Q. I am really bored in my job and want to do something different. I am not even sure I want to continue in nursing. I need a challenge. But I seem to be locked in fear and can’t leave. Any suggestions.

A. If you took fear out of the equation what would you do? If you could decide to make a change and not fear the outcome would that make it less difficult?
Since you have acknowledged that you are bored and need a challenge it is going to make your work day less rewarding, maybe even hard to get out of bed and make that drive.
Life is too short to spend too many days bored and unchallenged. The mind and body do not thrive in these conditions.
First make a list of your attributes, skills and interests. What motivated you to choose a career in nursing? Maybe leaving nursing does not have to be your first choice; perhaps moving to another area of nursing. You sound burned out with your current position.
If you decide to leave nursing, what have you always wanted to do? There have been many people who totally changed their careers. Ruth, a lawyer quit her $300.000 a year job and opened a bakery. Mark quit his full time retail job to play music. Whitney quit her $95.000 a year job to sell yoga pants and teach to yogi’s. Brian quit his corporate $250,000 a year job to open a restaurant.
There is no shortage of people who said. “Enough is enough, this isn’t making me happy.” Fear probably crossed their minds, after all it is a normal emotion but they did not let it rob them writing their own life script.
When feelings of boredom and a lack of challenge grow to unmeasurable proportions; stop what you are doing and write a new plan. Whatever it becomes, will be yours. The one thing that you cannot do is the same thing and expect different results.
Let yourself get out of the box. Color outside of the lines. Walk down a different path.

Vicki L Mayfield, M.Ed., R.N., LMFT Marriage and Family Therapy Oklahoma City

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INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic

INTEGRIS earns important grant money as part of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Great Idea Challenge. As one of only six chosen recipients announced this week by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, INTEGRIS will receive $180,000 for the creation and implementation of the INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic.
With the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and in partnership with the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, INTEGRIS will deploy a mobile unit into Oklahoma County designed to provide much needed services to the area’s uninsured and underserved.
The INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic will boast a private exam room, exam chairs, screening supplies and a team of professionals consisting of nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, community health workers and health educators.
They will offer case management services, chronic disease support, health screenings, food distribution, cooking demonstrations, support groups and wellness resources.
“As health care in Oklahoma and across the country transforms, accessibility for the most vulnerable populations is an ever-increasing challenge. Mobile health clinics have a distinct advantage in improving health care in at-risk communities,” says Steve Petty, the system administrative director of community wellness at INTEGRIS.
“The ability to reach underserved patients in their neighborhoods helps eliminate physical barriers to care, such as inadequate transportation and dispersed services. We believe the INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic will help bridge the health care gap in our community and fulfill our mission of improving the long-term health of Oklahoma families.”
Based on current free clinic and community health screening numbers, as well as the average chronic disease patient volume, the INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic, in partnership with the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, hopes to reach 1,400 Oklahomans within the first two years.

A recent study indicates Oklahoma ranked second in the nation for prevalence of Hepatitis C (HCV). Health officials believe significant contributing factors are injection drug use being seen in the state’s opioid epidemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with several universities, analyzed data gathered during a national survey conducted from 2013-2016 as well as other studies used to estimate the number of Americans living with HCV. There are approximately 2.4 million adults estimated to be living with HCV in the United States, with Oklahoma estimated to rank second at 1.82 per 100 population, behind only the District of Columbia at 2.34 per 100 population. In addition to this study, data collected by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and other state public health officials indicate the number of new cases of HCV is on the rise. The CDC estimates more than 41,000 Americans were newly infected in 2016 alone.
A major contributing factor to the high occurrence of HCV is the sharing or re-using of needles when using injection drugs such as opioids. Opioid injection and HCV increased dramatically in younger Americans from 2004-2014. Among people aged 18-29, HCV increased by 400 percent, and admission for opioid injection by 622 percent. Those aged 30-39 saw an increase of HCV by 325 percent, and admission for opioid injection by 83 percent. It is important for those who use injection drugs to understand their increased risk of contracting HCV through shared needles.
“Far too many individuals are unaware of their risk of infection and importance to get tested,” said Kristen Eberly, director of the OSDH HIV/STD Service. “Although the ongoing opioid epidemic has contributed to recent increases in HCV infections among adults under age 40, it’s also important for Oklahomans to understand hepatitis C poses a serious health concern for people of all ages, including infants born to infected mothers.”
Baby boomers also account for a large portion of chronic HCV infections. Health officials recommend all adults born between 1945 and 1965 be tested at least once for HCV. Testing is also recommended for anyone who may be at risk of contracting the virus through injection drug use.
“The numbers are sobering, but this challenge can be tackled if the right steps are taken,” said Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates. “We recognize that there is a cost to providing help, but even though it might be expensive, it is not hopeless. There is a 90 percent cure rate with treatment. We urge everyone at risk to get tested now.” The cure rate is improving and reducing the length of treatment from a year to three months. However, the wholesale treatment cost for new cases ranges from $417 to $1,125 per day.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which can result in serious long-term health problems such as liver disease, liver failure, and even death. There is no vaccine to prevent the virus. The best way to prevent it is by avoiding behaviors known to spread the disease, especially injecting drugs. It can also be spread when getting tattoos or body piercings in unlicensed facilities with non-sterile instruments. The only way for a person to know if they have HCV is through a blood test from a health care provider.
For additional information, visit the OSDH HIV/STD website at For assistance with finding local resources for opioid treatment, call 211. Additional information about drug overdoses is available at

OMRF scientist Courtney Griffin, Ph.D., was recently named the scientific director of OCASCR

The Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR) has named Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Courtney Griffin, Ph.D., as its new scientific director.
OCASCR was founded in 2010 by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to increase adult stem cell research in Oklahoma. Over the past eight years, OCASCR has funded research projects on diabetes, blindness, cancer and other illnesses at Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the University of Oklahoma, and OMRF.
Griffin earned her B.A. at Harvard and her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the University of California San Francisco. Following postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina, she joined OMRF in 2008. Her work focuses on genes that regulate blood and lymphatic vessels, work that has implications for heart disease, aneurysms, cancer and toxic drug overdose.
Griffin succeeds OCASCR’s founding scientific director, Paul Kincade, Ph.D., who is retiring. She plans to continue OCASCR’s focus on adult stem cell research and expand the scope of its vision to include work in regenerative medicine.
“Regenerative medicine challenges us to harness stem cell and developmental biology research into discovering new ways of repairing, replacing or rejuvenating disease-damaged organs in the body. We want to open the door to more researchers interested in this growing field of study,” she said.
TSET Interim Executive Director Julie Bisbee said she is excited for the future of OCASCR and the role this research plays in TSET’s overall goal.
“TSET is proud to support this unique collaboration between academic and research institutions to promote cutting-edge scientific discoveries in Oklahoma,” said Bisbee. “Supporting this kind of research that advances treatment for cancer and tobacco-related diseases is fundamental to our mission to improve the health of all Oklahomans.”
Since OCASCR’s founding, TSET has invested $17 million in Oklahoma scientists focused on stem cell research with a return on that investment of more than $90 million in grants as a result of the projects launched through the initiative.

Your one-stop resource for all of the breastfeeding basics. We will go over everything you need to know—from buying that first nursing bra to deciding when to wean. Attending class will allow expectant mothers to be more prepared for breastfeeding when baby is born.
The class is free for mothers who will be delivering at AllianceHelath Midwest. The class is $10 for mothers who are planning to deliver elsewhere. Payment is due at time of class.
**Please register for only one “ticket” for the mother-to-be. A support person is welcome, but does NOT require a ticket for registration. You can register here;
Class will be: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (CST). There is no charge for the class. Class will be at Alliance Health Medical Group, 1800 South Douglas Boulevard in Midwest City.

The 12th Annual Faith Community Nurses’ Association Conference title is “When Disaster Hits: The Role of the Faith Community.” The conference will educate the Faith Community Nurse and church leaders to organize and build capacity for the church to respond to local and regional disasters. Disaster is a “given” in Oklahoma. Faith Communities are affected directly and indirectly by these disasters. The message of Psalm 57, Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed, sets the stage for reflecting and mobilizing resources when disaster hits. This conference will provide resources, contacts and information needed to assist congregants during times of disaster and the opportunity for participants to network and to build relationships with nurses and health ministers interested in Faith Community Nursing.
Registration for the one-day FCNA OK Member $60 for payments received before 2/8/19. 2/9-2/22 $85; 2/22 and later $105. Non FCNA OK Member $90 for payments received before 2/8/19. 2/8-2/22 $120; 2/22 and later $135. Nursing students $60. Clergy $65 for payments received before 2/16/18. 2/9-2/22 $90; 2/22 and later $110. Refunds before 2/8/19 less $20 deposit. No refunds after February 8, 2019. FCNA OK is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course is approved for 8.25 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number LT0298-0316, KAR 60-7-107 (b)(3)(C).
For registration and brochure, see the FCNA website, downloads page: or register at and pay by or contact