first_img Community News Subscribe Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News The right to speak and be heard is an inalienable right, and The Hear Center is working hard through low-cost community services and outreach to make sure everyone gets their chance.Especially in the upcoming Better Hearing and Speech Month this May.A community and family-based agency located at 301 East Del Mar Blvd., The Hear Center has been helping the speech- and hearing-impaired learn to better their lives through therapy, and various hearing and speech services.Better Hearing and Speech Month is a yearly event when the American Language-Hearing Association raises awareness on hearing and speech problems and encourages people to analyze their own and to take action if they think they might have a problem.Contrary to popular belief, hearing loss is not just a condition of the aged. Millions of people of all ages worldwide suffer from many forms of hearing loss, and The Hear Center asks everyone to be aware of the signs:– Frequently asking people to repeat themselves– Turning an ear to the direction of sound to hear it better– Understanding a conversation better when you look directly at the person. Seeing their facial expression and lip movement can help someone understand another better if there is a hearing problem– Being unable to hear all parts of a group conversation– Experiencing pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)– Listening to the TV or radio at volume levels higher than other people normally listen toIf you know of anyone showing any of these telltale signs, The HEAR Center suggests a visit to our audiologists, a health professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing problems.Please call us to schedule a free hearing screening in honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month.Better Hearing and Speech Month is not just an event for the speech- and hearing-impaired, it is a reminder for everyone to be aware and take action.To find out more about Better Hearing and Speech Month, visit or www.hearcenter.orgFor more information about The Hear Center and the services it provides, visit or call (626) 796-2016. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuffcenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Health May You Hear And Speak Better May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Pasadena’s Hear Center wants everyone to speak and be heard By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 3:11 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgThreeoccupational health professionals, working in vastly different settings,discuss the pros and cons of working within a multidisciplinary team, by JaneDowneyThepast 10 years have proved to be a very exciting, if not challenging, time foroccupational health professionals.Notonly have we played a major role in the implementation of radical legislation,such as the ‘six pack’ Health and Safety Regulations and DisabilityDiscrimination Act, we have also witnessed the election of a Government thathas pledged its commitment, at least on paper, to improving workplace healthand have put in place strategy statements to help achieve this.Thesetting up of primary care trusts has provided an excellent opportunity for OHpractitioners to influence policy and ensure the prevention and management ofwork-related ill health does not remain the domain of a few enlightenedemployers. OH has, at long last, been given the prominence it deserves.However,all this change has not only impacted on what we do, but how we do it. The oldtraditional reactive service, which was mostly based purely on the medicalmodel, is now often insufficient to deal with the many demands and needs placedon us by 21st century organisations.Tobe truly proactive, we now need to engage with a whole host of people from awide range of disciplines. I asked occupational health nurses (OHNs) working inthree different settings what it meant for them to work within amultidisciplinary team, how it had redefined their practice and the challengesit presented.Thecompany directorIn1995, Alison Persson decided to take the plunge and set up as an independent OHand safety consultant. This was after gaining 15 years of knowledge andexperience working as an OHN based mainly at British Gas.In2001, she became the director of her own OH and safety company, Catalyst. Shenow manages a team of nine practitioners – three safety practitioners, fourOHNs, one OH physician and a change coach.Herinvolvement with the multidisciplinary element definitely increased when shebecame an independent practitioner. “With some contracts, I found I did nothave enough knowledge, so I found other practitioners who had the knowledge,and then I really started to appreciate the benefits of working in amultidisciplinary team,” she says.Thisexperience has changed her involvement with, and perception of, team working.“Ten years ago, my view of the multidisciplinary team was very different towhat it is now. The team was then the OH physician and OH nurse practitioner.Now I feel it should comprise safety practitioners, ergonomists, counsellors,and change management specialists. However, this is not an exhaustive list.”Althoughthe practitioners have many core skills in common, their different backgroundsoften result in them approaching a problem from a different angle. Perssonbelieves this can be beneficial if you are working as a team, but can causeproblems if you are working on the same problem independently.“Ifyou are working separately, you are not doing the best for the workforce as youmay be overlapping,” she says.“Managersget confused as to whom to listen to. They hear the same problem but from adifferent slant.“Whileworking as a team, you are looking at who is best to take on a particular role.You do this with the practitioner, bearing in mind their qualifications andexperience, and then you decide who is right for the role.”Perssonis a firm believer that “joint thinking unleashes creativity and leads to moreeffective solutions”, and judging by her company’s ever-increasing workload, itwould appear the clients agree.Thesenior managerAftergaining her stripes working as an OH nurse and manager in a number of settings,including the Civil Service, the NHS and the Metropolitan Police, Judy Cook,head of occupational health services (OHS) at British Airways, now manages alarge team of nurses.Teammembers are based at either BA’s Waterside HQ or at Gatwick airport, providingOHS to all UK-based BA employees.OHSis part of the larger organisation, British Airways Health Services (BAHS),headed by the director Dr Sandra Mooney. Other sections are occupational andaviation medicine, BA travel clinics, business support, dental, food safety andenvironmental health and passenger medical clearance unit.Thedirector has influenced and supported the many changes in core OH provisionthat have taken place since Cook took the helm four years ago.Withinher team, Cook has both OHAs and OH practice nurses. The latter are mostlybased at health centres at Waterside or Gatwick, performing screening forfitness for role, providing health advice and immunisation for overseas travel,advising and supporting first aiders and generally promoting health.Alarge component of the OHA’s role is providing specialist advice to managers intheir allocated business areas to help them manage attendance, advising onfitness for role, providing health and safety advice and again, generallypromoting health in the workplace.AlthoughCorporate Safety Services lead on developing safety policies and procedures,Cook has encouraged collaborative working and states “we are always looking foropportunities to work more closely together”. She fosters and also enjoys agood working relationship with colleagues in other BAHS groups.Infact, at every level of the business, she takes the utmost care to work withthe person rather than against and expects her team to do the same.However,she admits that sometimes, even with the best intentions, things can occasionallygo awry.“Asthe business climate changes and jobs become less secure, you can see manygroups competing for the same work, resulting in overlap rather than synergy,”she says.Currently,BAHS does not employ OH technicians, but Cook would not be opposed to such amove in the future – if she believed it was right for the organisation. Infact, it would be fair to say that she has a very open mind and weighs up thepros and cons of every argument.Shedoes not believe in “putting labels on groups”, but instead feels we should be“moving towards generic skills and knowledge”.Sheis even prepared to ask the question that many of her peers may findunpalatable: “Do you need to be a registered nurse to deliver good occupationalhealthcare?”Manyof us may vehemently believe that ‘yes’ is the only answer to that question.But whatever your stance, you cannot but admire Cook’s ability to ask thedifficult question, irrespective of whether it is popular or not, because it isnot based on the need for control but the vision to look pragmatically at whereOH is today and decide how it can move forward in the future. Thelone OH adviserMaryClarke is an occupational health adviser (OHA) for Avecia, and manages its OHneeds for the Grangemouth site in Scotland.Aveciais a global speciality chemicals company and Grangemouth is its largest UKsite, employing about 600 employees. It has a manufacturing range includingpharmaceutical products and biotechnology advanced medicines.Clarkehas been an OHN for 12 years; nine of which has been with Avecia. Prior tothis, she worked in the NHS, where she found the OH culture very different.“Withthe NHS, you get the back-up and automatically belong to a team,” she says.“Here, because you are isolated, you soon learn that if you want to beeffective, you have to make the effort to network with other disciplines aswell as other OHNs.”Clarkeworks closely with her HR colleagues on health policy development and also withthe company’s hygienist and safety manager, ensuring OH is regularly consultedon any issues that require its input. Clarke has a full-time OH technician andan OH physician, who visits one day a week. TheOH technician role was already in place when she started at Avecia. It was thisissue that caused such controversy when she gave a presentation on the role ofthe OH technician at the Scottish Occupational Health forum last April.Somedelegates felt it was totally “inappropriate” and accused her of “doing nursesout of a job”. However, she strongly denies this.“TheOH technician position was already in place when I started working at thecompany. He has received the necessary training, is on an ongoing trainingprogramme and is closely supervised with strict procedures and protocols withwhich he must comply.“Regardingscreening nurses, well, anyone out there who has tried to employ a screeningnurse will know how difficult it is – there are so few of them about. With theOH technician, I have someone who is keen and enjoys his job, and I get theopportunity to get out on site and be proactive,” she says.Duringher presentation at the conference, her last slide stated: “Health surveillanceby a non-OH professional is NO replacement for a qualified occupational healthadviser”.CarolBannister, the RCN OH adviser, explains why she takes a similar approach. “I donot have a problem with OH technicians as long as they are not doing thespecialist practitioner’s role, have attained the necessary levels of competencyand accountability and are adequately supervised.“Withthe present shortage of OH nurses, we need to delegate if we are going toprovide a modern OH service. Other healthcare practitioners are going down thisroute and there is no reason why we should not follow suit,” she says.Somaybe that is why each of these practitioners are so successful in theirparticular sphere of work. In the pursuit of best practice, they choosecollaboration over isolation; question the status quo and do not accept traditionpurely for tradition’s sake. This is what makes them not just leaders, butexcellent team players.JaneDowney RGN, RM, OHND, OND obtained her diploma in OH nursing in 1994, whileworking for GPT, part of the GEC telecommunications group, based in Nottingham.After spending four years there, she completed an 18-month stint in the NHS,gaining a NEBOSH certificate before moving down to London to work for BarbicanHealth, which then became Bupa Wellness. During her time at Bupa, she obtaineda diploma in counselling but left in 2000 after taking maternity leave. She nowworks from home as an independent OH practitioner Working together in close partnershipOn 1 Aug 2003 in Marriage and civil partnership discrimination, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias and Provost Michael Quick headed a delegation of trustees, senior administrators and deans in Washington, D.C. to meet with a bipartisan committee of lawmakers.  The meeting, held in early April, was intended to address concerns regarding higher education, including a proposal for the White House to rate the nation’s post-secondary institutions.President Barack Obama and his administration’s goal to combat the rising costs of a college education and to make education more affordable for students and their families includes a plan to introduce a new college rating system through the Department of Education.In his annual address to faculty back in February, President Nikias discussed what he viewed as shortcomings in the proposed ratings system based on access, affordability and outcomes.“None of these metrics reflect academic value or academic excellence,” Nikias said. “USC wins on outcomes and access, and we use a tremendous amount of resources to fund merit-based and need-based scholarships, to make USC education affordable … [The ratings system] may incentivize the wrong things.”In February, USC and other members of the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit collective of public and private research universities, criticized the plan to draft a new rating system. In a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the AAU said that it would not endorse the “inappropriate” federal rating system. Though the AAU praised Obama’s efforts to make college more accessible and affordable, the institution claimed an official rating system — unlike the ones used by media organizations such as U.S. News and World Report — would contradict “the unbiased and authoritative image” of the federal government.However, aside from a federal rating system, students often look to U.S. News and World Report which provides a widely recognized annual ranking. These rankings are based on 16 measures of quality that are divided into seven key areas, including factors such as undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates and financial resources. The unofficial rankings published by U.S. News and World Report rate the schools against each other, forming a numbered list of top schools, which is different from the rating system the federal government is proposing.The proposed ratings system will not rate the schools against one another or provide a numbered list as U.S News and World Report does, but rather will seek to rate each school individually.This year, USC ranked 25 in U.S. News’s ranking, down two spots from 2014. The latest report has raised doubts among college presidents across the nation, including Nikias, regarding the accuracy of U.S. News’s list in addition to other rating and ranking systems. Nikias spoke to the Washington Post in February about his belief that U.S. News’s calculations fail to factor in important aspects of colleges when compiling their ratings list, such as USC’s dedication to the arts.“Sure, we pay attention to the rankings, because everyone looks at them,” Nikias told the Washington Post.A study released by the American Educational Research Association shows that rankings published by U.S. News can influence where students apply to college as well. Holding a spot on the list’s top 25 can increase the amount of applications a school receives from 6 to 10 percent.The White House’s current system of rating post-secondary institutions is operated through the Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center. The “College Scorecard” on the department’s website does not rank colleges against each other. The database provides information to students about colleges’ affordability and value, in alphabetical — rather than hierarchal — lists, by either searching for a specific institution or choosing from a variety of elements such as majors and location to narrow results.According to the Department of Education, the push for the rating system by the Obama administration comes from the desire to strengthen the value of American college education and the federal government’s investment in student financial aid. The administration would additionally like to direct federal student aid money toward institutions with higher ratings.“U.S. News welcomes Obama’s proposal for a new rating system and hopes the Department of Education makes more robust data on graduate career prospects and more accurate data on student debt loads available,” U.S. News chief data strategist Robert Morse wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan.Comments from the public and higher institutions such as the AAU were requested until February 17, when the Department of Education began to build a framework to revise the metrics and systems of their college databases, which will be available to the public in the 2015-2016 school year.Claire Porter, a sophomore majoring in communication, said that she relied on her own research on USC’s social life, location and academic programs to make a final decision about where to attend college instead of using a ranking.“I didn’t really need a ranking system to decide [on a university],” Porter said.last_img read more