April 8-10. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is sponsoring Gerontological Nursitig: Implementation in Education and Service Settings, which is a federally funded program designed for faculty in RN schools of nursing and nurses practicing in service agencies. The purposes of the program are to: assist practicing nurses in updating their gerontological nursing knowledge base; and assist faculty in RN programs to integrate gerontological nursing into curricula. The program will be presented in two parts, a three-day session, April 8-10, with a follow-up session on June 11. Participants are urged to attend both sessions. Registration fee is $15, other costs are federally subsidized and contact hours will be awarded. For more information contact: Rita Nemchik, Coordinator, Continuing Education, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 420 Service Drive/SX, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104; or telephone: (215) 243-4522.
April 14-15. How to Treat Depression, Organic Mental Syndrome, Paranoid Disorders and Hypochondriasis will focus on clinical demonstrations of multiple treatment modalities for the professional practitioner. Applications are in process for appropriate Continuing Education Credits. The workshop will be held at Duke University Medical Center and registration is limited. For detailed brochure and registration form, please contact: Lisa Gwyther, ACSW, Outreach Training Coordinator, Older Americans Resources and Services/ Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic, Box 2914, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710
April 14-15. Death and Dying Sendees in the Acute Care Hospital will be the subject of a national conference sponsored by the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division. It will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference will provide a full two-day program of guest lecturers and workshops for administrators and health care professionals of acute care hospitals. Workshop topics will include: hospice care; obstetrical, neonatal and pediatric death; death of the adult and the older adult; pharmacological approach to pain relief; special privileges, sexual rights, rooming in and visitation; burnout and staff training; and funding and reimbursement. Keynote speakers at the conference will be Balfour Mount, MD, Director of Palliative Care Service, Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec; Richard A. Kalish, PhD, Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley; and Raymond S. Alexander, President of the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. According to Dr. Maurie Pressman, Chairman of the Committee on Death & Dying of the Medical Staff at Einstein, Northern Division, this conference will explore the hopes and expectations, challenges, and achievements of health providers in the care of dying patients and the bereaved. The objectives of the conference are to model an interdisciplinary approach to the care of the dying patient and the bereaved which could be applied throughout the country, and to alert hospital administrators and health care professionals of the potential and the need for providing such care. For more information on attending the conference contact: the Hospice Service of the Death and Dying Program; or telephone: (215)329-0700, ext 6754.
April 16. Sharpening Awareness of Adverse Drug Reactions in the Aging Client will be co-sponsored by St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, Veterans Adminstration Medical Center. Castle Point. New York, and Teat hers College. Following a review of the elderly client's altered physiological responses, participants will consider drug interactions in selected clinical situations involving cardiovascular, psychotropic, and endocrine replacement drugs. Emphasis will be on basic guidelines the professional nuise can use in monitoring reactions and avoiding adverse effects. Coordinators are Frances Holub, RN, MEd, Associate Chief, Nursing Service for Education, VA Medical Center Castle Point and Helen Stelmach, RN, Inservice Coordinator, Nursing Education , St. Francis Hospital. The instructor will be Nancy E. Clarkson, RN, MEd, Assistant Director of Nursing for Staff Development, Community General Hospital of Sullivan County, New York. The fee is $36 and it will be held at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
April 16-18. The American Geriatrics Society's 37th Annual Meeting will be held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
April 16. Establishing a Cooperative Bowel and Bladder Regimen for Aged Clients will be co-sponsored by Teachers College and Creedmoor State Psychiatric Hospital. It is a work session for all levels of nursing personnel working in gerontological settings where incontinence and constipation interfere with the client's health functioning. Structure guides will be presented so that participants may develop plans for organizing the patient's day to establish a routine for elimination. Topics to be considered will be: (1) assessing the extent of functional deficiencies and possible correction; (2) determining potential for acceptance and understanding of simple routine measures; (3) encouraging persistent cooperation between client and staff throughout the three shifts of the day; (4) establishing standards of minimal progressive success levels; and (5) incorporating elements of positive reinforcement through shared record keeping. Staff members are urged to attend in groups of three. Fee will be $36. For more information write: Andrea B. O'Connor, RN, EdD, Director, Program in Continuing Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027.
April 17. The Aging Process-11'/;«/ Does It Mean and What Are the Xlosing Implications? will be sponsored by the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. The course will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; cost will be |30. For more information write: Barbara Carty, Director of Continuing Education-College of Nursing, Downstate Medical Center, Box 22, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11203; or telephone: (212) 270-2455.
April 17-18. Dr. Peter Millard, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at St. George's Hospital, London, England, and Dr. Peter Davies, Neurochemist from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York, will be two of the guest speakers at the conference on Aging and Disease that will take place at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. This conference will be preceded by a symposium on Improving Geriatric Nursing Care in Hospital and Community on April 16. For full details please contact: Dr. T.G. McGhie, Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education, University Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8.
April 19-23. The NCOA's 30th Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC. The 1981 annual conference is scheduled for March 29-April 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Radison Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee.
April 21. The 1980 Study Tour- Management Skill Building will be held at the Andrus Gerontological Center, University of Southern California. The program includes effective methods for setting and evaluating goals and objectives, for planning, problem solving, and decision making within groups and work teams and for overcoming obstacles to creative and efficient task performance. There will be visits to facilities in the area.
April 24-May 22. Physical Assessment of the Older Adult will focus on the physical assessment of the older adult. Fundamental assessment information and techniques will be discussed. The five sessions, each three hours long, will systematically present the components of physical and psychosocial assessment of the older client. To assist in identifying problems, a review of normal physiological changes and of common pathological findings in the elderly will be conducted. A portion of each session will be devoted to practice in the nursing laboratory. This workshop is open to nurses who have a background in physical assessment. The faculty will be Toni Karr, RN, MSN, from the Department of Gerontological Nursing. The course will be held at the University of Boston School of Nursing; the fee is $150 (includes $25 nonrefundable registration deposit and all workshop material); and 1.5 CEUs are available. For further information write: Secretary, Department of Continuing Education, Boston University School of Nursing, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215.
The University of North Carolina School of Nursing is offering two continuing education courses: May 1, The Aged Client and His Environment, fee-$25, 0.6 CEUs, Ruth Harris, Coordinator; and Working with Families with Aged Members (date to be announced), fee-$50, 1.2 CEUs, Ruth Harris, Coordinator.
Marquette University, Division of Continuing Education in Nursing is sponsoring two courses: Therapeutic Interventions for the Aging on May 7 at the Lincoln Lutheran Home, 2015 Prospect Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin; and Documentation in Long-Term Care: The Challege and the Problem on May 15 at Wesley Park, 8621 West Beloit Road, West Allis, Wisconsin. The fee for both courses is $35 and 0.6 CEUs will be available. For further informatinp contact: Beatrice Saper, MANEd, RN, Assistant Professor, Assistant Director, Continuing Education in Nursing, Marquette University, College of Nursing, 3029 Ν 49th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 53210; or telephone: (414) 445-8656, ext 20.
May 22. Hearing Screening for the Senior Citizen is designed for nurses and para-professionals working in physicians' offices, nursing homes, health department and community clinics. It will cover hearing problems of the geriatric population, audiometric screening, consultation and referral for audiologic and/or otological evaluation, and familiarization with local and state resources for the hearing impaired. It is sponsored by the University of California-Davis and will be held in the Oak Room at the University Extension Sacramento Center. For further information write: University of California, Davis, California 95616; or telephone: (916) 752-6400.
May 28. Chronic Brain Syndrome: A Nursing Perspective is a one-day course on confusional states in the elderly. Implications for nursing assessment, management, and evaluation in institutional and noninstitutional settings are included. It will be held at the University of Colorado School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado. Faculty include: Beverly Baldwin, RN, PhD, Contact Researcher, Medical Care Foundation, Assistant Professor, C.U School of Nursing (currently conducting research on confusional states in the elderly); and Ginette Pepper, RN, MS, GNP,doctoral student, Psychobiological Nursing, CU School of Nursing. Credit offered is .6 CEUs and it is open to all health professionals. Registration deadline is May 21. For further information write: University of Colorado School of Nursing, Continuing Education Services, 4200 ? Ninth Avenue, C-288, Denver, Colorado; or telephone: (303) 394-8691.
June 1-20. Gerontological Nursing Seminar will be held at the University of Evansville in Grantham, England. The purpose of the seminar is to gain knowledge about the delivery of health care to the elderly in Britain. For further information write to: Virginia Stone, RN, PhD, Coordinator, 1829 Front St, Apt A3, Durham, North Carolina 27705.
June 29-July I. The Center of Gerontology at Virginia Tech is sponsoring the National Conference on Prolongation of the Life Span, to be held at the Mountain I.ake Hotel. Mountain Lake, Virginia. Two well-known gerontologists. Dr. Nathan Shock and Dr. Walter McKain, will present the keynote addresses and other professionals from a variety of disciplines will read their own research or theoretical papers. For fut- iher information on ihe call for papers, program details, housing, transportation, and registration, please write to Dr. S.J. Ritthev, Director, Center of Gerontology, 216 Wallace Hall, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg. Virginia 24061; or telephone: (703)961-5380.
July 15-August 2. The University of Birmingham in England is sponsoring a course, Innovations in the Care of the Elderly. The cost is $980 and includes tuition, room and board, field trips, and transportation to Birmingham. For information write: International Studies, Dept. C-34, University Extension, 223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, California 94720.
September i1-14. iX European Congress on Clinical Gerontology will be held in Grenoble, France. For information write: Grenoble Accueil, IX European Congress on Clinical Gerontology, Avenue d'Innsbruck, 3809 Grenoble, CEDEX, France.
September 1980. The Georgetown University School of Nursing has established a Master of Science in Nursing program to prepare graduates for leadership roles in nursing practice and the delivery of health care services. The program, whic h will be offered for the first time in September 1980, was established under the leadership of Rose Anne McCarrity, MA, dean of the school of nursing. It focuses on family-oriented nursing practice in two clinical specialty areas, one of which is the Family ivith Aged Members (gerontological nursing). Virginia Mermel, DNSc. director of the program, indicated that 20 students will be admitted for study beginning it) 1980. The following year total enrollment will be increased to 40 students. The program of studies for the Family with Aged Members addresses the process of aging from a holistic perspec tive. The maintenance and improvement of self-care capabilities of elderly persons within the· context of the family and other support systems is a major focus. The curriculum is based on the self-care concept that sees each person as the primai y prov ider and decision-maker in personal health matters. Within each clinical major, all students are prepared to function in the role of manager of programs of nursing for clients in a variety of settings. The tools of research and a scholarly approach are an integral part of the curriculum and are used in validating the self-care concept of nursing. In addition, each student selects support courses that contribute to personal career goals. The program is being funded through a grant from the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. For more information regarding the program, write: Graduate Program, Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC 20007.
Fall 1980. California State University Long Beach offers a three-semester graduate program in nursing to educate geriatric nurse practitioners. Thepractitioner is prepared to give primary and long-term care to geriatric patients in clinics, offices, and nursing homes. A master's degree is a warded upon completion of the program. Applications for the Fall 1980 semester are now being accepted. For more information please contact: Kama Bramble, RN, MS, GNP, Associate Program Director, California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, California 90840.
Fall 1980. The first conference for the Council of Nursing Home Nurses is now being planned. This two-day conference will be designed to meet the needs/requests of the council members. For information write: Ella J. Kick, Chairperson, Council of Nursing Home Nurses. 3-49 Mull Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44313.
I'niversity Series. The following are three symposia, co-sponsored by Charles B. Slac k, Inc:, of Thorofare, New Jersey, that are being offered in 1980: Nell Hodgson Woodruff Sc hool of Nursing, Emory University, The Second Annual National Symposium on Psychiatric Mental Health Xursing: Social. Legal, and Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Mental Health Xursing, April 8-10, The Hyatt Regency. Atlanta, Georgia, fee is $12."); Indiana University School of Nursing, Women's Health Care: Perspectives in Nursing Intervention, May 15-16, Sheraton Inn West. Indianapolis, Indiana, fee is $125; University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, The Second Annual National Symposium in Gerontological Nursing, September 8-10, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California, fee is $140. Each co-sponsoring university will award appropriate continuing education credit. For information and registration write to: The University Series: Continuing Education for Nursing, Registration Supervisor, 6900 Grove Road. Thorofare. New Jersey 08086; or telephone (800)2578290; in New Jersey (609)848-1000.
The Center for Studies in Aging, North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, is holding its annual Summer Institute on Aging. June 9-August 1. Students may register for graduate credit or continuing education units. The schedule of courses is: May 12-27- Cultural Variations on Growing Old to be conducted in Yugoslavia; June 920-Advanced Seminar in Counseling the Elderly and Their Families, Advanced Seminar in Gerontology and Curriculum Planning, and Ethnic Factors in Service Delivery; June 23-July 4-Psychosocial Aspects of Long-Term Care: An Update, and Social Gerontology, Planning and Developing Η o us i η g for the Elderly; July 7-18-Leisure: Emerging Lifestyles for the Aging, Psychological Aspects of Aging, and Administration of Programs in Aging: Funding; and July 21-August 1-Exercise Physiology and Planning, The Voluntary Agency as a Community Resource, and Aging and the Aged in Rural Society. For further information contact: Eleanor Adams, Center for Studies in Aging, PO Box 13438, North Texas State I'niversity, Denton, Texas 76203.