ULM School of Nursing Faculty & Staff Assessment

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ULM School of
Nursing Faculty
& Staff
Assessment
Victoria Creel, Erin Allen Forsse, Jessica Jester,
Christin Mohon, Alyson Waters, Karla Wiggers
HEALTH SEEKING
BEHAVIORS
Jessica Jester
Rationale
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Surveys showed a desire to gain more
knowledge regarding Zumba, bike riding, and
the availability of canoes.
Benefits of exercise
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Improve your mood
Helps fight diseases
Promotes better sleep
Goal
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The SON faculty & staff will identify
resources available in their community
regarding exercise programs and lifestyle
activities.
Objectives
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Identify convenient resources for exercise
State where canoes can be obtained
Identify what Zumba is and where to find
a class
State where one can join a group for bike
riding
What Nursing
Students Can Do
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Provide information regarding the University
of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) Activity
Center and Natatorium with hours of
operation and classes offered.
Provide information about the Human
Performance Lab within the ULM
Kinesiology Department
Provide information about local health and
wellness resources.
ULM Activity Center
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Hours of operation:
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Monday thru Thursday 6AM to 9PM
Friday 6AM to 8PM
Saturday and Sunday 1PM to 7PM
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Classes offered: Butts & Guts, Cardio Kick, Total
Training, Core, Pilates, Pump & Jump, Sculpt, Crossfit, Zumba
Treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes,
rowing machines, free weights, inside track, basketball
/ volleyball court, 6 racketball rooms, steam room,
locker room, showers
ULM Activity Center
ULM Natatorium
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Hours of operation:
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Canoes
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Monday-Friday 6AM to 9AM and 12PM to 7:15PM.
Saturday 10AM to 1:45PM
Phone Number 318-342-5315
ULM Natatorium faculty & staff membership
5 to 6 canoes
Free of charge with membership
Monday-Friday 9AM to 7:30PM
Water fitness classes are
offered
Local Resources
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The Wesley Center
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ULM Human Performance Lab
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4 Canoes
 Monday-Friday 9AM-sundown; Saturday upon request
 Free of charge
112 Bayou Drive on ULM Campus behind Strauss
Located in Fant-Ewing Coliseum
(318) 342-1310
The Wellness Center
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3215 Cypress Street, West Monroe
(318) 329-9100
Examples of classes offered: spin, water aerobics, body
combat, and body pump
Zumba
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Zumba is Latin rhythms and is easy to follow
combos in an interval format alternating from
easy to harder dance moves.
Zumba allows you to burn approximately 800 to
1000 calories per hour
Zumba Video
Zumba is offered at The
Wellness Center, ULM
Activity Center, and personal
DVD’s
Bike Riding
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Bike riding at a moderate speed can burn
approximately 500 to 700 calories per hour
The Bike Source offers a group riding session
every Monday at 6PM
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1131 Forsythe Ave
318-340-0010
Evaluation
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A follow up survey will be used to determine
the awareness of the ULM faculty and staff to
the local exercise programs and lifestyle
activity options in the Fall of 2010.
Resources
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise
/HQ01676/NSECTIONGROUP=2
http://www.nutristrategy.com/fitness/cyclin
g.htm
http://www.realage.com/
IMBALANCED
NUTRITION: Potential
for more than body
requirements
Alyson Waters
Rationale
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Out of 760 nurses surveyed across the
country, 54% were overweight or obese
compared to the national statistics of 65% of
the U.S. population
This is linked to bad habits at the workplace,
such as too much caffeine, sugar, and
unhealthy eating.
Goal
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The SON faculty and staff will make healthier
decisions when it comes to food choices.
Objectives
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Obtain resources regarding
proper nutrition
Develop a plan for healthier
eating while at work
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Bring snacks from home as opposed to using vending machines
 Easy snacks can be things like a bag of almonds, carrots, fresh
fruit, whole wheat crackers
Bring a packed lunch as opposed to buying fast food or cafeteria
food
If working the night shift, avoid eating to stay awake. Get up and
take a walk or drink a bottle of water.
Objectives cont’d…
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Develop healthy eating habits when eating in
restaurants
Be realistic in expectations
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Start small
Don’t try to change overnight
Keep a journal of progress
Expect some setbacks. If something isn’t working right, change
techniques
Ask for support
What Nursing
Students Can Do
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Determine age and activity level/exercise
patterns
Determine weight change patterns, lifestyle, and
cultural factors that may predispose to weight
gain.
Assess eating patterns in relation to risk factors
Perform BMI Screenings
Provide resources on healthy snacks
Encourage keeping a dietary diary for one week
to determine eating habits.
Help client develop new eating patterns
Evaluation
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A follow up survey will be administered in the
Fall of 2010 to evaluate the nutritional
decisions of the SON faculty and staff.
Resources
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Fiesta Nutrition Center
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1211 North 18th Street
318-387-8446
http://helpguide.org/life/fastfoodnutrition.htm
http://www.healthydiningfinder.com/
http://www.webterrace.com/fast/
STRESS OVERLOAD
related to excessive
role demands
Victoria Creel
Rationale
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On the Holmes-Rahe survey, the SON faculty
and staff had an average stress score of 124.1. The
scores ranged from 0-457. This suggests that
SON Faculty have a significant amount of stress
in their lives.
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A score of 150 points or less suggests a relatively low
amount of life change and a low susceptibility to stressinduced health breakdown.
A score of 150-300 points implies about a 50% chance of a
major health breakdown in the next 2 years.
A score of 300 points or more increases the odds of a major
health breakdown in the next 2 years to 80%.
Rationale cont’d…
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“Studies have shown negative effects of stress on health
and a cause-and-effect relationship between stress and
infectious diseases, traumatic injuries (eg, motor vehicle
crashes), and some chronic illnesses (Smeltzer, Bare,
Hinkle, & Cheever, p. 58, 2008).
“During times of stress, our bodies release Cortisol,
which is a stress hormone that makes us crave sugary,
high calorie foods like chocolate, pizza, and ice cream”
(Scott, 2007).
Goal
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The SON faculty and staff will verbalize an
intent to change two behaviors to decrease or
manage stressors.
Objectives
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Identify at least two behaviors that
contribute to stress.
List at least 2 negative effects of stress on
health.
List 2 local resources for stress relief.
What Nursing
Students Can Do
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Provide information on ways to reduce stress
such as:
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leading a healthy lifestyle
ways to enhance coping strategies
teaching relaxation techniques
Provide local resources for stress relief.
Evaluation
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Stress levels of the SON faculty and staff will
be reassessed using the Holmes-Rahe Life
Stress Inventory in the Fall of 2010.
Local Resources
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A Bodyworks Massage & Spa
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ULM offers a Stress Less for Your Heart 4 week course
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318-323-8090
http://www.abodyworksmassage.com/the_art_of_massage.
html
30 minute session is $30
http://www.ce.ulm.edu/CatalogCategoryView.aspx?Categor
yID=34
Luna Blue Yoga Center
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http://www.lunablueyoga.com/
318-361-5992
Resources
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Stress Management: A Randomized Study of Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy and Yoga
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Just Relax! Easier Said but Can Be Done
DISTURBED SLEEP
PATTERN related to
lifestyle disruptions
Christin Mohon
Rationale
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20% of the faculty and staff have indicated through
the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory that they have
experienced a major change in sleeping habits within the
last year.
A Harvard study has found relation between sleep
deprivation and an increased risk for heart disease.
(Healthy Sleep, 2010).
 http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/video/sleep07_
mullington_cardio
“Inadequate rest impairs our ability to think, handle
stress, maintain a healthy immune system and moderate
our emotions.” (Sleep Deprivation, 2010).
Goal
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The SON faculty and staff will experience a
more functional sleeping pattern.
Objectives
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Explain possible causes of disturbed
sleeping patterns due to lifestyle disruptions
Explain 3 effects of disturbed sleeping patterns
including physical effects
List at least 2 ways to improve sleep patterns
Make a sleep diary
Develop individualized bedtime routine
Name major foods that induce sleep
What Nursing
Students Can Do
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Provide information on foods and drinks to
avoid around the hours of sleep
Help the client to evaluate sleep diary
Help develop a bedtime routine
Evaluation
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Regularity of disturbed sleeping patterns of
the SON faculty and staff will be reassessed in
the Fall of 2010.
Resources
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Caffeine avoidance before bedtime
Tips for easing back into sleep after
disturbances
Melatonin supplements
OTC sleep aids and supplements
Understanding Insomnia
Insomnia help
FATIGUE related to
excessive role
demands
Erin Allen Forsse
Rationale
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Fatigue, which is different from sleepiness,
can cause a lack of motivation and can make
one less productive.
Although commonly caused by a routine or
lifestyle habit, fatigue can be a symptom of an
underlying medical problem.
Goal
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The SON faculty and staff will be able to
perform daily activities with motivation and
not suffer from sleep disturbances and lack of
energy.
Objectives
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Explain the cause of the fatigue
Plan important tasks during periods of high
energy
Seek medical attention if fatigue is caused by a
condition
Get adequate, regular, and consistent amounts of
sleep every night
Exercise regularly and eat well-balanced meals
Learn ways to promote relaxation
Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and drug use
What Nursing
Students Can Do
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Help develop a fatigue treatment plan
including diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, and
stress reduction
Follow up with treatment plan
Host a “Fighting Fatigue” health day to
provide information on treatment
and prevention of fatigue
Evaluation
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A follow up survey will be given to the SON
faculty and staff to evaluate the effectiveness
of the fatigue interventions in the Fall of
2010.
Resources
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fatigue/
MY00120
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/
article/003088.htm
READINESS FOR
ENHANCED
KNOWLEDGE related to
end-of-life planning
Karla Wiggers
Rationale
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The SON faculty and staff surveys indicated
that 14 out of 21 faculty and staff do not
currently have any type of advanced directive.
Goal
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The SON faculty and staff will acquire
information and understanding of the need to
enact advance directives.
Objectives
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Personal desires for end of life decisions will
be examined.
3 potential situations requiring advanced
directives will be identified.
A plan for acquiring and completing proper
forms will be developed.
An accountability pact will be formed with
peers to ensure completion of forms.
What Nursing
Students Can Do
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Give real life examples that show the
importance of advanced directives.
Provide websites with information on living
wills.
Help develop a plan for acquiring and
completing forms.
Encourage partnering with peers for
accountability.
Evaluation
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A follow up survey determining the number
of advance directives put in place after the
presentation will be administered in the Fall
of 2010.
Resources
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http://www.agingwithdignity.org/forms/5wi
shes.pdf
http://legacywriter.com/index.asp
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