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March 2003

Release Date: March 21, 2003

Seminar on Nursing Issues to Feature TNA President April 11 at ASU

A one-day seminar designed to update nurses on legislative, workplace and legal issues impacting the practice of nursing in Texas will feature Dr. Lynn Wieck, president of the Texas Nurses Association (TNA), Friday, April 11, at Angelo State University.

"Legal and Legislative Issues Affecting Nursing" is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ASU Lakehouse. Participants can receive 6.6 contact hours of Continuing Nursing Education credit. Registration, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and instructional materials, is $65 through April 4 and $80 afterward. TNA members may attend for the reduced fee of $49.

TNA President Wieck, a nurse consultant in the area of emerging workforce and health careers, will lead sessions on "The Top Ten Issues in Nursing: A Legislative Update" and "Creating a Positive Work Environment: What Nurses Need to Know."

The session on issues in nursing will examine the legislative mandates and challenges Texas nurses face in the current legislative session as well as nursing shortages, bioterrorism, staffing, workplace conflict, specialty organizations, regulation and legislation, competency, public safety, health policy and the emerging workforce.

In the work environment session Wieck will cover nurse-friendly initiatives and how to create nurse-friendly environments in the workplace. Wieck will help nurses translate challenges like the nursing shortage into a positive opportunity for career growth.

Richard Agnew, an attorney with Jackson Walker, L.L.P., will lead a session on "Legal Issues Affecting Nursing." The session will examine legal issues and risks that affect contemporary nursing practice and will offer guidelines for documentation to protect against the risks inherent in an electronic medical record. Additionally, Agnew will outline practical strategies for nurses to safeguard their practices and their nursing licenses. He will explain court procedures when nurses are involved in a lawsuit and analyze legal cases involving nurses.

Christa Martin, chair of the ASU Department of Nursing Continuing Education Committee, said, "The two presenters are well known in the medical field for the topics on which they will be speaking. Nursing remains a rewarding profession, but it has become very challenging in the current health-care environment. This program will be an excellent resource for nurses concerned about their liability in documentation and delegation as well as for understanding legislation that may help alleviate the stress of workplace issues and the nursing shortage."

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