• Newsletter, March 2016

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday March 17, from Noon to 2:30PM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3756 Fair Street, Barnum. (218-389-6849) Carol Westendorf will be our host and lunch will be provided. (Note: this was changed to accommodate the CEU opportunity at UWS on 3/10)  If you would like to a ride – please let me know. Call 218-722-5451 (leave a message) or email.

    PROGRAM:        Polypharmacy – Presented by Dr. Kendra Metz   from the Moose Lake Clinic Pharmacy.  (CEU will be offered)


    From North:  Head South on Hwy 35W – take Exit 220 into Barnum. Make Right on County Hwy 6/Main Street into Barnum – and a LEFT on Fair Street.

    From South: Take the Exit 220 off of 35W North. Make a Left onto County Hwy 6/Main street and follow above directions.



    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs3:5-6

    Remember those in prayer on their birthday – What a wonderful gift!

    4  Donna Rusco                             19  Joy Thomas

    13  Carol O’Day                                  Betty Woltersdorf

    14  Allicen Waxlax                                    23  Gail Vall

    Ginny Ahrlin

    26  Arvilla Felten

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • Those with family members who suffer from Cancer and other Chronic Diseases
    • Pray for wisdom in leading this health ministry in this 25th YEAR





    Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.health.gov  OR www.nationalwellness.org           


    National Colorectal Awareness Month:  www.preventcancer.org/colorectal

    National Kidney Month:  www.kidney.org

    National Nutrition Month:  www.eatright.org

    March 6-12:  National Sleep Awareness Week   www.sleepfoundation.org

    March 19:  Kick Butts day:  www.kickbuttsday.org

    March 20-26: National Poison Prevention Week:  www.poisonprevention.org

    March 22: World Water Day:  www.unwater.org


    National Alcohol Awareness month: www.ncadd.org

    National Cancer Control Month:  www.cancer.org

    National Donate Life Month:  www.organdonor.gov

    Stress Awareness Month:  www.counseling.org

    April 4-10: National Public health Week:  www.nphw.org

    April 6: National Day of Hope:   www.childhelp.org

    April 10-16: National Volunteer Week:  www.PointsofLight.org

    April 16: National Health Care Decision Day  www.nhdd.org


    New Found and Shared Mental Health Resources:

    http://freshhope.us/  ,   http://wwwsaddlebackresources.com/products/hope-for-mental-health-starter-kit



    Do you Need a Recertification in CPR? Penny LaBerge did a few classes for us last year and is willing to do the same this spring. The certificate is good for 2years –  Please let me know (my contact info is at end of newsletter) OR contact Penny at Lakeview Covenant Church (218-525-6625). In the past we have had the training just prior to our Monthly meeting.


    Care Transition Program – –

    I hope you have had a chance to listen-in on the conference calls; there has been some good tips and info.  Remember, our St Luke’s Contact is Lois Opseth RN- Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699 OR lois.opseth@slhduluth.com, Outside beeper number 218-249-8020.  She has our Professional Listing. PHR forms are printed and available in the Case Manager office on 2W – (Just outside the 2W main doors)

    Our Contact at Mercy Hosp in Moose Lake is Donita Korpela 218-380-4916.


    Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:

    1. With the Rural Aging Initiative Grant (Northland Foundation) – we are able to provide a Scholarship for Parish Nurse Preparation – Please pass this on!!

    Check out our NEW Website and LIKE our Facebook Page (Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association) Go to the webpage and check out the REPORTING Tab – – Eventually this will be a convenient way to send in stats on contacts.

    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing- Meeting March 1st with Essentia Discharge Planners.
    2. Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools).Our November meeting was a training on the Screening Tool that you will be asked to report on each quarter. Please know that your participation will be very valuable in this grant process and education for our congregations. I will also need a number of those that you have screened and any referrals made to agencies for care.



    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    March10: CEU event at UWS – 6CEU’s for PN Rate of $55. Health Bodies/Healthy Minds in the 2nd ½ of  Life.  Barker’s Island Inn in Superior WI 8am to 4:15pm.  Register at wusuper.edu/health  OR 715-394- 8469 (Esther Gieschen – contact)

    March 17: PN Meeting – Details on Front Page/in Barnum with CEU offered.

    March 21-25: Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification $250 to be held at Essentia Health-  Hermantown Clinic.  25-30 CEU’s, this 5-day course focuses on the skills needed to effectively treat

    Tobacco dependency.  Scholarships are available:  Contact Jill Doberstein at 218-786-2512 for more info or registration.

    March 29: Rally Day at the Capital for Alzheimer’s Disease. If interested in getting more info or attending contact the Local Alz Office at 218-733-2560

    APRIL 5:  Honoring Choices – First Steps Advance Care Planning of NE MN. This training provides the skills and expertise to lead conversations on future health care wishes and preferences.  Held at First Covenant Church in Duluth $225 (first 16 registrants pay $200) Call Heather at 218-727-3325 to register.

    April 7-10:  Westberg Symposium in CHICAGO 2016 (Celebrating 30 years of Parish Nursing!)

    April 14: PN Meeting at Lester Park United Methodist Church,  Margaret Rogers will be our host.

    April 16: National Healthcare Decision Day: This year’s theme: “It always seems too early until it’s too late”.

    Save the Date: October 20th 2016 – OUR 25th Anniversary Celebration! Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth.


    THRIVENT  Reminder:

    Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who is eligible to direct Choice Dollars?

    You and Your Choice Dollars recommendation can make a world of difference to OUR Organization. Look for Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association to direct your dollars. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to find us OR Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after

    the prompt.  Thank you to those who give so generously!

    Be sure to put this in your church bulletins to remind your congregates!

    Thank you to all those that have made contributions to our organization.  It is so appreciated.

    Thrivent has a new program: go to www.Thrivent.com/ActionTeam to check out the details.

    February Meeting Highlights

    Special thank you to Linda Wiig for her warm hospitality on a cold windy day.  Carol Marsh did a fabulous update presentation for us on Heart Disease!  She sent me her power point if you would like to receive it let me know.  If you would like to contact Carol re: the “hand Grip test and Heart Disease” or have any questions. Here is her contact info:  carol.marsh@slhduluth.com

    Carol also is a part of the local Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association watch for more details on some of the programs offered and information. (Membership is $75/year)


    AARP offers an 8 hour- online driver safety course. Here is the link to share with those you know www.aarpdriversafety.org   An AARP member pays $19.95 for the online course and it may be cheaper in a classroom setting.  Here is the link for classroom classes in Duluth: http://www.younginsure.com/blog/januaryfebruary-2016-driver-safety-schedule.aspx

    This info was from Kris Dwyer, LSW, MS – Caregiver Consultant


    Summer Camp Nurse Request:

    One Heartland (a summer camp about 50 miles south of Duluth of Interstate 35) is looking for a nurse for this summer. If YOU or you know someone who would be interested call 218-372-3988 for further info.  OR go to www.oneheartland.org     (26001 Heinz Rd, Willow River MN)


    Easter Metaphor      By Joyce Rupp

    Creator of springtime,

    How can it be that every year

    I forget the miracles visiting the land in the form of fresh leaves,

    laughing flowers, greening grass.

    Winter holds a strong power over me. I lose the memory of vibrant vigor,

    the unseen energy raising dead earthen things to awakening life.

    Risen One, dwelling within me,

    how can it be that I forget you,

    your passionate grace tending my soul,

    your constant stream of hope rising up through the dead ground of my brown, barrened prayer.

    I turn to you in this season of spring, bowing gratefully to every growing plant,

    every flourishing flower, for each one sings an Easer metaphor full of memory,

    proclaiming your wild embrace of my inner life, a life holding the promise

    of an eternal return to spring.


    “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:

    The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again”    Luke 6-7


    Have a Truly Blessed Easter and see you on the 17th.




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