NEW: RN MEN LIFE ON AND OFF THE JOB
NOT ONLY A NURSE
LIFE OUTSIDE THE WING
FOR THE SOUL LILLY'S JOURNEY A GRANDFATHER'S THANK YOU
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COVER STORIES PG. 25 LILLY'S JOURNEY A Grandfather's thank you
NEW: RN MEN PG. 41
Life on and off the job.
PG. 22 EASY WORKOUTS Quick indoor exercise routines you can do anytime.
PG. 11 COMFORT FOOD FOR THE SOUL
PG. 5 SPOTLIGHT: Learn about Project HOPE
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PG. 3 NOT ONLY A NURSE Life outside the wing.
TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 EDITORâ€™S NOTE 3 NOT ONLY A NURSE 5 SPOTLIGHT: Project HOPE TASTE TEST:
9 Smoothie Recipe
11 Dinner Recipes 16 Dessert Recipe
17 GET SMART: Neuroscience Series 22 GET FIT: Quick & Easy Workouts INSPIRE:
25 Lilly's Journey 29 Bush Pilot Healthcare
33 At-Home Spa Treatments 35 Winter Skin Dos and Don'ts
37 INTERVIEW: Michelle A. Ostran, R.D. 43 45 51 53
5 Greatest Athletes Fashion Tips For Men Get to Know Blake Shafer, ER Tech. Top Ten Lists
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Life can be busy, especially during the winter months. Whether you’re rushing down the halls to tend to your patients, or pulling on your boots to play in the snow with your children, you’re constantly on the go. Our hope with PULSE is to provide you with real stories and informative articles that will enrich and inspire you by the time you reach the final page of this edition. We are excited to launch our RN MEN FEATURE (pg.41). Check out the debate between two of our resident sports experts, Dewey and Otis. We’ve also included a few fashion pointers for men: be honest guys, we know you like a good trendy tip or two! In this edition, you’ll also find a grandfather’s heartfelt letter dedicated to the nurses who provided exceptional care to his granddaughter (pg. 25). Be sure to check out the article featuring a bush pilot who flies to the most remote areas of Tanzania to provide medical care to the Maasai Tribe (pg. 29). As always, be sure to look for our exclusive coupon code found on the pages throughout the magazine for a great offer on your uniforms, footwear, and accessories. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself during the hustle and bustle of the season. Curl up with some hot cocoa and a blanket (and PULSE, of course), and enjoy the little moments of relaxation that life hands you. Happy reading!
NOT ONLY A NURSE
NOT ONLY A NURSE LIFE OUTSIDE THE WING
I graduated from nursing school in 2008 and immediately began working on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU), a busy cardiac unit at the Chambersburg Hospital in Pennsylvania. I work with an incredible group of men and women who come to work every day to take care of those who need us. The 12-hour shifts can be taxing on you physically, emotionally and mentally, but at the end of the day, knowing my patients got the absolute best care is all I’m concerned about. Outside of the hospital setting, I have a beautiful 5-year-old daughter and a wildly adorable 2-year-old son (maybe I’m partial!). I also have an amazing man by my side. We celebrated 10 years of marriage this past summer. I ran my first Spartan race 18 weeks after my son was born. When you are not able to complete an obstacle in a Spartan race, a 30-burpee penalty is given to you. My husband was kind enough to split them with me when I wasn’t able to complete certain obstacles. It made 30 burpees seem more manageable.
Written by Maria Martin
To date, I’ve run 10 Spartan races and have two more on the books for this year. Every race has been an amazing experience for different reasons. The progress I’ve made since my first race has been really incredible. I never thought I’d be able to climb a rope or take on insane amounts of elevation climb. People always ask, “Why do you put yourself through that? WHY?” There are so many answers to that question: I love pushing my body and mind to do things I never thought were possible. I love being active and having races to test my abilities. I love being a role model to show my daughter that “strong is beautiful.” I love having something my husband and I can do together. I love the community of Spartan, the people I’ve met and the friendships that are formed on the course. I love that every race is an adventure. That’s why I race.
“TO DATE, I’VE RUN 10 SPARTAN RACES AND HAVE TWO MORE ON THE BOOKS FOR THIS YEAR. EVERY RACE HAS BEEN AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR DIFFERENT REASONS." #notonlyanurse
PROJECT HOPE Written by Ellen Tierney
In 2009, I had been a neonatal intensive care unit nurse for six years, and had been travel nursing for three years, when I decided I wanted to branch out even further. I loved the excitement of travel nursing, but wanted a bit more, something different. My love for travel and helping others led me to seek out volunteer opportunities abroad. A close friend had volunteered with a non-governmental organization to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia aboard the USNS Mercy. I reached out to see what other volunteer opportunities the organization had to offer, wondering if my specific skills of NICU nursing would in any way be beneficial. In May 2009, I boarded the USNS Comfort, the Mercy’s sister ship, to volunteer with Project HOPE, Continuing Promise 2009, a seven-country humanitarian and health education mission in Latin America. Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is an international healthcare organization that supports humanitarian efforts around the world. They deliver medicine and supplies, prevent and help eradicate disease, promote wellness and respond to disaster. Partnering with the US Navy, Project HOPE sends medical volunteers, nurses and doctors aboard a floating hospital ship to assist those in need. I joined the group for a month-long rotation, and our first stop was Colón, Panama. Although I was being sent as a NICU nurse, I knew that the likelihood of encountering critically-ill newborns was going to be slim.
And I was right. I was assigned to the ICU where I treated patients of all ages. Although it was an Intensive Care Unit, the patients we cared for were all fairly stable. Surgeries consisted of removing lumps and bumps, things very benign, yet out of reach for so many in these impoverished countries. I remember one day I felt like my NICU nursing skills were put to good use. It was a day off of the ship where we set up a small, acute-care free clinic in an old school on shore. Before we had even set up, there were lines of patients waiting to be seen. Each open-air room was designated for different problems. I was called to see a young girl about two years old who was listless in her mom’s arms. They wanted to draw labs and start an IV to give her fluid, as they assumed her to be pretty sick and wanted to send her to the hospital. I gathered what supplies I could and was able to get the IV into her small little vein. I remember holding the bag of saline as it dripped into her arm and realizing there was no IV pole, so I hung it from a rusty nail in the doorframe above us. It felt good to be able to contribute, even in such a small way.
"IT FELT RIGHT TO BE USING OUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND TALENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO NEEDED HELP. IT FELT GOOD TO BE ABLE TO GIVE, BUT WE GOT BACK SO MUCH MORE IN RETURN."
PROJECT HOPE SPOTLIGHT continued Our second stop, after passing through the Panama Canal, was Tumaco, Colombia. Here the team provided over 200 surgeries on board. There was a large pediatric population, which I was happy about, as most of the surgeries were cleft lip or cleft palate repairs. I remember two of my patients while we were there – they called themselves brothers, even though they were not related. They were found on the streets of Tumaco, abandoned and badly burned – probably in a fire. They lived in an orphanage and came to the Comfort to have scar revisions. I took care of each “brother” postop, mostly managing pain and keeping them company. It broke my heart to see how brave these 10-year-olds could be in the face of such an ordeal. Watching them undergo surgery after suffering so much physical pain already, with no parents or family, surrounded by unfamiliar medical personnel who spoke a different language was astonishing. It was times like these that I realized it wasn’t just about what nursing skills I was providing, but more about the comfort and love I could give to patients that had so little. Sometimes I questioned why I would give up the comfort of my home, my family, a paycheck to live aboard a naval ship with complete strangers. We slept like sardines in bunk rooms that had 100 people in them, we woke every morning at 6:00am to the Reveille call over the loud speaker and ran up eight flights of stairs to be served slop in the cafeteria before starting our day. But being onboard with so many like-minded strangers felt right.
"IT WAS TIMES LIKE THESE THAT I REALIZED IT WASN’T JUST ABOUT WHAT NURSING SKILLS I WAS PROVIDING, BUT MORE ABOUT THE COMFORT AND LOVE I COULD GIVE TO PATIENTS THAT HAD SO LITTLE." 7
We were nurses, doctors, surgeons, Canadian military, Latter Day Saints, volunteers from the Netherlands, Brazilian doctors, military reservistsâ€Śthe list goes on. It felt right to be using our professional skills and talents to make a difference in the individual lives of people who needed help. It felt good to be able to give, but we got back so much more in return.
After returning home, I felt different. It was hard to return to the common comforts of home that we so often take for granted. I was changed by this experience and will hold the lessons it taught me deep within myself. It strengthened my beliefs in knowing that nursing was my calling.
Project HOPE Charities Inc. is a relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. To learn more about Project HOPE, visit http://www.projecthopecharities.org.
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Jalapeño Cornbread INGREDIENTS:
- ¾ Cup Cornmeal - 1 Cup Flour - 1 Tbsp. Sugar Powder - 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder - 1/5 Tsp. Salt - 8 Ounces Creamed Corn - 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese - ½ Cup Sour Cream - 2 Eggs (Beaten) - 1 Jalapeño
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, coat an 8” cake pan with butter.
2. Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder & salt in a mixer.
3. Add remaining ingredients & mix until ingredients are blended. (DO NOT OVER MIX)
4. Bake for 30-40 minutes. TIP:
If you do not like spicy food but want the jalapeño taste, deseed the jalapeño to cut back on the heat.
Lone Star Chili INGREDIENTS:
- 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1.5 lbs. Chuck Roast (1/4” Cubes) - 2 Cups Onions (1/4” Dice) - 2 Cloves Garlic (Minced) - ½ Tsp. Oregano (Dried) - 1 Tsp. Ground Cumin - 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder - 3 Cups Roma Tomatoes (1/4” Diced) - 1 Cup Beef Stock (Add more stock if needed)
Adjust seasoning to your liking as it's cooking.
1. Heat oil & brown meat, remove meat and set aside. 2. Add onions & garlic, cook until onions are translucent.
3. Add all spices and cook for 2 minutes, return meat to the pot.
4. Add tomatoes and stock, bring to a boil & reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 1 hour.
Serve the chili topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
EAT: COMFORT FOOD continued
Roasted Veggies & Salmon INGREDIENTS:
- ½ Cup Baby Carrots - 1 Cup Zucchini (Sliced 1/4” Thick) - 1 Medium Red Onion (Diced) - 1 Cup Purple Potatoes - 3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - ½ Tbsp. Oregano (Dried) - ½ Tbsp. Parsley (Dried) - ½ Tbsp. Onion Powder - 4 Slices Lemon - 4 Fillets Salmon - Salt & Pepper (To Taste)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Add veggies, spices, and EVOO into a bowl and mix until veggies are well coated.
3. Place veggies onto an aluminum foil lined sheet pan and roast for about 20-30 minutes.
4. When the veggies are almost done lay the
salmon fillets on top of the veggies. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon slices.
5. Bake until salmon is cooked through (about 8 mins).
Rice Pilaf INGREDIENTS:
- 1 Cup Long Grain Rice 1. Add EVOO to a hot pan, add the rice and cook - 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil on high heat to toast the grains. - Â¼ Tsp. Turmeric 2. Add chicken stock, turmeric, and salt. - 2 Cups Chicken Stock 3. Boil on high heat until most of the stock is - Salt (To Taste) evaporated, bring to a simmer and cover. 4. Cook for 15 minutes until rice is cooked through, fluff with a fork.
EAT: COMFORT FOOD continued
Coq Au Vin
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 1 Whole Chicken - 4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 2 Ounces Bacon (Diced) - 1 Medium Onion (Diced) - 4 Ounces Mushrooms (Sliced) - 1 Clove Garlic (Minced) -1 Ounce Tomato Paste - ¼ Cup Flour - ½ Cup Red Wine - 2 Cups Vegetable Stock - 1 Sprig Thyme
1. Fabricate Chicken 2. Put EVOO into pan and sear chicken on each side, set aside in a bowl. In the same pan you seared the chicken in add the bacon, onions, mushrooms, and garlic, cook until onions are translucent. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add tomato paste and flour, stir vigorously to dissolve flour.
Cover, and bring to a
5. Cook until the sauce thickens and the chicken is
1. Dice potatoes into 1 inch cubes. 2. Boil potatoes until you can stick a fork into the potato.
3. Add butter to pan, once the butter is melted add the garlic.
4. Add chicken and thyme.
- 2 Pounds Potatoes - 2 Cloves Garlic (Minced) - ½ Cup Heavy Cream - 2 Tbsp. Butter - Salt & Pepper (To Taste)
4. In a mixer (with a whisk attachment) add
potatoes and heavy cream, mix on medium speed until you reach your desired consistency.
Add more heavy cream if the potatoes are too thick.
Chocolate Mousse INGREDIENTS:
- 12 Ounces Semi-sweet Chocolate - 6 Tbsp. Butter (Softened) - ½ Cup Sugar - 6 Egg Yolks - ½ Cup Coffee - 1 ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. 2. Whisk in butter, 1 tbsp at a time until butter is well incorporated. Set aside to cool at room temperature.
3. In a separate bowl slowly whisk sugar into egg yolks, add coffee and place over double boiler whisking constantly until very thick.
4. Transfer mixture to a mixer and whisk on medium speed until mixture is cool.
5. Once mixture is cooled fold in chocolate mixture. 6. Whisk heavy cream to soft peaks and fold into chocolate mixture.
OPTIONAL: Top with candied pecans, caramel sauce and strawberries.
Christine Comaford: NEUROSCIENCE SERIES:
Exploring insights into our minds and our behaviors
CHRISTINE COMAFORD of SmartTribes
Institute is a Neuroscience-Based Leadership & Culture Coach, teaching communication strategies for individuals and corporations. In addition to being a two-time New York Times best-selling author and featured blogger or Forbes, Christine has led speaking engagements at Harvard Business School, Google, and Microsoft. Her clients include over 700 of the Fortune 1000, over 300 mid-sized and small businesses, and two U.S. Presidents. Christine also donates a substantial amount of her time to Hospice, placing the medical industry near and dear to her heart.
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10 TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR COLLEAGUES
TO WORK WITH YOU BETTER Written by Christine Comaford, seen in Forbes To view this article online visit: www.forbes.com When colleagues work well together, everyone benefits. With help from Andy Teach, a corporate veteran and author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time, Skip Weisman, a leadership and workplace communication expert, David Parnell, a legal consultant, communication coach and author, and Deborah Shane, a career author, speaker and professional branding and social media marketing strategist, I compiled a list of the 10 ways to get your colleagues to work with you better.
1. MAKE TEAMWORK A PRIORITY BY MAKING IT PART OF THE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. This begins with performance expectations when someone joins the organization, Weisman says. “I was speaking with a prospective client last summer who was complaining about this very thing – that their people were not working well together – so I asked her, ‘Well, do you assess their contribution to teamwork as part of your annual performance review process?’ She looked at me like a deer in headlights and responded as if it was a master stroke of genius.” If you don't measure it and give people the expectation at the very beginning of their role with the organization, it will not be seen as priority.
2. PINPOINT THE PROBLEM. "Explore your feelings and behavior toward your colleagues,” says Parnell. “Social and professional relationships are inextricably symbiotic and interactive, and much of the communication that occurs is both subconscious and reactive.” If your colleagues seem to be difficult, they may actually be reacting to the signals you are giving off – whether consciously or unconsciously. While this might be a bitter pill to swallow, you may be the very root of the problem and the first step toward recovery is discovering this.
3. DO NOT COMPLAIN TO MANAGEMENT. “Mommy, mommy! Jimmy isn’t being nice!” isn’t going to cut it here. In fact, it will just make things worse. “Going over someone’s head to leverage them with authority is the best way to gain faux cooperation that is backed by insidious, Machiavellian game play,” Parnell says. “Take whatever steps are necessary to remedy your situation first, and only turn to management as the last resort.”
4. ASK FOR ADVICE. Again, you don’t want to go to your boss or upper management to complain about a co-worker, but you can ask your supervisor for advice on how to improve your work relationships. “They will certainly appreciate the fact that you came to them first because
NEUROSCIENCE SERIES continued (cont.) you want to improve the team dynamic,” Teach says. “This will help your supervisor see that you are truly a team player."
6. ENGAGE THE LAW OF RECIPROCITY. "If you happily help people first, others automatically will feel a sense of obligation to return the favor," Weisman says. When you have an extra free minute or two ask your co-workers if they need help with anything, or engage in another act of kindness. Maybe your colleagues will reciprocate, and thus improve the way you work together.
7. GIVE YOUR CO-WORKER AN INCENTIVE.
5. COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES. "I think that this is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to improving a work relationship," Teach says. “It's totally understandable why you and a co-worker don't work well together but the onus is on you to improve the situation.” If you complain to your boss, he or she will most likely just ask you to speak directly with your co-worker to try to improve the situation. So instead, ask your co-worker if they have some time to speak with you, maybe at the end of the day once all of your projects are completed. Just state your feelings in a non-accusatory way, tell your co-worker that you'd really like it if you can help each other in the future and work better together, and ask them what you can do to make this happen. "It's possible that they are not even aware of their shortcomings or perhaps they don't realize that there is a problem between the two of you so hopefully they will appreciate the fact that you are bringing this to their attention,” Teach says. Parnell agrees. "I know this may be a cliché, but you should address the problem head on. If someone seems to be abrasive or even combative, relay your concerns to them and ask if there is something you can do to help." It is uncomfortable, potentially embarrassing, and certainly not the easiest route; it is, however, the most effective, he says.
"You may present your case to a colleague as to why they need to work better with you but without an incentive, they may not be accommodating," Teach says. "Explain to them that by improving the work relationship between both of you, they will have more support from you, they will enjoy their work more, and they will get better results. Tell them that this can potentially lead to more appreciation and recognition from upper management, which hopefully will lead to a promotion and raise down the line—and that by not working well together, this scenario will be more difficult to achieve."
8. CELEBRATE AND REWARD GREAT TEAMWORK. "Unfortunately, most employees won’t go out of their way to work well with others, unless there’s something in it for them", Weisman says. "If you’ve already explained to your co-worker how they can benefit from working with you better, and he or she still isn’t doing it, talk to your boss about implementing some type of rewards or recognition program." Shane believes employers should acknowledge workers regularly for their team efforts and loyalty, both in private and to the entire team. “Set up a ‘Team Player of the Month Award’ that the team votes on and reward that person with a dinner out, gift certificate or cash," she suggests. This will most definitely motivate your colleagues to be better team players.
9. GO OUT TO LUNCH OR FOR A DRINK. "When colleagues don't get along or don't work well together, it simply might be that they don't really know each other," Teach explains. "The best way to get to know a co-worker better is to spend some time with them away from the office. Offer to take them out to lunch and just chat with them as an equal,” he says. You can also ask to meet them after work for a drink, when he or she might be more relaxed and perhaps not as cautious when it comes to discussing your relationship. Use the time to find out what you have in common outside of work." "Of course, use your social barometer to monitor the depth of your plumb, but dig deeper and add some foundation to your relationship," Parnell adds.
10. FIND OUT THEIR CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES. "Don't always assume that the reason why a co-worker doesn't work well with you is because it's personal," Teach says. "It may be that they don't have the aptitude for the job or don't have the training necessary to do a great job. If this is the case, offer to train them or to help them in any way. They will see you in a new light; as an asset and not a liability."
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LILLY'S JOURNEY A Grandfather's Thank You to Children's National Medical Center Written by Jim Gullace
A Children's National Medical Center Story It has been over four years since my experience with Children’s National Medical Center, but the memories are just as vivid today as they were then. My three-yearold granddaughter was taken to the local emergency room for what we know now were life-threatening injuries. She was airlifted to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and had to have emergency surgery – her stomach had a two-inch tear in it that needed to be repaired. Once she survived the surgery, the real journey began. The recovery that followed would require that she spend 30 days in the hospital. During that time she could not eat solid food; any nutrients she needed were given to her through an IV. She had drains and tubes connected to her for all but the last couple days, working to drain the toxins from her body. Because of her age there was someone with her 24 hours a day from our family so that she would never be alone. Needless to say, we were living in the hospital with her. We spent many hours watching Dolphin Tale and Gnomeo & Juliet on repeat, or taking walks with her around the hospital. Children’s had red wagons for her to sit in so we could wheel her and her IV tree around.
When TV and walks got old, the nurses would bring paints or puzzles in to help keep her busy. When I think of the staff at Children’s NMC I am still amazed at all the people I met who worked there. From the parking garage attendant right through the surgeon who operated on her, the best word you can use to describe these people is caring. They all cared about us and did whatever they could to make the experience livable for us. But, the people who did the day-in-and-day-out care were the nurses.
"THEY GAVE THE GREATEST CARE TO OUR GRANDDAUGHTER AND ALL OF US. WE LIVED WITH THEM DAY TO DAY." They gave the greatest care to our granddaughter and all of us. We lived with them day to day. They would stop by when they were not assigned to her care and visit. They were understanding, knowledgeable and a very important part of her team – any time we had questions or concerns, they took the time to reassure us. It was impressive to hear doctors seek their opinion and base her care on what the nurses were recommending. There were many rough moments through her recovery but the nurses never faltered. They were always there to take care of us and support us through the moment. I recall one day when I was with my granddaughter and one of her tubes came out. I was in a panic because I knew what it might entail to get that tube back in. The nurse on duty that day was one of my favorites. She kept me calm and was very reassuring. The tube went back in and it wasn’t easy. But she was there the entire time and we all kept it together, for the most part.
LILLY'S JOURNEY continued Sometimes my granddaughter didnâ€™t want to cooperate with what needed to be done: bandages had to be changed, temperatures had to be taken, diapers changed, etc., but the amount of patience and care the nurses showed during those moments was incredibly supportive. On a bad day my granddaughter did not want her bandages to be changed and she became hysterical. The support the nurse gave to not just my granddaughter but to me as well got us through it.
TODAY MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS AN ENERGETIC 7-YEAROLD IN SECOND GRADE ENJOYING LIFE TO THE FULLEST. The physical scars on her body are gradually fading away, but the memories are still there for all of us. It is comforting to this day that a lot of those memories are happy ones because of the care we received from her nurses and the entire staff of Childrenâ€™s National Medical Center.
HEALTHCARE Written by Elsa Klarich
A glimpse into the life of an inspiring nurse and her medical journey through Africa.
I AM A BUSH PILOT FOR AN INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION CALLED FLYING MEDICAL SERVICE.
Life in Tanzania, East Africa is beautiful. It is an exciting place to live â€” especially when you get to live your dream by taking doctors, nurses and medical supplies to remote areas throughout the country flying a Cessna 206 airplane. Tanzania is a vast country, and in most areas very underdeveloped when it comes to healthcare, proper medicines and equipment. This beautiful country still has the need for mobile dispensaries to be set up to provide children with vaccines, pregnant women with antenatal care and people in need with basic tropical medicine. These needs cannot be provided for without the use of cars and airplanes as transportation.
I fly a small airplane to the most remote areas of East Africa providing medical care to the Maasai Tribe. By taking native and visiting doctors and nurses along as support, we fly into villages to give the people the help they require. It is incredible to see that such a service as flying a Cessna 206 airplane into villages every week is still a necessity. As a team, we are able to set up mobile clinics that reach Maasai children, women and men in areas that otherwise would not have any medical care at all. The Maasai people are given the knowledge and security that their children will be provided with vaccines, the women will be given prenatal healthcare and that all will be treated by doctors and nurses when the airplane flies into their village. Tropical medicine is a specialization that is in high demand in Tanzania. Through understanding of medicines and tropical diseases and viruses, these remote areas of Tanzania can be given the healthcare that is vital to curing these cases. I am so thankful to be a part of an organization
"TROPICAL MEDICINE IS A SPECIALIZATION THAT IS IN HIGH DEMAND IN TANZANIA."
BUSH PILOT continued (cont.) that allows doctors and nurses to share their expertise in the medical field. Flying an airplane with supplies to remote areas has been my dream, but helping people has been my biggest dream. Living in a third world country for almost four years and seeing such a need for proper healthcare has made me an advocate for more development in the tropical medicine field. This stunning, potential-filled country in eastern Africa has taken a piece of my heart, and I will do my best to help to continue its development for its people.
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GET TO KNOW
Michelle A. Ostran, R.D. Michelle is a Registered Dietitian at Jersey Shore University Medical Center Neptune, Monmouth County, New Jersey
SS: What do you do? MO: I’m a Registered Dietitian in a large trauma
hospital working with adults and pediatric patients to diagnose nutritional issues and give them an assessment. I implement an intervention with meal modification and determine their future health and wellness needs.
SS: What is something that is important to consider
while trying to improve your health with nutrition?
MO: Eat more fruit and veggies, and drink more
water! More than half of Americans today don’t get enough vegetables in their diet. Vegetables have so many nutrients that the body needs and many people think they are eating enough, but most aren’t.
SS: How do you know when a patient needs your help?
MO: I receive consultations from nurses and
physicians when the patient is first admitted based on questions the patients are asked. Often a patient’s answers to certain questions (for an example, they have been losing weight without trying or needing to) alert the staff to automatically refer the patient to me as part of their treatment.
SS: What is your biggest tip for a healthy lifestyle? MO: Nutrition is designed to be preventative.
Proper nutrition can help prevent disease and illness and keep your body healthy.
SS: What are some of the benefits to proper nutrition? MO: More energy and focus, better sleep, reduced stress and life longevity.
“MORE THAN HALF OF AMERICANS TODAY DON’T GET ENOUGH VEGETABLES IN THEIR DIET”
SS: What are some of your favorite nutrition-rich foods?
MO: Chia seeds are great - I usually make them into a “pudding” with yogurt or milk. Peanut butter is also a nutrient-rich food and is great on fruit or veggies, like apples and celery. Cruciferous vegetables (vegetables in the broccoli and cabbage family) are high in essential nutrients like Vitamin C and fiber, and are also being researched for cancer prevention.
INTERVIEW: MICHELLE A. OSTRAN, R.D. continued
SS: How do you feel about soda, diet soda or any other snack foods that so many people reach for in a pinch?
MO: I believe that products with a long shelf
life should be eaten in moderation. When shopping, stick to the outside aisles of the grocery store for the most part and be selective about what you’re buying. An example – though rice is generally good for you (and in the center aisles of the grocery store), it should still be eaten in moderation and with lots of veggies.
“I FIRMLY BELIEVE IN HAVING A WATER FILTER SO YOU KNOW YOUR WATER IS CLEAN” MO: Another thing that I would mention as a tip
“A CHIP IS STILL A CHIP WHETHER IT'S ORGANIC OR NOT”
SS: Do you have any other health tips or information you would like to share?
MO: With all of the articles in the news lately
about lead in the water in Flint, Michigan and Chromium 6 (a toxic, cancer-causing form of Chromium 3, an essential nutrient found in many vegetables) found in the water in multiple towns in New Jersey, I firmly believe in having a water filter so you know your water is clean. We have ZeroWater filters and they are one of the only filters that remove Chromium 6. Having clean water is essential to preventative health.
is that just because a product is labeled “organic” or “gluten free” doesn’t mean it’s healthier! A chip is still a chip, whether it’s organic or not. Macaroni and cheese is still a processed food, even though some brands might be found in “health” food aisles labeled as organic. Even organic fruits and vegetables can still be sprayed with pesticides! Though the pesticides are “organic”, they’re still chemicals on your food!
RN MEN: LIFE ON & OFF THE JOB MALE NURSES REPRESENT 9% OF THE NURSING COMMUNITY. With close to 1 out of every 10 readers of PULSE likely being a dude, we wanted to include some stereotypically “male” topics. So let’s go straight for the stereotype and talk sports. And what could be more debatable than the greatest athletes of all time? We asked two of our resident sports experts to debate their Top 5. Do you agree with their picks? Check it out on Pg. 43.
5 GREATEST ATHLETES
Discussed by our sport experts Dewey Olson and Otis Cunningham
DO: What could be more subjective? There are so
many factors to consider: statistics, impact, era – there are clearly no right or wrong answers here. Let’s be clear upfront though, we’re not identifying the most athletic players of all time – you won’t see Bo Jackson on these lists – but rather the greatest players from among all athletes. Big difference. Disclaimers aside, here are my Top 5:
1. WAYNE GRETZKY
2. BABE RUTH
3. MICHAEL JORDAN
4. SERENA WILLIAMS
5. MUHAMMAD ALI
OC: You’re right, there are no right or wrong
answers to this, but there certainly was at least one surprise! I’m a little shocked that we had so few matching choices, but not surprised that we both chose The Great One at the top of the list. His statistics are amazing, ranking first in pretty much all offensive categories, but the distance between 1st and 2nd place in those hockey stats is jaw dropping. Truly a once-ina-lifetime talent. Your selection of Babe Ruth was a bit out of left field (pun intended) to me. Especially in second place! There is no doubt that he was an excellent baseball player, but putting him #2? I think that’s a reach.
While I chose LeBron James to your Michael Jordan, there is very little to argue on this pick.
OC: (cont.) Both are the epitome of greatness and
the debate about these two will continue for years. This is where you got me! Serena Williams? I applaud your creativity, but what are you thinking? I’m not even sure she’s the best at her sport. Women’s tennis is peppered with tremendous athletes and sustained success. Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf. If you’re not the handsdown, clear-cut winner in your own sport, how can you be on this list? In agreement with you on Muhammad Ali. Greatest boxer of all time, in a time where boxing meant something. 1. WAYNE GRETZKY
2. TIGER WOODS
3. LEBRON JAMES
4. JERRY RICE
5. MUHAMMAD ALI
DO: First of all, the Babe played right field – but
your attempted pun is appreciated. How can Ruth NOT be in your Top 5? The greatest baseballer of all time, bar none. Don’t get me wrong – Mays was more athletic and Williams hit for a better average – but Ruth was head and shoulders above his contemporaries. Put it this way, when Ruth retired in 1935, he had 714 career home runs. Second place was Lou Gehrig with just 353. That is Gretzky-like dominance! Oh, and he had a career ERA of 2.28. Yeah – deal with that. I’ll save the LeBron vs MJ debate for a future time.
DO: (cont.) For now, let’s just say 6-0 in the finals
plus way less turnovers. That’s the difference. Serena is so dominant. When the others you mentioned were playing, they had rivals. Billie Jean vs. Martina, then Martina vs. Evert, Graf vs. Seles. They were definitely great – and their numbers are ridiculous, but Serena has NO rival because she is so much better than her competition. And she’s got years left to play if she wants it. Tiger Woods? Seriously? This is just like your LeBron selection. You need to stop being blinded by what you’ve seen recently and realize that Tiger’s not even the best golfer of all time. Jack is the best. Don’t give me any “but Tiger did so much for the game” nonsense either. Tiger was on the path for sure – but his chances of besting Nicklaus faded away as fast as his HGH supplier. Rounding out your Top 5, I like your selection of Rice. I think he might be the best football player of all time, but the talent of today’s receivers is taking away some of my appreciation for what Rice did. Nonetheless – solid pick here at #4.
OC: Is Babe the best baseball player ever? I
know you traditionalists don’t want to hear this, but you honestly need to remove premodern era players from the conversation. Here’s the truth. The overall quality of play gets better over time. Quite frankly, there just were not that many good players back then, so the great players look even greater by comparison. Heck, baseball wasn’t even integrated yet. Additionally, let’s not forget that while the Babe was on the Yankees, four of the nine Hall of Fame pitchers in the AL from that time played for the Yankees. The Yankees were loaded, and Babe benefitted from lesser opposing pitching. Everyone needs to stop romanticizing their grandfather’s heroes, and realize that the athletes from yesteryear are not indisputable. What we need to do is go look up Willie Mays’ stats. Even better, go watch some film on him. That man could play some baseball! (cont.) I’ll retort your MJ comment with simply: Larry Hughes, Sasha Pavlovic, Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Mike Brown. In 2007, Lebron James basically took a D-League team and a journeyman coach
OC: (cont.) to the finals. At the age of 22! Jordan
never did it without Pippen and more importantly, Phil Jackson. He was still pretty darn good though. Serena is great. She’s certainly on the Mt. Rushmore of women’s tennis, and she still has some strong years ahead of her. She very well could end up on this list, in time. I think it’s still a little early to anoint her now given the competition within her sport. She is probably the current most feared player at her sport though. I sure wouldn’t want to be facing down that serve! Tiger Woods. Yeah, things tapered off a little bit after the scandal and ALLEGED HGH connections. But, his prime was so dominant, he didn’t even need a full career to achieve GOAT status. I urge you to look at his stats and records. They are staggering. Then there’s the “Jack Nicklaus Effect” that you’re blinded by. In Jack’s time there were only a handful of players that realistically had a shot of winning tournaments. Today, it’s dozens of players from all over the world. Beyond those dozens of players, the talent level of the entire field is exponentially higher. Against the best competition in the history of golf, Tiger flat-out dominated in a way that we’ve never seen.
DO: Looks like we’re having different conversations
– I don’t equate “greatest” with “best”. I would agree that Willie – apples to apples – was a more talented baseball player than George Herman Ruth. But the Babe is still the greatest. I think you understood this with your Ali pick (Mike Tyson prime or Floyd Mayweather could be considered the best). Shoot, by your logic we could argue that Mookie Blaylock was “greater” than Bob Cousy! So why not apply the Ali philosophy to all of your picks? Let’s pick this back up in the next edition…
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FASHION TIPS FOR MEN Written by Men's Fashion Expert, Noah Maxwell
1. BUY THE RIGHT FIT. Men often choose speed over care when shopping, but coming home with a shirt that is too bulky or pants that are saggy makes for a sloppy look. If you end up with clothing that is too small, you may end up looking heavier than you are – or like you haven’t upgraded your t-shirt collection since before you put on that freshman 15. USE THE DRESSING ROOM, making sure everything fits in a way that flatters your best attributes and hides those physical anomalies that you’d rather keep a secret. The best fitting clothes are ones that almost hug the body – but not clothes that are tight.
TO REVAMP YOUR CLOSET
2. LEARN HOW TO IRON. For goodness sake, if I see one more man walking around with rumpled khakis and an undersized polo, I will have to tackle him. If you are not using a dry cleaner, then guess what – you will probably need to iron your clothes. There is a step between the dryer and putting it on – the step where you make it look wearable. Wrinkly clothes tell the world that you just don’t really care much. About anything. Show that you have enough self-respect to look nice, and I bet other people will begin to show you more respect.
3. ACCESSORIZE PROPERLY. Unless you are the lead guitarist in a rock band – or Johnny Depp – you don’t need seven bracelets, eight rings, a bandana, and a bunch of chains around your neck. When you leave the house, ensure a few key things: Match your belt, shoes, and watch. A dude that’s wearing a black belt with his frumpy brown slip-on casuals just looks clueless. It’s a message to the world that you have no idea what’s going on. And while we’re talking about belts – make a smart decision on belt width. Thin belts can be very cool – but they are meant to be worn with low-rise pants on men with thin legs whose bellies don’t hang over the buckle. If your pants’ waist size is higher than 38, or if you have thighs the size of tree trunks, you probably want a wider belt. It’s a proportion issue. And PLEASE wear nice shoes. By “nice” I mean shoes that are appropriate for the rest of your attire and shoes that have not yet been beaten into submission. It’s so important to own the right collection of shoes so that you have something that works for any occasion. A nice pair of black dress shoes, a nice pair of brown dress shoes, a sleek pair of chukkas, and clean athletic shoes are all must-haves. Once you have the right belt and shoes, strap on the watch that matches best. All metal watches are fine – and I know that it’s “fashionably acceptable” to mix your metals – but if your belt has a silver buckle, the metal on your watch should be silver too. I recommend owning three watches – one brown, one black, and one all metal (silver or gold depending on your preference). And if you have the means, sneak a really nice pair of sunglasses into your repertoire. Me? I like aviators. Even when you don’t have them on, hanging them on your shirt can be a little tiny detail that adds some personality and style to your casual jeans-and-tee look.
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4.5.HAVE ONEA OR TWO UNIQUE DETAILS. CARRY HANDKERCHIEF. Every man should have something about his fashion style that is “his” thing. I have two: A. I always wear interesting socks. I know I’m not the only oneSTOP – so it EVOLVING. isn’t 7. DON'T terribly unique – but look around. If you’re not wearing all black or all navy socks, you’re the exception. Funky designs and pop colors are the hallmark of my socks. Or, if the situation doesn’t call for something outlandish, I make sure my socks match perfectly with the rest of my outfit.
B. I have a bright red wallet. I know, it’s a little weird and some guys give me crap about it being my wife’s wallet – but you know what? It’s different. It starts conversations and frankly, I like it. Sometimes you gotta say screw the rules and do something because you think it’s cool…even if you’re the only that thinks so. In the long run, people will appreciate that you have tastes and preferences that are all your own.
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5. CARRY A HANDKERCHIEF. It’s old school, but always classy and never inappropriate. But it’s not for blowing your nose – my handkerchief performs one of two functions: emergency clean-up or sensitivity duty. Seriously – the only times it ever comes out of my back pocket is because something spilled in a weird place and there is literally nothing else to use, or someone is crying. Handing a clean folded handkerchief to the woman that is trying to stop crying is the most gentlemanly thing you can do. Trust me, you’ll be the only guy in the room that can do it. The handkerchief is a lost art.
6. NEVER BE UNDERDRESSED. It’s ok to be a little overdressed – if anything, most people will wish they looked as nice as you. But you never want to be underdressed. It looks bad – sure. But it also makes you feel insecure. And no one wants to see men acting insecure. Think ahead to where you will be and who will be there. What will others be wearing. The best solution is to be on a dressiness par with the group; but if you are uncertain, err on the side of looking better than everyone, not worse.
7. DON'T STOP EVOLVING. Trends are a fickle thing. By definition, they never last. So if you go out this weekend and update your wardrobe (following my advice, of course), be advised that you will have to do it again. Every season. Or maybe even more often than that. I don’t think you need to spend thousands of dollars, but keeping some new pieces in your line-up makes a big difference. Slim pants and vulcanized outsoles won’t be here forever. Maybe un-ironed, loose-fitting pants with 20 bracelets and brown socks will be the new look. If it does, be sure you know that it’s coming (or at least when it has arrived), and try to adopt its principles in a way that suits you.
GET TO KNOW
Blake Shafer, ER Technician
SS: What made you decide to become an ER
SS: What advice would give to someone experiencing
BS: Since I decided to get into healthcare, my
BS: If you feel overwhelmed by your current
final goal as a CNA was to work in the ER. This was a career move because I wanted to advance my skills as far as I could at the CNA level. By receiving specialized training in IV insertion, catheter insertion and EKG administration I have put myself ahead of the ball in nursing school. Also I get to work in an environment that teaches me vital skills such as prioritization and time management. I started by working on a telemetry unit at Frederick Maryland Hospital where I learned the basics of patient care. Then I "jumped out of the frying pan into the fire" and went to the ER at Meritus Medical Hospital. It scared me to death and I wanted to quit in my first six months, but I fought through it and I have been there four years now and love it.
SS: What scared you about the ER? BS: The ER is a fast-paced, high-stress
environment where it is very easy to mess something up, lose focus or fall behind. This new job exhausted me mentally and physically. I was running laps around the ER frantically from task to task trying to stay on top of everything going on.
SS: Sounds chaotic â€“ what changed? BS: I learned that trying to do everything is
impossible, and teamwork is key to the success of our unit. I started building relationships and relying on the more experienced people around me to help guide and teach me the ways of the ER.
situation, whether it be work, life in general or anything, the most important thing you can do is step back. Analyze your situation and set goals for yourself. Baby steps are key to problem solving. Also realize whether or not your goals are realistic. Once you have realistic goals, you can achieve them. Use the people around you for support and get an effective support system. Seek out a person who is willing to mentor you and sharpen your skills.
SS: What is it like to enter a field that is female dominant?
BS: I have been working in healthcare in
hospitals for almost eight years now. At first it was very different compared to what I was used to. I had worked in grocery stores before this so it was almost culture shock when I came in as green as they come into this field. I feel like men in the field are accepted and viewed as having the ability to deliver at the same level; I never felt like an outsider because I was a guy. I did, however, have to learn to communicate effectively with my female coworkers. You have to learn how to communicate effectively with all coworkers. I've never really had a problem being a man in the field.
TOP TEN LISTS We chatted with our featured RN, Blake Shafer (pg. 51), about what he does in his spare time. Check out our lists of top 10â€™s inspired by Blake!
TOP 10 ALBUMS
1. Michael Jackson, Thriller, 1982 2. AC/DC , Back in Black, 1980 3. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973 4. Whitney Houston, The BodyGuard, 1992 5. Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell, 1977 6. Eagles, Their Greatest Hits, 1976 7. Bee Gees, Satuday Night Fever, 1977 8. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977 9. Shania Twain, Come on Over, 1997 10. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, 1971
TOP 10 AMERICAN
BEACHES ACCORDING TO FORBES
1. Hanauma Bay Beach Park, Oahu, HI 2. Siesta Beach, Sarasota, FL 3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, HI 4. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks, NC 5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, MA 6. Grayton Beach State Park, FL 7. Coronado Beach, San Diego, CA 8. Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY 9. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, FL 10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, SC
1. Action Comics No.1 – $1,390,000
TOP 10 MOST
2. Detective Comics No.27 – $1,380,000 3. Superman No.1 – $671,000 4. All- American Comics No.16 – $430,000 5. Detective Comics No.1 – $405,000 6. Marvel Comics No.1 – $367,000 7. Batman No.1 – $359,000 8. More Fun Comics No.52 – $316,000 9. Flash Comics No.1 – $289,000 10. Amazing Fantasy No.15 – $280,000
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A LITTLE SOMETHING
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
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