• June Newsletter


    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday June 9, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Lakeview Covenant Church, 1001Jean Duluth Rd, Duluth. (218-525-6625) Penny LaBerge  will be our host and lunch will be provided. I hope that you can make plans to attend as this is our Annual Meeting and the last one until we meet again in September. Please CALL or EMAIL PAM if you plan on attending by Monday June 6. Contact Info on last page.  PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE

    PROGRAM:   CSS Post-Bac Nursing Students have developed a Pre/Post Test for us for our Dementia Project and also Objectives for the series.  They will be our Guest Presenters:  Lauren Johnson, Danielle LeMasurier, Sarah McIsaac, Justyna Obrzut, Nicole Salane, Allison Schute.


    From North:  Take 53 into Duluth. Left on Arrowhead Rd (just past Menards) – and take it to Woodland Ave . Make a Left on Woodland, and Right on Snively (which is the light right after you turn). Take Snively for about 1mile. The Church will be in front of you on the Left Corner.

    From South: Take 35North to 21st Ave E. At top of hill make a Right on Woodland Ave. and follow Directions Above.


    “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!

    5   Linda Wiig                                     15  Jeannine Faldet

    9   Mary Jagunich                               17  Linda Susens

    10  Mary Hepola

     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           


    Cataract Awareness Month: www.preventblindness.org

    National Safety Month: www.nsc.org

    Migraine and Headache Awareness Month: www.headaches.org

    June 13 – 19: National Men’s Health Week:  www.menshealthweek.org

    June 27-29: 41st Annual National Wellness Conference:  www.nationalwellness.org/conference


    Eye Injury Prevention Month:  www.foh.dhhs.gov/Public?NYCU/eyeinjury.asp

    UV Safety Month:  www.aao.org

    Fireworks Safety Month:  www.fireworkssafety.org


    Medic Alert Awareness Month:  www.medicalert.org

    Nation Immunization Awareness Month: www.cdc.gov/vaccines

    August 2: National Night Out: www.natw.org


    Care Transition Program – –

    Please Make sure your congregates know that YOU are their Parish Nurse. When you visit them in the hospital or nursing home settings feel free to leave a calling card OR write your name on the patient “white board” in their room.  I hope that you have had a chance to “listen-in” on the conference calls, as there has been some good tips and info shared.  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 the REPORTS tab on our Website and LIKE our Facebook Page (Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association)

    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing- – we are keeping up with what is being done on a national level. Keep practicing on those in your congregation when discharged.
    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. You should have received your church’s copy of “Through the Wilderness” book and curriculum workbook by now. If not – please let me know.   PLAN now for the fall in presenting this to your adult groups in your congregation.  Add an Advance Directive opportunity at the end, or as a follow up.


    Honoring Choices offers some good Bulletin/Newsletter information insert.

    Following is an example to help advertise for a class on Advance Care Planning or Living Wills.

    What’s a Good Death?

    Polls asking Americans about how they would like to die indicate that most of us want a peaceful transition with the end spent at home surrounded by our loved ones. Yet the reality is that far fewer that voice this preference actually spend their final days in this way. One reason for this disparity is that people are not clear about their preferences for end-of-life care, leaving their family members unsure of the most important decision anyone can make.  Come join us talk about the hows and whys of this important discussion.


    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    June 4th: 8am to 4:30pm Caring for a Person with Memory Loss at the U of M, H Humphrey Conference

    Center (7.2 CEUs) $50 fee for CEU’s otherwise FREE. Go to http://goo.gl/forms/aHed9crvNB to


    June11: Health Care Reform in MN: What’s Next? With State Rep Jennifer Schultz at Peach Church,

    1111 N 11th Ave E in Duluth.  11:30 am to 12:30pm

    July 1: Registration DUE for the Sept 9 -10: Foundation of Faith Community Nursing Course , Lake

    Poinsett, So Dakota. Sponsored by Sanford Health. $390. Contact Karla.lubben@sanfordhealth.org OR

    Lois.ustanko@sanfordhealth.org  (This course starts “face to face” and then followed by Weekly

    Monday evening classes 5:50-9pm Sept 12 through November 14th. In Sioux Falls, Fargo OR Live on-


    August 11: Epilepsy Foundation Walk. Visit www.efmn.org/walk or call 800-779-0777


    Sept 10: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Duluth. Go to www.alz.org/mnnd

    Sept 24: HeartWalk – Duluth: 8am to 10am on the Lakewalk. Contact Heather Hughley for more info:


    Oct 13-14: St Louis County Health and Human Services Conference at the DECC.

    October 20th 2016 – OUR 25th Anniversary Celebration! Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth.

    If you would like to assist with Centerpieces/ Invitations/Program – please let Pam know! Thanks



    May Meeting Highlights

    Jenny Peterson from Generations led us in a small focus group session looking for community input from cross section on what is “working” – what is not. AND what are the areas of great concern.  Very good discussion as well as input into this community process. I will have copies of the slides that  she presented at the next meeting.

    Northland Foundation – Rural Aging Initiative Grant Monies Re- Directed.

    You should have all received your 2014 Transition Coach Booklet. The assessment tools and checklists looked very valuable when I saw this at the Westberg Symposium in April. I hope and trust it will serve you well in your practice.

    Please NOTE that we also have funds for RN’s who wish to take the Parish Nurse Preparation course (in classroom or online settings); OR if YOU would like to attend a Conference/Training that you do not have funds for – – PLEASE let me know.   I believe there will be some Advance Care Planning Trainings coming up in the late summer/early fall. If you have an interest in this, the funds could certainly go towards this as well.


    The following prayer is from

             “The Heart of God” Prayers of Rabindranath Tagore

    This represents his simple prayers for common life.


    Time to Sit Quietly

    I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by Your side. The works that I have in hand I will finish afterward.

    Away from the sight of Your face, my heart knows no rest or respite, and my work becomes an endless toil in a shoreless sea of toil.

    Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs and murmurs; and the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove.

    Now it is time to sit quietly, face to face with You, and to sing dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure.

                                                                                                       God’s Peace to you as we enter into the warmth of the summer season.


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