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Robin Reinart, LPN has worked in Labor and Delivery, Joyful Beginnings at SSM St. Anthony’s Hospital where she has worked for the last sixteen years. Robin’s love for others shines through with each precious miracle; the birth of a baby.

by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer

St. Anthony’s Hospital… It’s been around for over 85 years of exceptional advancing superior health care and is still running strong. On the second floor of the hospital, you will find the wonder of tiny miracles. This is Joyful Beginnings, Labor and Delivery unit. It takes a special person to take care of these mothers-to-be and their precious bundles of joys. Here, you will find excellent doctors, nurses and staff. One particular individual that you will find is Robin Reinart, LPN, charge nurse for sixteen years with a new promotion of Nurse Manager. A very pleasant individual and thankful that she can work with the moms-to-be and their dear cargo! “I get to be a part of something that the mother will remember for the rest of her life. There is nothing like being in the delivery room and helping with the process of birth,” she said. “It’s truly amazing and I feel like this is where I want to be. I love my job,” she said.
SSM St. Anthony’s hospital, Joyful Beginnings is a fourteen bed birthing center. There are 56 nurses and there is a lot of one-on-one time between the mothers and their babies. With 1,100 1,200 babies born each year at St. Anthony’s hospital, a triage and two delivery rooms, Joyful Beginning is such a blessing to parents.
Born and raised in Clinton, OK, Robin attended nursing school at Southwestern State University in Weatherford, OK. When Robin was little, she didn’t even think of being a nurse. “I just knew I would grow up and be an accountant, a neurosurgeon, or an anesthesiologist. At one point, I wanted to be a teacher but it was only because I wanted to write on a chalkboard,” she said with a laugh. “Wanting to be a nurse just kind of happened when I graduated high school. When I went through clinicals and rotations, it was then that I knew that I wanted to work in Labor and Delivery. It was something about being present and making that experiences a great experience for the mother,” Robin added.
What qualities do you think make a good nurse particularly for labor and delivery? “I think a nurse in labor and delivery definitely need empathy, assertiveness, compassion and a love for family,” Robin replied.
If Robin were to give advice to someone going into the medical field, she would tell them, “To go for it. Nursing is a great field to be in; there are so many fields to enter and so many opportunities and avenues where you can go. I would tell them to find your niche and make that your home. Whatever you choose to do, you are obtaining experience for years to come. You will continue to grow as a nurse,” Robin said.
What is your favorite thing about your job? “That would be the fact that I am able to impact a family and make that as special as it can be. All of the nurses work as a team; this is the best team ever. It is truly like our own little family. We back each other up and help each other out,” Robin replied.
Robin’s biggest asset at work is being very assertive. “I’m not afraid to speak up if something is not done the way it should be. I believe in doing something the right way to begin with,” she replied.
On a personal note, Robin enjoys spending time with her son, Jax who will be four years old in October. “A lot of my time is spent playing trucks, dinosaurs or anything involving mud. Do you know how much mud a toddler can get into? Also, I like to read, bake and sing. I just like to sing for myself and Jax,” Robin said. “I do sing pretty well,” she added.
When I asked Robin to describe herself, she said, “I am outgoing and I expect a lot from others but I also expect a lot from myself. I am an optimistic realist and a leader. I am a goal setter and go after it as much as I can. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and that is because I am afraid of failure. I just want to always be a good team player. I love my job a nurse here at SSM St. Anthony’s hospital and can’t see doing anything else.”
What is one word to describe Robin’s life? “That would be, UNPREDICTABLE,” she said with a big smile.

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James Foreman, LPN works at The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, staying positive as he spreads his encouraging words to all those around him.

PASSION IN NURSING
SPREADING ENCOURAGING WORDS: OKC INDIAN CLINIC

by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

Here at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, you will find excellent nurses. One individual nurse, James Foreman, LPN, is well known by co-workers and patients due to his friendly, outgoing personality and his love and respect for others.
Growing up in Ardmore, OK, James attended Southern Oklahoma Technology Center and has been a nurse for eight years. Fresh out of school, he got a job at a private practice in Chickasaw, OK, where he got plenty of skills and training.
Asking James why he chose to work at The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, he replied, “I am Chickasaw and I want to give back to the native population. It’s different from private practice; here, the patient is in need of care and they don’t have insurance. I think I am a great fit here. I love working with people. This is a target population and I have seen it grow so much in the last five years. I see the progress of moving forward and not backwards.”
James never thought about working in the medical field. “At the time, my wife, Amy, was a nurse at Integris. I was working at Circuit City until they went out of business. Amy influenced me to go to nursing school. I love my job and I love taking care of others. Of course, with my wife and me both nurses, it’s kind of hard to take care of the other one. I’m sure you have heard how nurse make the worst patients? I think it is true, “James replied.
What is your favorite part of your job as a nurse? “When the patient comes in, they are relying on someone to care for them. When they leave, they are in a better spot. It is nice to know that I have made a difference in someone’s life,” James said.
Asking James what qualities make a good nurse, he answered, “I think any nurse needs to have self-respect for themselves and have love that comes from within. It makes you want to give so much love to the world.” he answered with a smile.
James admitted that he has a hidden talent that he really enjoys. “I am a bit of a comedian and I like to make people laugh!” he said. I put a little love and funniness into my life. I also have a way of encouraging people. A smile can change a person. Even though I am a very simple person, I have plenty of love to give. Sometimes, we look too far ahead and that is when we miss out on the simple things in life. If we look too far out, we forget the simple things and what we have already.”
James enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy and his 19-year old son, James Foreman IV. We love to travel. I also love airplanes. Not the ‘flying’ but I love the roar of the plane and the smell of jet fuel. To me, a plane screams honor, discipline and the military serving our country. I go to a lot of airshows and they all come alive with freedom,” he said.
James encouraging words and sense of humor are his biggest assets. “I just have so much love and compassion to give to others,” he said. “I just want people to know that they will always have a friend in me and I will always support them in any way that I can.”
“What motivates me? Just the fact that I get to wake up each morning and the Lord has given me another chance at life. I will put my efforts towards something great; that doesn’t mean I have to move mountains, it’s just a simple smile or a hello to someone that makes a difference. It’s a pat on the back and a good job. Courtesy goes a long way.”
“Someday, I would like to be a motivational speaker, maybe a comedian; maybe, a humorous motivational speaker,” he said with a smile. “My other goals? I always say, “I want to live to be eighty years old, sitting under a shade tree, smoking my pipe.”
Summing up his life in one word, James had a quick reply, “BEAUTIFUL,” he said. “Last but not least, I want to thank all of the nurses, providers and staff here at The Indian Clinic that supports me in every way. All of you play a big part in my life and I appreciate each one of you in more ways than you know.”

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Professional Advancement with Competitive Price, Substantial Scholarships, and Student Support

Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing (KSN) has announced exciting opportunities to help you become a nurse or advance your nursing skills.
RN-BSN: Competitive Price, Complete in Two Semesters
KSN offers an outstanding RN-BSN program in which RNs can complete their BSN in just two semesters, and for the lowest cost of any degree program the university offers. Classes meet one day per week for four hours. No course prerequisites, nursing exams, care plans, or clinical hours are required. Denise Burton, chair of the RN-BSN program, has particularly reached out to those who attended schools which did not have nursing accreditation, stating “We accept students’ RN licenses regardless of whether they graduated from an accredited institution or not.” Burton further noted that many of our students go on to earn advanced degrees. RN-BSN classes meet at the OKCU campus, at Mercy Hospital OKC, and at Norman Regional Hospital.
BSN and MSN: Nearly $500,000 in Scholarships for New Students
KSN recently received a gift creating “The Kramer Way” scholarship which will provide $400,000 for ten new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and $90,000 for six new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students over a two-year period starting in fall 2019. The scholarship is named for the school’s commitment to its core values of caring, kindness, and respect.
In addition to helping students earn their first degree, the school’s BSN program also allows those who have a degree in another field to earn a BSN in just 18 months. “The scholarship is critical because many candidates exhaust their financial assistance while earning their first degree but this will allow them the financial ability to become a nurse,” said Dr. Lois Salmeron, dean of the Kramer School of Nursing.
Salmeron also indicated that few scholarships are available for graduate study, further making this opportunity unique. The school’s MSN program offers tracks in nursing education or leadership and features distance learning as well as a low-residency model which enables nurses living in communities outside of Oklahoma City to successfully complete their degree.
DNP: Student Support Eases Clinical Placement for FNP and AGACNP Students
KSN offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with two tracks, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), which can be completed with part-time study over four years. The school also offers certificate programs in each track. Additionally, the school has added a clinical liaison who manages clinical placement for the students.
Dr. Gina Crawford, chair of DNP programs, noted that while online schools have proliferated in recent years, attending a classroom environment allows students to experience individual interaction, hands-on skills workshops, and greater support from classmates, faculty, and staff. “The faculty get to know students’ strengths and weaknesses, and can evaluate their competency. Those in the AGACNP program are well prepared for management of acute, critical, and emergency care; while those in the FNP program are ready for primary care.”
Gabrielle Stuehm, a current FNP student added that “the OKCU Kramer School of Nursing FNP program has been such a wonderful experience for me. I believe that having weekly hands-on experience in class has put me at a great advantage in my post graduate education. The faculty has always been available to me when I need further understanding; additionally, the faculty wants us to succeed and do well in the FNP program. I am so grateful that I have been able to continue my education at OKCU.”
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Bill and Barbara Hubbard stand in front of the 360-gallon fish aquarium that they generously donated to The Veranden memory care community. Complete with beautiful fish, it is a sight to behold.

by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer

Edmond, Oklahoma is where you will find The Veraden, a home for retirees and their families; assisted living, independent living and memory care. Greeted by a friendly staff member, I was led back to speak with Danna Johnson, RN, Executive Director.
Danna was excited to tell me some news. “The Veraden has a new memory care director, Patty James, as of April 2019 and she is definitely a God sent,” said Danna. “I can’t tell you what a blessing she has been to us. Up until now, it was as though our three levels of care have been like three different communities, but now, we are one big family community. Patty brought life back to The Veraden and the residents seem to be drawn together,” she added. “I can’t believe how much of a difference Patty has made.”
Two people entered the room. “I want to introduce you to a very special couple,” Danna said. “This is Bill and Barbara Hubbard. The couple shook my hand and sat down. “They have lived here for almost two years now,” Danna commented. Bill is always willing to help us in any situation. In fact, did you see all of the pretty flowers and hanging plants in front of the Veraden? He is the one responsible for them,” Danna said with a smile.
“We have a lot of volunteers from the assisted living and independent living come in and help with the memory care residents,” Danna said. “We have volunteers that help plant the gardens, plant tomatoes, make arts and crafts, bingo, singing in the choir, playing a musical instrument…the list could go on and on. Bill does a little bit of everything,” Danna commented. “Bill and Barbara are such a blessing to us,” she said.
It wasn’t that long ago that Patty James got together with Bill and Barbara to arrange for a special donation for the memory care to The Veraden. Bill had heard that fish aquariums help dementia patients, (Dementia-A severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration due to the loss of or damage to neurons in the brain.) Barbara is one of the residents that suffer from dementia. Bill, being the kind-hearted person he is, decided to donate a 360-gallon aquarium, measuring 8 foot by 2 foot to the memory care community. Complete with beautiful fish and tiny blue lights surrounding the aquarium, it is a sight to behold! The fish in the aquarium are beautiful; it is very relaxing to all of the residents. There are chairs close to the aquarium so the residents can sit and look at the fish for as long as they want to.
When I asked Bill what his overview of The Veraden was he didn’t hold back his feelings. “Oh, this place is great. We couldn’t ask for better care than we get here. Everyone is so friendly and we consider the others here as our family. I think this is an excellent place to be for this stage of our lives. We have plenty of space, there are always activities going on, we have it all here,” he said.
Bill and Barbara have five children and 7 grandchildren. Through their many acts of kindness, the love shines through in so many ways. “I want to help others in any way that I can,” Bill said. “I will continue to do so as long as I am able.” Bill took Barbara’s hand and walked out of the room hand-in-hand.
A special ceremony for Bill and Barbara Hubbard was given in honor of the donation of the beautiful fish aquarium to The Veraden Memory Care Community. What a loving and thoughtful gift!
The Advantages of a fish aquarium for people with dementia……
The colors, motion and sounds associated with an aquarium can serve as a form of therapy to relax residents of the long-term care facility. The aquarium is a piece of living furniture that provides a window into the watery world of aquatic creatures. Aquariums can bring a wonderful aesthetic to the decor of a nursing home, helping to replicate the more soothing, less sterile environment that the resident formerly experienced in a home setting. It can also help induce conversation between residents and between residents and staff, stimulating the mind and curiosity of the viewer. -DeSchriver and Riddick-

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Primary care providers to offer family medicine and urgent care services

SSM Health St. Anthony is pleased to welcome Robert DiCintio, PA-C, Alex Rasmussen, PA-C and Alina Quy, APRN-CNP to SSM Health Medical Group in El Reno. Already established for several years caring for patients in El Reno, Okla. and surrounding areas, DiCintio and Rasmussen will continue to serve as primary and urgent care providers in a new clinic location at 2315 Parkview Drive. Quy will join the existing practice at the same location.
DiCintio graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center family medicine physician assistant program in 1990 and has served patients in the El Reno area for nearly three decades. In addition to primary and urgent care, he has an interest in pediatrics. It’s important to him to develop relationships with his patients, many of whom call him by his first name.
Rasmussen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2005, followed by his master of health sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, the same year he completed his physician assistant education. Rasmussen speaks both English and Spanish.
Quy, a certified nurse practitioner, has more than a decade of experience in primary and urgent care, as well as a background in emergency care. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Kansas Wesleyan University in 2000, a bachelor of science in nursing from Oklahoma City University in 2009 and earned her master family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. In addition to comprehensive family medicine services, Quy also has a focus on well woman and well child exams.
DiCintio, Rasmussen and Quy will see patients in their new location next to the SSM Health St. Anthony El Reno Emergency Room while SSM Health constructs a new medical building that will be adjacent to the $9 million facility being built by the City of El Reno at I-40 and Highway 81.
For more information about SSM Health providers and urgent care service, please call 405-231-8866.

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Proving Age is Relative

Kenneth Wyatt just celebrated his 80th birthday on June 4. What makes this milestone even more special is knowing he underwent a lung transplant on
Jan. 10, 2019, at the age of 79.
The staff at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center held a surprise party for Wyatt and hope to have more of these celebrations in the future.
“People should not see age as a deterrent to seeking an organ transplant,” says Mark Rolfe, M.D., co-medical director of lung transplantation and advanced pulmonary disease management at the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute in Oklahoma City. “We look at physiologic age, not chronologic age. The old way of thinking was you can only transplant people 65 and younger, but there’s a lot of 75-year-olds who are otherwise healthy and still young at heart.”
About a year and a half ago, Wyatt suddenly started to experience shortness of breath. “It came on really quickly,” remembers Wyatt. “I just couldn’t get enough air. I felt claustrophobic, like I constantly needed more oxygen.”
He was diagnosed at another facility with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and was told his condition was terminal and he was simply too old for a transplant. Thankfully, Wyatt persisted and found another physician who immediately referred him to the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute.
“I was anxious to meet Mr. Wyatt,” says Alan Betensley, M.D., co-medical director of lung transplantation and advanced pulmonary disease management at INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute. “We ran some tests and concluded he was healthy despite his pulmonary fibrosis, so we felt he would be an ideal candidate for transplant, regardless of his age.”
Wyatt was placed on the lung transplant list Nov. 15, 2018. “I hear some people wait years for a transplant, so I was surprised to get ‘the call’ less than two months later,” admits Wyatt. “I woke up in the Intensive Care Unit and everyone told me I did great. I was out of the hospital within a week.
“Kenneth did remarkably well through the entire process. His oxygen level is back up to 98 percent and he is currently undergoing rehabilitation to regain his strength and endurance,” Betensley says. “I have no doubt he will make a full recovery. He is proof positive that age is relative.”
Wyatt says the experience has given him a new outlook on life and a brand-new purpose for living. “The way I figure it, is God gave me this condition for a reason. And maybe that reason is to help raise the age limit for transplant consideration. INTEGRIS took a chance on me when most other institutions wouldn’t, and I will be forever grateful for that.”
“I could still have 20 years ahead of me,” Wyatt predicts. “My mom is still living at 104 and my grand-dad lived to be 101 … so there’s a lot of life left in me.”

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Patrick Gaffney, M.D.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Patrick Gaffney, M.D., has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to investigate the underlying mechanisms that lead to lupus onset.
Lupus occurs when the immune system becomes unbalanced, leading to the development of antibodies and chronic inflammation that damage the body’s organs and tissues. The disease primarily strikes women and disproportionately affects certain minority groups, including African Americans, American Indians and Latinos.
Risk for lupus is believed to come from changes in the genome, said Gaffney, but researchers don’t actually understand why or how they confer risk. The grant will expand upon information gathered currently through genome-wide association studies, or GWAS.
“In lupus, you have a disease with around 150 associated regions of the genome and maybe thousands of variants related to it,” said Gaffney, who holds the J.G. Puterbaugh Chair in Medical Research at the foundation and is the chair of OMRF’s Genes and Human Disease Research Program. “Each one makes a small contribution to the overall risk of disease, but when we look at them in entirety, the power to predict disease becomes significantly better. All we have now is statistical analysis we’ve gathered from the genome studies. This grant will help us also understand the biology involved in the process.”
GWAS data have been helpful but not particularly useful in getting research into clinics to help lupus patients, because they don’t convey enough about other possible contributing factors, Gaffney said.
To that end, Gaffney will look into the role of “epigenetic” factors, the chemical changes in the genome that affect how DNA is packaged and expressed but do not affect the underlying genetic sequence.
“This is the next step in helping us understand the biology of this data enough to actually generate a real impact for patients,” he said. “We are hopeful this work will lead us to alternative variants in the genome that may not necessarily be associated in a statistical way, but might prove important to the overall disease process.”
The grant, R01 AR073606, is from the NIAMS, a part of the NIH.
“Dr. Gaffney is a recognized expert in the genetics of autoimmune diseases,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “This novel approach to expanding upon genetic data holds promise for the development of new ways to treat or even prevent diseases like lupus and others.”

OSDH Receives Additional Funds from CDC to Continue Efforts Aimed at Reducing Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced an extension of a grant providing $2.19 million dollars in funding for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to target people at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The funds provided will be available through June 29, 2020.
The grant will be used to continue the focus on areas of the state disproportionately affected by high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, or prediabetes due to socioeconomic factors such as inadequate access to care, poor quality of care, or low income. Caddo, Delaware, Hughes, Lincoln, McIntosh, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Seminole counties have been identified as areas of concentration.
Partnerships with other organizations are a key component of the OSDH outreach efforts. Working with the Choctaw Nation Health Services (CNHS) has allowed tribal and non-tribal community members to participate in high blood pressure self-management education coupled with pharmacist-provided medication therapy management. Continued support allows CNHS to expand these initiatives into additional sites within Choctaw Nation’s boundaries.
The extension also allows continued collaboration with Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers, and hospitals located in the prioritized counties. Other partnerships include those with Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma County Extension Services (OCES) to offer diabetes prevention and self-management programs in county extension offices across the state, and work with Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Rural Health Center and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s College of Pharmacy.
“In order to improve Oklahoma’s health outcomes, it is going to require a coordinated effort by government and community organizations,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “The work of the OSDH to leverage these partnerships and resources is a step toward the goal of significantly raising the state’s health ranking.”
“Many Oklahomans suffer from diseases that are largely due to personal behaviors including sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, and smoking,” Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates said. “By using these funds to provide not only care management but also programs that encourage lifestyle changes, we can continue to tackle the challenge of reducing the rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
Projects funded through the grant include tracking and monitoring clinical measures shown to improve healthcare quality and identify patients with hypertension; implementing team-based care for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol; and linking community resources and clinical services to support referrals, self-management and lifestyle change for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

Andrea Gunter, RN, (left) and Terisa Denwalt, RN, will help children with disabilities live out their dreams this summer at JD McCarty’s Camp ClapHans.

by Bobby Anderson, RN, Staff Writer

For a few short weeks this summer, children with disabilities from across the region will gather in Norman to celebrate just being kids.
It’s a highly-anticipated annual affair carried out at JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities and it’s known as Camp ClapHans.
And for registered nurses Andrea Gunter and Terisa Denwalt it will be a time to witness pure joy.
Last year was Gunter’s first experience with camp. She had worked part-time at the residence houses before getting the invite to come down to the onsite camp facility next to the center’s lake.
“It’s different and there’s just so much diversity,” Gunter said. “It’s like a whole different thing than I’ve ever done before. It’s a lot of fun. It’s more of a relaxed environment, the kids are here and everybody is having a good time.”
“You’re just here to give meds and help everything go smoothly.”
A military wife, Gunter was no stranger to moving around the country. She worked in a lot of different types of nursing settings.
After taking a year off she started looking around for another setting.
“I get to work part-time and it’s just great,” Gunter said. “Every time I get a job in nursing it’s like this is my favorite job.”
Denwalt is working her first camp this summer. Working orthopedic oncology for 20 years she went into schools two years ago to help with special needs children for a change.
“Going through nursing school 22 years ago we did a class project and we all went to volunteer for the Special Olympics and I just kept doing it after that,” Denwalt said. “I’ve always kind of been involved and thought I would end up in this area and then the opportunity just came up.”
Children have always had that pull.
“I just love playing with the kids and talking to them,” Denwalt said. “There’s no negative feelings out there. It’s a total positive. You don’t ever hear about people in this line of work complaining about their job like they do everywhere else.”
Gunter has already given her some pointers. But the main thing to remember is just have fun.
“It’s an enjoyable experience because the kids bring so much joy to you that you just want to try and give them as much joy back,” Gunter said. “You’re here as the nurse and in a lot of nursing settings in the hospital your patients know they need the nurse. They don’t need us. They’re here to have fun.”
Gunter enjoys watching the counselors getting kids ready each morning while she’s doing her med pass.
“They are so good and it’s so fortunate the kids have these opportunities,” Gunter said. “In the school system they may stand out or feel different a little bit. Here they’re just kids. Some kids come back every year so you have kids that see each other every summer that have been coming for years. They’re just so happy to see each other. It’s sweet.”
Marketing Director Greg Gaston said historically camp registration is complete within hours of opening.
Gaston said years ago parents began downloading the camp registration forms from the center’s website and completing them in advance.
“Then they’ll send it in at 12:01 a.m. the day registration opens,” Gaston said with a chuckle.
Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp for kids with disabilities ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program of the McCarty Center.
Five camp sessions are offered each summer. The camp is located on the center’s campus and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.
Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, talent shows and swimming.
Each camper is assigned to a counselor with the camper/counselor ratio of 1:1.
Staff members are typically university students working toward a degree in allied health-care fields (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology); special and general education; outdoor recreation; nutrition; and other related fields. Prior to camp, staff members attend training.
The camp opened in 2013 and is named in honor of Sammy Jack Claphan, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Oklahoma native. Sammy played football for the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in special education. Afterward, he played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers. After retiring from football, Sammy returned to Oklahoma and became a coach and a special education teacher. Sammy died in 2001 at the age of 45.
For Denwalt, the expectations for her first camp experience are simple.
“Something to come back to every year really,” Denwalt said. “I want it to be something I enjoy and they enjoy me and take a little break from the hardcore stuff.”

NIGHT SHIFT RNs NEEDED!
Excellent Benefit Package Provided
Licensed Nurses to work with our special needs pediatric patients 0-21 years of age. Our campus consists of 6 rehab hospital units with 6 pediatric patients in each unit. Nurses will monitor assigned hospital unit to ensure quality of patients’ health and the care that is given by Direct Care staff.
· Must have current OK Drivers license · Must be able to lift 25 lbs

Looking for something fun to do this summer?
Camp ClapHans Nurse NEEDED!
Individualized care for 12 campers per session and support from camp staff for the nightly activities.
Hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday nights
5 weeks of Camp starting June 9. Training week of June 3rd-6th

For more info, contact Jennifer Giamelle!
Email resume to: resumes@jdmc.org
J. D. McCarty Center
2002 E. Robinson Norman, OK 73071
405-307-2800 | Fax: 405-307-2801
Visit our webpage at http://www.jdmc.org/
Take a tour at http://www.jdmc.org/video2.shtml

With an outgoing and bubbly personality, Brianna enjoys working with the patients as they recover through therapy and rehabilitation.

PASSION IN NURSING
FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT: Bridges Skilled Rehabilitation in Bethany

by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

At Grace Living Centers, we recognize that all people are endowed with the great dignity of having been made in the image and likeness of our Creator. Regardless of our age or abilities, we are each special. It is for this reason that we aspire to treat each person – patient, resident, family member and each other – with love and respect; to serve people with compassion and dignity. This is our mission; this is our approach to life. –Grace Living Center-
Meet Brianna Bean, RN at Grace Living Center, Bridges Skilled Rehabilitation in Bethany, OK. Growing up in Piedmont, OK, Brianna attended OCCC for nursing. She has been a nurse for a total of seven years. Her first job as a nurse was working at Oklahoma Heart Hospital as a PCCU nurse (Post Coronary Care Unit) and came to Grace Living Center a year ago.
Brianna explained why she is a nurse. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a nurse,” Brianna said. “I had three younger siblings and I always took care of them. I just enjoyed helping them in any way that I could,” she said. “I found myself helping them succeed in whatever they set out to do and I helped them better themselves. We are all still pretty close and they have told me they appreciated me helping them when they were younger.” “I knew I would grow up to be a nurse. I like working here because when the patient comes in, they are not feeling so great but when they leave, they are feeling better. I guess you could say that I have a real desire to help others in any way that I can. It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment. That is why I am a nurse and I can’t image doing anything else.”
What is the favorite part of your job? “It would be the way I get to work with the patients and learn all of their backgrounds. I enjoy getting to know them. I work in the skilled area unit, which means the patient is here due to surgery or an accident or they are here for rehab. It is nice to work with them and see them get better after their stay here; which can be from one week to two months. It just depends on the patient and how they are recovering. It is nice to see the patient leave feeling good about themselves,” Brianna replied.
What qualities make a good nurse? “Above all, I think a nurse needs to be compassionate, and empathetic. They definitely need to have a lot of patience and be able to get to know the patient and understand them,” Brianna said.
When asking Brianna to describe herself, she said, “I guess you could say I am a bubbly person and outgoing. I can have fun and I can be assertive when needed. I am very considerate and kind or so people tell me,” she said with a smile. “I am a good team player and I love taking care of others. I guess that pretty much explains a lot about me.”
If Brianna were to give someone advice for entering the medical field, she would tell them, “that going to school to be a nurse can be tough at times, especially when they just get started, but the end payoff is worth it. The gratification you get at the end is amazing! Just don’t give up and know that you can do it!”
When Brianna is not working, she likes to spend time with her nine year old daughter, Jocelyn. “We love to sing and dance all the time and act silly,” she said with a laugh. “We love just being ourselves. Jocelyn really likes art so I like to do art work with her. For myself, I am on a softball team and love to play. I have been playing softball since I was five years old. I have played soccer in the past but haven’t played that in about a year. I like to stay active and busy doing something all the time. I guess you could say that I am pretty outgoing,” she said.
If you could sum up your life in one word, what would it be? With a quick answer that seemed fitting for her, Brianna said, “adventurous.”

FIVE STAR RATED CMS
Great opportunity to work with us with excellent benefits, including great employer matching 401K,
Tuition Reimbursement, Christmas bonus and the opportunity for quarterly bonuses!

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
NORTHWEST SURGICAL HOSPITAL
INTEGRIS NETWORK

North Campus Positions:
· RN Director of Pre-Admission Testing, FT, M-F Days
· RN Med Surg Days, 7am-7pm, FT – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN OR Circulator, M-F Days, FT – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN Pre-Admission Testing, PRN, M-F Days, FT – $3000 Sign on Bonus
· RN Pre-op/Phase II, FT, M-F Days
· Surgical Tech, FT, M-F Days
· Radiographer, PRN, Variable Days
· Patient Care Tech, Med Surg, FT and PRN, 7pm-7am
· Patient Care Tech, Med Surg, PRN, 7am-7pm
· Medical Asst, Pre-Admission Testing,
PRN, M-F Variable Days

South Campus Positions:
· System Director of Pharmacy, M-F Days
· RN Director of Nursing, M-F Days
· RN Quality Analyst, FT, M-F Days
· RN, Med Surg, FT, 7am-7pm and 7pm-7am – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, ED, FT, 7pm-7am – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, ED, FT, 11am-11pm, Weekend Premium Contract – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, ED, PRN, Variable Days/Nights
· RN Pain/Endo, FT, M-F Days
· RN Pre-Admission Testing, PRN, Variable Days, M-F
· Radiographer, PRN, Variable Days
· Patient Care Tech, FT, Med Surg, 7am-7pm
· Surgical Tech, PRN, Eyes, Variable Days/Hours
· Patient Access Representative, PRN, 10am-2pm, M-F (some weekends)
· Patient Access Representative, ED, PRN, Every other Sunday
· Coding Analyst, FT, M-F Days

Northwest Surgical Hospital Positions:
· RN OR Circulator, FT, M-F Days – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, Med Surg, PRN, Variable Days and Nights, 7am-7pm, 7pm-7am
· Radiographer, FT, M-F Days, $2000 Sign on Bonus
· Paramedic, FT, Med Surg, 7p-7am, Variable nights, $1000 Sign on Bonus
· Sterile Processing Tech, FT, M-F Days – $1000 Sign on Bonus

Apply online
CommunityHospitalOKC.com/job-postings
NWSurgicalOKC.com/job-postings

Community Hospital/Northwest Surgical Hospital complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Community Hospital/Northwest Surgical Hospital is a facility in which physicians have an ownership or investment interest.
The list of physician owners or investors is available to you upon request.

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