Letters to the editor on diaper shortage, APRNs, testing 12th-graders, veteran driver’s license rule, faith-based films

05/13/2014 12:00 AM

05/12/2014 5:09 PM

Holding job may depend on diapers

Regarding “‘Diaper need’ can adversely affect babies, studies show” (May 6 Healthy Living): At First United Methodist Church, the committee working with the homeless and very low-income families is aware of the problems caused by a lack of disposable diapers, and we are getting to the bottom of it.

When parents must work to support families at poverty income levels, they need safe and healthful child care. Most child-care facilities require that babies have eight to 10 disposable diapers (a day’s worth). These diapers are expensive and cannot be purchased with food stamps. Cloth diapers are not allowed at most laundries because of sanitation.

So holding a job often depends on such a simple thing as having diapers.

First UMC is a “diaper bank,” with folks bringing sealed boxes of disposable diapers, all brands, all sizes. These are picked up by the agencies serving as “diaper depots,” which in turn give the boxes of diapers to families that apply and qualify. It takes many of us who are concerned about the safety, comfort and prevention of health problems of Wichita babies.

We know Wichita is a caring community. We are ready to help others wherever and in whatever way there is a need. This time the need is with our youngest citizens.



Remove barriers

I am a registered nurse. I am also a full-time student at Wichita State University in the doctorate of nursing practice program, with the goal of becoming an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) as a family nurse practitioner.

Kansas is mostly rural, and many citizens are underserved when it comes to their primary health care. Many Kansans must travel large distances to obtain primary care or wait long periods of time for an appointment. APRNs deliver care that is as safe and effective as that of primary-care physicians but at a lower cost.

The current Kansas Nurse Practice Act creates barriers to APRN-directed primary care, creates underutilization of nurse practitioners and thus adds to the problem of insufficient primary-care providers. Proposed changes include removing the mandate requiring a collaborative practice agreement and the requirement of physician-signed protocols to prescribe medications. The proposal also calls for all APRNs to carry malpractice insurance and requires national certification for licensure, and requires 2,000 hours of practice with a collaborating physician or APRN post-graduation.

The citizens of Kansas need and deserve access to safe and compassionate primary caregivers. These amendments to allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training would help alleviate the primary-care shortage.

Citizens need to contact their legislators and let them know they want a hearing on this very important matter next session.



Not motivated

Regarding “Nation’s report card: No gains for 12th-graders” (May 8 Eagle): What motivation do 12th-graders have to do well on the national tests? These tests should be given to 11th-graders, juniors who are studying for the SAT and other College Board tests to get good numbers for college admissions. The seniors get no rewards for doing well, nor do they have consequences for doing poorly.

I’ve given these type of tests before, and the seniors are notably unmotivated. They are leaving school soon and do not respect the consequences their unmotivated performance has on the school or their teachers.



Misguided rule

The other day I went to the state’s Division of Vehicles office in El Dorado to renew my driver’s license. I was third in line and had to wait about five minutes.

The clerk asked if I were a veteran. I am. They can now put “veteran” on the driver’s license.

She asked whether I had my “DD 214” with me. Of course not. The DD Form 214 is a rather flimsy piece of paper, and a vet doesn’t ordinarily carry it around.

I did show her my retired Navy ID card. I only got it because I served enough time to get a pension and a few other privileges. But that didn’t prove anything. It has to be a DD 214.

The nice ladies didn’t make up the rule, but some misguided soul in Topeka did. Go figure.



Films refreshing

If you are an obsessive movie fan, as I am, you know that Hollywood goes through a variety of trends. Lately, religiously themed movies are the rage, frequently making the top 10 at the box office. I think it deserves mention.

Even if you disagree with the views stated in movies such as “God’s Not Dead,” I think you’d have to admit that we’ve been up to our necks in hobbits and Hunger Games and every last comic book hero in the Marvel/DC universe. It’s nice to have a breath of fresh air.

I’m not Christian myself, but I don’t think all religious movies are garbage. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s World Wide Pictures made some films I’m not ashamed to say I enjoyed. It will be interesting to see what road these faith-based films lead to.



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