Wellness briefly

Second annual nursing awards presented

Trinity Health nurses celebrated National Nurses Week with an awards social and ceremony on Tuesday, May 7.

The event, billed as a “Celebration of Nursing,” was organized by the Department of Nursing’s Culture Council and hosted by senior administrators.

“The patients you care for may not remember you, but they’ll remember how you made them feel,” said Barbara Brown, chief nursing officer. Trinity president and CEO John M. Kutch also thanked Trinity’s 814 nurses for all they do on behalf of patients.

Five individuals and two teams received awards for outstanding contributions toward the practice of professional nursing. Those honored on the basis of peer nominations included Denise Dahl, Distinguished Service Leader; Sharon Guderjohn, Distinguished Service Care Provider; Lana Brandt, Visionary Award; Jane Olson, Nightingale Award; Mark Olson, Friend of Education; Same Day Surgery/Trinity Hospital-St. Joseph’s Team Award for Operations Effectiveness and Efficiency; and Radiology Cath Lab Nurses, Team Award for Service to Other Employees or Departments.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually to pay tribute to America’s registered nurses. The event is timed to coincide with May 12 birthday of Florence Nightingale, an English nurse in the Crimean War who is regarded as the founder of modern nursing.

– Jill Hambek

NDDHS reports alcohol compliance results

BISMARCK – The N.D. Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services congratulated law enforcement agencies recently on their continued efforts to conduct alcohol compliance checks. In 2012 statewide compliance checks, off-sale establishments that were checked had a compliance rate of 86 percent and on-site establishments had a compliance rate of 89 percent.

“The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant funding has provided valuable assistance to the Minot Police Department in our efforts to curtail underage drinking,” said Capt. Rob White of the Minot Police Department.

Law enforcement agencies working with underage youth visited liquor stores, restaurants and bars to check for compliance with laws that prohibit alcohol sales to people under age 21. Local law enforcement agencies visited 29 off-sale establishments and 787 on-site establishments in 2012.

The compliance checks were funded by the aforementioned federal grant program. The money is awarded annually to the NDDHS and distributed to individual law enforcement agencies through the N.D. Highway Patrol. Fifty-three city and county law enforcement agencies participated in the grant program.

For more substance abuse prevention information, contact the department’s Prevention Resource and Media Center at 328-8919, toll free at 800-642-6744, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888 or visit the website (www.nd.gov/dhs/prevention).

– Jill Hambek