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Skills Week, 2017

Each year in the fall, LVMC hosts an interactive session known as “skills week” for its nurses, a requirement to ensure they are competent with the many tasks they must perform. In two conference rooms within the hospitals, nurses go from station-to-station to complete each required task.


Are you feeling confused about what to eat these days? You’re not alone. Nutrition guidance seems to be constantly changing. Why? The short answer is nutrition is always evolving as new research helps improve our understanding of what to eat and why.

Kirsten Ball

For 17 years, Kirsten Ball worked in banking and investments, rising through the corporate world of First Valley Bank, Montecito Bank and Trust and AG Edwards Investments. She was a teller and later operations manager and loved her work. But all those years, she longed to become a nurse.

the Flu

Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. Significant flu activity can begin as early as October, last as late as May, and typically peaks in February.

 Roasted Salmon

In terms of health benefits, salmon is an ideal meal. Having two servings of salmon each week has been said to help reduce risk of having a heart attack, help control blood pressure and infuse your body with all kinds of beneficial vitamins.

Our roasted salmon recipe can get you started. When you’re choosing a full side of salmon, make sure it’s firm to the touch, and look for a bright, deep color. A full side of salmon serves six to eight people. It can be served hot, cold or room temperature, depending on the occasion.


What is sepsis? Sepsis can occur in response to an infection, and the body’s defense mechanisms can become overwhelmed by the infection.

The pathogenic germs and toxins the infection produces can leave the original site of infection and enter the circulatory system, where they spread throughout the body.

September Heat Wave Advisory

September is starting off with a sizzle, as a wave of high pressure descends over the western US. So that means it’s time to take extra care with your health. Extreme heat warnings issued by the weather service suggest staying indoors, drinking extra fluids and easing off on excessive outdoor physical activity during the times when temperatures are hitting and exceeding triple digits.

Dr. Michael Ashnin

Dr. Michael Ashnin is the son of a nurse. His late wife was a nurse. He is the father of a nurse. And as he put himself through medical school, he too was a nurse. In his family are many medical professionals – nurses, doctors, and dentists. He was born and raised in the medical world. The native of Latvia – a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia – earned his medical degree from the Latvian Medical Academy.

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