• Newsletter June 2017


    This month our meeting will be on Thursday June 8, from Noon to 2pm at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 4 Elizabeth Ave., Esko. (218-879-3510) Gerry Paulson 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.  Call PAM if you would like a ride.

    Community Update:   Michele Keil, Lead Donor Recruitment Representative from Memorial Blood Centers will give us a brief update on her role and the need in our community.

    PROGRAM:  Devin Stigsell will give us a brief Essential Oil 101 for our group. Devin is a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA, provider of the purest and most potent essential oils. She is also the owner of Superior Essential Wellness. It is her passion, drive and goal to educate people on how to safely and effectively use essential oils to improve their quality of life physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It has become incredibly important to me to offer others an alternative and more holistic option to manage some of their health concerns. She will also have goodie bags for us!

    From North: I 35 south to Exit 245 for MN 61. Turn right onto Hwy 61, travel 2.5 miles then make a Right toward Elizabeth Ave.  Turn left toward Elizabeth Ave then a right on Elizabeth.

    From South: I 35 north to Thomson Rd (exit 242). Left on Thomson Rd. to Hwy 61. Right on Hwy 61. The church will be on your left.

    PEER GROUP“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


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


    National Breastfeeding Month:  www.usbreastfeeding.org

    National Immunization Awareness Month:  www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/default.htm

    September —  Looking Ahead

    Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month: www.PBHFoundation.org

    Healthy Aging Month: media@aao.org

    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: www.coam-month.org

    National Head Lice Prevention Month:  npa@headlice.org

    National Yoga Month: www.yogamonth.org

    Ovarian Cancer Month: www.ovarian.org

    Sept 10-16: National Suicide Prevention Week:  www.suicidology.org

    Sept 22: Falls Prevention Awareness Day:  marissa.whitehouse@ncoa.org

    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!

    Dementia and the Faith Community – Through the Wilderness:

    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:

    June 7: 5pm to 6:30PM, Honoring the Fire Within- A Cancer Survivorship Celebration. RSVP to

    Colleen Baggs at Essentia. 218-786-3581  or Colleen.Baggs@EssentiaHealth.org

    June 8: PN ANNUAL Meeting – St Matthew’s Lutheran Church – ESKO

    June1 13: Seizure Training for Communities. 9am to 12 noon. 3 CEU’s for $10. Call 651-287-2310 OR

    rsvp@efmn.org   It will be at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth

    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 – 22: Age Odyssey Conference at DECC in Duluth. Our Dementia and Faith Congregation Poster will be displayed for this conference.

    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

    Sept 9: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Duluth. Go to www.alz.org/mnnd


    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.

    May Meeting Highlights

    Thank you to Carol Westendorf and Mareta Beise for hosting our May Meeting at Emmanuel Lutheran in Barnum. Toby Sillanpa was our guest presenter. She is the PATIENT NAVIGATOR for American Cancer Society; housed at Essentia’s Cancer Center she also will assist patients from any health system. Her contact info:  218-786-8541  OR toby.sillanpa@cancer.org      She shared some wonderful resources with our group.  Go to cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 to get copies of Nutrition for the Person with Cancer during Treatment, Caring for the Patient with Cancer at Home. There is also a catalogue with wigs and head coverings available.

    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.


    Anyone not comfortable handling needles can call the new hotline at (218) 730-4001. The number is staffed 24/7, and a volunteer will respond to assist.

    Father, We Thank Thee

    For flowers that bloom about our feet, Father we thank Thee,

    For tender grass so fresh and sweet, Father we thank Thee.

    For the song of bird and hum of bee, For all things fair we hear or see,

    Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

    For blue of stream and blue of sky, Father we thank Thee.

    For pleasant shade of branches high, Father, we thank Thee,

    For fragrant air and cooling breeze, For beauty of the blooming trees,

    Father in heaven, we thank Thee

    For this new morning with its light, Father we thank Thee,

    For rest and shelter of the night, Father we thank Thee.

    For health and food for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends,

    Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


    Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American poet who believed that all of creation share unity and that all people are basically good – This is from “A book of Grace, Words to bring you Peace” Edited by Margi Preus and Ann Treacy. 2002

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


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