Gratitude and Making Daily Sacrifices

 

Mary Pat Higley enjoys reading inspirational materials, getting involved in her church, and working on gratitude.

Some things thats she’s taken from a variety of Womens Bible  Studies at Mariners Church, Irvine are summarized below.

Joy springs from a grateful heart. Focus on graces received.  Remember to count our blessings and savor them vs forgetting them or minimizing their importance.  Mary Pat tries to work at repaying her blessings with a life dedicated to generous self sacrifice.  Look for opportunities to be of service.  Volunteering in nursing homes, and with those with disabilities reminds us of our blessings. Giving and receiving love is better than a shopping trip to a fancy store. Help those who are struggling. We are all Gods children and make mistakes.

Worldliness can weaken your dedication.  Mary Pat Higley constantly tries to avoid getting caught up in ‘outward success’. Living in Orange County, California is full of worldly distractions.

Gods people are accountable.   When choosing what to spend time and energy on something – ask yourself – ‘What is the value in Gods Eyes?’. Check your motives.

Remain humble.  We are followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus was humble. He did not boast.  He did not seek worldly goods.

Worldly comforts blunt our daily spirit of sacrifice and hard work.  Worldy things alienate those who make bigger sacrifices.

Mary Pat tries to stay close to the poor and elderly.  Mary Pat Higley is focusing on making daily sacrifices to keep close to God.  Volunteering and praying for Gods direction to best utilize her spiritual gifts.

 

How Therapy Dogs International Does Certification

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Therapy Dogs International
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As a hobby, Mary Pat Higley trains therapy dogs to visit children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities. The benefits of using therapy dogs with people who are ill, injured, depressed, or who simply love dogs, are numerous. The dogs that Mary Pat Higley and other trainers use boost the spirits of the humans they visit, and studies have indicated they can have a positive medical effect on people as well. Not just any dog can work as a therapy dog, however. The animal must have the right temperament to start with and also be carefully trained.

Therapy Dogs International (TDI) is one organization that certifies therapy dogs. For a dog to be certified by this organization, it must meet a number of requirements. An evaluator certified by TDI makes the decision. First of all, the dog must be physically healthy and needs to be at least a year old. Dogs that have a history of biting and other aggression are automatically disqualified.

The evaluation itself is divided into two parts. Essentially, it is meant to simulate a visit to a facility. It tests how the animal will react in realistic situations, such as when it is startled by objects being dropped, when strangers pet it, and when it is approached by a person on crutches or in a wheelchair. The first phase of the test takes place with the handler and the dog together; the second phase evaluates the dog away from its handler.

ACRP Task Force to Establish Clinical Research Associate Competencies

With more than three decades of experience with pharmaceutical and medical organizations, Mary Pat Higley of Newport Beach, California, serves as a self-employed medical utilization review consultant. Mary Pat Higley also stays abreast of developments in her field by maintaining membership with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

In a recently released statement, the ACRP announced that it has created a task force dedicated to determining the core competencies for entry-level clinical research associates (CRAs). The multi-stakeholder task force was proposed after the ACRP issued a position paper that examined the existing CRA workforce and appealed for competence-based employment practices to replace the established two-year experience obligation for new CRAs.

According to a top official at ACRP, the two-year experience requirement is arbitrary, creates a CRA shortage in the clinical research industry, and fails to advance clinical research quality. The task force will work to determine the necessary competencies for entry-level CRAs and create measures of competence. Subsequently, the task force will promote the adoption of the defined CRA competencies throughout the clinical research establishment.

Winning the Career Golden Slam in Tennis

An experienced pharmacist and clinical researcher, Mary Pat Higley works as an independent medical consultant. Beyond her professional activities, Mary Pat Higley enjoys following and playing tennis.

The career Golden Slam ranks as one of the rarest achievements in professional tennis. Only four singles players have accomplished the feat. A career Grand Slam, an impressive accolade in its own right, involves winning each of the sport’s four major tournaments at least once. Players who manage to win a gold medal at the Olympics in addition to their Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open titles are considered to have won a career Golden Slam.

Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal are the only two male players to secure the Golden Slam as singles players. Agassi won his first major tournament at Wimbledon in 1992. He completed the career Golden Slam at the 1999 French Open, having earned gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the first of Nadal’s nine Roland-Garros trophies came in 2005. After winning Wimbledon and a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics during the summer of 2008, Nadal rounded out the Golden Slam with titles at the 2009 Australian Open and 2010 U.S. Open.

Steffi Graf, wife of Agassi, became the only singles player to complete a calendar year Golden Slam with her stellar 1988 season. Over the course of the year, she took all four major championships, adding to her 1987 Roland-Garros title, and finished with gold at the Seoul Summer Olympics. Serena Williams completed the Golden Slam in 2001. She is the only player in tennis history to hold career Golden Slam victories in both singles and doubles.

Basic Requirements of Therapy Dogs and Handlers

Mary Pat Higley is a medical consultant and data analyst based in Newport Beach, California. Away from her professional life, Mary Pat Higley enjoys a number of personal interests, including therapy dog training.

Official therapy dog certification testing, as administered by Therapy Dogs International (TDI), involves a comprehensive evaluation of both the handler and dog, as well as a careful analysis of how the person and animal operate as a team. However, there are several basic requirements a dog must meet prior to engaging in TDI therapy dog testing. First, a dog must be at least one year old and in good health to qualify for therapy dog consideration. Handlers, meanwhile, must meet TDI standards of strong character. While handlers are not subject to any age restrictions, individuals under the age of 18 must have the support of a parent or adult guardian.

Dog owners also should be aware that TDI instructors initiate the evaluation process from the moment they meet the handler and dog. In other words, any relevant behavior demonstrated prior to or following official testing can be taken into consideration in regards to certification. Furthermore, any handler intent on registering multiple dogs must test their dogs together so the animals can be evaluated as a team.

Improving Medication Accuracy in Senior Care

An experienced clinical researcher, pharmacist, and medication management professional, Mary Pat Higley currently offers her services as an independent medical and data analysis consultant. Mary Pat Higley comes to her current role having served as a clinical pharmacist specialist with Kaiser Permanente, in which role she evaluated prescriptions for elderly patients in skilled nursing and home care.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 55 percent of elders fail to take their medications as prescribed. This is a serious issue for both the patients and for the home health care workers who are charged with their care. Caregivers can work with elderly patients to improve their compliance, but there are typically many factors that make that challenging. For example, elderly patients who need to take medication on their own may not see well and may need larger print on the label to read the directions for use.

Similarly, an individual with memory problems may need a reminder system, such as a pill box marked with dates and times, while those with arthritis or other dexterity issues may need a bottle that is easier to open. Patients with difficulty swallowing may attempt to crush or split their pills, and it falls to health care workers to inform the patients and their families whether this is safe or not. If not, a different delivery system may be necessary. Medication management techniques will vary by patient, and it is vitally important that caregivers work with each senior individually to determine what would be most helpful to them.

Requirements for Training a Therapy Dog

A medical and data analysis consultant by profession, Mary Pat Higley enjoys training therapy dogs in her free time. Mary Pat Higley also regularly takes therapy dogs on visits to local hospitals, nursing homes, and other care centers.

Therapy dogs can provide welcome companionship to a wide variety of populations, ranging from schoolchildren who have experienced a trauma to seriously ill patients in hospitals. Unlike seeing-eye dogs and other service animals, these dogs often begin their therapeutic “careers” as everyday household pets with no previous training. They do, however, need to have a gentle and friendly temperament.

Experts suggest that a good therapy dog is one that is calm around strangers and gets along well with other dogs. The dog should also be responsive to commands and able to move through a crowd without distraction, stay relaxed in a chaotic environment, and behave well in different surroundings. Similarly, to be a volunteer handler, an owner should be friendly with and comfortable around all types of people and be comfortable in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care settings.

To get your dog certified as a therapy animal, he or she first needs to train with an experienced professional. Reputable organizations provide assessment and education using positive reinforcement for the dog, and they should be able to give follow-up support after course completion and successful certification. However, the owner should also be willing to work regularly with the dog to maintain his or her skills.

High School Ministry at Mariners Church in Irvine, California

Medical data consulting professional and former clinical pharmacist Mary Pat Higley is a resident of Newport, California. An active member of the Mariners Church in Irvine, Mary Pat Higley volunteers her time with the church’s high school ministry.

The high school ministry at Mariners Church offers teenage students the opportunity to experience Christian fellowship with their peers in the form of life groups, weekend services, and special event outings. Life groups provide a comfortable atmosphere for groups of 10 to 15 students to study scriptures, discuss faith, and learn about the teachings of Jesus. Special event outings, such as attending Los Angeles Galaxy soccer games, present high school members of Mariners Church with the opportunity to socialize and bond.

Weekend worship services for high school students take place in Student Center Room 1 on Sundays at 11 a.m. Prospective student members who feel anxious about attending Sunday service for the first time can meet with Mariners Church high school ministry staff prior to the service to connect and feel comfortable joining in on worship.

How Therapy Dogs Serve the Health Care Industry

A California medical consultant, Mary Pat Higley has more than two decades of experience in the health care field. Her career interests also impact her personal life. In her spare time, Mary Pat Higley enjoys bringing therapy dogs to Alzheimer’s facilities, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes to meet patients and residents.

According to CBS News and various research studies, therapy dogs alleviate stress and aid in the recovery of sick patients. In fact, the studies indicate that people become more alert and active when a dog visits their room. As a result, levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and blood pressure drop.

Well tempered and socialized, therapy dogs serve as companions to patients who may otherwise be somewhat isolated or alone. In hospital or health care settings, the animals allow patients to pet them as they lie calmly. Hospitals also find that a therapy dog has a soothing effect in stressful environments, such as emergency rooms. Depending on the institution, a dog may be admitted into an emergency room while a patient undergoes a procedure. The animal not only helps the patient remain relaxed, but also reduces heightened pressure placed on doctors and nurses administering treatment.

Characteristics of Successful Therapy Animals

An experienced independent clinical research associate, medical consultant, and data analyst, Mary Pat Higley ensures that projects meet performance goals and follow clinical protocols. Outside of her professional career, Mary Pat Higley volunteers at a local nursing home and has trained her Shetland Sheepdog to be a therapy animal for the residents.

Although pot-bellied pigs, donkeys, rats, and other animals both large and small make good therapy animals, dogs are the most common ones. Trained to provide comfort to people with medical issues or learning difficulties, or who are experiencing any number of stressful situations, therapy animals need to be accustomed to human contact and be able to stay in place for extended periods of time, even with strangers, without misbehaving. Therapy animals can also run into various disturbances and need training to be prepared for them. Disturbances range from being startled by loud noises to seeing another animal in the health care center or another facility.

Due to the variety of situations therapy dogs encounter when they are on duty, there are a number of things that many certification programs test for to ensure that the dog will be capable of processing them and reacting calmly. For instance, Therapy Dogs International tests for the dog’s behavior during the full spectrum of the therapy experience, which may include a simulated check-in procedure, visiting with a patient, or being left alone, to see how they behave. All certification programs require the dog to be in good mental and physical health, which ensures that therapy sessions will be beneficial for both the dog and the people receiving visits.