• May Newsletter

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday May 12, from Noon to 2:30PM at First Covenant Church, 2101 W 2nd Street, Duluth – Pam will host and lunch will be served.

    PROGRAM:   Jenny Peterson from Generations will be our guest and will be leading us in a Focus Group Session. They (St Luke’s Hosp, Essentia Health, and the St Louis County Public Health Dept) are seeking community input from a cross-section of community members to find out what is working well for health and what the areas of great concern are.   Keep this in mind when you attend that day.


    From South: Take Hwy 35N to the 21st Ave West Exit (Left lane). Then staying in the Right lane, circle around under the freeway – the Church will be on your LEFT.

    From North: Take 53 into Duluth. Go past the Mall, and at Trinity Rd make a Right (follow signs to 35W) coming down Piedmont Ave – exit at the 21st Ave West ramp. The Church will be directly in front of you.


    “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!

    13 Margaret Rogers                              23  Danny Johnson

    15 Betty Morin                                                28  Pam Franklin

    19 Becky Hogan                                  30  Carolyn Hammar


    Keep in your prayers: 

    • Our Organization as we look for grant dollars and look ahead to next “season’s” activities
    • The parish nurses in our region who serve generously.


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


    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


    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)  Lois will be retiring soon and I will let you know who our contact will be – when I find out.


    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 NEW REPORTS TAB on our Website. This will make it easier to send in quarterly reports.

    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing- WE ARE KEEPING UP WITH WHAT IS BEING DONE on a National Level. Practice on those in your congregation.
    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

     April Meeting Highlights

    Special thank you to Margaret Rogers and Carol O’Day for the great spring lunch and warm hospitality.  Rev Kathy Nelson gave us an orientation to the Curriculum we will be using for our Live Well At Home Grant. “Through The Wilderness” by Anne Simpson.  The curriculum can be used in a ONE-day Or Five-Day format.  You should have or will be receiving this curriculum over the next week or so.

    Penny LaBerge and Dorothy Sayers along with Pam attended the Westberg Symposium in Chicago and reported on the areas/workshops they each attended. The New Name for the IPNRC is now The Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nurses. It is still housed and supported by the Church Health Center in Memphis TN.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:  

    May 14th: Alzheimer’s Association: Duluth Area Team Kick-off 10am-Noon at Clyde Ironworks . Contact

    Brenda Conley at 218-733-2560 for more info on getting a team started.

    May 24th: Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Conference and Community Forum at

    UWS. 8am to 4pm/Community Forum 6:30-8:30pm  contact 715-394-8469 or 800-370-9882 for more

    info or to register.

    June 4th8am to 4:30pm Caring for a Person with Memory Loss at the UNIV of MN, H Humphrey

    Conference Center, (7.2 CEU’s)  $50 go to http://goo.gl/forms/aHed9crvNB to register.  There is NO

    FEE for this conference if you do not want CEU’s.  Conference Portal is http://z.umn.edu/memoryloss

    or call Dr Joe Gaugler at 612-626-2485


    Aug 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

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

    info:  218-340-8735

    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.


    FYI: for those in the area that Refer to Gentiva  Healthcare: they are now Kindred at Home. Same contact info and same services provided.


    News from Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging:

    New Educational Material on Medications and the Aging Brain shared by Cindy Conkins.

    Medication side effects are a huge issue for older adults and caregivers. The U.S. Administration for Community Living partnered with scientists at the Center for Disease Control and National Institute on Aging to develop educational materials about the impact of certain medications on brain health for older adults and questions to ask health care providers. The materials include a PowerPoint, a brochure and one page handout for consumers. You can find this at:   http://www.acl.gov/Get_Help/BrainHealth/Index.aspx

    Then click on Medicine, Age, and your Brain.   (This looked really helpful)

    Chronic disease management class leadership training

    There will be a leadership training in June or July for this topic. Contact Rebecca Sash at  218-529-7531 if interested.

    Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Leader training will be held on July 28 and 29 – location to be determined. Contact Rebecca Sash  at AAAA,  218-529-7531 or rsash@ardc.org if interested.


    Thank you so much for all that you do.  I have tried to keep the practice relevant with the challenges of the medical field and those we serve.  If there is anything I can do to assist you or there is a topic you would like more information on – – – Please let me know.  If you are on Facebook and you haven’t explored our page yet – LIKE us and add a post. 

      God is so awesome and surely deserves all the credit for where we are today!

    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.





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