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Speare Hospital implementing new bedside reporting practices

PLYMOUTH  — On this particular day, Sandra Lehner of Holderness is resting comfortably in a hospital bed playing the role of the patient. Standing around her are several nurses from Speare Memorial Hospital's Medical Surgical Unit engaged in conversation about Sandra's pretend condition. They are preparing to roll out their new bedside reporting practice.

As a Family Advisor, Sandra is there to react and provide feedback from the patient perspective on everything from eye contact with her and language used, to how well they actually engage her in the discussion about her condition. From this role playing exercise, the nurses can refine their bedside reporting process to maximize the patient-centered care experience.

Bedside reporting at change of shift is becoming the standard of care at many hospitals as, nationwide, healthcare moves toward a more patient-centered care approach. The process involves the current nurse giving a thorough report of the patient to the oncoming nurse at the patient's bedside. Research has shown there to be many benefits of bedside reporting. First and foremost is an increase in patient safety and quality of care. The patient is more involved in, and informed of, their plan of care, and caregiver trust is increased as the patient is reassured that all of their information and concerns are addressed.

A Family Advisor is an individual who has been a patient, or family member of a patient, at Speare. They volunteer to be a part of the Family Advisory Council which meets on a regular basis to help Speare Memorial Hospital in their clinical care and quality service improvement efforts by centering in on the end user of healthcare—the patient. A Family Advisor will partner with clinical teams and committees ensuring that the patient experience is present at all levels of policy and procedure development.

Having the Family Advisor participating in the education sessions as nursing prepared to start bedside reporting was a unique opportunity. It allowed nurses to genuinely focus on the patient's perspective and how they might feel about the process. The Medical Surgical unit is very excited about this change in practice and hope that our patients and families feel even better cared for during their time with us at Speare.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:37

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‘Plunge’ in Waterville Valley on Saturday afternoon

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Grab your bathing suit or costume and dive into the icy waters of Corcoran Pond on Saturday, Nov. 29, during the second annual Cold Turkey Plunge, to benefit the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports program, which provides athletic opportunities for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Participants will take to the pond at 1 p.m. Anyone looking to take the plunge is asked to raise a minimum of $50 in donations, which earns you a Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports "empowered bracelet," an official Cold Turkey Plunge long sleeve T-shirt and a tasty cold turkey sandwich made by Chef Sean Stout of the Wild Coyote Grill.

Last year, after clearing ice measuring 8 inches thick, more than 70 participants plunged and raised more than $12,000 for Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports.

More information about the Cold Turkey Plunge a link to download a registration form can be accessed at www.watervilleadaptive.com. Or go to https://wtrvlfdn.ejoinme.org/coldturkeyplunge2014 to set up your on-line Cold Turkey Plunge Page.

Following the Plunge, Santa and his elves will arrive at the Waterville Valley Town Square at 3:30 p.m. pulled by the dogsled team from the Valley Snow Dogz. Santa will visit with children until 7 p.m. and then light the holiday tree in the Town Square to signal the start of the fireworks show over Corcoran Pond. There is a suggested donation, from those who are able, of $5 per child and $10 per family. All proceeds will be donated to the Whole Village Family Resource Center.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:29

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Winnipesaukee Playhouse to host 2 holiday concerts

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse invites audiences to get into the holiday spirit with two concerts which will kick off the holiday season with great music and lots of fun.
On December 3rd and 4th at 2 pm, the Playhouse welcomes back audience favorite Kristhani Pappas for a show called Sleigh Bells Swing. Krisanthi has performed at the Playhouse on and off since 2004, and this time she will be joined by her band. They will be performing jazzy renditions of holiday favorites like Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Santa Baby, and many more. The show contains some audience involvement, adding interactive fun into the mix. The Jazz Times says, "Krisanthi Pappas has a soft, dusky voice like Norah Jones' or Diana Krall's... her performance is one of subtle restraint and beauty."
On December 6th at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, NH-based theatre company Not Your Mom's Musical Theatre will be at the Playhouse performing "Something Wonderful I Missed! Holiday Edition." This innovative concert mixes great songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals with the often hilarious history behind those songs. Four versatile, talented performers, playing a range of characters to live piano accompaniment, will present a concert of holiday selections from musicals, from now classics like "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "We Need A Little Christmas" to lesser-known gems you might have missed from shows as varied as Striking 12 and Promises, Promises. The show gets into the holiday spirit with a glimpse of musical theater at its finest and simplest - actors onstage, telling a story through music. The Nashua Telegraph says, "NYMMT consistently provides cutting-edge, lesser-known -- and FUN! -- theatrical performances. Go."
Tickets for both productions are $25 in the orchestra and $15 in the balcony. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:22

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Christmas Cookie Buffet supports Minot-Sleeper Library

BRISTOL — The Friends of the Minot Sleeper Library are asking people who are baking their favorite cookies to bake an extra few dozen for the Friend's Annual Christmas Cookie Buffet.

The Christmas Cookie Buffet proceeds provide materials and support for the many free library activities during the coming year and those cookies can help. Participants can bring their home baked cookies to the Minot Sleeper Library on Thursday December 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday December 12th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Friends would really appreciate those special cookies, no bars or brownies please. To help the purchasers of the cookies please label them with the name and nut products if any are used.

The Cookie Buffet itself will be held at the Mason's building on Friday, December 12th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then on Saturday the 13th from 8 am to 12 noon the Cookie Buffet combines with the Masons' free Breakfast with Santa.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:17

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