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INTEGRIS Community Hospitals
TRANSFORM YOUR CAREER WITH US.

Now Hiring at ALL Locations
Council Crossing • Moore • OKC West • Del City

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
• ER Registered Nurse
• Inpatient Registered Nurse
• ER Technicians
• CT/Radiology Technologists
• Patient Access Specialists

Full-Time and PRN positions available
Competitive Salaries

APPLY NOW at INTEGRIScommunityhospital.com

INTEGRIS and Emerus are joint venture partners in INTEGRIS Community Hospitals. Emerus is the operating partner and hospital team members at the community hospital locations will be employees of Emerus Holdings, Inc., a national network of hospital partners and largest operator of micro-hospitals.

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Stacie Hanes, RN, BSN is the Senior Clinical Research Coordinator and Valve Clinic Manager at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Research Foundation in Northwest Oklahoma City, OK.

by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer

Oklahoma Heart Hospital, providing Cardiovascular Care is the first of its kind. Physician owned and designed by cardiologists, Oklahoma Heart Hospital has two locations, a network of more than 70 cardiovascular specialists at more than 60 clinics and hospitals across the state and a Research Foundation that’s breaking ground in heart and lung care.

The foundation supports cardiovascular research and continuing medical education to reduce the impact and severity of heart disease. In addition, the foundation helps provide access to specialized treatments, clinical research and trial studies for heart patients at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital that has locations in north and south Oklahoma City.
This is where you will find Stacie Hanes, RN, BSN, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, and Valve Clinic Manager. Stacie graduated with her Associates degree in ’95, got her Bachelor’s in ’02 and is currently in her Master’s program for her CNS at OU.
“I worked at Mercy in ICU in the past and I have been at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in the Research Foundation since 2001,” Stacie said. Asking her which job she preferred, she replied, “I have always been happy with any job that I have but I definitely love my job now. The Research Foundation is molded into the valve clinic arena. There is always something new to discover; the job is never boring at all. I have been there 18 years now and I still love going to work every day.”
Stacie grew up in Tucson, Arizona and went to high school in Toro, California, moving here in the 90’s. Asking what she wanted to be when she was little, she replied, “I wanted to be a Zoologist, and then I thought about being a Physician but decided that I wanted a home life so I became a nurse. I have never regretted that decision,” she said with a smile.
Stacie’s favorite part of her job is interacting with the patients. “When the patients come in and they are really sick, I talk to them, explaining what we are going to do, discussing how we can improve the quality of their life. When they leave, they feel better about the whole situation. Now, they are not feeling as much fear. My focus is helping them as much as I can,” she answered. “The average age of our patients is the mid ‘80s,” she added.
“My biggest challenge working in the Research Foundation is the volume of work. I stay busy organizing, managing and coordinating the trials and surgeries. I work with the physicians and coordinate all the testing and procedures. Yes, it keeps me busy but I really don’t mind,” she commented.
What advice would you give to someone if they wanted to work in the Research Foundation? “It would have to be someone that is really self-motivated, very detailed oriented and willing to learn. This is a job that is very unique; there are so many new and noble trials that happen. Plus, teaching the patients and their families how to handle their situations and what they need to do to help things along,” Stacie replied.
One very special and important mentor in Stacie’s life was and is Donna Grossman, RN. “Working with Donna is such a blessing to me. I am thankful for her being in my life,” she said.
Describing herself, Stacie said, “I am very self-motivated, I like to learn and I am fairly organized, at work, that is,” she laughed. “I like my job and the Oklahoma Heart Hospital is a great place to work. I have a great job.”
“My biggest asset at work is the fact that I have been working in the valve clinic for quite a while and have a lot of knowledge to offer. I have a good relationship with my co-workers, the physicians, patients and families. I have enough confidence knowing that I can go to anyone with issues,” Stacie commented. My motivation to come to work is the fact that I enjoy working with patients and seeing the positive outcome. It makes it all worth it,” Stacie said.
Stacie enjoys spending time with her husband Robert (nurse), daughter Tresa (nurse), son Robert Jr. (nursing student in Houston, TX) and daughters Kelsey and Emily. “I enjoy watching the Thunder games. I am a HUGE sports fan. I like OU Football and the NFL Steelers and Browns.”
Stacie’s words of wisdom at work? “This too shall pass. Everything will work out in the end.” Stacie summed up her life up in one word? “Busy!”

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North Campus Positions:
· RN, Med Surg Days (7am-7pm) and Nights (7pm-7am) FT and PRN $5,000 SIGN ON BONUS for FT Nights
· RN, Pre-op/Phase II Recovery, M-F, Variable Hrs, FT
· RN, OR Circulator, M-F Days, FT
· Paramedic, Med Surg, 7p-7a, Variable Nights, FT
· Patient Care Tech, Days (7a-7p) FT
· Unit Secretary, Days (7a-7p) & Nights (7p-7a), PRN
· Patient Access Representative, Imaging, FT · MRI Tech, PRN
· Sterile Processing Tech, FT, $1000 SIGN ON BONUS

South Campus Positions:
· RN, Director of Nursing, Med Surg, ER, ICU
· RN, Emergency Department, Prime Weekend Contract, FT
· RN OR Circulator, M-F Days, FT $5,000 SIGN ON BONUS
· Patient Care Tech, Med Surg, Nights (7p-7a), FT
· Surgical Tech, M-F Days, FT
· Sterile Processing Tech, FT, $1,000 SIGN ON BONUS
· Cook, Nutritional Services, FT
· Occupational Therapist, PRN (Outpatient Hand Therapy Clinic)
· Radiographer Tech, M-F Days, FT · Pharmacy Tech, Variable Days, PRN
· Physical Therapy Tech, FT (Outpt Therapy Clinic)

Northwest Surgical Hospital Positions:
· Pre-op/PACU Lead/Manager, M-F Days
· RN OR Circulator, M-F Days, FT $5,000 SIGN ON BONUS
· Sterile Processing Tech, M-F Days, FT $1,000 SIGN ON BONUS
· Unit Secretary, Day, 10 hour shifts, Tues-Thurs, FT
· Radiographer Tech, M-F Days, Variable Hours, FT

Apply online
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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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My Thoughts: Oklahoma needs more registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees, not fewer

 

by Shelly Wells, Ph.D., chairwoman of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Division of Nursing

The recent Governor’s STEM Education Conference brought to light the plight of the state’s higher education financial crisis. Among other things, it has been suggested that registered nurses could be adequately prepared through the state’s associate degree programs. While there are opportunities for improvement, care must be taken not to cut the throat of Oklahoma’s already bleeding health care system.
The largest sector of the health care workforce is made up of registered nurses, and there is a pronounced shortage of registered nurses on the health care team in Oklahoma.
The health of Oklahomans is directly impacted by the lack of highly educated registered nurses. The complexity and technological advances in health care call for a well-educated nurse workforce.
The 2018 Commonwealth Fund Score Card on Health System Performance ranks Oklahoma at No. 50 on overall health performance with the 30-day hospital mortality rate and mortality amenable to health care being two of the indicators that worsened from previous years’ rankings.

Published February 4, 2019. Go to www.oknursingtimes.com and click download latest issues / February-04-2019-issue-r to read OR VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

FACEBOOK: What you are saying

ASHLEY SAYS: What’s the difference in pay for a RN A.D.N. and a RN B.S.N.? What’s the cost for a BSN verse ADN?
There you have it. Pay up. Oklahoma needs to PAY their healthcare professionals what they’re worth. I’m not saying there aren’t A.D.N. RN’s out there just as wonderful as BSN R.N.’s, but seriously, if you want the cream of the crop, and if you think BSN is just that, then pay up! Give an incentive for that extra time in school and extra debt.

JAMIE SAYS: Ashley, Integris Health does have a pay ladder based on degree, and pays a substantial amount to encourage their employees to attain a BSN or advanced degree.

MARTY SAYS: We need more nurses nursing. More 6-8 hour shifts (great creativity not required to make this work!), more part time jobs. Good options for people with families, those who have retired from other jobs and want to keep their skills or refresh them would be a start. I have been an RN 40+ years, never enough bedside nurses.

MICKIE SAYS: And the problem is this; patient to nurse ratio. They don’t care if you have your BSN or your ADN, you’re still gonna have the same number of patients, you’re still gonna be receiving the same stupid HCAP scores no matter which initials you have behind your name! I’m a 40 year ADN and have been told I can’t get a raise because I’m at the top of my pay grade which is an reduced amount from what nurses with less experience are making in larger cities. Three more initials, it’s the same headache with the same low pay. No thank you.

AMY SAYS: Mickie, I went back to get my BSN only for promotion in the guard. No raise at work for obtaining it No change in how I nurse because I have it. It focused on management not bed side nursing. We don’t have a shortage of managers but certainly for bed side nurses

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Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing recently received a gift creating “The Kramer Way” scholarship, which will provide $400,000 for 10 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 Lois Salmeron, dean of the Kramer School of Nursing.
Salmeron also indicated that scholarships for graduate study are rare, further making this opportunity unique. The school’s MSN program features distance learning and a low residency model, which helps nurses living in communities outside of Oklahoma City to successfully complete their degree.
For more information about the scholarship and enrolling in OCU’s Kramer School of Nursing, visit okcu.edu/nursing.

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INTEGRIS Community Hospitals

Now Hiring at ALL Locations
Council Crossing • Moore • OKC West • Del City

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
• ER Registered Nurse
• Inpatient Registered Nurse
• ER Technicians
• CT/Radiology Technologists
• Patient Access Specialists

Full-Time and PRN positions available
Competitive Salaries

APPLY NOW at INTEGRIScommunityhospital.com

INTEGRIS and Emerus are joint venture partners in INTEGRIS Community Hospitals. Emerus is the operating partner and hospital team members at the community hospital locations will be employees of Emerus Holdings, Inc., a national network of hospital partners and largest operator of micro-hospitals.

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Heidi Gilbert, RN is the Emergency Department Educator and SANE Program Coordinator at Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater, OK. She teaches others how they can help save lives by attending classes for ‘Stop the Bleed.’

 

by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

Meet Heidi Gilbert, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE at Stillwater Medical Center. As an Emergency Department Educator, along with SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program Coordinator, Heidi’s life stays busy doing what she loves to do, helping save lives.
I interviewed Heidi several months ago and was so impressed with what she does and what she stands for in the medical field, I wanted to share the information with every one so they can learn to save lives too. It is amazing how many lives are changed daily just by reaching out to others.
Heidi is one of the Emergency Department Educators spreading the word about the ‘Stop the Bleed’ or ‘Bleeding Control Basics’ class at Stillwater Medical Center on June 29, 2018. “Since then we have held another 35 courses with over 750 students.” Heidi said. “Some of the places we have taught are, Meridian Technology Center, Wings of Hope Family Crisis Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Elks Lodge, Fairfax High School, Carney Public Schools, Ponca City Oil Refinery, various churches, and several classes at Stillwater Medical Center. I also taught Bleeding Control Basics at the National Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Conference in Pittsburgh in September. We have about 20 dedicated nurses from SMC actively teaching these courses throughout the community. The class is free and takes about an hour to an hour and a half. This matter is serious and we hold classes for all different ages. We have had students as young as seven in our class actively participate and easily apply a tourniquet,” Heidi commented.
The numbers prove themselves. The current bleeding control statistics says it all. As of December 2018, there were almost 40,000 instructors in almost 90 countries and all 50 states. There are more than 500,000 people trained.
To become an instructor a nurse needs to first take a Bleeding Control Basics course. They would then register as an instructor on the bleedingcontrol.org website. Training materials for the class (Power Point, sign-in sheets, hand-outs, etc.) are free through the website. “We were fortunate to have our Stillwater Medical Center Foundation purchase 2 training kits for our campaign,” Heidi said.
The Stop the Bleed program was started in April 2013, just a few months after the active shooter disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The committee was formed under the leadership of trauma surgeon Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, to create a protocol for national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events.
Because these meetings initiated in Hartford, CT, the Joint Committee’s recommendations became known as the “Hartford Consensus.” One of the recommendations of the Hartford Consensus was to turn bystanders into immediate responders at the scene of wounding before first responders arrived. This step would improve the survivability of victims with severe bleeding. As soon as the area became safe, these immediate responders could act to stop bleeding if they were properly trained in the bleeding control techniques.
That recommendation gained widespread recognition in October 2015 when Stop the Bleed, a national awareness campaign and a call to action, was launched at the White House. Stop the Bleed is intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
Today, the ACS Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This effort is being accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control educational and informational program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate, and empower the more than 300 million citizens of the United States.
“Studies have shown that the help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death, even before professional rescuers arrive. The Bleeding Control Basic Course provides participants with the necessary tools to become empowered immediate responders,” Heidi commented.
If you are interested in finding a class, go to Find a Class search tool at BleedingControl.org and use the contact information included in each class listing to reach out to your local, approved instructors. If you don’t see any classes scheduled near you now, keep checking back, new classes are added every day. You can also reach out to your local trauma care providers to see if they have an approved instructor already on staff or an eligible individual willing to register and teach the community.

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$10,000 sign-on bonus for experienced RNs.*

Saint Francis Health System is Oklahoma’s largest healthcare provider, delivering a
comprehensive range of high-quality services from more than 90 locations throughout eastern
Oklahoma. As a nurse, you can find the career opportunity you’ve been looking for, including
the benefits and scheduling flexibility you want, and the patient-focused environment you need
to excel in your profession.

Why now is a great time to join our team:
• $10,000 sign-on bonus and relocation assistance for experienced RNs*
• Great benefits, including paid time off, tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, on-site childcare, adoption benefits and more
• We are a qualified not-for-profit organization, so you may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness**
• With hospital campuses and Warren Clinic locations throughout eastern Oklahoma, we offer opportunities in virtually any nursing capacity

Saint Francis Health System includes:
• Saint Francis Hospital
• The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis
• Warren Clinic
• The Heart Hospital at Saint Francis
• Saint Francis Hospital South
• Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
• Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee
• Saint Francis Hospital Vinita
• Saint Francis Cancer Center
• Saint Francis Glenpool

Explore nursing opportunities with Saint Francis Health System today.
To view our current openings, please visit saintfrancis.com/nursing.
For more information, please call 918-502-8300 or toll-free 800-888-9553.

*Applies to registered nurses in select patient units with at least two years of nursing experience. Two-year work commitment
required.
**View program details at studentaid.ed.gov.
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When: February 22, 2019 Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $100/per person $75 for full time students. Location: 1100 N. Stonewall Ave., OKC, OK 73117-1200. All skills are in OKC. Tulsa sessions are IPV from OKC.

Topics & Speakers: 8:30 a.m. – noon
Radiology: Athletic X-ray – Greg Brooks, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Harding University
LGBTQ Care – Rusty Rooms, MSM, APRN, OU Medicine Center Emergency Services
Natural Healing: Gynecological and Menopause – Dorothy Cleveland – Pointer, MSN, APRN-CNM
End Transmission: HIV Prevention, Testing & Care, Using PrEP – Rusty Rooms, MSN, APRN
Natural Healing: Pregnancy – Dorothy Cleveland – Pointer, MSN, APRN-CNM
Topics & Speakers: 1 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Suturing Review – Greg Books, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Harding University
End Transmission: HIV Prevention, Testing & Care, Using PrEP – Rusty Rooms, MSN, APRN
IUD Placement: LaBetta Wallenmeyer, MSN, APRN, CNP and Leanna Harkess, MSN, APRN, CNP, CNM – Oklahoma State Department of Health
Selecting and Antidepressant or Anxiolytic for Your Patient – Jeana Wilcox, PhD, RN CNS, CNE, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing
Evaluation: 4:15 p.m. – 4:30
Register Now: For additional information or to register, please visit https://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Continuing-Education or call 405-271-2062

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Investigates violations of the OK Nursing Practice Act. Monitors compliance with Board Orders. Must be detail oriented.
Public speaking is required. BSN required, MS preferred – 7 years exp., 2 years nursing service exp.
For application packet contact: Teena, OK Board of Nursing, (405) 962-1810. Application review is ongoing.
Position will remain open until filled. EEOE

 

 

The American College of Cardiology has recognized INTEGRIS Deaconess, a campus of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain and those who come to the cardiac cath lab for care.
The hospital was awarded both the Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation, as well as the Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation in 2017. INTEGRIS Deaconess is the only health care system in Oklahoma and one of only six in the nation to receive these dual accreditations.
The first distinction is based on rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals receiving the second distinction have proven exceptional competency in treating patients who require cardiac catheterization. They ensure that care in the procedure room for sedation, infection control, radiation safety, universal protocol and time out procedures is fully coordinated. And, they have mastered the appropriate transfer to a cath recovery unit to better monitor and track complications, enhance physician-to-patient communication, patient family communication, discharge instructions and follow-up information.
Facilities that achieve these accreditations meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to improved patient outcomes.

College of Allied Health Associate Professor Beth DeGrace.
Sandra Arnold, Ph.D. co-principal investigator.

Faculty members at the University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health have been awarded a $1.25 million federal grant for their creative achievement: a training program that meets the needs of children with disabilities, the health professionals who serve them, and the physical and occupational therapists of tomorrow.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, represents the first of its kind in the nation. Its innovation is in its structure – a mentorship program that increases the skills of professionals in the school setting who work with students who have high-intensity needs or disabilities.
At the center of the training program are students who receive special education as well as physical therapy or occupational therapy. Those students, some of whom have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome or spina bifida, often have trouble participating in a traditional school environment. As a result, many finish their education unprepared for future experiences and may experience social isolation. However, research shows that when children with disabilities participate in school activities with their peers, gaining a sense of belonging and self-determination, they end up leading more fulfilling and productive lives.
“Our hope is that by aiming beyond inclusive services to building a school community that supports the participation of children with disabilities, helping them have natural friendships, that they gain a belief in self that sets them up for a productive life,” said College of Allied Health Associate Professor Beth DeGrace, who holds a doctorate in occupational therapy.
DeGrace serves as principal investigator for the grant with co-principal investigators and faculty colleagues Sandra Arnold, Ph.D., and Thubi Kolobe, Ph.D. Together, they identified the training needs and structured the program.
Surrounding the children are several other professionals who will mentor one another while delivering services to the children. They are: physical therapists and occupational therapists already practicing in the community; doctoral students; and entry-level students pursuing degrees in PT or OT.
In the program, DeGrace and her colleagues will train a group of community PTs and OTs on the latest research evidence for working with children with disabilities. Community providers bring a wealth of practical experience working with children with high-intensity needs, but their busy careers don’t always allow sufficient time for translating the latest evidence into practice.
Once community providers are educated in the best practices, they will mentor doctoral students, who will then mentor entry-level students. This mentorship program will be carried out at three Oklahoma City-area schools that have been defined by the U.S. Department of Education as having high needs. By working with children who have disabilities, each group will be gaining real-life skills to further their clinical practice or education.
“We call this translation of knowledge – helping people understand the research literature and translating it to the specific needs of their patients or classroom,” Arnold said. “This training grant is unique because it’s a novel approach to the whole system.”
The ultimate benefit goes to the children and the schools they attend. Physical therapists and occupational therapists serve an important role in the lives of children with disabilities, but perhaps not in the way people think. Rather than simply helping children who have disabilities with their muscle strength or range of motion, PTs and OTs take a broader view of how the children’s environment can be modified to allow for their participation. Each child’s services are customized according to their needs.
“Physical and occupational therapy is different for children with disabilities because, often, we’re not going to be able to fix the disability,” DeGrace said. “We can promote opportunities, such as buddy systems, which help students build friendships, or we address other threats to participation, such as attitudes toward children with disabilities. Because a student moves, talks or learns differently does not warrant exclusion from school life. Our real goal is access – how can we help them be a part of everyday life at school?”
The grant will provide five years of funding, so that additional community providers and students can be trained each year.

Q. Lindsey called to make an appointment. She shared some basic information, we set the date but before we hung up, Lindsey asked if I prescribed drugs. I told her no and she immediately cancelled her appointment. Why are people asking for drugs to solve their problems?

A. I do not have prescription authority, nor do I want to prescribe drugs. It is a liability that I do not wish to experience. Nor do I want people to attend therapy and look to drugs for the answer. If it looks like medication might be necessary, I have doctors for referral, but it is always as a last resort.
The ease in which people are obtaining drugs is alarming. I recently talked with someone who told me about paying $200.00 cash for a month supply of Suboxone, NO QUESTIONS ASKED BY THE DOCTOR. According to this source, the waiting room was full.
Do you know how many people tell me on the phone or during their first therapy session that they are Bipolar and take meds? During the assessment I ask them to describe their episode or episodes of mania. They often look at me like I have two heads and state, “I don’t know what mania is” or they say “I have never been manic.” I explain the symptoms for mania to make sure we are talking the same language and again they reply with “no mania.” But they are medicated.
Have you ever taken a drug and had side effects from that drug? So here is a too familiar scenario:
Susie’s doctor prescribes an anti psychotic for anger dyscontrol. One of the side effects is weight gain. Susie puts on an extra 20 pounds quickly. Her doctor prescribes another medication to decrease her appetite. She is also taking a pill for depression. She starts having stomach discomfort so she gets a pill for acid reflux. Now she is constipated so she gets a pill to make her go to the bathroom. If you think this is fiction, you are wrong. It is being played out all over America.
And Big Pharma loves it!!!!! They are getting richer and richer and Americans are more drugged than ever!!! We cannot continue this craziness!!!
Therapy is not about taking drugs to solve your problems. It is about doing the work. Sometimes it is hard, you cry, you get angry, you get insight and you get better. But you have to do the work!!! There is no magic pill!!!

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

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