• February Newsletter 2016

    February 2016

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday February 11 from Noon to 2:30PM at First United Methodist Church, 230 E Skyline Parkway, Duluth (218-727-5021) Linda Wiig will be our host and will provide a LUNCH for us.

    PROGRAM: Carol Marsh, Clinical Nurse Practitioner in the Cardiac Center of St Luke’s Medical Arts – -will give us “Heart Focused Update”.  Carol also serves on our Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association Board.


    From North: Take 53 into Duluth which turns into Central Entrance. After pass Mall area, continue East, until Mesaba Ave . The church will be on your LEFT. Park in the LOT on the RIGHT side of the church, as there will be another group there that day.

    From South: Take the Mesaba Ave Exit when you get to Duluth. At the top of the hill the church will be on your right.



    “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!

    2  Camille Murphy                                14 Jeanne Nesheim-Hendrickson

    5  Diane Erickson                                16 Roseanne Schomber

    6  Rosemary Lamson                                  Faye Mobilia

    24 Nancy Christensen


    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Mental Illness 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           


    American Heart Month: www.americanheart.org

    National Cancer Prevention Month: www.cancer.org

    Wise Health Consumer Month:  www.healthylife.com

    February 5: National Wear Red Day:  www.hearttruth.gov  or www.womenheart.org

    February 14-20 Random Acts of Kindness Week:  www.randomactsofkindness.org

    Feb 23- March 1: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week  www.nationaleatingdisorders.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


    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. See the Reporting Sheet as well.

    *** The purpose of the Live Well at Home Screening tool has many facets – but mainly it is to help keep seniors in their homes as long as possible, Preserve Personal Choice/control and encourage planning BEFORE a crisis hits.


    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    February 11th: Parish Nurse Meeting at First United Methodist Church- Linda Wiig hosting.

    February 22-26: Parish Nurse Prep Course through Concordia (2/22-26/16)

    Feb 25:  SEE BELOW- and invitation from NW WI grouping

    March10: PN Meeting – watch for next month’s newsletter

    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!)

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



    If interested – – Jan Stevens contact is 715-392-3080

    Last steps training: Is intended for frail elders or others whose death in the next 12 months is anticipated. Decisions are made regarding CPR, goals of care for cardiopulmonary failure, including hospitalization, artificial nutrition and hydration, and comfort care options. Parish nurses can play an important role in educating people in their parishes about ACP. **We are providing First Step training to our parish nurses so that you will be able to provide this education. Sandee Carlson will conduct this 8-hour training session on February 25 (place to be announced). Please consider taking this opportunity to help your parishioners better understand this important process. Contact Jan Stevens if you are able to participate in the training.

    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


    The Grief Recovery Method – Grief Recovery Outreach Program

    An 8 week program (can also run up to 12 weeks) will begin Monday Feb 22:  from 5:30-7:30pm each week at Turning Point Mental Health Services, LLC ; 2014 W 3rd Street, Duluth

    Contact Mary Young (Certified Grief Recovery Specialist) for more info: 218-722-1351

    This program may be billed to insurance – see guidelines page attached Or call Mary.


    January Meeting Highlights

    Guest: Sarah Nelson, MD: Consultant and member of Carlton-Cook-Lake- St Louis County Community Health Board. She updated us on the work being done around “pre-diabetes” screenings and education. Thru the Diabetic Prevention Network, and collaboration with local YMCA’s training is being done for diabetic instructors and yearlong classes and support of participants. Monies are available to help reduce barriers (transportation/childcare, etc.).  Participants that stay with the program have experienced weight loss and health improvements.

    She was willing to develop some educational bulletin inserts for us and as this project moves along will see how else we can partner.  (Funding is through the Common Wellness Grant focusing on HTN, Diabetes, Obesity and Tobacco use) Sarah’s contact info:  sarah@silvercliff.net  218-461-9596


    Program: Marjorie Johnson, Health Systems Manager, Primary care Midwest Division for the American Cancer Society. Marj gave us an update on Cancer Screenings and requirements for Breast Cancer /Cervical Cancer/ and update on HPV Virus Vaccination.  Updates on Mammography included in this newsletter.  Marj’s Contact info:  marjorie.johnson@cancer.org   218-428-3040

    Toby Sillanpa is the ACS NAVIGATOR here in Duluth at Essentia’s Breast Cancer Clinic. Her number for assistance is 218-786-8541.  (She can also connect area patients to services)

    25th Anniversary Celebration:

    If you have any ideas for programming for our October event – Please share them with me.

    This will be an added agenda item at each meeting.


    We assist others but need a reminder sometimes to  take time for self care in heart health.

    1. Eat Right – Try to eat a heart healthy diet, portion control and balanced meals.
    2. Get Moving – Find an activity you like to do and do it regularly.
    3. Stress management: How much stress is too much? Learn to balance your stress.

              Go to the American Heart Association’s website for more info:  www.heart.org


    Overview of New Mammography Screening Recommendations


    • Guidelines are for woman of average risk (high risk guidelines in 2016)
    • Two year study by independent panel following IOM protocols
    • Confirms mammography is the most effective way for a woman to reduce to her likelihood of dying prematurely from breast cancer
    • For the first time the guidelines look at the balance of harms and benefits in screening
      • Potential harms include overdiagnosis, false positives, biopsies
      • CBEs no longer recommended in U.S. (can lead to false positives)
      • Women can switch to every other year at 55 because breast cancer grows more slowly in post-menopausal woman and breasts less dense
    • Difference between strong recommendations and qualified recommendations
    • Why are there differences between ACS and USPSTF?
      • 2003 and 2009 – access to additional data
      • ACS looked at data in 5 year increments; USPSTF in 10
      • Found the burden of cancer and risk of harm for women 45-49 similar to that of women 50 – 59
      • Guidelines are now similar except for 45 – 55
    • Affordable Care Act and insurance providers key off of USPSTF guidelines, not ACS
      • USPSTF will release final recommendations in a few months and this may change what insurance covers
      • Minimum coverage is mandated by law; insurers have the option of covering more
      • Bottom line a woman should contact her insurance provider for information on what is covered
      • At this time Sage and Well Woman guidelines remain the same


    I hope find that the hymns that not only reflect the seasonal messages – but also seem to be meditation tools as well. As February is the month of our “hearts” it is also the start of the Lenten Season in preparation for Easter.

    What Wondrous Love

    What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul; to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

    When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down; when I was sinking down, sinking down; when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul; Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.

    To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb I will sign; to God and to the Lamb, who is the great “I AM”, while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing: while millions join the theme, I will sing.

    And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on: and when from death I’m free, sing and joyful be, and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; and through eternity I’ll sing on.

    Words: American Hymn  Music: Willian Walker, Southern Harmony 1835  Cov Hymnal #226

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