• April 2016

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday April 14, from Noon to 2:30PM at Lester Park United Methodist Church, 5401 E Superior Street, Duluth. (218-525-4373) Margaret Rogers will be our host and lunch will be provided. I hope that you can make plans to attend as this is an important piece to our Dementia Grant.

    PROGRAM:    Rev. Kathy Nelson from Peace Church, Duluth who is a good friend of Anne Simpson (Author) will give us an “orientation” to the “Through the Wilderness” curriculum for congregations.   NOTE: As part of the Live Well at Home grant we received, each congregation with a Parish Nurse will receive this book set.

    These are faces of real patients and caregivers who are living with Alzheimer’s disease. We all know others. They are still here and they need our understanding and support.    – – – What’s more we need them- individually and as a church. They challenge us to face our own fears and to be open about the struggles of aging. “If a congregation – regardless of its particular religious tradition – is to be understood as a web of spiritual relationships among vulnerable, dependent persons, then it may serve as a “community of blessing” (McFadden, p147).


    From North: Hwy 53 into Duluth, Make a left on Arrowhead Rd and follow it in to Woodland Ave. Make a Left on Woodland, and a RIGHT on Snively (first Light) – At Glenwood make a RIGHT. Take Glenwood to 45th Ave E – Make a RIGHT and go to Superior Street. Make a Left on Superior Street and go to 54th Ave East. Church will be on your LEFT.

    From South: Take 35W North to the London Rd Exit. Stay on London Rd to 54th Ave East. Make a LEFT and cross over Superior Street.



    “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!

    3   Ginger Tuttle                                        22 Mareta Beise

    10  Phyllis Sherman                                              30 Greta Crowe

    14  Carolyn Wojtysiak, Judy Spencer


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

    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


    Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month:  www.Aafa.org

    Better Sleep Month: www.bettersleep.org

    National Mental Health Month: www.nmha.org

    National Stroke Awareness Month: www.stroke.org

    National Arthritis Month: www.arthritis.org

    May 6 -12 National Nurses Week    www.nursingworld.org     THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!

    May 8 -14: Women’s Health Week  www.cdc.gov/women/

    May 25 National Senior Health and Fitness Day:  www.fitnessday.com


    New Found and Shared Mental Health Resources:

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


    Care Transition Program – – Please remind your congregates that YOU are their Parish Nurse. When you visit them in the hospital feel free to leave a calling card OR write your name on the Pt “white board”.     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)


    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).You will be asked to report on the Screening Tool results each quarter. Please know that your participation is very valuable in this grant process and education for our congregations. Quarterly reports can be documented on our Website under the “reports” tab at the top.

     March Meeting Highlights   Special thank you to Carol Westendorf  and Mareta Beise for the great hospitality and warm lunch on a wintry day.  The presentation on Polypharmacy was very well done and very interesting as well. We also learned that Thrifty White Pharmacies can offer immunization clinics and community educational offerings as well.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    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


    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: The theme is: “It always seems too early until it’s too late”.

    April 19: APNA Board Meeting

    April 19: FREE Lunch and (1) CEU at Ecumen Lakeshore  (4002 London Rd – Duluth). Noon to 1pm.

    Lowering Hosp Readmissions through Medication Management Partnerships- Presented by Matt Just,

    Pharm D; Thrifty White Pharmacy Consultant.  RSVP to Debbie by 4/15 at disakson@thriftywhite.com

    or 464-7258.

    April 19: QPR- Suicide Prevention Training (See below for more information)

    May 15-16: Sacred Art of Living and Dying Program Series starts in May. Early Bird Registration of

    $100 closes on April 14th.  After that $395 per session. Call 1-888-383-4171 or 541-383-4179

    Oct 13 & 14: St Louis County Health and Human Service Conference at DECC.

    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.


    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)


    QPR Gatekeeper Training-Suicide Prevention on Tuesday April 19: 10am OR 3pm OR 7pm at Birchtree Center, 4720 Burning Tree Rd, Duluth. Professionals and Community Members are invited to learn 3-simple steps to help Save a Life from Suicide: Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR). A gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, health care providers and many others. Facilitated by Jode Freyholtz-London, Wellness in the Woods. RSVP to mnwellnessinthewoods@gmail.com OR  218-296-2067. For more information on QPR, visit wwwqprinstitute.com/about-qpr   Funding provided by the Miller Dwan Foundation.


    After eight days His disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them.

    Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them.

    He said, “Peace to you!   (John 20:26)


    Risen Christ,

    You came through the locked doors

    of the fearful disciples’ house.

    Come through the locked doors of my inner dwelling place.

    Bring your enveloping peace

    to where I am most in need of it.

    I open the door of my heart to you.

    I open the door.


    God’s Peace to you in the Risen Christ~ ~

    Open the Door: A journey to the true self” by Joyce Rupp (2008)


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