May2011

Community service is a “moving” experience for one AAMC nurse

Moveable Feast is charitable organization that raises money to provide nutrition to persons with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer in Maryland.  I became involved with Moveable Feast four years ago when my son “volunteered” me to provide medical support for Ride for the Feast—a two day, 140-mile bike ride, beginning in[…]

  1. Charlotte Wallace: My husband has actively participated in Ride for the Feast for the past 3 years. Me and the girls are…

Stop Workplace Violence

Violence is a major public health problem in the United States and those who work in the health care setting are not immune. The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) will host a lecture, Workplace Violence: Its Impact on Nurses’ Safety and Quality Patient Care, on Friday June 17 from 8 am – 1 pm[…]

Be well (part 2): Staying healthy through the decades

Another guest post by AAMC physician, Dr. Czapp. Here, she answers your question, “What screenings and health assessments are important for me right now?” Check your decade. The 20s:  What, me worry?  Gals should get well woman exams.  Everybody should have cholesterol and blood pressure checked.  Don’t forget that family history: there[…]

Be well (part 1): 7 things you need to remember

A guest post from AAMC physician, Dr. Patricia Czapp. Dear Nursing Staff, In honor of our Employee Wellness program, launching this week, Sherry asked me to put together some health advice for all of us. At 48, I am old enough to be a mother to many of you and a[…]

  1. Christine: What is the real deal on how much water we should be drinking daily? Has the thinking on that changed…

    • Pat Czapp: Drinking water is good, but do not get obsessed with number of glasses. Your body's demand for hydration changes daily…

  2. Life Begins ( again ) at 50: There always seems to be a "fad" diet out there. What are the benefits of the "No sugar, No flour…

    • Pat Czapp: Fad diets. Hmmm... I think I've seen them all: the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet. Beware of any diet…

  3. curious: My daughter put me through balance exercises to prove that her Power Band bracelets really do work, and I found…

    • Pat Czapp: Man, I missed that lecture in med school. My sister swears by those things too. If it works, why argue…

  4. 40 and fabulous: Why do women get that middle aged gut in their 40s that no matter what they do, diet, exercise, it…

    • Pat Czapp: I feel your pain! And don't get me started on cellulite. Geezus. This is why we must promise to never,…

      • Kathie: Read "Outsmarting the Middle Aged Fat Cell" by Debra Waterhouse. I've already changed up a few things in my routine…

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Kicking off Employee Wellness programs (and confessions from the Chief Nurse)

(a letter to our employees from chief nursing officer, Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN) Dear Nursing Staff, This week we kick off an Employee Wellness program. I thought I would start with confessions. I turned 50 this year. And I weigh 50 pounds more than when I was 35–this is not a good[…]

  1. Holly Greever: I for one will admit to much negative chatter about how far the new cafeteria is from the Clatanoff. As…

  2. Deb Keane: I like it ! We could play James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing" as a theme song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ROzGihgCj8

  3. mary etta barbour: What a wonderful email! Thank you so much. Next month I turn 64, and have had many of your same…

Nurses Week 2011 – have you seen these photos?!

What a week! From Monday’s Professional Fair, Tuesday’s seminars, Wednesday’s Certification Social, and Thursday’s Nursing Celebration Dinner, we have truly celebrated nursing at AAMC. If you haven’t yet, see photos of these events (and more!) on our SmugMug page. To the right, our scholarship recipients strike a pose. From left to right: Jan Clemons, Ruby[…]