Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Nurses in Palm Beach County, Florida are invited to participate in "Healers in the Garden"

 


"Palm Health Foundation is partnering with Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to thank local nurses for their tireless work during the pandemic. We invite all local nurses to participate in the Healers in the Gardens program, taking place now until June 2021, which grants nurses free access to the gardens."

"Recognizing the growing demands and complexities nurses are facing, Palm Health Foundation and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (ANSG) have joined together to offer a free day of art and nature to healthcare heroes through Healers in the Gardens. The program is funded by a grant from Palm Health Foundation and will offer 500 Palm Beach County nurses and their guests complimentary admittance to ANSG to acknowledge the community’s gratitude and respect for their devotion to patient care. The program begins on October 1, 2020 as part of Palm Health Foundation’s Train the Brain: Resiliency and Self-Care in the Face of Adversity campaign. The Healers in the Gardens program runs through June 30, 2021."

Nurses can reserve their tickets here: https://bit.ly/36Qn1Qe

https://ansg.org/


Cheers!


Donna



Friday, September 18, 2020

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Carlos Larrauri APRN uses his lived experience with schizophrenia to help others

 

Carlos "Tino" Larrauri, APRN is on a mission! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who happens to have schizophrenia, his goal is to interface practice, policy and research to reduce health disparities for people living with mental illness.

As a practicing nurse practitioner, he is dual-board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He serves on the board of directors for The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Miami-Dade. 

When he isn't seeing patients, he is busy public speaking, advocating and writing for publication. He also plays the guitar and harmonica and writes original music based on his lived experience. He performs with his friend Matthew "Matteo" Racher as FOGDOG https://www.fogdogmusic.net/music.

You can learn more about Carlos "Tino" Larrauri, APRN at:https://www.carloslarrauri.com/ 

Bravo and thanks for the all the work you do Tino!


Cheers,


Donna

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Nurses with disabilities: Need help from FEMA?

 


In California

For disaster- specific information in California, including eligible counties: Visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4558 

 Accessible videos can be found at the FEMA channel:

Outside of California 

Register with FEMA


 
Reasonable accommodations with the American Red Cross, FEMA and other partners 







FEMA assistance does not impact government benefits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii7nc94B30c 

Please pass these accessible resources along!  


Stay safe, 


Donna

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Andrea Dalzell, RN... A nurse who uses a wheelchair receives one million dollar surprise!

 



What a remarkable achievement! Our hats off to Andrea Dalzell, RN, Good Morning America and The Craig H.Neilsen Foundation!

Andrea is an exceptional nurse and long time disability advocate. This photo is also included on the www. ExceptionalNurse.com web site.

We wish her all the best!  

You can view the GMA clip at: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/video/deserving-nurse-million-dollar-surprise-lifetime-72921811


Cheers!!


Donna

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

For homeschoolers: "I am a nurse: Color me Exceptional" is an art activity that demonstrates that disability isn't a barrier to becoming a nurse!

 

In a celebration of abilities, this coloring book includes illustrations of twenty-three nurses working in a wide variety of healthcare settings. All of the nurses have visible or invisible disabilities. The nurses represent real-life nurses working in a variety of practice settings (e.g. camp, NASA, amusement park, school, hospital, clinic, church, cruise ship and more). 

The nurses have disabilities related to hearing and vision loss, amputations, cerebral palsy, diabetes, osteogenesis imperfecta, Asperger's syndrome, spina bifida and epilepsy.

Some nurses use sign language, a clear face mask or an amplified stethoscope. Others use a crutch, wheelchair or service dog.

Coloring the pictures can be a fun art activity as well as a teaching tool to begin early discussions about diversity, acceptance and career possibilities.

Proceeds of sales of the coloring book benefit the ExceptionalNurse.com scholarship fund for nursing students with disabilities.

The coloring book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/nurse-Donna-Carol-Maheady-APRN/dp/107519606X/ref=sr_1_13?dchild=1&keywords=maheady+coloring+book&qid=1598303236&sr=8-13


Thanks for your support and please share!

Cheers!


Donna


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Free Mindfulness Meditations for nurses from Headspace



Mindfulness meditation can positively impact your mental and physical health. Headspace is offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020.

"What’s going on right now is a challenge for everyone. But you, our healthcare professionals, are particularly overburdened. Headspace wants to be here for you and support you as best we can. Helping you be kind to yourself, and your own health, during this difficult time. If you are a healthcare professional, you can redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address. Or, if you are a nurse and you don’t have an NPI, you can provide your organization information to verify your credentials."

Learn more at https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19.


Be well!

Donna


Sunday, July 12, 2020

BYU professors design Bluetooth stethoscope to keep health care practitioners safe amid COVID-19 -- Also helped nursing student who wears hearing aids!


Chia-Chi Teng and Craig Nuttall



Sahalie Donaldson, Deseret News reported:

Chia-Chi Teng, a professor of information technology and cybersecurity at BYU, left, and Craig Nuttall, an emergency nurse practitioner and professor in BYU’s College of Nursing, pose for a photo with their newly designed Bluetooth stethoscope on the BYU campus in Provo on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The device makes it easier and safer for doctors wearing personal protective equipment to take the heart rate of a patient who might have COVID-19. Nuttall holds the device close to his heart and the app on the phone transmits the audio signal of his heart rate to Bluetooth earbuds that Teng is wearing. 

Teng said the device has even helped a BYU nursing student with a hearing disability. She was having trouble in her classes because the clinical stethoscope didn’t work with her hearing aids. Upon reaching out to the professors about the issue, their design was able to connect to her hearing aids making it the “equivalent to an air pod” which “worked like a charm,” Teng said.

The materials for their stethoscope costs under $20 to make.

Both professors emphasized that their design is the world’s to use. They didn’t develop it to make money. The stethoscope’s plans are open sourced and information to make one can be found on GitHub. The accompanying app that allows for live streaming and recording is available on Apple’s TestFlight.

Teng and Nuttall said they hope the design can go on to open doors in telemedicine and improve access to health care in a low cost, sustainable way in any area of the world.

“We want people to use it. We aren’t doing it for our benefit, we are doing it for everyone else’s — especially where COVID is getting really bad right now, especially in Utah and western states,” Nuttall said. “This is needed right? Every single day providers and nurses are making the decision of ‘Do I listen to my patient’s heart and lungs or do I keep myself and my family safe?’ This makes it possible to do both.”

Read more about this stethoscope at:

https://www.deseret.com/utah/2020/7/8/21307367/byu-professors-design-bluetooth-stethoscope-keep-health-care-practitioners-safe-coronavirus


Cheers!

Donna