CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
NOTE TO EDITORS: Communities to which the ICN will be broadcast are
listed at the end of this news release.
ICN to carry College of Nursing's largest-ever educational outreach
programIOWA CITY, Iowa -- The fiber optic Iowa Communications Network will
provide the vehicle for the University of Iowa College of Nursing's largest-ever
educational outreach program this spring and summer. Nurses from more than
400 long-term care facilities, as well as hospitals and community agencies,
may participate in a series of programs to be offered at more than 40 sites
in 39 Iowa communities.
The educational series, consisting of eight two-hour programs to be
held beginning May 19, 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 care givers, but anyone who is interested may 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 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) 335-7066, or by visiting the biobehavioral area of study web site
A list of communities where the series will be available at ICN facilities