Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – For the past 26 years, Sue Parisian, administrative nurse manager for Oswego County Opportunities Residential Services has assisted with the health needs of OCO’s consumers and shared her knowledge of stress management with both staff and consumers.
Highly regarded for her knowledge of stress and the negative impact it has on one’s well-being, Parisian has been chosen to be one of the featured presenters at the Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers’ Upstate Risk Management Educational Conference to be held April 18 in Syracuse.
Held each spring and fall, the Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers’ Upstate Risk Management Educational Conference is comprised of a series of presentations and workshops that will address the environment of care issues that have a tendency to be overlooked during day-to-day operations, ambulatory surgery, and other items that pose risks. Additionally, there will be discussions on Social Media, a forum for best practice updates in Healthcare Risk Management, and time for attendees to reflect on the process of caring for themselves during stressful times.
Parisian, who has spoke on Wellness and Stress Management at a number of conferences hosted by the New York State Association of Community Residential Agencies, will give a presentation on “Caring for Yourself in the Midst of Challenges and Stress.”
“I will be addressing how negative stress affects our physical being and how it is at the basis of many of our ill health conditions,” said Parisian. “I will cover the causes of stress, and how to self-monitor personal stress levels. Additionally, I will share current research on how to lessen stress and the techniques to build resiliency for one’s self and increase the ability to handle the load of an ever changing workplace.”
Parisian, who holds a nursing degree from SUNY Canton, a certificate in Holistic Nursing and Wellness Counseling from Canyon College, and is a licensed massage therapist, worked at Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam prior to joining OCO’s Residential Services staff.
“After re-locating to Central New York I wanted to try something different than working in a hospital environment. When I discovered OCO and learned about their mission and what they do for the communities they serve, I decided it was something I wanted to be a part of,” said Parisian.
As Administrative Nurse Manager for OCO Residential Services, Parisian supervises a team of nurses responsible for the health and well-being of the individuals who reside under the care of the program. OCO provides 24 hour a day, 7 days a week support and supervision to these individuals. Additionally, Parisian facilitates mandated trainings that are required of staff working within this program.
“I’m happy to be a part of the OCO nursing staff,” said Parisian. “I enjoy working with a team of nurses that collectively have many years of experience in the nursing profession who are very caring and committed to the work of OCO. I, and the team of nurses I work with take our positions very seriously. We are dedicated to providing the best quality of care to our consumers. We help them with their medical appointments, medication management, and their daily overall health and well-being needs.I also enjoy working with the other dedicated staff of OCO. It too, is nice that each day has its own pace and challenges, making it different from the others.”
Patrick Waite, senior director of OCO Residential Services, praised Parisian and was pleased that she was chosen as a presenter at the conference.
“Sue is a valued health care professional that has worked in the field for many years as a trainer and practitioner, said Waite. “She is extremely resourceful and a wonderful advocate for the consumers she serves. I am confident that her presentation will be well received.”
Ellen Holst, senior director of Health & Nutrition at OCO, echoed those sentiments.
“I am proud to have Parisian as a health professional with OCO Residential Services. Sue is an integral part of our health professionals staff. She brings her experiences with and sensitivity to staff and consumers in all that she does. As a leader in both traditional and holistic medicine Sue’s presentation will sure to be a breathe of fresh air to all participants at the Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers Upstate Risk Management seminar,” she said.
A private, non-profit agency, OCO touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year through more than 50 programs operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County.
The agency, which is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member, employs more than 650 people and has more than 1,200 highly valued volunteers.
For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org