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Page 6 South Dakota Nurse March, April, May 2018 USD Student Nurses Make Pillows to Protect Port-a-cath Sites Under Shoulder Strap of Seat Belts for Cancer Patients Kathy Jorgensen, RN, MA, MSN Helene Hegge, RN, MSN On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the University of South Dakota (USD) Vermillion student nurses held a “crafting bee” to make small wallet-sized pillows for local area cancer patients to place under the across-the-shoulder seat belt strap. These pillows protect their skin over their porta-cath® insertion sites. Patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy frequently have port-a-catheters® inserted subcutaneously through which the drugs are delivered. The port is most often inserted in the chest, below the skin and near the client’s shoulder. The port stays in place throughout the therapy so patients avoid having needle sticks each time they need the medication infusions. Student Nurse tying the Port Pillow. The port placement can make wearing the seat belt shoulder strap uncomfortable. The port sticks out where the seat belt rubs when in place. To avoid rubbing, some patients tuck the seat belt under their right arm—not a safe placement of the strap. Tyler Koch irons the label on a pillow that says “Made for you by USD Nursing.” Student nurses with their instructor gave the pillows to the Avera Same Day Surgery for distribution to the patients when their Port-a-cath were inserted. They included a sign with each pillow that the SNA wanted to help “soften the burden and every little bit helps.” Diagram of Port-a-cath in place under the skin depicting how the infusion port makes the skin eject above the skin. bard-purple-power-port.html One USD Vermillion pre-nursing student, Kasara Pollema, found a solution on Pinterest®, a “port pillow” to place under the seat belt. The USD Student Nurses’ Association received the fleece and polyester fiberfill as a donation from the Vermillion Walmart store. The members cut out two 7-inch-by-4-inch fleece fabric pieces for the 25 pillows they planned to make. They cut notches around the perimeter of the 50 pieces and brought them to the October local SNA meeting. Student Nurse in a car with the “Port Pillow” in place as would be placed for patient with a Porta-cath in place. The entire enthusiastic group tied the outside fringes together, leaving one side to insert the fiberfill. They also ironed on pre-made labels that stated, “Made for you by USD Nursing” and attached the Velcro fasteners to slide around the seat belt. Kasara Pollema, the student nurse with the innovative project, with the completed “Port Pillows.” This ingenious idea and activity provided the students with a method to aid clients to overcome one of the many inconveniences they experience with their diagnosis and treatment. Thank you, student nurses! We look forward to you joining the nurses of South Dakota!

March, April, May 2018 South Dakota Nurse Page 7 SDNA 2018 Calendar of Events PAC Report If you have events that you want posted on the SDNA Calendar of Events, please contact the SDNA Office at (605) 945-4265 or by email at MARCH March 9 – Last day of the 93rd South Dakota Legislative Session APRIL April 16 – SD Nurse Article Submission Deadline – June Issue April 23 – SDNA Board of Directors Meeting MAY May 6-12 – National Nurses Week May 6-12 – SDNA Nurses Week Celebration TBA – SDNA District 10 Spring Conference May 28 – Memorial Day, Observed JUNE June 22-23 – 2018 ANA Membership Assembly JULY July 1 – SDNA Consent to Serve Forms Due July 4 – Independence Day July 16 – SD Nurse Article Submission Deadline – September Issue AUGUST August 1 – Awards Nominations Due August 20 – SDNA BOD Meeting SEPTEMBER September 4 – Labor Day OCTOBER October 7 – SDNA Board of Directors Meeting October 7 & 8 – SDNA Annual Convention (Brookings, SD) October 8 – Native American Day October 15 – SD Nurse Article Submission Deadline – December Issue NOVEMBER November 12 – Veterans Day November 22 – Thanksgiving DECEMBER December 1 – District Leadership Reporting Form Due to SDNA Office December 25 – Christmas Day Greetings to South Dakota Nurses! SDNA Mission The South Dakota Nurses Association speaks with a unified voice to support professional nursing through advocacy, communication, networking and collaboration across nursing specialties. The Registered Nurse is an advocate of access to quality, cost effective care while upholding standards of excellence for the profession. Above is the mission for nurses in South Dakota. It does not mention Republican or Democrat or Independent, just nurses unified. This does not mean that we all think alike or have the same wants and desires but we are all working toward being the best nurse for our patients and the state of South Dakota. There are several issues that affect nursing in this legislative session. You all have been generous with donations that make our voice stronger. Be alert to your email and utilize the talking points to give you an understanding of the issues and how to talk to a legislator, should the opportunity present. It is important that the legislators hear one voice. So as I have said before, “Let them hear us roar!” Respectfully submitted, Julie Dangel, MSN, RN PAC Chair INFORM YOUR PATIENTS Opportunities for full-time staff are available in the following positions: • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse • Staff Nurse Before ONE Month of Age: Hearing Screening Before THREE Months of Age: Hearing Evaluation Before SIX Months of Age: Early Intervention It is critical that hearing loss be identified and addressed before infants develop language and speech problems. South Dakota School for the Deaf offers early intervention services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families at no cost. • Licensed Practical Nurse • Nursing Assistant US Citizenship required or candidates must have proper authorization to work in the US. Applicant(s) selected for a position may be eligible for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provision of the Education Debt Reduction Program. Possible recruitment bonus. EEO Employer. Since 1924, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System has delivered excellence in health care and compassionate service to central Minnesota Veterans in an inviting and welcoming environment close to home. We serve over 38,000 Veterans per year at the medical center in St. Cloud, and at three Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo. For more information: Visit or contact Human Resources STC.HR@VA.GOV Human Resources 4801 Veterans Drive St. Cloud, MN 56303 (320) 255-6301 EEO Employer Established in 2015, the South Dakota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Collaborative, a partnership between USD and the Department of Health State EHDI program provides training and evidence-based resources to healthcare professionals on infant hearing screening and follow-up. For information contact Haifa A. Samra at or Jessica Messersmith at Located sixty-five miles northwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the City of St. Cloud and adjoining communities have a population of more than 100,000 people. The area is one of the fastest growing areas in Minnesota, and serves as the regional center for education and medicine. Enjoy a superb quality of life here—nearly 100 area parks; sparkling lakes; the Mississippi River; friendly, safe cities and neighborhoods; hundreds of restaurants and shops; a vibrant and thriving medical community; a wide variety of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities; a refreshing four-season climate; a reasonable cost of living; and a robust regional economy!