Monthly Archives: September 2015

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Kale

This hearty soup has it all! Nutritious vegetables, grains and protein come together in a high-fiber, low-fat, low-sodium soup.

Number of servings: 3

 Ingredients

  • 092815_soup2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • ½ cup carrot (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (ground)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 cups water (or chicken broth)
  • ¾ cup tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked, skinned and cubed
  • ½ cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup kale (chopped, about one large leaf)

 Directions

  1. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan. Add onion and carrot. Saute until vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add thyme and garlic. Saute for 1 more minute.
  3. Add water or broth, tomatoes, chicken, cooked rice and kale.
  4. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

Per serving: 180 calories, 5 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 17 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 85 mg sodium.

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recipefinder.nal.usda.gov.

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Child Safety Seats: Are They Used Correctly?

Robin DealRobin Deal, BSN, RN, CCE is the Perinatal Services Manager for Rex Healthcare. She has been a Child Passenger Safety Technician for over 15 years.

September 13-19 is National Child Passenger Safety Week. Safe Kids coalitions and other organizations are holding child safety seat inspections to emphasize the importance of proper car seat installation and use.

Do most parents and caregivers use child safety seats correctly?

091615_carseat2According to researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital led by Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, the answer is no!  In an ongoing study, new mothers who were asked to install a child safety seat in their vehicle and position their newborn in the seat under the supervision of a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) did not do it correctly. 93% made at least one critical error in positioning their child in the car seat or installing the seat in their vehicle.*

Additionally, the study showed 68% made a harness error, 33% positioned the retainer clip too low, 28% used the incorrect harness slot, and 14% did not know how to adjust the harness.  The most common installation errors were a seat that was too loose (43%), incorrect angle (36%), and an unlocked safety belt (23%), There was an average of 2.3 positioning errors per family and an average of 1.9 installation errors per family.

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years.  Proper usage of a child safety seat requires a combination of reading and following the car seat manufacturer’s instructions along with the vehicle owner’s manual that includes a section child seat safety.

Here are a few tips to help you install and use your child safety seat correctly.

  • 091615_carseat4Read all directions carefully in both manuals – vehicle owner’s and car seat
  • Know and understand the locking system of your seat belt.
  • Install the seat with less than one inch of movement – it does not have to be immoveable!
  • For a rear-facing seat, use the correct angle as noted by the indicator on the seat.
  • Position the harness retainer clip at armpit level.
  • Choose the harness slots that are at or below the child’s shoulders for a rear-facing seat.
  • Snug the harness so you are not able to “pinch up” the material.
  • Know how the LATCH system works if you have it in your vehicle (hint: owner’s manual!).
  • Avoid the use of products that did not come with your child safety seat.

There is no substitution for reading all instructions thoroughly before installing and using your seat.  Additional assurance that you are correctly using your child seat can be provided by having your seat inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).

091615_carseat5If your baby is premature, make sure you choose a seat appropriate for the weight and length of your baby.  Select a seat that has a lower weight limit of 4 pounds and low harness slots.  Most premature babies are tested in their seat before discharge from the NICU to make sure they can ride safely in their seat.

Rex is proud to offer car seat inspections and classes for caregivers.  A certified CPST is available from 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to inspect your car seat installation for free.  Please note:  We ask that you have read your instructions and installed your seat prior to coming to the inspection area in front of the Rex Women’s Center.  You may contact our technician, Chris Morris, at 919-784-1802 or Robin Deal at 919-784-3340.

 

*Hoffman B. Abstract #25919.  Presented at the 2014 AAP National Conference and Exhibition, “Majority of Parents with Newborns Misused Car Safety Seats.”

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2015 Great 100 Nurses

Rex is proud of Sheri Taylor, RN BSN IBCLC, Lactation Services, Women’s & Children’s Services, Fadwa Bousliman, RN PCCN, Team Leader, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Services, and Rosemary Hill, RN BSN, Special Care Nursery, Women’s & Children’s Services, for being selected for this year’s list of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. The prestigious list recognizes registered nurses for their outstanding professional abilities and commitment to improving health care in their communities. The list is compiled by The Great 100 Inc., a grassroots, peer recognition organization that honors the nursing profession in North Carolina.

In honor of their accolade, we asked Sheri and Fadwa to share what being a Great 100 nurse means to them.

Sheri Taylor, RN BSN IBCLC, Lactation Services, Women’s & Children’s Services:

Sheri Taylor, RN BSN IBCLC

Sheri Taylor, RN BSN IBCLC

Many months ago, my supervisor let me know she was nominating me for the Great 100.  I was grateful for the confidence and trust that she had in me and humbled by her wanting to take the time to fill out the application.

Last month, I got notification in the mail that I had been selected to be one of 2015 Great 100 nurses.  I was excited that I was selected.  I was excited that I could represent not only myself, but nursing in Women’s and Children’s, and nursing at Rex.

As the news spread to my friends, family, and colleagues that I had been selected, the kind words and comments that have come my way have been overwhelming.  People I didn’t even know very well were congratulating me.  People who did know me well gave me words of praise.  My colleagues were as excited as I was. It was like having a celebration every day at work.  Most humbling of all were the words of praise from some of the families I have worked with over the years.

I am more appreciative of my role in helping new families than ever before.  I wish every nurse could hear the words of appreciation, support, and praise that I have heard since being named a Great 100 nurse.  I have never been prouder of being a nurse.

Fadwa Bousliman, RN PCCN, Team Leader, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Services:

Fadwa Bousliman, RN

Fadwa Bousliman, RN PCCN

I started working on Three West eight years ago as a foreign nurse, struggling with her communication skills. My assets were a big heart and a sense of humor. I was determined to make my patients’ lives a little better, at least during my shift. I have been fortunate to work with a great team and a wonderful manager; they inspired, directed, and encouraged me. Since then I have grown to become the go-to person on my unit.

I never dreamed that I would win any award. I certainly wasn’t doing anything for it – I was doing my job, a job that I love. When my manager, Janice Laurore, informed me that she nominated me for the Great 100 Nurses for North Carolina award, I was thrilled. It’s meaningful to know that someone believes you are good enough to deserve an award. I told my manager that being nominated is a win in itself.

When I got the letter confirming that I was selected as a Great 100 Nurse, I was ecstatic. I called my manager on her cellphone to inform her. We were screaming on the phone like teenagers! Winning this award has taught me that with hard working anything is possible. It motivated me to do an even better job.

Words cannot express how happy and proud I am to receive this award. I feel valued and appreciated. I am deeply thankful and grateful for this award.

Fadwa, Rosemary and Sheri, 3 of North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses

Fadwa, Rosemary and Sheri, 3 of North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses

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