Susan McReynolds and Marianne Schmitt, assistant professors at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, passed the National League for Nursing examination and each has earned Certified Nurse Educator status. The NLN consists of 23,000 nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education representing 1,100 institutional members. The CNE designation establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. McReynolds professional specialty is medical/surgical nursing. She earned her master of science in nursing degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing/Culver-Stockton College. Schmitt's professional specialties include cardiovascular nursing, critical care, and leadership and management. She earned her master of science degree from the University of Illinois-Peoria; and her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Ed Esselman of Esselman Counseling Services recently attend the workshop "The Role of Crisis in Transformation." The workshop focused on the motivation a crisis provides that is necessary when a person is needing to make a major life change. The types of crises discussed included the death of a loved one, separation/divorce, job loss and crises from addictions and pregnancy/childbirth.
Bobette Cawthon recently attended Realtor Leadership Training classes offered by the National Association of Realtors in Springfield at the Illinois Association of Realtors. The classes involved were Leadership 200-Becoming a Leader; and Leadership 300-Enhancing Leadership Skills. Cawthon, a Broker Associate with Century 21 Broughton Team in Quincy, attended these classes for the Quincy Association of Realtors of which she is immediate past president.
Vickie Roberts, infection prevention coordinator, risk management with Blessing Health System, has earned certification in infection prevention and control from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc. To earn certification, Roberts met all prerequisites and passed an examination. A two-year member of the Blessing staff, Roberts is a resident of Carthage and a graduate of Southeastern Community College. She worked at Memorial Hospital in Carthage and the Hancock County Health Department before joining Blessing.
Luke McKelvie, a native of Quincy, was one of 30 members of the 2014 Class of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program who successfully completed a seminar on "Professionalism: Leadership Skills & Opportunities." The two-day event was hosted by Illinois State University and Growmark Inc. One of the seminars was "Making Proper Introductions," presented by Larry Fischer, retired vice president of instruction at John Wood Community College;
Two faculty members and three students from the Quincy University Master of Science in Education in Counseling program presented at the Illinois Counseling Association annual conference in Springfield. Andrea Fifield and Ken Oliver, along with MEC students Belinda Cullo, Denise Drebes, and Donna Holtmeyer, delivered a presentation entitled, "Mental Health Advocacy in Rural America: Challenges, Strategies, and Silver Linings." The presentation included a discussion of rural diversity, the challenges faced by clients and mental health professionals in rural areas, and the results of the Rural and Small Community Counseling Needs Assessment. Oliver also gave a solo presentation entitled, "Critical Issues Affecting the Professional Identity of Illinois Counselors." The workshop focused on a critical analysis of current licensure and certification statutes, portability, and resulting detriments to professional identity, along with recommendations for future practice. Oliver was honored at the ICA awards luncheon as a recipient of the Illinois Counseling Association Foundation's Melanie E. Rawlins Research Grant.
Scotland County Hospital's Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Center received full recertification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The recertification process was completed by former Cardiac Rehab Supervisor Shannon Quillin. Certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for standards of care. Primarily, physicians refer patients for cardiac rehab that have experienced a heart attack, coronary artery stent, coronary artery by-pass grafting, valve replacement, or new onset stable angina or heart transplant. During cardiac rehab at SCH, the staff formulates a rehab program for a patient that focuses on preventing a second episode, which includes changes in lifestyle behaviors thus reducing of risk factors for disease progression and necessary information for softening the impact of cardiovascular disease on quality of life. The Certified Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at SCH features multiple treadmills, recumbent bicycles, Nusteps, upper body Ergometers and light weights.
Officer J.D. Summers has been selected as Quincy Police Department Employee of the Month for November. Officer Summers joined the Quincy Police Department on Sept. 7, 2004. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement and justice administration. He attended basic police training at the Illinois State Police Academy. He is a member of the Emergency Response Team.
Missouri Highway Patrol Troop B Chief Driver Examiner Cindy Anders has retired after serving more than 24 years with the department. Anders began her career Sept. 1, 1988, as a driver examiner in Troop C. In 1989, she was promoted to Driver Examiner II and assigned to the Troop C traveling driver examination crew, and in 1993, was promoted to Driver Examiner III in the same assignment. In September 1999, she was promoted to supervisor and was assigned to the Hazelwood driver examination station. In September 2006, she transferred to Troop B and was designated the supervisor of the Hannibal driver examination crew. On July 1, 2007, she was promoted to chief driver examiner. Anders is a native of Quincy and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School. She holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Northwest Missouri State University, a master's degree in gerontology from Lindenwood University and a master's degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University.