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Woman To Watch: Social worker Jennifer Oyer

If you look at Jennifer Oyer’s home screen on her cell phone, you’ll see the Maya Angelou quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” After all, Oyer’s profession is about understanding how others feel. The social worker at a Rochester Regional Health outpatient dialysis unit has been in the field for over 20 years, and she works with patients from ages 20 to 90 to assist their dialysis needs. “The goal is to be there for that person to talk to, or when someone feels like their alone,” Oyer said. “I think as patients they may feel like they’ve lost control, and to decide to receive care at

Nevada Hiring Army of Social Workers to Fight School Bullying

LAS VEGAS — A sweeping statewide initiative to curb bullying in Nevada schools has crossed a major milestone after the Clark County School District, the state's largest, filled all of its more than 100 new social worker positions. Statewide, 139 social workers and supervisors are in place as of early May, and 25 positions remain unfilled. Officials said the new staff members have so far led workshops on how to identify unhealthy relationships, taught anger management techniques and helped students who are returning to school after time in a mental health institution. "I can't imagine not having them now just because of the positive impact they've had," said Robert Mars, principal at Silverad

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