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April 2002

Release Date: April 16, 2002

ASU Seminar to Examine Issues in Medical/Surgical Nursing

A one-day seminar on "Contemporary Issues in Medical/Surgical Nursing" is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Houston Harte University Center on the Angelo State University campus.

The one-day seminar is designed to update nurses on a variety of issues critical in today's health-care systems. The seminar has been approved for 7.2 contact hours by the Texas Nurses Association. The $59 registration fee includes lunch.

The topics to be addressed during the seminar are "Contemporary Pain Management Strategies" by Dr. Vayden Stanley, "Pharmacology Update: Cost-Effective Antibiotic Utilization in the Hospitalized Patient" by Dr. Raquel Garcia, "Spirituality and Prayer as Therapy" by Dr. Kathryn Artnak and "Discharge Planning: What You Didn't Learn in Schoolv by Mimi Baugh.

"The four presenters are well known in the medical field for the topics on which they will be speaking," said Linda Ferguson, head of the seminar planning committee. "Each presenter is a strong advocate for the patients who realize the integral role nurses play as a member of an interactive/collaborative team."

The pain management session will examine clinical guidelines and new research for treating chronic pains. The session will provide an update on current medications and their use in a comprehensive pain management program. Stanley will also share practical strategies to assist nurses in providing holistic care to patients with chronic pain.

In the pharmacology update, Garcia will provide an understanding of how bacterial resistance impacts patients and the health care system. Specific issues will cover current antibiotics used to treat the top five infections of hospitalized patients and will examine the nurse's role in implementing antibiotic utilization guidelines and protocols to stem the tide of bacterial resistance.

The session by Artnak will explore ways to apply clinical research on spirituality and prayer to patient care. Specific topics will include spiritual assessment, ways spirituality impacts individual health and ethical principles that acknowledge a person's spirituality or religious beliefs within the health-care setting.

The discharge planning session by Baugh will explore practical and creative strategies for nurses to prepare patients for adjusting to their environment after leaving the hospital. Specific topics will include current clinical research, update on the regulatory and financial environments (DRGs, HMOs, and PPS), and state and local resources. Participants will have an opportunity to apply new concepts to case scenarios.

For more information or to register, contact ASU's Division of Continuing Studies, 325-942-2339.