6 May 1999 Volume 1 Number 8
Nurses specialize in education, compassion and quality of life
In an era in which technology can extend the length of life, nursing helps ensure the
quality of life.
This week, KU Medical Center celebrates this and more as it observes National Nurses Week.
The theme, "Nursing: Healing from the Heart," aptly describes the care provided
by KUMC nurses, said Ann Babb, vice president and chief nurse executive.
|Photo by Leslie Champlin
|Susan Rader, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, takes time to provide
high-touch-as well as high-tech-care.
"In our tertiary health care center in Kansas City, we have the unique ability to
combine our learning environment with that of a high-tech, high-touch environment,"
she said. Our nurses do it best."
KUMC nurses are known for combining science with compassion to meet their patients' needs.
As an integral part of an academic medical center, KUMC nurses also bring health promotion
and education to the forefront and exhibit a consistently high level of expertise in the
That level of expertise begins with the quality of education provided by the KU School of
Nursing. With a solid foundation in liberal arts, the health care sciences and clinical
applications, KU nursing students bring an extensive educational background in
comprehensive health care to their careers.
"Our students are among the best and brightest in higher education," said Karen
L. Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor, School of Nursing. "Their enthusiasm
for a career in professional nursing combined with the exceptional expertise of our
faculty ensures that anyone who receives health care from a KU School of Nursing graduate
will truly have healing from the heart."
Nurse practitioners reach out
KUMC nursing also leads the way in providing advanced practice
nursing in medically underserved counties across Kansas. Beginning in 1993, the KU School
of Nursing planned, developed and implemented the Kansas Primary Care Family Nurse
Practitioner Program. Under the leadership of Helen Connors, RN, PhD, associate dean for
academic affairs at the School of Nursing, the program combined faculty expertise from KU,
Fort Hays State and Wichita State Universities.
The program now includes Pittsburg State University and an outreach site of the KU School
of Nursing in Garden City. Since 1994, the program has graduated 344 family nurse
practitioners, 202 of whom work in medically underserved counties. Recently, the Kansas
Legislature passed a law expanding nurse practitioners' authority to write prescriptions.
Nominate your favorite nurse
In tribute to our nurses, KUMC has placed display ads in local
newspapers for National Nurses Day, May 6, and has scheduled a variety of events
throughout the week. Nurses have received several gifts and treats and can earn free
continuing education credits at two programs May 6. A lunch to recognize Department of
Nursing employees is also planned for May 6 and again on May 8 for weekend staff.
You also have time to nominate your favorite bestnurse for the 1999 Nursing:
The Heart of Healthcare Award. Sponsored by the KU School of Nursing, this annual award
honors 10 registered nurses from across Kansas and the metropolitan Kansas City area for
their exceptional patient care and professional leadership. This is a major event
recognizing excellence in nursing.
Nominees can be nurses who provide clinical care in hospitals, physician clinics, schools,
public health agencies or any other place a nurse may be practicing.
Contact Kari Ziblut, ext. 1616, for a nomination form or go to
http://www2.kumc.edu/son/nursing.htm for an on-line nomination form. The deadline for
nominations is May 21. Winners will be selected in early July. The 10th annual awards
banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18.
Dean Miller says . . .
Nurses help humanize health care
KU School of Nursing is recognized as a national leader in nursing
education and research. And Dean Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor, is a
progressive health care leader and educator, advocating for changes in the delivery of
health care. During National Nurses Week and the graduation season, Dean Miller provides
insight into and recognition of nurses and their achievements.
||Nursing: Healing from the Heart
Our students are among the best and the brightest in higher education. Their enthusiasm
for a career in professional nursing combined with the exceptional expertise of our
faculty ensures that anyone who receives health care from a KU School of Nursing graduate
will truly have healing from the heart.
Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean and Professor,
KU School of Nursing
"Nurses help to humanize a health care environment that is often frightening to
people," Dean Miller said. "Our graduates learn to decrease the vulnerability
that patients feel. They are able to support the capacity of an individual to heal . . .
all the while juggling the complexities of our current health care system.
"Graduation is the beginning of a nurse's life as a professional. With the education
and preparation they receive at the KU School of Nursing, our nurses are well equipped to
meet the challenges that await them in a dynamic health care field. There will be many
adjustments as they gain experience, but their education has prepared them to see learning
as a lifelong endeavor," Dean Miller counseled.
Dean Miller continued, "Graduation is an opportunity to celebrate each graduate's
accomplishment, with friends and family, who have supported and encouraged the student
through his or her education. It is a symbol of achievement and a new beginning as a
"Here at KU, graduates of the School of Nursing are our best ambassadors. They remain
connected to the School through a sense of loyalty and appreciation for the quality
education they received. We value their continued involvement and support," she
Anna Betts, RN, Post Anesthesia Care Unit.
Sandy Owen, RN, Neonatal ICU
Unit 43 nurses, clockwise from upper left: Martha Powell, RN, Sue Ann Cullen, RN,
Teletha Hay, RN, and Ramona Vogt, RN.
Brad Peck, RN, GI Endoscopy.
Amy Graham, RN, Pediatric ICU.
Coordinating the distribution of National Nurses Week gifts of donuts, candy and tins
of popcorn, are (L-R): Dawn Walters, BSN, assistant nurse manager for Pediatric ICU; Ann
Gardner, BSN, MA, nurse manager for Same Day Surgery, GI ENDO and PACU; Tim Mulloy, RN,
BSN, E.T. nurse, and Thu Janes, BSN, nurse manager, department 41/45.
Registration deadline is May 19
Fun, friends and KU spirit
part of Corporate Challenge
You can have fun, make new friends, get healthier, and help KU win all by taking part in
the 1999 Kansas City Corporate Challenge.
||Corporate Challenge is the annual, city-wide competition that encourages
individual physical fitness, employee well-being and a team concept. It allows everyone to
participate in a sport, whether it be tennis, bicycling, fishing, swimming or any other
competitive endeavor. Everyone who completes an event earns a point for KUMC, and
additional points are awarded based on individual or team performance. Any open entry slot
is a missed opportunity to score points, so join the team now!
The deadline for signing up is May 19. Openings still exist for several individual and
team events. To be a part of the KUMC team, contact Jan Schmidt, ext. 7703, or stop by the
Kirmayer Fitness Center to pick up an entry form.
KU Hospital to treat employees
for National Hospital Week
KUMC is known for its leading edge medical technology and the many
clinical, research and academic programs it fosters. Yet behind the multi-million dollar
equipment and ever-expanding facilities, one thing more than any other determines the
quality of services provided to both patients and staff-the people who work here.
Each year, KU Hospital recognizes the expertise, dedication, accomplish-ments and
contributions of employees during National Hospital Week. To celebrate this year's
National Hospital Week, May 9 through 15, the hospital will treat all employees to a free
pancake, sausage and orange juice breakfast on May 12. The buffet will be served 7-9:30
a.m., in a tent outside the Main Cafeteria.
Ann Cobb serves through nursing, art, anthropology
A love of health care. An avocation in art. Expertise in
anthropology. These areas give rise to the community contributions of Ann K. Cobb, RN,
PhD, professor at the KU School of Nursing and this year's School of Nursing distinguished
Dr. Cobb, who earned her bachelor of nursing degree and her doctorate in anthropology
from KU, is known for her ability to link her disparate interests for the good of others.
She has led grief seminars at the Menninger Foundation, curated two KU Museum of
Anthropology exhibits, and taught anthropology and nursing around the world. A 1997-98
Fulbright scholar, Dr. Cobb taught at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Notre,
Natal, Brazil, and has lived on the Amazon River, where she studied, learned from and
brought health care services to the region's indigenous people.
This year, Dr. Cobb is helping recruit artists and funding for Van Go Mobile Arts, a
Lawrence based not-for-profit that provides arts programs for at-risk and underserved
"This summer, were launching a jobs program for teens, in which they work under
the direction of professional artists to design and carry out community arts
projects, said Dr. Cobb, a member of the Van Go board of directors. "The
professional artists will be mentors for young people, not only in creating art, but in
learning how to work with others, be on time and accountable, and how to complete a
"I'm always looking for ways of integrating art, nursing and anthropology," said
Dr. Cobb, an artist who has sold several paintings made during her trips overseas. "I
think art heals.
'Putting On The Ritz'
Alums honor four in weekend celebration
The Country Club Plaza's elegant Ritz-Carlton Hotel is the venue for two KU alumni
banquets this weekend. The School of Medicine assembles Friday, May 7, to present Marc A.
Asher, MD, 1962, professor of orthopedic surgery, as distinguished alumnus, and Paul R.
Schloerb, MD, professor of surgery, as honorary alumnus.
Marc A. Asher, MD,
R. Schloerb, MD
Ann K. Cobb, RN, PhD
B. Connors, RN, PhD
The School of Nursing gathers Saturday, May 8, to recognize Ann K. Cobb, RN, PhD, 1967,
professor of nursing, as distinguished alumnus, and Helen B. Connors, RN, PhD, associate
dean for academic affairs, as honorary alumnus. Both celebrations begin with a social hour
at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Ballroom.
Other events this weekend include:
Friday, May 7:
· The Peter T. Bohan Lecture, presented by Marjorie Sirridge, MD,
dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, noon, Lied Auditorium.
· Open house hosted by the Alumni Relations Office, 1 to 2 p.m.,
· Free health check for alumni and spouses, 2 to 3 p.m., Murphy
· Open house and book signing by Loren Humphrey, MD, PhD, former
chair of surgery at KUMC and author of Medical Blemishes, 2 to 4 p.m., KUMC Bookstore.
· Panel discussion presented by the KU Endowment Association, 2
to 4 p.m., Lied Auditorium.
· Alumni reception hosted by the Department of History and
Philosophy of Medicine, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Clendening Library foyer. The library foyer will
also house a special exhibit on Logan Clendening, long-time physician and faculty member
at KU School of Medicine.
Saturday, May 8:
· Tours of KU Hospital beginning at 9 a.m.
· Open house at Kirmayer Fitness Center, 11 a.m. to noon.
Rehab survey highlights campus-wide teamwork
When the Department of Rehabilitation Services was faced with
preparing for an on-site survey by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF),
they asked for-and received-help from a variety of KUMC departments. As a result of that
team effort, the two-day review process was highly successful, according to Sara Dale
Brandt, PhD, director of rehabilitation services.
"We received a tremendous amount of support house-wide," said Dr. Brandt.
"In particular, Facilities Management and Environmental Services did a tremendous
amount of work."
Dr. Brandt noted that Mike Wood, associate director of facilities management structural
maintenance, and Dave McElfresh, physical plant supervisor for exterior construction,
"did a magnificent job" refurbishing the head injury room. She also cited staff
contributions from the Information Services, Legal, Dietary, Infection Prevention and
Control, Medical Records, and Safety Offices for responding quickly and efficiently to
every request for documentation needed for the survey.
"We also received messages house-wide from people who knew about the survey, saying,
'good luck,' " Dr. Brandt said. "Everyone was very supportive."
The on-site survey team cited the department's experienced and dedicated staff, excellent
patient care protocols, good team interaction and excellent medical direction. The survey
report will go the CARF Board of Trustees, which will determine the department's final
score. Dr. Brandt should receive the report in about eight weeks.
Nursing students salute four
Excellence in classroom teaching is the hallmark for four School of
Nursing professors to be recognized during the School of Nursing Teacher Appreciation
Banquet, May 6, at the Student Union on the Lawrence campus. The professors were selected
by students as part of the annual KU Center for Teaching Excellence recognition program.
To be honored are Patricia Fazzone, RN, DNSc, assistant professor; Nancy Hoffart, RN, PhD,
associate professor; Janet Pierce, RN, DSN, and Cynthia Teel, RN, PhD.
Hearing and Speech Department celebrates 50 years
Celebrating past success and looking to the future are the hallmarks of the L.B. Spake
Hearing and Speech Department's 50th Anniversary event May 8. The celebration will feature
symposia on speech-language pathology, audiology and deaf education at KU Medical Center
with KUMC faculty and distinguished alumni presenting. An evening gala banquet will be at
||Founded in 1949, the department has graduated more than 2,000 students in conjunction
with the Lawrence campus through the KU Intercampus Program.
"Many of our graduates have gone on to gain national and international prominence in
research, education and patient
care," said John Ferraro, PhD, chairman of the department.
The banquet will help raise funds for a scholarship to honor one of the department's
founders, June B. Miller, who died Oct. 12, 1998. That fund's goal is to raise $100,000 to
support scholarships for graduate education, of which more than $30,000 has been donated.
The department was recognized last year by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top
ten communication disorder programs in the country. Along with Miller, community leader
LaVerne B. Spake was critical in founding the department that now bears his name. Many of
its programs are based in the building named in Miller's honor.
Contributed by Randy Attwood
Auxiliary honors members, elects officers
Recognition of members, scholarships for students and installation of new
officers were among the activities at the KUMC Auxiliary Guest Day Luncheon, April 28 at
the Kansas City Club. Ann Nelson and Dorothy Ebner received Honorary Memberships for their
significant contributions to the Auxiliary, while nine students from the Schools of Allied
Health and Nursing received scholarships. The Slate of Officers for 1999-2000 were also
announced. They are: Jolee Fishback and Carolyn Warren, co-presidents; Marilyn Lucas,
recording secretary; Celia Arnold, corresponding secretary; Jean Kimmel, treasurer; Lisa
Hardin, assistant treasurer, and Peg Cramer and Virginia Pugh, members at large.
Li-Mon Cheung, right, Auxiliary president, presented the undergraduate student awards
during the Guest Day Luncheon. Photo by Susan Mong
University offers customer relations training
KU employees will have an opportunity to share their experiences, skills
and ideas for promoting excellence in customer service at Encore Customer Service, a
four-hour customer relations program. Through group discussions, role play and group
exercises, participants focus on skills and techniques to improve communication, create
positive public impressions and deal effectively with issues of confidentiality and
difficult situations. Presented in two segments, the first is Tuesday, May 18, 9 to 11
a.m., and repeats at the same time Thursday, May 20. The second session is Wednesday, June
2 and again Thursday, June 3, 1 to 3 p.m. The location will be announced. To enroll, or
for more information, call ext. 5099.
Free day of fitness during flashback to the '70s
All KUMC employees, faculty, and students are invited to join in a free day
of exercise Wednesday, May 19, during the "Fitness Flashback Journey" to the
1970s at Kirmayer Fitness Center. During the day, exercise enthusiasts will enjoy the
fitness trends of the 1970s as they work out. The first 70 people to enroll or renew
memberships through payroll deduction or annual membership will receive a free month
during this one-day promotion. For more information, call Lynette Henkel at ext. 7706.
Workplace violence prevention training
In a joint presentation Wednesday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., the University
Department of Human Resources and the University Police Department offer "Preventing
Violence in the Workplace." The location will be announced. To enroll, or for more
information, call ext. 7542.
SOTA sponsors food drive
The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is joining Harvesters
to end hunger in the Kansas City community by sponsoring a food drive. Non-perishable food
items and household items may be placed in donation barrels in the Occupational Therapy
Office, 3033 Robinson, and outside the KUMC Bookstore in Stoland Lounge. The drive will
continue through May 11.
Complete 55 gal. fish tank (filters, pumps, gravel, stand, etc.), $200. Call
888-4155 after 4:30 p.m.
Antiques: china cabinet, buffet, TV stand, dinette & six chairs, desk & chair,
dresser, $2,750 OBO for all; two chaise lounges, $350/pair or $200 ea.; bunk bed
w/mattresses, matching single bed w/mattress & dresser, $800 OBO; three dining chairs,
$35. Call Monica at 281-0218.
1992 Ford Tempo GL sedan, four-door, 80K miles, $1,800. Call 789-8173.
1996 Honda Accord EX, black, AM/FM cassette, sunroof, in-dash cellular phone, 25K miles,
exc. cond., $14,000. Call 677-1446.
1983 Chevy truck, black, auto, A/C, camper shell, runs good, rebuilt motor & trans.,
new power steering pump, $2,800. Call 350-7400 after 5:30.
Roommate Needed: Beautiful two story Cape Cod house eight min. from KUMC, Plaza,
downtown, private room, own bathroom, office space, basement storage, large privacy fenced
back yard, indoor cats or outside restricted dogs welcome, $375/month plus ½ utilities
and deposit. Call 236-7845.
For Sale: 2BD poss. 3BD, 1BA, new carpet, linoleum, new paint inside and out, new gutters,
two driveways, fenced back yard, large deck, central A/C and heat, full basement and
walk-in storage attic, all newer appliances included, landscaped, FHA/CHIPS qualified,
38th and State Ave. in KCK, $34,500. Call Rob, 371-6180.
For Rent: 4BR, 2BA house, 1 car garage, walk to KUMC, perfect for students. Call 932-5539.
Volunteers needed for GERD treatment study
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is seeking volunteers for a
research study testing an investigational treatment of heartburn symptoms related to
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This treatment with omeprazole is designed to
diminish gastric acid secretion and improve heartburn. Participation requires three-four
visits over a period of eight weeks. Qualified participants will receive study-related
exams (endoscopies, lab work, etc.) and study medication at no charge with stipend for
those who qualify for treatment. Participants must be at least 18 years old, have daily
heartburn symptoms, and should not be receiving any prescription medication for heartburn
symptoms at present. For more information, call Susanne, ext. 3934.
Friday, May 7:
Mason's Day luncheon, "Detection and Treatment of
Prostate Cancer" 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Student Center.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds, "A Case
Study in Child Psychiatry," 10:30 a.m., Clendening Auditorium.
KU Pain Resource Committee Lecture Series, "Current
Therapeutic Approaches to Chronic Pain," noon-1 p.m., Sudler Auditorium.
Monday, May 10:
Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Support Group, noon-1:30
p.m., Cottonwood Room, Delp Cafeteria.
Tuesday, May 11:
Associated Youth Services plant sale, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30 p.m., Family
Medical Center Conference Room.
Center on Aging Lecture, "Experience of Replacement Therapy
in Dopamine Deficiency Syndrome," 4-5 p.m., Clendening Auditorium.
Kansas Cancer Center Telemedicine Cancer Management Series,
"Taking Care of Yourself," 7:30-8:30 p.m., G567 KU Hospital.
Wednesday, May 12:
Diabetes Self-Management Series, 9-11 a.m., 1107 KU
Breast Cancer Research Round Table, "Laser Interstitial
Therapy of Primary Breast Cancer," noon, Lied Auditorium.
KUMC Interfaith, noon -1 p.m., 3041 Wescoe.
Thursday, May 13:
Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver's Workshop, 4:30-7:30
p.m., Delp Cafeteria.
Breast Cancer Support Group, 5:30-7 p.m., Wahl Hall West.
Manic Depressive/Depression Support Group, 7 p.m., Cottonwood
Room, Delp Cafeteria.
IN THE CENTER
Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor
Leslie Champlin - Writer
Jim Burton - Graphic Designer
IN THE CENTER is the employee and student publication of the University of Kansas
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