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Jodie Spradlin, RN, is the director of nurses at Heritage Assisted Living

by Bobby Anderson, Staff Writer

Only half-joking, Jodie Spradlin, RN, director of nurses at Heritage Assisted Living, says most of her big career decisions have come directly after searching the internet.
Nursing was actually Spradlin’s second career.
She was a teacher first, but when she became pregnant and had her first child she didn’t want to go back.
So, in the search for what would become her next career, she took an online job test.
The results: nursing or dental hygienist.
As luck would have it, a new nursing school had just opened close to home in Colorado.
“The doors just opened up for me to go to school there,” said Spradlin.
At the time, her and her husband were involved with LifeChurch, specializing in out-of-state campus development.
“We were done,” she said. “We had kept moving and our kids needed to stay somewhere.”
At age 37 Spradlin took her nursing boards just two weeks after graduation.
The day she passed she moved back to Oklahoma with her husband.
After seeing her son go to nine different schools and her daughter seven, the Spradlins settled down in Oklahoma City.
The cost of living was right. Nurses in Oklahoma make a decent wage.
“It just felt like home,” she said.
Her first job out of school was a critical care unit in downtown Oklahoma City.
“I just could never keep up that pace of critical care and balancing family life as a new nurse,” she said. “I should have never gone to critical care. I should have gone to a basic med-surg floor. I jumped in and they were very gracious.”
A little after a year on the job she went through the evaluation process.
“It just hit me as a reflection: I’m not a good fit here,” said Spradlin.
So she went home and Googled: “RN jobs for busy mom in Oklahoma.”
This time the field of home health care came up.
Her next nursing job would take her in the homes of her patients. She would be the eyes and the eyes of the provider.
“It was an amazing schedule for me and for my kids because they weren’t driving yet,” she said. “And it really helped me learn my skills on my own. I was in peoples’ homes and having to make the judgment calls and the call to the physician.”
But the driving begin to catch up with her. Purcell in the morning, Stillwater in the afternoon – the miles kept piling up.
So she decided to reach out and do agency work. She worked all the critical care units in the city for one health system.
This time she was ready.
“I finally had my skills sharpened and the pay as an agency nurse is amazing if you don’t have to have full-time,” she said.
She started filling in for DONs out on medical leave from assisted living facilities.
That’s when she ran into Curtis Aduddell
Aduddell became a nursing home administrator in 1993 in Texas. When the opportunity arose to move back to Oklahoma he jumped on it.
His brother and father approached him with a plan to open several assisted living facilities. The family built Heritage Assisted Living from the ground up and Aduddell has been at 9025 Northwest Expressway ever since.
For almost the last three years so has Spradlin.
“Again, it’s a flexible schedule,” Spradlin said of the appeal. “It’s privately owned and we’re not held to corporate.
“This is a mom and pop facility. He lets me work. If I want to work 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at night he lets me. It’s flexible for my family.”
Spradlin learned the ins and outs of assisted living through the annual audits. The patient care, well she already had that.
“What energizes me is seeing a need and being able to meet it,” she said.
She’ll be the first to tell you her time-management skills need work.
From the time she walks through the door she’s pulled in different directions.
“People think because I’m the director everything has to be run through me,” Spradlin laughed. “Really, I need to be back in the office making sure we have orders. I typically now try to come in a different door to make it.”
But by lunchtime she’s on the floor, talking to her residents.
She’s found that a full belly makes for better outcomes when trying to deal with issues.
After that the afternoon is a sea of marketers, home health agencies, care teams and other appointments.
Aduddell got her an assistant – whom she calls “a rock star” to make life easier.
But from the very beginning she’s always had one non-negotiable while working at Heritage – half days on Fridays during garage sale season.
She says she got hooked back in those poor early ministry days.
But now she’s shopping for her residents.
“Equipment my residents might need or for bedding or clothing for someone who doesn’t have family,” Spradlin says. “I’m always buying stuff to bring back to work.”

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by Traci Chapman, Staff Writer

As research continues to unfold linking childhood abuse and neglect to a host of physical and mental conditions potentially dangerous to the health and well-being of adults who lived through it, a group of Canadian County professionals is calling to nurses throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to help turn the tide.
They’re doing that by hosting the award-winning documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope.” Hosted by Infant Mental Health, Trauma and Community Resource Team and Canadian County Coalition for Children and Families’ special events committee and set during April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month, “Resilience” details the science surrounding the effects of adverse childhood experiences and the hopefulness to be found by fighting the root issues.
What those adverse experiences – or ACES – meant to those who had gone through them came to light in the 1990s, thanks to a joint study between Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente. As outlined in “Resilience,” that work found child abuse and neglect generates a toxic stress, triggering hormones that down the line could impact children – sometimes not until they became adults – with physical disease, as well as emotional and social issues that could severely hinder their chance for later success.
The screenings came about thanks to a Potts Family Foundation Community Resource Development Foundation grant. The Oklahoma City-based foundation provides funding and other resources for nonprofits and organizations working to help area communities.
Canadian County organizers scheduled two events – April 5 and April 17 – to screen the documentary and provide additional information.
Nurses and other health professionals – as well as Department of Human Services caseworkers and other staff, law enforcement, nurses, teachers and school counselors and community service providers – are asked to attend a free April 5 professional lunch and learn. In addition to the film, a multidisciplinary panel will hold a discussion during the event.
Panel members anticipated to participate include: Red Rock Behavioral Services psychiatrist Dr. Vincel Cordry; Canadian County District Attorney Mike Fields; Melissa Griffin from Oklahoma State Department of Health, Child Guidance; pediatrician Dr. Alecia Hanes; and Red Rock Health’s home director and outpatient chief operating officer Kristen Bradley, RN and Dr. Wanda Ellison, respectively.
“Basically, we want to make sure anyone who can have an impact on children dealing with this situation have a chance to take part in the screening and panel discussion,” said
Lisa M. Schoelen, Red Rock Behavioral Health Services regional program director. “It’s essential to have the participation of nurses, doctors and any other health care professionals who can attend.”
CEU’s have been approved for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LADC and case managers, Schoelen said. Advance registration for the April 5 event – set for 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. – is required and can be done by going online to http://bit.ly/2FJTSsM.
Nurses and other professionals are also invited to a community “Resilience” screening, set for 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 17. That event – open to foster parents, civic groups, parents and families or the community at large – will also feature a panel discussion after the film. Light refreshments will be available.
Both events will be held in Room MM125 of Redlands Community College, located at 300 S. Country Club Road in El Reno. For more information, contact Schoelen at lisasch@red-rock.com.

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Dr. Melissa Craft, PhD receives the Brenda Lyon Leadership Award from Vince Holly, board president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Oklahoma Nurse, Professor Honored
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Melissa Craft, Ph.D., a nurse, faculty member and academic leader at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, was recently honored by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Craft received the Brenda Lyon Leadership Award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. It is named for Brenda Lyon, a founding member and the second president of NACNS.
Craft is an assistant professor, Ph.D. program director and interim associate dean for academic administration and graduate education at the OU College of Nursing.
“I am truly humbled and honored by this award,” she said. “I have been a clinical nurse specialist for 30 years, and being able to contribute to the ongoing vitality of this incredibly valuable advanced practice nursing role is a high point of my career.”

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St. Anthony Hospital medical-surgical unit charge nurse Brandy Kelly, RN, was recently the first nurse in the SSM Healthcare System honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Kelly first SSM Healthcare System employee honored with extraordinary nurse DAISY Award

by Traci Chapman – Writer/Photographer

While Brandy Kelly always knew she wanted to follow a path of service and care, little did the longtime St. Anthony’s charge nurse know that choice was making the kind of difference it was to those around her.
That was, until Kelly was awarded St. Anthony Hospital’s first-ever DAISY Award, in recognition for her extraordinary patient care and exceptional team spirit in everything she does.
Kelly’s patients commended not only her skills, but also how she took extra time to make sure they understood explanations on procedures and medications – in the process making them feel completely safe in the naturally frightening environment of the medical-surgical unit.
The DAISY certificate, presented with a scripture entitled, “A Healer’s Touch” and hand-carved by artists with Africa’s Shona Tribe, stated, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”
For her part, Kelly was completely surprised when presented the DAISY Award, made more significant, officials said, because she was the first nurse in the SSM Health 40,000-employee system to be recognized by the nonprofit foundation that bestows it.
“I was so honored to receive this award – it was so nice to see recognition for nurses because I see, every day, just how much all they do and what a difference they make,” Kelly said.
For Kelly, who always knew she wanted to serve the community, choosing nursing was easy – although initially, she did have a few doubts, she said.
“I honestly was not sure if I would be able to handle all of the blood and bodily fluids that came along with the job,” she said. “So, I decided to get my LPN first – I started nursing school and fell in love.”
That was when she was 21 years’ old; obtaining her RN in 2004, the now 45-year-old said she could never envision doing anything else.
“I knew then that it was my calling,” Kelly said.
That calling brought Kelly to St. Anthony about eight years ago, she said. Working at the hospital has been a dream position – from dealing with the nursing administrative team to the mentors who encouraged her every step of the way, she said.
“I think they’ve done an awesome job leading this hospital in the evolving health care field that we live in today with the many challenges we face,” Kelly said. “I have the pleasure of working with some of the best people and nurses I know – we are truly a family, we laugh together, cry together, hold each other accountable and encourage success, both personally and professionally.”
That accountability is in part achieved through SSM’s unit-based councils, teams that work to solve problems among staff and provide guidance and solutions to everything from care plans to new procedure challenges. Kelly leads the medical-surgical unit council, which includes 27 nurses and numerous support staff; she also achieved designation as “super user” of the facility’s EPIC electronic health care record system, assisting both new and established personnel in navigating it.
“In a unit where you have people in both day and night shift – who don’t always see each other that regularly – it’s important for us to coordinate with and help each other,” Kelly said. “That’s one of the examples of how amazing the mission at our hospital is – from the leadership to each individual unit and employee.”
That outlook exemplified the reason for Kelly’s selection for the DAISY Award, administrators said – while the charge nurse herself spoke instead about the inspiration fostered by the award itself and the story behind it.
The award, implemented by the foundation of the same name, came about after the 1999 death of 33-year-old Patrick Barnes. A two-time survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma, in late 1999, Barnes was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, or IDP – just two months after he and his wife had their first child.
His father, Mark Barnes, started DAISY Foundation, after witnessing not only the expected excellent health care given his son during his hospitalization, but also the compassion and kindness exhibited on a daily basis – even when Patrick was unconscious and they didn’t realize anyone was watching, he said.
“They truly helped us through the darkest hours of our lives and they gave us hope – and, even though Pat ultimately didn’t survive, we have hope to that day because of all those nurses did during that time,” Barnes said.
With Patrick’s wife, Tena, the family developed the nonprofit, California-based DAISY, named for “diseases attacking the immune system,” and quickly worked to set up a recognition program for nurses everywhere who go above and beyond.
Thus, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was born, Barnes said.
“We wanted to develop a partnership with health care organizations to recognize not just clinical skill, but especially the compassion, kindness and dedication nurses provide to both patients and their families,” he said.
Today, more than 3,000 health care facilities and nursing schools across the United States and internationally take part in the DAISY Award program, Barnes said.
SSM Health, a Catholic not-for-profit health system headquartered in St. Louis, includes 24 hospitals, hundreds of physician’s offices and a host of other services – ranging from hospice, home and outpatient care and post-acute facilities to an accountable care organization, as well as technology and insurance companies. In Oklahoma, St. Anthony Hospital, located in midtown Oklahoma and founded in 1898, is the centerpiece of a network including Bone and Joint Hospital of St. Anthony; St. Anthony North and South; St. Anthony Healthplexes located in Mustang, north, south and east Oklahoma City; St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital; and St. Anthony Physicians Group.
The SSM Health system also includes 17 rural hospitals in locations ranging from Shattuck, Holdenville and Weatherford to Enid, Lawton and Purcell.
For more information about the DAISY Award – which also sponsors separate recognition for both nursing faculty and students – and submitting nominations for the honor see the foundation’s website, located at http://DAISYfoundation.org.

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If you had a super power, what would it be? Gilbert Medical Center Bethany, OK

“It would definitely be time travel.”

Jillian Powell, LPN

“My super power would be healing.”

Shaunda Ellis, Medical Assistant

“Time travel”

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Q. Do I continue taking prescribed pain killers (that don’t really work and have some nasty side effects) or switch to CBD?
— Marla

I have chronic pain. I have been prescribed many different drugs. I have chronic constipation which requires another drug, a brain fog that affects my concentration and a non stop fight with myself to stop taking these addictive opiates.
But what would I use for pain relief? A co-worker talked about her experience with CBD. She provided me with the following information:
CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of ingredients called cannabinoids. CBD is present in high concentrations — and the medical world is realizing that its list of medical benefits continues to grow. THC, the ingredient in cannabis that produces mind-altering effects is found in CBD but only in trace amounts so there is no mind-altering experience.
The following is a list of proven benefits of CBD:
1. Relieves pain and inflammation – Among common CBD benefits, NATURAL PAIN RELIEF tops the list for many. Evidence suggests that cannabinoids may prove useful in pain modulation by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways. Researchers suggest that CBD and other non psychoactive components of marijuana may represent a novel class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain.
2. Has antipsychotic effects — It appears to have a pharmacological profile similar to that of atypical antipsychotic drugs as seen using behavioral and neurochemical techniques in animal studies.
3. Reduces anxiety — Cannabidiol has shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder and researchers suggest that it may also be effective for panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
4. Helps fight cancer — Several scientific reports demonstrate that CBD benefits include possessing anti proliferative effects that inhibit cancer cell migration, adhesion and invasion.
5. Relieves nausea.
6. Treats seizures and other neurological disorders.
7. Lowers incidence of diabetes.
8. Promotes cardiovascular health.
CBD has the benefit of anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of many illnesses and diseases.
Oklahoma is one of 17 states that allow limited access to marijuana products low in THC and high in CBD. But specific requirements and conditions must be met.

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

If you would like to send a question to Vicki, email us at news@okcnursingtimes.com

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Kevin Elledge has been named chief administrative officer for OU Physicians.

Kevin Elledge has been named chief administrative officer for OU Physicians, the physician practice of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
In his new role, Elledge will work closely with OU Physician leadership to advance the mission of patient care across the OU Health Sciences Center enterprise. He will be responsible for the collective business and operational performance of the OU Physicians clinical practice, including the provision of core practice management services, revenue cycle functions, financial management, clinical operations, strategy development, information technology and analytics. Elledge will support the delivery of high-quality patient care across OU Physicians practice divisions and clinical units and will ensure coordination with the University’s missions of education and research.
Elledge has more than 14 years of experience with OU Physicians, most recently serving as the executive director of operations.
“As interim chief administrative officer, Kevin has worked tirelessly and very effectively to advance a number of important initiatives for our group,” said OU Physicians President Jesus Medina, M.D. “He has earned my respect as a trustworthy administrator, manager and leader. I am excited to continue working with him for the benefit of our organization.”
Elledge holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to joining OU Physicians, he resided in Atlanta where he founded and operated a successful healthcare technology company.
With more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City, Lawton and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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Circle of Care began serving abandoned children in 1917 at the Methodist Orphanage in Oklahoma City and the Frances E. Willard Home for Girls in Tulsa.
More than 100 years later, nearly 9,000 children are in state custody and rely on the care of foster parents. Approximately 300 youth in state custody reach the age of 18 each year only to leave the system with no family or stable support network.
Circle of Care administers 10 foster care offices and sites across Oklahoma. The nonprofit agency contracts with the Department of Human Services to recruit, train, and support community and campus-based foster homes.
Previously Vice-President of Programs, Keith Howard now serves as Circle of Care’s new CEO and President. Howard says, “For eight years, I felt God tug on my heart (to foster) and then I would count all the ways I was already doing something. Eight years was too long and I’m glad I didn’t wait a day, week or month longer or I might have missed out.”
Howard and his wife, Stacy, are parents to two biological children and a sibling group of 4 they first fostered and then adopted. He says, “Where convenience and inconvenience intersect is where adventure awaits.”
Howard and Circle of Care welcome nationally acclaimed speaker, former foster kid and Oklahoma native, Josh Shipp, as the keynote speaker at their annual Friends of Children fundraising gala on April 20th. A best-selling author and global youth empowerment expert, Shipp is renowned for his documentary TV series on A&E, Teen Whisperer. He says, “Every kid is ONE caring adult away from being a success story.”
The public is invited to hear Josh’s compelling story, be inspired and support children in need on at the National Cowboy &Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 20th.
Tickets and sponsorships are available at www.circleofcare.org, or call 405-530-2078. The event center is at 1700 NE 63rd St. in Oklahoma City. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. with the program and dinner commencing at 6 p.m. #eveningofcaring

Circle of Care’s mission is to provide Christian help, healing, and hope to children and families in crisis to ensure a safe, healthy, and spiritual future.

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St. Anthony Physicians Group is pleased to welcome Kristin Patzkowsky, PA-C to St. Anthony Physicians Dermatology Enid.
Patzkowsky earned her undergraduate degree in science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She then went on to complete a Master of Public Health and a Master of Health Science, from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Patzkowsky will see patients at St. Anthony Physicians Dermatology Enid, 330 S. 5th Street, Suite 400, in Enid. To schedule an appointment please call 580-242-2386.

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Palliative Care Symposium on Symptom Management Sponsored by Oklahoma Chapter of HPNA

When: Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00am – 4:30pm.
Where: Norman Regional Hospital Education Center, 901 North Porter Avenue, Norman, OK 73071. Who Should Attend: Nurses, home health and long-term care providers, physicians, social workers, and other hospice and palliative care providers from acute, post-acute, home and chronic care settings. Topic: Numerous Speaker(s): Dr. Sarah Yoakam, MD, Dr. Sarah Minor, DO, Dr. Bryan Struck, MD, Dr. Peter Winn, MD Professor at OUHSC, Dr. Rachel Funk-Lawler, PhD, Becky Lowery, APRN, CNS, AOCN, Additional Information: The Oklahoma Chapter of the Hospice and Palliative Nurse’s Association is offering an interactive and interdisciplinary education forum for nurses and other healthcare professionals. Our aim is to increase healthcare provider awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to provide supportive and palliative care and symptom management throughout all phases of the palliative and hospice care trajectory. Please register at https://okhpna.nursingnetwork.com *free to Norman Regional Employees*.