• May 2017 Newsletter

    Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association

    May 2017

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday May 11, from Noon to 2:30PM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3756 Fair St., Barnum. (218-389-6849) Carol Westendorf and Mareta Beise (from Kerrick) will be our hosts and lunch will be provided.  If you would like to car-pool, please contact Pam (Contact info on last page).

    PROGRAM:    Toby Sillanpa, American Cancer Society Navigator will introduce us to the services that are available through the American Cancer Society and what a Navigator can do for those who don’t know where to go.

    DIRECTIONS:From North: 35 W South to exit 220 toward CR6-Barnum. Turn right onto Main St (CR-6), then Left onto Fair St.  Church will be on your left.From South: Exit 220 and follow directions above.


    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.”


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

    13 Margaret Rogers                             23  Danny Johnson

    15 Betty Morin                                      28  Pam Franklin

    19 Becky Hogan                                   30  Carolyn Hammar

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • New opportunities for funding.
    • Fellow Nurses who care for others each day – and those entering the Nursing Profession.
    • Those called to be Parish Nurses.


    Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.healthfinder.gov           


    Arthritis Awareness Month: www.arthritis.org

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

    Healthy Vision Month;  media@aao.org

    Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month:  www.spotskincancer.org

    Mental Health Awareness Month: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may

    National Stroke Awareness Month: www.cdc.gov/stroke/stroke_awareness_month.htm

    May 5: Hand Hygiene Day: savelives@who.int

    May 7-13: Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week:  ffcmh@ffchm.org


    Men’s Health Month: www.menshealthmonth.org

    Cataract Awareness Month:  www.preventblindness.org

    June 4 – 10: Rip Current Awareness Week:  www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

    June 4: National Cancer Survivor’s Day www.ncsd.org

    June 12 – 18: Men’s Health Week  info@menshealthweek.org


    Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month:  aforders@arthritis.org

    July 28:  World Hepatitis Day:  www.worldhepatitisday.info

    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 in motion:

    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


    LENDING LIBRARY/Resources Available.  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!


    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:  

    May 6: “Faith and Health: What is the Connection?” 8:30Am to 3pm Led by Dr Arndt Braaten, at New Life Lutheran Church $10 (don’t know if CEU’s are offered) call Sue McNeill at 218-525-3697 to register or for more information.

    May 9: FREE CEU Thrifty White Pharmacy hosting “Antibiotic Stewardship in the LTC Setting”, Noon to 1pm, Held at Harmony House, 7613 John St, Superior WI. RSVP to Debbie Isakson 218-464-7258

    May 11: PN Meeting in Barnum at Lutheran Church, Carol Westendorf and Mareta Beise   will be our hosts

    May 23: 9am to 2pm: Aging Gracefully and Safely – A Caregiver’s Guide; $25. At WITC, 600 N 21 st St, Superior, WI  call 800-243-9482×6269. (Brochure did not state CEU’s)

    May 24 & 25: Concordia College, Mequon WI – “Parish Nurse and Congregational Health Ministries- Give Thanks” $90/day:  Contact Dr Carol Lueders Bolwerk at carol.lueders.bolwerk@cuw.edu

    June 8: PN ANNUAL Meeting – Location TBA

    June 15: Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Community Forum. 4:30-5:30pm resources & light meal,  5:30-7:30pm Program and resources.  2CEUs for $10.  Call 715-394-8170 to register. (UWS)

    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

    August 3: Rise Above Seizures Walk for Duluth. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation: to register a team call 1-800-779-0777  or visit efmn.org/walk

    October 12 & 13: 35th Annual St Louis County Health and Human Services Conference at the DECC in Duluth.  Early bird registration (June-August) $60 after that $75 to $90.  Register on Line starting in June at www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hhsconference – CEU’s available.

    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.

    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

     Summer Camp Nurse Request:

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

     April Meeting Update:

    Thank you to Penny LaBerge and the Parish Nurses at Lakeview Covenant Church for hosting our April Meeting. Susan Dolph gave us a CEU presentation on “Working on the Edges: Boundaries for Best Care”.   Susan is the Social Worker for Palliative Care at Essentia and gave us an updated on the program as well as the topic presentation.  Palliative care is now titled as Palliative and Supportive Care (it was getting confusing for patients using Palliative and Hospice Care). The main contact number for Palliative Care is:  218-786-5794/ or you can contact Susan at Susan.Dolph@essentiahealth.org  if you need info or questions on referrals.  She also gave us resources that we can access online:  “A Nurse’s Guide to Professional Boundaries” and “A Nurses Guide to Social Media” If you type in the title these resources will come-up. They are published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

    Lakeview was also hosting a “fill a dresser” project for Mother’s Day.  A resource was shared: www.Babiesneedboxes.com  – babies who are born to low income families who cannot afford a bassinet, are using these portable box-beds for babies. This website offers “filled” boxes that have baby-essentials included.

    Looking Ahead:

    Do you have an idea for a Presenter OR Program Topic you’d like to learn more about.

    Please let me know.

    May Is Stroke Awareness MONTH:  What is Power Sunday(from St Cloud PN Group)

    Power Sunday raises Stroke Awareness and Prevention through the help of churches across the nation. Churches may host a Power Sunday service during American Stroke Month in May or any Sunday of their choice. Educational materials are provided in this toolkit to help guide the activities of the program. Power Sunday incorporates health messaging in churches to empower the community to lead a healthier lifestyle and save lives.
    Key messages include:
    Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability.
    African Americans have higher rates of stroke than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States.
    Power to End Stroke is a National Initiative, within the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s broader empowered to serve(tm) movement. Power to End Stroke celebrates and empowers African American communities to recognize their increased risk of stroke and to take charge of their health by making healthy lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of stroke.

    Because your church has a diverse membership, we’re providing targeted material to help you encourage individuals to…
    Register for the empowered to serve movement at empoweredtoserve.org and take the pledge.
    Take our online life’s simple 7 assessment to learn to control and prevent personal risk factors.
    Adopt a healthier lifestyle by utilizing resources found on empoweredtoserve.org.

    Thank you for making a difference in your church community. We can save lives through stroke education!

    Brandy Kramer, BSN RN – Outreach Coord from CentraCare – St Cloud MN

    Reflection for Nurses Week

    A meditation by Jean deBlois, CSJ

    Catholic Health Association of the United States

     Jesus, you are the Healer

    who calls all nurses to serve and to care for people in your name.

    As we carry out this holy ministry, be with us,

    Bless us with the wisdom of your Holy Spirit

    and fill us with the compassion

    that allows us to put the needs of those we serve before all else.

    In the midst of this highly technological and often impersonal age

    let us not forget that nursing is fundamentally about being with people in need.

    It is about touch. . . a listening presence . . . a willing and compassionate heart

    that sees beyond symptoms and signs of illness

    to a person in need and to their community of concern.

    Help us embrace the charism that is nursing. . . to make it our own

    and in doing so bring your healing presence into the lives of people in need.

    In you holy name we pray.


     Note: Charism is the extraordinary power (as of healing) given by a Christian by the Holy Spirit for the good of the church


    If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me,

    218- 310-0613 (Cell phone)    OR   218-722-5451 (First Covenant Church)


    Pam Franklin – Parish Nurse Coordinator/ Director

    Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association

    PO BOX 16328

    Duluth, MN 55816



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