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April 2004

Release Date: April 8, 2004

Seminar Scheduled April 16-17 for Advanced Practice Nurses

"An Evidenced-Based Practice Approach," a day-and-a-half seminar for advanced practice nurses, will be offered April 16-17, by Angelo State University's Department of Nursing in conjunction with the ASU Division of Continuing Studies.

The seminar will focus on the latest guidelines in evidenced-based practice for the care of adults with chronic health problems. Topics will include new drugs, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, arthritis and pain management. Sessions are scheduled 1-4:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday in ASU's Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont.

Participants may receive up to 11.4 contact hours of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit that includes 6.6 hours of advanced pharmacotherapeutics. Registration costs $175 and covers CNE credit, Saturday lunch and instructional materials.

During the Friday session on "New Drug Update," Shannon Medical Center clinical pharmacist Dr. Lesli P. Hallman will review drugs approved last year by the Federal Drug Administration and likely to be encountered by advanced practice nurses. During Friday's "Diabetes Mellitus: Treating to Target," Carol Rowley, a certified family nurse practitioner with Shannon Clinic's Internal Medicine Department, will outline an evidenced-based approach to the management of patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

On Saturday Paula Cooper Clutter, a graduate assistant for the Center of Evidenced-Based Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will explore "Evidenced-Based Practice" as a phenomenon and will identify resources and practical strategies for the clinical setting. Dr. Ross M. Carmichael will follow with Management of Hypertension in the Era of JNC VII," a session designed to update participants on the utilization and implications for patient care of the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. Carmichael, who is board certified in internal medicine, is on staff at San Angelo's Community Medical Center and is medical director of Medicenter West.

Dr. James W. Yost will speak on "Advances in the Management of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis." He is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and is the medical director of an 18-bed inpatient rehabilitation center in San Angelo. Dr. Gary L. Heath will conclude the seminar with "Pain Management in Advanced Practice," which will examine advances in the use of narcotic analgesics and alternative pain management techniques for patients experiencing chronic pain. He is medical director of Abilene's Ambulatory Surgery Center for Pain Management.

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