Nurses can talk with healthcare recruiters and earn up to four continuing education credits during the Nursing Spectrum career fair March 27 at the Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire, Ill. Five different CE sessions offer attendees a plethora of educational choices.
CE seminars start at 8:30 a.m., and the exhibit hall opens at 10 a.m. For information or to register, visit www.Nurse.com and click on the Events tab or call 847-839-1700.
The New Illinois Nurse Practice Act: Highlights and Implications 8:30 to 10 a.m.Nancy Brent, RN
This session will provide RNs with an overview of the new Illinois Nurse Practice Act, says speaker Nancy Brent, RN, MS, JD. The act became law in October 2007 and contains new, detailed provisions.
Brent will highlight major nursing profession provisions including the definition of delegation, the RN scope of practice, and time frame each department has to take disciplinary action against RNs. The act’s implications for nurses and nursing practice also will be addressed.
Introduction to Managed Care Nursing 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Originally designed as an educational module for nursing students, this introduction will provide a high-level overview of the varied roles RNs perform in managed care environments, says speaker Colleen Morley, RN, BSN, CMCN, manager of health services/multistate division at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Morley says she often hears RNs say they didn’t know managed care jobs existed until someone told them about the field.
Recent Court Decisions of Interest to Nurses Noon to 1 p.m.
Brent will highlight three recent court decisions that involved nurses and the implications the outcomes have for RNs and nursing practice. Attendees will learn how one court analyzed nursing conduct when professional negligence was alleged.
In another case, Brent will explain how a nurse who exercised her obligation as a nurse advocate was evaluated. The third case will illustrate requirements when an RN is involved in a workers’ compensation case.
Take a Deep Breath: Yoga for Nurses Noon to 1 p.m.Jennifer Thew, RN
Nursing is a profession full of rewards, but it also can be emotionally and physically stressful. The high intensity situations faced by RNs makes them prone to physical injury and emotional burnout, says speaker Jennifer Thew, RN, BSN, MSJ, editorial director of the Greater Chicago and Heartland editions of Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek.
Yoga can help nurses cope with physical and mental stress so they are better able to care for themselves and their patients. This seminar will teach nurses breathing, stretching, and centering techniques to relieve stress.
Trends in Maternal/Newborn Health 2 to 3:30 p.m.Jennifer Rousseau, RN
Maternal-child nurses must be aware of current trends that impact patients and practice, says speaker Jennifer Rousseau, RN, WHNP, assistant professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, because nurses often are in a position to clarify and correct information in the popular media and provide understandable, evidence-based information.
The session will cover current trends in maternal-child health, examine possible explanations for identified trends, and present the latest research. Rousseau also will review progress toward meeting the Healthy People 2010 goals for maternal-child health and effective strategies to optimize perinatal outcomes.