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The WOCN Society® disheartened by negative connotation given to ostomy patients in current anti-smoking ad.


The leaders and membership of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society® are requesting that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) remove the recently released advertisement that brings awareness to Tobacco and Colon Cancer. The video, designed to promote smoking cessation, unnecessarily and irresponsibly portrays ostomates in a negative light, suggesting that all those living with an ostomy are homebound and embarrassed by their ostomy.
As the video began to draw the ire of ostomates across the country, the United Ostomy Associations of America petitioned the CDC to remove the video. The CDC responded by altering the web version of the video; however, the television version of the video continues to air in its original form.
“On behalf of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, we respectfully request that the CDC discontinue use of this video,” said WOCN President Phyllis T. Kupsick, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN. “This misguided approach is not only offensive to patients and families, but provides misleading information about ostomates.”
Advances in ostomy devices have significantly improved the potential quality of life for patients. Portraying ostomates in a negative light relative to smoking adversely impacts many who have made strides in achieving emotional health and well-being.
An individual with an ostomy is dealing with a significant alteration in body function requiring both physical and psychosocial adaptation. Wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty nurses provide a substantial portion of the continuum of care for individuals with ostomies. As clinicians, educators, researchers, consultants and administrators, WOC nurses play an essentially unique role in treating patients with ostomies and thus, are astutely aware of the hardships that are imposed on these individuals.
The Society argues that the current ad marginalizes and shames patients who already face significant challenges from misguided public perceptions about ostomies. Representatives of the Society delivered a formal letter of complaint to the CDC last week.
Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ is a professional, international nursing society of nearly 5,000 health care professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. The Society supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice, and guide the delivery of health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Learn more by visiting Connect with WOCN® on Facebook at Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®), on Twitter at @WOCNSociety and on LinkedIn at Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™.

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Carrie Rohr, RN is the Cancer Nurse Navigator at Deaconess Hospital. Going through cancer herself, she gives love and compassion to cancer patients.

by Vickie Jenkins

What a loving story Carrie Rohr, RN shared. Nursing was actually her second career. She started out with a government job as a Director of Training for the office of Personnel Management where she retired after 30 years. Then, out of the blue, on an ordinary morning, she woke up and said to her husband, “I’m supposed to be a nurse.” Her husband, “What, you’re supposed to be a nurse?” “Yes, I’m supposed to be a nurse.” She immediately called to see what classes she would need to add to her education for nursing school. By the end of the day, she was enrolled in nursing school at OCCC. It was strange; she had never had a desire to be a nurse yet God had a plan for her. It was the fall of 2006 that her new journey began. Attending clinicals by day and classes at night. Rohr graduated in 2009.
Rohr began her nursing career at Mercy hospital where she worked as a circulatory nurse. Shortly after that, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a double mastectomy and 16 rounds of chemo, she returned to work. All of her co-workers were supportive of her. Not long afterwards, another setback. She had developed peripheral neuropathy in her feet and couldn’t stand very well. This is when she began working as a Quality Assurance nurse at a desk job. It was totally different for her. One day, her son came to the office and said, “Mom, I never thought I would see you sitting behind a desk. Didn’t you become a nurse to take care of people?” That was another turning point for her. After going through cancer herself, she wanted to take care of cancer patients, giving back to others. It was 2011 that Rohr began her job as a Cancer Nurse Navigator. She takes care of the patients from the time they are diagnosed through each step along the way.
Asking Rohr what she thinks makes a good nurse, she replied, “ First of all, they have to be a good listener. They have to be a good teacher and they need to have compassion for people. Oh, and they need a sense of humor. Believe me, working in the medical field, a nurse needs a sense of humor,” she answers with a laugh.
“What is the most rewarding thing about working in the medical field?” I ask Rohr. “It has to be when the patients come back to see me and they say they couldn’t have made it without my comfort and support. When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, they need a good listener and I think that is one of my gifts from God. I am an easy person to talk to plus going through cancer myself, it makes it a special bonding between me and my patient.”
Describing herself in 3 words, Rohr says, “extravert, compassionate and fun-loving.” Those 3 things definitely seemed to fit her personality. Rohr says that her best asset is being a good listener, which fits her job so well. “When the patients come in, they are scared and they don’t know what is going to happen. I am glad that I can comfort them in this trying situation. I plan all of their schedules, check with the doctors, taking care of their treatment plans. I am there for their follow-up consults and let them know that I am available if they need me.”
“Did you ever have a mentor?” I ask Rohr. “Yes, it was my nurse navigator, Sharon Nall, when I was going through my cancer. She was the one that inspired me to apply for my current job. In fact, we became good friends after that,” she adds. Asking Rohr what advice she would give to someone going into the medical field, she replies, “I would tell them to follow their dreams and have passion for their job. Oh, and you can teach an old dog new tricks. Why, look at me,” she laughed.
Rohr likes to spend time with her family and her 2 grandchildren, Alex, 11 and Caitlin, 2. Rohr enjoys traveling, especially on cruises and going to the Thunder games. “We have season tickets,” she added. She also bragged on her husband; her biggest champion, supporter and care giver. “He is my encourager in everything I do. He is so special.”
“I felt God telling me to become a nurse. Why did I? Because He told me to. Now I use my experiences to help others.”

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Tracey Brian, RN and director of nursing at Grace Living Center Edmond, says the company helps the staff with education needs.

by James Coburn, Staff Writer

Tracey Brian loves going to work because she’s going to be with her second family, she said.
Going strong in her 14th year with Grace Living Center Edmond, Brian, RN and director of nursing is content to stay. She became the DON in 2003.
“It’s a family-type atmosphere. A lot of people say that but I mean it,” Brian said. “A lot of the people have been here as long as I have. We spend more time with each other than we do our own families.”
Brian said she had not planned a career based on long-term care and skilled nursing. She began her career in labor and delivery, working in the emergency department and medical surgical in Lawton, where she is originally from.
She began looking for employment in Oklahoma City when her husband’s job caused them to move there. The nursing home industry was accommodating with flexible scheduling, Brian explained.
“When we moved up here at the time, we had no family, and I didn’t want my kids going to daycare,” Brian said.
She found Grace while working for an agency when she was in LPN to RN school.
“Whenever I came here, they said, ‘Why don’t you just work for us. You’re coming all the time. Just work for us. We’ll help you get through school. We’ll do whatever you need to accommodate your family, your schedule.’ Now I’ve been here for 14 years.”
Grace has kept all of its promises during those 14 years, Brian said. Brian earned a nursing degree at Oklahoma City Community College. She said it was a great school for a fulltime working mom.
Grace Living Center is more than a nursing home, she said. Nursing homes are often stereotyped as not a place to come to work, she said.
“Grace truly is a care facility. It’s a caring home for elders to come to when they’re in their golden years,” Brian said. “They’re accommodating to families all the way to the corporate office to certified nurse aides.”
Corporate office management visits Grace and knows the direct-care employees by name, she continued. The family atmosphere extends from the top down, beginning with owner Don Greiner.
“It’s wonderful,” she said.
The retention of the Grace staff proves her point. Brian said the nursing staff is absolutely committed to making a difference when they walk through the doors every day. They receive fulfillment from caring for the elders.
“They know they are making a difference in these people’s lives and they feel it,” Brian said. “They stay around for a long time because they feel the benefit and the rewards of the good work that they do.”
Her work at Grace is at the opposite end of her previous work in labor and delivery, she said. But there is a common thread of kindness involved.
“Caring for our elders when they basically have returned to being dependent on us for care is something I found rewarding,” Brian said.
When she worked nights in med/surg in a hospital setting, she would come in to a new patient load with patients she learned about on paper and would probably not be there the next day, she said.
Residents of Grace are there because Grace is their home. And the nursing staff gets to reflect on the benefits of compassion and skills they have provided to the elders. The personal rewards are tangible.
“I don’t think you see that as much when you’re working in a (hospital),” she said. “They do great work, but they don’t get to see it day-in and day-out like we do when we come here.”
Activities are ongoing at Grace allowing the residents to live their lives with enrichment, she said. They will go to a circus or some might enjoy fishing, Brian said. The elders venture to casinos and go to the park for a picnic.
Resident Council meetings are provided for the elders to state what they want to do on a given day. A peer mentor group will help with fundraisers devoted to activities. The mentor group of staff workers also does activities on their own such as bowling, Brian said.
Brian’s personal life is full of outdoor activities. She loves fishing and teaches Sunday school at the Light Your World Church in Okarche.
Long-term care is highly regulated, but its workers often do not get the praise they deserve by the community, she added.
“It’s a rewarding field. I think they are special, special people,” Brian said of the 5 Star facility. “They’re doing the work that a lot of people aren’t interested in doing or don’t want to do. So it’s a really gifted group.”

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Uniform Shoppe owner Elaine Weise and store manager Shari Stallings display popular brands of professional nursing fashion.


Uniform Shoppe manager Shari Stallings and sales associate Ericka Branham-Stapp stand ready to serve.
Uniform Shoppe manager Shari Stallings and sales associate Ericka Branham-Stapp stand ready to serve.

There is an art to customer service, said Ericka Branham-Stapp, Oklahoma City store sales associate at Uniform Shoppe, located at 10503 N. May Avenue.
“It does take a person who is very patient with your customer,” Stapp said. “First being comfortable approaching them, making them feel comfortable opening up to you for what they need. Customer service is a lost art.”
Customer service at the Uniform Shoppe has been going strong since Elaine Weise and her husband, Albert, purchased the Uniform Shoppe 50 years ago in 1965 to originate a new location in Oklahoma City. Her sister and brother-in-law started the business in 1962 in Tulsa. Something special has kept Weise engaged with the Uniform Shoppe for 50 years.
“Our customers mean a lot to us and we take care of them,” Weise said. “We sell fine merchandise at competitive prices.”
The Uniform Shoppe is a service-oriented store specializing in giving good service, Weise said.
“We like interacting with our customers. We enjoy that,” Weise said. “It’s just something that we do. It’s part of our life. I can’t think of doing anything else.”
Weise and her staff have made several friends through the years. The original store was located at 10th Street and Walker.
“I see many faces that I remember from many years ago,” she said. “They’re still in the business just as I’m still in the business.”
Through the years, the Uniform Shoppe has grown and reopened a store in Tulsa at a new location with more space with added stock.
“We have a new manager and staff in Tulsa. They are excited there. We’ve rearranged the store and it’s a fun place to come shop,” Weise said.
The Tulsa address is 6221 E. 61st Street and is managed by the Weise’s daughter, Jody Weise-Gonzales. The new manager there is Lesa Haukaas. Shari Stallings manages the Oklahoma City location.
Stallings said the conversations with customers have kept her dedicated during her 14 years with the Uniform Shoppe.
“It’s the feedback you get from them. Most of it’s good,” she added.
The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at both cities.
“When we first opened our business everything was white and nurses wore dresses and caps, white hose and shoes,” Weise said.
Today few nurses wear dresses to work and most of them are wearing some sort of a color, Weise said. Caps are no longer worn with few exceptions, she added. Fabrics have changed. Most importantly is they stretch with blends of fabrics, Weise continued.
“We have many things that resemble street clothes,” Weise said. “When I wear my scrubs, people ask me, ‘Are those really scrubs?’ Why, yes they are. They still look professional and that’s important. We cater to the professional working woman and man.”
Accessory items include a variety of stethoscopes, traditional and light-weight ones, as well as electronic types. They range anywhere in price from $35 to about $500, Weise said. The main stethoscope line sold at the Uniform Shoppe is Littmann and MDF.
“We have pens, pen lights, all kinds of scissors to fit the hands of the employee, hosiery and socks,” she said.
Clothing blends adapt to the seasons, Weise said. Brands include Smitten by Landau, Heart Soul by Cherokee, Med Couture by Peaches, Grey’s Anatomy by Barco, Wonder Wink, Jockey, Koi and Carhartt, a new line of men’s and women’s clothing. Also sold are shoes by Akesso, Weise said.
“A lot of technology went behind that shoe,” Stallings said. “It’s washable leather and very good for standing all day.
Hospitals may be cold. So the Uniform Shoppe sells t-shirts that compliment the scrubs.
“We also have earrings. We have a lady who makes earrings for us,” Weise said. “She uses our scrub colors to make ear rings that are professional and fun to wear.”
Weise said she uses what she learned from her business degree every day at the Uniform Shoppe. Deep down inside she likes teaching, so she uses her skills by developing her staff.
“We enjoy changing the displays. I enjoy that part of it as well and to interact with the customers. It’s fun for me,” she said. Many of the hospitals have gone to solid colors of style, she continued.
“But we still love to bring in prints. There are a lot who still use that,” Weise said.

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St. Anthony Hospital Vice President of Nursing Elain Richardson says the nursing staff keeps in mind that through the work they do, they reveal the healing presence of God.

St. Anthony manages to be a very large hospital that feels like a small community in a small town, said Elain Richardson, RN, vice president of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Anthony Hospital in midtown Oklahoma City.
This sense of community is beneficial to both the patients and the more than 1,080 nurses who work at the hospital.
“People have worked here for a long time. There are multiple generations of folks,” Richardson said. “Myself included, my daughter who is entering into nursing works here. My mother who is going to retire here also is a nurse on the floor.”
St. Anthony is a home and family for the staff. They care about the people they work with as well as the patients they care for, Richardson said.
“We do that as a team and I think that it is the people here at St. Anthony that makes the difference for us,” Richardson said.
To celebrate, St. Anthony is recognizing National Nurses Week with a reception and gifts.
“We want to remind our nursing staff how much we appreciate what they do,” Richardson said. “The physicians are always involved in that as well and so they will be participating this year.”
A secret surprise has been kept under wrap but will be unveiled to celebrate the connection nurses have to health care, she said.
Research indicates every year that nursing is among the most trusted professions, Richardson said.
“Patients will tell us things that will help us care for them better,” she continued. “They will not be judged or ridiculed and they are not always that forthcoming with other providers. So I think that is a special gift we have as nurses – our ability to connect as people.”
People see the nurses as nurturers and caregivers because the nurses embody best practices with kindness and respect.
“I think it is very important for us to establish that trust with patients. So we accept them as they are – whether they need to improve or are doing everything they can. We just need to take that as our base.”
What Richardson appreciates most about St. Anthony nurses is their passion and commitment to their patients and the St. Anthony mission statement, “Through our exceptional health care services we reveal the healing presence of God.”
“I think that is a very meaningful statement for our nurses personally and professionally,” she said. “And I think it very clear what that means.”
“There are a lot of folks that are very close to nurses at the bedside. There’s not a lot of layer,” Richardson said. “That allows us to have a better connection with what’s happening and having an ear to the point that patients are receiving care.”
Richardson said she is blessed to watch nurses grow and thrive in their careers. Some of them were hired as nurse techs and are now going through their graduate work as nurse practitioners. They contribute to the community.
“So it’s wonderful to see that whole pathway and to know within the walls of St. Anthony, there is something for them to be part of this family no matter where they are in their career trajectory.”
St. Anthony’s community outreach includes “volunteen programs” exposing youth to health care. There are also programs for people in their early years of college to expose them to all the opportunities available in the medical field.
Several campaigns are conducted by the nursing staff to raise funds for community agencies.
“We also have a strong employee giving campaign where our employees give of their own money to the foundation,” Richardson said. “And the foundation goes out and finds guarantors who can match that money.”
The fundraising is used to enhance programs for the nursing environment. “We go out into rural areas and teach about early awareness of stroke, early symptoms of a heart attack, how to keep yourself healthy by doing the testing that is recommended so we don’t have folks diagnosed on their first colonoscopy revealing a stage-4 cancer,” she said.
This interaction with nurses in the community or within the hospital may be the spark to inspire a young man or woman to become a nurse.
Richardson said that at St. Anthony, nine out of 10 nurses would say they have a personal connection with a nurse that led them to a nursing career.
“They saw nursing as a way to be of assistance and find a greater purpose,” Richardson said. “That is so rewarding and it is so wonderful to know that people are so passionate about what they do.”

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of our dedicated nurses. Their skill, care and compassion are essential to a patient’s healing and to our hospital’s success and ability to provide world-class care.
At INTEGRIS, we realize the professional practice of nursing is a calling. It is a physically demanding position that requires personal sacrifice, commitment and grace. Many of our nurses give up their holidays with their families to work through nights and weekends to care for our patients. It is this selflessness that we applaud not only during National Nurses Week, but every day of every year.
“We feel honored to have nurses that continuously strive to provide exceptional care to our patients through research founded and evidenced-based practice. We stay ahead of the curve to ensure advanced clinical practice,” says Joni Tiller, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. “Our Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) have increased the community’s access to timely care and expertise in clinical practice and our Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) have ensured the highest quality of care at the bedside to our patients, in collaboration with the patients’ nurses and medical staff.”
She continues, “The clinical expertise required by our nurses to deliver advanced clinical practice is outstanding. Their abilities allow INTEGRIS to provide care to some of the sickest patients in our communities. And our communities have no borders reaching throughout the state, nationally and even internationally.”
Nurses are on the frontlines of medical care. They monitor patients sometimes around the clock, administer medication and assess the effectiveness of treatment. They understand the complexities and implications of an illness or injury and alert physicians of any red flags or other concerns.
“Nurses are an integral part of health care, whether in our hospitals, clinics or elsewhere. The work and healing of health care would not and could not take place without them. Physicians know how valuable they are as part of the team and appreciate their incredible hard work, dedication and devotion,” says James White, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Managing Director of Medical Affairs at INTEGRIS Health. “Their work is not always glamorous but is always essential. The knowledge, wisdom, caring, comfort and human touch that they bring to all patients is irreplaceable by any technology. After all, despite all the advances we have seen and will continue to see, the majority of and the best of health care still comes down to a one to one human interaction.”
Nurses are a patient’s greatest advocate. They spend the most time with them, getting to know them and their families on a personal level which can lead to a greater understanding of an issue or situation. Such insight can be crucial to a patient’s care and progress. Nurses also provide invaluable emotional support. They counsel patients and families through everything from understanding a chronic condition to coping with death and dying. Their medical knowledge combined with exceptional people skills provide much comfort and stability to families during difficult and trying times.
Nurses promote health and healing within a range of human experiences that span a variety of care settings. Whether managing patients at the individual or community level, nurses are pivotal in promoting the safety and quality of patient care. From health to illness, nurses are in a position to impact the patient’s experience in a caring relational model that integrates the application of data with science, knowledge, and evidence based practice,” says Angie Kamermayer,Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at INTEGRIS Health Edmond.
INTEGRIS understands nurses are the backbone of the health care delivery system, making a significant impact on the lives of countless patients each and every day. And for that, we are eternally grateful.

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by Jane Nelson, Executive Director, Oklahoma Nurses Association

Every year, Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways Oklahoma’s 42,000 registered nurses work to provide quality patient care and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, “Ethical Practice, Quality Care “ is the selected theme, in recognition of the impact ethical nursing practice has on patient outcomes and the quality of care. The week begins on May 6, RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Registered nurses around the country are encouraged to wear their “RN Pins” in honor of Nurses Week and RN Recognition Day.
Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From patient care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and public health to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
Congresswomen Frances Payne Bolton of Ohio, an advocate for nursing and public health introduced a bill in Congress in 1954 to honor nurses. The year marked the 100th anniversary of nursing profession pioneer Florence Nightingale’s mission to treat wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) established May 12, Nightingale’s birthday, as an annual “International Nurse Day” in 1974. But it wasn’t until the early 1990s, that the American Nurses Association encouraged the recognition of nurses’ contributions to community and national health expanding the event to a week-long event each year.
Today, nurses are leading efforts on three top quality priorities: patient safety, care coordination and patient/family engagement. Up to 20 percent of Medicare patients are re-admitted to hospitals, often because of inadequate care coordination. Medicare now is paying for certain care coordination services, recognizing that the quality of transitional care provided by RNs is crucial to reducing re-admissions.
Nurses provide education, guidance and resources to individuals and/or families managing chronic conditions or an illness. RNs help them understand discharge and care plans, medication regimens, appointment follow-ups, referrals and equipment needs. In addition, Nurses are working with the Partnership for Patients ( a public-private collaboration, to improve patient safety and reduce cost by reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day hospital re-admissions by 20 percent. With input from a technical panel of national experts, ANA has introduced an innovative, evidence-based method to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), a common hospital-acquired infection and a shortcoming in quality. This tool is available on the ANA website,
The Oklahoma Nurses Association works on behalf of all the nurses in the state to advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice. We do this by promoting a positive and realistic view of nursing while lobbying the State Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
This work we do at the Capitol can only be strengthened by voices of nurses from across the state. Currently, one member of ONA shoulders the advocacy burden for 35 RNs licensed and working in Oklahoma. We need to lighten their load. Every nurse in this state takes advantage of ONA’s ability to provide a voice for him or her at the Capitol. It is time all nurses became members of the Oklahoma Nurses Association. Each of us is only as strong as the association as a whole. So this week as you celebrate Nurses Week not only wear your RN pin but also become a member of the Oklahoma Nurses Association. This way you can show your dedication and professionalism all year long.
About ONA’s Executive Director-Jane Nelson, CAE was named the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Nurses Association in March 2002. She has 30 years of association management and marketing experience with a variety of organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

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Excellence in Nursing (L-R) Tony Sword, RN, Rachel Rajan, RN, Carolyn Calloway, RN, Brandy Simpson, RN, Holly Duke, RN, Ken Hill, RN

Every year at Deaconess, nurses are selected by their peers for the Nurse Exemplar Program. These nurses are viewed as top performers in the profession of nursing. In order to qualify for a nurse exemplar, the nurses are nominated based on strict criteria. The criteria for nomination includes leadership, role model, compassionate caregiver, community service, and significant contributions to the profession of nursing. All of the nurses at Deaconess work as an excellent nursing team and to be recognized at the top is a prestigious honor. The nurse exemplars are recognized throughout Deaconess in the months of April and May. During Hospital Week the nurse exemplars are additionally recognized at the annual service awards banquet. The Deaconess Nurse of the Year is selected from the exemplars. This top honor receives additional recognition and awards. The Nurse of the Year will be revealed on May 13, 2015 in the Deaconess Legacy Conference Room at 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
There are several benefits that will be given to the winner at the ceremony and throughout the year. “We have a nomination committee that reviews all the candidates and then selects the top performing nurses that have been nominated in all of the required categories. The nurse exemplars truly reflect the criteria for nursing excellence,” commented Jayne Thomas, Chief Nursing Officer. The following nurses were recognized for excellence in patient care and significant contributions to the profession of Nursing.
Holly Duke, RN (surgery) Holly is very knowledgeable, compassionate and has been at Deaconess over 25 years.
Stephen Pang, RN (Med-Surgery, Oncology) Working at Deaconess for 22 years, Stephen is never too busy to help his coworkers. He is respected by his peers and loved by his patients. (NP)
Brandy Simpson, RN (Birth Center) As an excellent educator, Brandy is always encouraging with a positive attitude. Brandy always shows the utmost respect and compassion to others.
Tony Sword, RN (Emergency Department) With a positive attitude, he treats his colleagues with courtesy and respect. Tony is a team manager with excellent leadership abilities and has worked in the ER for 9 years.
Megan Bainter, RN (Birth Center) Megan is an excellent charge nurse who delegates appropriately. She keeps the patients updated on the plan of care. (NP)
Ken Hill, RN (Emergency Department) Addresses the patients fears and concerns with his passion and professionalism. Ken also enjoys photography and has taken some award winning photos.
Rachel Rajan, RN (Emergency Department) Working as a nurse for 22 years, Rachel is a role model for hard work and is meticulous to the last detail. Rachel is a team player and always puts her patients first.
Carolyn Calloway, RN (Birth Center) Working in the Birth Center for 22 years, Carolyn is a gifted educator with an exceptional ability to communicate with physicians. Her care greatly impacts patients.
“I can’t speak highly enough of this exceptional group of nurses and I am very proud of the Deaconess family to be able to recognize the excellence of this nursing team,” Jayne Thomas proudly stated.

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Platt College PN Director of Nursing Gay Pearce, BS, RN.

Platt College gives students something to talk about.


For Platt College PN Director of Nursing Gay Pearce, BS, RN, there’s no better advertising her school can receive than word of mouth.
“A lot of our students have indicated they worked with former graduates of ours and those grads have made recommendations for them to come to our program,” Pearce said. “Some like the delivery of the format we do with our program and some have been in facilities with our students.
“Word of mouth is the best thing.”
In a sea of medical education options, Platt College stands out quite simply for the results it delivers.
Platt College was founded in 1979, and since then has provided thousands of Oklahomans with the career skills they need to be qualified for new careers in an ever-changing labor market.
Throughout its history, Platt’s focus has remained on providing relevant career training in Oklahoma in a variety of fields, including healthcare and wellness, the culinary arts, and nursing, that meets the needs of an ever-changing job market and its employers.
Platt offers programs and courses designed to help you become a Licensed Practical Nurse, transition to a Registered Nurse, or even advance your Associate’s degree in Nursing (Registered Nurse) to complete and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The Practical Nursing programs are designed to get you into a nursing career much sooner than most educational routes traditional programs take to enter a medical field.
With this focused program, you will enhance your theoretical knowledge with hands-on training led by experienced faculty.
Upon completion of any of Platt’s Practical Nursing programs, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and work in settings such as private medical and nursing care facilities, home health care organizations, public hospitals, and more.
“The faculty members are involved with the students,” Pearce said. “I have an outstanding faculty and they prepare those students very well for boards. They assist them tremendously through their journey.”
Platt – which has campuses in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa – is currently enrolling for its day program, which begins in July. A third start date is in November. Qualifying students can receive financial aid, grants, scholarships as well as loans.
As of May 1, Pearce said 100 percent of Platt graduates have passed their boards this year.
And that may be the best word of mouth any nursing school could ever receive.