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April 2009

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ASU to Host San Angelo Nursing Symposium

San Angelo Health Associates will host an Advanced Practice Nursing Symposium on Saturday, April 25, in the Angelo State University LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave.

This year’s symposium is titled “Current Practice Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses.” Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with the symposium running from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The symposium will include four featured speakers, including Lynda Woolbert, executive director of the Texas Coalition of Nurses in Advanced Practice, who will discuss “Texas APN Practice Issues” and will give a legislative update.

Carolyn Buppert, attorney, nurse practitioner and author of multiple textbooks used by many nurse practitioner classes throughout the U.S., will discuss “Negotiating Terms of Employment,” “Are Your Legal Bases Covered?” and “Top 10 Must Do’s for Getting Reimbursed.”

Cathy Kopac, a professor of nursing at George Washington University, will discuss “Ethics in Primary Care” and Christine Pintz, director of the nursing practice doctoral program at GWU, will discuss “The Doctorate of Nursing Practice.”

“Advanced practice nurses are able to collaborate with the medical community to fill many health care roles,” said Lynn Henrikson, symposium co-coordinator. “So, we are bringing some experts in here to share some important information about practice issues that affect advanced practice nurses and their patients. Primary care is definitely one area that we can contribute in. There are also advanced practice nurses in every specialty area and all walks of health care.”

The symposium will also feature a vendor fair with more than 50 exhibitors, including local businesses, boutiques and artisans, plus several health care institutions. There will be food, drinks and various retail items for sale as well as chair massages, a dream workshop and a silent auction.

Cost to attend the symposium is $95 for nurses and $50 for nursing students. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. While the event is geared toward advanced practice nurses, all nurses and nursing students are encouraged to attend. Nurses who attend will earn 7.6 contact hours.

For more information or to register, call co-coordinator Pam Darby at 374-6378 or go online to www.sanangelohealthassociates.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.