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Katie's Korner

Katie’s July 2017 Blog

Happy 150 years Canada!  Welcome back to all the snow birds and winter city dwellers!  Rosseau has been waiting in anticipation for the incredible community events this summer, including the Market at the Waterfront on Fridays from 9:00am -2:00 pm!

At the Nursing Station, our summer weekend hours start tomorrow.  On Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Mondays, we will operate a community funded Walk-in clinic, staffed with visiting NPs from 830 am-330 pm. 

If you wish to donate to keep the program Sustainable, it will be earmarked for the program.  You can drop off any donation to the Nursing Station or the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation office.  Receipts will be provided from the Foundation.

We have some exciting programs at the Nursing Station New and Returning.

Exercise is Medicine is held on Tuesday Evenings and focuses on resistance training for all ages, breathing, and overall wellness!  Best of all it is FREE!

Also, we have added a new program Wellness in the Garden which is also run by volunteer extraordinaire, Linda Sellers.  She will focus on our local and imported herbs, indigenous plants, the health benefits of gardening, as well as lead some meditation and breathing as you connect with nature in our Healing Garden.  You will have the opportunity to plant your own herbs, and plants.  On rainy days, the program will be held in the Wellness Room.  Come and join us to meet others, and learn about gardening and nutrition.  Beginners are very welcome!  Best of all it is also FREE!

In this blog, I wanted to reiterate the summer hours, weekend walk-in hours, and our community and wellness room events.

Additionally, we continue to support learners and are currently hosting 2 Nurse Practitioner students (Brittany and Sue) and 1 RN student (Victoria).  They will be here on rotating days through the end of July. 

Hours of Operation:

The Nursing Station will continue to operate Monday to Friday by appointment only.  Although the Nursing Station is open from 8:30 am -4:00 pm.  Appointments are typically booked between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to allow for administrative time.  Additionally, there are no appointments available after noon on Friday.

The weekend walk-in hours will begin July 1st weekend and continue through the long weekend in September. 

We are incredibly fortunate to have received enough donations to run the program this summer; however, we rely solely on donations to keep the program running as it is NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED.  Additionally, this year we WILL BE OPEN on the long weekend Mondays, thanks to the generosity of the community members.

Please check the Calendar for hours and events at the Nursing Station and in the Wellness Room.

Thank you to all the community members and Lake Associations for all your ongoing support and fundraising efforts!

What’s New!?

Exercise is Medicine is Back!!  The resistance training program is based on the Diabetes Association Guidelines and suitable for ALL AGES. 

Linda Sellers is a Pilates instructor and Wellness coach who has volunteered to run the program on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm -7:00 pm in the Wellness Room. The Program uses resistance bands and Weights.  Last year our oldest participant was 92 and the youngest was 14.  Come join us its Free!  Donations are welcome to be utilized for more bands and equipment.

Also, we have added a new program Wellness in the Garden which is also run by volunteer extraordinaire, Linda Sellers.  She will focus on our local and imported herbs, indigenous plants, the health benefits of gardening, as well as lead some meditation and breathing as you connect with nature in our Healing Garden.  You will have the opportunity to plant your own herbs, and plants.  On rainy days, the program will be held in the Wellness Room.  Come and join us to meet others, and learn about gardening and nutrition.  Beginners are very welcome!  Best of all it is also FREE!

Linda will also be hosting a Pilates class on Monday’s at 5:30 pm-7:00 pm for a small nominal fee.

Yoga in the Wellness Room has been updated on the Calendar.  There are classes Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 930 am – 1030 pm, cost is $15 per class or $130 for 10.

Community Event:

The Rosseau Classic Car Show is a wonderful community event being held August 5th 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Marina.  Last year the organizers held a 50/50 draw and donated the profits to the Nursing Station to support the summer hours, and wellness programs.  Thanks to all the participants, organizers, and donors. 

Please come out this year and support the wonderful show---and the Nursing Station!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Who does the nursing station serve? 

                The Nursing Station serves both year round and seasonal residents.  You may access the Nurse Practitioner even if you have another primary care provider.

Katie Hogue is the full-time Nurse Practitioner and Manager of the Nursing Station.   She has a full patient primary care load, as well as sees seasonal and local residents who have providers, for episodic care, such as infections, medication renewals, and acute illnesses or injuries.  Unfortunately, there is no funding for another Nurse Practitioner or another health care worker, such as a nurse.

                The Rosseau Nursing Station is funded by the Primary Care Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  This funding is provided to ensure that the local residents have access to primary care, particularly if they do not have another provider; such as a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.

How do the weekend hours help?

                For the last four years, the Nursing Station has been open on Saturdays and Sundays for the months of July and August.  This has only been made possible through generous donations and fundraising efforts.  The weekend extended hours are not funded by the primary care branch and therefore donations are the key to maintaining this service.

                Having the weekend hours has enhanced service delivery immensely.  Although we have moved to a by appointment schedule during the week, we could see most of those who would like same day appointments.  Additionally, if it is a non-urgent issue, we have been able to defer to the weekend Nurse Practitioners so that we can continue to provide optimal care to our regular patients.

Throughout the month of July, we have saw between 5 -7 same day appointments throughout the week.  We have opened some more same day appointments by reducing some of our longer visits during these months. 

Having the extended weekend hours available has reduced the load of the primary NP by 20 patients per week which is significant!  Additionally, the availability of an NP on the weekend has reduced the use of the ER for non-emergent concerns.

Where do your donations go?

                All donations are earmarked for the Rosseau Nursing Station and held by the WPSHC Foundation.  If you wish to donate specifically for the weekend summer hours, please specify as there is a separate account. You may also Earmark donations for the Exercise and Wellness program. All other donations are used to purchase equipment, and facilitate education programs. 

                Some of the recent donations not earmarked for summer hours have helped to purchase:

  • New Tru BP blood pressure cuff
  • Sit to stand ergonomic desks
  • New OTN equipment
  • Updated computer system for electronic records, and laptop for home access
  • Therabands and materials for Exercise is Medicine
  • Exercise Equipment for the new wellness program starting in the Fall

Thank you for Reading!  Have a Safe and Healthy Summer!

Katie Hogue NP/Manager Rosseau Nursing Station

 

 

Katie’s June 2017 Blog

Summer has arrived! Welcome back to all the snow birds and winter city dwellers!! Rosseau will soon be hopping with new energy from summer residents, vacationers, and of course our faithful year-round residents.

In this blog, I wanted to highlight the summer hours, weekend walk-in hours, and our community and wellness room events.

Additionally, we continue to support learners and are currently hosting 2 Nurse Practitioner students (Brittany and Sue) and 1 RN student (Victoria). They will be here on rotating days through the end of July.

Hours of Operation:

The Nursing Station will continue to operate Monday to Friday by appointment only. Although the Nursing Station is open from 8:30 am -4:00 pm. Appointments are typically booked between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to allow for administrative time. Additionally, there are no appointments available after noon on Friday.

The weekend walk-in hours will begin July 1st weekend and continue through the long weekend in September.

We are incredibly fortunate to have received enough donations to run the program this summer; however, we rely solely on donations to keep the program running as it is NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED. Additionally, this year we WILL BE OPEN on the long weekend Mondays, thanks to the generosity of the community members.

Please check the Calendar for hours and events at the Nursing Station and in the Wellness Room.

Thank you to all the community members and Lake Associations for all your ongoing support and fundraising efforts!

What’s New!?

Exercise is Medicine is Back!! The resistance training program is based on the Diabetes Association Guidelines and suitable for ALL AGES.

Linda Sellers is a Pilates instructor and Wellness coach who has volunteered to run the program on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm -7:00 pm in the Wellness Room. The Program uses resistance bands and Weights. Last year our oldest participant was 92 and the youngest was 14. Come join us its Free! Donations are welcome to be utilized for more bands and equipment.

Linda will also be hosting a Pilates class on Monday’s at 5:30 pm-7:00 pm for a small nominal fee.

Yoga in the Wellness Room will be announced and updated on the Calendar once we know the official dates and hours.

 

Community Support

I wanted to give a HUGE SHOUTOUT to the Rosseau Lake College music students, lead by student Emma Clendenan, and their teacher Tracey Ramsey. In May, they hosted an incredible concert and tea, featuring piano, vocal, various string, flute and other wind instruments. The concert was held at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer with support from Peter Simmons. They raised 500 $ and the Rosseau Lake College matched that donation for a total of 1000 $, which will be utilized for our Wellness Program!

We look forward to collaborating with the College again to host future concerts to help maintain and support our community wellness programs; as well as support and encourage the incredible students and their talent!

The Rosseau Classic Car Show is another wonderful community event being held August 5th 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Marina. Last year the organizers held a 50/50 draw and donated the profits to the Nursing Station to support the summer hours, and wellness programs. Thanks to all the participants, organizers, and donors.

Please come out this year and support the wonderful show---and the Nursing Station!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Who does the nursing station serve?

                The Nursing Station serves both year round and seasonal residents. You may access the Nurse Practitioner even if you have another primary care provider.

Katie Hogue is the full-time Nurse Practitioner and Manager of the Nursing Station.  She has a full patient primary care load, as well as sees seasonal and local residents who have providers, for episodic care, such as infections, medication renewals, and acute illnesses or injuries. Unfortunately, there is no funding for another Nurse Practitioner or another health care worker, such as a nurse.

                The Rosseau Nursing Station is funded by the Primary Care Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. This funding is provided to ensure that the local residents have access to primary care, particularly if they do not have another provider; such as a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.

How do the weekend hours help?

                For the last four years, the Nursing Station has been open on Saturdays and Sundays for the months of July and August. This has only been made possible through generous donations and fundraising efforts. The weekend extended hours are not funded by the primary care branch and therefore donations are the key to maintaining this service.

                Having the weekend hours has enhanced service delivery immensely. Although we have moved to a by appointment schedule during the week, we could see most of those who would like same day appointments. Additionally, if it is a non-urgent issue, we have been able to defer to the weekend Nurse Practitioners so that we can continue to provide optimal care to our regular patients.

Throughout the month of July, we have saw between 5 -7 same day appointments throughout the week. We have opened some more same day appointments by reducing some of our longer visits during these months.

Having the extended weekend hours available has reduced the load of the primary NP by 20 patients per week which is significant! Additionally, the availability of an NP on the weekend has reduced the use of the ER for non-emergent concerns.

Where do your donations go?

                All donations are earmarked for the Rosseau Nursing Station and held by the WPSHC Foundation. If you wish to donate specifically for the weekend summer hours, please specify as there is a separate account. You may also Earmark donations for the Exercise and Wellness program. All other donations are used to purchase equipment, and facilitate education programs.

Some of the recent donations not earmarked for summer hours have helped to purchase:

  • New Tru BP blood pressure cuff
  • Sit to stand ergonomic desks
  • New OTN equipment
  • Updated computer system for electronic records, and laptop for home access
  • Therabands and materials for Exercise is Medicine
  • Exercise Equipment for the new wellness program starting in the Fall

Thank you for Reading! Have a Safe and Healthy Summer!

Katie Hogue NP/Manager Rosseau Nursing Station

 

Katie’s February Blog

Welcome to Katie’s Korner…..

In this month's blog I wanted to discuss the ways that you can help yourself get and stay healthy! This has nothing to do with resolutions which are typically broken; instead I want to focus on lifestyle and making YOU a priority!

As many of you know, last year I competed in three bodybuilding competitions and took Gold in my first Figure Class! Competing in the SPORT involves proper weight training, nutrition (80%!!), and rest!

I am a full time Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife of a shift working husband, and a provincially qualified figure competitor---- how do I do it?!

I make myself a priority….How could I be a good example to the community, my children, my family and friends if I don’t practice what I preach. We tend to look after everyone else without putting ourselves first- and unfortunately this bad habit makes us sick.

I like to use the analogy of the plane going down….Before you put the oxygen on anyone else (your children included) you put your mask on first because you can’t help anyone if you are unconscious!

I don’t expect anyone to be bodybuilders :) But exercise and proper nutrition in general, allows me to have more energy, feel better, be happier, and be able to take care of others better!

In my practice I care for patients of all ages, some without any medical concerns, and many, who have chronic illness, such as diabetes, and high blood pressure.

As a primary care Nurse Practitioner, my role and responsibility is to screen, prevent, and treat; and most importantly PROMOTE HEALTH.

So….what if I told you there was a way you could prevent illness, stay healthier longer, reduce illness severity, improve health, prevent the use of many medications, and potentially reduce the medications you are currently taking? Well…..There is!

This magical cure and wellness enhancer is free!! It’s side effects include; weight loss, improved mood, improved sleep, and reduced chronic illness (eg. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and much much more!)! And best of all you have TOTAL control over how much you take and you don’t even have to leave your house!

What is this mysterious giver of wellness ???

EXERCISE

The current Canadian Physical Activity guidelines recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week (eg 30 min x 5 days brisk walk) and two days of resistance training (ie. Resistance bands or weights, pushups, squats)

Exercise can be done at ANY AGE and ANY ACTIVITY LEVEL.

The proof is in the EVIDENCE! Exercise IS Medicine is a Global initiative which promotes health care providers to utilize and prescribe exercise is medicine. Here are a few stats to demonstrate the Side Effects of exercise:

Meeting the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines provides health benefits and can reduce your chance of developing the conditions below by the figures in green; more physical activity and exercise leading to physical fitness can reduce your chances by the figures in blue!

•Reduce incidence of hypertension by 33 - 60%

•Reduce incidence of diabetes by 25 - 58%

•Reduce incidence of CVD by 33 - 50%

•Reduce risk of stroke by 31 - 45%

•Reduce risk of colon cancer by 30 - 60%

•Reduce mortality and risk of recurrent breast cancer by 25 - 50%

•Reduce risk of developing Alzheimers by 40%

•Decrease depression as effectively as medications or cognitive behavioural therapy

•Reduce risk of premature death by 31 - 50%

 

Start slow! Do activities you enjoy.

 

At the end of this blog I have included some links to Follow- The Canadian Diabetes Association has some great videos which demonstrate resistance training using bands and light weights THAT YOU CAN DO AT HOME !!!

So after all that ; does it mean you can stop all your medications and stop seeing your primary care provider….NO! Exercise should be integrated with your health care plan. Once you start exercising consistently your provider make WORK WITH YOU to reduce some of your medications if possible.

Additionally, it is still very important to follow up with regular screening programs, such as colon cancer, and breast cancer, as well as checkups that are recommended by your provider.

I LOVE to hear from my patients when they tell me they have been exercising and I am THRILLED when I get to tell them what a great job they are doing!

Next month I will focus on Nutrition and some helpful hints to create a well-balanced lifestyle, free from fad diets, with some clean eating recipes of my own!

Helpful Links:

Resistance exercises Videos:   https://www.diabetes.ca/clinical-practice-education/professional-resources/resistance-exercise-videos

Resistance exercises Pamphlet:

Resistance Bands- https://www.diabetes.ca/CDA/media/documents/clinical-practice-and-education/professional-resources/brochure-intro-resistance-program.pdf

Weights- https://www.diabetes.ca/CDA/media/documents/clinical-practice-and-education/professional-resources/brochure-resistance-exercise.pdf

Exercise is Medicine: http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/canada/support_page.php/evidence-for-eimc1/

 

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Welcome to Katie’s blog….

Welcom to our Website!  The HOME PAGE and ROSSEAU PAGE are fully up and running while the other nursing station pages are currently under construction!  Stay TUNED! 

I encourage you to browse the home page and Rosseau pages for information about Nurse Practitioners, Our Mandate, Other Local Health Services and Links, Our Updated Calendar of Local health Events and Nursing Station closures, how to support the nursing stations through donations, and much more! 

I will endeavor to Blog Monthly to let you know what's new!

FLU SHOTS!

Flu shots available now!  Protect yourself and your loved ones!  You can visit any local pharmacy or book an appointment at the nursing station.  In the last two weeks, we have vaccinated 120 people at the Rosseau Nursing Station!

We held two flu clinics, as well as visited Humphrey public school, but there is still alot left as flu season approaches.

The best way to protect yourself and others from the “flu” is vaccination.

Katie and Colleen Flu immunization

What is Influenza? What is the “Stomach Flu”?

Influenza is NOT gastroenteritis (mistakenly referred to as the "stomach flu").

Influenza is a respiratory illness which can lead to pneumonia and death. Immunization can prevent complications particularly in those who smoke or have asthma or other lung diseases; elderly and children, and those with other chronic illnesses. Immunization helps with herd im-munity which protects our most vulnerable. The Flu Shot does not give you influenza!

Gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the stomach and bowels. There is no vaccine only preven-tion through hand washing and staying home when ill. Viral shedding can last up to 1-2 weeks after illness in stool.

Check out the CDC website for evidenced based information.

Stay healthy!

 Influenza Link : http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

Gastroenteritis Link: http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/about/overview.html

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