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Apply Now for Our Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Lexington Medical Center is currently accepting applications for its Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. This 12-month experience is the only recognized post-graduate primary care nurse practitioner program in South Carolina.

Through practical, hands-on educational experiences and mentoring, the program’s nurse practitioner fellows receive advanced training inside Lexington Medical Center’s network of care to increase confidence and enhance clinical skills. The fellowship will include primary placement with family and internal medicine practices, along with specialty rotations from cardiology to orthopaedics. It also includes weekly learning sessions.

To qualify, nurses must successfully complete or be anticipating licensure in South Carolina as an advanced practice registered nurse. In addition, they must have at least two years of full-time nursing practice or equivalent experience in providing direct patient care within the past five years.

The goals of the program are to meet the demand for access to high quality care with well-trained nurse practitioners; increase the clinical skills, confidence and productivity of new nurse practitioners; and retain family nurse practitioners committed to developing careers within Lexington Medical Center.

The fellowship will begin in August 2017. Lexington Medical Center offers competitive compensation and benefits to nurse practitioner fellows.

Two NP fellows are currently taking part in the fellowship:

Michael Aley, MS, FNP-C

Michael Aley earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University with a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner. He has worked at Lexington Medical Center for five years, caring for general surgery and cardiovascular surgery patients. Certified in medical/surgical nursing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced cardiovascular life support, he is most interested in pursuing a career in family or pediatric medicine.

Teonica Murphy, DNP, FNP-C

A magna cum laude graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Teonica Murphy earned a doctorate as a family nurse practitioner from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She has cared for patients in our Emergency department since 2013. In addition to her education and experience, Teonica is a certified emergency nurse with additional certifications in advanced cardiovascular life support, basic life support and pediatric advanced life support.

To find out ore information about the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.om/Careers/Nurses.

The Mediterranean Diet for Your Heart

If you’re looking for the best menu for your heart, check out the Mediterranean Diet. This plan incorporates a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat, which contains more saturated fat.

Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. The diet has been associated with a lower level of bad cholesterol that’s more likely to build up deposits in your arteries.

Lexington Medical Center heart patient Thomas Harris learned all about the Mediterranean Diet while attending cardiac rehabilitation after open heart surgery last year. While Thomas has always led an active lifestyle, his old diet – high in saturated fat and processed foods – hurt his heart. After following the Mediterranean Diet for several months, his cholesterol is lower and he no longer has to take blood pressure medication. We introduce you to him in this WIS-TV news story.

 

“The typical American diet contains too many processed foods that are convenient and easy to eat on the go. They often contain too much sugar and processed flour,” said Lexington Medical Center cardiac rehabilitation dietitian Susan Wilkerson. “The more processed food is, the less nutritious. When we eat processed foods, we don’t get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. We eat just to eat, not for our health. So we want to go back to eating whole foods.”

Mediterranean Diet Guidelines:
*Primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
*Replace butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
*Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
*Limit red meat to no more than a few times a month
*Eat fish and poultry at least twice a week

Join Us For A Therapy Dog Stress Break

Dogs are affectionately called man’s best friend. But did you know their companionship also offers benefits for your heart health? Studies show a canine companion can help with everything from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress. That’s why Lexington Medical Center is hosting a “therapy dog stress break” where visitors and staff members can come to the hospital and spend time with furry friends on Valentine’s Day. The event is free and open to the public.

Community members are invited to the North Tower Atrium inside Lexington Medical Center from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14 to shake off some stress by petting a dog. Lexington Medical Center clinicians will also be on hand to answer questions about how managing stress and finding relaxing activities can help our health.

According to the American Heart Association, pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, may help reduce a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease:
*Studies have found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and resting heart rates than people who do not have a pet, even when they had a similar body mass index (BMI) and socioeconomic profile.
*Research shows dog owners are more likely to be physically active than non-dog owners — tending to walk longer and more often.
*A study found that younger children whose families owned a dog were less likely to be overweight or obese compared with children in families without a dog.
*Additional research has found that pets lower stress and help heart patients live longer.

Each of the dogs participating in the event is a certified therapy dog that visits patients at Lexington Medical Center’s main campus in West Columbia and Extended Care, the hospital’s skilled nursing facility in Lexington. They are a popular and important part of Lexington Medical Center’s Volunteer Services department.