Workshops and Classes
Esophageal Cancer Support Group
Banner Good Samaritan’s esophageal cancer support group offers support for patients, families, and community members through sharing information and providing resources.
Article from the North Central News - Nov. 2011
Past Events and Workshops
Esophageal Cancer Support Group
Banner Good Samaritan’s Esophageal Cancer Program offers support for patients, families, and community members through sharing information and providing resources. Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 18, with guest speaker, Ellen Ostrand, RD, CSO (Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Oncology).
- Cost: Free
- When: Third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Grace Middlebrook Family Learning Center at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. 1111 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006
- Topic for March 18: The Vital Force of Nutrition: How it supports us during treatment, how one can deal with obstacles to eating, what foods to concentrate on to support health and to prevent cancer in the future.
- Call: Terry Ratner, RN, MFA, at 602.264.0240 for more information
Esophageal Cancer 101
Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 6-8:00 p.m.
The Wellness Community will host a Banner Good Samaritan presentation: Esophageal Cancer 101 - Thursday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8pm.
Charles Castillo, MD, Surgeon, Lawrence Kasper, MD, Medical Oncologist, and Lauren Stegman, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist will present on esophageal cancer. Learn about surgery options, managing side effects, and the latest research. The program will be held at The Wellness Community-Arizona, located at 360 E. Palm Lane in Phoenix. Q&A to follow. RSVP to (602) 712-1006.
A preoperative and postoperative esophageal cancer support group is currently being developed for Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. What began as a search for a "forum for EC survivors" ended with a blueprint backed by colleagues, surgeons and physicians. We're now well into the planning stage, which includes a strong partnership with the American Cancer Society to accommodate EC patients residing in Arizona. Read more...
Workshop: Writing about Loss
When: Tuesday evenings
6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Dates: October 13 through December 1, 2009
Cost: $180.00 \ 8 weeks
Workshop limited to six participants
Workshop Description: Writing About Loss provides students an opportunity to tell their stories and transform their lives. If you’ve experienced the death of a loved one, a medical crisis, or a traumatic event—this is the class for you. You will learn how to identify and eliminate clichés, avoid the overuse of emotion, and explore techniques that provide readers with restrained and lucid details. Through instructor guidance, writing exercises, analysis and class interaction, students will capture the immediacy of their loss, establish candor and intimacy with their reader, and begin to heal.
Rejuvenate Your Creative Spirit
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM EST
Host: Terry Ratner, RN, MFA
As hospitals implement cost-cutting measures and 401Ks shrink to an all-time low, nurses are discovering innovative ways to manage their stress. From keeping a journal to reading a novel, practicing yoga, creating a palette of poetry, or training for a marathon, nurses are lowering their anxiety levels in a world of unknowns. Join Terry Ratner, RN, MFA, on Wednesday, February 18, from 8 PM ET to 10 PM ET to share novel ways to rejuvenate the creative spirit.
Medical Writing for Publication
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
12:15 – 1:00 PM
Presentation for the Faculty Learning Community
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
A forum for doctors, residents, nurses, pharmacists, and educators
Join us at St. Joseph’s & Barrow Foundation Office,
3110 N. Central, Suite 135
2008 Wellness & Writing Connections Conference:
Writing for better physical, mental, and spiritual health
October 10 & 11, 2008 – Atlanta, Georgia
Mercer University, Atlanta Campus
Book Exhibit by Barnes & Noble
Margaret Edson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Wit
Luciano L’Abate, PhD., Family Psychologist of the Year
Visit the web site: www.wellnessandwritingconnections.com.
Where: Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
When: November 17, 2008
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Terry Ratner, RN, MFA, presents Talking Pictures, a unique writing workshop which explores who we are through words and images. It's an art of remembering in an age of forgetting. So dig out your favorite pictures, black and white, sepia toned, or color, and join Terry for an informal gathering where you can share ideas about memories, photos, and how to put the two together in prose and poetry.
Writing About Loss
March 3, 2008 - April 21, 2008
Recommended text (optional) is as follows:
Title: The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative
Author: Vivian Gornick
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
The Art of Storytelling: Nursing Narratives
Career Fair, Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Location: Glendale Civic Center
5750 West Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ 85301
Nursing Narratives, a powerful tool, is a way to process our encounters and emotional reactions to human illness, health, and healing in ordinary language. Writing narratives allows nurses to share their stories, enhance their self awareness, provide a higher quality of nursing care, and to move easily amidst the uncertainty, ambiguity, and sadness they encounter. The Art of Storytelling discusses the benefits of nursing narratives and provides writing strategies necessary to capture the true essence of nursing.
Writing the Unspeakable
March 28-30, 2008
Pima Writers' Conference
Writing About Loss Workshop
Where: Changing Hands Bookstore (6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283, 480-730-0205)
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2008
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Writing About Loss provides students an opportunity to tell their stories and transform their lives. If you've experienced the death of a loved one, a medical crisis, or a traumatic event—this is the class for you. You will learn how to identify and eliminate clichés, avoid the overuse of emotion, and explore techniques that provide readers with restrained and lucid details. Through instructor guidance, small group workshops, writing exercises, drafting, revising, analysis and class interaction, students will capture the immediacy of their loss, establish candor and intimacy with their reader, and begin to heal.
Innovative Nursing Positions
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
8PM - 10PM Eastern (ET)
Hospital "think tanks" are working overtime expanding their repertoire of creative jobs as a way to retain nurses. A large number of unique nursing positions are flooding the advertising markets — whisking nurses away from the bedside, but not necessarily away from the hospital. Join Terry Ratner, RN, MFA, for the Wednesday, April 16, guest chat to talk about creative jobs available in and out of medical facilities, adjustments made during the transition, and the experience gained along the way.
“Writing about loss allowed me to release emotions which were buried for years. I wrote three essays about my late husband, Aaron, which brought about a living resurrection of his life and our life together. Confronting the painful loss brought about new perspectives, a general sense of peace, and the beginning of inner healing.”
Terry Ratner's writing class enabled me to confront my deepest feelings, regrets, sorrows, joys, and to translate those emotions onto paper. We learned to workshop (share) our writings in an environment conducive to learning. There were times when healing was shared among us—NOT with words, but with a closeness felt between people connected by loss.”
-Carolyn Lounsbury, LPN