Thursday, November 23th, 2000
Local Flu Shot Schedule Nov. 27

Public Health Clinic: Shipley Center Walk-In, 350 Virginia Ave., Seaford, will give flu shots from 9 a.m.-noon on Nov. 27. Public Health Clinics are for people age 60 and older and those with chronic conditions. Other interested adults should be referred to the clinics offered by the Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital launches 'Wee Care' program

On Dec. 13, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will begin a new program entitled "Wee Care" for children age 16 and under, who are scheduled to have surgery. Hospitalization can be a frightening experience for all of us. When the patient is a child, those fears may impact on the patient's recovery. To help minimize the emotional stress on young patients, nursing and volunteer staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital have developed a pre-hospitalization program for children entitled "Wee Care." The program is voluntary and is highly recommended to help alleviate the child's fears at the time of hospitalization and during post-operative care. A volunteer, accompanied by a talking bear, meets the children and their parents. Together they explain to the children what they will experience during their hospitalization. The children, accompanied by a parent, then don hospital scrubs and are given a tour through the Treatment Center, Operating Suite, Post Anesthesia Care Unit and the Pediatric/Short Stay Unit. Each child is presented with a bear, which may accompany the child on the day of scheduled surgery. The orientation, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. To learn more about the program or to reserve space for your child contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Surgical Services at 629-6611, extension 2274.
National panel of genetics experts includes local instructor
Sally Danz, a nursing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, traveled to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 28 to join a national panel of experts discussing genetics and nursing. Danz, a Rehoboth Beach resident, was the only panelist to represent a community college. Other members came from all over the country and represented such prestigious establishments as Johns Hopkins University, the Children's Hospital Research Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the University of California, and others. The panel was part of a national initiative sponsored by agencies of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. During the two-day session, each of the 18 panel members delivered a presentation focusing on their activities in the areas of nursing and genetics and making recommendations to promote genetics in federal programs which impact nursing education and practice. A summary of the recommendations agreed on by panelists will be published in nursing and educational journals both nationally and internationally. The forum's first day concluded with a dinner meeting which included a presentation by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Project. "I was truly honored to be invited to serve on this panel," said Danz. "My participation was a result of my attendance at the Genetics Summer Institute at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and my past experience working with perinatologists and genetic counselors to learn about inherited genetic disorders." Danz was one of only five educators nationwide who qualified for scholarship grants to attend the Genetics Summer Institute, an eight-day workshop for nursing educators who want to include genetics in the curriculum. The director of the Institute, Cynthia Prowes, praised Danz's "impressive interactions and input" and recommended her inclusion on the national panel of experts. "I have had a strong motivation to learn about genetics ever since I was introduced to the subject in tenth grade," explained Danz. "During my graduate studies in nursing, I researched and presented a forum on genetics, focusing on the Human Genome Project. My ultimate goal is to learn every aspect of genetics and develop a course specifically for nursing students. Serving on this national panel has given me a unique opportunity to advance my own goals as well as to influence the future of nursing education and practice."