CONTINUING NEWS FROM THE HOSPITAL PATIENT-FAMILY ADVOCATE PROGRAM
Students were asked to respond to four questions of a personal nature. Selected first were two seniors. A photo and their replies to the questions are published below. It is readily apparent from their answers that these are two outstanding students who have decided upon a career in the health field and are developing the needed skills. They will be especially prepared to work with senior adults and the handicapped. The Hospital-Patient Advocacy Program has evolved into an exemplary program with the Eta Sigma Students gaining invaluable experience and the N. E. Regional Health Center in Kirksville, MO. benefiting from the student's volunteer service, thus adding to the efficacy of the hospital. In addition, hospital patients also reap benefits not ordinarily offered.
Kaitlyn McManus, Kansas City Missouri, Senior, Health Science/Occupational Therapy
My plans after graduation are to pursue a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and continue to see the world!
The best part of participating in the Hospital-Patient Family Advocacy Program is being able to act as a resource to inform patients of their rights and safety while in the hospital. I have noticed Patient-Family Advocates make patients feel as if they have control in making decisions about their well-being.
Projects involving senior citizens/disabled: I have been an Arthritis Foundation Program instructor, Patient--Family Advocate, Job Coach for Learning Opportunity/Quality Works and inter-professional clinical education team member and case competition.
Research studies/presentations: Health educators as members of inter-professional health care teams. Eta Sigma Gamma session at American School Health Association Conference, San Antonio, TX in 2012.
An Exploratory Analysis to Determine Priority Areas for Lead Poisoning Prevention Education Programs in Missouri.
Effect of an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program on Sleep Quality/Sleep Disturbance in Seniors with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Pilot Study.
Effects of arthritis exercise program participation on arthritis management self-efficacy and arthritis pain levels.
Attitudes toward positive developmental assets of students attending a rural Northeast MO middle school.
Teaching rural middle school students in an after school program to prevent bullying.
Teaching students to be media ready: A pilot after school program for at-risk middle school students.
Lexi Hackett, Platte Woods, Missouri, Senior, Health Science/Occupational Therapy
After graduation I plan to immediately begin a Master's program in Occupational Therapy.
I enjoy to be able to meet patients right before they are to be discharged back into the community. This is such a vital time for a patient and their family to learn about the best type of care for when they leave the hospital. It can be a scary and confusing time and we are able to discuss, offer resources and help ease that transition.
The three main programs I have worked with include being a Patient-Family Advocate, Arthritis Foundation Exercise instructor, a team member in an interprofessional education program. Through being an exercise instructor I teach gentle range of motion and strengthening exercises to individuals with arthritis. In the interprofessional program I work with different healthcare disciplines to work together and provide care to senior citizens.
Hackett, A. (2014). Attitudes toward healthcare teamwork between osteopathic physicians who participated as medical students in an interprofessional or an intraprofessional clinical education program. Oral presentation at the 2014 TruScholars Research Symposium in Kirksville, Missouri.
Re-think that stressor. Teaching technique for health teachers' (2014). The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Journal.
Hackett, McManus, Woolman, Stewart. Attitudes toward Positive developent of Students Attending a Rural Northeast MO Middle School
Hackett, A., Cox (2013) Re-think that stressor, a cognitive approach to stress management. Round table jpresentation at te fall 2013 American School Health Association National Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Hacket, A, Kramer, A. (2014). Re-think that stressor, a cognitive approach to stress management. Round table presebtation at the Spring 2014 Missouri Association of School Nurses conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
Hackett, A, Woolman, K. (2014). Attitudes toward Psitive developmental assests of Sudents Atending a Rural Nrtheast MO Middle School. Poster presentation at the 2-14 American School Health Association National Conference in Portland Oregon.
CONTINUING NEWS FROM THE HOSPITAL PATIENT-FAMILY ADVOCATE PROGRAM
Students were asked to respond to four questions of a personal nature. Selected first were two seniors. A photo and their replies to the questions are published below. It is readily apparent from their answers that these are two outstanding students who have decided upon a career in the health field and are developing the needed skills. They will be especially prepared to work with senior adults and the handicapped. The Hospital-Patient Advocacy Program has evolved into an excemplary program with the Eta Sigma Students gaining invaluable experience and the N. E. Regional Health Center in Kirksville, MO. benefiting from the student's volunteer service, thus adding to the efficacy of the hospital. In addition, hospital patients also reap benefits not ordinarily offered.
In the photo below are some of the Truman State University Eta Sigma Gamma students who are part of the, "Patient and Family Support Group" volunteers who function in the Swing Bed Unit of Northeast Regional Health Center in Kirksville, MO.
They are beginning their second year following a highly successful first season. Some changes have been made to the original syllabus including giving patients instruction regarding how to access personal electronic health data. From all reports, hospital administrators are highly appreciative of the students ability to follow hospital directives and especially their skills in working with elderly patients. This show promise of becoming a program that could be duplicated throughout the state.
Back Row, LtoR: Lexi Hackett, Kaitlyn,McManus, Lauren Bastian.
Front Row: Miranda Ketcherside, Emma Staecker, Shayda Afrassiab.
STUDENTS AT TRUMAN STATE TO VOLUNTEER IN AREA LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES:
Prior to the 2013 school year, Eta Sigma Gamma from Truman State University in conjunction with the Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, offered to place students as ombudsmen in region five long term care facilities. The program, a replica of the former, "Student Ombudsman Model" that functioned successfully from 2001 until 2007, was refused by state personnel from region five resulting in a continued absence of ombudsmen in several facilities that otherwise would have benefited from trained student volunteers. Motivated by a continuing desire to serve Missouri seniors, a student volunteer model was developed designed to function in the swing bed unit of N. E. Regional Medical Care Center in Kirksville, Missouri. A swing bed unit was chosen because it was more likely to contain senior patients with a potential of eventually entering a long term care facility. A meeting with the spiritual advisor and director of hospital volunteers at N. E. Regional Medical Center was arranged and resulted in acceptance of the student volunteer model. Currently, students are undergoing intensive training in order to begin their hospital duties by January 1, 2014. Interested persons can follow the success or failure of this unique program by repeated visits to this page.
On Jan. 15, 2014 final preparations were made at a meeting conducted by Dr. Carol Cox for student volunteers to begin actual on-site interaction with patients in the swing bed unit of N. E. Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.
(Below) Official uniforms were issued as modeled by (L to R) - Miranda, Alyssa and Liz.
Haley C., a volunteer N.E. Regional Medical Center Unit Director, spoke briefly and established a timeline for conducting small group initial orientation tours of the hospital.
Student volunteers are anxious to put their training to good use and excited about the opportunity to provide a valuable service to the community. This is a win - win situation that provides valuable experience for students while increasing the quality of care for swing bed patients. A program evaluation component is included in this volunteer project. Evaluation results will be posted to this site when available.
CURRENT ETA SIGMA GAMMA OFFICERS
(Above) From L to R: Kaitlyn (Secretary), Emma (Seargent at Arms), Alaina (President), Michele (Treasurer), Lexi (Historian)
The Roller Family Endowment, part of the Missouri Coalition for Quality Care (MCQC), was established by the thirteen children of Mrs. Roller who died tragically in a Northeast Missouri nursing home. The annual Student Award will be given to a student or students from the Gamma Rho faction of Eta Sigma Gamma, Truman State Univ. at Kirksville, Missouri who are working toward a degree in the field of health/science. Eta Sigma Gamma is a national health/science honorary. Gamma Rho chapter members are in partnership with theMissouri Coalition for Quality Care.
Let us give back to those who have given us so much by ensuring that their golden years are some of their best years.
Vivian J. Roller Family Endowment
Contact us by Mail: Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, PO Box 7165, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Phone: 1-888-262-5644 Email to: email@example.com