The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

May 9, 2013

Community health nurses treat and teach


"I like helping people out," she said. "I always have."

One would hope that would be a common trait in health care. The pros echo Eveline's feelings.

"It's rewarding, knowing we made a difference every day in the lives of young people," said Pope.

"The pictures tell the story," said Cutsforth. "They have a picture taken when they get here and when they leave. You should see the difference from when they first arrive to when they complete."

She said living with three roommates in a considerate way is good practice. "At a job site, how do you get along with the person next to you?"

Nearly all the jobs students may get when they graduate from the program are going to involve getting along with others, whether it's the boss who hires them, a customer or a co-worker.

"If the resident is too heavy," said Eveline, "you want to make sure you have a second person to help. Because you don't want to injure yourself — and you definitely don't want to injure the patient."

But Eveline has her own instructors for the CNA program. The wellness staff members are there for every student.

Students, upon arrival, may have ADHD, diabetes or mental health issues. Most things can be managed in the wellness office.

The students, required to be from low-income homes, may arrive with dental trouble, too.

"Some of them have never been to see a dentist," said Brown, who helps trainees fill out paperwork for health care resources.

"One of our main goals," said Cutsforth, "is teaching them how to manage their own health care and how to advocate for themselves. They've got to learn that now, because they're not always going to have free health care."

Text Only
Wapello County
  • 0728 OTT ribs in eldon BBQ dinner with a hundred friends

    ELDON --- This year's Eldon Rib Cook-off was won by three BBQ chefs --- and about 150 hungry visitors. "I was down here last year, too," said Dwayne Yates from Floris, who was biting into his third smoked rib. "I never had a bad one yet." That's what

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0617 OTT Wapello Co Fair color photo -L -M Come one, come all to the Wapello County Fair

    ELDON — The Wapello County Fair is just around the corner, kicking off with entries being welcomed at Wapello Hall and the Iowa Agricultural Hall from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, entries for competition will be received from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Siegel, Rubel face off in forum OTTUMWA — For Steve Siegel, a political campaign is nothing new. For Tom Rubel, being the candidate is a first. Now they want the same job. Siegel and Rubel are seeking the Democratic nomination for SD 41, the Iowa Senate district which includes Ottu

    May 29, 2014

  • 0530 OTT Oak tatters picture color Oak leaves left in tatters

    OTTUMWA — Trees throughout Iowa have been terrorized by the likes of Emerald Ash Borer and other dangers in the past months and now oak trees throughout Iowa are in a little bit of more trouble because of a disease called oak tatters. Thankfully, tho

    May 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Help fight hunger OTTUMWA — The groups began with a question: How to better help Wapello County residents who don't have enough decent food. Next week, they'll decide if they've found any answers. The food security project, Growing Wapello Together, had small groups m

    May 28, 2014

  • Attempted murder trial set for July KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County man accused of attempted murder could head to trial in a remarkably short time. Dimitrious Royal has a trial date of July 15. If that date is when the trial actually begins, it would take place just more than 11 weeks

    May 28, 2014

  • Agency aces assessment OTTUMWA — A local agency had a lot riding on the outcome of an independent review. They nailed it. "The credential we just received was to show we are a quality [organization]," said Bryan Dunn, executive director of Sieda Community Action. "It's som

    May 27, 2014

  • County backs bike rides OTTUMWA — Bike rides in Wapello County just received a personal push of goodwill from Wapello County Board of Supervisors. Tuesday, supervisors signed a resolution of support for three area bike rides to be conducted in June. The rides include the H

    May 27, 2014

  • 0527 OTT EMS week color photo -L -M ORHC celebrates EMS Week OTTUMWA — During National EMS week, May 18-24, Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC) celebrated its staff, the community EMS providers and the importance of being prepared in emergency situations through education. The ambulance service at ORHC, also

    May 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moving into the future OTTUMWA — Wapello County Supervisor Greg Kenning joked after the board approved upgrading the county’s servers Tuesday. “You can put away your quills.” Jokes asides, Wapello County will now have more opportunity to maximize its server resources. The

    May 20, 2014

AP National