Biography

 

Gail Hallas is an educator, artist, author, public speaker and registered nurse.  She has a PhD in psychology and education for both adults and kids.

 

Dr. Hallas' writings are published in over sixty publications, including professional journals and law books, healthcare academic texts, fiction and nonfiction books, children's picture books, audiobooks, Braille, and music. She runs a children’s charity that she founded in 2001, and has won numerous national and international awards and recognition for her research, writings, and advocacy for healthcare consumers, disabled and disadvantaged children, and animals.

 

Hallas founded several nonprofit organizations for nurses, people with disabilities, and at-risk children.   She  spends most of her time writing novels, children's book, management journals, and nursing and dog-care how-to’s. Other books include medico-legal novels: No Other Medicine, The Burner, and The Never Mind.  Her memoir, Riddle Crimes from Father Goose, will be finished soon.  Hallas’ nonfiction books include: The Diary of A Saintly Bernard: Inside a Dog's Heart; Libba Cotten and the Rumbling Freight Train: The True Story of the Little Girl Who Wrote the World-Famous Song; Mankind Come from Old Africa...Who Say?; Paxton, The Smart Saint Bernard, and more.

 

Hallas’ nonprofit educational group partnered with the county jail to inspire incarcerated women -- mostly young moms -- to write and illustrate children’s picture books, and transcribe their work into Braille.  Those books include: Very Silly Alphabet Zoop; The Blind Princess; Braille Dots; The IF Book; Easy and Fun Recipes for Kids; I Am A Winner, Don't You Agree?; Land of Lollypops; No Last Words: Poems from Jail; The Silly Fruit and Vegetable Gang; Winner of the Bee, and others.

 

Concerning Clowns is book one in the Silly Poems series of timeless, happy children's books with whimsical poems to inspire literacy and encourage kids to write  and draw. Additional books in the Silly Poems series include Delightful Dolls, Especially Elves, Fantastic Fairies, Klutzy Kings, Perky Puppets, Quirky Queens, Wacky Witches, and more.  Titles  available in paperback, eBook (Kindle), audiobook, and Braille.

 

Hallas lives in Florida with two giant Saint Bernards and a mini-panther cat.

Visit her websites: www.gailhallas.com and winningkidsclub.org

 

Spoiler Alert: The following tends towards academically boring.
Bibliography
 

Educational textbooks, Reference Books, and Continuing Education Texts for Healthcare Management License Renewal  

 

How To Recruit and Retain Staff in Long Term Care: A Step-by-Step Guide for Employers, Continuing Education, Soft Cover 219 pgs, illustrated by the author, June 1990, 2003.  BENCHMARK BOOKS, Houston, TX, and St. Petersburg, FL.  ISBN 0-9785275-1-8 (Second updated edition, 2015, Amazon.com)

 

How To Prepare for and Implement the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Step-by-Step Guide for Employers, BENCHMARK BOOKS, Houston, TX, and BENCHMARK BOOKS, St. Petersburg, FL, 256 pages, with illustrations, Sept., 1991.  Soft cover, 256 pages.  ISBN 0-9785275-1-8  Available in Braille from the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.  (Second updated edition, 2015, Amazon.com)

 

Articles and Professional Publications

 

The Best Clown, In honor of the winning kids roller skaters who believed in themselves – no matter what.  Featured poem, International Library of Poetry, Who’s Who of Poetry, Owings Mills, MD, 2004.

 

Florida’s Free Wheelers Club Keeps Kids Off the Street, Front page feature story, RINKSIDER Magazine, ghost written for Lanny Ward, Target Publishing Co., Inc. Columbus OH 43209, May-June, 2003.

 

On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier II: New and Revised Biographies of African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1917.  Book review for the National Genealogy Society Quarterly, Arlington VA, Vol. 93, No. 1, in collaboration with Gallaudet Research Institute, Gallaudet University, Washington DC; March 2005.

 

The Key to Good Marketing and Promotions: How to Get More People to Read Your Ads, RINKSIDER, Target Publishing Co., Inc., Columbus OH 43209, Jan.-Feb., 1998, p.16, 17.

 

First Winter Holiday Florida Adult Skate Camp Brings Sweet Success, RINKSIDER, Target Publishing Co., Inc., Columbus OH 43209, Mar.-Apr. 1998, p.28, 29.

 

How to Write a Powerful Ad in Nothing Flat, RINKSIDER, Target Publishing Co., Inc., Columbus OH 43209, and Sept., Oct. 1997.

 

Résumé Rubble: Separating Fairy Tale from Fact When Hiring Nursing Home Employees, FOCUS, IPCI Limited, Insurance Services to the Health Care Field, Vol. 23, No.5, Racine, Wis., Winter, 1996.

 

Recruiting and Retaining Nursing Home Staff, FOCUS, IPCI Limited, Insurance Services to the Health Care Field, Vol.22, No.2, Racine, Wisconsin, Summer, 1995.

 

Using the ADA Checklist to Promote Your Business, PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE MAGAZINE, Addison, IL, July 1993.

Getting A Grip on the ADA: Ten Secrets Nobody Ever Told You (Feature Article) National Assn. of Human Rights Workers Newsletter, Cleveland, OH, spring, 1993.

 

Labor Pains: Getting a Grip on the Americans with Disabilities Act, CARING MAGAZINE, Washington, DC, July 1993.

Promoting Employee Longevity, (with N.L. Heard, RN, MS) CARING MAGAZINE, Washington, DC, Apr. 1993.

 

How to Defend or Challenge an EEO Claim Filed Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (final article in 11-part series covering the Americans With Disabilities Act entitled Labor Pains: Getting A Grip on the ADA for Utah Health Care Assn. Monthly Newsletter) Salt Lake City, UT, Nov., 1992.

 

How the ADA Interacts with Workers’ Compensation Laws, UTAH HEALTH CARE ASSN. Newsletter, Oct. 1992.

Injured Workers: Knowing the Difference Between ADA Law & Murphy’s Law, UTAH HEALTH CARE ASSN, Newsletter, Sept., 1992.

 

The ADA: How To Accommodate Practically Anybody for $50 or Less, UTAH HEALTH CARE ASSN, Newsletter, July/Aug., 1992.

The ADA Crash Cart – Controlling Legal Chaos, UTAH HEALTH CARE ASSN., Newsletter, Apr. 1992.

 

Simple Steps to Re-Write Job Descriptions the EEOC Will Love, UTAH HEALTH CARE ASSN., Newsletter, Mar. 1992.

 

Five Secrets to Goof-Proof OBRA Surveys, CARE PROVIDERS OF MINNESOTA, Mo Magazine, Bloomington MN Feb. 1992.

 

Digging Up Data for Nursing Home Litigation Cases, PURSUIT Magazine, The Voice of the Professional Investigator, Vol. 2, Number 3, Denver, CO, July/August 1999.

 

OBRA: The Five Secrets Told, LOUISIANA NURSING HOME ASSN., Newsletter, Baton Rouge, LA, Fall/Winter, 1991.

How To Conduct Legally Defensible Employee Performance Evaluations, UTAH HEALTH CARE ASSN., Newsletter, Salt Lake City, UT, Dec., 1991.

 

Eight Tips on Conducting Employee Evaluations, CONTEMPORARY LONG TERM CARE Magazine, Bill Communications, Akron, OH, Oct. 1991.

 

OBRA: The Five Secrets Told, QUEST Magazine, ILLINOIS HEALTH CARE ASSN., Springfield, IL, Sept. 1991.

 

Seven Steps to Goof-Proof Job Interviews and Hire Winning Employees, PERSONNEL ADVISORY BULLETIN, Bureau of Business Practice, Prentice Hall, Waterford, CT, Aug., 1991.

 

Understanding Incentives: How to Boost Morale & Motivate Staff, LONG TERM CARE ADMINISTRATOR Newsletter, American College of Health Care Administrators, Alexandria, VA, Apr., 1991.

 

How To Write Killer Ads in Nothing Flat, JOURNAL OF AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSN., Sacramento CA, May/June, 1991.

Honing Your Hiring Skills: The Best 40 Questions You Can Ask an Applicant, CONTEMPORARY LONG TERM CARE Magazine, Akron, OH, Apr., 1991.

 

Interview Strategies: How To Mistake-Proof Your Hiring Practices, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSN., Sacramento, CA, Mar./Apr., 1991.

 

Resume’ Rubble: Separating Fairy Tale from Fact, STRATEGIC HEALTH CARE MARKETING Magazine for Hospital Administrators, Health Care Communications, Rye, NY, May, 1991.

 

Twelve Ways to Reduce Hiring Risk During These Critical Times, STRATEGIC HEALTH CARE MARKETING Magazine for Hospital Administrators, Health Care Communications, Rye, NY, Mar., 1991.

 

The Survey Crash Cart Strategy: Grief Relieve for OBRA Panic, LONG TERM CARE ADMINISTRATOR, American College of Health Care Administrators, Vol.25, No.2, Alexandria, VA, Feb., 1991.

 

Tips for Hiring the Best Employees, LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATOR, American College of Health Care Administrators, Vol.24, No.12, Alexandria, VA, Dec. 1990.

 

Unstress for Success, QUEST MAGAZINE, ILLINOIS HEALTH CARE ASSN., Springfield, IL, Fall, 1989.

 

The Nursing Shortage: Retention is Half the Battle, PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE, TENNESSEE HEALTH CARE ASSN., Nashville, TN, Summer, 1989.

 

How To Recruit and Retain Nursing Staff: Tried & True Tricks of the Trade, CARING Magazine, TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSN., Austin, TX, Vol.22, No. 3, Fall, 1988.

 

No Profanity, Please: AIDS Update in Texas, with D. Crawford, CARING Magazine, TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASN, Austin TX, Vol.22, #2, Spring 1988.

 

Aging and Health in Retirement and Pre-Retirement, E-SYSTEMS DIVISION OF ECI, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 1980-81.

 

Why Nurses are Giving It Up, featured cover story based on doctoral dissertation, RN MAGAZINE, Medical Economics Company, Inc., Oradell, New Jersey, July, 1980.

 

How the Body Changes with Aging, PERSPECTIVE ON AGING MAGAZINE, (illustrated by the author) National Council on the Aging, Vol. VIII, No.3, Washington, DC, May/June, 1979.

 

Understanding Aging: the Physiology of Growing Older, JOURNAL OF GERIATRICS AND PSYCHO-GERIATRICS, Clinical Trials Journal, Vol. XVI, No.1, Sutton Surrey, England, 1978. Translated into six languages.

 

General Interest Magazines

 

A Tall Tale for Lofty RVers: A Guide to Survival in a Motorhome Whose Ceiling is Shorter than You Are, MOTORHOME MAGAZINE, TL Enterprises, Inc., Agoura, CA, Aug., 1983.

 

Where Have All the Nurses Gone? with Vasi, D., TAMPA BAY MAGAZINE, Tampa Bay Life, Tampa FL June 1981.

 

ARTICLES, Educational textbooks, Reference Books  & continuing education courses for Professionals

to meet their License Renewal Requirements

 

Reasonable Accommodations for People with Disabilities Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Chapter 7 of Education Law School Text, Understanding the ADA For Judges and Court Administrators, University Press, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE, AMERICAN BAR ASSN., Reno, Nevada, Feb., 1994.

 

Hiring Top-Notch Employees: Unmasking the Best Applicant, Scholarly Article Author-Chapter, PREHOSPITAL CARE ADMINISTRATION, Mosby-Yearbook, Inc., St. Louis, MO, 1455 pages, 8 1/2 x 11” pages, Hardcover, 1995.

 

How To Prevent Mistakes During the Patient Assessment Process; A Complete MDS 2.0 Course, 18 Continuing Education Hours, BENCHMARK BOOKS, St. Petersburg, FL, Oct., 1995.

 

OBRA Final Rule Survival Workbook and Teaching Text for Nursing Home Owners, Administrators, Department Heads, Managers and Consultants, BENCHMARK BOOKS, St. Petersburg, FL 1995.

 

How To Prevent Mistakes During Surveys: Five Secrets Nobody Ever Told You, BENCHMARK BOOKS, St. Petersburg, FL 1991.

Professional Parking Lot Striping, Stencil and Layout Design, Americans with Disabilities Reference Text Book, consult for Ruebenstahl, R. and M., Sulphur, KY, Nov. 1993.

 

Monographs to Accompany Selected Speaking Presentations

 

Stress Management for Health Care Personnel, Hospice of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, Summer, 1984.

Six-Week Stress Management Program for Employees, Watauga Opportunities (Employment for disabled workers) Boone, NC, Spring, 1985.

 

Professional Image, BOONE’85 WORKSHOP, NC Mental Health & Substance Abuse Assn., Appalachian State University, Center for Continuing Education, Boone, NC, Oct., 1985.

 

The Climax of Self-Actualization: Seven Secrets Nobody Ever Told You, Abraham Maslow's Theory, Florida Health Education, Workshop in 16 Florida cities, 1980-1983; 1991-1997.

 

Diet, Nutrition and Exercise: This One’s For You!  BOONE ’86 WORKSHOP, North Carolina Mental Health Clerical Assn., Cherokee, NC, May 1986.

 

Book Reviews

 

On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier II: New and Revised Biographies of African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1917.  Book review for the National Genealogy Society Quarterly, Arlington VA, Vol. 93, No. 1, in collaboration with Gallaudet Research Institute, Gallaudet University, Washington DC; March 2005.

 

HEALTH: FOCUS ON YOU, Textbook for Grades 6 and 7, CHARLES B. MERRILL PUBLISHING CO., Division of Bell and Howell, Columbus, Ohio, Text Review Consultation, Feb. 1982.

 

MOTHER’S SONG, by John Sherrill, CHOSEN BOOKS, Lincoln, VA, Nov. 1981.

 

Additional Poetry

 

The Beauty of Antiquity, JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING, Vol.1, No.4, Charles B. Slack, Inc., Thorofare, NJ, July/Aug., 1978.

 

Nobody Ever Told Me, Winner of Poetry Award, from book, "What's It Like To Be Old?" with Bunny and Henry Flairsheim,

(c) 1979, 2008, 2015.

 

 

You have been warned!