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Engaging the Faith-Based Nurse: Exploring Nursing as Ministry.

 

Listen to the webinar from authors Kristen Mauk and Mary Hobus, Engaging the Faith-Based Nurse: Exploring Nursing as Ministry.

Nursing as Ministry provides the foundations of Christian nursing as ministry, taking an interprofessional perspective with 29 contributors from backgrounds in theology, nursing, medicine, social work, and pastoral ministry. Designed to be a student-friendly textbook for faith-based schools, this first edition text focuses on the spiritual aspects of patient care, providing practical information ministering to specific populations. The reader is guided through topics such as homelessness, substance abuse, community health, vulnerable elders, prison ministry, culturally sensitive care, and more. Additionally, the text is designed to guide the reader through their own spiritual journey, with personal reflection questions in each chapter to help students and nurses to internalize the content.

With a need for a contemporary, evidence-based text on nursing ministry, this first edition offers an abundance of resources including critical reasoning exercises, interviews with nurse leaders, case studies, suggestions for faith integration in daily nursing care, and more.

Features and Benefits:

Video interviews with Christian nursing leaders
Scripture integrated throughout the chapters
Personal stories of nurse leaders woven throughout the text
Navigate 2 Advantage Access

Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access, unlocking a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

By |2020-08-16T19:22:13-05:00September 21st, 2020|News Posts|Comments Off on Engaging the Faith-Based Nurse: Exploring Nursing as Ministry.

Guest Blog: Why Professional Teeth Cleaning Is A Must For Dental Health

Contrary to popular belief, professional teeth cleaning can do more than give you an alluring smile. If truth be told, teeth cleaning is an integral part of primary dental care. Inadequate oral hygiene has been associated with several oral and health issues, including bone loss, strokes, and cardiovascular diseases.

While regular brushing and flossing are essential, they won’t always suffice. To ensure your teeth are thoroughly clean and healthy, teeth cleaning is considered a must. Not convinced? Below are some notable reasons why teeth cleaning is a must for dental health:

1. It helps remove stains that discolor and dull your teeth, so you’ll have a whiter and brighter smile.
2. Regular teeth cleaning can help prevent gum disease, which can lead to early tooth loss.
3. During teeth cleanings, it’s easier for dentists to detect problems like fractures and broken fillings.
4. Many studies have proven a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. Since getting your teeth cleaned on a routine basis can help prevent gum disease, you also significantly reduce your chances of developing deadly strokes and heart attacks.
5. Every hour, one person dies from oral cancer, and this is in the United States alone. The good thing is many of these cancers are curable if detected early. Dentists can often spot red flags during routine teeth cleanings.
6. Regular teeth cleaning can help you save money in the long run as you can avoid dental issues that might cost you a fortune to fix.
7. Routine teeth cleaning can also allow your dentist to compare your oral health’s current state compared to your last visit. If your dentist spots any issues, it can be corrected right away before causing other oral and health complications.
8. One of the foolproof ways to avoid bad breath is by keeping your teeth clean. Going beyond your essential oral practice of brushing and flossing will not only help ensure you’ll have a healthier mouth, but also a fresher breath.
9. Regular teeth cleaning can also help prevent the buildup of cavities that often lead to tooth decay.

The importance of regular teeth cleaning cannot be overstated. While it will require effort and a little investment, the benefits are truly worth it. You will not only save money in the long run, but you’ll also keep oral and other health issues at bay!

About the Author
Dr. Megan Peterson Boyle is the lead cosmetic dentist with Dental Studio 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is focused on providing anxiety-free cosmetic dentistry services including invisalign, dental implants, dental crowns and cosmetic fillings. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family.

By |2020-09-14T12:46:52-05:00September 15th, 2020|Dr. Mauk's Boomer Blog, News Posts|Comments Off on Guest Blog: Why Professional Teeth Cleaning Is A Must For Dental Health

Guest Blog: Addressing Senior Malnutrition

When it comes to consuming sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals, turns out many seniors aren’t. Chronic disease, dietary restrictions, limited income and access to food, reduced social contact, and other factors can increase a senior’s risk for malnutrition. There are simple solutions however for addressing the problem – don’t miss this quick guide:

Should Seniors Take a Multivitamin?
While the research on the need for multivitamins in the average American adult’s diet goes back and forth, when it comes to senior health specifically, experts can agree on some things. With older age often comes diminished appetites, decreased digestive functioning (which can affect nutrient absorption), as well as less energy, bone loss, and reduced muscle mass.

While seniors should invest in core diet staples like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and lean proteins, they may also want to talk to their doctor about nutritional supplements like multivitamins.

Multivitamins for older adults can vary. Some multivitamins with added calcium and vitamin D are ideal for active women over 50, for example, while others may come with herbal ingredients that offer memory or energy improvement.

Easy Ways to Boost Nutrient Intake
While it might seem like nutrition shakes are the simplest solution for undernourished seniors, there are also fairly simple ways to incorporate more whole foods into a daily diet.

A high-powered blender is the ultimate nutritional tool a senior has at their disposal. These hi-tech devices process food at super speeds, helping to easily blend even the toughest ingredients like nuts and seeds. They are especially handy if you are a senior who struggles with dysphagia, the inability to safely swallow foods.

  • High-power blenders allow you to mix loads of healthy ingredients like fresh fruits, veggies, beans, greek yogurt, nut butters and more into smoothies, shakes, soups, stews, and dips. This simplifies the process of putting a meal together and is a much healthier alternative to processed, packaged and frozen meals.
  • Recruiting help from a care network can also help boost a senior’s nutritional intake, ensuring regular round-the-clock meals that offer variety in addition to nutrients. Free, online tools like CaringBridge.com and TakethemAMeal.com allow family caregivers, neighbors, or simply friends to coordinate a digital calendar where people can sign up to help a senior with meals.
  • Local nonprofit services may be an alternative as well if a substantial care network is not in place. Meals on Wheels, for example, has chapters nationwide that deliver daily meals to seniors in need, and free senior transportation services are available in many regions and can help seniors get to the store to buy groceries or pick up food.
By |2020-08-16T19:21:33-05:00September 15th, 2020|Dr. Mauk's Boomer Blog, News Posts|Comments Off on Guest Blog: Addressing Senior Malnutrition

Don’t Wait for the Crisis…

hospitalized senior

Rose’s family knew that she was having some memory problems as well as balance issues when walking, but they told themselves that she was getting long okay and was safe to stay at home alone. After all, of Rose’s three grown children, only one lived near her, and all the kids had their own families to tend to in addition to working. Rose told herself this as well. She didn’t want to be a burden to her kids and she didn’t want anybody in her house. She was 86 but she could still take care of herself…until one day.

That one day, Rose was in the attic trying to get down some Christmas ornaments. She was standing on a chair and fell, crashing to the floor. Rose felt a searing pain down her leg and she wasn’t able to stand up. She lay there crying, not knowing what to do. She felt so confused. There was no phone in the attic, and no windows to call out for help. She couldn’t get herself up and every time she moved, it hurt so bad that she stopped trying. Rose lay on the cold, wooden floor of that attic with no food, water, or help for 2 days before the neighbors got worried and called the police and her family. By the time they found her, Rose was confused and dehydrated, in bad shape. She had broken her hip when she fell, had a mild concussion and bruised ribs as well. She spent a week in the hospital and then another 3 weeks in a rehabilitation unit within the nursing home after hip surgery to repair the fracture. During her hospitalization, she was diagnosed with middle stage Alzheimer’s dementia. When it came time for discharge from the rehabilitation unit, Rose’s children felt she was no longer safe to stay at home alone and sent her to a memory care unit in a local nursing home. Rose felt like she had done something wrong. Because she fell, she could no longer live in her home and she felt her children didn’t care about her. She didn’t get to set her affairs in order or say goodbye to her beloved home and neighbors.

Recently, I have noticed this alarming trend in the care of older adults. Family members know a crisis is coming, but still they wait. They wait to get help into the home. They wait to tell the doctor what is going on. They don’t seek help or even want to talk about the physical and mental problems they see in their older parent. The older adult is afraid of losing independence so she hides her problems. Sometimes the older person doesn’t realize how serious her memory problems are until there is a crisis. Often the family is too busy or overwhelmed to deal with the realities of what is happening to their loved one. Maybe the older person refuses to have help…until that day when she no longer has a choice.

Planning ahead at the first sign of problems is a positive step for older adults and their families. It avoids the crisis scenario that so often happens. Waiting for the crisis to occur puts everyone in an uproar when it does. Wouldn’t it be better and easier to avoid the crisis by planning ahead? Getting an assessment from the physician done early and making plans for help in the home as soon as it is needed can help avoid all the negative feelings and emotions that come when a catastrophic event occurs suddenly. You may even be able to avoid traveling down the crisis road altogether.

So, don’t wait for the crisis to happen. Be proactive. Take action now. Taking the time to explore assisted living options or arrange for some help in the home could make all the difference in your loved one’s quality of life and will help preserve positive family relationships for the future.

By |2020-08-16T19:20:58-05:00September 11th, 2020|Dr. Mauk's Boomer Blog, News Posts|Comments Off on Don’t Wait for the Crisis…
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