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CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
e-mail: steve-maravetz@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

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 at http://www.nursing.uiowa.edu/bioroot/template.htm.

A list of communities where the series will be available at ICN facilities follows:
Albert City
Algona
Ankeny
Bettendorf
Burlington
Carroll
Cedar Falls
Cedar Rapids
Chariton
Charles City
Clinton
Council Bluffs
Davenport
Des Moines
Dubuque
Eagle Grove
Independence
Iowa City
Iowa Falls
Jefferson
Johnston
Keokuk
Lamoni
Mapleton
Maquoketa
Marshalltown
Mason City
Mount Pleasant
Mount Vernon
Muscatine
Oelwein
Ottumwa
Red Oak
Sibley
Sioux Center
Sioux City
Vinton
Washington
Waterloo

5/7/98