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University of Iowa News Release

March 1, 2005

Nursing Students To Host Conference On End-Of-Life Care

The 28th annual Progressive Nursing Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City and will focus on caring for patients and their families during the transitions that occur with the end of life.

The keynote will be a performance piece titled, "A Conversation with Tiffany," written and delivered by Elisabeth Tsubai, a registered nurse who is director of operations for the Palliative Care Program at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. "A Conversation with Tiffany" is a comedic yet poignant sketch that Tsubai uses to educate health care professionals about end-of-life issues.

The sketch is about a fictional 92-year-old woman named Tiffany who comes back from the afterlife to tell a physician about her extraordinary life and about her death in an intensive care unit.

The performance is followed by an interactive discussion on issues related to suffering and the use of educational entertainment as a teaching tool.

The conference is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor ballroom, with registration beginning at 7:45. An exhibit hall for vendors will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jane Caswell, a pediatric oncology nurse specialist at the Children's Hospital of Iowa, will present on end-of-life issues for dying children. Jane Wilkins, a coordinator of Touching Hearts Perinatal Bereavement Program and registered nurse at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will present "When a Baby Dies."

Students, educators, practicing nurses and other health care practitioners, individuals thinking about nursing as a career and the general public are encouraged to attend.

Continuing education credits (0.36 for 3.6 contact hours) are available for full-time attendance. Pre-registration is not required; attendees may register at the door. Admission prices are: high school students and UI nursing students with photo ID, free; UI students not enrolled in nursing and visiting nursing students, $5; non-CEU credit participants $8; and for CEU credit participants, $18.

Progressive Nursing Day is organized by the UI Association of Nursing Students (UIANS), an undergraduate student leadership organization, in collaboration with faculty and members of Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Chapter, the local chapter of the international honor society of nursing. UI Student Government provides sponsorship as well.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this contact the UIANS office at 319-335-7002.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

CONTACTS: Media: Bonnie McIntosh (319) 335-7003,; Program: Laura Hitzeman, or Ashlea Lehman,