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UI nursing college aids school nurses with annual conference set
for Sept. 24-25
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- About 150 school nurses and other professionals will
attend the 24th annual School Nurse Conference Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday,
Sept. 25 at the University Park Holiday Inn in West Des Moines. The University
of Iowa College of Nursing organizes the conference each year to help school
nurses stay abreast of developments in the practice of school nursing.
The focus of this year's conference is on how school nurses can communicate
more effectively with educators and document the effectiveness of the work
they do in the school setting.
The featured speaker for this year's conference is Judith Igoe of the
University of Colorado School of Nursing. Igoe, an Iowa graduate, is nationally
recognized for her work in the area of school nursing. She will deliver
presentations on measuring school nursing program outcomes and on teaching
children to be their own health advocates.
School nursing is taking on added importance as social and economic
changes move more health care out into the community, according to Ann
Marie McCarthy, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing at the UI. "School
nursing is the pediatric nursing of the future," McCarthy said.
Working in the educational setting means school nurses also have to
collaborate with teachers and school district administration, McCarthy
said. "Children need to be healthy in order to learn."
"The conference is a great time for school nurses to get updated
on what's going on in school nursing," Janice Denehy, Ph.D., associate
professor of nursing at the UI, said. "Also, it's a good time for
them to network with others around the state, to share their concerns,
and to get support from one another in their school nursing role."