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ICN to carry College of Nursing's largest-ever educational outreach program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Nursing will offer a series of educational programs for nurses and other health care professionals over the fiber optic Iowa Communications Network (ICN) this fall. Nurses from more than 400 long-term care facilities, as well as hospitals and community agencies, may sign up now for the series of programs to be offered at ICN classrooms in more than 40 Iowa communities.

The educational series, consisting of eight two-hour programs to be held beginning Oct. 5, will focus on issues relating to care of residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. It is intended primarily for nurses and other caregivers, but anyone who is interested can participate.

Use of the ICN allows the college to "spread the expertise of our faculty out across the state," according to William Donahue, a program associate in the college's biobehavioral area of study who organized the ICN link. Donahue noted that nursing professor Rita A. Frantz, who will conduct three programs on wound care, and associate professor Joann Eland, who will present three programs on pain management, both are nationally renowned in their respective fields of clinical specialization.

Todd Ingram, a lecturer in the college, will present two programs on behavior management issues related to residents in long-term care. Ingram has 15 years of clinical experience in psychiatric mental health nursing and currently serves as a clinical nursing specialist for the Psychiatric Nursing Consultation Service at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The series will originate in the Nursing Building on the UI campus in Iowa City and be transmitted simultaneously to other locations around the state. The ICN allows participants at each site to ask questions and interact with the instructor at the origination point.

Participants may register for any or all of the programs, which cost $20 each. Each program qualifies for 0.2 CEUs-that is, two contact hours of continuing education credit-which nurses in Iowa must obtain in order to maintain their nursing licenses. Interested individuals can obtain a schedule of programs and registration materials by calling William Donahue at (319) 353-5520.

EDITORS NOTE: Communities where the series will be available at ICN facilities follows, including a community in your area.

Albert City: Truesdale High School, 300 Orchard St.

Algona: National Guard Armory, 1511 N. POW Road

Ames: ICN Classroom 4, Veterinary Medicine Building, Iowa State University

Ankeny: Ankeny High School, 1302 NW Ankeny Blvd.

Bettendorf: Bettendorf High School, 3333 18th St.

Burlington: Burlington High School, 421 Terrace Dr.

Carroll: National Guard Armory, 1712 Leclark Rd.

Cedar Falls: Cedar Falls High School, 1015 Division St.

Cedar Rapids: Mount Mercy College, 1330 Elmhurst Dr.

Chariton: National Guard Armory, 1415 Lucas

Charles City: Charles City High School, One Comet Dr.

Clinton: Clinton High School, 817 8th Ave. S

Council Bluffs: National Guard Armory, 2415 Kanesville Blvd.

Davenport: West High School, 3505 W. Locust

Decorah: Prues Library, Luther College

Des Moines: Hoover High School, 4800 Aurora Ave.; Saydel High School, 5601 NE 7th St.

Dubuque: Archdiocese of Dubuque, 1229 Mt. Loretta

Eagle Grove: National Guard Armory, 216 S. Park St.

Fort Dodge: Fort Dodge High School, 819 N. 25th St.

Greenfield: Greenfield High School, 410 NW 2nd St.

Guthrie Center: Guthrie Center High School, 906 School St.

Independence: Independence Community High School, 514 5th Ave. SE

Iowa City: College of Nursing, University of Iowa

Iowa Falls: Reg Johnson Hall, Ellsworth Community College

Jefferson: National Guard Armory, 1577 235th St.

Johnston: Building S29, Camp Dodge

Keokuk: Gardener Hall, South Campus, Southeastern Iowa Community College

Lamoni: Lamoni Community High School, 202 N. Walnut St.

Mapleton: National Guard Armory, 4 W. Sioux Ave.

Marshalltown: Sheeler Building, Iowa Veterans Home, 1301 Summit; National Guard Armory, 9th and Summit

Mason City: National Guard Armory, 1160 19th St. SW

Mount Pleasant: National Guard Armory, 1000 S. Walnut

Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon High School, 525 Palisades Road

Muscatine: National Guard Armory, 1421 Park Ave.

Oelwein: Oelwein Armory, 201 10th St. SE

Ottumwa: Ottumwa High School, 501 E. Second

Red Oak: National Guard Armory, Park West Road

Sioux Center: National Guard Armory, 102 S. Main St.

Sioux City: West High School, 2001 Casselman

Washington: National Guard Armory, 501 Highway 1 S

Waterloo: West High School, Baltimore and Ridgeway