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NMCC, TAMC partner to educate community at Oct. 1 Health Fair

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Maine Community College nursing students are taking their annual health fair out to the community this fall in a unique collaboration with The Aroostook Medical Center.

Second-year students from NMCC’s nursing program will be on hand at TAMC’s annual Fall Health Fair to provide education on a variety of wellness topics to increase community health awareness. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m.-noon at TAMC. In addition to the NMCC nursing exhibits, the fair will feature free flu shots for adults, health screenings, tours of the hospital, and a heart healthy barbecue.

The NMCC students will present on 12 different health education topics, which include women’s health, heart healthy exercises, cardiovascular disease prevention and education, blood pressure, mammography, cardiac catheterization, cholesterol, healthy eating, men’s health, preventative medicine, colonoscopy and arthritis.

The community health fair component was added to the nursing curriculum to provide the senior students with an opportunity to plan and present a structured teaching project in a public health setting. According to members of the nursing faculty, the opportunity to partner with TAMC for a health fair like this is an ideal way to meet that objective.

In recent years NMCC senior nursing students had presented their exhibits at the Fall and Winter Expo, hosted by the NMCC Foundation, at The Forum in Presque Isle. A new venue was sought after that event was cancelled for this fall.

“This is a great opportunity for the nursing students to provide health and wellness education to a large number of County residents. Attendees of the TAMC Health Fair will receive information focused on improving overall health, as well as strategies to prevent common illnesses. The presentations by the nursing students will be fun, interactive and informative,” said Eileen McDougal, level II nursing coordinator/instructor and one of the lead coordinators of the NMCC health fair presentations.

Topics were selected collaboratively by NMCC nursing faculty members and the students with a concentration on issues related primarily to heart and joint health with a third focus on overall health and wellness. Once a comprehensive list was developed, students signed up to work on specific projects according to their interest, with three or four students working in each area.

Following the topic selection, each team was responsible for developing objectives and an outline of the information they plan to present. Each student-researched topic will then be presented at an individual booth staffed by a group working on a specific project.

In addition to being informative to the public, the Health Fair is a bit competitive for the participating second-year nursing students. For the fourth consecutive year, TAMC will provide a $400 scholarship for the display determined to be “best in show,” as judged by a panel of TAMC managers.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the NMCC nursing students at this year’s health fair. The education they will provide will help participants gain a deeper understanding of the key health issues that will be featured at the fair,” said Joy Barresi Saucier, vice president, knowledge services. “The nursing students will add so much to the event.”

The NMCC Health Fair follows the first semester when students learn the concepts of teaching/learning in the public health context and the second semester when students are required to present a clinically-based topic to their peers. In their final semester, students will participate in the Fort Fairfield Middle School health fair.

Why seniors should shop around for Medicare

PRESQUE ISLE — More than 45 percent of people with Medicare have never shopped around for better health care coverage, finds a new poll sponsored by National Council on Aging and United Healthcare. More than 40 percent of respondents thought they couldn’t save any money, and 35 percent said they’re confused by Medicare.

The Aroostook Agency on Aging helps Medicare beneficiaries by providing information on how to save money on insurance and offers workshops and personal counseling to take away the confusion of Medicare benefits and choices. One huge change that is about to happen is an earlier “open enrollment” period for selecting Medicare drug plans and deciding on enrollment to Medicare Advantage plans. This period starts Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

Use the resources of the Aroostook Agency on Aging to save money. Medicare drug plans are changing, with 28 plans available in 2012. Staff and volunteers at the Agency on Aging can help you select the plan that saves you the most money based on the drugs you must take. More than 100 Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans are available and premiums may vary by as much as 100 percent for exactly the same coverage. The Agency on Aging has the information on all coverage options and details on the cost.

The Aroostook Agency on Aging has partnered with the County Federal Credit Union to provide a free public workshop on Medicare on Oct. 12 in Presque Isle at The Gathering Place on Davis Street. The session will start at 6:30 p.m. and is a great opportunity to take the confusion out of Medicare and learn about shopping around for better health care coverage. Call Stacey at 498-8756 to register for the workshop.

2011 Boone Memorial Lecture to highlight human brain

PRESQUE ISLE — The public is invited to join TAMC and presenter Sam McKeeman to learn about brain hemispheric differences in people and how those differences reflect certain behaviors like problem solving and communication at the 2011 Boone Memorial Lecture. Participants will take an assessment to determine their hemispheric preferences and engage in several activities that will demonstrate the differences between people with a strong right brain preference and those with a strong left brain preference.

This year’s lecture will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Crow’s Nest Restaurant & Event Center in Presque Isle. The Presque Isle Historical Society will kick the evening off with a brief presentation on Dr. Storer Boone. Dr. William Bergen will then be remembered for his contributions to osteopathic medicine and to the community.

This is a complimentary (no fee to participants) event made possible by TAMC and the Crow’s Nest.

For more information, contact TAMC’s Health Sciences Library at 768-4172.

Fifty-nine UMFK nursing students honored at pinning ceremony

FORT KENT — Fifty-nine University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students received nursing pins, signifying their official entrance into the profession, during a ceremony held earlier this year.

Locally, BSN students who received their nursing pins were: Kathrine A. Long-Lozier, Winterville; Steven Parady, Fort Fairfield; Mack Perry, Easton; and Amy T. Ricciardi, Eagle Lake.

RN to BSN students from the local area who received their nursing pins were: Becky Ford, Presque Isle; Sylvia Kay Garey and Kathleen D.Michaud, Perham; and Janice E. Scott, Presque Isle.

Faculty, staff and students, along with family members, and friends of the graduates gathered to honor the recipients of the bachelor of science degree in nursing. University President Wilson G. Hess welcomed attendees and extended congratulations to the students.

The Division of Nursing also honors an alumna or alumnus during the pinning ceremony. The Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award is bestowed upon a nursing graduate of the UMFK bachelor of science in nursing program who displays accomplishment in the nursing profession, as well as a commitment to his/her community through volunteer service and humanitarian efforts. This year, the Nurse Alumni Award was presented to Daryl Boucher.

Daryl Boucher is a gentleman from the Valley who began his career at UMFK in 1988 and a  graduate of the class of 1992.

Boucher, from Presque Isle, is best known for his dedicated service as an exemplary nursing instructor at Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) and in helping to build nursing capacity for Aroostook County. He has received many awards, such as the NMCC President’s Award,  the Maine Council of Associate Degree Nursing Programs (Educator of the Year);  MNCC Instructor of the Year Award;  St. Joseph’s College Distance Education Instructor Award, to name a few.

Boucher’s contributions to the community in emergency management services, emergency and nursing education was seen through serving a local dispatcher for the Fort Kent Police Department; a paramedic, a staff member and critical care flight nurse at The Aroostook Medical Center; a member and medical rescue volunteer leader for the Maine Winter Sports Center; a first-responder to one of his students suffering a heart attack; and a volunteer for Special Olympics. He also is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Capella University School of Education in Educational Leadership & Management with an anticipated date of completion in the spring of 2012.