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Release: Feb. 15, 2000

Progressive Nursing Day seeks to confront barriers of stigmatized health issues

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Progressive Nursing Day 2000, a one-day event held by the University of Iowa Association of Nursing Students (UIANS), will encourage students and professionals to confront sensitive issues in health care on Friday, Feb. 18.

"Breaking the Silence: Stigmatized Health Care Issues in the 21st Century" will be the theme for the 23rd annual Progressive Nursing Day held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The conference is also sponsored in part by the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society for nursing.

The student-run program seeks to attract a wide range of participants to learn about recognizing stigmatized health care issues and providing sensitive client care.

"We're trying to talk about things we may not usually talk about," said Susan Arruda, a student in the UI College of Nursing and vice-president of the UIANS. "In this conference we want to show how students and professionals from all health fields can work together as a team to provide the best health care to patients. We've extended an invitation to the College of Medicine, the College of Education, the School of Social Work, and anyone else who wants to attend."

In addition to a keynote address on interdisciplinary education and collaboration by Karen Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor in the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, three presentations will be included in the conference. Sue Baker, the State of Iowa Autism Services consultant, will discuss proper expectations of patients with autism. Joan Eland, Ph.D., associate professor in the UI College of Nursing, will present on sickle cell pain. Finally, a UI Hospital Schools interdisciplinary panel will discuss child abuse and Munchausens syndrome by-proxy.

Todd Ingram, UIANS faculty advisor, said the conference may appeal to people outside the Iowa City area.

"Since the conference is interdisciplinary we are hoping to attract students from other fields and nurses and nursing students from all over the region," he said.

Participants in the conference may receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit by attending. Pre-registration is not required. Fees for the conference are $5 for UI and visiting nursing students, $10 for those not seeking CEU credit, $50 for those who are seeking credit, and $45 for Sigma Theta Tau members wanting CEU credit.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend UI-sponsored events. If you are a person who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call the UIANS office at 335-7002.