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Bethel College Dean of Nursing Publishes Article on Stress Management

"Guidelines for Dealing with Stress: What I Learned from the Airline Ticket Agents" by Goshen residents Mr. Ron and Dr. Ruth Davidhizar is a featured article in the April 2006 nursing  publication of Healthcare Traveler. Dr. Ruth Davidhizar is the dean of nursing at Bethel College and Mr. Ron Davidhizar is a housing provider in and around Goshen, Ind. The Davidhizars are regular authors and contributors to health care journals on management and stress related topics.

The article outlines methods airline ticket agents use to handle stress when planes are grounded or delayed. The stress management tips ticket agents use can be applied to managers in other occupations who are under stress and in crisis situations. Eight main points are delineated:
1. Stay calm and pleasant amidst turmoil
2. Give choices to increase feelings of control
3. Don't let urgency decrease accuracy
4. Provide hope
5. Offer clear, ongoing directions
6. Use a person-center focus
7. Humor helps
8. Provide regular updates

For more information on the article, contact Ruth Davidhizar at 574.257.2594.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.