Every March is national colon cancer awareness month; however, July 1, 2014 marked the official kick-off of Platt College's month-long colon cancer awareness campaign in honor of a colleague currently battling colon cancer. Photographed in royal blue, the official color for colon cancer awareness, employees gathered to show support for one of their team members. Additionally, each college employee is committed to wearing a blue bracelet that reads "No One Fights Alone" as a reminder that the entire team is committed to help raise awareness.
Platt College will use the month of July to raise awareness in nursing classroom instruction, in providing facts about screenings, and as a reminder to their colleague that truly "No One Fights Alone."
According to the CDC, The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.
If you're 50 years old or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Here's how—
Colorectal cancer screening helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure.
What Are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?
Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don't always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. Symptoms for colorectal cancer may include—
- Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
- Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
- Losing weight and you don't know why.
These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of these symptoms, the only way to know what is causing them is to see your doctor.
For information about colon cancer awareness, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/colorectalawareness/
Platt College's Simulation Laboratory Coordinator Jama Goers' abstract "Turning the Lights Off: Decreasing the Allostatic Load in the Trauma/Surgical Patient" has been accepted for a poster presentation at the 2015 ANA Nursing Quality Conference. Goers is one of three co-authors who will present early February at one of the Disney Resorts in Orlando, Florida.
Nursing students take the Nightingale Pledge at their recent graduation/pinning ceremony.
The Nightingale Pledge was once taken by all new professional nurses upon first entering the nursing profession. It was named after the famous nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who was a championed English nurse. Nightingale laid the foundations of modern nursing with her nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (now part of King’s College in London).
Platt College congratulates June 14, 2014 nursing graduate Jacob Knarr. Jacob was chosen as the receipient of the President's Medal.
The President’s Medal recognizes one graduate that best exemplifies the College’s Mission and Core Values. This award recognizes the highest qualities and attributes among the College's student body. The highest award one can earn at Platt College.
Jacob was chosen for this distinguished award by the faculty and staff at Platt College.