7200 Palliative Hospice: Janet Lowder, Seminole, & Sabrina Johnson, Durant, 800-648-1655 Physician’s Choice Hospice: Tim Clausing, Vol. Coordinator 405-936-9433 Professional Home Hospice: Sallisaw: 877-418-1815; Muskogee: 866-683-9400; Poteau: 888-647-1378 PromiseCare Hospice: Angela Shelton, LPN - Hospice Coordinator, Lawton: (580) 248-1405 Quality Life Hospice: 405 486-1357 RoseRock Healthcare: Audrey McCraw, Admin. 918-236-4866 Ross Health Care: Glenn LeBlanc, Norman, Chickasha; April Burrows, Enid; Vol. Coordinators, 580-213-3333 Russell Murray Hospice: Tambi Urias, Vol. Coordinator, 405-262-3088; Kingﬁhser 405-375-5015; Weatherford-580-774-2661 Seasons Hospice: Carolyn Miller, Vol./Bereavement Coordinator, 918-745-0222 Sequoyah Memorial Hospice: Vernon Stone, D. Min. Chaplin, Vol. Coordinator, 918-774-1171 Sojourn Hospice: Tammy Harvey, Vol. Manager 918-492-8799 SolAmor Hospice: Lisa Riggs, Vol. Coord. 405-842-0171 Sooner Hospice, LLC: Matt Ottis, Vol. Coordinator, 405-608-0555 Tranquility Hospice: Kelly Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator Tulsa : 918-592-2273 Valir Hospice Care: Kelly Morris, Vol. Manager OKC Metro: 405.609.3636 Chandler Shawnee/Cushing: 405.258.2333 Toll Free: 888.901.6334 Woodard Regional Hospice 580-254-9275 Cathy Poe, RN Director 0AGE /CTOBER OSDH Reassures Public, No Risk of Ebola to Passengers on Cruise Ship The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) wants to reassure passengers of the Carnival cruise ship Magic with a Dallas healthcare worker that there is no risk of contracting Ebola. The healthcare worker, who handled a laboratory specimen for an Ebola patient, remains symptom free 21 days after health monitoring began. This means the healthcare worker is cleared and does not have Ebola virus. “It is understandable that the general public is concerned, but we want to assure Oklahomans that there is no risk of Ebola to those who were fellow cruise passengers and may have had contact with the Dallas healthcare worker,” said Dr. Terry Cline, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Commissioner of Health. “Oklahomans who were passengers on the cruise ship should continue normal daily activities such as going to work or school.” The OSDH also reminds the public that the risk of exposure to Ebola virus is extremely low. Currently, large outbreaks of Ebola are only occurring in West Africa in the countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Ebola virus is not airborne and can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person, or materials such as needles or medical gloves contaminated with the blood or body fluids of someone who is ill with Ebola virus disease. Early symptoms of Ebola include headaches, abdominal pain and fever and can escalate to include severe diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding. Respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose, coughing and sore throat are generally not symptoms of this disease. “During this time of the year, many people will have sniffles, sneezes, and coughs,” said Dr. Kristy Bradley, State Epidemiologist, “but Oklahomans should not be concerned that these might be signs of Ebola. These symptoms are much more likely to be caused by allergies or a common respiratory virus, like RSV, rhinovirus, or influenza that sicken thousands of people in the US each year.” “If someone has not traveled to the three impacted West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone or if they have not come into direct contact with the body fluids of someone who has Ebola virus disease, they are not at risk of contracting Ebola,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley. OSDH has established a web page with information on Ebola that is readily available to the public at http://ebola.health.ok.gov. The page is updated daily and interested persons can also subscribe to email and wireless updates that are sent when new information is added. #HECK/UT /KLAHOMAS "%34.URSING AND (EALTHCAREJOBS WWWOKCNURSINGTIMESCOMCLICKJOBS /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES Vicki L Mayfield, M.Ed., R.N., LMFT Marriage and Family Therapy Oklahoma City If you would like to send a question to Vicki, email us at [email protected] Q. I keep hearing about how I should trust my “gut feelings,” but I’m not sure how to do that. I do agree that sometimes I get a strange feeling but don’t really pay that much attention to it. What does this mean? A. The quirky urge. A funny tingle. That little voice in your head. These are your gut feelings talking. But what are they telling you, and should you listen? Here’s how to make the most of your own innate wisdom. Five Gut Instincts You Shouldn’t Ignore 1. “Something feels wrong in my body.” Intuition allows you to get the first warning signs when anything is off in your body so that you can address it. If you have a gut feeling about your body --- that something is toxic, weak or off -- listen to it. (Most of us put it off due to fear or denial). Also physical symptoms can have a symbolic value. “If you’re around somebody and your energy goes down, that’s an intuition not to ignore.” 2. “Im in danger.” The feeling you get about a person in the first 10 seconds expresses an “ancient biological wisdom.” “If you don’t trust somebody, even if it turns out to be inaccurate, it is something to pay attention to.” 3. “I want to help.” Individuals aiding others before being asked is another “quick read” that our gut sends us. Following your instincts for sympathy and generosity generally turns out to be a good investment in our own health and happiness. 4. “I know how to do this.” Have you ever “choked” when you know how to make that free throw shot or you’re a great cook who botches your favorite dish each time you make it for guests? This is the gut “over thinking.” Briefly engaging your conscious mind with something other than the task at hand can leave your instincts free to do their job. 5. “This is it!” When your intuition signals that you’ve found something or someone truly right for you, the choice often becomes strangely easy. “It feels good, it doesn’t feel like you’re forcing it.” When life “falls into place” and you are not “making it happen.” Take notice. Whether it is a job, a person or a move to a new location. Listen to your gut; invest in the relationship. It knows what it is doing!! /KLAHOMAS.URSING4IMES /CTOBER 0AGE What one food always has to be in your refrigerator? OU College of Nursing Carrots because I dip with carrots. Kale. I use it in my shake in the morning. Each week we visit with health care professionals throughout the Metro Yogurt because it’s a good high protein snack and makes you feel full for a longer period of time than regular foods. Probably milk. Most of the people in my home consume milk. The other is coffee. Amy Hutchens, RN Patsy R. Smith, RN Please Let us know Your Thoughts Teri Round, RN Lisa Pilar Macias Email: [email protected] or mail to Oklahoma’s Nursing Times P.O. Box 239 Mustang, Ok. 73064 Special Care Grand Opening to Feature Vince Gill Special Care will officially celebrate the grand opening of its new wing to its existing school facility with an event on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Special Care New Wing Grand Opening Celebration will include student-led tours of the new wing, a program featuring remarks from John Richels, president and CEO of Devon Energy, a performance by Special Care students and the dedication of the Vince Gill Performance Stage with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “We are so thrilled to be able to open this new wing of Special Care,” said Pam Newby, executive director and co-founder of Special Care. “We are so thankful for the generous support of the community. This support has helped make our dream of a new wing a reality.” The 20,000-square-foot addition to the existing school facility features three new classrooms, the Devon Energy Theater, an outdoor classroom and a cafeteria that also doubles as a safe room that can withstand an F5 tornado. The capital campaign goal of this project is $6 million, and Special Care is $300,000 away from reaching that goal. “This incredible new space has literally opened doors to families, taking 70 children off our waiting list and placing them in our classrooms,” said Newby. “We look forward to serving more children of all abilities in this new space, creating more memories and sharing this beautiful space with our community who made this dream possible.” Special Care serves children with and without special needs through high-quality early childhood education, specialized care and on-site therapeutic services. Founded in 1985, Special Care serves over 200 students, ranging from 6 weeks to 21 years of age. Special Care is the only school of its kind in the state of Oklahoma, serving a student population comprised of one-third typically developing children and two-thirds children with special needs.
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