Michelle Glathe and Nicole Galicia receive Soroptomist scholarships

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Nicole (left) and Michelle (right) with scholarship certificate

First year MEPN, Michelle Glathe and second year MEPN, Nicole Galicia each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Soroptimist International of Vista at the annual Awards Gala last Sunday. Both recipients eloquently shared with the audience their nursing plans post-graduation.

Last year’s winners, MEPN alums, Christina Dukovich and Sasha Leucke were also in attendance and both updated Soroptimist members on their nursing positions at Sharp Memorial in the SICU.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls. The organization is committed to helping women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realize their aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.

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Barack Obama talks about risks to American Health Care

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The new White House administration has plans for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As nurses, we need to know what is at risk for our patients. Past President, Mr. Barack Obama, has written a perspective for The New England Journal of Medicine. 

Be an advocate for your patients. Become informed. See article below.

Perspective

Obama, B. H. (2017)  Repealing the ACA without a Replacement -The Risks to American Health Care. N Engl J Med, 376 (4) ,297-299, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1616577

Health care policy often shifts when the country’s leadership changes. That was true when I took office, and it will likely be true with President-elect Donald Trump. I am proud that my administration’s work, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other policies, helped millions more Americans know the security of health care in a system that is more effective and efficient. At the same time, there is more work to do to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care. What the past 8 years have taught us is that health care reform requires an evidence-based, careful approach, driven by what is best for the American people. That is why Republicans’ plan to repeal the ACA with no plan to replace and improve it is so reckless. Rather than jeopardize financial security and access to care for tens of millions of Americans, policymakers should develop a plan to build on what works before they unravel what is in place.

Thanks to the ACA, a larger share of Americans have health insurance than ever before.1 Increased coverage is translating into improved access to medical care — as well as greater financial security and better health. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Americans still get their health care through sources that predate the law, such as a job or Medicare, and are benefiting from improved consumer protections, such as free preventive services.

We have also made progress in how we pay for health care, including rewarding providers who deliver high-quality care rather than just a high quantity of care. These and other reforms in the ACA have helped slow health care cost growth to a fraction of historical rates while improving quality for patients. This includes better-quality and lower-cost care for tens of millions of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income families covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. And these benefits will grow in the years to come.

That being said, I am the first to say we can make improvements. Informed by the lessons we’ve learned during my presidency, I have put forward ideas in my budgets and a July 2016 article2 to address ongoing challenges — such as a lack of choice in some health insurance markets, premiums that remain unaffordable for some families, and high prescription-drug costs. For example, allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices could both reduce seniors’ spending and give private payers greater leverage. And I have always welcomed others’ ideas that meet the test of making the health system better. But persistent partisan resistance to the ACA has made small as well as significant improvements extremely difficult.

Now, Republican congressional leaders say they will repeal the ACA early this year, with a promise to replace it in subsequent legislation — which, if patterned after House Speaker Paul Ryan’s ideas, would be partly paid for by capping Medicare and Medicaid spending. They have yet to introduce that “replacement bill,” hold a hearing on it, or produce a cost analysis — let alone engage in the more than a year of public debate that preceded passage of the ACA. Instead, they say that such a debate will occur after the ACA is repealed. They claim that a 2- or 3-year delay will be sufficient to develop, pass, and implement a replacement bill.

This approach of “repeal first and replace later” is, simply put, irresponsible — and could slowly bleed the health care system that all of us depend on. (And, though not my focus here, executive actions could have similar consequential negative effects on our health system.) If a repeal with a delay is enacted, the health care system will be standing on the edge of a cliff, resulting in uncertainty and, in some cases, harm beginning immediately. Insurance companies may not want to participate in the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2018 or may significantly increase prices to prepare for changes in the next year or two, partly to try to avoid the blame for any change that is unpopular. Physician practices may stop investing in new approaches to care coordination if Medicare’s Innovation Center is eliminated. Hospitals may have to cut back services and jobs in the short run in anticipation of the surge in uncompensated care that will result from rolling back the Medicaid expansion. Employers may have to reduce raises or delay hiring to plan for faster growth in health care costs without the current law’s cost-saving incentives. And people with preexisting conditions may fear losing lifesaving health care that may no longer be affordable or accessible.

Furthermore, there is no guarantee of getting a second vote to avoid such a cliff, especially on something as difficult as comprehensive health care reform. Put aside the scope of health care reform — the federal health care budget is 50% bigger than that of the Department of Defense.3 Put aside how it personally touches every single American — practically every week, I get letters from people passionately sharing how the ACA is working for them and about how we can make it better. “Repeal and replace” is a deceptively catchy phrase — the truth is that health care reform is complex, with many interlocking pieces, so that undoing some of it may undo all of it.

Take, for example, preexisting conditions. For the first time, because of the ACA, people with preexisting conditions cannot be denied coverage, denied benefits, or charged exorbitant rates. I take my successor at his word: he wants to maintain protections for the 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. Yet Republicans in Congress want to repeal the individual-responsibility portion of the law. I was initially against this Republican idea, but we learned from Massachusetts that individual responsibility, alongside financial assistance, is the only proven way to provide affordable, private, individual insurance to every American. Maintaining protections for people with preexisting conditions without requiring individual responsibility would cost millions of Americans their coverage and cause dramatic premium increases for millions more.4 This is just one of the many complex trade-offs in health care reform.

Given that Republicans have yet to craft a replacement plan, and that unforeseen events might overtake their planned agenda, there might never be a second vote on a plan to replace the ACA if it is repealed. And if a second vote does not happen, tens of millions of Americans will be harmed. A recent Urban Institute analysis estimated that a likely repeal bill would not only reverse recent gains in insurance coverage, but leave us with more uninsured and uncompensated care than when we started.5

Put simply, all our gains are at stake if Congress takes up repealing the health law without an alternative that covers more Americans, improves quality, and makes health care more affordable. That move takes away the opportunity to build on what works and fix what does not. It adds uncertainty to lives of patients, the work of their doctors, and the hospitals and health systems that care for them. And it jeopardizes the improvements in health care that millions of Americans now enjoy.

Congress can take a responsible, bipartisan approach to improving the health care system. This was how we overhauled Medicare’s flawed physician payment system less than 2 years ago. I will applaud legislation that improves Americans’ care, but Republicans should identify improvements and explain their plan from the start — they owe the American people nothing less.

Health care reform isn’t about a nameless, faceless “system.” It’s about the millions of lives at stake — from the cancer survivor who can now take a new job without fear of losing his insurance, to the young person who can stay on her parents’ insurance after college, to the countless Americans who now live healthier lives thanks to the law’s protections. Policymakers should therefore abide by the physician’s oath: “first, do no harm.”

Disclosure forms provided by the author are available at NEJM.org.

The Massachusetts Medical Society copyright applies to the distinctive display of this New England Journal of Medicine article and not to the President’s work or words.

This article was published on January 6, 2017, at NEJM.org.

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Mr. Obama is the former President of the United States.

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Update from the students on the International trip to Mungeli, India

This Post is written by Guest writer, Professor Molly McAmis and the students accompanying her on the USD trip to CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL Mungeli, India

MOBILE CLINIC

PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO THE MOST RURAL PARTS OF MUNGELI, INDIA

The bus driver drove  35 wild minutes into the community where we set up our mobile clinic. Making nothing into something to say the least. To see how we set up shop in an abandoned concrete structure was amazing. Half of the room was used for registration and triage, the other half was used for initial exams.

Once the villagers observed our presence they came in numbers. It became organized chaos! It was like an intrusive waiting game of who was going to be seen first. The triage team imputed patient information and took vitals for  all 56 patients  to be seen. From triage, the patients then headed over to see the physician. There was a trend of common diagnoses seen: fungal infections, gastritis, PID, and HTN. There were a few cases that stood out to us the most. First, was the woman who received cryotherapy for cervical cancer on the mobile clinic. Second, was a tribe of nomadic women who came with chief complaints of fever, dizziness, joint pain, and mouth ulcers. These women were known to chew tobacco and when they were told by the physician to stop chewing tobacco they literally laughed in his face. We were told that telling these women to stop chewing tobacco was like telling them to stop breathing.  After an eight hour day we were exhausted! However, it was an amazing day!

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Second year MEPN student,  Hezekiah O’Neal with some of the CHM nursing students, provided health care to the local rural village.

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Daniel Roderick, Marlisha Smith, and Bessie Coronado-Vigil boarding the mobile clinic bus.

Visiting the “bone-setter” or “QUACKS”

MANY OF THE LOCALS BELIEVE IN EASTERN/HOLISTIC MEDICINE OF MUNGELI.

THE QUACKS ARE Practitioners of this type of medicine tell people that they can fix broken bones by applying certain oils and wrapping injured limbs in cardboard and string. The locals believe in this practice which makes it difficult for the medical doctors and staff at Christian Hospital Mungeli to intervene. The quacks lure the natives in with a 100% guarantee resolution of their ailments and an initially lower upfront cost. However, the price goes up as each day passes and the patient’s symptoms do not improve. Oftentimes, patients are coerced into staying at the Quack’s house for closer observation. Patient’s with broken bones are told they are unable to consume: milk products, meat, calcium, eggplant, sugar, and alcohol while healing. Today, we got to witness this first hand.

1.) Three adorable local village girls 2.) Pretti, a 7-year-old girl who fell off a roof 15 days and fractured her femur. She is “healing” at the quack’s house.  3) A local Quack

Daily Hospital Rounds and the school of nursing

 A day in the life of Christian MUNGELI Hostpial

Walking into the hospital impacts all of your senses. You walk through a group of at least 50 family members mingling outside of the ward entrance waiting anxiously in support of their loved one. Children are running and playing in the corridors and open areas. A little girl falls down, pops right back without notice, and goes on her way. As you’re standing there the smells of Indian food being cooked in the family area swift in and gets mixed with the construction of the new hospital going on and the diesel fuel from the row of motorcycles lining the left entrance of the ward. Dogs roam aimlessly and bask in the sun. An aviary houses a variety of birds and water fountains decorated with elephant statues in the middle. All around, you feel the energy of a constant buzz as hospital workers pass through with patients on gurneys. The OR (rather, OT-operation theater- as it is called here) is a short distance away from the ward. Passage is through the open corridors of the hospital. Machinery noises, crying babies, conversations, motorcycle rumbles, and music surrounds you and you’re at a standstill in awe that you’ve finally arrived to India.

As you walk through the doors, you’re welcomed with a doorman who controls how many family members enter the ward. To the left is the female ward and nursery. To the right is the male ward. In the middle, you have a step down/PACU unit and through the far side of that room you can access the Labor & Delivery room. Upstairs has the two ICUs and an overflow of the female ward. The outpatient department, dentist, pharmacy, injection room and offices are behind the OT. Upstairs the nursing school houses 3 classrooms and a library/conference room. There’s an organized flow to the hospital. Nursing students and staff nurses work alongside each other. At first you’re confused and overwhelmed with all the activity going on. But trust me, by your second and third day you’ve mastered the area well and don’t get lost going to the bathroom.

1.)Marlisha Smith promoting skin-to-skin to skin contact after delivery.

2.)Aishvarya Setlur teaching nursing students a Neuro assessment

3. ) Hezekiah O’Neal serving as a patient so nursing students can learn how to  perform a neuro assessment

4.) Marlisha Smith, Bessie Coronado-Vigil and Mungeli Nursing student Lolita.

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Update from Cuernavaca, Mexico

 

This post is written by guest writer, Britney Taganas, 2nd year MEPN. 

Hola compañeros! Greetings from Cuernavaca, Mexico!

During our last couple days at Nuestros Pequeos Hermanos (NPH) Miacatlan (the orphanage), we toured ‘el campo’ which is the farm where they harvest their crops and grow their livestock. They harvest 3000 tortillas and 1000 loaves of bread a day!

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They have a beautiful greenhouse where they grow delicious tomatoes!

After we completed all the physicals assessments and health education (including First Aid, CPR, and choking), we had time to play and interact with the children of NPH. The mas poquito bebes were muy adorable!

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Katie and her new friend.

We also had the opportunity to see and purchase artwork that is handmade by the children of NPH during their art therapy time. Sometimes children can express their feelings best through art. The money raised goes back to NPH to help the children.

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Pictured here is one of the children who made this beautiful artwork made of clay and glass pieces.

We also spent time with the older children and played basketball, soccer (led by our superstar Mariah), and did zumba…the little girls ended up leading us zumba…and Gangnam Style.

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Mariah and her new soccer buddies.

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NPH Miacatlan was fun, but we were really excited for our excursion to Puebla. On our way to Puebla, we stopped at Popocatépetl, which is an active volcano! There was some smoke coming from the top of it, but thankfully it didn’t erupt.

We finally arrived in Puebla where we got to explore the various shops, visit museums, and eat delicious food!

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A couple highlights from our excursion to Puebla included visiting El Museo Internacional de Baroque and seeing the Great Pyramid of Cholula.  We got to hike to the top of it and see a cathedral.

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It was a great work out and with an elevation of over 7,000 feet, some of us could definitely feel the change in altitude. After we worked up an appetite from the hike, we were able to enjoy a nice lunch, do a little shopping, and then headed to Cuernavaca. It was about a three-hour drive from Puebla to Cuernavaca so we caught up on some much needed rest so we could be re-energized for another day of teaching at NPH Cuernavaca.

At NPH Cuernavaca, we taught CPR, First Aid, and choking prevention to local high school students.

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Cynthia teaching CPR using makeshift mannequins made of plastic bags stuffed with cotton balls.

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Tammy teaching CPR with Lisa as the “standardized patient”.

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Todd, Heather, and Britney demonstrating what to do if someone is choking.

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Krista demonstrating first aid skills.

After classes we toured the school then went to Los Colorines and enjoyed a lovely lunch with staff from NPH.

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In the afternoon, we continued our Spanish classes. The first part of class consists of learning grammar and the second half is all conversational. Our final day of class is going to be a cultural immersion class where will explore Cuernavaca with our Spanish teachers alongside us communicating solomente en español. As we near the end of our cultural immersion trip, we are grateful to have learned so much about the culture, history, and language of Mexico!

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The “beginners” Spanish class with one of our teachers, Gena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings from students on the International trip to Mungeli, India

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This post is written by guest writer, Professor Molly McAmis and the USD nursing students accompanying her to Mungeli.

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 Our 42-hour journey to India began January 6th, 2017 right out of LAX with a 16-hour direct flight to Dubai. After landing in Dubai we connected in New Delhi where we would have an 8-hour layover until flying into our last city, Raipur. However, we weren’t quite there. Our last leg was an interesting and exciting roller coaster ride in the back of an ambulance to Mungeli. Let’s just say the two-hour ambulance ride was most enjoyable with eyes closed.

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With eight-hour layovers between flights, we had plenty of time to get to know each other by sharing our previous travel experiences and solving riddles. Along the way, we sampled some local cuisine that was both mouth-watering and spicy.  Several short hours later, some of us assumed our favorite yoga poses in the middle of the airport to combat indigestion brought about by eating foreign cuisine and sitting on an airplane all day. Even though it would take some time for our bodies to acclimate to this culture with new flavors, we were well on our way.

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            Upon arrival to Christian Hospital Mungeli, we were greeted by the senior hospital staff and were served a yummy Indian cuisine for dinner. Afterward, we were shown to our rooms that were co-inhabited with a variety of native spiders and lizards. After an icy-cold shower (no hot water), we all passed out on our thin, rock-hard mattresses.

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            We woke up that very morning, stiff as a board, to the sound of mosque prayers and a screeching cat; quite an awkward combo! After being served breakfast, we toured the hospital. We were so amazed by the number of people the hospital served, and the amount of work the senior staff were incorporating into improving the quality of care provided. While Daniel, Hez, and Marley saw a record 32 surgeries in the Operating Theatre (Operating Room) that afternoon, Bessie and Aishvarya got to see how each ward, doctor’s office, and clinics were organized. After watching MD/RN rounds, obtaining SBAR on patients, and seeing surgeries up close, we certainly learned a lot about rural Indian healthcare.

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            Later that afternoon, several of our team members gowned up to assist in some  surgical procedures. Before entering the OR, we had to slip off our shoes and put on a pair of flip-flops, with socks or bare feet – another cultural difference!  After changing into OR scrubs, and donning a cap and mask, we were ready to enter the procedural area.  Having never seen a Cesarean section before, Daniel was very excited when Swaran, the head OR nurse, instructed him to scrub in for the C-section.   Amazingly, just moments after the initial incision was made by the surgeon, Daniel felt his hand pushing on the mother’s abdomen to help deliver a new life into the world, a beautiful baby girl! While lending a hand to the surgeon and OR nurse during suturing, his colleagues Hezekiah and Marley, promptly stepped in to effectively manage the mother’s dropping blood pressure.  It was incredibly surreal how we became part of the amazing OR team, and will be one of the many experiences in Mungeli we will not forget.

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We concluded the day at the Hospital Director’s poolside bungalow, where he treated us to dinner and karaoke. We reflected on the day and learned that while some of us got a history lesson of India, some of us learned how to ride a motorbike. Others experienced face to face contact with child-size monkeys, admired the hospital parakeet sanctuary and consumed endless chai teas, samosas and popcorn. We even survived an Indian monsoon storm and electrical power loss. We are now starting to acclimate to the India culture.

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Lastly, we will leave you with a few tips traveling to India and a summary of what we have learned.

  1. You can improve your communication skills by using broken English, blank stares and/or Pictionary
  2. Capture the special moments by taking National Geographic quality pictures
  3. Stay awake and keep fresh by taking cold showers
  4. Stay malaria free by slathering on mosquito repellent creams and swatting your colleagues when you see one land on their back
  5. Enjoy the spiciness of food and finding new taste buds you didn’t know you had
  6. Don’t drink tap water, but eat meals with your hands
  7. Learn how to distinguish the various Indian head bobs and clothing fashions
  8. There are skinny cows and goats. And did we mention dust?
  9. Adjust to the time difference and battle jetlag with more coffee.
  10. Calculate currency by using a converting App.
  11. Pronunciation of Indian names is difficult.
  12. Crowds don’t know how to form a line and there is plenty of disorganized chaos
  13. Indian Airports 101
    1. If your checked bag is 1 ounce over, be prepared to repack at the drop of a hat in front of a long line of other passengers.
    2. However, don’t pack too much in your carry-on because if it exceeds 22kg, you’re definitely paying 5400 rupees, and not 22 rupees.
    3. One thing to keep in mind is that you can’t pay for your extra bag at the desk…You guessed it right, you must walk across the entire airport and stand in a mob of people and fight your way to the front.
    4. You won’t make it pass customs until you show several stressful tears and prove every item in your carry on is safe, including Chapstick.
    5. Lastly, be sure to smile when exchanging currency and with any interaction no matter the response in return 🙂

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Greetings from students on the International trip to Miacatlan, Mexico

This post is written by second year MEPN student, Lisa Cronk.

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On Sunday, as part of exploring the Mexican culture, we visited Carlos Slim museum. Carlos Slim is not only the richest man in Mexico… he is the 6th richest man in the world and his museum is located in the Beverly Hills of Mexico City. We viewed the sculptures of Rodin, intricate carvings of elephant tusks (not okay but still beautiful) and we made a new friend today, a stranger who tagged along for the entire guided tour—even joining us for a picture.

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Check out our new friend on the left.

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We have finally made it to Miacatlan where we attend clase de Español for four hours in the morning, followed by lunch with the niños, and clinic.

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At clinic we have the opportunity to give PPD tests (intradermal skills!), perform head to toe assessments [in Spanish], complete eye exams, and height and weight measurements.

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On Wednesday, we also taught several health educations classes including what to do when choking, demonstrate first aid, and CPR. We still don’t have hot water to shower with, and only limited internet  service, but the experiences and love that we are exposed to have more than made up for it.  Even though the mosquitos think we are muy deliciosa, it’s worth every bite.

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On Wednesday, we also taught several health educations classes including what to do when choking, demonstrate first aid, and CPR. We still don’t have hot water to shower with, and only limited internet  service, but the experiences and love that we are exposed to have more than made up for it.  Even though the mosquitos think we are muy deliciosa, it’s worth every bite.

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By the way, wouldn’t be able to complete what we have without the invaluable help of our beautiful translators. We are forever and debt and want you to move with us to the states immediately.

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Jennifer Kemp and Diane Ward receive Kaiser Permanente’s Deloras Jones Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

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Congratulations are in order for two of our 2nd year MEPNs, Jennifer Kemp and Diane Ward, recipients of the Deloras Jones Nursing Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The award, named in honor of longtime Kaiser nurse, Deloras Jones, RN who retired from Kaiser in 2000 after 34 years of service to professional nursing and leadership. Mrs.  Jones is one of the founders of the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care in California.

Award recipient, Jennifer Kemp recently completed her fall clinical rotation in leadership at Sharp Chula Vista Emergency Department where she states she “learned so much every shift and enjoyed the collaborative work environment.”  Upon graduation, she looks forward to the opportunity to start her nursing career in the Emergency Department.

Award recipient, Diane Ward just completed her leadership rotation at Sharp Mary Birch. She has a passion for women’s health and hopes to begin her career working with women and babies.

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Diane Ward, Deloras Jones, and Jennifer Kemp

For more information on the scholarship go to:

Website: http://community.kp.org/be-informed/program/deloras-jones-nursing-scholarship

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Sharon Levy awarded “MEPN Preceptor of the Year”

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MEPN alum, Diana Appleby (left), Sharon Levy (center) and Nadine Kassity-Krich, MEPN Clinical Placement Coordinator

Each spring semester, graduating MEPN students are asked to nominate a hospital nurse who has been an excellent preceptor to them while they have completed clinical hours in the hospital setting. On Tuesday evening the Clinical Placement and Preceptor Appreciation Reception was held on campus where Sharon Levy received the award from her nominator, MEPN alum, Diana Appleby.

Sharon Levy MSN, RN, CPNP, FNP-C has been a nurse for over 20 years and has worked in pediatric critical care at Rady Children’s Hospital for the past 15+ years. She graduated in 2015 from the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing with her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) degrees.

When asked to give an example of a time when Sharon went out of her way to make the learning experience extraordinary Diana Appleby responded, “It is difficult to pick just one specific time when Sharon made my learning experience extraordinary.  I feel so fortunate that this happened on a regular basis, every clinical shift… If I had to pick one time, I am reminded of a time when the PICU was getting an admit just before change of shift and it was a young girl with a brain bleed.  Sharon encouraged me to be in the room while the pediatric neurosurgeon was performing a bedside craniotomy, drilling into the patient’s skull to relieve the pressure on her brain.  Sharon explained everything that I would see, and I was able to help set up the room for the procedure.  We set up an external ventricular drain (EVD) system which is a closed sterile system allowing drainage of CSF.  I was at the head of the bed during the procedure and was able to understand everything that was going on with the bedside anesthesia, the craniotomy, the role of the resource nurse, bedside nurses, and other MDs in the room.  It was very chaotic, but I really felt like a part of the team and was able to see the intricate role that the bedside nurse plays in the care of their patient who’s undergoing a procedure.” 

 Diana went on to say, “Finally, an incredibly important thing that Sharon does is she ensures her students walk away at the end of that day, wanting to be a nurse.  She helps facilitate such a positive learning environment that no matter how stressful and difficult the day was, her student walks away and is still excited about the profession they have chosen”

Congratulations Sharon! Thank you for educating our future nurses.

 

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2nd year MEPNs complete Clinical Competency Exams (CCE)

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(Diane Ward examining a standardized patient)

Congratulations to 2nd year MEPNs who successfully completed CCEs last Thursday and Friday. Each MEPN student provided a head-to-toe physical exam on two standardized patients (actors hired to play the role of patients), and performed several skills such as a dressing change, hanging an IV antibiotic, and patient teaching. The successful completion of the CCE was required of all 2nd year MEPNs in order to proceed to the final semester.

Well done MEPNs!

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(Dr. Lucia Gonzalez debriefing the standardized patient event with a group of 2nd year MEPNs)

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MEPNs celebrate Dia de los Muertos

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  This post is written by guest writer, Arianna Reisman, 2nd year MEPN.

The first event of the Diversity Nurse committee was a celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or the day of the dead. One of our MEPN students , Annette Diaz-Santana, generously offered to share her experience with this holiday and led a discussion regarding the traditions surrounding this holiday. This tradition is centered around the alter, and in this case we dedicated it to Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp.

The ofrenda (alter) is meant to keep the family close, traditionally built at the cemetery where the loved one is buried. The deceased are honored with food, drink, and gifts of the things that they loved. It is believed that during these days (November 1st & 2nd) the loved ones can enter the world of the living to honor friends and family and  bring good fortune.

Annette led a discussion on evolving traditions, including the newly established day of the dead parade in Mexico City, as well as the rising popularity of la Catrina, pictured in the paintings of  Diego Rivera.

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The group listened while munching on pan de muerto, a traditional bread representing the skull, bones, and circle of life.  Annette’s mother was able to pick purchase the bread in Tijuana, a reminder as we ate, of the geographical and cultural proximity we share to Mexico. We washed down the pastries with hot chocolate, commonly enjoyed during this holiday and a treat on a San Diego fall day.

It was a powerful first gathering, made more meaningful by a student teaching the group a piece of her own cultural heritage to the benefit of those who came. We are looking forward to seeing what this group can accomplish this year!

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