Matthew Tygart RN BSN Externship, Oxley College of Health Sciences at The University of Tulsa.

Matthew Tygart always knew he liked working with children. When his compassion for people influenced him to major in nursing, he learned through a series of clinical rotations and his externship at St. Francis Hospital that he wanted to work in pediatric oncology after graduation.
“I grew up working with children,” said Tygart. “Now I can take that one step further by caring for them in their most vulnerable states. I can be there for the families and the patients.”
Tygart is earning a bachelor of science in nursing at The University of Tulsa School of Nursing in the Oxley College of Health Sciences. One of the reason’s he chose TU was due to the high success rate of TU students passing the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam) exam, a standardized test that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. The pass rate for TU School of Nursing students is higher than the average in Oklahoma and nationally.
Tygart and his classmates participated in clinical rotations at the three major hospitals and various clinics in Tulsa. “Our clinical rotation group was small and included only six or seven students,” said Tygart. “This allowed us to develop closer relationships with faculty.”
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During his rotation at St. Francis Hospital, Tygart realized that he wanted to work in oncology and with the help of his professors, he secured an externship there. “The faculty helped me complete my externship application and provided references,” said Tygart. “I was able to work in both adult and pediatric oncology.”
After his externship, Tygart received a job offer from St. Francis to work as a nurse technician providing basic medical care in the pediatric oncology unit while he completes his schooling. Nurse technician positions are generally part-time employment opportunities reserved for students currently enrolled in a licensed practical nursing or registered nursing program.
During his time at TU, Tygart served as a member of the Golden Hurricane Spirit Squad and participated in a fraternity. He also started the TU chapter of Love Your Melon raising money for children battling cancer. This organization functions on a buy one give one model where every piece of apparel sold provides a beanie to a child fighting cancer.
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What do you wish they would have taught you in nursing school? Valir Rehabilitation Hospital

There’s a lot. One thing is more experience of exactly what it would be like to be on a floor. There’s a high learning curve. Jason Clement, RN

How to talk and how to present things for patient education. That’s something I’ve had to figure out on my own. Heather Martinez, RN

I felt like I didn’t know anything. Probably dealing with patients more and conflict resolution. Kim Tisby, RN

How to be able to let go of your job every day. You really take it home. Amanda Whitwell, RN

Q. My boyfriend recently broke up with me after four years. I hate to say it but I would go back with him even though he was often disrespectful and verbally abusive. I do not want to be alone at 27. What does this say about me?

A. There is an interesting phenomenon in relationships, an oxymoron of sorts. Relationship does not always equate with togetherness and closeness, or love and respect. Relationship can mean disrespect and disconnect, power and control. To be in a relationship does not guarantee the connection that most people desire.
It is interesting to note that you would choose getting back together (to avoid loneliness) and subject yourself to verbal abuse and disrespect than be without a partner.
Whenever we NEED someone who is BAD for us, it is usually time for some self discovery. It is very CODEPENDENT to NEED someone or something that creates harm to our well being. We suffer a disconnect within ourselves when this is how we live.
Really think about what you are saying, “Maltreatment is better than no treatment.” Challenge the authenticity of that belief. If you were alone in your home, reading or watching TV or visiting with friends and no one was abusing you, wouldn’t that be a win/win evening?
In the book, “The Four Agreements” the author Don Miguel Ruiz says it like this, “If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift when they walk away from you.” It really is a gift.
Now you need to be calm enough, long enough to detox from this man. You really don’t need to be in an abusive relationship to avoid loneliness. I think exploring the belief you hold about relationships, love, respect and abuse could use some work. Needless to say your self respect and self love are in jeopardy.
Some of the saddest people I have seen have been married people who are miserable and lonely.
When you have someone sitting on the sofa with you but there is no intimate connection (and I am not speaking of sex) you have someone with you but a stranger could be sitting there with you and you might find something to talk about.
So Katie, before you take him back and go round 2 in this relationship, please do something for yourself first. Go to a 12 step Codependency group (CODA), read a book about self esteem, sit on your patio and journal your thoughts and feelings. You are worth more than an abusive relationship.

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

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INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation is proud to offer the only aphasia clinic in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to speak and understand others, but does not affect intelligence.
Stroke and brain injury are the most common causes of aphasia. While it typically affects those 45 and older, the under 45 age group is the fastest growing group of stroke and brain injury patients in the United States. There has been a 44 percent increase in the number of young Americans hospitalized due to stroke in the last decade.
“With stroke rates on the rise, especially among young adults, this type of specialized care is becoming more necessary,” says Susan Dowell, M.S., CCC-SLP, lead speech-language pathologist for the new clinic. “Aphasia can be frustrating for patients and family members alike and is often misunderstood. At the clinic, we educate families and caregivers about the condition and how they can best support their loved one.”
Aphasia affects everyone differently and communication problems can last a long time. Improvement is possible, particularly if speech language therapy is provided. The INTEGRIS Aphasia Clinic brings people living with the disorder together in a support group fashion, allows them the opportunity to work on communication skills with a variety of conversation partners and gives them the chance to participate in special aphasia group activities devoted to specific interests. The group meets once a week.
Clinics will be held every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Outpatient Rehabilitation at 4100 S. Douglas Ave., Oklahoma City. The cost is $75 for each 4-week session, including an initial evaluation
For more information or to schedule an aphasia evaluation, contact Susan Dowell at 405-644-5445 or visit

Tim O’Connor.

Community leaders receive recognition for their volunteering, leadership and commitment to central Oklahoma


Polly Nichols.
Judy Love.

United Way of Central Oklahoma will honor three outstanding community leaders who model exceptional integrity, dedication, generosity and passion with the organization’s three most prestigious volunteer awards at its annual Snowflake Gala on Friday evening, Jan. 26, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Tim O’Connor, public relations representative at American Income Life Insurance Company and president of the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, is the recipient of the Ray Ackerman Leadership Award. This award recognizes those who share his tireless efforts and devotion to the United Way mission and set the standard for volunteering, leadership and caring. Tim has been involved with the United Way for decades and served in leadership roles since 1992. He currently serves on the board and the campaign cabinet.
Another honoree at the gala is Polly Nichols, community volunteer. She is the recipient of the John and Berta Faye Rex Community Builder Award, which recognizes individuals who share the Rex’s vision in finding long-term solutions to community needs. Polly’s involvement in the community is vast, working with more than 25 nonprofit organizations over the years. Polly and her husband, Larry, were the first couple to chair the United Way’s annual campaign and she serves as a trustee on the United Way board.
Judy Love, business leader and philanthropist, is the recipient of the Richard H. Clements Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors individuals who have a lifelong dedication to volunteering, leadership and philanthropy not only to United Way but to the community as a whole. For more than 30 years, Judy has been an integral part of the community serving on the boards of 18 Oklahoma City-based nonprofits. Judy remains a staunch advocate of the United Way of Central Oklahoma, serving as campaign co-chairman in 2015 and a founding member and current co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Society.
“We are truly honoring three of our community’s best this year, I cannot think of three more deserving honorees,” said Debby Hampton, president and CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “We commend them for their outstanding commitment to strengthening our community and appreciate all the ways they have impacted and contributed to United Way, our Partner Agencies and our community. Their work is so inspiring.”

St. Anthony is celebrating the beginning of construction on its newest building at the corner of Shartel Avenue and 9th Street which will further expand its Midtown campus. The St. Anthony Neurology Center, a 18,000 square foot, two story building, is slated to be complete in late 2018.
The campus expansion reflects the hospital’s growing need for neurology services for patients in Midtown. The new facility will contain space for six neurologists, patient exam rooms, and three procedure rooms. Surface parking will be available for patients and families. Special attention has been given to a space-efficient design that incorporates a large waiting room along the northern edge. The second floor includes a corner terrace with view of downtown Oklahoma City. The project features a design that sensitively blends into its neighborhood which has undergone strong revitalization efforts and investments since St. Anthony committed to staying in its Midtown location thirteen years ago. “We are excited about the design of the new facility and how it will enhance exceptional care for our patients,” said Dr. Salman Zubair, St. Anthony Neurologist. “This will be a patient centered facility built to provide the best, most efficient care available.”
ADG is the architect for the project, and Smith & Pickel Construction, Inc. is the general contractor.
St. Anthony Physicians Neurology currently resides in the Saints Medical Plaza building at the east entrance of the hospital campus. Board certified neurologists in the group include Dr. Tehseen Khan, Dr. Zahid Cheema, Dr. Salman Zubair, Dr. Farhan Tariq, and Dr. Matt Ryan. The group provides a wide range of neurological care and expertise. For more information, call 405-815-5050.