Pharmacology For Advanced Practice Nurses

The event will be held at the OU Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, 1100 N. Stonewall Ave, Room 130, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 August 19, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm.
Topics will be COPD, CHF and Psychiatric Updates and will include lunch. for $200 per person and $150 for FT OUCON Faculty and OUCON Students.
For more information contact: Patrice Brown 405-271-1491, ext. 49206.

LPNs/RNs 3-11 shift
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Tuscany Village, 2333 Tuscany Blvd. Call 405-286-0835 or send resume to

Q. Have you ever wondered how adult beliefs are formed and why if they don’t work you don’t change them? If something is not working and we have struggled with it a long time but continue to do it day after day, then lets explore why.

A. I can pretty much guarantee that every time you tearfully ask yourself the question, “What is my problem?” the answer lies in some lame, limiting, and false subconscious belief that you’ve been dragging around without even realizing it Which means that understanding this is majorly important. So this may help.
1) Our subconscious mind contains the blueprint for our lives. It’s running the show based on the unfiltered information it gathered when we were kids, otherwise known as our “beliefs.”
2) We are, for the most part, completely oblivious to these subconscious beliefs that run our lives.
3) When our conscious minds finally develop and show up for work, no matter how big and smart and highfalutin they grow to be, they’re still being controlled by the beliefs we’re carrying around in our subconscious minds.
I was giving a lecture in an outpatient day treatment program and met a professional adult woman named Cynthia, who had recently been fired from her job. She admitted herself to the inpatient unit because she was suicidal, then transitioned to the less intensive program.
She became suicidal when she started thinking about her father and his reaction to her loss of employment. There was no way she could tell him, he was going to be so disappointed. Therefore suicide appeared the better option.
She learned the following while in treatment:
Conscious Mind – “I want a job that I really enjoy.”
Subconscious Mind – “My father wants me to have a job that pays a high amount and stay with that job “forever,” that is the measure of job success.”
Job Status – Fired and suicidal
Cynthia was not able to quit her job when she became dissatisfied because she believed pleasing her father was her priority. He worked the same job for 40 years, made a large salary and made his belief his daughter’s.
Read YOU ARE A BADASS, How to stop doubting YOUR GREATNESS and start living an AWESOME LIFE by Jen Sincero.

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By Beth Smith, Hondros College of Nursing

If asked, most people would likely say that in general they treat all people the same, but do they really? Sometimes it’s very hard not to pass judgement on others, and sometimes we aren’t even aware that we’re doing it.
Bias (i.e., stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination) whether intentional or not, can create barriers between patients and the nurses caring for them. It involves “the negative evaluation of one group and its members relative to another” (Blair, Steiner, & Havranek, 2011, p. 71). Most of us aren’t purposefully biased and don’t see ourselves as being partial to some patients over others, but it’s a common and persistent problem in healthcare. We need to ask ourselves whether a patient’s race, ethnicity, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics that make them different from us change how we look at them and treat them.
According to Bucknor-Ferron and Zagaja (2016), “Unrecognized and unmanaged, unconscious bias can lead to health disparities which negatively affect patients” (p. 61). These disparities can include “lack of preventive care, mismanagement of symptoms, being underserved, experiencing extended waiting times for appointments and diagnostic tests, and dealing with professional caregivers who don’t take the time to understand language and cultural differences” (Bucknor-Ferron & Zagaja, 2016, p. 61).
Being sensitive to and eliminating cultural bias is important for all of us, but it is especially so for nurses who are caring for patients who are at their worst. The suggested strategies of Bucknor-Ferron & Zagaja (2016) presented below can be used to overcome unconscious bias and provide optimal patient care.
Personal awareness. Consider how and why you respond to people in a given way throughout the day. Were your actions, perceptions, and impressions of them fair and accurate or not? Constant self– reflection such as this along with a conscious change in attitudes and behavior will lead to better patient interactions and less bias.
Acknowledgement. Knowing that bias exists and can negatively affect patient care is a step in the right direction. We need to admit that bias can be a part of our interactions with others; without this acknowledgement, we can’t eliminate it.
Empathy. Try to see things from the patient’s perspective by considering the personal and social issues that are affecting him. Making an effort to hear and understand where he’s been and why will help you provide better care for him.
Advocacy. When you understand your patient and his situation, you are in a better position to advocate for him. Avoid using what you think you know when communicating needs and identifying best treatment options for him. You really need to know where he’s coming from, so you can help him get where he needs to be.
Education. Learning about unconscious bias, whether formally or informally, and working to eliminate it helps create an environment that allows equal treatment for all. Talk about it with co-workers and attend workshops and webinars to be more aware of bias and how to address it.
Nurses need to recognize and be aware of their personal feelings about cultural, socioeconomic, and personal choice differences and work to remove them from their patient interactions and care; doing so will allow them to truly treat the patient in front of them.

We Are Hiring
Vice President Chief Nursing Officer
Apply Online at
or call Julia Burleson BSN RN CHCR at 405.307.1554 for more information
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Norman Regional Health System

Hospitality House honors Oklahoma’s most caring individuals and companies

To honor Oklahoma’s spirit of caring for others, Hospitality House, a nonprofit organization providing a home away from home for families caring for loved ones in medical crisis, is inviting Oklahomans to nominate a family member, friend or community member for The Oklahoma Caring Awards. Nominations are open June 12 through July 26.
“In times of crisis, Oklahomans have always been known for their spirit of caring for their communities, neighbors, and strangers,” says Toni Moore, President & CEO of Hospitality House. “Hospitality House is excited to recognize those in our state who exemplify this genuine standard of caring. We look forward honoring individuals, organizations, churches, and companies who care for their loved ones, employees, clients, and communities through the Oklahoma Caring Award.”
Individuals, churches, and companies from any county in Oklahoma can be nominated in any of the following categories:
1. The Caring Award – Individual Caregiver (any age and any diagnosis) 2. The Caring Award – Small Business(<100 employees) 3. The Caring Award – Large Business (100+ employees) 4. The Caring Award – Church 5. The Caring Award – Healthcare (<100 employees) 6. The Caring Award – Healthcare (100+ employees)
Winners from each category will be honored at the Oklahoma Caring Awards Gala on Sept. 14, and each will receive a $1,000 award; for the business and healthcare categories this cash prize goes to the non-profit of their choice. To nominate a caregiver go to:
For more information on how to help families at Hospitality House, a mission of Philos Hospitality, visit their website at or call 918-794-0088.

· Patient Liaison – FT
· ON-CALL LPN: 5:00pm – 8:30am Mon-Thur
Apply in Person at 7705 S. Walker Ave, OKC, OK 73139 or call (405) 789-2913