Nurses and Neighbors Caring For Communities

projectrewind_webNurses and Neighbors Caring For Communities Discuss the Dangers of Alcohol at AMSU

On Tuesday, March 1st, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula community received a visit from Elaine Pottenger, MS. RN, CPNP, PMSH, and Vice President of Nurses and Neighbors Caring for Communities. Elaine presented an intriguing and informative discussion about the dangers of alcohol. The name of the project Ms. Pottenger is associated with is Project REWIND, because “in life, there are no REWIND buttons”. This program addressed the dangers and permanent results of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol is viewed as “liquid anesthesia” and the age-old sobering tactics of hot coffee, cold showers and walking/sleeping it off were explained as damaging or life threatening. Teens were taught when and how to call for help to SAVE A FRIEND.
For the past several months, AMSU students have been cooperating with the organization that produces Project REWIND by taking several questionnaires about their knowledge of the fact and fiction that surrounds the consumption of alcohol. This presentation was the culmination of several rounds of questionnaires resulting into a well informed presentation. Now that the AMSU students have been presented with the facts needed to help themselves or others should they ever encounter a dangerous situation related to alcohol, the hope is that they make the right decisions regarding alcohol.

About Nurses and Neighbors Caring for Communities:
Ten years ago before “health care reform”, a small group of nurses in partnership with their community believed in the impossible. They believed that illness doesn’t have to happen. The solution was to give every individual health care knowledge instead of just health care directions. And, to do this, they wanted programs that were innovative and entertaining, located in the community, and that charged little or nothing. Impossible! Impossible! Impossible!…Came the voices. Not to this group, which “easily believed in as many as ten possible things before breakfast.” They set about demystifying medical science. They offered new ways to learn. They made homes the center of care. They did this by creating an organization without bureaucracy and applied 95% of all of its contributions to the work at hand, and 100% of their expertise. And, they discovered that giving and caring expands the capability of the human spirit to do even more impossible things.

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