SEMINOLE - One doesn’t have to run a mile every day or swim laps or bicycle on the Pinellas Trail to be active. Just ask Louise Harrison. Harrison is 96 years old and lives in Seminole’s Freedom Square. She lives in the independent section of the complex and never stops.
Her friends say if there is an activity planned, you can expect to see Louise there.
“I attend every activity I possibly can,” she said. “I do it for the fun. It is something to do, and it keeps me active. It is a very sociable thing for me.”
The aging process is not exactly kind. Our bodies begin to suffer from years of wear and tear. All manner of body parts begin to break down. Nothing functions as it did in our youth, including our brains.
As we age, our brain shrinks. The process begins at about age 40. Certain health conditions cause the shrinkage to happen faster, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and being overweight or obese. But, just as we can with our bodies, we can take measures to keep our brains healthy. Many are the same for both.
It’s a love-hate relationship. My new fitness band requires me to walk every hour on the hour. It doesn’t care if my legs feel like mush or my calf muscles are cramping. It doesn’t care if I was up all night because my big toe was aching.
No, it insists that I walk a certain number of steps every hour on the hour. If not, I have to walk until the device resets. And if I fail the one-hour challenge for two hours, I must walk even more steps to make what is described on the Internet as the “red bar of shame” go away.
“Demand for Nurses in Florida: The 2015 Survey of Florida’s Nurse Employers,” the Florida Center for Nursing’s report, surveyed six nurse-intensive industries to evaluate the state’s demand for registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants/home health aides.
This survey has been conducted by the Center for Nursing biennially since 2007. The overall survey response rate was 20 percent and included information on 43,179 nurses (37,875 RNs; 627 ARNPs; and 4,677 LPNs) and 11,181 CNAs.
Evident from survey respondents is the fact that turnover has increased for hospital indirect care RNs and decreased or remained stable in other areas. Overall, there is an increase of nearly 30 percent in vacant RN positions since 2013. We estimated 12,493 RN vacancies statewide as of June 30, 2015, of which 75 percent are in hospitals. The survey also asked respondents to estimate the total number of new nursing positions they intend to create through June 2016. Nearly 10,000 new RN positions will be created statewide with the majority of these in home health agencies. Within the responding facilities, there were nearly 10,000 separations from July 2014 to June 2015. The number of separations was highest for RNs at 6,023.
CLEARWATER - Jackie Munro, director, development and practice for Morton Plant Mease hospitals, recently received statewide recognition through the Excellence in Nursing Leadership award from the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives.
Munro was recognized for her use of innovative approaches, leadership skills, ability to facilitate change, community contributions, promotion of her profession, dedication to mentoring other nurses and use of research and evidence-based practices to improve outcomes in patient care, nursing practice and nursing education.
“Jackie is one of the most knowledgeable and talented professionals I have known,” said Lisa Johnson in a press release. Johnson is vice president of patient services for Morton Plant Mease hospitals. “She has the ability to combine her strong analytical skills with the ‘real’ world, which allows her to take ideas and quickly make them a reality.”
ST. PETERSBURG - Building on the success of its free hospital concerts, The Florida Orchestra, led by Michael Francis, musical director, will return to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to perform once again for patients and staff members.
Moffitt is where TFO, under the direction of Francis, launched its first groundbreaking hospital concert a little more than a year ago, with “A Season Serenade” in December 2014. Since then, the orchestra has expanded these concerts, performing at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph’s-North in Lutz and Tampa General Hospital. The orchestra also plans to return to All Children’s in May.
“The event a year ago was a glorious occasion,” said Lloyd Goldstein, an artist in residence and part of Moffitt’s Arts in Medicine team. “As patients, families, staff and administrators became immersed in the magnificent sounds of the orchestra, the looks on their faces gave no doubt about the healing power of the uplifting and therapeutic experience.”
PALM HARBOR - Florida Hospital North Pinellas officials broke ground on a new emergency room facility in Palm Harbor Jan. 7.
The emergency room, at 34106 U.S. 19, will be an off-site extension to the hospital in Tarpon Springs. The 24-bed, 18,500-square-foot facility is set to open in fall 2016. It will provide 80 new jobs to the area and is projected to handle 43,200 visits per year at capacity, according to the hospital.
The project is something the hospital has been working on for about a year and a half, said Florida Hospital North Pinellas CEO Bruce Bergherm during the groundbreaking ceremony.
TARPON SPRINGS - Wheelchairs 4 Kids presented a new Rifton therapeutic bicycle to a young man diagnosed with cerebral palsy Dec. 23.
Until last month, Ryan, 21, was mostly confined to a wheelchair. He has limited verbal communication, but has a positive and fun attitude, enjoying bowling, cooking and music.
“Ryan has an unbreakable spirit, inspiring anyone lucky enough to meet him,” wrote Nora Poole, Wheelchairs 4 Kids program manager.
At school, Ryan’s therapy sessions have been reduced, and his strength and stamina are now decreasing. Wheelchairs 4 Kids made his Christmas wish come true by presenting him with a specialized bike to regain and maintain his strength.
CLEARWATER - Health experts from Morton Plant Mease will present a number of health seminars in February focusing on the connection between eating well and feeling well, incontinence solutions, smoking cessation, when to see a cardiologist and heart disease in women.
The monthly seminars are free and are presented at BayCare’s various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers around Pinellas County.