Schools need more nurses


A ‘cloud is hanging over Las Virgenes By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The Las Virgenes Unified School District warns that it has an urgent need for additional school nurses and that the health of students depends on it. The average ratio of school nurses to students in California is one nurse to 2,790 students, but in LVUSD the ratio is 1 […]

Spring fling—

Your guide
to the area

Your guide to the area’s best flowers    ature lovers still have time to hit the local hiking trails    and revel in the colorful display of native wildflowers that are in full bloom this spring. Cooler weather and late rains have prolonged the show, although some of the grasses and wild oats have dried out and gone to seed, and the […]

New LVUSD superintendent is welcomed

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Dr. Sandra Smyser, the new superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, was greeted by approximately 100 members of the community during a reception last week at the district office in Calabasas. Smyser, who will take office on July 1, thanked the organizers of the event and applauded the school district’s excellent reputation in the […]

Government budget woes? Not in Oak Park


Government budget woes? Not in Oak Park By Daniel Wolowicz danielw@theacorn.com Officials say Oak Park’s 2006 proposed budget appears healthy—for now. Steve Williams, the Ventura County manager of real estate services division, presented a budget proposal for the unincorporated community to the Oak Park governing board last week. Officials estimate total expenses within the county’s Service Area 4, which covers […]

Tough choices ahead in the fight against water pollution

Time to clean the creeks and streams

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Dusty Peak ignored the warning signs. Following several days of spring rain in 2002, Peak disregarded the sign posted at the beach that cautioned surfers to wait 72 hours before swimming in the ocean. The 53-year-old Point Dume surfer couldn’t resist the perfect, post-storm waves and decided to go into the water anyway. Excruciating back and […]

Embracing Our Differences

By Naomi Juan, RN, BSN Director ICU/CCU I was thrilled when I was able to hire five new, experienced and very professional nurses to work the night shift in our Critical Care Unit, but I was also concerned. You see, they were from other countries. Our American culture was new to them. How could I make them feel accepted? How […]

The Power of Nursing

A Message From One Thankful
Los Robles Nurse to Another

A Message From One Thankful Los Robles Nurse to Another The nurses, physicians, surgeons, and anesthesiologists had tears in their eyes when they spoke of the miracle that they witnessed that day. Many would not and could not leave the hospital until they knew that this patient was going to survive. I was one of the many that had the […]

The Language of Caring

By Erika Vasko-Mate, RNC Medical/Surgical Charge Nurse I was at work one day when I received an urgent phone call from the ER telling me to come down "stat". My mind was racing. Was a loved one of mine injured? When I got there, the ER doctor introduced me to a 50 year old patient who barely spoke English, but […]

Heart to Heart

By Sandy Wisler, RN, CCRN Cardiovascular Coordinator I will never forget this selfless act of kindness. When I worked as a cardiac educator, my job was to instruct patients before they had open heart surgery and give discharge instructions classes. One morning, at the same time that one of our 70 year old patients was prepped and in Surgery for […]

Going the Extra Mile

By Nancy Hendrickson, RN 3N Charge Nurse While I was working in OB, I met a couple having trouble conceiving. After they finally did, they, sadly, lost the baby. They tried again, and were successful. But once again, they lost the baby. They became pregnant a third time, and delivered a full term baby, who was born with biliary atresia, […]