6 Unexpected Medical Uses for Botox

Botox Injections Treat Poststroke Spasticity

Botox, perhaps best known for its wrinkle-reducing powers, is helping the healthcare industry. One of its most interesting uses involves stroke survivors. After a stroke, muscle spasms in the arm or leg muscles are one of the most challenging obstacles a survivor faces. Spasms can be painful. They often restrict coordination and limit muscle movement, […]

A Career to Love

John Hales, Paul Houck and Shawn Souders, found their dream jobs as nurses after following different career paths.

It’s never too late to find a new career. Just ask John Hales, Paul Houck and Shawn Souders, who found their dream jobs as nurses after following different career paths. John Hales, RN, Progressive Care Unit One night, on the drive home from his newspaper job in 2011, John felt less than satisfied about his […]

7 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Make a Good First Impression

Your first impression can either energize or torpedo your networking opportunities. People make decisions about others in a matter of seconds. The good news is that there are always opportunities to enhance your presence at networking events, conferences, interviews or parties. Here are seven ways to make a great first impression. Prepare in Advance Do […]

A Song in Their Hearts

CICU singing nurses

As she walked past Room 929 in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Danielle Winship, BSN, RN, noticed her elderly dementia patient appeared agitated and wanted to get out of bed. That evening, her confusion increased after family members left. In a simple gesture, Danielle took the patient’s hand and in the quietest of voices sang “Make […]

Don’t Put It Off – Get Screened

Michele Wolf

Like any responsible healthcare professional, Michele Wolf, BSN, CPHRM, ignored her doctor’s advice when she recommended a colonoscopy at age 50. “I waited for two years because it never seemed like the right time,” Michele remembered. She knew she needed to be screened, but hesitancy to get screened related more to the preparation required. “I […]

Our Healthcare Heroes

Ingrams Healthcare Heroes 2016

Every day, lives are saved and people get better thanks to healthcare professionals, who truly are heroes. Each year, Ingram’s Magazine recognizes a few of the local healthcare heroes. This year, they selected Denice Morrison, Surgery educator; and Mary Calvert, who recently retired as an orthopedic nurse, for their dedication and accomplishments in their professions. […]

Noggin Knowledge

Brain Injury Awareness

A hard bonk on the head can be serious business. That’s the message the Brain Injury Association of America wants to spread during Brain Injury Awareness Month. Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a traumatic brain injury as the result of a playground accident, car crash, assault, fall or sports-related mishap. Even the […]

Happy 9th Birthday, Janel!

Janel is a Leaper

Being a Leap Year baby makes birthdays even more special for Janel Brown. Officially, Janel Brown, BSN, RN, Inpatient Wound Healing, turns only nine today because she’s a Leap Year baby born on February 29, 1980. The odds of being a Leapling are only one in 1,461 births. In fact, Janel is the only NKCH […]

A Race to the Finish

Boston Marathon Runners

Friends met Carmen Llana, BSN, RN, as she crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, one of the world’s most prestigious races. The date was April 15, 2013, and she had just completed her sixth marathon. But Carmen, who works in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, would remember this day for another reason. Chilly […]

Heart Disease Hogwash

Heart Disease Hogwash

Heart disease. It’s scary, life changing and we don’t like to talk about it. But, with Kansas City’s heart disease death rate hovering at 167 deaths per 100,000 (that’s equal to the population of Blue Eye, MO, down by Branson), it’s a genuine health concern. But, what you don’t know can hurt you. Here, we […]