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Candace resides in Hilliard and has worked at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center since 2002. She also graduated from Ohio State with her BSN in 2005. When asked about a situation that confirmed her decision to become a nurse, Candace recounts a story of when she traveled to Mexico and had to use her training with victims of a serious bus accident, with one of those victims being her mom. "I feel like my decision to become a nurse has been confirmed time and time again. The first time was shortly after graduation and about a week before I started my first job as a nurse. I was in Mexico with my fiance and my mom, her friend and family. We were traveling ...
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We’re nearly halfway through ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse - a year set aside to focus on our own health, so that we can in turn, improve the health of our families, patients, communities, and our nation. So what does this actually entail? For one thing, discovering, learning, and reviewing the best evidence regarding various health behaviors (Sorry. Three things). Applying that evidence to our own lives in ways to become healthier. That can mean anything - from exchanging former behaviors for new healthier ones, or selecting additional ways to practice self care, or – this one’s the tough one – making our health behavior choices a priority ...
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Hello! I wanted to share some upcoming educational programs from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. There are live and webinar options on improving immunizations rates as well as adolescent well care visits. These programs also offer CE and some great resources! Please click on the document below for more information and how to register.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions! OAAP_Educational_Opportunities.docx Thank you Beth Barker RN, BSN Nurse Educator Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
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Susan Babik is a 34-year nurse of Akron General Medical Center, and is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Youngstown State immediately after high school where she graduated with her associate's degree in 1982. Susan later went on to earn her BSN from Kent State in 1991. When asking Susan of a specific situation that confirmed her decision to become a nurse, she responded, "When I was beginning high school, I needed an emergency appendectomy - my appendix had ruptured! Though I was 14 years old, I had yet to be exposed to a hospital. And it was during that continuum of care where I encountered all aspects of nursing. In 1975, admission for a ruptured ...
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With respect and apologies to T.S. Eliot, March is the cruelest month . . . at least when it comes to outdoor exercise and fitness in Ohio. Temps reach the upper 50s (and even 60s!) bringing fresh air, golden sunshine, promises of spring. Healthy Nurses recharge outdoors running, hiking, bicycling, inline skating, kite-flying, dog-walking, garden-clearing, or simply enjoying all that nature has to offer. Were energized. Eager to go farther and do more. Today, tomorrow, all next week . . . .but then . . . another cold front arrives, with its ice, snow, and deep freeze temperatures. Major disappointment! Its back to the gym, the treadmill, and ...
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Beth Barker, is a newer member of ONA who was really exposed to the association after precepting with Joe Hauser ONAs Director of Continuing Education. Beth graduated in December 2016 from Capital University with her BSN after originally receiving her Associates Degree in Nursing in June 2011. When asked about her favorite part of her job as a nurse, Beth said, My favorite part of my job is all the new and different people I get to meet, and the relationships I am fortunate enough to build as part of my professional network. In my current position I provide education on childhood and teen immunizations to private practices, clinics, local health ...
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Jamie Burchett was born and raised in Ravenna, Ohio, and now resides in Barberton. She currently works at Akron Children's Hospital, where she started as an intern in the summer of 2015, became a nurse tech in the fall of 2015 and then hired on as a Staff RN in the NICU prior to her graduating from Kent State University - Stark campus in May 2016. When asked what advice she would pass along to new nurses entering the profession, Jamie said, "Get involved. Community and service are important, and professional nursing organizations, shared governance and advocacy are imperative to professional growth. The more involved we are, the more invested in our future ...
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A healthy nurse as defined by the ANA HealthyNurse(tm) program is one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of his or her health, safety, wellness and live to the fullest capacity physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. A HealthyNurse(tm) is a better role model, educator, and advocate personally, for the family, for the community, for the work environment, and for the patient. Dont be so selfish! Think of how other people would feel! Put yourself in someone elses place! . . . Admonishments weve heard all our lives . . . and certainly, as nurses weve taken ...
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Written for Confident Voices in Healthcare by Peggy Ann Berry, PhD, RN We are healthcare providers and so much of our profession, practice, and reimbursements intertwine with the laws and politics of this country. In addition, patient safety and health revolve around safe staffing and expanded scope of practice. State and United States laws are made to safe guard patients, not healthcare professionals. So, why write an LTE? Will my words really count for something, whether I am writing about environmental concerns, like the EPA Clean Power Plan or expanded practice for nurse practitioners? Not only do your words count, your ...
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January, 2017 . . . . A New Year . . . Fresh start . . . Clean slate . . . unblemished, untried, unworn . . . and ANA has designated it the Year of the Healthy Nurse. A healthy nurse as defined by the ANA HealthyNurse(tm) program is one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of his or her health, safety, wellness and live to the fullest capacity physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. A HealthyNurse(tm) is a better role model, educator, and advocate personally, for the family, for the community, for the work environment, and for the patient. So shouldnt a Healthy Nurse Blog go on and ...
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Brenda Williams What an interesting woman who is a true believer in life-long learning! She has so many interests, and her curiosity and experiences compel her to dive deeper into the profession. Her dissertation was inspired by her own workplace bullying experiences, and her next research endeavor is a result of her husbands recent hospital stay. Brenda is an author, too. She has one book ready to be published (an interesting focus on the wife of the biblical Jobe), and many more just waiting to be put to paper. Read more to get it know our January 2017 Featured Member, Brenda Williams. M: Hi Brenda! Lets start with you ...
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I met Dave at ONAs very first Legislative Ambassador program and was able to get to know him even more during Akrons recent First Book event. Dave is one of the friendliest guys youll ever meeting hes personable, beyond nice, and Im sure an instant friend to everyone he meets. I learned during the Akron First Book event that Dave was previously a full-time funeral director. I had so many questions! How did he get into that? What was it like? It all piqued my interest. I knew that Dave would be the perfect December Featured Member. M: Tell us a little about yourself. D: I grew up in Taiwan until I was 12 years old. My parents moved here ...
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Novembers Featured Member: Frank Meyers Frank is a physical rehabilitation nurse at Ohio State, and Ive recently seen his name pop up all over the place. Sangita, one of our ONA organizers, found him one day while at OSU and since then hes been meeting and getting involved with all sorts of things at ONA. As he puts it, I never knew there were so many opportunities! I became a bit curious about Frank a personable guy who is so easy to talk with. Its no wonder hes so well-received by his fellow nurses, and even by his state representative! M: Lets start with you telling us a little bit about yourself. F: Ive been married for 6 ...
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by Lucinda Cave, MSN, RN, BC ONA Member Nurses improve other peoples health in many ways our care, our teaching, and the role modeling of healthy behaviors ourselves (what this blog is all about!) but one way nurses have made a significant impact on everyones health is by participating in the Nurses Health Study (NHS). And what is the Nurses Health Study? Or actually, Nurses Health Studies? They are the longest running investigations of womens health in the world! The Nurses Health Studies are frequently cited in both professional and lay literature, in the U.S. and world-wide, as the source of much of what we know about best health ...
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I met Alyssa at ONAs first Advocacy Academy (look for the next one on Nov 18 th !) where I learned she was very active within the student nurses association. Alyssa is a young nurse, super friendly, and seems to be the type that is wise beyond her years. Shes well-spoken, and I learned through this interview just how passionate she is about her geriatric patients and volunteering her time for her profession. M: Where do you live and work right now? A: I live in Massillon and work in Canton at Bethany Nursing Home. Ive worked at the nursing home for 2 years. I started there right after I graduated. I work day shift, I just started this week as ...
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I hope you all have read the article from the Environmental Health and Community Caucus on The reality of climate change on health. It was published in the Ohio Nurses Review 91 (5). Very simply put, climate change is and will affect your health and nurses, who feel that calling, should make every effort to press for the clean energy of wind, solar, and water. The reality is we all need to decrease our dependency on the finite resource of oil and gas. There are communities in political fights for the health of their children when fracking wells are placed by schools and release methane and other volatile organic compounds into the the air around playgrounds. ...
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Things I Didn't Appreciate until I Became a Nurse Good scents. Candles, bubble baths, freshly cleaned laundry! My nose has smelled fluids from every orifice, pungent body odor, necrotic limbs... you name it, I've smelled it. I never fully appreciated the pleasure of coming home to a home smelling like flowers and a freshly baked pie. Comfortable shoes. Whether you're a Dansko nurse or a sneaker-lover, there's that one pair of shoes you cannot work without. I used to love my flip flops and stilettos on my days off, and now I honor my feet with the comfiest of comfy. Feet need a break too! Warm, home cooked meals. After endless nights ...
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Lucinda Cave: September's Featured Member Lucinda is a small town Iowa girl who came to Cleveland and never left. I met Lucinda after a CEAC meeting a few months ago. She responded to my search for a member to pen a healthy nurse blog series, so we sat on the couch in ONAs lobby to discuss what that series would look like. I noticed how kind Lucinda seemed. You know that sparkle some people have in their eyes? Lucinda has that, and good energy just radiates from her. Her smile is friendly, a bit shy, but also contagious. Meet ONAs September featured member, Lucinda Cave! M: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Where did ...
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Ohio became the 25 th state to legalize medical marijuana when Governor John Kasich signed HB 523 on June 8, 2016. The new law became effective on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and will allow limited possession and use beginning Thursday, September 8, 2016. The bill, introduced in mid-April, received intense scrutiny by the members of the General Assembly during the roughly seven weeks it was under consideration. Lawmakers acted relatively quickly in order to avoid having voters decide the issue through a fall ballot initiative that would have added provisions to Ohios Constitution (rather than the Revised Code) authorizing the use of medical ...
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A great team consisting of ONA members (Sharon Hawkins, Terri Miller, Sally Morgan) and ONA staff and their families (Lili Baiman, Molly Homan, Shannon Mattern, Tiffany Bukoffsky, Dodie Dowden, Angie Lemery, Joe Hauser) came together on August 27th for the annual Central Ohio Heart Walk. Thousands of people packed the Columbus Commons, all with the goal of raising money for health heart education and research. ONA was lucky enough to touch many people the day of the event, and were even able to perform 44 Million Heart health assessments! If you're interested in learning more about the Million Hearts initiative and want to learn how to get involved, contact ...
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