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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, January 8, 1971 NEW NURSING CARE SYSTEM EVOLVING - A new system of nursing ca/e known as Progressive Patient Care - Nursing Unit Assignment, has been on trial on the surgical service at Lefhbridge Municipal Hospital since. May. A study is under way to determine the feasibility of extending the system to other services. Patients are grouped according to their needs and assigned to nursing stations. Instead of a central nursing station there now are several, located along the halls, each responsible for a reduced number of beds, according to the patients' needs. Miss Lil Evanoff checks charts of patients assigned to her nursing station. She is supplied with adequate nursing assistance and supply services, leaving her free to focus her skills, time and energy more properly on direct patient care. Each station is equipped with a portable cabinet containing the medications and patients assigned to the station. supplies required for Municipal hospital may extend new system of patient care 750 films Library has active film centre By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer The Letbbridge public library is more than your average book collection and fountain of printed knowledge. Just west of the adult section in the main library is the film library, a smallish, file-lined room through which 750 films and 180 filmstrips are available to city and district residents. .AH the films may be borrowed for a small fee. Accessories, such as projectors, screens and even projectionists, may also be rented. Film subjects range from industry and science to arts and crafts, and the usual movie running time is 10 minutes, for short items, to more than one hour for features. Of the 750 films, about 230 are rented from the National Film Board of Canada, the public-backed production company whose documentaries have been internationally acclaimed. An undetermined number of NFB productions are owned outright by the library. The remainder are Encyclopedia Bri-tannica movies, or productions of American firms, such as Coronet Films and Castle Films. The library's 1970 film budget was set at $5,000; revenue of about $4,750 was estimated for film rentals, The biggest users of the rental service are, as might be expected, the Letbbridge public and separate school systems. Next on the list are schools of the counties of Lethbridge, Willow Creek and Taber. For such large users, the library has a block rental system. Of the numerous individual5 who also rent films, one particular Lethbridge couple was recalled by Chief Librarian George Dew because of the couple's consistent hiring of films for the weekends. He wasn't sure why regular weekend use attracted them, but the idea suggested itself that "for half the price of a theatre movie, a couple could put out the lights and snuggle away. "I don't think we'd get much business by advocating this though," Mr. Dew said. Another suggestion which hasn't been taken seriously is the rental of stage movies. "Of course, we'd have to test the market first." - and presumably the product. The most popular films, par ticulaily during the Christmas season, are cartoons, "which go in and out of the library like yo-yos." The Lethbridge library, with Claus Schreiner as film librarian, is now the NFB agent for southwestern Alberta. Up to about 1965, the film board worked through the Southern Alberta Film Federation, a compact of film councils from throughout the south. The federation folded in 1960; an NFB representative attached to the city retired and was no replaced; and the federation's films were turned over to Lethbridge and Medicine Hat libraries. Where libraries have an ad- Coal output Coal production in the B.C.. section of the Crowsnest Pass fell from 1,164,000 tons in 1951 to 469,000 tons in 1959. This was a drop of 51 per cent, as compared with a decline of 83 per cent in the Al berta section of the 'Pass. Since 1959 coal production in the B.C. 'Pass has increased at a faster rate than in Alberta. By 1967, coal output in the B.C sector had risen to 192 per cent of that in the Alberta 'Pass. vantage over community film societies is in their combination of films and books. Since both media tend to complement each other, they can provide the public with a fairly thorough study of a subject. In Mr. Dew's opinion, however, that combination could be put to better use if films were shown right in the library. People are "not getting a fair shake" from the library's extension plans because the main library has no auditorium, and the present library is too small and crowded. He said an 150-200 seat theatre, used specifically for lectures, film showings, art shows, would fit the bill. Aside from shows and lectures - backed by book lists as a follow-up - the auditorium would be ideal for experimental theatre, University of Leth-b ridge community offerings and small conventions. But an auditorium - and a new library - will have to wait for another day. (Funds for the library have been entered in the 1972 city capital budget.) Until then, Lethbridge and district residents can still sample a variety of subjects, via films - and the little room at the main library. By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer A study is to be conducted at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital to determine the feasibility of establishing a new system of patient care throughout the hospital. The new system, known as progressive patient care-nursing unit assignment (PPC- NUA), has been on trial on the surgical service since May. Ineffective utilization of the nursing service staff was primarily responsible for instituting the system on a trial basis. The system is designed to provide the patient with the care needed, when it- is needed and to focus nurses' time, energy and skills more properly on direct patient care. Under the PPC (progressive patient care) portion of the system, patients are grouped according to their needs - inten- Sketch club winter classes start next week at Bowman The Lethbridge Sketch Club's winter art classes for adult, teen-age and children participants begin next week at the Bowman Arts Centre. Fees for adults include admission to classes and annual memberships, the latter category giving workshop and exhibition privileges. Teen-agers and children are not required to become members of the club, one of 29 Cy Hills honored Cy Hills, 019 4th Street S., was honored Wednesday night at a banquet celebrating his 25 years of service with the T. Eaton Company. Mr. Hills, a veteran of the Calgary Highlanders, has been with" Eaton's in Lethbridge since l!Ml>. He started as a maintenance man, eventually becoming shipper and receiver for the Lethbridge store. J. R. Beggs, store manager, presented Mr. Hills with a watch and certificate, confirming his entrance into the Timothy Eaton Quarter Century Cub, at a gathering of the staff before store opening Thursday morning. Mr. Hill is the 12,-104th member of the club. groups included in the Allied Arts Council. Mondays at 2-4 p.m. and 7:30-9-30 p.m. instruction in wa-tercolors and oils will be given by Cathy Evins, Lethbridge F.rtist, costume and set designer and a long-time teacher with the sketch club. Tuesdays at 4:30-6 p.m., Mrs. Evins will provide instruction in teen-age art. Also Tuesdays, at 7:30-9:30 p.m., oil paintings, basic drawing and acrylics will be dealt with by Louise Cormier, a bachelor of fine arts graduate of Michigan State University and a new instructor with the club. Workshop time is provided Wednesdays at 7:30-9:30 p.m. f o r members wishing to take advantage of the Bowman centre facilities. Thursdays Miss Cormier will again give instruction in oils, rcrylics and basic painting. The class runs 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mrs. Evins will instruct in oil paintings Fridays at 7:30-9:30 l..m. Art instructions for children will be given Saturdays at lull.'30 a.m. by Miss Cormier. And a new Saturday night class, in acyrlics only, for adults, will be given at 7:30-U:30 by Betty Loewen, previous sketch club teacher. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bldg. wm PHONE 328-7684H $2,350 damage Damage amounted to $1,350 in a single-car accident in the 2500 block of Highway 3 east yesterday when a car driven by Brian Douglas Kethler of Lethbridge went out of control and struck a telephone pole. There were no injuries. sive care, above average care, average care or minimal care. As their condition improves or worsens, they may be moved from one group to another. The nursing station is decentralized and several nursing units may be established on one floor. Each nursing unit looks after a group of patients with similar needs. Charts, medications and other supplies for each patient in the unit are kept at the nursing stations. Each unit has one registered nurse who has adequate nursing assistance and supply services. The size and staffing of each unit depends on the care category of the patients assigned to the unit. In minimal care units, for example, there may be one registered nurse for 24 patients compared with one for 10 to 12 patients in average care units, five or sue patients in above average care units and two or three patients in intensive care units. The NUA (nursing unit assignment) portion of the system returns the nurse to the bedside and surrounds her with the necessary support services to keep her there. The nursing unit staff has been relieved of the multiple non - nursing and indirect services by a more capable service staff. Nursing personnel are in the patient area delivering a higher level of nursing care which is more satisfying to them and to the patient. Decentralization of the nursing station and placement of the nurse in the patient area with a smaller nucleus of patients for whom she is fully responsible, has resulted in a substantial improvement in providing safer patient care. In the past, when a staff member was unavailable for duty, other assigned staff members and patients frequently absorbed the reduction in service. Under the new system the person is replaced, assuring the same level of care. The NUA is proving to be a much more suitable and preferable setting for educating students than was the prior system. The new concept is a departure from a long - established system. It has been confusing to many, especially at first, including patients (who are moved about at times), some doctors (who have trouble finding their patients after they have heen moved despite the fact there is a card index available saying where all their patients are each day) and other hospital departments which provide supplies and support services. A detailed analysis of the system was recently presented to the hospital's board of directors. The success, failures and problems associated with the system and its implementation were outlined. The board decided to continue PPC-NUA on a trial basis on the surgical service until Feb. 28. In the meantime a feasibility study is to be done for expansion of the system to the medical service at a future date. The first feasibility report is to be ready by the end of February. The board also directed that an educational program be continued with those who have indicated less than a complete understanding of the basic concept itself and the operation of the system. The process of data collection is to be continued to permit extended and a more complete examination of various aspects of the system. Modifications to the system which are clearly indicated and supported by data will be considered later. The nursing unit assignment system, tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient, was researched and developed by the University of Saskatchewan. LMH has received a number of inquiries from other hospitals regarding PPC - NUA, being the first outside the University of Saskatchewan to implement the system. Get together with the easy-going flavour of Molson Golden.-It's the great get-together beer for good company and good times. MoUan Golden ...the great get-together beer! 'Pass group to discuss various acts The New Towns Act, County Act and Municipal and School Administration Act are to be discussed this month at a meeting of a local government study group in the Crowsnest Pass. The acts may form the basis of a new governmental set-up that would include four towns and one improvement district in the area, replacing the present five local governments. LEISTER'S MUSK LTD. ANNUAL JANUARY RECORD SALE Clearing A Large Selection o f Our Regular Stock Records SATURDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY 25% off !/3 Off Vi price ANY REASONABLE OFFER ? CLASSICAL ? POPULAR LEISTER'S MUSK LTD. Paramount Theatre Building Phone 328-4080 ;