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Kem Scully, RN, BSN, MHA, CEO/CNO gives her full attention to the staff and patients at Purcell Municipal Hospital as she makes her daily rounds.

by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer

Purcell Municipal Hospital has been serving Purcell and surrounding communities since opening in October, 1970. They are a Medicare certified facility licensed for by the Oklahoma State Department of Health for 39 in-patient beds.
The advances in medicine and strides in technology provide the local communities access to better healthcare every day. Purcell Municipal Hospital offers an Emergency Department staffed with physicians 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Here, you will find excellent doctors and nurses with high standards, giving patients the utmost importance of patient care.
Meet Kem Scully, RN, BSN, MHA and CEO/CNO at Purcell Municipal Hospital in Purcell, OK. Kem’s life has been busy ever since she can remember. “Nursing is actually a second career for me. I worked in the oilfield and hazardous waste Industries for 15 years, then went back to school and graduated with my BSN in 2006,” Kem said.
Growing up in South Louisiana, Kem went to nursing school at Nichols State University in Thibodaux, LA. “I knew that I wanted to take care of others and my first job as a nurse was in the ER. I knew that this was the place for me,” she said.
Asking Kem what she wanted to be when she was a little girl, she replied, “I wanted to take care of animals. Not necessarily a veterinarian but more of the veterinarian tech. I wanted to actually provide the care and give the love. I guess I didn’t get far from that,” she added.
Kem wears a lot of hats when it comes to Purcell Municipal Hospital where she goes by the title of CEO/CNO. Kem’s favorite part of working at the hospital is the diversity that comes with it. “I like the many different opportunities that arrive every day and just the variety that I deal with. My biggest challenge is navigating the world of healthcare reimbursements. Sometimes, that can seem so distant,” she replied.
What are the qualities of a good nurse? “I think a nurse needs to be kind, considerate and passionate. Another important quality is to be a critical thinker,” Kem added.
“One of my first jobs in the medical field was a clerk in the ER. That is when several nurses mentored me which ignited a passion for patient care. After becoming an RN, I worked with a Risk Manager and a Chief Nursing Officer who led by example and shared their knowledge every day,” Kem said. “Later on, I think by me being a nurse might have rubbed off on my kids a little. “I have two sons and one daughter-in-law that are RNs,” she said with a smile.
Motivation comes easy for Kem. “My motivation to go to work every day is the simple fact that I have a desire to make things better; making a difference in the lives of others,” she stated.
Even though Kem’s days are officially Monday through Friday with administrative on call duties, realistically she works in some manner daily. “I make daily rounds through the hospital which allows me to stay in contact with the patients,” she said.
What is the greatest reward that you receive from your job? “I have been afforded the opportunity to connect with people and to watch others grow and flourish; seeing others happy is the greatest reward,” she replied. “It also helps that I work with great people. I am surrounded by a wonderful team; all striving to make each day better than the day before.”
Kem, where do you see yourself in 5 years? “When you are surrounded by people with 15, 20, 25 years at an organization, you know you are working for a good place; you want to stay right where you are. I’m sticking around.”
On more of a personal note, Kem has been happily married for 32 years. “I married my high school sweetheart,” she said. She enjoys spending time with her family; 3 boys, 3 daughters-in-law and 1 grandchild. Her pets consist of horses, chickens, cattle and a puppy. Kem’s life sounds pretty awesome!
I also asked Kem what is the one thing that she wanted for Christmas. Without hesitation, she said, “I’ve reached a stage in life where all I want is for my family to be able to spend time together. “
Kem’s life is COMPLETE as she shared the daily words she lives by: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13.

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St. John Medical Center's Shelby Pope, RN, BSN, is pursuing her advanced practice nursing degree.

by Bobby Anderson, RN, Staff Writer

Your friends, your coworkers, people you went to nursing school with – odds are that at least somebody in your circle is going back to school to pursue their advanced practice degree.

With interest at an all-time high that means nurses in the region are competing with one another for clinical spots and preceptorships already in short supply.
For so many Oklahoma nurses, the struggle to find placement for those needed hours to graduate is real.
Message boards and Facebook groups are lit up with people trying to make and leverage contacts.
Shelby Pope, RN, BSN was one of those students frantically searching and she has some advice.
“Definitely do not wait until the last minute,” the St. John nurse and current student said. “Start Day One finding out everything you need for your clinical site requirements.”
Pope originally started pursuing her degree online through the University of South Alabama.
When it came to finding preceptors to clock the required clinical hours she quickly found out she was on her own.
Her school offered no support in obtaining placement, only a laundry list of requirements.
“I knew it was going to be a fight to find preceptors,” Pope said. “At first I tried to call and that got me absolutely nowhere. I reached out on social media but there was nothing solid.”
Honestly, I just Googled all the clinics and the specialties I needed for everywhere in Tulsa and Bartlesville. I made a list and printed it off.”
With no luck she decided to hit the pavement.
She visited 70 different clinics. Most she couldn’t get past the reception desk. Responses varied.
Some providers were booked for a year – even two years – out for students.
Others simply weren’t taking NP students at all or had had a bad experience with their last student.
The issue of how to deal with the front desk intrigued her.
She created welcome packets that included her resume, her clinical documentation requirements, a letter to the provider and a professional photo.
And a box of bakery cookies and fresh assorted donuts didn’t hurt either.
“Food always works for nurses,” Pope said.
The photo idea, which came much later, proved to be the turning point.
She got three responses and placement.
“Maybe it’s everywhere but I really feel like living so close to Tulsa or OKC its very saturated with students,” she said. “Just to be frank, a lot of bedside nurses are trying to get out of acute care because of the circumstances. There’s high patient ratios. Big industries are buying out hospitals and we’re not liking what we’re seeing in the health care industry.”
“A lot want to get in a slower paced, safer environment. My colleagues, they’re tired. I don’t agree or disagree but I think that might be a reason why there are so many students.”
And the demand has universities opening up online programs right and left, creating tension among NP students.
Pope has since switched to the University of Tulsa’s doctor of nursing practice career path. Pope enjoys the fact that TU secures all her clinical placements through her expected graduation in 2021.
Until then, Pope is currently looking for an RN staff position in primary care, urgent care or public health in the Tulsa/Bartlesville area.
She worked five years as a neuro nurse at the St. John Heyman Stroke Center in Tulsa before moving to the float pool, where she now goes to nearly every unit in the hospital.
“I always thought I would go to med school,” Pope said. “I was in the Army and that was my life plan for the Army to pay for med school.”
But life happens and so did pregnancy. Seven years later her daughter made her rethink her priorities.
“She changed my perspective on things and I wanted to get into a position where I could provide for our family quicker,” she said. “I feel God pushed me into that course because I actually love nursing now. Being in a clinical role and seeing providers I think I definitely chose the better route.”
Her time on the stroke floor only emboldened her thoughts of advancing her practice. Her physicians pushed and prodded her as well.
“Once I got to the point where I saw the patient and knew what they needed, I knew I needed to become a provider,” she said. “I had that skill set already, working in acute care. I’ve seen a lot of residents with that wide-eyed look. Being a bedside nurse to begin with really is so essential.”

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$20,000 sign-on bonus for experienced RNs.*
As a Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee nurse, you can enjoy the best of both worlds:
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And, now through January 31, enjoy a $20,000 sign-on bonus.*
Less than an hour from Tulsa, Muskogee features outstanding cultural and natural attractions, including
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Why now is a great time to join our team:
• $20,000 sign-on bonus and relocation assistance for experienced RNs*
• Great benefits, including paid time off, tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, onsite childcare, adoption benefits and more
• We are a qualified not-for-profit organization, so you may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness**Saint Francis Health System includes:
• Saint Francis Hospital
• The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis
• Warren Clinic
• 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 Home Care Companies
• Saint Francis Glenpool
To learn more about nursing opportunities at Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee, please call Melissa at 918-558-8028.
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*Applies to registered nurses in select patient units with at least two years of nursing experience. Four-year work commitment required. Limited time only—program ends January 31, 2019.
**View program details at studentaid.ed.gov.
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Raechyl Fuller, RN enjoys working at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, North Campus in Oklahoma City, OK. Working in Dr. Mohammad K. Ghani’s office, the nurse’s work together to give the patients the best care possible.


by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

The Oklahoma Heart Hospital (OHH) patient care is at the heart of everything they do. This physician-owned hospital was designed to ensure that patients receive expert, individualized care with the utmost comfort. OHH is the first of its kind in Oklahoma and the first all-digital hospital in the United States.
OHH has two locations, the North and South hospital campuses, as well as a network of more than 70 cardiovascular specialists at more than 60 clinics and two hospital locations across the state. The research foundation facilitates clinical trials of the latest medication, devices and procedures, keeping OHH at the cutting edge of advancements in heart health.
One of the many specialists at OHH is Mohammad K. Ghani, M.D., F.A.C.C. Inside his office, you will find Raechyl Fuller, RN. She begins to tell me how much she enjoys working at Oklahoma Heart Hospital. With a smile and friendliness about her, it is obvious that she loves her job.
Growing up in Okeene, Oklahoma, Raechyl attended college at Northern Oklahoma College in Stillwater, OK. “I’ve been a nurse almost five years now. My first job as a nurse was at Mercy, then a job at Orthopedic Associates for about four years. Last year, I had an opportunity to work here at OHH. I am happy to be a part of such a hospital. I like working for Dr. Ghani and I have learned so much since I came to work here. Dr. Ghani is nice and he is a great teacher.” Raechyl stated.
“There are several members in my family that are in the medical field. We don’t have to worry about getting sick. We are covered,” she said with a smile. “Actually, when I was little, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse. I was always helping my mother take care of things. I suppose my whole family influenced me to be nurse in a lot of ways. I also knew that nursing offers many different opportunities,” Raechyl commented.
What qualities make a good nurse? “I think a nurse needs to have plenty of compassion, be a team player, a good communicator and have great trust between all of their co-workers,” she replied.
“One of the favorite parts of my job is connecting with the patients. It makes everything a little nicer. Sometimes, I work in phone triage and that can be a little challenging at times. Later, I finally get to see the patient that I have been talking to, we talk a little more and I really get to know them pretty well. It’s kind of like we are all a big family. My biggest challenge when doing triage, is trying to ask the right question without actually being there. It can be as serious as chest pains and getting them the care that they need right away.”
What advice would you give to someone going into the medical field? “I would tell them to do observations, if they can, so they can get a base of what they will be doing. Also, if they do become a nurse, join a good study group; they are the best! Going to nursing school is a real eye-opening experience. It changed my ways of studying. It’s good if you can have first-hand experiences,” she replied. “My parents always showed me how to have good work ethic and I believe that I am where I am today because of them.”
Raechyl says her motivation comes from the desire to help others. “It is like it was instilled in me. I love the feeling of accomplishment and setting goals and reaching them. I also think that when someone works in the medical field and you are surrounded by others in the medical field, you’ve got co-workers with the same high standards.”
Raechyl married her high school sweetheart, is happily married and enjoys spending time with him. Her hobbies include running and walking her two dogs, Izzy and Skye. “I also like to travel and my sister and I get together and plan our trips. We go somewhere different each year. In fact, we like to travel so much, we both got a little tattoo of an airplane. We are already saving our money to go to the 2020 Olympics; one of my all-time dreams,” she said.
Raechyl’s Christmas plans? “I plan on visiting my sister and spending lots of quality time baking, like we do every year. That’s one tradition that my sister and I enjoy and will continue to keep.”

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At Hillcrest, our goal is to Change Lives for the better, together. Hillcrest Hospital – South provides state-of-the-art technology in an easy-to-navigate community setting.
Our 180-bed facility offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including maternity, cardiology, emergency, orthopedics and surgery.
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Tulsa, OK 74133

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No one wants to spend Christmas in the hospital – especially children. That’s why the big man himself made a special trip to INTEGRIS Children’s at Baptist Medical Center this week to spread some holiday cheer to the kiddos being treated there.
And he didn’t come alone. He brought some famous friends with him. His sidekick the elf, of course, and several Disney princesses as well.
Many of these kids will be spending Christmas in the hospital this year and the hope is that this kind gesture will make their holiday a little brighter –
despite their circumstances.

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What is one thing you want for Christmas this year? Northwest Nursing Center


Faleshia Frost, CMA

Great capacity to love others.

John Davidson
Activity Director

Just to have a blessed Christmas.

Zanetta Williams
Housekeeping Supervisor

For my fellow residents who don’t have a family to accept us as a family.

Alexus Marshall, CMA

Village on the Park is hiring a full time, including weekends LPN to join our AMAZING Family. Apply in person at 1515 Kingsridge Dr., OKC 73170.
Call Bill, Executive Director at 405-692-8700, or Email resume to bfinney@rcmseniorliving.com

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Q. I graduated from college, got a full time job, affordable apartment, pay my bills and have a five year plan to pay off my student loans. I like my job and the people I work with; I have a social life but I keep thinking…….”Is this my life?” Something is missing. I need your suggestions. —Amber

A. Amber also shared the following story: “I was so lucky while I was in college that I had the opportunity to study abroad. I spent one semester in France. I knew while I was there that I could see myself living in that beautiful country. I kind of put it on the back burner after I came home and focused on school, work and studying.”
“Now that I have graduated I have checked off all the boxes and feel proud of my accomplishments but I still feel very unsettled. And the thoughts of France keep popping in my mind.”
“It seems totally unrealistic and irresponsible to move to France when I have debt I need to pay off. But the thought of going to work everyday, coming home and doing it all over again doesn’t seem to be working for me. Maybe its not even France, maybe I could think about getting my masters, challenging myself. I have always been a very goal driven person.”
What is important about Amber’s story is her desire to grow, to color outside the lines but she has developed the belief that being responsible means you “you color inside the lines.” But its not working. She has checked off all the boxes on her old check list. But it appears she needs a new check list because she is stuck and showing symptoms of depression.
I shared with Amber my friends story: Janice wanted to be a nurse but her parents wanted her to be a lawyer. She went to law school, passed the bar, got her first job and hated being a lawyer. Prozac was not going to solve this problem. Janice went to nursing school, found a great job and also found a good life.
Amber this is YOUR LIFE and you have limitless possibilities. Don’t continue on a path that isn’t working when another path is available. Make your new check list and see what it looks like. Use a crayon! Write it on a napkin. Change can be a little scary but a little scary just might be worth it!!!

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This position allows you to work with SoonerCare members, providers, advocacy groups, legislative representatives, other state agencies, and
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Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation aging researcher Bumsoo Ahn, Ph.D.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Bumsoo Ahn, Ph.D., has been awarded an Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Award in Aging.
The award, presented by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) with support from the Irene Diamond Fund, will provide $120,000 in research funding to Ahn, a postdoctoral fellow studying age-related skeletal muscle weakness at OMRF.
AFAR is a leading nonprofit dedicated to advancing healthy aging through biomedical research. The goal of this program is to provide portable and flexible transitional funding for senior postdoctoral fellows as they transition to faculty positions. The award provides full-time research training and grant support.
“By giving these postdoctoral fellows this extra boost at a critical moment in their career path, AFAR is helping create a research pipeline that is essential to advancing better therapies for age-related diseases and discoveries that will help us all live healthier and longer,” said AFAR Executive Director Stephanie Lederman, Ed.M.
At OMRF, Ahn works in the Aging and Metabolism Research Program under the guidance of Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., looking at hormone administration as a therapeutic strategy for age-associated skeletal muscle weakness. Specifically, he studies unacylated ghrelin, a hormone naturally released by the stomach that signals you to eat. This hormone has unknown effects on skeletal muscle, but Ahn and Van Remmen found that when it was elevated in blood, it increased muscle mass.
Ahn earned his Ph.D. at University of Florida. His academic focus was respiratory muscle weakness in in debilitating disease, including heart failure and cancer. “I am honored to receive this award,” said Ahn. “This funding will provide me with a real opportunity to push my research forward and make a difference for our aging population.”

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Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is praising the ruling by a federal judge that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Judge Reed C. O’Connor said the tax bill passed by Congress in Dec. 2017 effectively rendered the entire health law unconstitutional because it eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. O’Connor, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, ruled that without that penalty, the law was no longer valid.
“I applaud the decision by Judge O’Connor to rule that the ACA is unconstitutional,” said Doak. “It offers an opportunity to refocus efforts on choice, affordability and consumer protections, elements that have been absent in the marketplace since the inception of the ACA. Whether the ruling is upheld through the appellate process or not, it is now time to apply sensible free market alternatives and fix the ACA problems legislatively. Part of this strategy should be the promotion of consumer alternatives such as association health plans and short-term limited duration plans.”
The administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees federal insurance exchanges, said the ruling will have no impact to current coverage or coverage in a 2019 plan. An appeal is expected in the case which will likely end up in the Supreme Court.