Nurses’ Corner

Nurse holding hand _for blog 12-2-15We have undergone many new changes in the nursing department at The Arthur Home over this last month! Crystal Stiner has decided to move forward in her nursing career. I thank her for all of her contributions to the facility and wish her all the best of luck in her future endeavors!

I was honored to be asked to step up into the Director of Nursing position! I have the privilege of working with an amazing group of people all throughout this facility. Together, I think we can make some great changes in the right direction for The Arthur Home!

I am happy to announce that Alicia Howard has agreed to accept the Assistant Director of Nursing position. I am very excited to have her by my side! She brings forth many great ideas and is an incredible asset to the team.

I appreciate all of your patience in this time of transition. I am so very grateful to have such an amazing, hardworking staff, and appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our wonderful residents!

Thanks!

Jessica Alumbaugh, RN, BSN, DON

P.S. – As winter approaches, so does that dreaded time of the year for colds, flu, and pneumonia! Please remember to practice proper hand washing techniques diligently to protect our staff, residents and guests. Thank you.

5 Ways to Avoid Catching a Cold this Winter 

If you feel constantly surrounded by a chorus of coughs and sneezes – at work, at the grocery store, or even at home – you’re not alone.

Here are five things you can do to avoid catching a cold.

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1. Wash your hands. 
Do so often, especially after using the bathroom or touching inanimate objects, like bathroom faucets and door handles, in public places. Also, try to stop touching your face. It sounds silly, but the average American touches their eyes, nose, mouth, or face every 20 seconds, according to Gregory Poland, MD, director of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., allowing germs easily access into the body.

2. Go to bed early.
You need plenty of sleep to keep your immune system in tip-top shape this time of year.

3. Eat healthy food with plenty of vitamins.
This will also keep your immune system going strong. Cold and flu season runs in tandem with candy season – from Halloween to Easter. So make an effort to fill your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner, and snack on fruit  throughout the day.

4. Exercise.
We know it’s no longer swimsuit season, but do your best to stay moving during the cooler months. Regular exercise is another immune-system booster, which can prevent cold bugs you do catch from making you sick.

5. Try zinc lozenges.
If you feel a cold coming on despite your best efforts to stave off germs, research has shown that zinc lozenges might shorten cold duration. “They bind to the viral particles and help prevent some of the replication,” says Michael Benninger, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. “It won’t prevent you from getting a cold, but it may make your cold less sever and last not quite as long.”

 

Arthur Home Welcomes New Assistant Director of Nursing

By Crystal Stiner, RN, BSN, DON

The Arthur Home would like to introduce our newest addition to the family: Jessica Alumbaugh.

Jessica has taken the Assistant Director of Nursing position. She started last month and I believe she will make a great asset to our team of outstanding employees. Please help me make her feel welcome and glad that she is with us.

A little bio from Jessica:

“I am super excited to be working here and am looking forward to getting to know everyone! Just a little about me… I have been married to my amazing husband, Michael, for 12 years this September! We have two very energetic boys who keep us pretty busy with their sports! Kade is my quiet 10 year old who is playing football this fall. Tyce is my very talkative 8 year old who is playing soccer. We also have three dogs at home. I graduated from Millikin University in 2011 with my BSN and have been working in the cardiac intensive care unit at Decatur Memorial Hospital ever since. I am currently in the process of going to school for my Master’s Degree, as well. When I have free time, I enjoy photography and just spending time with my family.”

Thank you for all the hard work and extra hours our nurse/CNA staff has put in for the past couple of months. You guys always rise to the occasion and get the job done!

-Crystal Stiner, RN, BSN, DON

Heat Exhaustion / Stroke Awareness

HEAT EXHAUSTION/STROKE

extreme-heatWith the rise in temperature outside it is a blessing to have a job where I can work with wonderful people in the air condition. Not everyone is so lucky. From landscapers, factory workers, farmers and even some without mode of transport especially with A/C you need to be on alert for signs of heat exhaustion.

With the heat index of 105 these recently, it does not take very long to succumb to heat exhaustion. Heat Exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, but it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death. The most at-risk population are young children and the elderly, as well as any others with medical conditions at any age such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, etc.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration) Dizziness
  • Fainting Fatigue Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps Nausea,vomiting,or diarrhea Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Treatment for Heat Exhaustion

  • Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol). Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower,bath,or sponge bath.
  • Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help, because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.

Keep hydrated and stay cool!!!!

Crystal Stiner, RN, BSN, DON

Crystal Stiner RN BSN DON