• March 2017 Newsletter

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday March 9 from Noon to 2:30PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church;  515 Skyline Blvd, Cloquet MN  (218-879-3380). LeAnne Butler will be our host.  Lunch will be served.

    PROGRAM: To wrap up our Tools components for the Live Well at Home Grant, our meeting will consist of a CEU Opportunity with Jenna Herbig, Educational Consultant with Alzheimer’s Association of MN and ND.  She will offer a CEU on “Knowing the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” and follow up with other pertinent info that will be tools for our “toolbox”.  I hope to see you there.


    From South: Take 35 North to Cloquet exit #237, continue on Hwy 33 and follow the directions below.

    From North: Take 35 south to Cloquet Exit #237. Go Right on Hwy 33 for about 3 miles, to Skyline Blvd. Make a Right and go less than .5 miles.

    From Range area; Take 53 E to Hwy 33 into Cloquet. Make a Left on Skyline Blvd.


    “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                                   23 Ginny Ahrlin

    13 Carol O’Day                                                      Gail Vall

    14 Allicen Waxlax                                 26  Arvella Felten

    19 Joy Thomas                                      31  Kate Schlenner

    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.
    • Preparation of our hearts for Easter.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Mental Illness and other Chronic Diseases
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    Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.health.gov  OR www.nationalwellness.org           


    National Kidney Month:  www.kidney.org

    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:  www.preventcancer.org

    National Nutrition Month:  nnm@eatright.org  or www.eatright.org/nnm

    March 6 – 13: National Sleep Awareness Week  www.sleepfoundation.org

    March 9, World Kidney Day;   www.worldkidneyday.org

    March 20:  National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:  www.nnhaad.org

    March 22:  American Diabetes Alert Day  www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/alert-day


    Alcohol Awareness Month:  www.ncaadd.org

    National Distracted Driving Awareness Month:  www.nsc.org

    National Autism Awareness Month: www.autism-society.org

    National Minority Health Month: www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov

    April 7: World Health Day  www.who.int/world-health-day/en

    April 7: National Alcohol Screening Day:  smhinfo@mentalhealthscreening.org

    April 23- 29: World Immunization Week: www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week


    Arthritis Awareness Month: www.arthritis.org

    Better Hearing and Speech Month:  www.asha.org/bhsm/

    Do you Need a Recertification in CPR? Penny LaBerge did a BLS class for us last month and is willing to do the same in April, prior to that meeting. If you would like to attend the training –  Please let me know (my contact info is at end of newsletter) OR contact Penny at Lakeview Covenant Church;     218-525-6625    OR    parishnurse@lakeviewcovenant.org        The certification is good for 2 years.

    Care Transition Program – – I hope you have had a chance to listen-in on the conference calls from Dr Coleman’s staff ; there has been some good tips and info.

    St Luke’s Discharge Planning office 249-5699 has some extra forms and documents if you need them,  (Ask for Heather Palladino).  Even if you have people admitted to Essentia or other hospital systems – keep up your skills by being a Transitions Coach to them.  There have been some recent requests for our Professional Listing of PN’s in the region. If you do get any referral calls – PLEASE let me know for our records.  Thanks!

    Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:

    1. With the Rural Aging Initiative Grant (Northland Foundation) – Our grant came to an end with this project. A lot of learning and tools were offered within this time frame. Thank you for your suggestions of items for a LENDING LIBRARY. At the Jan. meeting I had the GriefShare and DivorceCare DVD small/support group programs on display.  I purchased 3 copies of the DVD,  “Being Mortal” based on the best seller by Dr. Atul Gawande,  through PBS (approx 60min).  This would be a great Conversation started for adult education. You should have also received another “tool/resource”.  ALSO: Care Notes: Turning to a Parish Nurse for Help and Support!
    2. Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools).You have been asked to report on the screening tool results each quarter. Please know that your participation is very valuable in this grant process. Plan on presenting this to your adult groups in your congregation. Add an Advance Directive opportunity at the end, or as a follow up. If you need a copy of the Pre/Post Tests – please let me know.  See the Tools/resources we received at the last PN meeting.  Please report back to Pam on number in attendance. Thank you

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    March 9: PN Meeting in Cloquet.

    March 1: Speak UP, Speak Out event , 5:30-7:30pm at Old Central High School site, Lake Ave and 2nd street, Duluth.

    March 2  and repeated March 15: Challenges in Cancer Care at Essentia-Duluth  6.5 Contact Hours. Brochure attached.  7:30am to 4pm

    March 27-31 in Duluth – Area Health Fair for all 3rd and 4th graders in all school systems (Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Cloquet, Esko) If you would be willing to offer some time for a shift – please contact Pam at 218-310-0613 (cell) Shift times are from 7:45am – 11am and 10:45 am to 2pm.

    March 30: 8am to 3:30pm. Stroke and Falls Education FREE  6.5 CEU’s – Class limited to 15 will be held at Edgewood Vista, Duluth CALL 800-669-6442 Paula St John to Register.

    April 3- 7: (M-F, 9am to 5pm) Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course in St Paul. Through  Faith Community Nurse Network $450/person

    April 13: PN Meeting at Lakeview Covenant Church, Duluth.  BLS offered in AM before meeting.

    April 21 & 22, 2017: Westberg Symposium Regional location will be in Lansing MICHIGAN

    April 21– Dementia Friends Champion Training in Virginia (AEOA office) 10 to 11:30AM Free register at https://www.actonalz.org/dementia-friends-0  click on Champions Training.

    April 24; Twin Ports Dementia Conference at Essentia Health- Auditorium (2nd Floor) Duluth MN – More Info to come: Registration opens 3/1. Go to:   alz.org/mnnd OR contact Maggie at 218-722-1713 or mwiederin@alz.org    ($60 for CEU’s)

    April 27: Noon to 1pm COPD Gold Guidelines- 2017 Update, at Benedictine Health Center

    Free and 1 CEU- Register by 4/24 to Debbie Isakson 218-464-7258

    June 19-21 National Wellness Conference 2017 in St Paul, MN.  Details and registration go to:NationalWellness.org/NWC

    June 21: Dementia Friends Champion Training in Duluth (AAAA office. 9 to 11:30AM  FREE register at https://www.actonalz.org/dementia-friends-0  click on Champions Training

    FREE online self-study program: “Beyond the 50%: It starts with Blood Pressure Measurement”. This is a one-CEU program (free up to June 2017) that you can access by going to www.wisconsinnurses.org/beyond-the-50/


    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.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for UMD Pharmacy Students

    Wondering if you could help me….. I need people to come to UMD so that my students can practice talking with patients and reviewing their medications.  It’s a great opportunity for folks to gain a better understanding of their medications and

    Volunteers would need to bring their current medication list (both over the counter and prescription medications).  Some even bring their “bag o’ drugs”.

    Each 45-60 minute visit would be private with 3 students and 1 licensed pharmacist.  Students would review list, ask/answer questions, and do a blood pressure check.  In about three weeks, the volunteer would receive a letter in the mail describing what was discussed, as well as a short letter that could be brought to their physician (at the discretion of the volunteer).

    We need two volunteers for each of the time slots (4:30pm and 5:30pm) on the following Mondays (total of 4 volunteers for each date)      February 6, March 6,  and  April 10

    Please have interested volunteers call  Anna at 218-726-6026

    Thanks and please don’t hesitate to call me if there are any questions.  Kb

    Karen MS Bastianelli,  PharmD      218-726-6026,   bast0067@d.umn.edu

    Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Assistant Professor

    Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy

     February Meeting Highlights

    A big Thank you to Anita at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Duluth for hosting our meeting and making arrangements for space. In the morning we had BLS update/Training that Penny LaBerge provided (Thank you so much Penny), and after that we had our scheduled meeting with guest presenter: Teresa Chicoine. She spoke about Medica DUAL Solution – MSHO programs (MN Senior Health Options Plan) Their Care Coordinators can help with a multitude of health related scheduling and assistance in answering questions. They also provide some source of follow up after hospitalizations. Teresea was sent our Professional Listing to engage the parish nurse in those they serve, if they belong to a faith community with a parish nurse.  Let me know if you get any calls. Theresa is the Sales Executive, Medicare SNP from Medica State Public

    Programs. Her contact info is: 401 Carlson Parkway, Minnetonka, MN 55305.  Phone: 952-992-8978 or toll free 1-800-906-5432 ext. 28978 | fax 952-992-8978  teresa.chicoine@medica.com


    YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND  –  An invitation from Lois Ustanko at Sanford Health.

    Transitional Care Model Using Faith Community Nurses – Deb Ziebarth

    Lois wanted to extend an invitation to MN state-wide, as they finalized the details of the workshop for faith community nurses which will be held at Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo ND on Thursday, March 16th.  Sanford Foundation provided the funding for this workshop which has been approved for 4.25 ANCC contact hours.  We are pleased to bring this content to you locally as it is a core module that is being presented at the Westberg on the Road 2017 events being held all across the nation over the next few months.

    Deborah Ziebarth, PHD, MSN Ed, RN-BC is the presenter. Deborah was the lead investigator on four faith community nursing research studies published in peer reviewed journals. She has received national recognition for her community-based nursing programs. Deborah has worked with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center since 1995, most recently as the Manager of Research and Special Projects.  In 2016 she accepted the position of Department of Nursing Chair at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

    Deb will present her nationally endorsed program, a transitional care model using faith community nurses. This is a workshop she has presented as a pre-conference session at the Westberg Symposium the last 2-3 years. Registration opens at 9:30 am and the 4 hour workshop occurs from 10:00 am—3:30 pm to enable faith community nurses from across the region to travel the morning of the session.  We’ve reserved Dakota Medical Foundation at 4141 28th Ave S for the Fargo Session.  Lunch is provided.

    Attached is one of her recent publications which describes a transitional care model used in some of the facilities across the nation that she’s been working with. We are not proposing that Sanford initiate the program specifically as presented using Deborah’s model, but the model has some unique aspects and great concepts we may be able to implement in some capacity in our transitions of care work. We would like to invite you to attend and are interested in continuing a dialogue around the topic of how we can work more intentionally as faith community nurses in our regions to improve patient transitions to reduce the risk for avoidable hospital readmission.

    As the flyer instructs, call Mary Lake at 701-234-6951 to register.  She will need your full name, the congregation you represent, your phone number and e-mail address.

    Note: Karla Cazer is the contact for the session that will be held in Sioux Falls on March 15th.  She is working on Skype connections for that session. Karla Cazer (605) 339-7295 or karla.cazer@sanfordhealth.org

    I’ve been asked to spread the word on : Groceries-to-go Program, specifically within Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor.

    *   Open to anyone 60 and older who is not able to grocery shop or transport groceries on their own.
    *   Order Tuesday of each week between 9:00 am and noon.
    *   Grocery orders are shopped & delivered on Wednesday of each week between 9:30 and 1:00 pm. Our volunteers will also help put the groceries away and also do a brief wellness check.
    *   There is a $20 fee for each week’s delivery and clients can order as often or as infrequently as they like or need. (I have several clients that order once a month and really load up and I have others that order weekly.)

    Any help you can give us would greatly be appreciated! And any suggestions regarding getting the word out would also be welcome!    Kim Hileman, CVA,   Volunteer Coordinator,   Age Well Arrowhead    P: (218) 623-7805    E: kimh@agewellarrowhead.org

    Advance Care Planning When a Patient Has Dementia

    I received a link to this video, if you would like to look at it.  This came from Janelle Shearer, Program Manager at Stratis health (1-952-853-8553)  Go to:  https://youtu.be/MO01G15xFls

    May God’s Love be Fixed above You

    As we enter into Lenten season preparing –this is my prayer for you in your day-to-day serving others.

    May God’s love be fixed above you, over shadow you with grace; may God’s love stand firm beneath you, welcome you with glad embrace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love advance before you, vigilant of all your ways; may God’s love keep watch behind you, shielding you through all your days! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love be close beside you, qualify you for life’s race; may God’s love live deep within you, with assurance of his grace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love remain upon you, and your faithfulness repays, with a peace the world can’t give you, neither shall it take away! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord this day!

    (Covenant Hymnal #669, Music John Goss 1880’s/ Words John Dalles, 1954-)

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