Donald D. Day DNP, MSNL, RN, Director of Nursing-Primary Care at Meridian provides the latest information regarding new Meridian vaccine availability locations and more convenience in being able to obtain one!
Starting Monday, May 17, Meridian Health Services will begin offering COVID-19 Vaccines at its Primary-Medical Care locations. Each location will begin offering Moderna vaccines, which is approved for 18 years and older, with the hope to offer other vaccine types in the future.
Those wanting to schedule a vaccine at any of the new sites will need to call the individual office, or Meridian's general phone number, 765-288-1928. The new sites will also still be listed on the state's website, ourshot.in.gov, with office information provided. However, vaccines will no longer be able to be scheduled online.
New vaccine clinic hours and locations include:
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, at Meridian MD, 100 N. Tillotson Ave.
1-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Meridian Pediatric Complex , 205 N. Tillotson Ave.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesdays at Meridian Primary Care in Anderson, 1547 Ohio Ave.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays, at Meridian Primary Care in Dunkirk, 1150 S. Main Street
Mental disorders can affect women and men differently. Some disorders, like depression and anxiety, are more common in women, and certain disorders like perinatal depression are unique to women.
National Institute of Mental Health created a helpful brochure that gives an overview of five things about depression in women that most should know.https://go.usa.gov/xH7cp.
Meridian Women's Health offers comprehensive and compassionate healthcare for women in all stages of life, providing the expertise and resources as a medical home for “whole person” health. As a division of Meridian Health Services, Meridian Women’s Health also offers patients connections to additional health services that include primary medical care, behavioral, and social healthcare
Don't miss the next episode of Wellness Matters "Telehealth and the Future of Healthcare", which airs Saturday, May 15 at 8p on Ball State PBS.
Hosted by Meridian Health Pediatrics, Pediatrician, Naseer Syed, MD, FAAP, will be joined by guests:
- Alicia Deogracias-Schleich, a 3rd year doctoral graduate student in the Ball State Counseling Psychology program and a senior clinic assistant in the Counseling Practicum Clinic at the College of Health
- Jessie Rice, MD, practices psychiatry for the students at Ball State University through IU Health-Ball Memorial Group,
- Megan Welker, DO, MeridianMD Primary Care physician
- Becky Sanders, Senior Director of Indiana Rural Health Association and Program Director of Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center
Live streaming will also be available at ballstatepbs.org
We are in the middle of National Nurses Week, and I wanted to share some information around caring.
As a nurse I have a deep sense of “care” for the people I serve. I think about why I am a nurse and continue on this journey because I CARE. I constantly remind myself that “I can’t imagine ever stopping to care for people when they are at their lowest point. I want them to feel safe, secure, and valued in their treatment.”
I have been a psychiatric nurse for 25 years and still have that passion every day for the patients I serve. Let me share some information about caring and how powerful it can be.
The act of caring for another is powerful because it creates deeper bonds. It also teaches important virtues such as patience, understanding and loyalty that benefit individuals in both their personal and professional lives.
These seven attributes of caring aid in identifying the specific caring behaviors a nurse engages in when providing care for a patient.
1. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 is empathy and sensitivity to human pain and joy that allows one to enter into the experience of another. It is the understanding of whom that person truly is for whom one is caring. Compassion is an essential component of the nurse-patient relationship.
2. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 is acquiring and using evidence-based scientific and humanistic knowledge and skill in the application of therapeutic interventions in the current practice of nursing. Competence is reflected in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of learning.
3. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 directs moral, ethical and legal decision-making. It motivates us to increase the knowledge and skills needed to respond appropriately to moral, ethical and legal issues faced by one and others. It directs us to adhere to the standards of professional nursing practice. It directs us to respond to social injustices. It is the increased awareness of local, national and global health concerns and current trends in healthcare that affect all ages and populations. It is the sense of accountability, responsibility and leadership for patient care.
4. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 is trusting in one’s ability to care for others. It is the belief that our skilled, professional presence can make a difference. Confidence is necessary to effectively implement the roles of the nurse as caregiver, teacher, counsellor, advocate, leader, manager and researcher. Confidence in our own ability to create caring environments serves as a catalyst for change. Confidence empowers both us and others to define and accomplish goals.
5. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 is maintaining and elevating the standards and obligations of the nursing profession and assuring the delivery of excellence in nursing care. Commitment is the loyal endeavor to devote ourselves to the welfare of patients. It assures that caring will be part of every nurse patient interaction. It is a conscious effort to grow within the nursing profession through dedication to continuing education, life-long learning, and becoming more skilled, socially conscious, ethical, politically competent and caring.
6. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 is the professional presentation of us as nurses to others in behavior, attitude, appearance, dress and language that communicate a caring presence. It includes the need for self-awareness, awareness of impact of self on others, and accepting responsibility for our actions.
7. 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲 is having a vision of how nursing care can be, and making it better. Creativity in nursing requires thinking reflectively, critically and imaginatively to create healing environments and enhance care-giving practices. It requires the nurse to develop the qualities of envisioning, risk-taking, openness and resourcefulness. Creativity results in integrating new insights into existing nursing knowledge and awareness. It creates the potential for the nurse to individualize care and embrace change.
Thanks to all the nurses at Meridian Health Services for what they do each day to provide quality care for the patients we serve. Happy Nurses Week!
Sally Boyce, RN-BC, MSN, MHA
Director of Nursing
Meridian Health Services
In celebrating National Nurses Week 2021, Meridian would like to thank The Suzanne Gresham Vaccine Clinic and Meridian Pediatric Complex Vaccine Clinic nursing teams and Meridian staff for your unwavering dedication to our patients.
"Our COVID Vaccine clinics require nursing staff from our various locations throughout Indiana coming together to work ever changing schedules to accommodate patients wanting vaccines. Jodie Wendel, Don Day, and I want to share our gratitude to the team for their dedication and commitment to all of our communities. We could not have vaccinated over 11k community members without MHS Marketing Team, Front Support Staff, Facilities, Behavioral Health Team, Primary Care Staff, Infection Control Team, and the leadership team working together and communicating continually to stay on top of ever-changing information!”
Jennifer Henderson, MHA
Director of Primary Care
Meridian Health Services
“Home with Hope is encouraged and embraces our future with the merging of services with Meridian Health. The level of care that our residents will receive will increase exponentially through this transition,” said Allison Miner, executive director of Home with Hope. “The future of our recovery community is bright and successful.”
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) -- Muncie-based Meridian Health Services is adding to its portfolio. The regional healthcare organization says it is merging with Lafayette-based recovery residence Home with Hope, though financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Meridian Health s...