THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1993 Valley Living THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To report local nmra telephone Maureen Connor-Rice, 468-3526 Area nurses meet educational challenges EDTTOR'S NOTE: Today is National Nurses Day; May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. Ukiah Valley Medical Center supplied the following article about nursing education in the Ukiah area. Today's nurses must respond to complex patient needs and manage highly technical data and equipment. Not surprisingly, the trend among nurses is toward increased training and education. Nearly one-third of all registered nurses now graduate from college with four-year bachelor's degrees, and between 5 and 6 percent hold advanced degrees, reports the American Nurses Association. In Ukiah, the challenge lies in the fact that we do not have a locally based two-year registered nurse program. This makes it more difficult for, and may even discourage, some nurses from pursuing their two-year degree. However, there are various ways to attain this goal for those dedicated to the pursuit of higher education. More than half of our local nurses have used the licensed vocational nursing program at Ukiah Adult School as a springboard to becoming a registered nurse. Up until a few years ago, the College of the Redwoods only offered a summer bridge program based in Eureka. This allowed nurses to upgrade from LVN to RN by going to school for two summers. Registered nurse Edrina Carney went through this program and graduated in 1988. "It was really difficult to be separated from my children for two summers. Fortunately, I have a very supportive family who helped me take care of them so I could concentrate on my studies." Carney, who works in the emergency department at Ukiah Valley Med- Teresa Lund is a med-surg nurse at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. ical Center, is already setting new goals. She wants to become a medical flight nurse and help transport critically ill patients by helicopter. By the time registered nurse Teresa Lund decided to pursue her two-year degree, College of the Redwoods was offering the bridge program in Ft. Bragg and Eureka. "Even though it was difficult to juggle family responsibilities and school, my husband and I are both glad that I did it," Lund said. "I've always loved nursing and I find it even more rewarding now." Lund works at Ukiah Valley Blood Center and on med- surg at UVMC. Jennetta Willis, also a registered nurse, received her two- year degree from New York Regents External Degree and is continuing with the program to obtain a bachelor's degree. "I wanted to continue my nursing education, but didn't feel like I could leave my family," she said. "This is basically a self-directed program that allows me to set my own pace. I am able to continue working and be with my family — that's why this program has worked for me." Regent's is comprised of five written nursing exams and three intensive clinical exams (the same general education requirements as any other BSN program), which Willis takes in Long Beach. Willis is case management supervisor at UVMC. There are other ways of obtaining a bachelor's degree while working. Cindy Bauer, a registered nurse, works in obstetrics at UVMC while pursuing her bachelor's through the Statewide Nursing Program. "This program is really designed for working nurses. The schedule is flexible and local physicians are very supportive in helping us fulfill our clinical experience requirements." Registered nurse Deborah Pardee has definitely worked her way up the educational ladder. She trained as a nurse's aid with the Regional Occupational Program and received her LVN through the Adult Education Program. She completed her two- year nursing degree through College of the Redwood's bridge program in Eureka and went on to receive her bachelor's from Sonoma State. Pardee recently completed her master's degree to become a clinical nurse specialist in emergency and triage from the University of California in San Francisco. "My advice to nurses thinking about higher education is to take one week at a time and set small goals. Sometimes looking at the big picture can seem overwhelming. Another suggestion would be to pursue avenues for financial assistance. There are lots of scholarships available that people just don't know about." Pardee is emergency services unit manager at UVMC. Iris Society lists rules for artistic classes in iris show Iris in the Redwoods is the title of Sunday's Redwood Iris Society's show at Pomolita School, 740 N. Spring St. The show lasts from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free. Artistic Design Rules: 1. Irises shall be used in all classes! Accessories are permitted so long as the accessory is subordinate. 2r No artificial plant material may be used. 3. If a background is called for, it must be there or the arrangement will not be judged. 4. Plant material used need not have been grown by the exhibitor. 5. Exhibitors may enter only their respective class, plus Class V "Open to All." 6. Exhibitors may enter only one exhibit per section. 7. Plants on the California Garden Clubs, Inc. conservation list may not be used, except in educational displays. 8. Judging will be done according to the National Council of State Garden Clubs.' objectives and by National Accredited Judges. Artistic awards: General awards as listed under general awards. A.I.S. purple rosette to the best arrangement. A.I.S. purple rosette for the artistic design sweepstakes (most blue ribbons). Artistic classes: Class I — novice: One who has never won a blue ribbon for flower arranging. Section A. "Sunshine in the Redwoods" — design using yellow and/or gold iris. Section B. "Behold the Queen" — use one stem of iris. Foliage as desired. Make it tall! Section C. "Basket of Cheer" — combine at least two kinds of flowers including iris. Make it bright. Class II — intermediate: One who has won one but not more than 10 blue ribbons. , Section D. "Redwood Dell" — use* iris with fern. Other foliage as desired. Section E. "Forest Moon"—crescent design. Use white iris. Foliage as desired. Section F. "Rhythm in Pink and Grey" — design using pink iris with grey foliage. Class III — amateur: One who has won 10 but not more than 20 blue ribbons Section G. "Redwood Trail" — arrangement featuring weathered wood. Section H. "Amber Glow" — compact design. Iris and foliage. Section I. "Purple Magic" — free style. Your interpretation. Class IV — advanced amateur: One who has won 20 or more blue ribbons Section J. "Splendor in the Redwoods" — design to contain two or more of the following: redwood foliage, bark, twigs, roots, fungus fem, cones. Section K. "Double Delight" — frame design. Use two containers. Section L. "Forest Shadows" — black and white design. Small amount of green foliage allowed. Class V — open to all: Section M. "Timber" — arrangement using iris with wood. Section N. "Mix Media" — combine fresh plant material with small amount of dried and/or treated material. Class VI — place settings: Section O. "Picnic in the Redwoods" — plastic and/or paper components allowed. Section P. "Romantic Evening" — dinner setting. Include candles. The Iris Society will feature loads of flowers Sunday at Pomolita Middle School. PET TALK Cats and litter boxes By KATY SOMMERS Doctor of -, Veterinary Medicine Every year, great numbers of litter-box trained house cats quit using their litter boxes. Finding puddles around the house can frustrate even the most dedicated caj lover. A cat may not want to use her litter box for several reasons, but the problem can be resolved with a little patience, persistence, an$ understanding. Before trying anything, it is a good idea to lake your cat to your veterinarian to be sure she is not ill. Urinary- tract infections and other diseases can cause cats lo quit using their boxes. If your cat is pronounced healthy, then the real detective work begins. Cats quit using their litter box for many different reasons. In some cases, it's a "territorial phenomenon, as a way of saying this area is mine." This message can be aimed at other cats in the household of even neighborhood cats viewcfl through the window, hi this situa^ lion, their urine is often "sprayed on a vertical surface such as a wall or furniture. While both male and female cats can "spray," early neutering (before sexual maturity at 6-7 months of age) greatly decreases the likelihood that a cat will develop this habit. t If puddles are found on the floorj more likely the problem is with the box or its surroundings! He may nq longer like where it is located, how it feels, or he may have been scared while using it. j To try to uncover the mystery, start by asking yourself: Have I changed the type of litter? Have I moved the box? Am I not cleaning the box as often? Is it a new kind of box? If the answer is "yes" to any of the above, try changing it back. If that doesn't work, your cat may have developed a litter box aversion from a previous unpleas-^ ant experience in the box, or she may no longer like the location of the her box. Your veterinarian or a' trained veterinary technician cart discuss ways you may be able to. confirm this and correct the problem. Veterinary animal behavior specialists have developed special protocols for you to try at home to retrain your cat to use the litter box, once a full history is ascertained. Your veterinarian is either familiar with these protocols to help you solve the problem, or can refer you to someone who specializes in behavior. Too often, people believe that once this behavior starts, they cannot eliminate the problem and ard forced to make their cat into an' "outdoor" cat. Most cases can be resolved with proper behavioral counseling. There are also new forms of medical therapy involving temporary oral medication to stop urine spraying. So if you are frustrated with a litter box problem-, don't lose patience, ask your veterinarian for help. "Pet Talk" is written by members of the Mendo-Lake Veterinary Association' and appears in the Daily Journal as a service to the Ukiah Valley. ^ Community news notes Sasha Makovkln makes some pottery PV church celebrates 120 years Potter Valley Community Methodist Church will celebrate its 120th anniversary May 9 at the church, 10075 Main St. in Potter Valley. Potter Sasha Makovkin will be the guest at the celebration. Working in ceramics for more than 30 years, his work has ranged from functional stoneware to sculpture and architectural installations. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, he shares a studio with his wife Susan and conducts interdisciplinary workshops in which the participants apply their experiences of working clay toward a deeper understanding of the figures of speech. The speech is drawn from the potter's vocabulary as they are used in literary, theological and technical contexts. The schedule of activities for the day include church school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; potluck lunch at noon; activity periods from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. with a closing celebration at 3. For more information, call 743-1004 or 743-2353. RV Indian Health Center is 25 The Round Valley Indian Health Center will celebrate 25 years of providing health care to the community of Round Valley on Friday. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the Round Valley Indian Health Center, Hwy. 162 and Biggar Lane in Covelo. There will be guest speakers, a free steak barbecue, various entertainment, exhibits and demonstrations. Other community events are also scheduled since it is the beginning of the Mother's Day weekend. A field day rodeo and dance will be held by the Future Farmers of America. It lasts two days. American Legion holds elections American Legion Post No. 76 will meet Monday at the Veterans Memorial Building, Seminary Aye. Elections will be held at the 7 p.m. meeting, according to Commander Homing. Piano students take home awards Piano students of Uiah piano teacher Dorothy Sugawara won awards in the Sonoma branch of the Music Teacher's Association piano competition in April. Gary Gong, (level three, elementary division), won first place. Andrew Tamanaha, (level seven, junior high division), and Suzanne Stevens, (level advanced, high school division), earned honorable mention awards. Darcy Vaughn, (level advanced, high school division), won second place and a $50 graduating senior award. Approximately 80 students participated in the piano competition. Sign up for concessions now The deadline for concessionaires to sign up for the Sundays in the Park concert series has been extended to May 7. Anyone wishing to sell food or beverages during any or all of this year's concerts should call Robin Heise, 463-6237, for more information. The lineup of acts includes Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra on June 6; Grupo Sensacion, June 20; Spencer Brewer, July 11; Ford Blues Band, July 25; Mumbo Gumbo, Aug. 8; Bob Ayres Big Band, Aug. 29 and Ukiah Symphony, Sept. 12. Fashion show scheduled There will be a fashion show Saturday by the Assembly of God Church, 395 N. Barnes St. Fashions will be provided by Encore Fashion. Women 5 years and up are invited. Those under 16 are free, others are $3.50 Call 468-1467 for more information. Professional women meet tonight The Ukiah Business and Professional Women will meet tonight at 7 at the American Savings Bank com- munity room, Gobbi and State streets. The meetings are open to the public. Vets hold breakfast, flea market Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ukiah Post 1900, will hold its breakfast and indoor flea market Saturday af, Veterans Memorial Hall, 293 Seminary Ave. ; Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and is served until noon-,, The menu includes eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, sausage, biscuits and gravy. Adults are $3, children ar§; $1.50. The flea market is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.rru, Jessica Hamby portrays a tree. 4-H Shakespeareans perform ,' Ukiah Shamrock 4-H club will have Young" Shakespeareans 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American" Savings Bank, State and Gobbi streets. Part of the last act of "Midsummer Night's Dream M • will be performed. ••> There is no admission.
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