The Haven

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A picture Holly Dunn took at the 2013 Pool Party for the youth.

A picture Holly Dunn took at the 2013 Pool Party for the youth.

I was recently able to work with a non-profit organization called The Haven. I worked on an assignment where I made a mini grant proposal for The Haven, so they could try to gain money for the Annual Pool Party for the youth of Connersville, Indiana. The Haven’s sole purpose is to reach out to the young adults in Fayette County and help them through tough situations in life. This organization is so dear to my heart because I have participated in some of the programs The Haven has offered, and I’ve seen the life changes The Haven brings to the young adults of Connersville.

The Haven

The Haven was created in March of 2010 by the Freshman Success Councilor of Connersville High School, Holly Dunn. Holly started the organization at Crosspoint Biker Church in Connersville with a Friday night youth service called FUEL. FUEL is now just one of the many things offered by The Haven. The Haven offers FUEL, The Landing, Small Groups, Whitewater Care Pavilion, and Mentoring Programs. FUEL is a community youth service promoting spiritual development. The Landing is a drug and alcohol support and prevention center for young adults. Small Groups allows the teenagers to mentor each other and help each other through tough life situations. The Whitewater Care Pavilion is a youth service for children who are troubled and underprivileged and do not have the opportunities to experience Christ. Mentoring Programs are where adults in the community are able to connect with high school students and try to help them towards a promising future.

Things done to Help

My partner, Jessica Raham, and I both love Holly and the work she has done for Connersville. We knew it would be easy to help her. Jessica has a family member in Kappa Kappa Kappa which is an organization in Connersville that helps donates to The Haven already. Jessica thought we could ask them for a around $300 dollars to help Holly pay for the Annual Pool Party coming up this July. We wrote a mini grant proposal to Kappa Kappa Kappa as if we were Holly Dunn asking for the donation. We also plan to volunteer in the future at a FUEL service soon. We plan to help pass out food to the children after the youth service is over.

My experience

I really enjoyed doing this project. It was my favorite project I’ve done all semester. I felt like I could help make a difference after writing that mini grant proposal. It was good knowing Jessica and I could try to help The Haven while also striving for a good grade on an assignment. I’m very glad I’ve learned how to write a mini grant proposal. I hope that I can be apart of a nonprofit organization like The Haven in the future. Knowing how to write a mini grant proposal could benefit me in a situation like that.

The Haven is such a benefit to teenagers in Connersville. I’ve seen first hand Holly’s help at FUEL, Small Groups, and the Whitewater Care Pavilion because I’ve helped her out for a couple years in those areas; she has also helped me grow in my faith during those volunteer hours. The Haven deserves help because Holly has really help out our community.

The Truth About Ebola

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Ebola em notícia by Claudio Souza is licensed under CC by 2.0

Ebola em notícia by Claudio Souza is licensed under CC by 2.0

One disease has been scaring the nation to no end lately, and that disease is Ebola. It has killed thousands in West Africa and has been spread to the United States. Millions of people are fearing Ebola could be our next big epidemic, but what is the truth about this virus?

What is Ebola?

The CDC, Center of Disease Control and Prevention, defines Ebola or Ebola hemorrhagic fever as a rare and deadly disease that occurs when in contact with an Ebolavirus. This virus doesn’t just affect humans, it also causes sickness in nonhuman primates such as monkeys and gorillas. The virus was first found in 1976 near a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The beginning of this virus is unknown, but it is believed to have started in bats.

What are the Symptoms of Ebola?

Ebola can be spread by coming in contact with the virus. It can go through any bodily openings such as cuts or the mouth and nose. That means being exposed to the patients, their fluids, or any objects that touch the patients could be exposure to the virus. If the virus is caught, symptoms will occur around 8-10 days after exposure to the Ebola virus. Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains.

Is there a Treatment for Ebola?

There is no vaccines or antibiotics for the Ebola virus yet, but many experiments are under way to find the cure. There is a chance of surviving from the Ebola virus though if it is caught soon enough. Hospitals right now are giving patients plenty of fluids, and maintaining oxygen and blood pressure levels. If the patients immunity response is good, the patients should be able to fight off the virus on their own, and they can develop antibodies to prevent getting it again for at least 10 years.

How to Prevent Ebola?

Ebola can be prevented. Wear the proper equipment when dealing with Ebola patients. Do not come in contact with the patients, their fluids, or the objects around them. Keep Ebola patients away from other people. If you are traveling to West Africa, avoid hospitals that have treated Ebola patients. Also avoid any nonhuman primates and bats whether dead or alive, and always practice careful hygiene.

This doesn’t have to be the next big epidemic as long as the right infection control and sterilization methods are in affect. This doesn’t have to be spread. People just need to be careful, and if exposed, our bodies can fight off the virus as long as we have the right help from physicians. The Ebola virus doesn’t have to be scary; it just needs to be dealt with properly so it can be controlled.

A Town Filled With Epidemics

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Drug Abuse (321/365) by Nana-Photography

Drug Abuse (321/365) by Nana-Photography is licensed under CC by 2.0

Connersville, Indiana has been in the news with negative stories for the past couple years. Connersville has been hit with having the highest unemployment rates and highest teenage pregnancy rates in the state as of 2012. There has even been a time in the summer of 2011 when Connersville made nationwide news for a park pool incident! Now, drugs are playing a huge role in the destruction of this once great community.

Issue:

It has been reported all over the local news channels WTHR13 and RTV6; Connersville, Indiana’s next big epidemic is Heroine. Connersville is very dear to my heart. It is a town that I spent my whole childhood in; however, with the outrageous problems rising, I fear visiting my old home town could become too dangerous.

On October 6th 2014, WTHR13 reported that heroine has caused “20 overdoses in [just] 20 days” in the town of Connersville. These overdoses have resulted in the death of five young people. RTV6 reported that the people over dosing on heroine are only between the ages of seventeen to thirty-four. This heroine is believed of being laced with rat poisoning or drain cleaners. The police are low in funds and literally only have one man on the drug task force. There are no leads to who is dealing the heroine. It is believed to be non Connersville residents. The town is in an uproar. They want the dealers to be caught.

What to Do:

WTHR13 reported of a rally that has been scheduled to happen in Connersville, Indiana on Thursday, October 9th at the local park where citizens and police officers will be meeting to try to find a solution to the heroine problem. Connersville has yet again  been hit with a major problem, but there is still hope for the community.

People are outraged by the heroine epidemic and are wanting to take a stand. Citizens need to work with police officers to give any evidence that can lead to the capturing and arrest of the heroine dealers. Police offices need to volunteer to help give their time to working on the drug task force. These people being affected by these drugs should not become another story or statistic for Connersville. The lives of the affected should be important to all citizens. The community of Connersville needs to come together to try to end this new epidemic, so the city of Connersville can regain some respect in the eyes of the state of Indiana and the nation.

Alzheimer’s Disease; A Forgotten Life

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This is Alzheimer's Disease...A Photo Story by Carie Thompson is licensed under CC by 2.0

This is Alzheimer’s Disease…A Photo Story by Carie Thompson is licensed under CC by 2.0

Alzheimer’s Disease is a serious condition in older patients that people in the medical field have to deal with each day. This disease deals with memory loss which can be a struggle for the patients, their families, and their physicians. I wanted more light to be shined on this subject since, I am looking towards a career in Nursing. I realize I will have to deal with this in my lifetime, so I went to The Alzheimer’s Association to learn more about the subject.

Going into the Alzheimer’s Association, I asked myself three major questions:

  • What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
  • What are the Effects of this Disease on the brain?
  • Are There Cures for Alzheimer’s Disease?

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

The Alzheimer’s Association defines Alzheimer’s Disease as a form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It hasn’t been studied much in history, but in the last fifteen years, researchers have discovered up to ninety percent of the information they now have on Alzheimer’s Disease. It has been a bigger concern for the medical field because it is the sixth leading cause for deaths in the United States. Alzheimer’s Disease is a disease that slowly worsens overtime. Patients can go through this form of dementia for up to 20 years.

What Does It Do to the Brain?

Alzheimer’s Disease is believed to be something that normally happens to people when they get older, but that is not true. The Alzheimer’s Association states the disease can effect people as young as 40 years old. Alzheimer’s Disease is a disease that causes nerve cell death, which causes the brain to shrivel. Dead nerve cells and plaques (abnormal proteins) can cluster and block signals going throughout the brain. The brain doesn’t function properly anymore due to the damage, which causes the disease carriers to start having memory loss, thinking problems, and speech difficulties. The brain can’t function properly anymore due to its new deformed size.

Are There Cures?

As of today, there is no cure of Alzheimer’s Disease, but researchers are doing everything they can to help slow the process and find the cure. Medications such as cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine have been created to help slow down memory loss and confusion problems. There are also treatments that don’t involve medication. Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease don’t participate well in new environments. A new place can trigger symptoms of the disease. Keeping the patients in familiar settings and routines slows the progression of the disease. Also, calm and comforting environments helps keep the patients relaxed and not stressed, which slows the progression of the disease. Alzheimer’s Disease can still be slowed down, even if there is no complete cure.

Alzheimer’s Disease affects many families in the United States. Becoming prepared to deal with the situation is important. Gaining knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease can help comfort the person going through the tough time by preparing the caregivers with the ability to slow the disease progression.

Nursing Competition

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As a student pursuing a Major in Nursing at Indiana University East, I realize the difficulty in gaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Only half the students that apply are able to get accepted into the available spots; and even then, it’s a fight to complete the program successfully. With all the stress of becoming a nurse, I wondered if the competition for a job was just as difficult after college. The results surprised me.

I read The Bureau of Labor Statistics  which is a site that has created an Occupational Outlook Handbook for every job imaginable. While I was reading about the nursing field, I tried to keep 4 things in mind:

  • Job Growth
  • Competition for Job
  •  Educational Requirements
  •  Technological Impacts

Job Growth

Nurses are always in demand. In fact, the growth is expected to be almost 20% (about 500,000 new jobs) within the next 8 years. The growth in the nursing field is higher than all other occupations combined, which are only expected to grow 11% within the next 8 years. The high growth in the job field is due to many getting older and gaining health problems, which makes nursing a stable job. People always need taken care of. This ensures I’ll have the ability, along with many others, to gain a nursing job very easily within that time frame.

Competition for Nursing

Many employers prefer nurses to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) over other degrees due to the fact that it’s a higher level of education. If a nurse has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the job opportunities are much higher. The competition is for the ones with lower degrees. A nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing will get the job before a nurse with only an Associate Degree (ADN). It is in my best interest to gain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and I would recommend it to others in pursuit of a nursing career. Successfully job seekers need to get the highest degree possible to ensure their security in the field.

Educational Requirements

It’s possible to become a nurse by getting either a bachelor’s of science in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from another type of approved nursing program. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing takes four years to complete. An Associate’s Degree takes two years to complete, and other nursing programs vary in length. Students must also gain a license by passing the National Council Licensure Examination. Requirements to gain the license can vary state by state but are for the most part similar.

Technological Impacts

Nurses are members of the medical field where something new is discovered each day. Nurses need to stay alert of any new developments in the field that could change health care dramatically. Nurses are usually hands on, so they mostly deal with new drugs being made. The technological advances in medication provide nurses with the ability to help patients in need. The more advanced technology gets, the more effective nurses will be to their patients to provide comfort and care.

College and the career field have different difficulties to overcome; but unlike college, the competition for nursing can be eliminated by one’s own choice. The nursing field is a stable job to get into. The competition can be eliminated with high levels of education. Getting through college and completing a high level nursing program will ensure a job most anywhere within the next 8 years.

Agger’s Danger in Lazy Eyes

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Micheal Agger from Slate.com wrote an article on how to properly write blogs. In his article, he gives many examples and points for making a blog enjoyable and easy to read. These three key points can help get you started on making a successful blog.

  • Bullet Points
  • Short Paragraphs
  • Make the Document Official

Bullet Points

Bullet Points help to make a blog more relaxed. The reader can clearly see the main topics you will be writing on. He or she can easily skim the piece and doesn’t feel carried away in trying to find the main points. The easier the paper is to read, the more relaxed the reader is. That will guarantee a reader to stay focused on your blog.

Short Paragraphs

Shorter Paragraphs help a reader focus on the task at hand. Nobody wants to read a paragraph that takes up a whole page. The reader needs breaks, so they won’t feel overwhelmed. Make each paragraph about one specific topic. Also condense the amount of information that is in each paragraph. The reader doesn’t need a whole life story, just enough information to help them clearly understand the subject at had. This will ensure the reader an enjoyable experience on your page.

Make the Document Official  

There are a lot of false documents on the internet, and you don’t want your blogs becoming one of them. Readers won’t stay on pages they don’t trust, and trust doesn’t come easily over the computer. Making a document look official will make your reader trust your blog, which will make him or her stay and read. You need to add URL links and cite your sources to gain that trust. Giving the reader the documents you used to write your blog will help him or her believe you are being honest with the information you shared. The reader will feel comfortable using your document.